Recent news about the talc included in Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder and its links to ovarian cancer has many women greatly concerned – and rightfully so. Although juries have been finding for the plaintiffs in a number of cases, awarding judgments in the tens of millions of dollars, the New Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant continues to assert that its product is “safe” and there is no proof that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer.
Water filters, oil filters on a motor vehicle, furnace filters, dust filters – all must be removed and replaced at some point in order for the machinery to continue to function properly. Logically, this should apply to IVC filters as well. However, removal of the IVC filter from a patient has proven to be extremely problematic. Once implanted, they have a tendency to fall out of place, migrate to other parts of the body and break apart. The shards can cause severe injury to arteries and organs.
“Angela” (not her real name) had the Essure contraceptive device implanted in her Fallopian tubes in 2009. At the time, it seemed like a miracle. Just two small, spring-like coils, made from nickel, that could be implanted without surgery – all she had to do is head over to her gynecologist's office, and the whole procedure was done within an hour.
Unless someone you know has been injured, made ill or died because of a defective drug or medical device, you have no way of knowing about the dangers until either the FDA or the manufacturer issues a public recall notice. Sadly, sometimes hundreds or thousands of people suffer before the agency charged with protecting the public gets around to warning us. Case in point: the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System.
In May of 2016, the FDA finally issued a warning about the antidepressant medication aripiprizole, sold under the brand name Abilify as well as in generic form. That warning stated that use of aripiprizole “may” result in compulsive, uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat and have sex. The agency’s warning noted that while these side effects are “rare,” they “may result in harm to the patient and others if not recognized.”
In the wake of 400 reports of serious illness in young children and at least 10 deaths attributed to use of CVS and Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Gels, Dr. Janet Woodcock of the Food and Drug Administration is advising parents to stop using these products and use alternative methods to manage teething.
Levin Papantonio Law Firm Selected as one of the 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers for Work on DuPont C8 Litigation
The Law Firm of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty, & Proctor is pleased to announce that the firm won the Special Litigation (Environmental) category in the 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers recognition program. The Levin Papantonio Law Firm was named to the third annual list of America’s Elite Trial Lawyers by the National Law Journal and Law.com. This prestigious list recognizes U.S.-based firms that have done exemplary and cutting-edge work on behalf of plaintiffs.
At the end of October, a jury in St. Louis, Missouri, awarded $67.5 million to a plaintiff who stated her ovarian cancer was the result of using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder – a product containing talc. This is the third loss in a row for the pharmaceutical and health care products company. All three trials were held in a state court in St. Louis. So far, J&J’s total liability amounts to approximately $195 million. Although such awards are often reduced and sometimes even overturned on appeal, the prospects aren't looking good for the defendants.
"America's Lawyer" Gearing Up For December Premiere: Exposing the Stories Corporate America Doesn't Want You to See
In recent weeks, Mike Papantonio and the crew of "America's Lawyer" have been busy gearing up for the premiere of the new, hard-hitting legal show on RT America set to premiere in December.
The use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium and Prilosec for the treatment of heartburn has been linked to numerous side effects, leading to such conditions as kidney disease, osteoporosis, arterial injuries and buildup of serous fluid in the abdomen (a condition known as ascetes). Now, new research presented at the recent American Heart Association conference indicates that use of these medications result in a 20-90% greater risk of suffering an ischemic stroke.