Archive for March, 2009

Information Provided About EVRA* Birth Control Patch Average Daily Release Rate

Janssen-Ortho Inc., in cooperation with Health Canada, is providing the public with new information on the average daily release rates of contraceptive hormones from the EVRA Transdermal Contraceptive System (patch). The EVRA product monograph now includes new information on the average daily release rates of the contraceptive hormones norelgestromin (200 micrograms [μg] every 24 hours) and ethinyl estradiol (35 μg every 24 hours). This information replaces the previously labelled daily delivery rate of norelgestromin (150 μg every 24 hours) and ethinyl estradiol (20 μg every 24 hours).

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J&J Agrees to Settle Evra Lawsuits in Ontario, Quebec, B.C.

Ortho Evra birth control patchJohnson & Johnson, which has spent at least $68.7 million to resolve U.S. lawsuits filed by women who suffered blood clots, heart attacks or strokes after using the Ortho Evra birth control patch, agreed to settle similar claims in three Canadian provinces.

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Supreme Court Ruling is a Victory for Consumers Injured by Dangerous Drugs

A ruling this week by the U.S. Supreme Court will protect the rights of consumers who are injured by dangerous drugs, according to Hissey Kientz, LLP. “The Supreme Court’s ruling this week is an important victory for plaintiffs who have been hurt by dangerous or defective drugs,” said attorney Robert Kientz.

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Drug Approval Is Not a Shield From Lawsuits, Justices Rule

In one of the most important business cases in years, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a drug company is not protected from injury claims in state court merely because the federal government had approved the productand its labeling. The 6-to-3 ruling went in favor of a Vermont musician, Diana Levine, who was awarded more than $6 million after losing much of her arm following a botched injection of an anti-nausea drug.

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