Archive for July, 2013

New Jersey woman files Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuit

A New Jersey woman has filed a Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuit against the manufacturer, alleging that the metal-on-metal hip implant caused serious side effects. Marcia Olsen says that after she received the Stryker implant, she experienced significant pain, swelling, hives and hair loss.

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Mother leads quest for more studies on SSRIs, autism

A mother of two autistic children is leading a mission for more studies on the pharmaceutical causes of autism, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRIs), such as Zoloft, Lexapro and Celexa. Jill Escher began her independent research to discover why two out of three of her children were autistic.

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$1.4 B Bayer lawsuit alleges Yaz manufacturer withheld information

A $1.4 billion lawsuit alleges that Bayer Pharmaceuticals withheld important safety information regarding its oral contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin. The lawsuit is bolstered by Dr. Ben David’s claim that the company deliberately concealed information concerning the products’ risks as early as 2010.

Read more about the lawsuit against Bayer Pharmaceuticals…

FDA takes action against illegal diabetes treatments, supplements

Food and Drug Administration officials are cracking down on companies that sell illegal and fraudulent products that claim to treat, ease or even cure diabetes, which affects 1 in 9 Americans older than 20. The agency posted warning letters on Tuesday that it sent to 15 firms in the U.S. and abroad that market unapproved supplements, creams and other so-called diabetes treatments.

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First DePuy lawsuit to go to trial in federal court in September

The first DePuy hip replacement lawsuit will go to federal court in September and may influence thousands of other DePuy ASR lawsuits. The plaintiff is New York woman Ann McCracken, who received a DePuy ASR hip replacement in 2009, and had to have it removed about 18 months later due to severe side effects.

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Medtronic cuts 2,000 jobs

Medical device company Medtronic is cutting 2,000 jobs worldwide due to slow growth, with about half of the layoffs affecting U.S. workers. The company is currently facing legal trouble for its Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft device, which patients say has caused harm.

Read more about Medtronic legal issues…

House inches toward oversight of compounding

Congress is wrangling with the issue of where to draw the line between state and federal oversight of large-scale compounding pharmacies in light of a series of infections — including a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak — linked to the facilities. There now appears to be general agreement the FDA needs more clear authority over compounding manufacturers — pharmacies that compound bulk supplies of drugs in advance of a patient prescription.

Read more about the oversight of compounding pharmacies…

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