Zantac and Cancer: the Plot Thickens

The potential issues with Zantac just became a little more complicated. Zantac is the brand name of a common heartburn medication called ranitidine. As we have reported, there have been multiple, and ongoing, recalls of ranitidine after testing of lots of the drug showed unacceptable levels of the probable human carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Initially, it was … Continue reading “Zantac and Cancer: the Plot Thickens”

Litigation Update: Opioid Settlements

In an effort to avert the landmark federal opioid trial brought by two Ohio counties and scheduled to begin on October 21, four key defendants reached a last minute $260 million settlement. Distributors Amerisource Bergen, Cardinal Health, McKesson and drug manufacturer Teva Pharmaceutical joined other defendants including Johnson & Johnson, Janssen, Mallinckrodt, Endo International, and … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Opioid Settlements”

As Roundup cancer lawsuits surge, Monsanto fights to keep PR work secret

As Monsanto continues to battle legal claims over alleged dangers of its widely used Roundup herbicides, the company is trying to block orders to turn over internal records about its work with public relations and strategic consulting contractors. In a series of filings in St. Louis Circuit Court, Monsanto argues that it should not have … Continue reading “As Roundup cancer lawsuits surge, Monsanto fights to keep PR work secret”

Litigation Update: IVC Filter Verdict

Earlier this week a Philadelphia jury awarded Tracy Reed-Brown over $33 million in her IVC filter case against Rex Medical LP. The award included more than $30 million in punitive damages, in addition to compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering. Ms. Reed-Brown was implanted with an Option Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filter System … Continue reading “Litigation Update: IVC Filter Verdict”

An Unappetizing Analysis from the FDA

Last month the Food & Drug Administration published its latest annual analysis of the levels of pesticide residues that contaminate the fruits and veggies and other foods we Americans routinely put on our dinner plates. The fresh data adds to growing consumer concern and scientific debate over how pesticide residues in food may contribute – … Continue reading “An Unappetizing Analysis from the FDA”

FDA Recommends New Warnings for Breast Implants Alleged to Cause Cancer

On October 24, 2019, the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued a draft guidance addressing textured breast implants that have been linked to breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (“BIA-ALCL”).” Part of that guidance recommends a Black Box Warning, the most serious level of warning, in the device’s labeling to help ensure women receive … Continue reading “FDA Recommends New Warnings for Breast Implants Alleged to Cause Cancer”

Gene Editing Mishaps Highlight Need for FDA Oversight

A Midwestern company’s quest to genetically engineer the world’s first hornless dairy cows hit a snag this summer when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found extra genes in the cows that weren’t supposed to be there. The mistakes that FDA caught – but the company missed – highlight the importance of government oversight of … Continue reading “Gene Editing Mishaps Highlight Need for FDA Oversight”

Litigation Update: Risperdal Verdict

Last week a jury in Philadelphia hit Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals subsidiary with an $8 billion punitive damages verdict in a Risperdal trial. Nicholas Murray’s lawsuit alleged that, after being given Risperdal in 2003 at age nine for symptoms of autism, he grew breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia. J&J was … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Risperdal Verdict”

Litigation Update: Juul Sued by School Districts

In addition to the personal injury and class action lawsuits recently consolidated by the JPML, JUUL is now facing litigation brought by several school districts. The school districts have sued JUUL over increased costs associated with a rise in the use of e-cigarettes by their students. The suits were filed by Francis Howell School District … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Juul Sued by School Districts”

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