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CONSUMER CASE SPOTLIGHT
FDA Warns of Complications with Vaginal Mesh
The FDA has released a second warning on vaginal mesh, this time stating that serious complications with the surgery are not rare. The agency first alerted the public and healthcare professionals to the concern in October 2008, after they had received over 1,000 reports of problems with different types of mesh. Then, between 2008 and 2010, they received five times as many reports as they had between 2005 and 2007. Studies confirmed what the reports were saying, leading the FDA to release its July 2011 warning stating that surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse with mesh may be no better than conventional surgeries without it, and may cause lasting damage. Meanwhile, many women have come forward with vaginal mesh lawsuits claiming injuries like bleeding, infection, urinary problems, erosion, and migration of the mesh. Several brands of mesh made by C. R. Bard are named in Bard Avaulta mesh lawsuits, with women claiming Bard Avaulta mesh side effects like severe pain in the pelvic area, back, hips, or legs, as well as organ perforation and chronic infections. Bard Avaulta lawyers assert that the mesh is defectively designed, and are seeking Avaulta mesh settlements to help their plaintiffs pay for medical expenses, pain and suffering. For a review of your potential Bard Avaulta mesh lawsuit, contact us by completing the form on this page or calling 1-888-480-1123.
Blood Clot Warnings Increase for NuvaRing
The NuvaRing contraceptive device was first approved in 2001, but in 2005 and again in 2008, The FDA required updated warnings concerning blood clots on the product label. More recently, in October 2011, the agency released the results of a study showing that non-oral contraceptives, including the NuvaRing, created a higher risk of blood clots than did older birth control pills. Now, two more studies have added additional evidence to the issue. One, published in the British Medical Journal in May 2012, found that women using the NuvaRing had a significantly higher risk of blood clots than those taking standard low-dose estrogen pills. Preliminary results from a second study, however—funded by manufacturer Merck & Co.—showed no difference in risk. Nevertheless, according to the FDA, women who use the contraceptive device may be at increased risk for deep vein thrombosis, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and other related conditions. Many who have already suffered such injuries have filed a NuvaRing lawsuit, seeking to hold Merck liable for failing to adequately warn of the risks. If you or someone you love has suffered blood clots or related injuries and you believe NuvaRing is to blame, please contact us by completing the form on this page or call 1-888-480-1123.
More Parents Filing Birth Defects Lawsuits
The number of lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants and PPI heartburn medications continues to increase. Cases against medications like Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, and others seek to hold manufacturers liable for birth defects suffered by children whose mothers took these antidepressant medications during pregnancy. Studies have indicated a potential link between SSRI drugs and birth defects of the heart, brain, limbs, stomach, and lungs. In 2006, for example, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that showed a link between antidepressants and persistent pulmonary hypertension of a newborn (PPHN). In 2007, another study published in the British Medical Journal found that mothers who took an SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy were twice as likely to have babies born with a heart defect. Meanwhile, other moms who took medications like Prevacid, Nexium, Prilosec, Aciphex, and Protonix—so-called "proton pump inhibitors" that help inhibit the formation of excess stomach acid—have also given birth to children suffering from birth defects like atrial heart defects, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and Tetralogy of Fallot. Parents of children born with these defects are seeking damages in court.
Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits to be Consolidated?
Numerous plaintiffs claiming Actos bladder cancer have petitioned the U. S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate the cases before a single judge. Since August 2011, the number of Actos lawsuits has steadily increased as more patients become aware of the serious health risks associated with the diabetes drug. For years, studies have indicated a link between Actos and bladder cancer, with a 2005 clinical trial showing that those taking Actos were more likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer than those treated with other drugs. The FDA finally commenced its own investigation in 2010. In the spring of 2011, after reviewing data from the manufacturer's post-marketing study, they found that those taking Actos for more than a year had a 40 percent greater risk of Actos bladder cancer. Meanwhile, on June 9, the French Medicines Agency implemented an Actos recall, citing data from the French National Health Insurance Plan indicating a risk of Actos bladder cancer. On June 15, 2011, the FDA released a public health warning and required a label change concerning Actos side effects. In August, the first of many Actos lawsuits claiming Actos bladder cancer was filed. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is expected to meet in December to consider the petition to consolidate. For a review of your potential Actos lawsuit, contact us by completing the form on this page or calling 1-888-480-1123.
Denture Cream Lawsuits
Various studies have linked excessive intake of zinc from the popular Super Poligrip and Fixodent denture adhesives to copper deficiency, blood disorders and nerve damage. ABC WorldNews with Diane Sawyer recently profiled Chaffin Luhana LLP client Mark Jacoby, who the firm is pursuing a denture cream lawsuit for, in a segment about how a dentist from Michigan, Dr. Kenneth Shay, allegedly leaked a copy of a medical journal article to Proctor & Gamble in 2007 before it was published in the Journal of Neurology. The Neurology article was finally published in 2008 and identified a syndrome now referred to as denture cream zinc poisoning and denture cream copper deficiency. Our denture cream lawyers are ready to review your potential denture cream lawsuit. Contact us by completing the form on this page or calling us at 1-888-480-1123.
Yaz, Yasmin & Ocella Lawsuits
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of Yasmin/YAZ/Ocella, including Bayer, by plaintiffs alleging that they have suffered pulmonary emboli, deep vein thrombosis, stroke and gallbladder disease as a result of their Yasmin/YAZ/Ocella use. Judge David R. Herndon presides over all the Yasmin/YAZ/Ocella federal lawsuits in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Southern District of Illinois where cases are being coordinated and centralized for pre-trial discovery and proceedings. There are hundreds of cases also pending in state courts in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California where some of the defendants are based. The litigation is moving rapidly in the MDL where millions of pages have been produced in discovery, numerous depositions have been taken and bellwether trial selection is underway. The first pulmonary embolism trial is set to take place in September 2011 with a deep vein thrombosis and gallbladder disease case set be tried in 2012. The bellwether process will help plaintiffs and defendants determine how juries evaluate and value these type of cases and respective injuries and may dictate the landscape for the other thousands of filed cases.