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Category: Mass Torts

FDA: Medtronic Guidewires High-Risk Recall

01/14/2014
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In December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of certain guidewires made by Medtronic, Inc. Patient complication reports were reported to the FDA and the company concerning the coating on the wire’s surface that had the potential to detach and delaminate. Medtronic began notifying hospitals and […]

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Novartis Denied U.S. Supreme Court Consideration

01/14/2014
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The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request by drugmaker Novartis to revisit the issue of whether punitive damages can be awarded in product liability lawsuits. Claiming immunity under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Novartis claimed that the FDA preempts state tort law which does allow punitive damages when […]

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The Selling of ADHD

01/13/2014
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It’s been twenty years since a concerted effort, and some would say push, has been on to have children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the numbers prove the push translated into big dollars for Big Pharma. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the number […]

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GSK Will Stop Buying Favor Among Doctors – Or So It Says

01/9/2014
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It is called an industry first. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has vowed to stop compensating medical doctors in order to have them promote the company’s drugs. The British drug maker announced this month it will also stop paying healthcare professionals who attend their medical conferences saving the company about $82 million a […]

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Four New Plaintiffs in National Actos Litigation

01/8/2014
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The Mass Tort Unit of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley has filed additional individual lawsuits against Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Eli Lilly, and other drug companies involved in the development and marketing of Actos (which is also known as pioglitazone). This latest filing includes four Florida plaintiffs, all of whom […]

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Multi-Billion Dollar Settlements for Big Pharma

01/8/2014
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Three years ago, Public Citizen issued a report that documents all of the settlements between pharmaceutical giants and the federal and state governments due to violations such as overcharging patients or by off-label marketing. At the time the tally was about $20 billion covering a period of 20 years. The […]

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