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Blog Posts in October, 2005

  • New Warning For Suicide Risk With Strattera

    The FDA recently required Eli Lilly and Co. to include warnings for risk of suicide and suicide ideation. Strattera is prescribed to children, adolescents and adults suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The warning is directed at children and adolescents on the drug, especially within the first few months of going on the drug.
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  • Paxil Linked to Birth Defects

    GlaxoSmithKline and the FDA recently added precautions to Paxil and Paxil CR to reflect the results of a retrospective epidemiological study indicating an increase in birth defects in those women taking the drug in the first trimester of pregnancy. The letter from GSK to physicians is found here .
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  • Bush Administration Files Civil Lawsuit Against Body Armor Company

    The Justice Department filed a lawsuit last summer against Second Chance Body Armor for selling defective bulletproof vests for President Bush and federal agents. The suit alleges fraud, citing the use and eventual cover up of material in the vest that degraded in the presence of heat, light and moisture. There is little doubt that the manufacturer is at fault, and other lawsuits will follow. But ...
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  • Cylert Withdrawn From Marketplace Due To Liver Toxicity

    The FDA announced today that Cylert , and all similar generics, be removed from the market. Cylert, made by Abbott Laboratories, is a treatment drug for ADHD on the market since the 1970’s. In 1995, Canada and Great Britian removed the drug from their respective markets citing a study that indicated a 45 fold increase in childrens’ liver failure. The FDA did not force the withdrawal, and the drug ...
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  • Class Action Filed Against Medtronic's Defibrillators

    A $500 million dollar class action lawsuit was filed this month against Medtronic on behalf of those implanted with the device. The issue lies with the defibrillator’s battery, which may rapidly deplete or short circuit thereby causing the device to fail should its recipient suffer a life threatening arrythmia. The defective devices include Medtronic’s implantable cardiac defibrillators (“ICDs”) ...
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  • Rolling the Dice With Vaccinations

    There is a lot of news recently about child vaccinations and dangerous side effects. The most attention is drawn to Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative put in nearly all vaccinations up until 2000. Use of the preservative began to phase out for baby vaccines in 1999, when studies surfaced a link between the preservative and not only autism , but other neurological disorders as well. The ...
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  • Premarin, Provera, Prempro Linked to Cancer

    Lawsuits filed recently allege that hormone replacement drugs Premarin , Provera , and Prempro cause breast cancer, blood clots, and other serious health problems. Produced by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, the lawsuits are based on a July, 2002, study performed by the Womans’ Health Initiative stopped short of completion due to a surprising increase in adverse events. Specifically, of the 16,000 ...
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  • Whistleblowers Under Attack

    A “qui tam” or whistleblower action is generally a claim brought under the Federal False Claims Act (FCA) which protects those who report companies that are committing fraud on the United States Government. Abraham Lincoln championed the law during the civil war to protect the Union Army from companies selling them shoddy equipment. Today the law protects those who call out fraud, and entitle them ...
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  • Ford Recall 3.8 Million Trucks for Fire Hazard

    Ford recently recalled 3.8 million trucks including Ford Expeditions, Broncos and Lincoln Navigators manufactured between 1994 and 2002. The defect is with a cruise control switch that may cause fires even when the truck is parked and the engine is off. Reports of fires have been coming in for months, and lawsuits have been filed.
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  • Suing an Employer Outside of Workers Compensation

    Workers compensation laws are set up state by state to make sure that those injured while in the scope of their employment are taken care of. Workers are generally entitled to all medical bills paid for, 2/3’s of any lost wages, and a lump sum settlement depending on the severity of any permanent injury or disability. State law does not allow employers to be sued directly. However a recent case in ...
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  • Ritalin Linked to Increased Cancer Risk

    A small Texas study has shown that Ritalin, when prescribed to children, increases the child’s risk of cancer later in life. Experts from the FDA, National Institute of Health, and EPA are currently reviewing the data. The study found chromosomal damage of 12 children who took Ritalin for three months.
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  • Frivilous Lawsuits and Legal Myths

    Big business and insurance companies are on a constant quest to discredit personal injury lawsuits and our 7th Amendment right to a trial by jury. The main tools for this task are exaggeration and fabrication. A well known example of exaggeration is the McDonalds hot coffee case. The plaintiff, Stella Liebeck, suffered third degree burns on her inner thighs and groin from coffee that was kept at ...
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  • What Does $1.6 Million Mean to Merck?

    The recent punitive damage award in the Vioxx case was $252 million. This amount will be reduced by Texas law to about $1.6 million. Punitive awards are in place as a punishment and deterrant. When federal and state legislation fails, civil trials hit companies for their malfeasance where they really feel it; their pocket books. So what does $1.6 million mean to Merck? Very little.
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