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Blog Posts in July, 2006

  • Researchers Continue to Fail to Disclose Drug Company Ties

    “Days after announcing a crackdown on researchers who do not disclose drug company ties, the editor of The Journal of the American Medical Association said she was misled again, this time by the authors of a study linking severe migraines to heart attacks in women. All six authors of the study have done consulting work or received research financing from makers of treatments for migraines or ...
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  • FDA Warns of Viagra Like OTC Drugs

    “Some products advertised online as natural alternatives to impotence drugs such as Viagra illegally contain the same active ingredients as prescription medicines, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The FDA warned consumers not to buy or use seven of the so-called dietary supplements sold online to treat impotence and enhance sexual performance. The list includes Zimaxx, which FDA ...
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  • Allstate Cheating on Claims Made By Poor, Elderly, Disabled

    A recent filed class action alleges that Allstate made concerted efforts to systematically deny claims made by people who were the least able to fight for themselves.The lawsuit alleges that Allstate hired the firm of McKinzie& Co. to revamp its procedures for handling claims. McKinzie & Co. has the dubious honor of being a “key architect that made Enron a Wall Street darling.” The “McKinzie ...
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  • Texas Jury Awards $772,500 in Pain Reliever Patch Case

    A Texas jury awarded $772,500 to the Estate of a woman who died after using a pain relief patch manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. The jury found that the patch ‘leaked’, releasing a lethal amount of the pain killer into the women’s system. The patch was first introduced in the 1990’s, but J & J sped up production in 2003 when the patent for the drug was about to expire. The FDA is looking into ...
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  • Anne Burke Appointed to Illinois Supreme Court

    Anne Burke was installed Thursday as the newest member of the Illinois Supreme Court in a courtroom packed with the state’s political notables. Among the speakers at the ceremony were former Govs. Jim Thompson and Jim Edgar, Senate President Emil Jones, House Speaker Michael Madigan and his daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Veteran broadcaster Bill Kurtis served as master of ceremonies. ...
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  • First Federal Welding Fume Trial Ends in Defense Verdict

    In the first of four bellwether federal trials, an Ohio federal jury on June 27 found that four welding rod manufacturers did not distribute defective products or fail to warn a former welder of the alleged defects. The case originally started in Texas, but was later sent to the MDL in Federal court. For those keeping score, that is 11 defense verdicts in 12 tries.The cases being tried at the ...
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  • First California Vioxx Trial Gets Underway

    Stewart Grossberg soldiers into a Los Angeles courthouse this week as the latest combatant in a drug litigation war that’s made the pharmaceutical industry the nation’s No. 1 target of product liability lawsuits. Grossberg, a retired Northridge construction manager, blames Merck & Co.’s pain reliever Vioxx for a heart attack he suffered in 2001. He is the first California plaintiff among more than ...
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  • New Warning for Severe Liver Damage With Ketek

    The FDA recently required Ketek manufacturer Soventi Aventis to update their labels to indicate a rare but life threatening liver disorder associated with the drug. Ketek is an antibiotic most commonly used to treat chronic bronchitis, drug resistant bacterial infections, and pneumonia. The hepatotoxicity of the drug came to light through the FDA’s mandatory and voluntary adverse event reporting ...
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  • Jury Awards $13.5 Million in Retrial of Texas Asbestos Case

    A jury in Dallas, Texas, last week awarded $13.5 million to the survivors of a man who contracted an asbestos-related cancer decades after being exposed to a joint-compound product manufactured by Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific Corp. Attorneys from Dallas-based Baron & Budd told jurors that Timothy Shawn Bostic, who died of mesothelioma on Sept. 5, 2003, had been exposed to the fire-retardant ...
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  • Honda Recalls Over 561,000 Vehicles

    Honda Motor Co. is recalling over 561,000 vehicles in three models to replace a faulty part used in starting an engine, a company official said Wednesday. Subject to the recall are 217,953 Odyssey minivans, 141,652 CR-V sport-utility models and 123,580 Step Wagon minivans, said Honda spokeswoman Yu Kimoto. The three models involved were produced between Oct. 3, 1994, and May 15, 1997. Taken from ...
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  • No-Fault Medical Review Board Faults Families Effected By Serious Medical Error

    There is a lot of discussion regarding the implementation of a no-fault medical review board to handling medical malpractice claims. A parallel to workers compensation, the board would hear individual cases and make awards depending on the severity of the injury. However the faults we see with workers compensation would be magnified in the medical malpractice context. Consider the following except ...
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