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Blog Posts in February, 2011

  • Jury Verdict Stands in Pfizer Menopause Drug Suit

    An Arkansas woman who blamed her breast cancer on the Prempro menopause drug will receive more than $10 million in damages. Pfizer, Inc. also agreed to settle more than 2,200 lawsuits alleging that the company hid Prempo's cancer risks. Mary Daniel was one of more than six million women who took Prempro and related menopause drugs to treat symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings. About 16 ...
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  • GlaxoKline Smith Agrees to More Settlements for Avandia

    We recently reported that the U.K's biggest drugmaker, GlaxoKlineSmith, agreed to settle for an undisclosed amount with the family of an Avandia user who suffered a fatal heart attack in 2006 after using the diabetes drug for 15 months. That agreement sparked a wave of settlement negotiations, with Glaxo agreeing to pay more than $250 million to resolve another 5,500 Avandia claims. The lawsuits ...
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  • Glaxo Settles Avandia Case Before Trial

    The link between heart attacks and the diabetes drug Avandia sparked thousands of lawsuits across the country, including a heart attack death suit that was scheduled to go to trial earlier this week. In the hopes of avoiding a large jury award, drugmaker GlaxoKlineSmith agreed to settle the case on the eve of trial for an undisclosed amount. The lawsuit involved James Burford, an Avandia user from ...
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  • FDA: Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer

    The safety of breast implants has long been questioned, and concerns are stronger than ever now that federal health officials detected a link between breast implants and a very rare form of cancer. In an alarming announcement, the Food and Drug Administration announced last week that it is investigating a possible connection between saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants and a cancer of ...
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  • Aging Doctors May be Unfit to Practice Medicine

    Dementia, stroke, and other ills of aging are common in elderly patients. Surprisingly, these age-related diseases are also common in elderly doctors as well. A recent article in the New York Times draws attention to the problem of older physicians who are still practicing in spite of deteriorating cognitive abilities. Approximately one-third of the nation’s physicians are over 65, many of them ...
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