Jan 28, 2019

Essure Permanent Birth Control Leads to Permanent Health Problems for Women

By |January 28th, 2019|Defective Products|

(This is part of a series, presented by McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, titled “Life on The Bleeding Edge: How the FDA Won’t Keep You Safe.” To learn more, please read Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.) In July 2018, the medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer released a statement that they would pull the Essure® System for Permanent Birth Control out of American markets after December 31, 2018. The company claimed [...]

Jan 24, 2019

3000+ Patients Possibly Exposed to HIV, Hepatitis in a Surgical Center

By |January 24th, 2019|Medical Malpractice|

More than 3,000 patients of an ambulatory surgical center in New Jersey received letters, warning that they may have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens if they had a procedure at the HealthPlus Surgery Center between January and September of 2018. Upon investigation, the NJ Department of Health found that staff at the facility were not properly sterilizing medical instruments, which could expose patients to bloodborne diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and [...]

Jan 11, 2019

Former CEO of Insys to Plead Guilty in Opioid-Kickback Scheme

By |January 11th, 2019|Dangerous Drugs|

In late December of 2018, federal prosecutors announced that Michael Babich, former CEO of Insys Therapeutics, agreed to plead guilty to participating in a bribery scheme which gave kickbacks to doctors in exchange for prescribing a powerful opioid painkiller. Babich, who resigned his role as CEO of the Arizona-based drug manufacturing firm, was scheduled to face trial next month; he has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and mail fraud charges, according to [...]

Sep 18, 2018

Januvia and Byetta Lawsuits Are Going Back to Court

By |September 18th, 2018|Dangerous Drugs|

Januvia and Byetta, along with Janumet and Victoza, are the diabetes drugs at the center of 945 lawsuits. The cases had originally been dismissed, but a federal appeals court overturned that decision in December of 2017, and remanded the cases back to U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia in the Southern District of California. He has ordered that the first bellwether cases must be selected by December 14, 2018, which means the courts could [...]

Sep 13, 2018

da Vinci Surgical Robots Have Been Linked to At Least 144 Deaths

By |September 13th, 2018|Medical Devices|

(This is part of a series, presented by McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, titled “Life on The Bleeding Edge: How the FDA Won’t Keep You Safe.” To learn more, please read Part One and Part Two.) When we were kids (well, at least for some of us), the future promised it would be filled with robots. Just look at The Jetsons, or even Lost in Space. Today’s modern world has fulfilled that promise [...]

Sep 11, 2018

FDA Issues Warning against Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedures, Citing Potential for Severe Injury

By |September 11th, 2018|Medical Devices|

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to women who are considering vaginal rejuvenation cosmetic procedures that would use energy-based devices. Per the FDA, “To date, we have not cleared or approved for marketing any energy-based devices” for the procedure. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb made an additional statement about the devices used in the procedure: “the safety and effectiveness of these devices hasn’t been evaluated or confirmed by the FDA [...]

Sep 6, 2018

FDA Recalls Even More Drugs Which Use Valsartan, Citing Cancer Risk

By |September 6th, 2018|Defective Products|

In July of 2018, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall notice for a number of drugs containing valsartan, a medication used in the treatment of high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. The batches, which had been manufactured in China, contained traces of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) – a cancer-causing carcinogen. In early August, the FDA updated its list of recalled valsartan medications (as well as a list of products not included [...]

Sep 5, 2018

10 Million People with Hip, Knee and Shoulder Replacements Are at Risk of Being Poisoned by Cobalt

By |September 5th, 2018|Medical Devices|

(This is part of a series, presented by McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, titled “Life on The Bleeding Edge: How the FDA Won’t Keep You Safe.” To learn more, please read Part One.) In the Netflix documentary, The Bleeding Edge, you meet an orthopedic surgeon named Dr. Stephen Tower. He is shown biking around Anchorage, Alaska, where he lives and practices. Dr. Tower tells the story of how he started to experience pain [...]

Aug 30, 2018

Jury Awards $289 Million in Lawsuit Claiming Monsanto’s Roundup Leads to Cancer

By |August 30th, 2018|Defective Products|

A jury in San Francisco has awarded Dewayne Johnson $289 million in his lawsuit against Monsanto. Mr. Johnson is dying of cancer, which he claims was a result of using “Roundup weedkiller [sic] 20 to 30 times per year while working as a groundskeeper for a school district near San Francisco,” CNN reports. Monsanto is already planning to appeal the decision, claiming their product has a “history of safe use.” We believe Mr. [...]

Aug 23, 2018

Widespread Negligence in U.S. Hospitals Is Leading to Preventable Maternal Deaths

By |August 23rd, 2018|Birth Injury|

Every year in the U.S., about 50,000 women suffer serious injuries during the process of childbirth. Additionally, some 700 mothers lose their lives in what is supposed to be a joyous occasion. As a recent USA Today investigation has discovered, hospitals across the nation are bypassing crucial safety practices that would prevent these maternal injuries and fatalities. The investigators gained access to more than 500,000 pages of internal hospital records, and analyzed more [...]

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