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 [...]

Aug 21, 2018

Infections Causing Sepsis Can Be Caused by Many Things, Even a Lick from Your Dog

By |August 21st, 2018|Medical Negligence|

Many of us have furry friends at home. They show love by licking us at times. It’s probably never crossed your mind that your pup’s expression of love could lead to a life-threatening medical condition. Unfortunately, that appears to be what happened to a man in Wisconsin. An innocent lick from his dog ultimately led to the loss of some of his limbs, and almost his life. Like many of us, Greg Manteufel [...]

Aug 16, 2018

Life on The Bleeding Edge: How the FDA Won’t Help Keep You Safe

By |August 16th, 2018|Defective Products|

On July 20, 2018, Bayer announced that it would finally stop selling Essure, a form of birth control that was supposed to cause permanent female sterilization, at the end of 2018. On July 27, 2018, Netflix released a documentary titled The Bleeding Edge, a film about the $400 billion medical device industry – and which focused heavily on the women whose lives were ruined by Essure. You might say that, since Bayer made [...]

Aug 14, 2018

What Causes Pressure Sores in Nursing Homes?

By |August 14th, 2018|Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect|

One of the most common injuries in nursing homes is pressure sores, also known as “pressure ulcers.” Even though they are one of the most common injuries to nursing home residents, they're also one of the most preventable. Pressure sore injuries can range from mild to extremely severe, causing serious infection or death. If your parent, sibling, spouse, child or other family member suffered pressure sore injuries in a nursing home or assisted [...]

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