Alere INRatio® Test Strips, Monitor System Recalled

If you have been taking a blood-thinning drug (such as warfarin/Coumadin) or have been receiving heparin injections, you should be aware of an urgent recall of INRatio® PT/INR test strips and monitors. These products are used to test a patient’s INR (international normalized ratio) when taking warfarin and other anticoagulation medications. The goal with warfarin therapy is to maintain a balance between preventing clots and causing excessive bleeding. This balance requires careful monitoring, typically by PT/INR.

J&J to Pay as Much as $420 Million More in ASR Hip Accord

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Johnson & Johnson Loses Trial Over Risperdal And Male Breasts - Pharmalot - WSJ

In a setback to Johnson & Johnson , a Philadelphia jury decided the health care giant must pay $2.5 million in damages for failing to warn that its Risperdal antipsychotic could cause gynecomastia, which is abnormal development of breasts in males. The lawsuit was brought by the family of an autistic boy who took the drug in 2002 and later developed size 46 DD breasts, according to a lawyer for the family.

Tobacco Companies Settle Smoking Lawsuits for $100 Million