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Yaz® Birth Control Side Effects

For many years, Yaz® has been prescribed to women for birth control. Recently, there have been very serious side effects from using Yaz® birth control reported in many women throughout the United States. These include higher risks of blood clots such as pulmonary emboli, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), gallbladder problems and even sudden death. In […]

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When to Bring Legal Action

Today’s world has become incredibly litigious, which may make some people uncomfortable, even when faced with what to do when disaster strikes. But there are many factors to consider if you genuinely feel that you are the victim of a faulty or dangerous product. For example, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website, […]

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Class Action vs. Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)

A class action lawsuit is where multiple parties have the same dispute against the same defendants and ask the court to join their causes of action into a single case, resulting in a single trial. Typically, there are at least 100 plaintiffs with the exact same claim and right to compensation and action. Individuals can […]

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What is a ‘Medical Device’?

A medical device is a product used by patients for medical purposes. This includes diagnosis, therapy or surgery. When used, the effect of the medical device is primarily physical, as opposed to pharmaceutical drugs, which have a chemical effect. Medical devices include a wide range of products, from the most basic item like a tongue […]

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Generic vs. Brand-Name Drugs

What exactly is a generic drug? Generic drugs are copies of brand-name drugs. They have exactly the same dosage, uses, effects, side-effects, risks, safety, and strength as the original drug. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that generic drugs be as safe and effective as brand-name drugs. Once a brand-name drug is approved by […]

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The Case against Ortho Evra®

Ortho Evra® is a tiny skin patch with the same hormones as in many birth control pills. This contraceptive patch prevents pregnancy by delivering a continuous amount of two hormones, estrogen and progestin, through the skin and into the blood stream. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2001, it wasn’t […]

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FDA Drug Approval Process

As you might imagine, there are several phases to the process of getting a drug approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for sale to the public. Pre-Clinical Testing: In this initial phase, the drug is developed, animal tests are performed, and an institutional review board studies the product. If the recommendations are positive, […]

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FDA Conflict of Interest in Avandia Panel

The Food and Drug Administration has completed its investigation of a potential conflict of interest regarding the advisory committee that decided on new labeling requirements for the dangerous drug Avandia. Despite proven links between Avandia and heart disease, the FDA has left Avandia on the market with a black box warning informing consumers that Avandia […]

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