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The New York Times Reports on a Study Analyzing the Effect of “Free Samples” where Health is Concerned

On April 18, 2014, The New York Times reported on a study published by JAMA Dermatology, which concluded that the practice of providing free samples to physicians favorably influences the number of prescriptions written for that drug. The research further supported that it is the pharmaceutical companies who win after a comparison of cost based […]


FDA Announces Voluntary Recall of Thinogenics Weight Loss Capsules

On April 18, 2014 the FDA announced the recall of weight loss drug Thinogenics manufactured by Nature’s Universe. This announcement comes after the FDA’s analysis of the drug determined that the product contained the appetite suppressant sibutramine. Nature’s Universe notified the public that it is recalling all lots of Thinogenics sold internationally prior to February […]


Trichloroethylene Vapor Mitigation Systems Installed in Elmwood Park

Early this year, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began installing venting systems in houses in the Elmwood Park and Chicago Heights Boulevard neighborhoods near Olivette and Overland, Missouri. These safety measures come after the EPA and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) detected contaminated groundwater and chemical vapors in the neighborhood. The […]


Abbott Recalls Defective Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a press release on March 15, 2014 where Abbott Diabetes Care announced its voluntarily recall of the FreeStyle Blood Glucose Meter and the FreeStyle Flash™ Blood Glucose Meter. Abbott Diabetes Care, based in Alameda, California, announced that these two products at issue have not been produced since 2010 […]


Covidien Recalls Certain Aneurism Detection Devices Due to Risk of Stroke or Death

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a press release on April 11, 2014 where Covidien announced its voluntarily recall of two of its aneurism detection devices – the Pipeline™ Embolization Device and Alligator™ Retrieval Device. Covidien provided that it learned of the defect through internal product testing and has not received any injury reports […]


Testosterone Drugs Under Review by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA)

The FDA previously announced on January 31, 2014 that it would investigate a potential link between testosterone use and stroke, myocardial infarction (MI), and death in light of the findings of certain studies. Now Bloomberg reports that the European Medicines Agency, the regulatory authority in the European Union, has also announced that it will review […]


TVM Lawsuit Update: 1.2 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon® Transvaginal Mesh

Bloomberg reports that a Texas jury has rendered a verdict in favor of a woman who alleged one of the company’s Ethicon® transvaginal mesh products was defectively designed and caused her injuries. The jury ordered the manufacturer of the transvaginal mesh product, Johnson & Johnson, to pay $1.2 million dollars in damages. The Texas case […]


Actos® MDL Trial Update: Jury Awards Plaintiff $9 Billion in Punitive Damages

The first federal Actos® trial in the MDL concluded on Monday, April 7th. After deliberations, the jury awarded the plaintiff $1.5 million in compensatory damages and $9 billion in punitive damages ($6 billion against Takeda; $3 billion against Eli Lilly). The first trial in the Multidistrict Litigation In re: Actos® (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation (MDL […]


Public Citizen Urges FDA to Add Black Box Warning to Testosterone Products due to Increased Risk of Heart Attack and Cardiovascular Dangers

An article published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) on March 26, 2014 provides that Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has petitioned the FDA to add a black box warning to the labels of testosterone products to warn about heart attack and other cardiovascular risks. The black box warning is the strongest […]


GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Weight Loss Drug Alli® due to Possible Product Tampering

CNN reports that the British company GlaxoSmithKline has recalled Alli®, an over-the-counter weight loss drug, due to possible product tampering. The company said that “a range of tablets and capsules of various shapes and colors were reported to be found inside bottles [and] [a]dditionally, some bottles inside the outer carton were missing labels and had […]

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