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Ingredient in Colgate Total Toothpaste Linked to Cancer, Bloomberg Reports

Bloomberg reports that an active ingredient in Colgate Total toothpaste, Triclosan, is linked to cancer-cell growth and disrupted development in animals. Although many companies have stopped using this antibacterial chemical in their products, Colgate stands by its use of Triclosan citing the FDA’s approval of its product as an over-the-counter drug in 1997. However, Bloomberg […]


FDA Warns of Dangerous Testosterone Risks for Men, NBC News Reports

NBC Nightly News reports that “[t]estosterone treatment is a growing multibillion-dollar business, but it presents the risk of life-threatening blood clots.” In the news segment, the NBC reporter comments: “In 2013, doctors wrote 7.5 million prescriptions for testosterone, up from about 4 million in 2009. While treatment for abnormally low testosterone levels is warranted in […]


Pradaxa® MDL 2385 Update: Court Orders Establishment of Qualified Settlement Fund

The Honorable Judge David Herndon, who is overseeing the Pradaxa® Multidistrict Litigation, has ordered the establishment of a “qualified settlement fund” and appointed an administrator of the settlement fund. (CMO 82, In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation, Case No. 12-md-2385, S.D. Ill.) Now that a qualified settlement fund has been established and an […]


TVM Lawsuit Update: Second Trial Against Boston Scientific Begins in Massachusetts

On August 14, the second bellwether trial against Boston Scientific began in the Massachusetts state court consolidated litigation. The trial involves allegations by plaintiff Maria Cardenas that the Boston Scientific transvaginal mesh (TVM) product she was implanted with caused her serious injuries. (Cardenas v. Boston Scientific Corp., Case No. 12-02912, Superior Court of the Commonwealth […]


Xarelto® Lawsuit Update: New Study Finds Bleeding Difficult to Stop for Some Anticoagulants, Including Xarelto®

A new study published in the August issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery found that internal bleeding associated with certain anticoagulants – including Xarelto® – is more difficult to stop in comparison to other blood thinning medications. The study discussed new guidelines on how to treat uncontrolled bleeding in the brain and pointed out that […]


Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update: FDA Rejects Public Citizen’s Petition to Ban and Recall TVM Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its Final Response rejecting a 2011 Petition Filed by Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization, calling for a total ban and complete recall  of the Transvaginal Mesh® (TVM) devices used for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Public Citizen also petitioned the FDA to […]


Experts Question Strength of Data in Actos® Alzheimer’s Study

Experts are questioning the strength of data in a new study demonstrating that a diabetes medication created a slight decrease in the risk of a person developing Alzheimer’s. As part of the recent study, researchers followed 145,717 people ages 60 or older who were taking the diabetes medicine Actos® (pioglitazone) and who were also part […]


FDA Approves New Drug for Type 2 Diabetes: Jardiance®

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the diabetes drug Jardiance® (empagliflozin) to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. The FDA states that the Jardiance® tablets should be used in addition to diet and exercise to control type 2 diabetes. Curtis Rosebraugh, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Office of Drug […]


$2.1 Million Jury Verdict Reversed in Accutane® Lawsuit

The Switzerland-based manufacturer, Roche Holding AG, recently won a reversal of a $2.1 million jury verdict in favor of a California woman who alleged the company’s Accutane® acne medication caused her inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Bloomberg reports. Plaintiff Gillian Gaghan’s case went to trial in 2011, where she alleged that the company failed to warn […]


First Trial in DePuy Pinnacle™ MDL Set to Begin In September

The first bellwether trial in the DePuy Pinnacle™ Multidistrict Litigation (In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, Case No. 3:11-md-02244, MDL No. 2244) will begin on September 1, 2014, as set forth in Case Management Order No. 8. The first trial involves cases filed by two plaintiffs: Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli and Toni […]

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