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Transvaginal Mesh Manufacturer Boston Scientific Sets Aside Nearly $1 Billion for Legal Expenses

In light of the ongoing lawsuits against Boston Scientific on behalf of women alleging severe injuries from their transvaginal mesh (TVM) devices, the 2006 acquisition of Guidant Corporation, and IRS tax issues, Boston Scientific has set aside nearly $1 Billion to pay legal expenses – as reported by the Boston Business Journal. According to the […]

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Testosterone Therapy (Low-T) Lawsuit Update: Direct Filing Order Entered in MDL 2545

On October 24, 2014, The Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly entered an Order allowing for the filing of federal complaints directly into the testosterone therapy multidistrict litigation (MDL 2545) pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Kristine Kraft, a partner at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP, has been appointed by […]

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Xarelto® Lawsuit Update: JPML Hearing for Xarelto® (MDL 2592) Set for December

On December 4, 2014, a hearing before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) will take place in Charleston, South Carolina regarding the potential Xarelto® MDL (In re: Xarelto® Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2592). During this hearing, plaintiffs and defendants will present their arguments to the panel as to whether all federally-filed Xarelto cases should […]

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FDA Issues Class 1 Recall for Covidien Defibrillation Electrodes

The FDA has issued a Class 1 Recall for certain Medi-Trace™ Cadence and Kendall™ Multi-function Defibrillation Electrodes due to a connector compatibility issue with Philips FR3 and FRx Defibrillators. The FDA defines a Class 1 Recall as the “most serious recall where there is a reasonable risk of a serious adverse health consequence or death.” […]

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American Cancer Society: Mixed Findings on Link between Talcum Powder & Ovarian Cancer

The American Cancer Society has weighed in on the suggestion that talcum powder may cause ovarian cancer. In particular, the American Cancer Society provides that “it has been suggested that talcum powder might cause cancer in the ovaries if the powder particles (applied to the genital area or on sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or condoms) were […]

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European Scientific Committee Urges Caution & Discusses Health Risks of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

On October 10, the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) issued its final opinion regarding the safety of metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants. The SCENIHR issued this opinion after the European Commission asked the committee to assess the safety of MoM hip implants. In particular, the committee found that “[a]ll types […]

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$2 Million Verdict in Philadelphia State Court Actos® Case, Bloomberg Reports

Bloomberg reports that Takeda, the manufacturer of the diabetes medication Actos®, has been ordered by a Philadelphia jury to pay more than $2 Million in damages. The case was held in Philadelphia state court where jurors deliberated for more than five hours before finding that the manufacturers of Actos® failed to properly warn the plaintiff’s […]

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Medical Devices Lack Safety Evidence, according to Recent JAMA Study

The Wall Street Journal reports that a recent study reveals that the majority of FDA approved moderate- to high-risk medical devices lack publicly available scientific evidence regarding safety and efficacy. According to a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that 42 out of 50 specific FDA approved medical devices lacked such data, […]

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FDA Warns about Dangers of Over-the-Counter Male Enhancement Products

NBC reports that the United States FDA has issued 20 public notifications this year regarding “tainted” products found online promising “sexual enhancement.” In particular, the FDA warns of an “emerging trend where over-the-counter products, frequently represented as dietary supplements, contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful. Consumers may unknowingly take products laced with varying […]

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Xarelto® Lawsuit Update: Roger Denton Appears on Live Radio Show to Discuss Dangers of Xarelto®

On October 10, 2014, Roger Denton of Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP appeared as a guest on the “Majority Report with Sam Seder” live radio show to discuss Xarelto®, a prescription anticoagulant that is the subject of recent lawsuits in the United States. Click here to listen to the segment. Denton explained that Xarelto® was […]

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