Drug Litigation

Coalition of Attorneys General to Investigate Herbal Supplement Industry

Brian Nettles, Esq. There is no question that awareness of health and natural foods are at the forefront of concerns in America these days. What was once a niche market, organic and health-minded consumption is now mainstream. The market for organic foods reportedly jumped from $28.4 billion in 2012, to an estimated $35 billion in 2014. To put that into perspective, even McDonald’s plans to get rid of antibiotic-treated chicken–and add kale to it’s menu. Needless to say, consumer appetite for organically produced, health-boosting items is growing big time. There is a lot of money in the business boom–and a …

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Takeda to Pay $2.3 million to Actos Bladder Cancer Victim

Chris Welsh, Esq. www.welsh-law.com A Philadelphia state court jury has ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. to pay more than $2.3 million in damages to a plaintiff suffering bladder cancer. The plaintiff is the fifth Actos victim to be awarded damages by a jury. Jury members found that Japan-based Takeda failed to adequately warn the plaintiff’s doctors about the drug Actos’s cancer risks. Actos, also known as Pioglitazone,  is a drug used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes and poses risk of heart failure, heart attack, and bladder cancer. Despite thousands of lawsuits, the FDA has yet to recall the drug …

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Levaquin Linked to Irreversible Nerve Damage

If you or a loved one has suffered serious side effects from Levaquin, Cipro or Avelox, you may be able to pursue legal action. Levaquin (levofloxacin) is a powerful antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. It has been linked to serious and permanent side effects, including damage to patients’ nerves and a condition known as peripheral neuropathy.  These harmful effects are irreversible and can be deadly. Levaquin is in a company of other fluoroquinolones. Levaquin was approved for sale in the U.S. in 1996 for the treatment of serious, life-threatening infections, such as meningitis. However, there has been growing evidence …

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Ohio Vows End to Death Penalty Drug Mixture

The state of Ohio will no longer use a two-drug combination for the death penalty by lethal injection. The previously untested combination of midazolam (a sedative) and hydromorphone (a powerful analgesic) was administered for the first and last time for the execution of Dennis McGuire last year. The cocktail caused McGuire to choke and gasp until he died 15 minutes later. Lethal injection should be physically painless and take up to five minutes when done properly. His family sued the state, claiming that his death amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. McGuire is not the only inmate to suffer from …

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Overmedicating the Elderly: Chemical Restraint in American Nursing Homes

Robert Sachs, Esq. A troubling reality of drug abuse in American nursing homes is coming to light through class action lawsuits and personal stories. Family caretakers and elderly advocates are discovering a dark system of drug abuse inflicted on their elderly parents and loved ones, often when it is too late. Almost 300,000 residents currently receive antipsychotic drugs, including Risperdal, Haldol, and Seroquel, which approved to treat severe schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. However, nursing homes employ them instead to sedate, suppress, and immobilize residents, often claiming that it suppresses aggression, and anxiety that come with dementia and Alzheimers disease. Some …

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