Month: August 2015

Janssen Accused of Withholding Data on Risperdal Side Effect in Autism

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, manufacturer of a drug widely used in autistic children, omitted data on its side effects from a 2003 study, according to evidence presented during a lawsuit against the company.

Risperidone, marketed by Janssen as Risperdal, is one of only two drugs approved for autism. It was developed as an antipsychotic for adults with schizophrenia in 1993. Initially, it was not deemed safe for prepubescent children because it can boost levels of prolactin. Elevated prolactin levels are linked to a range of side effects, including gynecomastia in men and boys.

Baron & Budd Investigating IVC Filter Lawsuits

Many patients are taking legal action against IVC filter manufacturers after suffering injuries. The devices can allegedly fracture or move out of place, not only puncturing the vena cava but causing other internal injuries as well.

The national law firm of Baron & Budd is investigating potential lawsuits involving the use of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. In many instances, the filters have allegedly either fractured or become displaced inside a patient’s body, leading to severe organ damage.

“Far too many patients are suffering greatly due to complications associated with malfunctioning IVC filters”

The inferior vena cava is a major vein that transports blood to the heart from the lower portion of the body. Patients who are susceptible to pulmonary embolisms often have an IVC filter implanted in order to stop blood clots from traveling to the lungs, which can potentially be fatal. Many patients, however, are taking legal action against IVC filter manufacturers after suffering injuries. The devices can fracture or move out of place, not only puncturing the

IVC Filters Found to Cause Deadly Complications

In August 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning stating that the agency had received 921 adverse event reports concerning IVC filters. The FDA has subsequently concluded that the risk of injury may outweigh any potential benefits of implanting IVC filters, and advised physicians to remove the filters as soon as the danger of blood clots has passed.

Roche scores Accutane victory with reversal of $25M verdict

Roche has been on a legal roller coaster with its acne drug Accutane. Facing thousands of claims that the drug triggers inflammatory bowel disease, the Swiss drugmaker is now enjoying a high point, as an appeals court reversed a $25 million verdict against the company.

In a lawsuit over a patient who developed Crohn’s disease while taking the drug, a New Jersey appeals court ruled that the plaintiff, Andrew McCarrell, did not file his suit in time and that a lower court mistakenly applied New Jersey state law, rather than the law in McCarrell’s home state of Alabama, the New Jersey Law Journal reports. The court used a precedent laid out in a 2012 Supreme Court ruling in favor of Johnson & Johnson, which dismissed a suit over a faulty stent after finding that lower courts applied the wrong state law.

This is not the first time the court has overturned a verdict over McCarrell’s Accutane claims. In 2007, a court awarded McCarrell $2.7 million, but the drugmaker ultimately got the verdict reversed, based on an issue with evidence. McCarrell won the $25 million verdict after a 2010 retrial.The appeals court decision is “very disappointing,” David Buchanan, McCarrell’s lawyer, told the NJLJ. McCarrell has fought Roche for 12 years over “permanent and devastating injuries” he got from using Accutane, 

Tracy Morgan Crash: Feds Blame Sleep-Deprived Trucker For Fatal Wreck

The National Transportation Safety Board has sided with comedian Tracy Morgan in placing the blame for a deadly highway crash squarely on a sleep-deprived Wal-Mart truck driver.

The 2014 accident left comic James “Jimmy Mack” McNair dead and Morgan severely injured after the semi truck smashed into the comics’ limo after cruising up to 20 mph over the speed limit.

Kevin Roper, the Georgia truck driver, who’d been awake for 28 hours, might have prevented the accident by slowing his vehicle to 45 mph, the posted limit along the stretch of New Jersey Turnpike then undergoing construction work. The truck had been traveling at 65 mph, but is thought to have hit Morgan’s limo at 47-53 mph.

In today’s report, the NTSB also noted that Morgan and the other passengers in the limo-van, were not wearing seat belts and had adjusted the vehicle’s headrests, contributing to the severity of injuries.

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