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With each new pharmaceutical lawsuit, new light is shed on the ever-blurring lines between consumer protection and the FDA; not to mention the fading line between consumer safety and the ever-widening chasm of corporate greed, non-accountability and irresponsibility.

Judging by the hundreds of thousands of new lawsuits filed each year, and by the fact that thousands of them are Multi-District Litigation (MDL) and class action lawsuits that have been filed against pharmaceutical companies last year, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that pharmaceutical irresponsibility has reached epidemic proportions.

Bad drug recalls happen all the time and litigation against manufacturers such as Johnson & JohnsonDePuy, CR Bard, Eli LillyMerck & CoPfizerAstraZenecaMedtronic, Wright Medical Technology, ZimmerStrykerBoston Scientific and American Medical Systems make national news on a regular basis and are just a few of the cases we currently offer lawsuit settlement funding on.

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With each new product liability or wrongful death lawsuit that gets filed against big pharmaceuticals, new light gets shed on the ever-more-blurring lines between consumer protection and the big pharma “getting another one over on the folks at the FDA”. Not to mention the nearly invisible line between consumer safety and the ever-widening chasm of corporate greed, non-accountability and irresponsibility.


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Vaginal Mesh Litigation Update: Martin Baughman develops multiple trial teams in preparation for multiple  EIN News… Read more
A recent study co-led by Yale researchers in collaboration with peers at the University of California, San Diego found that hysteroscopy, a banned popular birth control method of sterilization, is not “generally harmful.” When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, first approved hysteroscopic sterilization in 2002, it was advertised as a less invasive type of permanent contraception called Essure. Initially, it was considered a turning point in birth control, but after thousands of adverse effects including pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding and the need for additional surgeries following the Essure procedure were reported, the FDA mandated a clinical trial to reassess the product’s safety. Essure was discontinued in 2018, and the study was ultimately left unfinished. The paper detailing this current study’s findings was published on Feb. 3 in Obstetrics and Gynecology. It details that the procedure itself is not generally harmful. This research was led by Aileen Gariepy, associate… Read more
Company’s Swedish parent reaches tentative deal in giant New Hampshire mass tort suit Atrium Medical Corp. in Merrimack has settled litigation over its hernia mesh implants in what may be one the largest mass tort suits ever heard in New Hampshire courts. The settlement has not been finalized or released, but Gitinge Group, Atrium’s Swedish parent company, announced on Dec. 8 that it has set aside the equivalent of more than $66 million to deal with the New Hampshire mesh litigation. “I am pleased that we can put this behind us and fully focus on our core business,” said Mattias Perjos, CEO of Getinge, in a press release. The lawsuits, which date back to 2016, were filed in U.S. District Court in Concord, often constituting the bulk of the cases on the docket. More than 3,000 short complaints were filed in New Hampshire, 16 in the last week. Nearly all… Read more
IVC filters have been linked to an increased risk of fracture which can cause serious injury or death. Our law firm is focused on Cordis and Cook IVC filter cases. The IVC filter lawsuits have been going on for a long time, too long. Our lawyers frequently get calls from people who are frustrated that their lawyer has “done nothing” to advance their case towards settlement. We also get calls from victims who cannot find a lawyer. This page gives you information if you have filed an IVC filter lawsuit or are thinking of filing such a claim…. Read more
Progress invites criticism, and in surgery, innovation often begets litigation, as most every surgeon whose practice involves mesh-reinforced hernia repair can attest. “The ads for hernia mesh lawsuits are everywhere, and if you Google ‘hernia mesh lawsuit,’ you’ll see ad after ad after ad for lawyers. We face it every day in our offices; it’s ubiquitous,” said Guy Voeller MD, at the 2021 virtual Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Conference. Dr. Voeller is a professor of surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, in Memphis. “But the problem with mesh in hernia repair is that we have to have it; trying to repair many hernias with suture alone is doomed to failure.” Mesh is now the standard of care in hernia repair for its ability to reduce the rate of recurrence dramatically. But it’s also become a target for lawsuits. What started with a smattering of cases in the 2000s… Read more
C.R. Bard, Inc. is one of many medical device companies involved in large nationwide litigation concerning defective hernia mesh products. C.R. Bard, Inc. faces more than 25,000 lawsuits in state and federal courts, with the first trial in the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) fully underway. Before trials begin in mass tort litigation, the parties propose what cases should go to trial first as a way of determining how a jury is likely to decide in a typical hernia mesh lawsuit. In the first bellwether trial, the plaintiff alleges that he suffered pain, inflammation, infection, and the need for revision surgery because of the defective and dangerous nature of C.R. Bard, Inc’s hernia mesh products…. Read more
IVC filters are small, cage-like devices placed in the inferior vena cava — the largest vein in the body — to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism. Due to potential complications with the devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recommended that IVC filters be removed 29 to 54 days after they’re implanted…. Read more
A recent Kaiser Health News investigation, as reported by Modern Healthcare, demonstrates that medical device sales representatives for various products play a substantial role in patient injuries. Whether the medical device at issue is for a spinal procedure, a hip replacement procedure, or a hernia mesh procedure, a sales representative is likely standing in the operating room…. Read more
Hernia surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the United States. Most surgeons perform hernia repairs with surgical mesh. The net-like implant helps fix weak spots in muscle or connective tissue and prevents organs or fat from bulging through the weak spot. Most people have no problems after hernia repairs with mesh, and they can return to their regular activities. But sometimes hernia mesh fails and causes serious, painful problems that leave some people with debilitating health complications. Surgeons have to remove and replace defective mesh. Thousands of people across the country have filed hernia mesh lawsuits seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and lost quality of life. Trial attorney and pharmaceutical litigation expert Trent B. Miracle is the head of the Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at Simmons Hanly Conroy, an award-winning national firm based in Illinois. Under Miracle’s leadership, the litigation group has won… Read more
When Bayer announced in July 2018 that it would stop selling the permanent birth control device Essure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required the company to continue to evaluate long-term safety information in women who received the device. According to the latest analysis from Bayer covering the period of June 1, 2020, through August 31, 2020, there were an additional 7,509 events related to the Essure reported to the FDA’s medical database, including 7,332 serious injury reports, 104 malfunction reports, and 73 death reports. The most common patient problems reported included pain, perforation, foreign body/device fragment in the patient, pregnancy, and heavier periods. The FDA added that the limited information on the reports provided by Bayer “prevents the ability to draw any conclusions as to whether the device or its removal, caused or contributed to any of the reported deaths or other events in the reports.”… Read more
Victims of Essure birth control implant injuries may soon get the compensation they deserve. Manufacturer Bayer has indicated it is making progress in settlement talks with plaintiffs’ lawyers, and that it has set aside $1.47 billion for potential settlements involving approximately 32,000 lawsuits pending around the country. Essure is a form of permanent birth control that Bayer sold from 2002 through 2018, after which the company stopped distributing the product in the U.S. because of restrictions implemented by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Bayer Considering Settlements, but Maintains Essure is Safe As of July 24, 2020, Bayer faced roughly 32,000 lawsuits filed by Essure users claiming to have suffered from serious injuries caused by the birth control device, including hysterectomy, pain, bleeding, perforation, unwanted pregnancy, and more. The plaintiffs seek both compensatory and punitive damages. Bayer recently indicated in its second-quarter results announcement that it had seen progress… Read more
The German pharmaceutical giant Bayer has agreed to pay $1.6 billion to settle tens of thousands of United States claims related to its birth control device Essure. Nearly 39,000 women across the U.S. had claims against Bayer after suffering health problems including severe pain, bleeding and organ damage after being implanted with the device, a contraceptive coil that is placed in the fallopian tubes. The settlement will resolve roughly 90% of these claims, Bayer said in a statement last week. The agreement did not include an admission of wrongdoing or liability by Bayer, and plaintiffs who participate will be required to drop their claims. “Bayer sympathizes with all women who have experienced adverse health conditions, regardless of the cause, but the company continues to stand by the science supporting the safety and efficacy of Essure,” Bayer said. The settlement provides a coda to years of controversy that have surrounded Essure…. Read more
A Philadelphia jury has awarded more than $33 million to a woman who was injured as a result of a defectively designed blood filter. The jury in the case, captioned Reed-Brown v. Rex Medical, awarded plaintiff Tracy Reed-Brown $1,045,764 million in future medical expenses and $2,322,650 million in future pain and suffering. The jury also found that defendant Rex Medical’s conduct merited a punitive damages award, and, following an abbreviated argument session, awarded an additional $30,315,726 in punitive damages…. Read more
Essure lawsuits claim Bayer failed to warn patients of severe device side effects. Users suffered uterus perforation, device breakage, autoimmune disorders and fetal death. At least 39,000 Essure lawsuits have been filed. No settlements have been made. Why Are Women Filing Essure Lawsuits? We are helping women sue Bayer after experiencing complications with the company's Essure sterilization device. Complaints range from problems caused by broken devices, device migration, and even expulsion of the contraceptive implant in some cases. As part of the complaint, many women are seeking damages for the costs of medical care to treat symptoms and complications of the device's malfunction, along with related expenses. Many women also are seeking non-economic damages related to pain and suffering, including mental and emotional anguish, as well as punitive damages to punish Bayer for developing, manufacturing, and promoting an unsafe medical device…. Read more
In early December of 2018, twenty-seven people filed a lawsuit against the Cordis Corporation, the manufacturers of the OptEase® Vena Cava Filter, also known as an IVC filter. The plaintiffs allege that these defective IVC filters have resulted in life-threatening blood clots and other serious injuries. Because of the nature of the filter, some of the plaintiffs cannot have it removed, as it has become embedded in the walls of the vena cava, and removing it is too dangerous. These patients have not only suffered life-threatening injuries, but the filter causing these injuries – and possible future incidents – must stay in their bodies for the rest of their lives. It is like having a time bomb in the body…. Read more
Today, hernia mesh manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson, Atrium, Covidien, and C.R. Bard, Inc., are the target of thousands of lawsuits because of medical complications from hernia mesh implant surgery. These infections can include extreme pain, infection, recurrence of hernia, organ perforation, nerve damage, and mesh shrinkage or migration—potentially plaguing patients for years if not a lifetime. The number of lawsuits alleging injury due to such issues continues to mount. As an example, more than 50 pending Bard hernia mesh lawsuits were recently centralized into the Southern District Court of Ohio, a transfer you can read about in more detail with this recent update. A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through a weakened or hole-filled muscular wall and forms an often painful and uncomfortable bulge. Hernias can develop in multiple parts of the body including but not limited to the groin, and abdomen. While surgical mesh has been… Read more
IVC Filter Trials Forging Ahead, With 3rd Bard Case Starting Next Tuesday | National Law Journal  Law.com… Read more
No new trial for Bard in $4m vena cava filter loss  Mass Device… Read more
New rules let patients preserve certain hernia mesh for lawsuits. A Georgia court issued the order May 29, 2018. It sets rules to preserve and store Physiomesh hernia mesh for trial. The order gives new guidance for the hundreds of people suing Ethicon over Physiomesh. Preserving defective medical devices can sometimes help people who file lawsuits. But the process may vary from case to case. The Physiomesh case gives unique insight into the process. The order requires people to tell their surgeons to preserve both hernia mesh and tissue. Hernia mesh lawyers will arrange to send all samples to a company called Steelgate Inc. It is a biomedical storage and management company in Florida. As of May 2018, there were 872 Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits in federal court. The cases are part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL). MDLs allow several similar lawsuits to move more efficiently through the court process…. Read more
Engaging in bending, lifting and folding are the most well-known causes of a hernia. But whether it develops from truck driving, moving, or even a C-section, hernias are extremely common. Anyone can develop a hernia, and the majority of hernias are treated with a surgical hernia mesh implant. More than one million U.S. hernia repairs are performed each year, but not all surgeries are successful. Many people are left with a serious set of hernia mesh complications, which could require additional surgeries. About Hernia Repair What are the different types of hernias? A hernia develops when an intestine or tissue squeezes through a weak section in the surrounding muscle area. The most common types of hernias develop in the abdominal wall, sometimes appearing as a visible bulge. Hernias are caused by a consistent pressure directly impacting a weakened or open space in the tissue wall. There are many different types… Read more
A woman who was injured by a device that was implanted to prevent blood clots was awarded $3.6 million by a federal jury in Phoenix. Sherr-Una Booker said she was harmed by an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter made by C. R. Bard. The filter was implanted June 21, 2007. Jurors on Friday, March 30, 2018, ordered Bard to pay Booker $1.6 million for failure to warn of the dangers of the device. That was 80 percent of the $2 million in total compensation jurors said she was due.  Jurors ruled another third party is responsible for the rest…. Read more
The New Jersey Superior Court’s Appellate Division this week tossed a win to C.R. Bard, refusing to reinstate a hernia mesh product liability lawsuit on grounds that expert witnesses couldn’t prove the design of the product was defective or that significant negligence occurred. In the case, plaintiff Kemuel Goodson claims that implantation of Bard’s 3DMax polypropylene mesh during a laparoscopic bilateral inguinal hernia repair in 2006 caused a number of different complications, including remaining pain and the removal of a testicle, and required a number of future procedures. In his original suit, the plaintiff asserted claims of defective design, negligence and fraud and misrepresentation. Bard moved for a summary judgment, which was granted, and the plaintiff appealed, claiming the court “erred in granting summary judgment to the defendant on the plaintiff’s claims of design defect and negligence,” according to court documents. After review, expert testimony from the plaintiffs’ three expert… Read more
Cook Medical won a unanimous verdict November 9, following a three-week trial in a lawsuit blaming the company’s Celect IVC filter for a Florida woman’s injuries. More than 3,000 lawsuits are still pending against Cook over the devices designed to catch blood clots. People claim the filters which are placed in the body’s largest vein, called the vena cava, can come loose or break and cause blood vessel or organ damage. Some of the lawsuits blame the devices for patients’ deaths…. Read more
What do you get when you blow hot air around a surgical patient? If you’re 3M Co., the maker of the Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Device, you get over 2,600 lawsuits. You also get a letter from the FDA telling healthcare providers that the device is actually cleared for use. The Bair Hugger was designed to “promote post-surgical healing and cut down on infections by maintaining a patient’s body temperature in surgery.” The device is basically a heater and a plastic “blanket.” The “blanket” is draped over the patient, and the heater draws in room air from the OR, heats it, and blows it into the “blanket.” The Bair Hugger is designed to counteract patients’ inability to regulate body temperature while under general anesthesia. According to Dr. Joe Jackson at Anesthesia Myths, “Your body is a finely tuned machine that normally regulates its temperature within several tenths of a… Read more
After receiving more than 900 reports of problems with IVC filters over the last five years, federal regulators are warning doctors to remove the filters, which are meant to prevent pulmonary embolisms, before they can break free inside the patient and do damage.  The FDA issued a safety alert this week for inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. The IVC filters are placed inside patients to prevent blood clots from breaking free and traveling to the lungs or heart and causing a pulmonary embolism. However, the FDA is telling doctors they should remove the filters once the danger of the clot has passed, or else the filters could break free and travel through the body of the patient. The FDA warning notes that the agency has received 921 adverse event reports involving problems with IVC filters implanted. Of those, 328 involved the filter breaking free and migrating through the body, 146 involved components breaking… Read more
An IVC Filter lawsuit has been filed against Cook Medical by a woman from West Virginia who suffered a vein perforation less than 4 months after the Celect® IVC filter was implanted in her body. The lawsuit was filed by Roseanne L., a woman from West Virginia who was injured by the Celect® Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filter (“IVC Filter”) manufactured by Cook Medical Inc. The IVC Filter was implanted on January 11, 2012 at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia by Dr. Albeir Y. Mousa. Before the filter was implanted, the FDA had issued a Safety Communication asking physicians to remove retrievable IVC filters as soon as protection from pulmonary embolism is no longer needed. On April 12, 2016, she underwent a CT scan as a follow-up to her diagnosis of ovarian cancer in 2012. The scan revealed that the Celect IVC Filter had tilted and punctured… Read more
Patients undergoing incisional hernia repair with hernia mesh may have a lower risk for hernia recurrence, but complications can occur up to five years after surgery, a new study says. The study by Dunja Kokotovic and colleagues published in JAMA Surgery and presented at the 2016 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons showed that patients with hernia mesh have a lower rate of hernia recurrence. But, it also showed that patients with mesh suffered more complications — some were major and required additional surgeries. “In this registry-based nationwide cohort study including 3,242 patients, mesh repair was associated with a lower risk of reoperation for recurrence compared with nonmesh repair over a 5-year follow-up period,” study authors wrote. “However, a risk of long-term mesh-related complications for open and laparoscopic mesh repairs partially offset these benefits.” At five years, the rate of recurrence was significantly lower for those who had… Read more
A hernia mesh lawsuit is a legal claim filed against surgical mesh manufacturers by people who suffered serious injuries after their mesh implants failed. The largest hernia mesh lawsuit settlement amount to date is $184 million paid by C.R. Bard to settle roughly 3,000 cases in 2011. What Are Hernia Mesh Lawsuits? People who filed hernia mesh lawsuits claim that mesh made by companies failed and led to severe injuries that required revision surgery to fix. Patients are suing manufacturers for compensation for damages, including lost wages, medical bills, loss of quality of life, and pain and suffering. Hernia mesh lawsuits claim: Defective product design Improper product labeling, failing to warn patients and doctors about the risk of mesh failure and complications Defective product manufacturing Malpractice committed by the plaintiff’s doctor who implanted the faulty mesh Status of Hernia Mesh Lawsuits As of Sept. 15, 2021, 20,613 lawsuits were pending… Read more
Hernia mesh, or surgical mesh, is a medical device that supports damaged tissue around hernias as it heals. Surgeons place the mesh across the area surrounding the hernia, attaching it with stitches, staples or glue. Pores in the mesh allow tissue to grow into the device. Hernia mesh is used in nine out of 10 hernia surgeries annually in the U.S. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, using hernia mesh may improve a patient’s outcome because the surgery and recovery may take less time compared to other treatment options. However, the agency links recalled meshes to many reports of hernia mesh complications. Some patients require hernia mesh removal surgery to treat these complications. Why Do Surgeons Use Hernia Mesh? A main reason surgeons use hernia mesh is to lower the risk of a hernia recurring, or coming back. There is a high chance of hernias returning after repair… Read more
Scores of people have filed IVC Filter lawsuits against C.R. Bard Inc. and other companies that manufacture and market retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. These devices, which are intended to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism, are allegedly associated with unacceptably high rates of fracture, breakage, and migration. These issues may result in a range of life-threatening complications, including: Internal bleeding Cardiac tamponade Severe pain Puncture of the Inferior vena cava Pulmonary embolism Respiratory distress Deep vein thrombosis in lower limbs Death… Read more
Plaintiffs requested the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where Judge Gerald Austin McHugh, Jr. currently presides over three cases. Approximately 30 lawsuits are pending in Pennsylvania, California, Connecticut, Missouri, and Idaho — with thousands more expected. Essure was implanted in over 750,000 women and the FDA has received 5,000 adverse event reports. Lawyers want to create a Multi-District Litigation (MDL), which is like a class action. It helps coordinate discovery, trials, and settlements, while allowing each individual lawsuit to remain independent. Essure is a permanent sterilization device made by Bayer that consists of two metal coils. It is inserted into the fallopian tubes, causing scar-tissue to grow and block sperm from fertilizing an egg. Lawsuits accuse Bayer of failing to warn about side effects. In February, the FDA placed a “Black Box” warning label on Essure and ordered Bayer to conduct new safety studies…. Read more
The Bair Hugger Normothermia System is a forced-air warming, or FAW, system designed to prevent hypothermia and keep patients at a normal core body temperature during all three phases of orthopedic surgery — preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative. Hospitals have used Bair Hugger devices on more than 200 million patients since 1987 and continue to do so today. More than 50,000 units are installed in the 80 percent of hospitals in the U.S. that use FAW therapy. The warming blankets stabilize core temperature ahead of surgery, then maintain it during the procedure and immediately afterward as the patient recovers. The current Bair Hugger warming units include models 505, 750 and 775. Model 500 is no longer in production. 3M, the company that manufactures the devices, also makes disposable Bair Hugger blankets and gowns. How Bair Hugger Therapy Works Bair Hugger warming units filter air and then force warm air through Bair… Read more
Retrievable IVC Filters meant to be a temporary solution to pulmonary embolism risks in many situation do not get removed or become impossible to remove leading to additional serious complications. For patients who have suffered a traumatic injury or who are undergoing voluntary or emergency surgery, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters can help trap blood clots that may break free from the lower extremities, and prevent them from traveling to the heart and lungs, where they can cause serious complications. The filters are implanted in the inferior vena cava – the largest vein in the body – and feature a cage-like construction that, while designed to capture blood clots, allows deoxygenated blood to continue to flow around the device and return to the right atrium of the heart. Blood clot filters are intended to reduce the risk of stroke, pulmonary embolism, and other serious medical conditions, but it's also important… Read more
IVC filter lawsuits claim C.R. Bard and Cook Medical’s devices were defective, making them more likely to fracture or perforate the inferior vena cava. In March 2018, Bard was ordered to pay a woman $3.6 million to settle an IVC filter case. Bard and Cook have agreed to individual IVC filter lawsuit settlements for undisclosed amounts…. Read more
In August 2020, Bayer announced it would pay $1.6 billion to end virtually all of the U.S. Essure lawsuits involving women who claimed the birth control device caused serious health complications. The Essure settlements will resolve about 90 percent of the nearly 39,000 claims. Bayer had stopped selling Essure in 2018 but did not recall the device. Thousands of American women filed lawsuits against Bayer after they say Essure caused devastating side effects and ruined their lives. Lawsuits say Bayer failed to report serious side effects such as perforated organs and broken devices to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and to the public. For many women, Essure side effects started immediately after implantation. In lawsuits, some say their devices moved out of the fallopian tubes and cut into nearby organs. Others say their device broke into pieces and wreaked havoc on their bodies…. Read more
People who suffer traumatic injuries face a “life-threatening” risk for blood clots, but inferior vena cava (IVC) filters don’t give them a survival benefit, according to a new study. IVC filters are metal devices inserted into the vein of a person at risk for pulmonary embolisms – blood clots that can block the lungs. Experts estimate pulmonary embolisms are the third-highest cause of death in trauma patients who survive more than 24 hours after a traumatic injury. The filters are supposed to block the blood clot from reaching the lungs, but reports linked some IVC filters to high perforation rates…. Read more
A new study reveals a brand of IVC filter — a small, metal cage-like device used to prevent blood clots from entering the lungs — poses a significant risk of puncturing a major blood vessel. The Cook Celect filter had a 43 percent rate of perforation versus the Option filter, which had a zero percent perforation rate. Study authors noted this was a “significantly higher rate.” In the study published in June 2015 in the Journal of Vascular Interventional Radiology, researchers looked at the records of 99 people implanted with the Cook Celect IVC filter and 86 patients who received an Option filter sold by Rex Medical. After about two months, doctors retrieved the filters. While surgeons had slightly more difficulty retrieving Option filters from the vein, the difference in the rate of retrieval was negligible. Researchers were more concerned with a potentially troublesome complication: vena cava perforation…. Read more
The inventor of Bair Hugger warming blankets, also called forced air warming blankets (FAW), is warning of the risk for infections the device could cause when used during orthopedic surgeries. Dr. Scott D. Augustine invented the Bair Hugger warming blanket and introduced it in 1988. The blankets were a success, but now he is claiming the blankets have an increased risk of spreading infection during surgery. “I am very proud of the old technology,” Augustine told the New York Times. “But I am also proud to spread the word that there is a problem.” Doctors use the warming blankets in millions of surgeries every year to prevent hypothermia – a condition where the body loses heat quicker than it can produce it. Augustine marketed warming blankets through his company Augustine Medical which later changed its name to Arizant. Augustine resigned from his positions as chairman of the board and chief… Read more
Medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard may have known about its Recovery inferior vena cava (IVC) blood filter’s risks for complications before receiving permission to market it, according to an NBC News investigation. Bard might have also forged a signature on its application for FDA clearance, and a private study sponsored by Bard indicated the device was riskier than similar devices long before the manufacturer removed it from the market…. Read more
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… Read more
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…. Read more
As lead IVC filter lawyer for the firm, Mr. Martin has been filing the firm’s federal cases for Cook IVC Filter clients under In re Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2570. For the firm’s federal cases pertaining to Bard IVC Filters, those have been filed under In re Bard IVC Filters Product Liability, MDL No. 2641…. Read more
Jennifer is a mother of two. She lives in Glendale with her family, including two additional stepchildren. With a full house, she wanted permanent birth control. She chose Essure. The device consists or two small metal coils which are placed inside each fallopian tube. Scar tissue grows to block conception. But, even after doctors confirmed her fallopian tubes were fully blocked, Jennifer got pregnant. “Essure just basically didn't do its job. And because of that, we had to pay the price. Other women have to pay the price,” said Jennifer. Jennifer is talking about a group of women sharing their experiences with Essure on Facebook . Many describe the exact same symptoms like extreme bloating, skin rashes and headaches. They also post pictures, including photos of X-rays that show coils cutting through fallopian tubes and broken coils after they were removed. There are more than 3,500 women in the group… Read more
Since 2004, almost 850 women and doctors have filed Adverse Event Reports with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about Essure birth control. They detail extreme symptoms – from women experiencing excess bleeding, rashes and bloating to women who were forced to have their reproductive organs removed.      *See Original Investigation Now, the ABC15 Investigators found a new Adverse Event Report filed with the FDA just weeks ago regarding Essure. It details a woman’s death after she was admitted to the hospital for abdominal pain. She had the Essure coils implanted this year, but it has not been determined what caused her death. ‘THE LATEST AND GREATEST’ Amanda Holt saw a lot of positives when she decided to get Essure as a permanent form of birth control. “I have three children. I work at lightning speed. And when someone told me that I can go in and get this procedure done… Read more
Women are coming forward to talk about their experiences with a permanent form of birth control called Essure. They’re describing it in stark terms: “It’s a constant pain that doesn’t go away,” one woman said. “It felt like barbed wire inside of me,” according to another. “It’s excruciating,” a third woman said. Last year, after Becky Beesley of Gilbert decided she no longer wanted children, she chose to get Essure birth control. “I had the Essure coils put in and immediately my body rejected the procedure,” she said. “My leg started to tremor and I threw up a couple of times.” Within a few months, she started experiencing serious health issues. “I felt like there were little gremlins…that were just trying to claw their way out,” she said. The pain got so bad, she said she couldn’t work; she had to quit her job as a teacher. Eventually, her doctor… Read more
During the past decade, juries have returned numerous verdicts against transvaginal mesh manufacturers. Plaintiffs have received millions of dollars in compensation for medical bills, injuries and emotional damage after fighting their cases in court. Transvaginal mesh makers have settled thousands of legal claims for roughly $8 billion. The first transvaginal mesh lawsuits went to trial in 2012 and 2013. Since then, multiple transvaginal mesh producers have lost multimillion-dollar lawsuits. Many companies have agreed to large legal settlements to avoid facing plaintiffs in courtrooms, but others have delayed proceedings and settlements. Juries have sided with numerous plaintiffs who accused companies of designing defective products, fraudulently promoting the safety of the devices and failing to warn of potential complications. Despite multiple settlements, thousands of lawsuits are still pending in federal and state courts. It’s unclear whether companies will try to resolve remaining claims or fight them. “(Settlements are) hard to predict,” lawyer… Read more
Some women who have a permanent birth control device called Essure say it has ravaged their reproductive systems, leaving them with scars, pain and years of unexplained symptoms. The Essure system consists of a pair of metal coils designed to be implanted in a woman’s fallopian tubes. After several months, scar tissue that naturally builds up around the coils creates a permanent barrier to sperm, preventing pregnancy by a method similar to an intrauterine device, commonly called an IUD. The problem, according to those who complain about Essure, is that the coils can cause pain, irritation, and much worse, long after they are implanted. However, there have been few complications reported to the Food and Drug Administration. Seven women from New York, Boston and Baltimore described complications after their Essure procedures. Some cried as they recalled years of symptoms that they did not initially connect to the coils. “One of… Read more
C.R. Bard is prepared to pay $184 million to settle hernia repair lawsuits filed by individuals who suffered severe internal injuries that were allegedly caused by design problems with their Composix Kugel mesh products. The company announced the charge amount expected to cover any Kugel mesh settlements in its second-quarter report, indicating that the manufacturer has reached agreements in principle with a number of law firms representing a large portion of plaintiffs who have brought a claim. The settlement comes after only two Kugel hernia mesh trials have been presented to a jury, out of an estimated 3,000 lawsuits that have been filed in courts throughout the United States. The first Kugel bellwether trial held in federal court, which involved a case brought by John Whittfield, ended in a defense verdict last April. While the jury in that case found that the manufacturers were negligent in the design of … Read more

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