Categories for Drug Litigation

As of June of this year, more than 11,000 lawsuits Yasmin and Yaz lawsuits have been filed against Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the makers of the popular birth control. These lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois and of the 11,677 lawsuits currently filed, 9,055 are currently pending litigation.  According to court documents and complaints from patients, the birth control has...

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After its entry into the pharmaceutical market in 1998, Viagra, the famous "little blue pill", exploded in sales. Today, it’s yearly revenue exceeds $2 billion. Unfortunately, the manufacturer of Viagra, Pfizer, is coming under increasing scrutiny as thousands of men are being diagnosed with melanoma, a form of skin cancer, after taking the drug.  Recent research by JAMA has linked this potentially deadly side effect to...

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After the FDA inspected American Medical System’s manufacturing plant in Minnetoka, Minnesota in February, the transvaginal mesh manufacturer was placed under heavier scrutiny. According to the report that resulted from that inspection and which Endo Health Solutions, Inc. released in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Comission (SEC), the FDA issued three observations and met with the company to address how these issues...

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 For many women, pelvic organ prolapse, the medical condition in which the muscles of a woman’s "pelvic floor" weakens because of age or trauma, is a common and uncomfortable medical issue. Women who are diagnosed with the condition must deal with embarrassing side effects that occur when organs such as the bladder, uterus and small bowels drop into the vagina. Although there are several procedures...

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JAMA Internal Medicine recently published an article this April that sought to examine the link between sildenafil use and the risk of incident melanoma among men in the United States. Sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra, an oral medication approved by the FDA to treat erectile dysfunction and which has been around since 1998. In that time, the drug, which is manufactured by Pfizer,...

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Risperdal has been used for years in the treatment of schizophrenia, bi-polar mania, and irritability associated with autistic disorder in children and adolescents.  In addition, Clinical studies involving small numbers of patients have shown some benefit in using Risperidone for stuttering and Tourette’s syndrome though these are non FDA-approved uses. Another non-FDA approved use of risperidone is for obsessive-compulsive disorders. Unfortunately, over the years there...

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Canadian health officials are in the process of reviewing whether or not women in that country are being warned about the risks associated with the transvaginal mesh implant. The review comes based on the fact that several women have reported experiencing problems after receiving the mesh implant. These problems include but are not limited to pelvic organ prolapsed (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). All...

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Lawsuits have been filed claiming that the makers of AndroGel (testosterone treatment) never warned patients and doctors about the cardiac risks associated with the product. There have been claims that men have suffered strokes and heart attacks after using AndroGel. Even though Abbott Laboratories Inc. knew that testosterone therapies were linked to increased rates of heart attack, stroke and death they chose not to warn...

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Allegations that the side effects of Lipitor have caused diabetes in women, has prompted lawsuits. Lipitor is a cholesterol drug said to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, chest pain and certain kinds of heart surgeries in people who have heart disease or several risk factors of heart disease. Women throughout the United States have had similar allegations that they developed diabetes from side...

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Surgical mesh is a medical device that is used to provide additional support when repairing weakened or damaged tissue. Thousands of women have reported serious transvaginal mesh side effects such as: erosion of the mesh through the vaginal wall, infection and bleeding, vaginal shortening and tightening, bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation, pain and discomfort during sex (dyspareunia), and painful urination. “The FDA has identified...

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 Children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other disruptive behavior disorders, who are publicly insured by Medicaid, were typically prescribed Risperdal more often than those not in a lower income socio-economic group. Even though Risperdal was not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ADHD, it was prescribed for an average of 180 days to youth between the ages of two...

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Recently, the Texas Jury awarded Linda Batiste, a 64 year old nurse, received $1.2 million from the company Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). Batiste had the Tvt-Obturator (TVT-O) transvaginal mesh sling device (made by JNJ) implanted to treat stress urinary incontinence—a condition which involves involuntary urination. Batiste asserted that the mesh sling was defectively designed, and because of this failure to create an effective product she...

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In March there was a complaint filed against the testosterone gel AndroGel by a New York man, Gary White. He joins the growing number of critics and complaints against this treatment for low testosterone (Low T). Gary White used AndroGel and it resulted in him having a stroke after only 5 months of use. Mr. White is a 56 year old man who had no...

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Transvaginal mesh, a sling device used to support sagging organs, has caused suffering to thousands of women. Not only does this device cause pain and suffering after the implantation, but in many situations it is nearly impossible to remove. One news website quotes a Bay Area pelvic surgeon, Michael Thomas Margolis as he explains the removal with this analogy:     “Extirpation of vaginal mesh is...

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Coloplast, a manufacturer of medical products, is said to have agreed to pay about $16 million to settle lawsuits accusing the company of injuring women with its vaginal-mesh inserts. Coloplast is best known as a maker of ostomy and urine bags for post-surgical use. Officials for Coloplast agreed in January 2014 to resolve about 400 suits over the inserts, which are designed to support internal...

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On January 28, 2014, the makers of Risperdal, Johnson and Johnson, successfully appealed a verdict rendered in a Risperdal marketing lawsuit filed on behalf of the state of Louisiana. In a 4-3 decision, the Louisiana Supreme Court found that state prosecutors did not prove the company had violated Louisiana law by making misleading claims regarding the safety and efficacy of Risperdal. Consequently, the ruling reverses...

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As Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuits continue to progress in courts all over the United States, one state is taking the initiative to curb the overuse of antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal in children. The initiative is taking place in Ohio and is part of Ohio Minds Matter, an effort by the state to evaluate and improve prescribing of atypical antipsychotics and other psychotropic medications among Medicaid-eligible children,...

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AndroGel, a drug used to supplement testosterone which is naturally made by the body. Some men suffer from conditions caused by low testosterone, and the gel is used to aid the lack of natural testosterone. It is a topical hormone gel used simply by rubbing the medication onto the skin. However simple this treatment may seem, the complications it causes are more complex. Information by...

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Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has become increasingly more popular each year. In fact, in recent years, the use of popular testosterone treatments such as AndroGel, Androderm, Testim, and Axiron have increased more than a factor of five, and have more than $1.9 million in sales in the year 2012 alone! These treatments are used for men who experience Low Testosterone or “Low T”. The sales...

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A Johnson & Johnson (J&J) employee, Judy Doetterl, was awarded almost $30 million in whistleblower compensation because she was able to obtain proof that the company J&J had been marketing illegal through kickback schemes in association with the drug Risperdal. Doetterl wore a recording device to one of the company’s marketing presentations. Doetterl and other employees encouraged the government to investigate further into the company...

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AndroGel is a testosterone gel used to treat adult males who are testosterone deficient. Testosterone is a hormone which is naturally made by the human body. In fact, this hormone is responsible for many of the sexual characteristics of males such as growth of male sex organs and the prostate, development and distribution of male hair such as facial hair, and the sex drive and...

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Transvaginal mesh is a device meant to support sagging or weak tissue such as the bladder. It is made of polypropylene and looks somewhat like a hand. It is a flat piece of mesh with arms. They sew it into the pelvic floor to support and strengthen the weakening tissue. One major problem with the device is it is difficult if not impossible to completely...

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Risperdal—an antipsychotic drug—has negatively affected thousands of men and boys across the country. Many are left with painful and humiliating side effects. In many cases the drug causes males to develop breasts, a condition known as Gynecomastia. In some cases this breast growth also causes them to produce milk. This is because the drug increases the levels of prolactin, the hormone that stimulates the breast...

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Complications Causes By Transvaginal Mesh May Also Be The Fault of the Surgeon The transvaginal mesh device (TVM)—a soft, lightweight, porous plastic, mesh looking device—is often used to treat pelvic organ prolapsed (POP), as well as stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Many suffer from these conditions, causing them to have urinary incontinence which may be triggered by simple things such as coughing, sneezing, or laughing. Many...

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Many young boys have been adversely affected by the drug Risperdal. This antipsychotic taken by many young boys has been shown to produce male breasts. This condition, known as Gynecomastia, has caused much psychological trauma in many of the consumers of the drug Risperdal. The company Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals have been accused of hiding the risks associated with this medication. In...

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Risperdal, a common antipsychotic drug used for a variety of illnesses, has been seen to have some very negative and damaging side effects in young boys. The drug has been shown to increase the levels of prolactin in young boys thus causing them to develop male breasts, a condition known as Gynecomastia. This video describes the experience of Sam Wilson, a young boy who had...

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Linda Gross, a 47-year-old nurse, sued Johnson and Johnson (J&J) for their Ethicon unit called the Prolift. This Transvaginal mesh device is used to help lift and strengthen weakened muscled in the pelvic area. It is inserted up through the vagina and was originally thought to be a good aid for pelvic organ prolapse. However, further investigation has discovered painful and long lasting effects from...

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This video describes the story of a young 19 year-old boy named John. He began taking Risperdal when he was 7 for his ADD. Aside from other negative side effects such as aggressiveness, sleepiness, and bowel problems, John developed a condition called Gynecomastia—the growth of female breasts. His Mom mentioned that John even asked her if he was a girl. Unfortunately for many young boys...

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The IVC filter is a device used when anticoagulation drugs have little to no effect on patients. They are usually used in cases where the patient has venous thromboembolic disease or for patients with high risk of pulmonary embolism. The device is supposed to help prevent blood clots by trapping them before they can move through the body. It works as a net, inserted into...

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In September of last year, 21-year old Aaron Banks settled for an undisclosed amount with Johnson and Johnson (J&J) regarding the use of Risperdal with its negative side effects and understated risks. Banks had been treated with Risperdal from the ages 9 to 14. Because of the use of this drug he developed a condition known as Gynecomastia, or the abnormal growth of male breast...

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Transvaginal literally means “through the vagina.” The Transvaginal mesh implant (TV Mesh)—also known as a vaginal sling, patch, and tape—is a surgical mesh device inserted up through the vagina (to avoid large incisions). The device is used in treating women with conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP)—the downward slip of the bladder—and stress urinary incontinence (SUI)—the leaking of urine during moments of physical activity...

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For more than a decade Risperdal has been promoted for unproven off-label uses. Although doctors may have a legal right to prescribe drugs for some off-label purposes, drug companies are not legally entitled to promote or market drugs for purposes other than those approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Through salespeople, sent out by Johnson & Johnson (J&J), many drug prescribing facilities were...

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  Would you take a drug if one of the side effects was possible death? Most wouldn’t take that risk. Would you take a drug if you knew that one of the side effects for young men was the risk of breast growth? Few would take that risk as well. However, Risperdal—an atypical antipsychotic medication—has been seen to cause serious and dangerous side effects, such...

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OxyElite Pro, a popular dietary supplement manufactured at USP Labs in Dallas, TX, is currently under Federal investigation. According to the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control, the supplement has been linked so far to 29 cases of hepatitis; which have subsequently led to two liver transplants and one death of a user in Hawaii. Currently, 11 people have been hospitalized from usage of...

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On Thursday, August 15, 2013, Donna Cisson was awarded two million dollars by a federal jury in West Virginia for punitive damages and for the internal injuries she sustained while using the company’s brand of vaginal mesh; a product that has been linked to thousands of reports of several internal damage. This verdict is only the first of over 25,000 pending vaginal mesh lawsuits currently...

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  Katelynne Fisher of Nova Scotia was only 18 years old when she died from a massive stroke caused by a blood clot. She had been taking Yaz, one of the most commonly prescribed birth control pills in the world. Now, her mother, Lisa Fisher, is asking that the popular birth control be recalled from the market. It has recently come to light that at least 23...

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