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  • How Does the FDA Regulate Prescription Drugs?

    Before a drug can be released on the market, it must go through a strict approval process with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA regulates the various steps that prescription drugs and other items must go through before they can be marketed to the consumer. Not many people are aware of the approval process or the way in which the FDA regulates prescription drugs. Here’s ...
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  • Xarelto (rivaroxaban) linked to life-threatening complications.

    FDA approved in 2011, Xarelto is one of the latest generations of blood thinning anticoagulants, designed to reduce the risk of blood clots, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation and in patients undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery. The most dangerous side effect for individuals taking Xarelto is uncontrollable bleeding. Unlike other ...
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  • Zofran anti-nausea medication linked to Birth Defects.

    Zofran anti-nausea medication linked to Birth Defects. Zofran (ondansetron) is a prescription medication manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and FDA approved to treat nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy and surgery patients. Often prescribed "off-label" for morning sickness in pregnant women, Zofran has never been proven safe for the unborn child nor has the FDA approved it for this reason. While ...
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  • Xarelto linked to uncontrollable bleeding and life-threatening complications.

    Xarelto (rivaroxaban) linked to uncontrollable bleeding and life-threatening complications. Ingested? Click here to read more
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  • Benicar is a Dangerous Drug

    Have you heard of the prescription drug Benicar? It is a blood pressure medication. Its side effects include severe gastrointestinal symptoms such as chronic diarrhea and significant weight loss. The symptoms mimic Celiac disease . Amy Collignon Gunn and The Simon Law Firm, are currently investigating the link between the use of Benicar and the gastrointestinal issues. If you or a loved one have ...
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  • Jury Verdict in Favor of Mesh Victim

    Late 2014 a Tx jury reached a verdict of $73.5M in favor of a mesh victim who suffered serious injuries from her Boston Scientific transvaginal mesh device. Earlier in 2015 J&J agreed to resolve 4 legal cases with more expected. Our Mesh practice page .
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  • Avandia and other Dangerous Drugs

    Overview: The firm has handled hundreds cases against the manufacturers of dangerous drugs, including Avandia, Vioxx, Fen Phen, Aredia, Quinine, Ephedra, Levaquin, Byetta, Digitek, Darvocet, Seroquel Accutane and Actos. Results: The firm has obtained over $20,000,000 in settlements for clients affected by the dangerous drug Vioxx, and millions more in confidential settlements regarding other ...
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  • Trials regarding Heparin recall lawsuits to begin November, 2010

    About Lawsuits is reporting that the first trials in the approximately 50 lawsuits in multi-district litigation in Ohio will be set for trial in 2010. All the cases have allegations that tainted Heparin, a blood thinner manufactured by Baxter, caused severe and potentially life-threatening reactions. Further investigation found that a Baxter manufacturing plant in China produced a “fake” heparin ...
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  • Woman's Breast Cancer Caused by Prempro (Hormone Replacement Drug) - $4 Million Verdict

    A Connecticut woman took the hormone replacement drug Prempro for five years and then developed invasive breast cancer. She had treatment including chemotherapy and radiation for five years. She is currently cancer-free, but if the cancer comes back it will probably kill her. She alleged that the drug company, Wyeth, knew back in 1976 about the connection between hormone therapy and cancer but ...
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  • Avandia Recall May be Recommended by FDA Panel Next Month

    Aboutlawsuits.com reports increasing likelihood that an FDA advisory panel will recommend that an Avandia recall be issued next month, as two new studies (provide further evidence that GlaxoSmithKline's diabetes drug increases the risk of heart attack and life-threatening injuries. The article continues that an independent panel of expert advisers to the FDA is scheduled to meet on July 13 and 14 ...
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  • Did Actos Manufacturer Know of Bladder Cancer Risk?

    Injuryboard.com reports that the manufacturer of Actos (pioglitazone), Takeda, performed a two-year carcinogenicity study in male and female rats. The study did not show drug-induced tumors in any organ EXCEPT for the bladder but it was determined by Takeda that the evidence did not point to a risk in humans. Takeda's solution was to minimize their results and agree to perform a long-term study on ...
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  • Jury Finds Johnson & Johnson's Warnings Labels Inadequate For Motrin

    A jury recently awarded a verdict of $48.2 million to a young man who suffered serious injuries after taking Motrin to alleviate a fever and body aches. He sued Johnson & Johnson, among others, alleging that the warnings regarding reddening of the skin, rashes, and blisters were insufficient. He claimed that the companies knew or should have known that ibuprofen is associated with risk of Stevens ...
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  • Drug Manufacturer Reaches Settlement for Injuries Suffered After Taking Zicam

    Zicam LLC reached a settlement for $10,000 with a man who suffered injuries after taking Zicam. The man sued Zicam, Botanical Laboratories, Nekros International Marketing, and Matrixx Initiatives. He suffered a complete loss of both smell and taste after taking the drug. If you or a loved one has suffered adverse side effects from any medication, please feel free to call The Simon Law Firm, P.C.
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  • Drug Manufacturers Responsible For Man's Illness

    A jury recently returned a verdict of $104 million to a man who was diagnosed with Hepatitis C after a clinic was found to have reused syringes to administer anesthetic. The man sued Teva Parenteral Medicines, which manufactured the drug, and Baxter Healthcare Corporation, which distributed the drug. The jury faulted the two companies for their involvement with the extra large vials that were ...
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  • Avandia Problems Should Result in Stop of Clinical Trial: Consumer Group

    According to www.pharmalot.com, Public Citizen's Health Research Group is requesting an order to stop TIDE study. The clinical trial is comparing the health effects of GlaxoSmithKline PLC's Avandia with Actos, a diabetes drug distributed by Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, and Dr. David Juurlink, a Toronto researcher, made the request in ...
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  • Lawmakers Question Why Recall for Avandia Has Not Been Issued By FDA

    According to Aboutlawsuits.com, U.S. lawmakers are asking why there has not been an Avandia recall issued yet, given the diabetes drug's apparent safety problems. They are also asking how a drug that some experts estimate has caused as many as 200,000 heart attacks got on the market in the first place. At a House Agriculture Appropriations subcommittee hearing last week, representatives and ...
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  • Bioethics Expert To FDA: Scrap Glaxo's Avandia Trial

    www.pharmalot.com states that Ruth Macklin, a professor of Biomedical Ethics at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, a member of the World Health Organization's Ethical Review Committee and, until recently, chair of the Ethics Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's director, has written a letter to FDA commish Margaret citing "accumulating ...
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  • FDA Reviewer: Avandia Trial Was Full Of Errors

    Pharmalot.com reports that there are more than a thousand pages of memos, charts and studies in the Avandia briefing documents posted on the FDA web site on June 9, 2010. A committee meeting is being held this week due to internal bickering over Avandia's fate. "There's not complete unanimity within FDA about the meaning of this data," CDER director Janet Woodcock acknowledged during the same ...
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  • Glaxo settles more Avandia lawsuits in U.S.

    Reuters states that GlaxoSmithKline Plc has settled more lawsuits brought by patients alleging its Avandia diabetes drug caused heart attacks. The company said on Tuesday that terms of the settlement remained confidential. It declined to specify how many claimants were involved. “We can confirm that the case that was scheduled for the first trial in state court in Philadelphia, for June 1, 2010, ...
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  • Health study deals further blow to Avandia

    www.Aboutlawsuits.com and The Financial Times Limited report that David Graham, a researcher at the US regulatory agency, concluded in a draft Avandia study that among 227,000 diabetics over 65 years of age in the 10 years prior June 2009 who took Avandia had a 27 per cent greater risk of stroke, 25 per cent greater risk of heart failure and 13 per cent higher risk of death than those taking rival ...
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  • FDA Officials Promise Greater Transparency and Better Communication to Consumers

    MedPageToday reports that the new director of the FDA, Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., announced the formation of a task force to increase transparency and get information to consumers quickly. The agency’s deputy commissioner, Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D., will chair the task force, which will hold a public meeting on June 24, and a second meeting in the Fall. The agency will also accept public comments ...
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