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Tylenol Lawsuits For Liver Damage Multi District Litigation Consolidation

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Tylenol Liver Damage Lawyers, Tylenol Liver Failure Lawsuit News

Class Action Lawyer Network Tylenol liver damage lawyers report that tylenol liver failure  lawsuits will be centralized in a multidistrict litigation in Pennsylvania  Federal Court,

Tylenol Lawsuit Consolidated In Pennsylvania

All Tylenol liver damage  lawsuits filed against McNeil-PPC, Perrigo, Novartis and others have  been consolidated under multidistrict litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to facilitate the pretrial proceedings for  these cases

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) has ruled that 27 Tylenol liver damage lawsuits filed against  the manufacturers of tylenol related products will be consolidated under Tylenol Lawsuit MDL 2436 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
All of the cases conslidated in MDL 2436 involve liver damge related injury or wrongful death. These  claims alledged that use of over-the-counter (OTC) Tylenol (generically acetaminophen) caused the victims to suffer from serious liver damage or  liver failure.

Call Class Action Lawyer Network's Tylenol Liver Damage Lawsuit Department Today.

The MDL  Judicial Panel feel that the  allegations of liver injury associated with the use of OTC Tylenol, the cases share factual issues regarding the design, manufacture, labeling, marketing and sale of Tylenol. Consequently, the centralization of these cases in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania would eliminate duplicative discovery facilitate the proceedings.

Class Action Lawyer Nwtwork  attorneys  have decades of collective dangerous drig  and device lawsuit experience,

If you or a loved one has suffered liver damage or liver failure while taking Tylenol call us to discuss a Tylenol liver damage lawsuit or Tylenol liver failure lawsuit.

Tylenol Liver Damage Lawsuit Criteria

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with Liver Failure, liver damage from taking Tylenol? Do you have a clean medical history of any liver problems such as: Liver cancer, liver mass, Autoimmune Hepatitis, Alcoholic Cirrhosis,Primary Sclerosing Colangitis, Wilson’s disease, or Budd Chiari Syndrome  and yet,  now have liver damage after taking Tylenol?
Our Tylenol liver damage lawyers are accepting Tylenol liver failure cases  if  the liver failure results in hospitalization, liver transplant, or liver transplant waiting list or death. If you meet this criteria we would like to speak to you regarding filing a Tylenol liver damage or liver failure case.

Class Action Lawyer Network  accepting Tylenol liver damage lawsuts  or liver failure  lawsuits for individuals who experienced  any of the following within a week after taking  an acetaminophen medication such as Tylenol:

  •     Hospitalization Due to Severe Liver Injury or Liver Problems
  •     Diagnosed with Liver Failure
  •     Liver Transplant or Placed on Waiting List for Liver Transplant
  •     Death from Liver Failure

Tylenol Liver Damage Lawyers, Tylenol Liver Failure Lawsuits

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Class MDL Class Action News, Drug Lawsuits, Drug Warnings, Florida Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Tylenol Liver Damage Lawsuits, Tylenol Liver Damage Lawyers, Tylenol Liver Failure Lawsuit News

Tylenol Liver Damage Lawyers of Class Action Lawyer Network Are Filing  Nationwide Tylenol Liver Failure  Lawsuits

The Tylenol liver damage lawyers of Class Action Lawyer Network are accepting nationwide lawsuits for you , your loved one or child who has suffered liver damage from Tylenol. Our Tylenol Liver Damage Helpline is helping victims of liver damage from Tylenol.

The Tylenol Liver Damage Facts

It is now known that Tylenol can result in acute liver failure and death. Statistics have shown taht  Tylenol is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States; nearly half of U.S. incidents of acute liver failure are caused by  taking too much acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is anactive ingredient in Tylenool.  Call our Tylenol liver failure  helpline to speak to lawyers help who are filing liver damage lawsuits for victims  of Tylenol who have been diagnosed with Tylenol liver damage or failure.

Symptoms Of Liver Damage

  •     Discolored skin and eyes that appear yellowish
  •     Abdominal pain and swelling
  •     Itchy skin that doesn't seem to go away
  •     Dark urine color
  •     Pale stool color
  •     Bloody or tar-colored stool
  •     Chronic fatigue
  •     Nausea
  •     Loss of appetite
     

Class Action lawyers For Tylenol Liver Failure

  • Tylenol's manufacturer lowered the safe maximum dosage from 4000 mg to 3000 mg per day.
  • Tylenol liver Failure Helpline lawyers are fighting for justice for victims of tylenol Llver damage and liver failure
  • If you or a family member has  been diagnosed with  severe liver damage or acute liver failure from excessive use of Tylenol or other over the counter medications that contain acetaminophen the Tylenol liver damage helpline is here for you.
  • People who have experienced acute liver failure or serious liver damage related to Tylenol use may file a Tylenol liver damage lawsuit  lawsuit

Tylenol Lawsuit Multi District Litigation Has Formed

The  Tylenol injury lawsuits have now been centralized as part of multidistrict litigation in federal district court in Pennsylvania.

The lawsuits filed alledge a strong link between acetaminophen and liver failure. Lawsuits are  alleging that acetaminophen in various Tylenol products was responsible for users’ severe liver damage.

Tylenol Liver Damage Lawsuit Criteria

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with liver Failure, liver damage or a severe liver injury from taking Tylenol?

Our Tylenol liver damage lawyers are accepting Tylenol liver failure if  the liver failure results in hospitalization, liver transplant, liver transplant waiting list or death. If you meet this criteria we would like to speak to you regarding filing a Tylenol liver damage lawsuit where there is no prior medical history of liver damage or any liver damage related medical conditions.
 

Call our Tylenol Liver Damage Helpline to file your liver damge lawsuit.

Overview of Drugs and Medical Devices Harming Women, Lawyers Filing Lawsuits

Written by Class Action Lawyer on . Posted in Class MDL Class Action News

          Discussion presented by our female medical Social Worker

Bladder Sling, Mirena IUD, Vaginal mesh, Yaz, Yasmin, Fosamax, Topomax, DePuy hip replacement recall, Actos, Breast Implants, Tylenol, avaira toric contact lenses and others are harming women.
          It is amazing to me how many dangerous drugs and medical devices are having an effect on women. The breast Implant Helpline hears from women thru-out the country regarding their horrific experiences with these mesh devices. Yet, there are so many other drugs and medical devices that are hurting women. The Mirena birth control device, Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, The DePuy Hip Replacement, metal on metal hip replacements, Zimmer Duram Cup, Breast Implants, Cytotec, Topamax and others,
Mirena Birth Control device

Mirena Silicone IUD
          The Mirena Birth control device has caused amongst other side effects: Miscarriage, Risk Of Infertility, Intrauterine Pregnancy, Streptococcal Sepsis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Cervix, Severe Pain, Contraceptive Perforation and other side effects.
Some women have experienced serious adverse side-effects and potentially life-threatening complications following the implantation of the Mirena device, including perforation of or imbedment in the uterus.
Bayer actually marketed Mirena as a way women could simplify their lifestyle. One of the ways it did so was through "Mirena Parties." Working with the social networking site Mom Central, Bayer created a Mirena direct marketing program that consisted of a series of house parties hosted by members of the Mom Central community. Bayer was eventually warned against this. The stories have heard and read regarding this device are horrific.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
Ectopic Pregnancy
          Evaluate women who become pregnant while using Mirena for ectopic pregnancy. Up to half of pregnancies that occur with Mirena in place are ectopic. The incidence of ectopic pregnancy in clinical trials that excluded women with risk factors for ectopic pregnancy was approximately 0.1% per year.
"Tell women who choose Mirena about the risks of ectopic pregnancy, including the loss of fertility."
     Other Adverse Effects from the use of Mirena:
     Sepsis, ovarian cyst formation, breast cancer, damage to conceived children, PID, embedment, amenorrhea, perforation of uterine wall or cervix may occur during insertion

Cytotec (Misoprostol)
        It is estimated that in about 200,000 births in one year, Cytotec was used to stimulate delivery. This is where most of the problems with this drug, including birth defects have incurred. The purpose of the drug was for the prevention of ulcers, but it has also been used in abortions. Brain damage to infants is of particular concern.\

Yaz, yasmin Birth Control Pills
         Studies recently published in the British Medical Journal, which concluded that women ages 15-44 taking birth control pills containing the synthetic progestin, drospirenone, are more likely to develop blood clots deep in the veins of the leg (venous thromboembolism), than women using birth control pills containing the common progestin levonorgestrel. The studies reported that the risk of developing blood clots for women taking the drospirenone-containing pills may be two to three times greater than those who take other pills. Yaz is one of these drugs.

Potential Yasmin and Yaz side effects may cause:

  •  Heart Attacks
  • Strokes
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Blood Clots
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Liver damage
  • Anaphylactic Shock
  • Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
  • cervical cancer
  • severe migraines
  • Hair loss
  • Gallbladder Disease
  •  Death

List of Drugs similiar to Yaz and Yasmine
         Approved Oral Contraceptives containing Drospirenone
Drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.03 mg
Ocella Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.03 mg
Safyral Drospirenone 3 mg, ethinyl estradiol 0.03 mg, and levomefolate calcium 0.451 mg
Syeda Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.03 mg
Yasmin Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.03 mg
Zarah Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.03 mg
Beyaz Drospirenone 3 mg, ethinyl estradiol 0.02 mg and levomefolate calcium 0.451 mg
Drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.02 mg
Gianvi Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.02 mg
Loryna Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.02 mg
Yaz Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.02 mg

Topamax
          Topiramate, the generic form of Johnson & Johnson's anti-seizure drug, Topamax, is under fire from the Food & Drug Administration for its birth defect risks, Reuters reports. The medication is prescribed to patients suffering from epilepsy, and more popularly, to consumers with chronic migraine headaches. Topiramate has recently been combined with other drugs to battle obesity and bipolar disorder. More than 4.7 million prescriptions for Topamax were filled in the United States from 2007 to 2010, bringing in approximately $600 million worldwide last year.
In March 2011, the FDA issued a warning that Topamax side effects may increase the risk of oral cleft birth defects, such as cleft lip and cleft palate, among babies born to mothers who took the drug during the first trimester of pregnancy. As a result of inadequate warnings previously provided, many women were not aware they may be exposing their baby to a potential risk of Topamax birth defect.
If one looks att all the current medical devices and drugs with complications the effects on women are staggering:? A new report says women are most likely to be injured.

FOSAMAX EFFECTS WOMEN
         The .Long-Term use of Fosamax has been shown to more then double the Risk of Femur Fractures Among Older Women.
An article in an issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that long-term use of Fosamax and other bisphosphonate drugs by older women more than doubles their chance of suffering femur fractures. This side effect is particularly disturbing in light of the fact that Fosamax and similar drugs are prescribed to strengthen the bones of women with osteoporosis.
          The article summarizes a study of Canadian women aged 68 years and older who had taken oral bisphosphonates like Fosamax for five years or more. The study found that women who had taken Fosamax and related drugs for five years or longer were 2.74 times more likely to suffer a femur fracture than women who had taken the drug for only 100 days or less. In fact, the study concluded that more than half of the femur fractures among women who had taken bisphosphonates for five years or more were attributable to their use of bisphosphonates.
         A number of Fosamax lawsuits seeking financial compensation have already been filed against Merck & Co. for injuries caused as a result of serious

TRANSVAGINAL MESH AND RELATED MESH PRODUCTS
 Manufacturers of Mesh Products Include:

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Ethicon TVT
  • Gynecare TVT
  • Gynemesh PS
  • Prolene Polypropylene Mesh Patch
  • Secur
  • Bard
  • Avaulta Plus BioSynthetic Support System
  • Avaulta Solo Synthetic Support System
  • Faslata Allograft
  • Pelvicol Tissue
  • PelviSoft Biomesh
  • Pelvitex Polypropylene Mesh
  • American Medical Systems or AMS
  • SPARC
  • Boston Scientific
  • Advantage Sling System
  • Obtryx Curved Single
  • Obtryx Mesh Sling
  • Prefyx Mid U Mesh Sling System
  • Prefyx PPS System

           Vaginal mesh implants have been used to correct uterine prolapse and incontinence but the complications are effecting women thru-out the United States, Canada and the U.K.
complications include:

  • Erosion of vaginal tissue can result from a vaginal mesh
  • Hardening of the vaginal mesh
  • Infection is a serious vaginal mesh-patch complication
  • Severe Pain and discomfort
  • Perforations of the bowel, bladder or blood vessels
  • Recurrence of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
  • Urinary problems and more severe incontinence
  • painful sexual intercourse
  • Vaginal mesh erosion
  • Vaginal scarring

           The transvaginal mesh Continues to effect women and alter the lives of Women and
Recent warnings have linked various birth control drugs and devices to serious injuries and even death.

Metal On Metal Hip Replacements like the DePuy and Zimmer
          Women are reporting more problems, and a higher failure rate, with the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement system than men. It turns out they're also more prone to some of the serious side effects of the poorly-designed implant, including metallosis.
Statistics show individuals with a small stature, such as women may be more susceptible to failure of DePuy ASR hip implants.

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Dow Corning Breast Implants
Breast Implant Lymphoma
          In January 2011, The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advised that women who had received breast implants should notify their doctors of any changes in their breasts because of a possible association with a rare type of lymphoma. In breast implant patients, ALCL has occurred in the scar capsule adjacent to the implant.
Symptoms of breast implant lymphoma include:

  • Pain
  • Lumps
  • Swelling

        Asymmetry that developed after their initial surgical sites were fully healed
Historically, women are more often exposed to dangerous medical products and medical negligence than men. Some medical malpractice claims, for instance, are unique to women—like obstetrical malpractice and sexual assault by health care providers. In addition, women suffer harm from gender-specific products such as breast implants, birth control pills, osteoporosis medications and birth control devices like IUDs.
In the age of prescription drugs and antidepressants, where drugs are administered over-the-counter without any major restrictions, more people are dying each year from medications than from traffic accidents. A recent L.A. Times article looked at the impact prescription drugs have upon American society, and their dangers if used in certain combinations.
In 2009, prescription drugs factored in the deaths of over 37,000 people. Less people died in motor vehicle accidents that year, which was a new phenomenon, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
           It is hoped that the new bill coming before congress will protect women from manufacturers whose products slip thru and eventually are either recalled or end up with warnings. These drugs and medical devices are hurting women.

Actos Lawyers Filing Actos Lawsuits, Actos Linked to Bladder Cancer

Written by Class Action Lawyer on . Posted in Actos Lawsuit Lawyers, Drug Lawsuits, Multidistrict Lawsuit News

Actos Linked To Bladder Cancer

 Actos has been linked to bladder cancer with use of over 2 years.

Seniors and minority groups are usual victims of Actos. Actos is a drug used for Type II, adult onset, diabetis.

Thousands of Actos Bladder Cancer  Lawsuits Are  Anticipated

Actos Timeline Gives The Actos Lawsuit Statute  Starting Date

Jun 10, 2011: Use of Actos is banned in France and Germany. The French Medicines Agency removed the drug from the market after analyzing the data collected from 2006 to 2009.

Jun. 15, 2011: FDA announces “that use of the diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer.” Warning labels are to be updated subsequently. The agency warns healthcare professionals against prescribing Actos in patients who have bladder cancer or have a history of bladder cancer.

Jul. 2011: The EMA states that Actos should include the risk of bladder cancer on its warning label, according to Reuters.

Aug.  4, 2011: – The FDA approves the label change for product containing pioglitazone (marketed as Actos, Actoplus Met, and Duetact) previously announced on June 15, 2011.

Actos Lawsuit  MDL Consolidation

Actos pillsThousands of Actos lawsuits are anticipated in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) filing ordered by Judge Rebecca Doherty. The honorable Judge Doherty stated in a recent order that "the number of claims which will be included could reach into the thousands," in reference to the new Actos lawsuit MDL she ordered be created. Judge Doherty is not presiding over an Actos class action lawsuit.
The MDL was created so that Judge Doherty will have one common point of reference for the thousands of cases expected. This specific MDL lets all of the affected Actos users work together so they are all essentially covered under one lawsuit (similar to a class action.) Unlike an Actos class action lawsuit, where the payout per participant may be small, an award from the Actos MDL could amount to tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars per litigant. It could even be in the million dollar range if the an Actos user's death was tied back to taking Actos and developing bladder cancer or another severe adverse side effect of Actos.

Get An Actos Lawyer

An experienced Actos attorney will be able to help determine what financial awards may be possible based on the severity of the injury and required treatment due to taking Actos.

Actos Bladder Cancer Symptoms

It's important that Actos users know what to look out for if they have taken Actos for more than one year which allegedly increases the risk of bladder cancer by at least 40%. Symptoms of bladder cancer include tumors which could cause blood in the urine, painful or frequent urination, or straining during urination. In addition, other common symptoms of bladder cancer include fatigue, incontinence, weight loss and bone pain or tenderness. If you are experiencing these symptoms you should see a doctor immediately so bladder cancer or tumors can be ruled out.

Speak To An Actos Bladder Cancer Lawyer and See Your Doctor Right Away

If you are experiencing these symptoms and are diagnosed with bladder cancer or tumors it may be a good idea to speak with an attorney to see if you are able to file an Actos lawsuit under the new MDL.

 

Bard Begins Trials for Vaginal Mesh, Vaginal Mesh Lawyers Ready

Written by Class Action Lawyer on . Posted in Medical Device Lawsuits, Transvaginal mesh

Bard Faces First Federal Trial Over Vaginal Mesh Next Year

C.R. Bard Inc. will face its first federal-court trial next year over claims that the company’s vaginal-mesh implants injured women.

U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in Charleston, West Virginia, set a Feb. 5 trial date for the first of about 600 federal cases contending that Bard’s Avaulta device caused organ damage. Goodwin is overseeing a consolidation of cases filed in federal courts across the U.S. against Bard, Johnson & Johnson and other makers of vaginal-mesh inserts.

The order of trials for the first federal cases over Avaulta “will be determined after completion” of pretrial information exchanges between Bard and the plaintiffs, Goodwin said in his order yesterday.

Bard, based in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and a unit of New Brunswick, New Jersey-based J&J also face litigation in U.S. state courts over their mesh products. More than 75,000 women a year have the devices inserted vaginally to treat pelvic organs that bulge, or prolapse, or to deal with incontinence.

Scott Lowry, a Bard spokesman, didn’t immediately return a call for comment on the judge’s decision to set the trial date.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration report in August 2011 found that vaginal-mesh products should be classified as posing a high risk to patients based on a review of side-effect reports submitted to regulators from January 2008 to December 2010. Women’s groups are demanding that the devices be recalled.

More Study

In January, the FDA ordered 31 manufacturers, including Bard and J&J (JNJ) (JNJ), to study rates of organ damage and complications linked to the vaginal-mesh implants. The companies must conduct three years of studies on the devices’ safety and effectiveness, regulators said. Some women contend the devices eroded and shrank over time, causing pain and injuries.

Some mesh suits blaming Bard and J&J for injuries are pending in state court in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Superior Court Judge Carol Higbee is coordinating discovery in those cases. Higbee has set a Nov. 5 trial for the first case against J&J’s Ethicon unit over claims that its Gynecare Prolift vaginal-mesh insert harmed women.

In February, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated federal suits against pelvic mesh makers before Goodwin. The judge is overseeing evidence-gathering efforts in cases against Bard, J&J, Boston Scientific Corp. (BSX) (BSX) and the American Medical Systems unit of Endo Pharmaceutical Holdings Inc.

Endo’s AMS unit also faces claims in state courts in Delaware and Minnesota over its Perigee, Apogee and Elevate surgical mesh products, according to court filings.

‘Day In Court’

Goodwin has appointed Bryan Aylstock, Fred Thompson III and Henry G. Garrard III to lead a group of plaintiffs’ lawyers who will oversee the progress pretrial information exchanges over the consolidated federal cases.

Aylstock, a Pensacola, Florida-based lawyer, said he was pleased Goodwin set the first trial over Bard’s mesh product for early next year.

“We have a lot of women who have suffered devastating consequences from the Avaulta product and they deserve their day in court,” the plaintiffs’ lawyer said in a telephone interview.

The Bard consolidated cases are In re C.R. Bard Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, 2:10-MD-02187, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston).

To contact the reporters on this story: Jef Feeley in Wilmington, Delaware, at jfeeley@bloomberg.net; David Voreacos in Newark, New Jersey, at dvoreacos@bloomberg.net

Multi District Litigation Vaginal Mesh  lawyers are ready to file.

Trials for failed DePuy Hip Replacements Ready to Begin, DePuy lawyers Accepting Cases Now

Written by Class Action Lawyer on . Posted in Arizona Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, California Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Colorado Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Connecticut Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Florida Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Georgia Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Indiana Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Iowa Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Kansas Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Maryland Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Massachusetts Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Michigan Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Nevada Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, New Jersey Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, New Mexico Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, New York Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, North Carolina Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers

DePuy Hip Recall trials ready to begin. DePuy Hip Replacement Lawyers accepting cases in many states. If , need revision surgery or have had revision surgery or metal on  metal toxicity we want to speak to you right away. Only claim in state with 2 year statutes or greater are being accepted. Call right away as time is running out. If you have complications from your dePuy hip replacement see a doctor immediately
The first bellwether trials in the pending DePuy hip litigation are scheduled to begin later this year. The handful of plaintiffs involved in the trials represent just a few of the thousands of individuals who filed suit against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopedics after being injured by a defective metal hip implant. mny of these have been seniors needing revision surgeries.

According to a Bloomberg report, the first bellwether case is scheduled to go to trial in a Nevada court in December of this year. Additional bellwether trials are expected to begin in January 2013. According to the report, these cases are part of an estimated 2,000 DePuy hip lawsuits filed in state courts across the country. Several thousand more lawsuits are also pending in federal court after being consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for pretrial proceedings. The plaintiffs involved in the DePuy hip litigation allege that they experienced pain, swelling, tissue damage, loss of mobility and other complications after being fitted with an ASR all-metal hip implant.  The lawsuits also allege that DePuy and Johnson & Johnson knew of potential problems with the metal hip replacement devices but did not take adequate steps to warn consumers of the dangers.

DePuy Orthopaedics issued a global recall of the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR Acetabular System in August 2010, after data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales showed that 1 out of every 8 patients (12%-13%) who had received the devices had to undergo revision surgery within five years of receiving it. According to Parker Waichman LLP, more than 93,000 metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants were sold worldwide prior to their recall.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is currently conducting a safety review of metal-on-metal hip implants, including the DePuy ASR devices. Last May, the agency directed 21 companies that market all-metal hip replacements, including DePuy, to conduct post-market studies of their products to determine if they were shedding dangerous amounts of metallic debris in patients. The FDA recently announced that its Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel will meet on June 27 and 28 to discuss the risks and benefits of metal-on-metal hip systems, and make potential patient and practitioner recommendations for their use.

It is strongly urged that anyone who has a failed DePuy see their Doctor immediately to find out if revision surgery is recommended and speak to a DePuy Lawyer right away

 

 

Birth Control Pills Label Change, Risk of Blood Clots, Birth Contol Pills Lawyers

Written by Class Action Lawyer on . Posted in Class MDL Class Action News

Birth Control Pills Containing Drospirenone: Label Change-Products may be associated with a higher risk for blood clots. Injury lawyers accepting cases for blood clots from yaz or Yasmin. Yaz is just another one of the dangerous drugs and medical devices harming women like the vaginal mesh and Mirena IUD. If you have been injured by Yaz, yasmin, the Mirena IUD, The Vaginal Mesh or any other you must take action and contact a lawyer immediately. Different states have different statutes of limitations, Do Not wait. Time is not on your side. You must get medical attention. Your lawyer will need a statement from a treating physician that says you were injured and it is related to one of these.
April 10, 2012

Yasmin Side Effects, Yaz side effects include bood clots. Speak to a Yaz, Yasmin lawyer today.
 

Audience: OBGYN, Family Practice, Patient

ISSUE: FDA has completed its review of recent observational (epidemiologic) studies regarding the risk of blood clots in women taking drospirenone-containing birth control pills.Based on this review, FDA has concluded that drospirenone-containing birth control pills may be associated with a higher risk for blood clots than other progestin-containing pills.

BACKGROUND:  Drospirenone is a synthetic version of the female hormone, progesterone, also referred to as a progestin. FDA is adding information about the studies to the labels of drospirenone-containing birth control pills.

The revised drug labels will report that some epidemiologic studies reported as high as a three-fold increase in the risk of blood clots for drospirenone-containing products when compared to products containing levonorgestrel or some other progestins, whereas other epidemiological studies found no additional risk of blood clots with drospirenone-containing products.  The labels also will include a summary of the previously released results of an FDA-funded study of the blood clot risk.

RECOMMENDATION: Women should talk to their healthcare professional about their risk for blood clots before deciding which birth control method to use.

Healthcare professionals should consider the risks and benefits of drospirenone-containing birth control pills and a woman’s risk for developing a blood clot before prescribing these drugs.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. If you or a loved on as a blood clot injury or deathe due to Yaz or Yasmin Birth control piils call our Yaz, yasmin team today.

New Breast Implants Approved by the FDA, Breast Implant Lawyers

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New Silicone Gel-filled Breast Implant Approved with Conditions
Saturday, March 10, 2012 :: Staff infoZine
Long-term safety and effectiveness outcomes as well as the risks of rare disease outcomes, still to be studied.

Washington, D.C. – infoZine – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a silicone gel-filled breast implant manufactured by Sientra Inc. to increase breast size (augmentation) in women at least 22 years old and to rebuild breast tissue (reconstruction) in women of any age.

As a condition of approval, Sientra is required to conduct post-approval studies that will assess long-term safety and effectiveness outcomes as well as the risks of rare disease outcomes.

Silicone gel-filled breast implants are medical devices implanted under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle for breast augmentation or reconstruction. These implants have a silicone outer shell that is filled with silicone gel. They come in different sizes and have either smooth or textured shells.

Breast reconstruction includes primary reconstruction to replace breast tissue that has been removed due to cancer or trauma or that has failed to develop properly due to a severe breast abnormality. Breast reconstruction also includes revision surgery to correct or improve the result of a primary breast reconstruction surgery.

Breast augmentation includes primary breast augmentation to increase the breast size, as well as revision surgery to correct or improve the result of a primary breast augmentation surgery.

With today's approval, there are now three FDA-approved silicone gel-filled breast implants in the U.S. manufactured by Allergan, Mentor and Sientra.

"Data on these and other approved silicone gel-filled breast implants continue to demonstrate a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness," said William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director for science in the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

"It's important to remember that breast implants are not lifetime devices. Women should fully understand risks associated with breast implants before considering augmentation or reconstruction surgery, and recognize that long-term monitoring is essential." said Maisel.

The FDA based its Sientra approval on three years of clinical data from 1,788 participants. Complications and outcomes reflected those found in previous studies of other breast implants and included tightening of the area around the implant (capsular contracture), re-operation, implant removal, an uneven appearance (asymmetry), and infection.

Breast Implant lawyers are currently helping women who have filed claims with deficiency notices and proof of disease and manufacturer. Many women were harmed by silicone breat implant toxicity from the silicone in the Implant.

In June 2011, the FDA released a report that included preliminary safety data from post-approval studies from earlier breast implant approvals. The experience collecting and analyzing data from these studies informed the design and structure of post-approval studies for Sientra breast implants.

In addition to other post-approval conditions, Sientra will:

    continue to follow the 1,788 clinical trial participants in their pre-market study for an additional 7 years;
    conduct a 10-year study of 4,782 women receiving Sientra silicone gel-filled breast implants to collect information on long-term local complications such as capsular contracture, as well as less common disease outcomes, such as rheumatoid arthritis and breast and lung cancer; and
    conduct five case-control studies that will evaluate the association between Sientra's silicone gel-filled breast implants and five rare diseases: rare connective tissue disease, neurological disease, brain cancer, cervical/vulvar cancer, and lymphoma.

"The design of these post-approval studies will require Sientra to collect valuable safety information with adequate enrollment and follow-up," said Maisel. "The FDA is committed to working with breast implant manufacturers to collect useful post-market data on long-term safety and effectiveness."

This is all well and good but, what about the thousands of women with diseases and prior breast implant claims. Many of these women are suffering with silicone toxicity related diseases from ruptured and leaking breast implants. Class action lawyers are still helpling women with prior breasrt implant claims.

Tylenol and Liver damage causes deaths, Tylenol Lawyers

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Liver Failure and Warnings for Acetaminophen most common Cause of acute Liver failure resulting in Death in the United States

Class action Tylenol lawyers accepting client for liver damage from Tylenol overdose. If your loved one has liver failure from Tylenol or you have lost a loved on speak to one of our Tylenol wrongful death lawyers today

(alcohol – liver failure and warnings for acetaminophen and NSAIDS) "… we [the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, HHS] have recent data suggesting that acetaminophen may be the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States (Ref. 13). Therefore,we believe that the word “severe” is appropriate in the liver warning. In addition, we agree with the submission that the word “severe” is also appropriate in the stomach bleeding warning on OTC NSAID [nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug] products."

Editor's Note: The required labeling for acetaminophen and NSAID products in this Federal Register entry was:

"For products containing acetaminophen:
"Alcohol Warning: If you consume 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day, ask a doctor whether you should take acetaminophen or other pain relievers/fever reducers. Acetaminophen may cause liver damage."

"For products containing NSAIDs:
"Alcohol Warning: If you consume 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day, ask your doctor whether you should take (name of active ingredient) or other pain relievers/fever reducers. (Name of active ingredient) may cause stomach bleeding."

Source: 

Food and Drug Administration, HHS, "Organ-Specific Warnings; Internal Analgesic, Antipyretic, and Antirheumatic Drug Products for Over-the-Counter Human Use; Final Monograph," Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 81, Wednesday, April 29, 2009, p. 19391.
Tylenol lawyers accepting clients with liver complications from Tylenol.

Tylenol lawyers accepting liver failure cases resulting in wrongful death

 

 

 

 

Riddell Helmet Safety Class Action lawsuits, Multi District Litigations

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Riddell Football Helmet Safety CLass Action lawyer Network Looks At Concussions and Brain Injury

There are  many football-related concussions that children suffer each year.  According to the New York Times, at least 50 youth football players (high school age or younger) from twenty different states have died or sustained serious head injuries on the football field since 1997. There are serious head injury risks in  football. Football helmet safety  is of great concern for school football teams and professionals. The Helmet Maker Riddell has had numerous lawsuits filed for claimants injured wearing the helmets for protection in football. The NFL is currently fighting lawsuits for sports related brain injuries and lack of warnings to football players as to the safety of the helmets. They are claiming this is aproduct liability issue and " they should not be in the crossfire". The question is to what extent are they liable for not warning the team or being aware of the dangers and safety hazards of these helmets.

Recently, the Chairman of the Federal Trade Committee announced the agency is looking into the safety claims of some football helmet manufacturers regarding their ability to reduce the risk of concussions.  The FTC’s announcement followed a request by U.S. Senator Tom Udall that the Commission investigate helmet manufacturers for what he called, “misleading safety claims and deceptive practices” regarding added safety benefits of helmets and their ability to reduce concussions.  Senator Udall took specific aim at Riddell, the official helmet manufacturer for the N.F.L., for its prominent claim that its popular “Revolution” model helmets decrease concussion risk by 31 percent (a number The New York Times has indicated has been criticized by experts).  The FTC has stated these allegations regarding false safety statements by helmet manufacturers pose serious concerns given the dangers that young athletes face when engaging in contact sports. Head Safety is required in bashing sports.

The following is a recent article posted regarding football safety and Helmets:

In interviews conducted by The Associated Press over the past two months with a dozen plaintiffs in concussion-related lawsuits, what emerged was, at best, a depiction of a culture of indifference on the part of the league and its teams toward concussions and other injuries. At worst, there was a strong sense of a willful disregard for players' well-being.

"It's not about whether players understood you could get a concussion playing football. It's about the negligence of care, post-concussion, that occurred," says Kyle Turley, an offensive lineman for the Saints, Rams and Chiefs who was the No. 7 overall pick in the 1998 draft and an All-Pro in 2000.

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    Yeah, I understand you paid me to do this, but still yet, I put my life on the line for you, I put my health on the line. And yet when the time comes, you turn your back on me? That's not right. That's not the American way.
    ” — Tony Dorsett, Hall of Fame running back for Cowboys

Players complain that they carried owners to their profits, in an industry that now has more than $9 billion in annual revenues, without the safety nets of guaranteed contracts or lifetime medical insurance.

"Yeah, I understand you paid me to do this, but still yet, I put my life on the line for you, I put my health on the line," Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett says. "And yet when the time comes, you turn your back on me? That's not right. That's not the American way."

Dorsett traces several health problems to concussions during a career that lasted from 1977 to 1988, and he has joined more than 300 former players — including three other members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and at least 32 first- or second-team All-Pro selections — in suing the NFL, its teams and, in some cases, helmet maker Riddell. More should have been done in the past to warn about the dangers of concussions, their lawyers argue, and more can be done now and in the future to help retired players deal with mental and physical problems they attribute to their days in the NFL.

Citing the pending litigation, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league would not comment on players' specific allegations and referred to a written statement initially released in December: "The NFL has long made player safety a priority and continues to do so. Any allegation that the NFL intentionally sought to mislead players has no merit. It stands in contrast to the league's actions to better protect players and advance the science and medical understanding of the management and treatment of concussions."

Jack Yeo, who works at a public relations firm representing Riddell, said the equipment company does not comment on legal matters.

Head injuries are a major topic of conversation every day of the NFL season. With the Super Bowl as a global stage, the NFL will air a one-minute TV commercial during Sunday's game highlighting rules changes through the years that have made the sport safer.

The most accomplished and best-known plaintiff in the flurry of lawsuits — a star for the Cowboys after winning the 1976 Heisman Trophy at Pittsburgh — Dorsett agreed to two interviews with the AP, one over the telephone and one at his suburban Dallas home.

He recalled a helmet-to-helmet shot that knocked him out cold in the second quarter of a 1984 Cowboys-Eagles game, the hardest hit he ever took during his career.

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"Did they know it was a concussion?" he asked rhetorically. "They thought I was half-dead."

He spread two pages' worth of brain scans on his coffee table and says doctors told him that red regions in the color-coded scan mean he is not getting enough oxygen in the left lobe of his brain, the part associated with organization and memory. He already forgets people's names or why he walked into a room or where he's heading while driving on the highway, and fears his memory issues are getting worse.

"I don't want to get to the point where it turns into dementia, Alzheimer's. I don't want that," says Dorsett, who ran for 12,739 yards, the eighth-highest total in league history. He is, in that moment, sad and deflated — in others, pumped up and angry, fists flying to punctuate his words. "There's no doubt in my mind that … what I went through as a football player is taking an effect on me today. There's no ifs, ands or buts about that. I'm just hoping and praying I can find a way to cut it off at the pass."

Dorsett's had surgery on both his knees, and problems with his left arm and right wrist. He says then-Cowboys coach Tom Landry once told him he could play despite a broken bone in his back. Not even the flak jacket Dorsett says he wore beneath his jersey could bring relief, the injury so painful that "tears would just start flowing out of my eyes, profusely and uncontrollably" during practices.

"They would see me and just point to the training room. 'Go to the training room, get some ice and heat and come on back out here,' " Dorsett says.

    I try not to take medicine. I don't want to be a zombie. What little left I've got in my brain, I want to keep it normal.
    ” — Mark Duper, former Dolphins receiver

• Widespread and regular use of Toradol, a medicine intended for pain relief, generally after an operation, and a central part of one of the lawsuits that says the drug could put someone with a head injury at increased risk. "If it wasn't torn or it wasn't broken, to me, Toradol fixed it and allowed me to keep going. I was so used to using it that I wanted to make it a weekly ritual to make sure that if I did get hurt, I wouldn't have to be taken out of the game," says Joe Horn, who estimated he got four or five concussions during a career in which he caught more than 600 passes for the Chiefs, Saints and Falcons from 1996 to 2007. "To be honest with you, we were kind of — what's the word for it? — addicted. But I always thought it was OK; the NFL doctors were giving it to us."

• Being scorned by teammates or coaches if unable to return to a game because of injury, and a seeming total dismissal, particularly in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, of the notion that head trauma could cause significant problems, immediately or long term. "Get back out there" was a phrase repeated by the ex-players, citing words they heard during practices or games. As Joe Harris, a linebacker with five teams from 1977 to '82, says: "I know I had nine or 10 concussions, because I played through them. A lot of times, I'm out there and I was dazed, and I heard guys say, 'He's knocked out, and he don't even know it.' And then you talk to your coach, and they bring out smelling salts. 'Give him a hit of that, and put him back out on the field.' And they show you fingers, and you say it's three when it's two. And they say, 'Get back out there. Just hit the one in the middle.' "

• A day-to-day, post-football existence that is difficult because of, for some, depression, dementia, migraine headaches, memory lapses, along with balky hips and knees and shoulders. "My body hurts all the time," says Mark Duper, who caught more than 500 passes as a wide receiver with Dan Marino's Miami Dolphins from 1982 to '92. Duper is more concerned, though, about the ringing in his ears, the loss of memory, "having a conversation and, all of a sudden, I just forget what I'm talking about."

"I try not to take medicine. I don't want to be a zombie," Duper adds. "What little left I've got in my brain, I want to keep it normal."

Players have differing motives for suing their former employers, and the 20 or so lawsuits against the NFL seek varying remedies, although lawyers are reluctant to discuss specific monetary damages. At least one suit, for example, asked that the NFL and Riddell fund a medical monitoring program that would test players over the years to see whether they wind up with problems that stem from concussions.

Dorsett acknowledges he's not familiar with details of the lawsuit that includes him among the plaintiffs. He was approached about joining other former players, and he agreed, figuring his name would call attention to the issues of mistreatment he sees as being at the heart of the case.

"The owners need to own up to it, own up to what the game does to human lives. There's a zillion football players in the same situation with their brains, their backs, their knees. Come on. They just need to own up to it, and do something about it. They've got money they can put in funds to take care of guys when they need to help," Dorsett says. "We need health insurance for life. Paid by the NFL. No question in my mind, we definitely need that."

Soon after a House of Representatives hearing in October 2009, when lawmakers grilled commissioner Roger Goodell about the league's concussion policies and the connection between injuries on the playing field and later brain diseases, the NFL made several changes. Those included revamping return-to-play guidelines and changing the co-chairmen of its committee on concussions — a panel, originally formed in 1994, that one pending suit against the league describes as "part of the NFL's scheme to deceive Congress, the players and the public at large."

The league finds itself continually changing its concussion protocols, most recently after Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy returned to a December game despite not being checked for a head injury following an against-the-rules hit to the helmet. The league put certified athletic trainers in booths above the field to watch for injuries and added video feeds on sidelines to make it easier to track dangerous hits immediately.

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    They're just waiting until we die. They're just waiting for us old guys until we pass — to quit complaining, and we die.
    ” — Dennis Harrah, former Rams offensive lineman

According to the NFL Players Association, full lifetime medical insurance was not sought by current and former union leadership because such a plan would cost an estimated $50 million a year and the current U.S. health care laws should cover most players with pre-existing conditions.

"Until the public realizes what's going on and how many players — there's guys in the Hall of Fame, in the Hall of Fame! — that were making $300, $400, $500 a month with no health insurance. Again, what is that? That is sad. That is sad," says Dennis Harrah, a Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman from 1975 to '87 and an All-Pro in 1986. "They're just fallen heroes. You take care of fallen heroes. Somehow, some way."

For now, the lawsuits are still in the initial, procedural stages. On Tuesday, at least four, including one in which former Chicago Bears Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon is a plaintiff, were consolidated in a Philadelphia court.

Harrah, like most of the former players interviewed by the AP, isn't all that optimistic about a quick resolution. "They're just waiting until we die," he says of the NFL. "They're just waiting for us old guys until we pass — to quit complaining, and we die."

That same sense of resentment and despair permeates Dorsett's words as he raises his voice and shakes his head.

"They use you up. No matter what the circumstances are, it's all about winning games, football games, regardless. And they don't care, because they figure, you know, 'We got, you know, replacement factories,' which are colleges. And there's going to be somebody else to eventually come along and fill that void," he says. "So they just put you out there, and feed you to the wolves. And if you make it through, fine. If you don't, that's fine.

"Management, ownership, as far as injuries are concerned, I think in some regards they wish they could just look the other way."

Class Action lawyer Network is reviewing cases for Mutli District litigations for Helmet safety. The injury Department is reviewinf cases for product liability where helmets resulted in brain injury,

If you or a loved one has been injured and loved one died due to a brain injury from a faulty unsafe helmet contact us today.