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Discussions Underway in Forming Mirena MDL: Bayer Opposes Consolidating into Mirena MDL

By | Mirena, Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

mirena_mdl_lawsuit_dvt_blood_clot_settlementsA U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-district Litigation (JPML) met on March 21 in San Diego, California to discuss the consolidation of Mirena IUD lawsuits into a multi-district litigation (MDL).

Bayer, the manufacturer of the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD), has expressed a strong opposition against consolidation of lawsuits into an MDL. The German pharmaceutical company opposes the formation of a Mirena MDL, which the Judicial Panel is calling In re: Mirena IUD Products Liablity Litigation, MDL No. 2434, because Bayer believes that a Mirena MDL would stall a Mirena lawsuit scheduled for May 2013.

According to a Thomson Reuters article, Bayer stated that consolidating Mirena cases into an MDL would mean that the case scheduled for May would be stalled for an unknown amount of time. Furthermore, Bayer’s lawyers argued against the Mirena MDL claiming it will slow the litigation process for any future Mirena lawsuits.

The plaintiffs’ counsel argued the opposite, claiming the Mirena MDL would organize the lawsuits, and make for a more efficient legal process.

As of now, the first Mirena trial is scheduled to be heard in the U.S. District Court of the District of South Carolina. Mirena lawyers are Carey Danis & Lowe are closely following the Judicial Panel hearings in order to ascertain if the Mirena trial will be go on as scheduled, and if a Mirena MDL will be established.

Carey Danis & Lowe believes that the consolidation of Mirena IUD lawsuits into a federal MDL is an ideal situation for individuals who claim to have been injured through use of the Mirena IUD.

Women who have used the Mirena contraceptive device have experienced ectopic pregnancy, which is a pregnancy that occurs outside of the womb. Furthermore, the Mirena IUD has also been linked to incidences of uterine perforation as well as the device embedding into surrounding tissues.

Many patients have also experienced device migration wherein the Mirena IUD dislodges and travels to other parts of the body, especially the abdomen, and causes significant internal damage.

In cases where a medical device such as the Mirena IUD was marketed as safe, but has caused an undue amount of pain and injury, it is important to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for releasing such defective products onto the market. Lawyers are Carey Danis & Lowe are dedicated to providing our clients with expert legal counsel in a Mirena lawsuits.

Contact a Mirena lawyer at Carey Danis & Lowe today by calling 800.721.2519 or by submitting a legal claim form.

New Lawsuit on DePuy ASR Hip Replacement: Severe Adverse Events

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Hip/Knee Replacement, Uncategorized

Published May 14, 2012 on LawsuitInformation.org

According to court documents, on May 7th 2012, a Virginia woman, Abbdella Brown, filed a lawsuit in Ohio Northern District Court (case no. 1:2012dp21074) against DePuy Orthopaedics alleging she suffered serious injuries due to ASR Hip Implant Device. DePuy Orthopeadics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is defending lawsuits in multidistrict litigations alleging that its ASR hip replacement (MDL 2197) and the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement systems (MDL 2244) were defectively designed. In August 2010, the DePuy ASR hips were recalled.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 14, 2012

The media spotlight is often a double-edged sword. No one knows this better than Abbdella Brown. And yet, gossip and rumor-mongering aside, the real story here is being overlooked according to Sean Burke.

According to court documents, on May 7th 2012, a 51-year-old woman from Williamsburg, Virginia, Abbdella Brown, filed a lawsuit in Ohio Northern District Court (case no. 1:2012dp21074) against DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, alleging she suffered serious injuries due to ASR Hip Implant Device. Plaintiff was implanted with a DePuy ASR hip implant in February 2007.

In October 2010, Brown suffered pain, as well as elevated chromium and cobalt levels resulting in the need for revision surgery, allegedly due to her implants. Brown had the ASR hip replacements explanted in June 2011. In August 2010, a Johnson And Johnson Recall of the DePuy ASR was announced.

DePuy Orthopeadics is defending lawsuits in Multidistrict Litigations alleging that its ASR hip replacement (MDL 2197) and the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement systems (MDL 2244) were defectively designed.

More than 6,000 lawsuits are pending against Johnson & Johnson over its defective DePuy ASR hip replacements. Judge David A. Katz, who is overseeing the federal MDL in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, said it includes about 4,200 suits. The other 2,000 cases are filed in state courts, including Nevada, Florida, California, Maryland, Utah and Wisconsin.

In March 2012, results of a study presented at the British Hip Society Annual Conference, showed that DePuy ASR XL device had a higher than anticipated early failure rate as the rate of second operations, or revisions, ranged from 21% after four years to 49% after six years.

New Lawsuit on Zimmer Durom Cup: Adverse Events

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Hip/Knee Replacement, Uncategorized

Published May 17, 2012 on LawsuitInformation.org

According to court documents, on March 15th, 2012, a California resident, Therese Gonzales, filed a lawsuit in New Jersey District Court (case no. 2:2012cv01651) against Zimmer Inc. alleging that Zimmer Durom Cup was defectively designed and caused her pain and side effects that “are consistent with loosening of the acetabular cups used in her hip replacements”. The Zimmer Durom Cup is an artificial hip component widely used in hip replacement surgeries in the US since 2006. On June 9th, 2010, the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered the centralization of products liability cases involving the Zimmer Durom Cup hip device (MDL 2158). This new lawsuit joins the multidistrict litigation in the New Jersey District Court, where the pre-trial proceedings have been consolidated in at least 75 cases.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 08, 2012

The media spotlight is often a double-edged sword. No one knows this better than Therese Gonzales. And yet, gossip and rumor-mongering aside, the real story here is being overlooked according to Sean Burke of AttorneyOne.

According to court documents, on March 15th, 2012, a California resident, Therese Gonzales, filed a lawsuit in New Jersey District Court (case no. 2:2012cv01651) against Zimmer Inc. alleging that the Zimmer Durom Cup was defectively designed and caused her pain and side effects. The Zimmer Durom Cup is an artificial hip component widely used in hip replacement surgeries in the US since 2006. Gonzales received a right Zimmer Durom Cup total hip replacement in 2006, and her left joint was replaced the following year in San Diego. After her surgeries, Gonzales said she began to have pain. Her attorney said the side effects she’s experiencing “are consistent with loosening of the acetabular cups used in her hip replacements.”

On June 9th, 2010, the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered the centralization of products liability cases involving the Zimmer Durom Cup hip device (MDL 2158). This new lawsuit joins the multidistrict litigation in the New Jersey District Court, where the pre-trial proceedings have been consolidated in at least 75 cases.

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FDA Announces 10 Drugs With Severe Birth Defect Warnings

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized

Posted January 10, 2012 

San Diego, CA — (SBWIRE) — 01/10/2012 The drugs found on this list went through multiple tests, research experiments, and survey before the FDA classified them as dangerous to babies during pregnancy.

Zoloft (sertraline), a popular antidepressant known as a “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor” (SSRI), is linked to dangerous side effects in users and serious birth defects (including, heart murmur, hole in the heart and other serious heart defects) if taken by pregnant women. Since 2006, the FDA has warned against the use of Zoloft and other SSRIs in pregnant mothers.

Paxil (paroxetine), one of the most widely prescribed SSRI’s for depression in adults has also been associated with serious side effects in men and women and very dangerous birth defects like heart defects that can result in death if taken by pregnant women. Also part of the 2006 study of SSRI side effects, Paxil has been identified by the FDA to be dangerous for women who are pregnant or who become pregnant.

Prozac (fluoxetine) is probably the most popular anti-depressant and SSRI prescribed by physicians over the past decade and is considered by the FDA to be highly dangerous for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Side effects of Prozac include heart defects, cleft palate/cleft lip, and persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns (PPHN).

Celexa (citalopram), one of the more recent brand-named SSRI’s used to treat depression, was identified by the FDA in 2011 as being linked to very serious side effects as well as birth defects. The FDA issued a warning to adults who took higher dosages of Celexa that they are at a greater risk of deadly heart conditions including fatal heart rhythm problems. Consumer Reports released an article on the study as well.

Wellbutrin (bupropion hydrochloride), was identified by the FDA in 2009 to have links to dangerous side effects and potentially fatal birth defects. A public health advisory was released by the FDA pointing out that Wellbutrin, Chantix and Zyban may increase the risk of suicide and serious neuropsychiatric symptoms.

Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) is prescribed by doctors to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder and is in the group of medications classified as SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Similar to Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac, Lexapro has been linked to serious and dangerous side effects including thoughts of suicide in adults and heart defects in children from mothers who have taken these products.

Effexor (venlafaxine) is an antidepressant and anti-anxiety drug that was approved by the FDA and released on the market in 2004 as an another SSRI. Since then it has been shown to have a direct correlation with permanent and dangerous birth defects including abdominal birth defects, anal atresia, cardiac defects, limb defects and genital defects.

Diflucan (fluconazole), a powerful anti-fungal medication prescribed to women with yeast infections and other types of fungal infections in the body and organs, may be associated with rare but very serious side effects and birth defects in infants whose mothers were treated with Diflucan. The FDA reported the following possible birth defects: mis-shaped head, cleft palate/cleft lip, joint deformities and congenital heart disease and heart defects.

Topamax (topiramate) is an anti-seizure drug used to treat epileptics and is also prescribed for adults suffering migraine headaches. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strengthened their warning based on new data that links Topamax to severe birth defects when used while pregnant. If you or someone you know has taken or is currently taking Topamax, it is strongly urged by the FDA to discuss alternative treatments for seizures and migraines.

Depakote (divalproex sodium), another popular anti-seizure drug prescribed by doctors to treat epileptic seizures, has been reported in some studies to be linked to severe birth defects and side effects. Birth defects identified in these studies include: holes in the heart, abnormal skull formation, cleft palate/cleft lip, and spina bifida.

If you or someone close to you have taken any of the above drugs and have experienced any of the following birth defects contact a Birth Defect Attorney immediately to discuss your options.

  • Hole in Heart
  • Heart Defects
  • Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate
  • Club Foot, Fetal Death
  • Anal Atresia
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
  • Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)Lung Disease/Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Limb Defect/Genital Defect
  • Ventrical Outflow Defect
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
  • Tetralogy of the Fallot
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • A Ventrical Septal Defect (VSD)
  • Pulmonary Hypertension in newborn (PPHN)
  • Additional Conditions Included…

Anyone who has taken any prescribed medications during pregnancy should discuss their options with a licensed birth defect lawyer immediately. They may be entitled to financial compensation.