Over $2 Billion in Actos Bladder Cancer Settlement

In an effort to resolve lawsuits, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Actos, has agreed to pay up to $2.4 billion. The suits accuse Takeda of hiding cancer risks associated with the medication. If you or a loved one was hurt by Actos – or any improperly regulated pharmaceutical drug for that matter – it’s important that you act now and work to receive compensation. The agreement would resolve lawsuits Read More

Johnson & Johnson Loses Jury Trial in Risperdal Injury Case

Johnson & Johnson is the parent company of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Janssen produced and marketed an antipsychotic drug known as Risperdal for use in children. Recently, a Philadelphia jury awarded a man harmed by the drug $2.5 million. The plaintiff in the case was injured when he developed abnormal breast tissue growth after being prescribed Risperdal for five years. Lawyers for the plaintiff argued Read More

Herbal Supplement Industry Faces Fraud Claims

Cease-and-desist letters were sent to GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart by Attorney General of New York, Eric Schneiderman, demanding the retailers explain how they verify the ingredients in their herbal supplements. Authorities said DNA testing revealed herbal supplements such as ginseng and gingko Biloba sold at the major retailers contained dangerous ingredients, including potential allergens, not listed on Read More

Weight Gain May Hide Gynecomastia

Risperdal, a prescription anti-psychotic drug has been linked to significant weight increases in patients. The percentage of patients prescribed Risperdal who experience such weight gain is estimated to be about 30%. In addition to the traditional problems associated with weight gain, a negative side effect of Risperdal is gynecomastia-a condition where boys and men experience abnormal breast growth. Read More

Two Year Anniversary for NaturaLyte & Granuflo Recall Quickly Approaching

The two year anniversary is quickly approaching for the NaturaLyte and Granuflo recall issued by Fresenius Medical Care in March 2012. There is currently a plethora of lawsuits pending in state and federal courts across the country with similar allegations stating the drug manufacturer provided inadequate warnings for the risk of heart problems. As lawsuits continue to pile, a potential statute of limitations may Read More

Johnson & Johnson Will Pay $2.2 Billion to End U.S. Drug Probes

On Monday, the United States Attorney General announced that Johnson & Johnson will pay $2.2 billion to end civil and criminal investigations into kickbacks to the marketing of pharmaceuticals for off-label uses and to pharmacists. This will be one of the largest health care fraud settlements in the United States history. This resolution came after several years of the case involving the marketing of Read More

L.A. Doctor Arrested for Prescription Drug Deaths

A Los Angeles doctor was arrested this week and charged with second-degree murder and other crimes in the 2009 prescription drug overdose deaths of three of her patients, police said. Police arrested 42-year-old Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng after a court appearance on Friday. She is being held pending $3 million bail for the deaths of three young men, for whom Tseng  prescribed numerous drugs in 2009, investigators Read More

Pregnant Woman Gets Abortion Pill Due to Pharmacy Error

A pregnant woman in Colorado may lose her unborn child due to an error by a Safeway pharmacy in Fort Lupton. The pharmacy erroneously gave Mareena Silva, who is six-weeks pregnant, the drug Methotrexate, which is typically prescribed to terminate unwanted pregnancies. The error was the result of a prescription mix-up, in which pharmacist gave Silva a prescription meant for a 59-year-old woman with the same last Read More

Antibiotics Linked to Cerebral Palsy in Premature Births

Antibiotics, commonly administered to women at risk of experiencing premature labor, increases the risk that the child will develop cerebral palsy, according to a British research study. The report, published in the "Lancet" journal, studied women with no signs of infection who were at risk for premature labor. Doctors generally give antibiotics to women whose waters have already prematurely broken or who have an Read More