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Posted 12 months ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Jawbone Death from Osteoporosis Drug Costs Novartis $1.3M

A Florida woman who took Zometa to prevent the risk of osteoporosis has won a $1.3 million jury award against drug maker Novartis for causing destruction of her jawbone. Nancy Guenther was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. When her doctors discovered that the cancer had metastasized to her bones, they prescribed Zometa to reduce her risk of bone fractures. Guenther received 46 injections of the drug over four years between 2002 and 2006. During that time, she claimed she …

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Posted 1 year ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Abbott Labs Ordered to Pay $2.2M for Risky Arthritis Drug

A jury has ordered the maker of the popular arthritis drug Humira to pay $2.24 million for not warning doctors about a life-threatening side effect. Delores Tietz, of Manda, N.D., was prescribed Humira for rheumatoid arthritis in October 2009 and took it for almost seven months before feeling flu-like symptoms including chest pains and fever. Her symptoms were not treated for weeks until doctors finally diagnosed her illness as histoplasmosis, a severe fungal infection that can be fatal if untreated. …

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Compounding Pharmacy Implicated in Deaths

A compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts has been linked to the outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis caused by contamination of steroid injections commonly used for back and neck pain. Meningitis is a swelling of the protective membranes of the brain and spinal cord. Problems with the injections arose when the contaminated steroid was injected near the spine. Steroid injections in knees or hips are highly unlikely to cause meningitis. The compounding pharmacy shipped 17,676 potentially tainted vials to …

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Posted 2 years ago in Consumer Law by Sylvia Hsieh  
ALEC-Inspired Bills Could Bar Defective Drug Lawsuits

Every year, thousands of Americans are sickened or killed by bad prescription drugs, but a battle is brewing in several states that could take away the ability of consumers to sue drug makers based on model bills by the controversial organization American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC.) In the case of some popular drugs like Vioxx or Phen-Fen, tens of thousands of consumers have sued en masse for bad side effects or risks that drug makers failed to warn about. Another …

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