New Jersey Jury Decides Talcum Powder did not Cause Woman’s Mesothelioma

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Consumer products and devices are intended to help us live better lives. They serve of a variety of purposes, meet our needs, and in some cases, even make us sick. Unfortunately, everyday items that you can find in your local grocery store or pharmacy can cause serious harm if they are improperly made, contaminated, or if manufacturers fail to warn about their risks. There has been an ongoing legal battle across the United States regarding […]

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Bergen County Jury Sides with Plaintiff in Pelvic Mesh Product Defect Case

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In the ongoing product liability litigation against Ethicon for its allegedly defective Prolift pelvic mesh product, a jury in Bergen County, New Jersey recently decided in favor of the plaintiff. This marks the second major decision in New Jersey as it relates to Prolift, both of which resulted in compensatory and punitive damages awards to victims. This case was adjudicated in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack before Superior Court Judge Rachelle Harz. Following a three-week […]

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Two NJ Companies Banned from Selling Unapproved Pharmaceuticals

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Two New Jersey companies were recently banned from distributing unapproved and misbranded pharmaceuticals in violation of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The companies were the subject of an injunction after selling skin-whitening injectables and other drugs that were not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On September 14th, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey against Flawless Beauty […]

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Traumatic Brain Injuries in Childhood May Lead to Anxiety, Depression Long-term

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Traumatic brain injuries can be catastrophically damaging at any age; however, a traumatic brain injury in childhood may lead to serious medical and psychological issues for years to come. In fact, a new study discovered that traumatic brain injuries and concussions, when sustained in childhood, may result in anxiety and depression more than a decade after the initial injury. The research, entitled Anxiety Disorders in Adults With Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury: Evidence of Difficulties More […]

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Surgical Navigation Systems May Lead to Medical Errors, Cautions FDA

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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued several warnings recently about the risks associated with surgical stereotaxic navigation systems. These computer systems are employed to guide surgeons during operative procedures and intended to ensure accuracy of placement for surgical instruments and implants. However, the FDA has cautioned doctors about several issues with these devices, which may lead to patient injuries or even death. The most recent report, Navigational Accuracy Errors Associated with Frameless Stereotaxic […]

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New Research Shows IVC Filters Pose Risks with Little Reward

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IVC filters, or inferior vena cava filters, have been the subject of debate within the medical community for years, as physicians and regulators continue to discuss the efficacy of these medical devices, as well as the risks they pose to patients. According to recently published research that investigates the efficacy of IVC filters in improving survival rates, these devices may pose more of a risk than a benefit. What is an IVC Filter? An IVC filter […]

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Plaintiffs in Product Liability Lawsuit Against Bayer Claim Failure to Warn

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After a series of product liability lawsuits claiming Bayer Corp. failed to warn patients about the potential risks associated with one of its birth control implants, a California judge recently granted a motion to allow for coordination among the plaintiffs’ cases. This significant decision will allow plaintiffs and their attorneys to share information, pool resources, and gain traction as they move forward. The medical device in this case is the Essure birth control implant, manufactured […]

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Hospital and Medical Device Manufacturer Facing Lawsuits After Man Dies of Bacterial Infection

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A medical device manufacturer and a Pennsylvania hospital are facing multiple lawsuits after two patients contracted a bacterial infection following open-heart surgery, one of whom tragically died as a result. By way of background, these cases follow an announcement made by Pennsylvania’s York Hospital, which informed patients who had open-heart surgery between October 1, 2011 and July 24, 2015 that they may have been exposed to nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Among the 1,300 patients who underwent the surgery during this period, 5 have […]

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Failure to Warn Doctrine Affirmed in Pharmaceutical Product Defect Case

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In a recent pharmaceutical product defect case involving pelvic mesh, a New Jersey Appellate Court upheld an $11.1 million verdict, affirmed the applicability of the failure to warn doctrine, and issued a decision that has far-reaching implications for pelvic mesh implant litigation both in New Jersey and nationwide. The case in question involves plaintiff, Linda Gross, who filed a lawsuit against Ethicon Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, that designs and manufactures the Gynacare Prolift pelvic organ […]

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U.S. Senate Report Cites FDA, Hospitals, Manufacturers for Inadequate Safety of Medical Devices Linked to “Superbug” Outbreaks

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After an extensive investigation, the United States Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee recently issued a report implicating medical device manufacturers, hospitals, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the hundreds of illnesses and deaths involving antibiotic-resistant bacteria linked to endoscope medical devices. The report, entitled Preventable Tragedies: Superbugs and How Ineffective Monitoring of Medical Device Safety Fails Patients, summarizes the results of the investigation, which was initiated because of the at least 250 antibiotic-resistant bacterial […]

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