Boston Scientific and its child company, Guidant, recently settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice (DOJ) for knowingly selling defective defibrillators. Guidant must pay $30 million.
Current rules greatly restrict an injured consumer's right to recover damages when a generic drug causes injury. Federal law requires generic drug labels to match the warnings of the name-brand drug, even if the generic manufacturer believes the label fails to sufficiently warn consumers about a risk.
The consumer rights group, Take Justice Back, recently launched a new website to help injured people learn about their legal rights. Take Justice Back is a coalition of trial lawyers committed to helping consumers who are victims of corporate malfeasance or negligence.
The effects of the fungal meningitis outbreak extend across the entire medical industry. One area the contaminated steroid injections have influenced is the treatment of meningitis. As hundreds of victims suffer through the deadly illness, the victims and their families look for treatments and cures.
The contaminated steroid epidemic that has infected at least 478 people with fungal meningitis has gotten worse than previously thought: New, non-meningitis infections tied to the tainted steroids are surfacing across the country.
Nearly all children who admitted to a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) receive off-label medication. "Off label" is a term used to describe drugs that aren't approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of a particular condition. While it's legal for doctors to administer off-label uses of drugs, it comes with heightened risk since the FDA hasn't declared the medication safe for the particular purpose.
More than 35 people have contracted a deadly form of meningitis after receiving contaminated steroid injections. Of those patients, five have died and that number is expected to grow.
Prior studies have demonstrated a convincing connection between Topamax and serious side effects to unborn children. The research linked the use of Topamax by pregnant women to birth defects, including cleft lips and cleft palates. However, a recently concluded study provides the most comprehensive research spanning a decade.
The anti-smoking drug Chantix continues to be scrutinized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and consumer watchdogs. The concerns about Pfizer's smoking cessation drug began when consumers began to report that it caused them to suffer depression and suicidal behavior.
Fentanyl patches have become a serious concern to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after numerous overdose deaths across the country. Fentanyl is an opioid painkiller 100 times stronger than morphine, so medication dosage errors or product misuse can bring fatal consequences.