MASS TORTS/PRODUCT LIABILITY/PHARMACEUTICAL DRUG CASES

MASS TORTS/PRODUCT LIABILITY/PHARMACEUTICAL DRUG CASES

CURRENT MASS TORT CASES OF INTEREST

MEDICAL DEVICE CASES

I. Stryker Rejuvenate® and ABG II modular-neck Hip Stems:
• Stryker Rejuvenate Modular-neck stem (recalled)
• Stryker ABG II Modular-neck stem (recalled)
Sold from 2009-July 2012.Stryker is currently asking doctors to send recall letters and they hired Broadspire as a third party claims administrator.
II. Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements (various manufacturers)
• DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL Acetabular (recalled)
• DePuy Pinnacle w/ metal liner
• Biomet M2A-Magnum
• Biomet M2A-38
• Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System w/ metal liner (recalled)
• Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Cup used in Total Hip Replacement
• Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing
• Wright Conserve Cup
• Wright Dynasty Cup w/ metal liner
• Zimmer Durom Cup
Metal-on-metal implants were sold from 2004-2011.
Metal-on-metal hip implants and the recalled Stryker modular-neck stem hip stems are both causing cobalt toxicity issues. The metal-on-metal hip implants were sold from 2004 to 2011 and the Stryker modular-neck hip stems were sold from 2009 to July 2012. Hip clients typically experience pain, difficulty walking or standing, pseudotumors, loosening, fractures, or joint dislocation.
III. Transvaginal Mesh (various manufacturers)
• Bard
• AMS
• Ehticon Gynecare
• Boston Scientific
• UGYTEX
• Coviden

IV. Knee Implants (various manufacturers)

• Zimmer NexGen MIS Tibia (best case)
• Zimmer NexGen LPS-Flex
• DePuy LCS Knee Orthopedic Implant Meniscal Bearing Insert
• DePuy LCS Duofix Femoral Component
• Stryker Shape Match Cutting Guides (recalled)
• Smith & Nephew Journey Uni Tibial Baseplate (recalled)
V. da Vinci Robotic Surgery
• The robots are used in various types of surgeries including hysterectomies, prostatectomies, gastric bypasses, thyroid surgeries, bladder surgeries, and other abdominal procedures.
• Lawsuits have been filed alleging tears and/or burns of the intestines, punctured blood vessels, cut ureters, severe bowel injuries, vaginal cuff dehiscence, excessive bleeding, and death.
VI. Mirena IUD
• Mirena IUDs can cause bowel perforation requiring laparoscopic surgery to remove.

PHARMACEUTICAL DRUG CASES:

I. Pradaxa
• Blood thinner to prevent strokes, but can cause fatal uncontrolled bleeding, strokes, and heart attacks
II. Fosamax/Boniva/Actonel
• Osteoporosis medication causes spontaneous femur fractures in women
III. Actos
• Diabetes drug causes bladder cancer
IV. SSRI (Zoloft (Sertraline), Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, Wellbutrin (Bupropion))
• Depression, anxiety disorders, and some personality disorder drugs causing congenital birth defects
V. Granuflo or Naturalyte
• Dialysis medication that has been linked to cardiac arrest/heart attacks shortly after dialysis treatment
VI. Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz or Ocella
• Birth control medicine that can cause fatal blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, heart attacks, pulmonary embolism and stroke
VII. Byetta & Januvia
• Type II diabetes drugs causing pancreatic cancer and acute hemorrhagic and/or necrotizing pancreatitis

·  Talcum powder and ovarian cancer:  As many as 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed each year may have been caused by regular use of talcum powder. Talcum powder is used to absorb moisture and is widely available in various products including baby powder and adult products including body and facial powder. Talc products used regularly in the genital area could increase the risk of ovarian cancer if the powder were to travel through the vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes to the ovaries. A jury recently found consumer health care products manufacturer Johnson & Johnson knew of the cancer risks associated with its talc products but failed to warn consumers.

·  Testosterone Replacement Therapy products for men have been linked to an increased risk of death, heart attack and stroke. In one study, researchers found men who used testosterone therapy were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or die after three years of use. A second study found that men had a significant increase in risk of heart attack and stroke in just the first 90 days of testosterone therapy use. Testosterone therapy, such as the prescription topical treatments Androgel, Testim and Axiron, are used to help boost testosterone levels in men who have "Low T," a deficiency of the male hormone. 

·  Lipitor, a statin drug to treat high cholesterol, was approved by the FDA in 1996 and is one the best-selling prescription medications in the world. Recent studies have found a possible link between Lipitor and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The study found a potential link in postmenopausal women, particularly those who had a Body Mass Index (BMI) less than 30. Of the 153,840 women evaluated, more than 10,000 had developed Type 2 diabetes by the end of the study.

·  Transvaginal Mesh is surgical mesh implanted through the vagina to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. Reported complications from using the mesh include the mesh becoming exposed or protruding out of the vaginal tissue, pain, infection, organ perforation and urinary problems.


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