Zoloft birth injury litigation develops

Hundreds of lawsuits have alleged that mothers taking Zoloft and other antidepressants during pregnancies suffer birth injuries to their children. Now, a bellwether trial has been scheduled in multidistrict litigation. U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe is presiding over 475 cases in the multidistict litigation in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She …

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Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuits Progress in Federal Multidistrict Litigation

More than 1,700 personal injury lawsuits are pending against pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim in Illinois. Plaintiffs filing in the in federal multidistrict litigation allege that the company’s blood-thinning medication Pradaxa caused internal bleeding. These lawsuits are part of multidistrict litigation in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois. On November 4, the court established a …

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Pfizer Sued Over Birth Injury that Resulted in Death

An Illinois couple has filed a lawsuit against Pfizer after a birth injury resulted in their son’s death. The plaintiffs assert that their son was exposed to the antidepressant Zoloft, manufactured by Pfizer, and that he suffered from syndactyly and hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which eventually led to his death. The lawsuit was filed in …

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Feds Sue Chicago Doctor in Prescription Drug Kickback Case

Federal authorities have charged a Chicago doctor with taking kickbacks. Federal authorities filed suit against Dr. Michael J. Reinstein, a Chicago psychiatrist, on November 15, alleging that in exchange for kickbacks from drug companies, he prescribed a potentially dangerous psychotropic drug to thousands of Chicago-area nursing home patients with mental illnesses. In a statement, acting …

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Flame Retardants May Be a Danger to Human Health

Between 1970 and 2004, levels of some flame retardants in the blood of American adults doubled every two to five years. American babies are born with some of the highest levels for all infants in the world. According to a UC-Berkeley public health study, babies exposed to flame retardants in the womb have lower birth …

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FDA Budget Includes New Money for Food Safety Initiatives

The Food and Drug Administration’s fiscal year 2013 budget includes priorities that would improve food safety, protect patents and ensure import safety from China. The new budget includes $364 million in a “protecting patents initiative” that will help review biosimilar products. There will also be money for research to protect customers and patients. There is …

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Consumer Groups Demand Redesign of Dangerous Baby Seat

The Bumbo International Baby Seat is in trouble again. The makers of the Bumbo had to recall the baby seats in 2007 for new labeling because children were falling in the seats from elevated surfaces. The original product’s packaging showed the seat on a raised surface. Many of the more than 30 skull fractures and …

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NTSB Suggests Ban on All Portable Electronic Devices for Drivers of Any Vehicle

The National Transportation Safety Board recently called for a total ban on driver use of portable electronic devices – both hands-free and hand-held – in all motor vehicles. Distraction-related accidents took the lives of about 3,000 people on America’s highways last year, according to NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman. The agency’s press release calling for the …

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FDA Warns Consumers About 20 Dangerous Weight Loss Supplements

Consumers should be extremely wary of taking weight loss supplements as they could cause them serious harm. The FDA recently issued a warning in regards to 20 weight loss pills and supplements that have sibutramine. More than a year ago, the FDA pulled the weight loss medicine Meridia off the shelves because sibutramine increased the …

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Children’s Overdose Rates High as FDA Issues New Measurement Guidelines

Children less than five years old total more than half of all emergency room visits due to medicine misuse and misdosing, reports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The numbers are staggering given the amount of education and oversight that exists with over-the-counter and pharmaceutical medication. As a result, the Federal Drug Administration …

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