Ovarian Cancer and Talcum Powder

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For decades talcum powder was marketed, particularly to women, for genital use.  In 1971, researchers found talc in 75% of the cervical tumors they studied.  In 1982, a researcher concluded that women who use talcum powder could be three times as likely to develop ovarian cancer.  By the year 2000 another ten epidemiological (medical science… Read more »

Transvaginal Mesh Verdict

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A jury in Delaware has returned a verdict for $100 million against transvaginal mesh manufacturer, Boston Scientific Corporation.  The verdict includes $25 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages.  The jury specifically found that the devices were defectively designed and that company executives committed fraud by hiding the true risks of the… Read more »

The Dangers of Zithromax

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Zithromax, also known as Z-Pak or Z-max, is an antibiotic sold by Pfizer.  The drug was introduced in 1991 and has become one of the best-selling antibiotics in the U.S.  Zithromax is frequently prescribed because it can be used for short periods (1, 3, or 5 days).  It is also a popular antibiotic that can… Read more »

Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Settlement

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Boston Scientific is a manufacturer of transvaginal mesh.  Transvaginal mesh is surgically implanted mesh to treat, among other things, urinary incontinence. To date, more than 25,000 women have filed claims against Boston Scientific for injuries they suffered from the transvaginal mesh.  This week Boston Scientific announces that it had reached its first settlement to resolve some of… Read more »

Zofran – A Dangerous Drug

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Zofran is a drug produced and sold by Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) solely for the purpose of nausea relief in chemotherapy patients.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Zofran for this purpose.  However, GSK marketed the drug for “off label” use, meaning that they marketed the drug for purposes other than treating chemotherapy patients. … Read more »

Zofran Causes Birth Defects

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Zofran is an anti-nausea drug made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).  The drug was approved in 1991 to treat cancer patients who developed nausea during chemotherapy treatments.  Later, GSK began to market the drug of off-label (unapproved) uses, including pregnant women who had morning sickness.  However, the company never did any clinical research or studies to determine… Read more »

Xarelto Bleeding Lawsuits

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Xarelto is a new anticoagulant (blood thinner) being prescribed to prevent the risk of blood clots and strokes.  The manufacturer (Janssen Pharmaceuticals) and co-marketer (Bayer Healthcare) promote the drug over other anticoagulants, such as Coumadin, because it does not require medical monitoring.  However, Xarelto reports link it to an increased risk of uncontrollable bleeding.  Anticoagulants… Read more »