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Nearly 30 percent of opioid prescriptions lacked medical reason for use

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Nearly 30% of opioids prescribed by doctors failed to show a clinical reason for the patient to take them, a new report found, shedding light on roles doctors might play in America’s opioid epidemic. The analysis inspected data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey on opioid prescriptions handed out by doctors between 2006… Read More »

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Previously sealed documents show Johnson & Johnson knew of Talcum powder dangers in 1970s

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Plaintiffs pursuing talcum powder lawsuits in Missouri state court claim that newly unsealed documents show that Johnson & Johnson has known since the 1970s that its talc-based powders contained asbestos fibers, which could increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women who used the products for daily feminine hygiene. (Case No. 1522-CC10417, Circuit Court,… Read More »

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Johnson & Johnson hit with $57.1M verdict in pelvic mesh implant lawsuit

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A jury in Philadelphia has awarded over $57 million in damages to a woman who alleged that surgical mesh manufacturer Johnson & Johnson was responsible for serious mesh-related injuries that left her internally scarred and incontinent. The award, the largest so far in several recent mesh injury trials in the state, includes $50 million… Read More »

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AbbVie ordered by jury to pay $15 million to Depakote victim

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AbbVie Inc. must pay $15 million to compensate a California boy with a split spine for failing to properly warn his mother and her doctors that its Depakote drug could cause birth defects. Jurors in federal court in Illinois delivered the verdict for Stevie Gonzalez on Friday in their third day of deliberations. The… Read More »

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Alabama man awarded $25 million in defective drug lawsuit

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New Jersey’s top court has reinstated a $25 million jury award for an Alabama man who became seriously ill after taking an acne drug. Andrew McCarrell sued pharmaceuticals company Hoffman LaRoche in 2003, claiming Accutane caused medical problems that led to doctors removing his colon and rectum. McCarrell claimed the drug’s label didn’t include… Read More »

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Bristol-Myers to pay $19.5M over improper marketing of Abilify

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California officials alleged the company promoted the anti-psychotic drug for unapproved uses on children, elderly patients with dementia Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. will pay $19.5 million to settle allegations that it promoted the anti-psychotic drug Abilify for unapproved uses and misled doctors about its dangers, it was announced Thursday. California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced… Read More »

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Johnson & Johnson hit with over $1 billion verdict on hip implants

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A federal jury in Dallas on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay more than $1 billion to six plaintiffs who said they were injured by Pinnacle hip implants. The jurors found that the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants were defectively designed and that the companies failed to warn consumers… Read More »

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