The Driscoll Firm Legal Blog Archive

Bayer AG’s Mirena, the T-shaped device that releases progestin to thicken cervical mucus and avoid pregnancy, was supposed to be revolutionary and give women five-year protection from conceiving a child. However, nearly 50,000 reports of serious Mirena side effects have already been reported to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Shocking Mirena IUD Statistics According to Adverse Events, an independent company that reports on FDA information, 47,812 adverse events related to Mirena use were reported from November 1997 to… Read More

A new wave of Lipitor diabetes injury lawsuits has been filed against Pfizer, Inc. over its failure to warn consumers about the risks of developing Type 2 diabetes when taking the company’s cholesterol reducing drug Lipitor (atorvastatin). Although Pfizer has said that adding a black box warning to the drug in 2012 was sufficient, lawsuits against the pharmaceutical giant allege otherwise. Were Lipitor Warnings Too Late? That’s what many patients who started taking the statin drug Lipitor to reduce cholesterol… Read More

Thousands of bladder cancer diagnoses around the world have been linked to Takeda Pharmaceutical’s Type 2 diabetes drug Actos, prompting doctors to find better ways to treat the disease. A drug called Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is one of the newest treatments being used to combat it – and it’s good news for some bladder cancer victims. Treating Bladder Cancer Bladder cancer patients generally have limited treatment options —surgery to remove the tumor, and chemotherapy and/or radiation therapies. However, according to… Read More

Minnesota-based Medtronic has announced that it will cut thousands of jobs worldwide. The medical device manufacturing giant has been in the spotlight over the past few years for allegedly downplaying the serious side effects of its InFUSE bone graft and for providing doctors with kickbacks to promote the device. Are Cutbacks a Result of Litigation & Bad Press? According to CBS Minnesota, Medtronic has decided to scale back its global workforce by approximately 2,000 jobs – 500 of those in… Read More

Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics face thousands of lawsuits filed against them alleging that their now recalled metal-on-metal hip implants have failed at alarming rates. Texas multi-district litigation Judge Ed Kinkeade has ordered that the manufacturers produce compliance monitoring reports to gauge whether J&J and DePuy acted reasonably in manufacturing and marketing the products. Could Metal-On-Metal Hip Injuries Have Been Prevented? It’s no secret that problems with J&J and DePuy’s ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System… Read More

Thousands of Actos bladder cancer lawsuits are pending in federal and state courts throughout the United States. However, Actos sales – and injuries – are global. In fact, over 1.7 million Actos prescriptions were filled in Australia alone over the past four years. Now, Australia residents are suing Takeda over Actos bladder cancer injuries. Down Under Takes Front & Center According to a recent article in The Sydney Morning Herald, Takeda’s diabetes drug Actos has been prescribed more than 1.7… Read More

Fresenius Medical Care, manufacturers of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, also owns numerous dialysis centers across the country. One of those facilities, the Bessemer Kidney Center in Alabama, has been shut down following the deaths of two patients and the hospitalization of others. This is not good news for Fresenius, which also faces hundreds of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte injury lawsuits. From Bad to Worse The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, along with the Alabama Department of Public Health, are investigating… Read More

Metal-on-metal hip implant devices, such as the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, have failed at alarming rates. The failures often require additional painful and expensive surgeries for patients. A new study shows that patients also can suffer from an inflammation of the joint lining, which can lead to serious-long term injuries. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery Study According to a recent report in Health Canal, a new study to be published in The… Read More

Takeda Pharmaceutical’s Type 2 diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone) has been linked to bladder cancer in patients who were treated with the drug over the course of several years. However, the latest Actos bladder cancer victim says that he took Actos for only two years before being diagnosed with bladder cancer. He joins hundreds of others who are suing Takeda for failing to warn consumers about risks that many believe the company knew about years ago. Bladder Cancer Diagnosis Unthinkable The… Read More

Although DePuy Orthopaedics recalled its ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System in 2010 after the devices failed at alarming rates, DePuy hip implant injuries remain a global concern. DePuy, and its parent corporation Johnson & Johnson, are now facing more than 150 hip implant lawsuits from South African patients. South African Woman’s Painful Journey According to a news report from Independent Online, 62-year-old Cape Town resident Martha Maria de Kock has undergone three hip implant replacements using… Read More

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