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Byetta/Januvia® - Pancreatic Cancer

Byetta® and Januvia® are diabetes drugs (known as incretin mimetics) which mimic the action of certain hormones found in the gastrointestinal tract, lowering blood sugar levels for adults with type 2 diabetes.  A strong correlation has been identified between the use of  Byetta® and Januvia® and the development of pancreatic cancer, as well as pancreatitis – an inflammation of the pancreas that can lead to pancreatic cancer. Byetta® has also been linked to thyroid cancer. (Read More)



Chantix®

Chantix® is prescription medication used to help people stop smoking. It is manufactured by Pfizer Inc. and has been the subject of much speculation in recent months within the health community. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recently linked Chantix® with serious mental side effects and is now requesting that Pfizer put warnings on the medication’s labels. Among the side effects to be cited in the warnings are symptoms such as anxiety, nervousness, tension, depression, hallucinations, loss of consciousness, and in severe cases, thought or attempts of suicide. Research has also found that the medication can cause current cases of psychiatric illnesses to get worse, or even cause old psychiatric episodes to reoccur. (Read More)



DePuy Hip Implant

RECALLED HIP REPLACEMENTS MANUFACTURED BY DEPUY ORTHOPAEDICS/JOHNSON & JOHNSON

On December 8, 2011 the FDA issued a Warning Letter in which it informed the public that DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, was manufacturing 14 different artificial joint components that had not been approved by the FDA. These included knee systems and hip systems. DePuy claimed that these products were exempt from the FDA approval process because they were “substantially equivalent” to preexisting devices and were “custom devices” requested by surgeons to match the anatomy of individual patients. The FDA disagreed because the 14 device components contained “standardized design characteristics,” meaning they were not custom made. (Read More)



False Claims/Qui Tam

Qui Tam litigation gives a private citizen who has first-hand knowledge of fraud committed against the government the right to retain a lawyer and sue and potentially recover losses caused by fraud on almost any government entity. Specifically, the False Claims Act provides financial incentives for those who have the courage to come forward publicly to prosecute and fight fraud committed against our government. (Read More)



IVC Filters

If you or someone you know has been injured by an IVC filter, contact us today at (877) 715-5120.

NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT - Two Part Exclusive:

Part One: Did Manufacturer of Medical Device Linked to 27 Deaths Ignore Safety Concerns?

Part Two: Did Forged Signature Clear Way for Dangerous Blood-Clot Filter?

WPTV NEWS: View our client's interview with WPTV News in West Palm Beach

Defective IVC Filter Trial Ends With Settlement

On January 26, 2015, Heaviside Reed Zaic, Lopez McHugh and the Wetherall Group represented a plaintiff in the second lawsuit in the nation to proceed to trial against Bard for its defective inferior vena cava filters. A Recovery Filter migrated to and punctured a hole in the plaintiff’s heart, leading to emergency open heart surgery. (Read More)



Lipitor®– Diabetes in Women

The anti-cholesterol drug Lipitor® is the best-selling medication of all time, with USA Today reporting sales of more than $125 billion since its approval in 1996. But in the last few years, an increasingly large body of research suggests that the drug may have exposed millions of female patients to severe health risks. (Read More)



Pradaxa®

Pradaxa® is an anti-coagulant, taken orally. It is prescribed for the prevention of strokes, and was approved to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. It was designed to replace Warfarin® (also known as Coumadin®), which has been on the market for decades. The difference between the two is that excessive bleeding from Warfarin can be treated with vitamin K. There is no antidote for excessive bleeding caused by Pradaxa®.(Read More)



SSRIs

SSRIs and PPHN in Newborns

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are a form of antidepressants. In July 2007, a study regarding SSRIs was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study revealed that mothers who took SSRIs such as Paxil®, Prozac®, and Zoloft® during the second half of their pregnancy had a greater risk of having children with Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN) than mothers who did not take the medication. PPHN is a respiratory disorder that causes the normal circulatory transition that occurs after birth to fail. In turn, the newborn is unable to provide itself enough oxygen-rich blood. (Read More)

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