Justice was served in Philadelphia today and it came with a whopping bill. Johnson and Johnson hit with $13.5M pelvic mesh verdict. The case involved claims that J&J’s pelvic mesh implants caused a woman almost constant pain & discomfort and left unable to have sexual relations.
The FACT Act imposes unacceptable reporting requirements on those seeking compensation from the asbestos trusts. Veterans, teachers and first responders all agree that it opens them up to potential identity theft. The Ranking Member of the Committee issued a press release yesterday stating his position on the matter. I give you Sen. Patrick Leahy on need for transparency in asbestos trusts.
U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV said, “No!” to GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s latest move in the MDL the Big Pharma giant is in over its anti-nausea drug, Zofran. The plaintiffs claim that the “off-label” use of the drug for morning sickness caused birth defects. The GSK motion to dismiss in Zofran MDL denied.
Today, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) approved consolidation of lawsuits against two huge daily fantasy sports sites. It’s a touchdown for FanDuel, DraftKings plaintiffs: MDL approved. The new MDL will make it home in Massachusetts federal court, proper forum for both FanDuel, Inc. and DraftKings, Inc.
Stryker, the Michigan-based medical device company, recently announced its acquisition of Sage, an intensive care product manufacturer. Stryker paid $2.76B to acquire Sage. The acquisition allows Stryker access to Sage’s main customer base, hospitals. Stryker will be better able to market its own products through these connections.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing opposition to the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (FACT) today. As part of that opposition, two letters were sent to the Judiciary Committee Chair, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and the committee’s Ranking Member, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The message from veterans, first responders and teachers: say no to FACT Act.
A two-month long trial in Missouri involving the Solyx mesh device from Boston Scientific (BS) and the Align mesh device from C.R. Bard came to a close with a verdict for the defendants. Plaintiff Eve Sherrer sued the medical device duo, alleging both mesh devices were defective. The jury was unconvinced and Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard beat $28M pelvic mesh lawsuit.
It reads like something out of an espionage thriller: major medical device company smuggles counterfeit materials into the U.S. and causes massive injuries to an unsuspecting public. Unfortunately, it’s far from fiction. A West Virginia plaintiff is suing claiming medical device maker Boston Scientific used counterfeit resin in vaginal mesh product.
It appears President Obama’s nomination for FDA chief is meeting resistance from his own party’s senators. Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass), Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have come forward expressing their concerns over nominee Dr. Robert Califf. Both Markey and Sanders have placed “holds” on President Obama’s choice and Manchin is threatening to filibuster. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) may join the resistance, though her reasons have more to do with GMO salmon than Califf’s deep ties to Big Pharma.
Medical device manufacturer Johnson & Johnson agreed to $120M vaginal mesh settlement. The settlement resolves 2,000 – 3,000 vaginal mesh cases. This is a huge move in the years-long litigation in which tens of thousands of women claim constant pain and organ damage as a result of eroded mesh products.
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