The Prempro Video Wyeth Doesn’t Want You To See

Apparently, Wyeth is asking a federal judge to order attorneys to remove this video from YouTube.  After watching the video, I can see why Wyeth has its knickers in a twist:

Kudos to the attorneys who produced this video.  It’s top-notch and not cheesy at all.  The only revision I’d make to it would be to put the peoples’ names at the bottom of the screen, and not at the very beginning.  But this is definitely a video the attorneys should be proud of.

My favorite part was when the self-described conservative jury foreman called Wyeth “despicable.”  Conservative jurors are not a death knell for plaintiffs – you just have to speak their language.  Note how he talked about how Wyeth abandoned their moral obligations.

Are 6,000 Seroquel trials on the way?

If so, I foresee a lot of money being spent by both sides to retain local counsel…

Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) — AstraZeneca Plc may face as many 6,000 trials of lawsuits claiming its antipsychotic drug Seroquel causes diabetes after a judge said she will recommend sending the cases back to their home courts.

U.S. District Judge Anne Conway in Orlando, Florida, who is overseeing pre-trial proceedings in federal Seroquel litigation, said yesterday she’ll urge a panel of judges to return all of the cases to courts across the U.S. for possible trials.

Source: AstraZeneca Judge to Urge Return of Seroquel Cases to Courts –

Bayer Targets Sexually Active Girls For Popular Birth Control Pill Yaz

That’s the headline that I thought of after reading the oh-so-biased headline in the article below about lawsuits over the Yaz birth control pill.

A Newark, Calif., woman and her husband sued drugmaker Bayer in federal court in San Francisco on Monday, saying she suffered a debilitating stroke after taking the company’s popular birth control pill Yaz for a month.

Her lawyer, Michael Danko, says he and co-counsel firm Girard Gibbs filed a similar suit last week and are preparing to file more. Hundreds of such suits filed around the country by Danko and other lawyers in the past month or so are just "the tip of the iceberg," triggered by the publication of two recent studies published in the BMJ, a British medical journal, added Danko, of The Danko Law Firm in San Mateo, Calif.

Source: – Plaintiffs Lawyers Target Bayer Over Popular Birth Control Pill

Why not say “Plaintiffs lawyers help girls injured by popular birth control pill,” or “Bayer’s popular birth control pill the subject of lawsuits,” or something else besides “evil plaintiffs lawyers TARGET big, helpful corporation.”

By the way, if you’d like to see additional copies of Yaz lawsuits, follow the prior link to my other site where I’m publishing Yaz documents.

Class Action Claims French Fries, Snack Chips Boost Cancer

LOS ANGELES (CN) � You want cancer with that? Wendy�s, KFC and HJ Heinz Co. made and sold to the public French fries containing acrylamide, a carcinogen, Environmental World Watch claims in Superior Court. In a separate suit, it accuses Procter & Gamble and Frito-Lay of the same violations. Plaintiff claims the defendants in the first case violated state and federal laws by failing to inform the public that the Ore-Ida brand potatoes used in their French fries were treated with the chemical. P&G is accused of putting the chemical without warnings in its Pringles chips and Snack Stacks, and Frito-Lay of putting it in its Fritos chips and Tostitos tortilla chips.

Acrylamide is listed under California�s Prop. 65 as a possible carcinogen that requires public warnings to be posted at outlets where products containing it are sold, the complaint states.

Details here from Courthouse News Service.

Hand-Held Scanner Designed to Detect Cancer

“Italian scientists have developed and are testing a hand-held scanner, similar to metal detectors used in airports, to diagnose cancerous tumours. In clinical trials of the device called Trimprobe, the scanner pinpointed 93 percent of prostate cancer tumours that were later confirmed by biopsies. ‘The development holds out the prospect of a mass-screening technology that is cheap, quick and non-invasive,’ New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports here. Sounds kinda fishy to me, but if it holds up, it’s pretty cool news.