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Fluoroquinolones Linked to Aortic Dissection and Aneurysms

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Aortic aneurysms and dissections have been linked to popular prescription drugs Cipro, Levaquin, and Avelox. These drugs are very strong antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. They are often prescribed to patients with common infections like urinary tract infections, bronchitis, and sinusitis. Recent large studies of fluoroquinolones have shown significantly increased risk of serious aortic injuries.

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FDA Backs Xarelto Despite Flawed Clinical Trial

Posted on February 1, 2017, Blood Thinner Drugs and Medical Devices Xarelto
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Recently, issues were raised concerning the results of a clinical trial for the blood thinning drug Xarelto. It was discovered that a medical device used during the study was faulty and was later recalled. The effect this may have had on the study is especially concerning as more than 13 million prescriptions have been written for the drug nationwide.

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FDA Approves New Morcellator Device Despite Cancer Concerns

Posted on January 17, 2017, Defect Defective Medical Devices
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In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a statement discouraging the use of power morcellators during procedures to remove uterine fibroids. As a result, many morcellator sellers ceased manufacturing the devices and their use has drastically declined. However, Olympus America Inc. recently launched a new bladeless morcellator that is meant to prevent the inadvertent spreading of cancerous cells. Despite these changes, the FDA required the company to include a warning on the device’s label explaining that the instrument has not been proven to reduce the risk of spreading cancer.

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Recent Developments in Mesothelioma Treatment

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During the first part of the twentieth century, many construction companies began using carcinogenic asbestos fibers in their building materials, including drywall, insulation, and ceiling tiles. Unfortunately, it was several decades before the general public discovered the link between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, an aggressive and often deadly form of cancer. Although companies have since discontinued using almost all materials that contain asbestos, many individuals continue to suffer from this illness as a result of asbestos exposure. Fortunately, in the last ten years, doctors have made great strides in treating mesothelioma.

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Invokana Cases Consolidated in MDL

Posted on January 3, 2017, Invokamet Invokana MDL
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The Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation transferred all existing Invokana (canagliflozin) and Invokamet (canagliflozin/metformin) cases alleging ketoacidosis and kidney disease from federal courts across the country to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey on December 7, 2016. A total of 55 cases alleging injuries from these diabetes drugs were transferred from Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Virginia and West Virginia to a consolidated docket before the Honorable Brian R. Martinotti.

Invokana and Invokamet are classified as sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2 drugs (a/k/a SGLT2 inhibitors). SGLT2s work by preventing the kidneys from reabsorbing blood sugar. This lets the sugar leave the body through the urine, and thereby lowers blood glucose levels. SGLT2s are prescribed for Type 2 diabetes.

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All Wrapped Up

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For over 25 years, every December the employees of Thornton Law Firm LLP purchase and wrap hundreds of presents for families and children living in transitional housing provided by Heading Home, a fantastic charity aiming to end homelessness in greater Boston.

Families with children remain the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. There are an estimated 4,100 homeless families Massachusetts alone, including 840+ families who are living in motels.

Heading Home serves nearly 1,600 homeless people in Greater Boston annually. Their clients are both individuals and families spanning all ages, from infancy (and even pre-natal care) to elderly. A typical homeless family consists of a single mother in her 20s with 1-3 children; the majority of their family program participants are young single mothers. People with disabilities are disproportionately homeless; they also provides specific services for individuals with disabilities both directly and via partnerships with housing development corporations. Heading Home also provides its clients with critical services such as life skills, financial literacy, and job training.

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Super Lawyers Awards – 2016

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Super Lawyers is a national rating service that recognizes attorneys from over 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and achievement. The selection process includes rigorous independent research as well as peer nominations and evaluations and is conducted on a yearly basis. The lists are then published in magazines across the […]

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Essure Permanent Birth Control

Posted on December 16, 2016, Birth Control Black Box Warning Essure FDA
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Essure, Bayer’s permanent birth control device, was recently ordered to carry a black box warning by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). A black box warning is the FDA’s highest level of regulation, meaning that the product may cause death or serious injury. In addition, all patients must now complete a Patient Decision Checklist before having the device implanted. This action by the FDA follows years of complaints by women who received the Essure implant and suffered a number of serious injuries which they attribute to the device.

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Stryker Issues New Hip Implant Recall

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Stryker Corporation has notified physicians and hospitals of an Urgent Medical Device Recall of its LFIT Anatomic Cobalt Chrome V40 femoral heads manufactured before 2011. Stryker received what it called a “higher than expected” number of reports from doctors of taper lock failure.

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J&J Ordered To Pay $1 Billion in Hip Implant Case

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A jury in Dallas federal court ordered Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay more than $1 billion dollars to six Pinnacle hip recipients who suffered serious medical complications from their DePuy Pinnacle hip implants. The jury found that the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hips were defectively designed, and that J&J and DePuy failed to warn patients and doctors about the risks.

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