On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is investigating a possible increased risk for heart failure associated with the diabetes drug Saxagliptin, manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca and marketed as Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR. The FDA has requested full data from the results of a recent clinical trial assessing the cardiovascular safety and efficacy of many current medications used to treat type 2 diabetes, including Saxagliptin (SAVOR trial). The FDA intends to further investigate the 27% increased risk of hospitalization for heart failure among patients taking the Saxagliptin reported in the study. The findings were first reported in August of 2013 at the European Society of Cardiology meeting and subsequently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.… Read More

Posted by Thornton Law Firm LLP on Sep 25, 2013 4:30:00 AM Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey Released in Germany in 1957 as an all-purpose sedative, but later widely used as a preventative treatment for “morning sickness,” Thalidomide caused an estimated 10,000 – 20,000 severe birth defects worldwide. The injuries associated with a mother’s ingesting Thalidomide… Read More

Posted by Thornton Law Firm LLP on Sep 3, 2013 5:58:00 AM The first bellwether trial in the federal court Multi-District Litigation over Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Unit’s metal hip implants is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 9, 2013. The plaintiff is Ann McCracken, a woman from Rochester, New York who underwent a DePuy… Read More

Posted by Marilyn McGoldrick on Aug 16, 2013 12:02:00 PM The FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication yesterday about a popular class of antibiotics, including Bayer Pharmaceutical’s Cipro and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceutical’s Levaquin. The FDA is requiring drug labels and medication inserts be updated to better describe the serious side effect of… Read More

When you’re about to go out in the sun, you should definitely wear sunscreen. But did you know that many sunscreen sprays contain flammable ingredients, most commonly alcohol? If you apply sunscreen sprays and then come close to a source of flame, like the barbecue grill, lighting a fire or even coming too close to a lit candle, you may risk the sunscreen catching fire and causing you a serious burn. A recent FDA Consumer Update says that it has received reports of five incidents where people wearing spray sunscreen near open flame suffered significant burns; significant enough to require medical treatment.… Read More