Health Professional: SSRIs Not Worth the Risk

Professor Steven Pilling, a member of the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) urged mothers struggling with mild to moderate depression to avoid taking medications that contain selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Studies suggest that pregnant women risk birth defects in their children by taking SSRI medications during pregnancy. A Danish study concluded with “high confidence” that …

Lawsuit: Propecia Causes Harmful Sexual Effects

Joining over 140 Propecia lawsuits currently in litigation, a man filed a lawsuit in New York that blames Merck & Co., Inc. for a variety of sexual side effects allegedly caused by its hair loss prevention drug. The man, who resides in Arizona, took Propecia for 18 months to treat male pattern baldness. As a result, he claims, he suffers …

Ontario Court OK’s Champix Class Action Suit

Pfizer Canada will have to defend their anti-smoking drug Champix in a class action lawsuit, according to a judge’s recent decision. Claimants say that Champix (known as Chantix in the US) causes psychological side effects like suicidal tendencies, depression and anxiety. When the Ontario Superior Court certified the class action over a year ago, Pfizer Canada appealed the decision. It …

Bayer Posed to Pay for Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella Lawsuits

In February 2013, Bayer’s pharmaceutical division released its 2012 annual report that detailed the approximately 43 percent decline in earnings the drug company experienced last year. Reuters reported that this loss in earnings is not because of a decrease in sales, but largely in part due to the more than $1.5 billion Bayer has put aside for current and future …

Feds Sue Drug Company for Selling “Misbranded, Unapproved” Drugs

For a pharmaceutical manufacturer to legally make and sell drugs, it must apply for and receive an approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sage Pharmaceuticals failed to do this, according to a recent lawsuit filed against the company by the Department of Justice (DOJ), on behalf of the FDA. According to a press release issued by the DOJ, …

Break in Pradaxa Case: Judge Rejects Protective Order from Pharmaceutical Company

Litigation regarding the anticlotting drug Pradaxa recently made headway for victims who experienced harmful Pradaxa side effects. In January 2013, Padraxa manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim filed a motion for a protective order from US District Court Judge David Herndon, who is overseeing multidistrict litigation (MDL) for the Southern District of Illinois. The protective order sought to potentially limit information being introduced …

Is Tylenol a Dangerous Drug?

For decades, Americans have considered Tylenol to be one of the safest over-the-counter drugs on the market. Manufacturer McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, sells billions of dollars’ worth of the pain reliever every year. New data, however, suggests that Tylenol is a potentially dangerous drug. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently lowered the dose recommendation for …

Second Jury Trial Awards Multi-Millions in Transvaginal Mesh Case

Transvaginal mesh implants have harmed thousands of women across the country. The second of many transvaginal mesh lawsuits recently concluded with a jury awarding the plaintiffs, an injured woman and her husband, $3.35 million in compensatory damages and $7.76 million in punitive damages. The South Dakota woman testified at trial about her extreme pain and debilitating injuries after the transvaginal …