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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Washington court lets surgical robot lawsuit proceed

Posted in Surgical Robots

I knew there was a reason I got licensed to practice law in consumer-friendly Washington: A Washington state court yesterday denied Intuitive’s bid to throw out a lawsuit over the death of a patient operated on using the company’s da Vinci surgical system, according to court filings. The judge found the state’s product-liability laws require… Continue Reading

Pay to Delay vs. Generic Liability

Posted in Brand Name Liability, Legal Issues

So, the Supreme Court will decide two interesting cases.  The one below will decide whether or not a brand name manufacturer can simply pay generic companies not to bring generic drugs to market: WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are pressing the Supreme Court to stop big pharmaceutical corporations from paying generic drug competitors to delay… Continue Reading

AAJ on Generic Preemption

Posted in FDA Regulation, Generic Drugs

Here’s a little more in-depth analysis of the generic drug argument before SCOTUS: Andre Mura, litigation counsel at the Center for Constitutional Litigation in Washington, D.C., said the government’s argument was troubling. “There were suggestions that the FDA shouldn’t be second-guessed, but as the Court said in Wyeth v. Levine, the FDA approval process does… Continue Reading

DailyRx.com Reports on Danger of Zithromax Z-Pak

Posted in Zithromax Z-Pak

A recent article published by DailyRx.com, a prominent pharmaceutical commentary website, has commented on FDA warnings that Zithromax Z-Pak can cause fatal heart rhythms, and suggests that potential users of the drug be very cautious. The author of the article, Dr. Sarah Samaan, writes: “Patients at particular risk for developing a potentially deadly irregular heart… Continue Reading

FDA Calls for Zithromax Warning Label Update

Posted in Zithromax Z-Pak

Recently, the United States Food and Drug Administration has required that the warning label for the popular antibiotic drug Zithromax be updated to include information regarding the drug’s likelihood to cause cardiovascular death.  Some studies have shown that the drug raises the risk for cardiovascular death by a factor of 2.5, compared with other antibiotic… Continue Reading

Zithromax Z-Pak Causes Fatal Heart Rhythms

Posted in Zithromax Z-Pak

CNN reports that the popular antibiotic drug azithromycin, marked under the brand name Zithromaz Z-Pak, can cause fatal arrhythmia in its users.  Read more on how Zithromax Z-Pak causes cardiovascular death by reading the CNN report.

Manufacturer of surgical robots discouraged training of doctors

Posted in Devices, Surgical Robots

Just imagine the sleazy sales manager who wrote the e-mail below” Company e-mails introduced in a lawsuit filed against Intuitive in Kitsap County, Washington, suggest salesmen lobbied hospitals to scale back doctor training. One manager’s e-mail lauded a salesman for persuading a hospital that five supervised operations were too many. In another, a manager told… Continue Reading

More coverage of generic drug liability

Posted in Generic Drugs

More on generic liability:   During a one-hour oral argument justices questioned whether federal law, in this case the requirement that generics have same design as the name-brand version, prevents plaintiffs from making such claims under state law.   Some justices signaled concern about juries making sweeping judgments about the effectiveness of drugs while others… Continue Reading

Zithromax Z-Pak Causes Heart Attack, FDA Reports

Posted in Zithromax Z-Pak

Recently, the United States Food and Drug Administration has reported on the danger of the popular antibiotic Zithromax Z-Pak and its tendency to increase risk for sudden cardiovascular failure at least 2.5-fold.  Read the full FDA report, the publication of which resulted in a required alteration of the Zithromax Z-Pak warning label.

CNN Describes Danger of Zithromax Z-Pak

Posted in Zithromax Z-Pak

Reporting by CNN marks further citation of the danger associated with Zithromax Z-Pak, a popular antibiotic.  This and other news articles and scientific studies confirm that use of Zithromax Z-Pak raises risk of heart attack by at least two and a half times.

New York Times Cites Danger of Zithromax Z-Pak

Posted in Zithromax Z-Pak

A recent article published in the New York Times describes the newly-confirmed danger of the popular antibiotic drug Zithromax Z-Pak, citing that use of the drug dramatically raises one’s risk for sudden cardiovascular death.  Read New York Times reporter Denise Grady’s account of heart attack caused by Zithromax Z-Pak here.

Alarm Caused by New Zithromax Z-Pak Warning Labels

Posted in Zithromax Z-Pak

The website The Examiner cites alarm caused by the newly-changed warning labels for the popular antibiotic drug Zithromax Z-Pak, which has recently been found to dramatically raise the risk for sudden cardiac arrest in users.  Read the full, in depth report of the connection between Zithromax use and heart attack here.    

Zithromax Warning Update, ABC News Reports

Posted in Zithromax Z-Pak

Citing a warning by the FDA and a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that reported the Zithromax Z-Pak antibiotic raises the risk for sudden cardiovascular death by a factor of 2.5 over other antibiotics, ABC news reports that the US federal government has required the labels of Zithromax Z-Pak be changed to include… Continue Reading

Zithromax Z-Pak Causes Cardiac Arrest in 47-Year-Old Man

Posted in Zithromax Z-Pak

An article published in the February, 2013 edition of The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Dr. John C. Winton et al. describes the case of a man, aged 47 years, who suffered sudden cardiac arrest after azithromycin (Zithromax Z-Pak) was added to other medications he was using.[1]  This article, showing the danger of… Continue Reading

Zithromax Z-Pak Dramatically Raises Risk of Cardiovascular Death

Posted in Zithromax Z-Pak

Recently, an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. Wayne A. Ray et al. titled “Azithromycin and the Risk of Cardiovascular Death” reveals the danger of a widely-used antibiotic azithromycin (Zithromax Z-Pak), demonstrating that the use of this drug dramatically increases the risk of cardiovascular death.[1] This article studied thousands of… Continue Reading

Hip Replacements More Likely to Fail in Women than Men

Posted in DePuy Hip Replacement, Stryker Hip Replacement

This is from 02/18, but I forgot to post it back then.  Not sure what ramifications, if any, this will have for the various DePuy and Striker hip replacement lawsuits.  I’m certainly interested in speaking to anyone with a problem with their replacement hip regardless of gender. CHICAGO — Hip replacements are slightly more likely… Continue Reading

Former FDA Chief Wants To Gut Clinical Trials

Posted in Uncategorized

What is the “revolving door” I’m always talking about?  It’s this.  The former head of the FDA now is in private industry and he’s proposing drastic cuts to the clinical trial process.  Yet no one complains. The council’s report establishes an ambitious, yet reachable, national goal: doubling the current annual output of new medicines for… Continue Reading

Visit and Like our Facebook Page

Posted in DangerousDrugs.US

For someone with my background in tech, it’s kind of embarrassing that I haven’t been very engaged on Facebook.  But, that’s no longer the case.  We’ve had a Facebook page for a little while now, and today I put some effort into making it look a little more spiffy.  More importantly, it now has its… Continue Reading