Takata Airbags
201602.17
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Takata Airbags

As a result of the massive number of recalls issued because of faulty Takata airbags, the NHTSA issued a Consent Order to Takata which fined the company $70 million in November of 2015 for violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act. The $70 million penalty is payable in cash, and an additional $130 million could…

Takata Airbags
201602.14
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Takata Airbags

In December of 2015, a man from Georgia was killed because the airbag in his 2006 Ford Ranger ruptured, sending metal shrapnel flying through the passenger compartment of his truck. This fatality marks the 10th fatality worldwide that has been linked to airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation. As a result, additional recalls of vehicles utilizing…

201602.07
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Invokana

Recently, Johnson and Johnson’s blockbuster type 2 diabetes drug Invokana has been linked to causing ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is a dangerous condition which causes your body to be unable to produce insulin, and can be fatal if left untreated. The first known lawsuit filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson) was filed in…

201602.06
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Onglyza

Onglyza, a popular type 2 diabetes drug, has recently been linked to an increased risk of heart failure as well as severe joint pain. In 2015, the FDA analyzed a study performed of over 16,000 patients who had taken Onglyza to further evaluate the risk of heart failure.  After reviewing the results of the study,…

Benicar
201601.30
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Benicar

Benicar General Information Benicar is one of America’s most popular blood pressure and hypertension medications. Unfortunately, the drug which has been on the U.S. market since 2002 has recently been linked to very serious side effects. Benicar is in a class of medicines called angiotensin II receptor blockers, or ARB for short. ARB’s work by…

New Lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline over Zofran (ondansetron)
201601.26
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New Lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline over Zofran (ondansetron)

New lawsuits have been filed against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the pharmaceutical company that manufactures Zofran (ondansetron). The latest lawsuit in the pending multidistrict litigation (MDL) comes from parents in Texas who are saying they were deceived into believing Zofran was safe for use during pregnancy. Unfortunately for the parents, their first daughter died in 2000 after…

Power Morcellator
201601.23
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Power Morcellator

Power Morcellator General Information A power morcellator is a helpful surgical tool that is used during gynecological surgeries including hysterectomies and myomectomies. While this tool is not new (having been approved by the FDA since 1991), there have been recent developments that suggest the device’s use could severely shorten a woman’s long-term life expectancy by…

Essure, manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals
201601.22
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Essure, manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals

Essure General Information Essure, manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, is an implanted sterilization device and is marketed as a nonsurgical way of preventing pregnancies. Essure is a device made of two metal and polyester coils which are implanted into each fallopian tube through the vagina. Essure was approved by the FDA’s premarket approval program on November…

Zoloft General Information
201601.21
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Zoloft General Information

Zoloft (Sertraline HCL) is manufactured by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and was first introduced in 1990 in the United Kingdom. By 1991, Zoloft was approved by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of major depression. Zoloft was later approved by the FDA for the treatment of panic disorder as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder. Since its approval, it…