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Birth Control Patch Cases Being Settled and Sealed

by Sandra Cassidy, Associate Corporate Counsel for Counsel Financial Services March 4, 2008 Johnson & Johnson will pay $1.25 million for the death of a 14-year-old who suffered blood clots in her lungs after using the Ortho Evra birth control patch. Five million women have used the patch since it came on the market in […]

COMMENTARY: FDA Amendments Act Scandal Protects Big Pharmaceutical Companies

by Robert A. Schwartz, Attorney at Law Feb. 6, 2008 On Jan. 16, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration issued a proposed rule that directly contradicts Congress’ expressed intent when it passed the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDA Amendments Act of 2007). The act bestows the responsibility to warn consumers of […]

Merck Vioxx Settlement Has Some Attorneys Uneasy

by Robert A. Schwartz, Attorney at Law Nov. 21, 2007 Pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. has negotiated a multibillion-dollar settlement to resolve the outstanding Vioxx product liability claims in the U.S., though some plaintiffs’ attorneys are concerned about participating in the settlement. The $4.85 billion settlement, reached in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of […]

COMMENTARY: Vioxx Suit & the Greatest Posturing of All Time

by Robert A. Schwartz, Attorney at Law Nov. 12, 2007 After more than three years of telling the world that it did nothing wrong and that it will defend itself case by case for as long as it takes, Merck did a 180-degree turn when it announced Nov. 9 that it had settled most of […]

COMMENTARY: Bayer Fraud or “Regrettable Human Error”?

by Robert A. Schwartz, Attorney at Law Nov. 6, 2007 A Nov. 5 Associated Press story reported that under government pressure, Bayer said it would immediately halt worldwide sales of anti-bleeding drug Trasylol. The Food and Drug Administration asked the manufacturer to stop selling the drug, approved in 1993 to prevent excessive bleeding during heart […]

COMMENTARY: Wyeth Lawsuit – Runaway Jury or Runaway Pharmaceutical Company?

by Robert A. Schwartz, Attorney at Law Oct. 16, 2007 Twelve jurors in a Reno, Nev., trial found that pharmaceutical giant Wyeth’s hormone-replacement therapy drugs caused breast cancer in the three Nevada women who brought the lawsuit. The jury awarded the three women compensatory damages in the following amounts: $10.5 million to Jeraldine Scofield, 74; […]

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a medical treatment used to provide women with relief from the symptoms of menopause, perimenopause and postmenopause. When menopause occurs, the drop in estrogen and progesterone levels can cause a woman to experience periods of sweating and heat (hot flashes), vaginal discomfort (itching, burning and dryness) and a loss of […]

Medtronic Defibrillators

Lea en español Implanted cardioverter defibrillators are small devices implanted below the collarbone to monitor and correct irregular rhythm of the heart (arrhythmias). Defibrillators release jolts of electricity that restore normal rhythms and prevent sudden cardiac death. These devices can also act as pacemakers when a slow heart rhythm is detected. Medtronic Recalls Cardiac Defibrillators […]

Medtronic Pacemakers

Lea en español In 2005, Medtronic issued a recall on its Sigma Series pacemakers because of a wiring defect that could cause device failure. The wiring defect was traced to a cleaning solvent used during production that causes deterioration of the wires over time. The wiring in question connects the main circuitry of the pacemaker […]


The FDA approved Neurontin in 1994 for treatment of partial seizures usually associated with epilepsy. It was later approved for pain management associated with postherpetic neuralgia as a result of shingles. Pfizer Markets Neurontin for Off-Label Use Shortly after Neurontin appeared on the market, the manufacturer, Pfizer, began intensive marketing of the drug for off-label […]

Ortho Evra

Lea en español Ortho Evra is a weekly birth-control patch worn on the skin to prevent pregnancy. It prevents pregnancy by delivering continuous levels of hormones through the skin and into the bloodstream. While Ortho Evra has proven successful for many women looking for alternatives to birth-control pills, attention has been brought to more serious […]


Lea en español The Food and Drug Administration approved Prempro in 1995 as a hormone-replacement therapy. Side effects became a concern after studies linked Prempro to a number of health problems. A major study of the long-term use of Prempro found that the drug significantly increases the risk of breast cancer, heart attack, blood clotting […]


Lea en español Seroquel is an atypical anti-psychotic medication used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Manufactured by AstraZeneca, Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate) is an oral medication that works by affecting neurotransmitter receptors in the brain. The Food and Drug Administration approved Seroquel in 1997 as a psychotropic medication and then again in 2006 […]

Sulzer Hip Implants

Lea en español Sulzer Orthopedics recalled 25,000 Sulzer hip implants in 2000 because of a defect caused by a lubricant used during the manufacturing process of the Inter-Op acetabular shell. The device was designed to fit into place and allow the surrounding bone to naturally bond to it. It was found that the oil-based residue […]


Lea en español Zyprexa, also known as olanzapine, is an atypical antipsychotic. While approved by the Food and Drug Administration for schizophrenia in 1996 and bipolar disorder in 2000, it is used off-label to treat psychosis, dementia, anxiety, anorexia and severe agitation. This type of antipsychotic drug blocks particular dopamine and serotonin receptors that are linked to […]

Adderall and Ritalin

Lea en español Both Adderall and Ritalin are psycho-stimulants used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly found in children but sometimes carried into adulthood. Attention Deficit Disorder is characterized by short attention spans, an inability to concentrate and a lack of self control. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has similar symptoms […]


Lea en español Fosamax is prescribed to treat osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to deteriorate and break. It is a bisphosphonate, designed to reduce the activity of cells that cause the breakdown of bones. Fosamax is manufactured by Merck and Co. and was approved by the FDA in 1999. Side Effects Common side effects […]

What Did They Know and When Did They Know It?

Robert A. Schwartz, Attorney at Law May 23, 2007 Wyeth and other pharmaceutical companies tested, manufactured, marketed, distributed, promoted and sold Premarin, Prempro and MPA (the synthetic progestin used in Prempro), hormone-replacement drugs prescribed for post-menopausal women to treat some of the problems associated with menopause. For decades, Wyeth and other manufacturers vigorously promoted the […]