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Recent Developments on Talc Cancer Litigations

Talc is a naturally occurring clay mineral mined in many places worldwide and used for various purposes. Chemically, it is a hydrated magnesium silicate. The raw mineral is very soft and powders easily, which has led to its use as a solid lubricant (similar to powdered graphite). It also has astringent, drying, and deodorizing properties that have long made it popular in cosmetic uses. These cosmetic uses have resulted in talc cancer litigation in recent years, and this litigation continues to move forward on several fronts with some important recent developments.

Risperdal Side Effects Spark Lawsuits

Risperdal (generic: risperidone) is an antipsychotic drug that is primarily used to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and irritability related to autism. A number of studies have shown the effectiveness of Risperdal in treating these conditions.  However, the drug comes with the risk of a number of significant side effects, some of which have become the subject of Risperdal lawsuits.  Most of the lawsuits involve a condition known as gynecomastia, which is abnormal breast tissue growth in males.  Other serious side effects include stroke, Type II diabetes, and cardiac events.  

Final Guidance on Nitrosamine Impurities in U.S. Drugs

On September 3, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they were making available final guidance on nitrosamine impurities in medications manufactured for human consumption.  The 26-page guidance document recommends steps that manufacturers of drug products and pharmaceutical ingredients should take in order to detect and prevent unacceptable levels of nitrosamine impurities in their products. The guidance document also describes how nitrosamine impurities may be introduced during the manufacturing process. The guidance was spurred by the recent findings of nitrosamine impurities in drugs such as ranitidine, angiotensin II receptor blockers, metformin, and nizatidine.  Nitrosamine impurities are recognized as likely human carcinogens.  The discovery of these impurities in drug products has crystallized the need for a strategy of risk assessment to identify and minimize the dangerous chemicals in pharmaceutical products.

Essure Settlements – Discussions Progress According to Bayer

Pharmaceutical giant Bayer has issued a statement that settlement talks with lawyers for the thousands of women who suffered injuries due to the use of Essure birth control implants are progressing. News reports say that Bayer announced it has earmarked $1.47 billion for the potential Essure settlements.  There are 32,000 Essure-related lawsuits pending in the United States. Within its August 3, 2020 earnings reports for the second quarter, Bayer stated that discussions regarding potential Essure settlements had intensified recently, and that good progress was being made.

July 2020 JAMA Ophthalmology Study

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in its July 9, 2020 issue reports that patients must be made aware of the potential long-term risks of Elmiron side effects.  Elmiron® (pentosan polysulfate sodium) is a drug used for the treatment of interstitial cystitis, a painful bladder condition.  Alarmingly, the JAMA study found that the potential long-term consequences of Elmiron use continued beyond the patient’s discontinuation of the use of the drug.  

Lawyers Appointed in Zantac Lawsuits

The Multi-District Litigation (MDL) against the manufacturers of Zantac and its generics is moving forward with lawsuits in Florida under federal District Judge Robin Rosenberg. There are more than 230 cases within the MDL, which is entitled IN RE: Zantac (Ranitidine) Products Liability Litigation.

Mirtazapine Recalled for Possible Safety Issues

Manufacturer, Aurobindo Pharma USAA recently issued a voluntary recall of Mirtazapine. The recall was echoed in a statement published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The report discussed significant safety concerns related to this popular prescription medication, which is used by millions of people worldwide.

Product Liability Lawsuits for Drug Errors

Product Liability Lawsuits for Drug Errors

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento drug products liability lawyer. Drug recalls or errors are common and may include both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Errors may be made anywhere along the chain from manufacturer to packaging company, physician, pharmacy and dispensing of the drug in a hospital. Many dangerous medicines do exist and are causing injury and death across the nation.

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