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shutterstock_140317615In an old post, I told you that we  are seeing more and more legal claims alleging Risperdal and Invega are causing young men to grow breasts.  The findings of a recent study appear to confirm just that.  Findings were presented at the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) meeting this month that indicate that males using Risperdal have a significantly higher risk of developing unnatural breast growth, known as gynecomastia, as compared to those who have not taken the drug.

Dr. Mahyar, a pharmacoepidemiologist at the University of British Columbia presented the recent findings, and stated that, “The strength of this study was its large sample size that allowed us to quantify this rare adverse event.”  He concluded that doctors may want to prescribe Seroquel or Zyprexa to male patients instead of Risperdal or Invega.

Risperdal is an atypical antipsychotic medication that was originally introduced for adults with schizophrenia.  But, Risperdal has been widely used by children for bi-polar disorders, autism, irritability, aggression, and behavior disorders.  Risperdal increases the level of prolactin in young men who use the drug.  Prolactin is a hormone that stimulates breast growth.  Researchers found a 69% increased risk of gynecomastia among users of Risperdal and Invega.  When compared to individuals who used other atypical antipsychotics that are part of the same class, the risk was still 41% higher than Seroquel users, and 40% higher than Zyprexa users.

In addition to the obvious physical damages, plaintiffs have alleged the psychological effects of Risperdal breast growth can have a devastating impact on the boys’ overall quality of life.  Many plaintiffs have required breast removal surgery, with some that have developed breasts measuring as large as a 38D cup size.

This is not the first time that these medications have been under fire, and linked to potential lawsuits.  A number of studies have found that children who take antipsychotic and/or second-generation antipsychotic drugs (Seroquel, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Abilify) have an increased risk of developing type II diabetes. Continue reading

Testosterone

Public Citizen calls for Black Box Warning

Do the health related risks – specifically the cardiac risks – of testosterone replacement therapy necessitate a “black box” warning?  Consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen thinks so.   This is a big deal because Public Citizen has been out in front on so many bad medicines over the last 30 years long before the FDA figured it out.

Black box warning, the strongest warning that the FDA requires, signifying that medical studies indicate that a drug carries a significant risk of serious or even life-threatening adverse-reactions.   It might was well be the FDA shouting on a box.   This underscores that appreciation for the risk of testosterone is increasing at lightening speed.

It was just last month that the FDA announced that it is investigating potential testosterone therapy risks.  This was prompted after several studies suggested that the side effects of testosterone treatments may increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and death.  Pretty severe risks considering many men taking the medication aren’t even candidates for testosterone and cannot benefit from the drug.

The Problem

Low testosterone treatments may double the risk of heart attack for young men with heart disease as well as for men 65 years of age and older, even those who have had no heart problems.  That’s the problem in a nutshell.    Additional concerns with the products include the increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which can lead to life-threatening complications including pulmonary embolisms.  DVT is where the body develops blood clots in the deep veins, most commonly in the legs.  These blood clots can break off and travel through the body resulting in potentially life-threatening complications. Continue reading

gelYesterday, I mentioned how fast the testosterone replacement heart attack litigation is progressing.  Of course, to have litigation you need lawsuits.  Here they come.  A lawsuit has been filed against AbbVie, makers of AndroGel, a testosterone gel that is used to treat conditions in men that result from a lack of natural testosterone.  This won’t be the last claim filed against AbbVie.   They are a big player and they are going to have a target on their back.

Everyone has known there side effects of this medication, such as  nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, and change in sexual desire. Heart attacks and other serious cardiac events are a different animal.  

 A North Carolina man has filed a product liability failure to warn lawsuit claiming that the gel caused him to suffer a pulmonary embolism.  Recent studies have found that testosterone therapy increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which can lead to life-threatening complications including pulmonary embolisms.  DVT is where the body develops blood clots in the deep veins, most commonly in the legs.  These blood clots can break off and travel through the body resulting in potentially life-threatening complications.  According to the Plaintiff, he suffered blood clots in his lungs and legs after receiving a prescription for the testosterone gel.

testosteroneTestosterone therapy lawsuits are quickly gaining steam.  These cases seemed like a plaintiffs’ lawyers reach just a few months ago.  Now the science on these cases is coming together faster than anyone could have imagined.

Weeks ago, the FDA announced that it is investigating potential testosterone therapy risks.  This is a big deal.  The FDA does not stick its nose into an approved product unless it is pretty concerned.

Testosterone is approved for the treatment of hypogonadism due to known diseases of the testes, pituitary and hypothalamus. Although the use of testosterone therapy is increasing, the FDA indicated that the products were never approved for any use other than to treat men who have medical conditions resulting in lower testosterone than normal.

TestosteroneTestosterone replacement drugs are ubiquitous.  It is hard to sit through an afternoon of TV without hearing a commercial for a drug that helps men fight “Low T” or “Low Testosterone.”   We are seeing even more commercials now.  These new commercials are from lawyers talking about testosterone replacement lawsuits.  Probably not the best way to find a lawyer.  Call 800-5538082 for a free consultation or reach out to us confidentially online.

The Passion for Testosterone

Getting older, I can testify, is not fun.   We are easy prey to the lure of testosterone supplements.   These drugs promise to inject, if you will, a sense of youthful vigor back into both the physicality and sexuality of men.  It is, as the commercials say, for energy and libido, among other things. 

These advertisements, which market familiar brands such as AndroGel, Androderm Testim and Axiron, have been extremely effective.  Accordingly, the use of these drugs has exploded in the last few years, with nearly $2 billion in sales in 2012 alone.  In fact, over 5.3 million prescriptions were written for these drugs in 2011.  At present, nearly 4% of men over 60 are taking a testosterone booster.  Men cite the fact that these drugs are effective in treating bone density issues and muscle mass deficiency, as well as with sexual performance  But are they aware that these drugs may cause heart attacks? Continue reading

A new process is now in place for the filing of new Stryker Rejuvenate hip lawsuits.  The new procedure will streamline the process of filing a lawsuit utilizing a Master Complaint and Short Form Complaint to standardize the process of filing additional lawsuits directly into the current federal MDL.

What does this mean to victims?  Nothing.  This is all logistical stuff for the lawyers to worry about.  But some people like to stay more informed than others about these cases.  If you are one of those “want to be informed” people, this post is for you.

The Master Complaint

The Master Complaint addresses all of the common allegations already raised in the Stryker Rejuvenate hip lawsuits and ABG II hip failures.   You might ask, “What is a Master Complaint?”  A complaint is legal document in which you file a lawsuit.  In mass tort cases like this one, there are some allegations that are common to all of the plaintiffs bring clams against the manufacturer.    Obviously, an individual lawsuit includes other allegations: who they are, the product, and other case specific information. Continue reading

humirajudgeopinionFiling for St. Jude Riata defibrillator lead lawsuits is alive after a critical ruling by U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna.

The background of this motion was ominous for plaintiffs.  The court had previously kept their claims alive by a shoestring and struck many of the key “failure to warn” claims that were made in the lawsuits.   Plaintiffs received an opportunity to cure the defects in the Complaint which they, thankfully, did.

Judge Selna denied a motion to dismiss that was filed in multiple product liability lawsuits filed on behalf of individuals who experienced problems from the leads. These suits allege the manufacturer improperly designed and sold a defective product. Although St. Jude attorneys maintained that the product was FDA approved, Judge Selna determined the allegations were based on violation of FDA regulations.

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Lipitor Statute of Limitations

If you took Lipitor and developed diabetes, you could be facing a deadline (or what is known as a statute of limitations) to file a product liability claim against Pfizer.

What am I talking about?  Different states have different rules for how long the statute of limitations is and different rules for what triggers the running of the statute.  For some states that have a two year SOL, it is possible that limitations could be found to run in February which is the two year anniversary of Pfizer putting a strong diabetes warning on its it product in February, 2012.

No one knows how the SOL issues will flush out in any case.  But the take home message is clear:  if you are sitting home wondering whether to file a claim, the clock is ticking on your claim (and it could have already struck midnight).  The best way to be safe is to call a lawyer immediately and let them investigate what the deadline is for bringing your claim. Continue reading

infuseA Missouri federal district court judge has ordered a Medtronic bone graft lawsuit back to state court.

The case stems from an off-label spinal fusion procedure. Plaintiff sued Medtronic and his surgeon claiming that Infuse bone graft was used in a manner that had not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and was therefore an unauthorized off-label use.

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