Two Deaths in Texas Related to Specialty Compounding, LLC

Two patients injected with recalled products from Specialty Compounding in Texas have died.  At least seventeen patients are believed to have received the tainted calcium gluconate just before the recall of all products.  The drug causes bloodstream infections due to a non-sterile bacteria called Rhodococcus equi. The company issued a voluntary recall of all products distributed after May 9, 2013. …

Lipitor May Cause Type 2 Diabetes in Female Patients

While taking Lipitor, Betty Pauley of Charleston, West Virginia developed Type 2 Diabetes, which has been alleged to be as a direct result of the medication.  Now, instead of trying to manage her cholesterol, she must also contend with diabetes for the rest of life.  Her lawsuit is Betty Pauley v. Pfizer, Inc., Case No. 13-cv-17178, U.S. District Court, Southern …

Tylenol Could Cause Rare Skin Diseases

The pain reliever acetaminophen, often sold under the name of Tylenol, can cause rare but serious skin diseases, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in late July. The FDA said the symptoms of the skin disease could include rashes, blisters and damage to the skin’s surface.  The FDA said that if the symptoms should occur, people should stop taking the …

Pfizer Responds to Effexor Birth Defects Claims

The drug company, Pfizer, named as one of the defendants in national litigation has officially responded to the claims their antidepressant drug Effexor caused birth defects. In a statement sent to the Pennsylvania Record by media relations manager, Steve Danehy, the company said that while it supports the efficient and consistent adjudication, it still insists that its drug benefits many people across …

Panel of Judges Denies MDL Status for Lipitor Lawsuits

When a pharmaceutical drug or device inflicts similar injuries on multiple people, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”) may consolidate these plaintiffs into multidistrict litigation (MDL). Recently, the JPML denied MDL status to lawsuits seeking damages related to Pfizer’s Lipitor, a drug intended to treat high cholesterol and triglycerides that has been linked to Type 2 diabetes in some …

Specialty Compounding, LLC Issues Voluntarily Recall

Specialty Compounding, LLC, a subsidiary of Peoples Pharmacy Inc., issued a voluntary recall of all lots of defective sterile medications within expiry. The recall came after reports of bacterial infection affecting 15 patients at two Texas hospitals, whose treatment included IV infusions of calcium gluconate from Specialty Compounding. At this time, there is a potential association between the infections and …

Tennessee Woman Files Suit Against Biomet for Failed Hip Replacement

A Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Biomet claiming that her Biomet M2a Magnum hip implant device is defective and caused personal injuries, as well as the need to undergo revision surgery. According to the lawsuit, a surgeon implanted the hip device on the left side in 2009. By the time the plaintiff underwent the surgery, Biomet, Inc. and …

Connecticut Woman Files Suit Against Bayer

A New England woman has filed a Mirena liability claim against the pharmaceutical giant Bayer Healthcare. She is claiming that she sustained personal injuries because her intrauterine device was defective. Jessica Dinicola says in her suit that the birth control system, which was implanted by a doctor in 2009 and migrated in by 2011. The device migrated, as the lawsuit claims, because it …

Two Deaths in Michigan Linked to Tainted Steroid Injections

Two Michigan residents died recently in connection with the fungal meningitis outbreak that began last year and has affected 750 people nationwide. Both victims were residents of Livingston County and died after receiving tainted steroid injections. State officials confirmed on July 22 that the deaths were indeed linked to the outbreak. In May of 2012, the Massachusetts-based New England Compounding …

ZK Law Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo Alleging Insurance Scheme

The attorneys at ZK Law, along with co-counsel at Squitieri & Fearson, LLP, recently filed a federal class action lawsuit against Wells Fargo in the United States District Court of Northern Ohio, Western Division. The complaint is titled Swain v. Wells Fargo Bank, et al., alleging that the bank committed an unlawful scheme involving “force-placed insurance.”  Specifically, Wells Fargo scammed …