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Zofran May Cause Cleft Palate and Heart Defects

Zoll & Kranz, LLC is stepping up its investigation into congenital birth defects, including heart defects, cleft palate, and cleft lip injuries caused by Zofran.  Zofran, also known generically as Ondansetron, was developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to treat nausea caused by chemotherapy. However GSK promoted Zofran off label for morning sickness.  Recent studies have shown that Zofran crosses the placental barrier, …

Do Power Morcellators Have a Black Box Warning?

Last fall, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that power morcellators would receive a “black box” warning, the strongest caution the agency issues. Power morcellators are used in laparoscopic myomectomy and hysterectomy surgeries, and have been linked to uterine sarcoma (a type of uterine cancer). “We believe that in the vast majority of women, the procedure[s] should not …

Has Pfizer Been Accused of Deceptive Marketing?

Pfizer recently announced a settlement in principal for $400 million in a class action case that alleges it marketed several medications fraudulently, costing investors money. According to Reuters, the lawsuit claims that between 2006 and 2009, Pfizer marketed several drugs on an off-label basis. The medications that were allegedly marketed erroneously were: Bextra, a painkiller that was discontinued Geodon, an antipsychotic …

Listeria: Has There Been a Smoked Salmon Recall?

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a California smoked salmon distributor has recalled more than 30 varieties of its products due to a potential contamination with Listeria. This news follows the recent Listeria outbreak associated with caramel apples. The newspaper reported that Santa Barbara Smokehouse, Inc. found Listeria on food contact surfaces during routine testing. The products listed in the recall …

Is Breast Growth a Side Effect of Risperdal?

The anti-psychotic drug Risperdal has been linked to skin complications, hyperprolactinaemia, and weight gain. And, some young men who have been prescribed the drug have allegedly grown female breasts (called “Gynecomastia.”) Many of the young men who have been prescribed the drug may not have needed it. In 2013, Risperdal manufacturer Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion …

Actos: What Do I Need to Know About its Dangers?

Due to concerns over diabetes drug Actos’ links to bladder cancer, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently performing a five-year study on Actos. For more information about the FDA study and Actos, click here. Our attorneys are actively involved in Actos litigation and have brought some of the thousands of lawsuits filed across the country involving Actos. Currently, more …

Listeria Outbreak: Have Apples Been Recalled?

Updating a blog post we brought you last week, a California company has issued a recall of its Granny Smith and Gala apples after two strains of Listeria monocytogenes were found at a processing plant. The apples, supplied by Bidart Bros., are allegedly responsible for the caramel apple recall that has affected the nation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) …

Is My Diabetes Medication Safe?

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, diabetes drugs such as Januvia, Byetta, and Victoza have been linked to thousands of deaths and hospitalizations over the last decade. Because of this, the newspaper, in a study with MedPage, reviewed diabetes medications using the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s reporting system, finding that the system provides little information about risks to the …

Has There Been a Wallcur Intravenous Solution Recall?

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was beginning to investigate how hundreds of intravenous saline solution bags designed for training healthcare workers ended up being used on patients. According to the New York Times, Wallcur, a San Diego company, recalled different-size bags of its saline solution and distilled water on January 7. Initial reports …