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Brett Emison

Actos Bellwether Trial: $9 Billion Verdict for Plaintiffs

  Following 34 days of trial, a Louisiana jury ordered Japanese drug maker Takeda Pharmaceutical Company and drug maker Eli Lilly & Co. to pay $9 billion in punitive damages after finding the companies’ diabetes drug Actos caused [...]
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Testosterone Therapy: Off-Label Promotion, Dangerous Side Effects, & Stephen Colbert

  A man on TV is selling me a miracle cure that will keep me young forever.  It’s called AndroGel and it’s for treating something called Low T, a pharmaceutical company-recognized condition affecting millions of men with low [...]
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Testosterone Gel Linked to Increased Heart Attack Risk

Millions of men across the country have received various forms of testosterone therapy (TT).  A new study, however, warns that testosterone gels may double the risk of heart attack for some men.  Men aged 65 and older had double the risk [...]
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Court: Drug Manufacturer Takeda Destroyed “Disturbing” Amount of Documents in Actos Litigation

  This first bellwether trial in the Actos Louisiana MDL began this week.  Before trial began, the court entered a scathing order that described in detail systemic destruction of evidence by drug maker Takeda Pharmaceuticals. What is [...]
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Top 10 Posts of 2013

  It’s that time of year again.  As the year draws to a close, it’s time for a brief look over the shoulder.  These were the 10 posts you, the reader, enjoyed most this year (as least as measured by volume of readership). 10. [...]
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Stryker: More Metal on Metal Hip Lawsuits to Settle

  Artificial hip maker, Stryker Corp., said in October it could spend between $700 million and $1.13 billion to resolve litigation over recalled hip implants.  Stryker recalled two devices – the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG [...]
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Product Defects, “Moral Mazes”, and the Banality of Systemic Evil

Peter Ludlow wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times recently on The Banality of Systemic Evil.  The subject of the piece was recent “leaking, whistle-blowing and hacktivism that has vexed the United States military and the private [...]
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Glee’s Cory Monteith: Higher Risk of Overdose After Recent Rehab

For many addicts, a stint in rehab can be a lifesaving choice.  For others, relapse following detoxification at rehab can be deadly.  Reports suggest this was the case for Glee’s Cory Monteith. The Vancouver coroner’s office revealed [...]
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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: FDA Warns of Mold in Another Compounding Pharmacy's Drugs

A specialty steroid drug made by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy has killed 50 people and injured nearly 1,000 nationwide since the tainted drug was discovered in September 2012. Just yesterdy, the FDA warned doctors and hospitals [...]
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Many Facing "Nightmare" of Metal-On-Metal Artificial Hips

Margaret Wente was so sure. She was sure that she was going to love her artificial hips, sure that they were going to give her the life she wanted back. She was in a unique position: Not just a recipient, but one who worked for the Globe [...]