Category Archives: Prescription Drugs

Recall lawyer on MDLs and class actions: What’s the best fit?

A recalled metal hip implant is the subject of a mass tort, but a recalled can of peanut butter might lead to a class action lawsuit. Likewise, claims over a defective camera are treated as a class action, while injuries caused by dangerous hormone therapy medication are dealt with using a mass tort vehicle known…

Sales of Leukemia Drug Iclusig Stopped After Severe Side Effects Found

Sales of a promising leukemia drug, Iclusig, are being suspended because of “the risk of life-threatening blood clots and severe narrowing of blood vessels,” the Food and Drug Administration says. The drug, also known as ponatinib, has been linked to heart attacks and strokes, blindness and loss of blood flow in the extremities serious enough…

Seizure Medication Potiga Gets Black Box Warning

GlaxoSmithKline’s anti-seizure drug Potiga has received a black-box warning for risks involving severe side effects, including potential vision loss. A black box warning is the most serious type the FDA issues. Potiga’s warning now enumerates risks of eye abnormalities, vision loss and skin discoloration, all of which may become permanent. The FDA revised Potiga’s label…

FDA Suspends Sales of New Leukemia Treatment

The Food and Drug Administration has suspended the sales of a new leukemia treatment, Iclusig, effective immediately. The drug is manufactured by Ariad Pharmaceuticals and is intended to treat chronic myeloid leukemia and Philadelphia chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The FDA says the drug creates “the risk of life-threatening blood clots and severe narrowing of…

Pfizer’s profit soars despite legal trouble over drug problems

The pharmaceutical market continues to be tremendously profitable for some U.S. companies, including Pfizer Inc., which reported this week that it earned $2.59 billion in the last three months. Pfizer’s profit works out to roughly $28.8 million a day, or $1.2 million an hour. A report from the Reuters news agency said that one of…

Hospira Recalls Marcaine Lot Due to Reports of Rust Particulates

Hospira, Inc. announced Friday that it issued nationwide recall for one lot of 0.25% Marcaine. Hospira confirmed a customer report of visible particles and discoloration of one dose of Marcaine, identified it as iron oxide– more commonly known as rust. At least one of the particles was 3 mm in diameter. Marcaine, whose active ingredient…

Drug makers pay big money to influence FDA rules, report shows

It’s no secret that Big Pharma spends big money to influence government decisions on safety and health issues. But the latest revelation about industry efforts to sway important decisions on prescription drugs is nonetheless disturbing. In a story published in its Sunday edition, The Washington Post reports that some companies paid as much as $25,000…

Compounding Pharmacies May be Subject to More Oversight

According to a new bill under consideration in the United States Senate, compounding pharmacies would be subject to increased FDA oversight similar to that of drug makers. The bill comes in response to the notorious meningitis outbreak from the New England Compounding Center last year that killed 64 people. Senator Tom Harkin sponsored the bill…

Recent Johnson & Johnson Recalls Spur New Questions About Safety Of Its Products

Amid multiple recent recalls by drug manufacturing giant Johnson & Johnson, new questions are being raised about its dedication to quality control and consumer safety. In the last two weeks, J&J has recalled two drugs, both which involved products or ingredients that were made by outside companies and incorporated into J&J’s final product. The company’s…

Medaus Compounding Pharmacy Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall

Medaus Pharmacy issued a voluntary recall of certain injectable products on September 4, 2013. Medaus issued the recall because it is not able to ascertain that quality control was conducted in a manner that ensured sterility of these products. Using a non-sterile injectable product creates a risk of serious infections. Affected injectables may include: Testosterone…