Blog Posts in December, 2014

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  • FDA Delays Issuing New Generic Drug Label Rule

    Posted By Golomb & Honik || 31-Dec-2014

    A new proposed rule that will allow generic drug makers to update their own safety warnings on labels has been delayed until the fall of 2015. The new rule has been labeled as “controversial” because it would give the makers of generic drugs the ability independently update safety warnings. This is currently something that only brand-name drug makers are allowed to do prior to ...
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  • Takata Believes Evidence Doesn't Support National Recall

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 30-Dec-2014

    A December 3 rd news report stated Takata Corporation defied a U.S. safety agency's demand for a recall of potentially deadly driver's side airbags. This refusal to recall the airbags leaves many motorists worried about the safety of their vehicle, and also potentially sets the stage for governmental legal actions and sanctions. Takata claims their own internal testing supports issuing ...
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  • Morcellators Get Black Box Warning

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 30-Dec-2014

    Laparoscopic power morcellators, used during hysterectomies and for the removal of uterine fibroids, have been given a Black Box warning by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After nearly one year of debate, the FDA decided in November to issue its strongest possible warning against the morcellators rather than ban them. Power morcellators have been in use since the 1990s, with their ...
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  • 30,000 Pounds of Chicken Kiev Recalled over Salmonella Concerns

    Posted By Golomb & Honik || 28-Dec-2014

    If you have uneaten chicken kiev in your freezer, don’t eat it until you verify that it was not included in a recent recall. On October 24, 2014, the USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service issued a recall of almost 30,000 pounds of chicken kiev due to a possible link to salmonella. To date, at least six illnesses have been linked to this particular chicken. The recalled chicken kiev can ...
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  • Research Sheds Light on Benicar Abdominal Pain

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 27-Dec-2014

    Recent studies indicate that abdominal pain associated with Benicar, may be related solely to that drug rather than being a side effect of all angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs)- drugs designed to relax blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Many patients have reported suffering significant Benicar side effects including sprue-like enteropathy, causing serious abdominal pain and chronic ...
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  • Takata and Honda Subjected to Class Action Lawsuits Alleging Destroyed Documents and Defects

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 23-Dec-2014

    Takata, the manufacturer of millions of airbags across the world, recently refused to take the recommendation of the NHTSA to expand the recall outside of high-humidity areas, stating airbags in other states, which were not subjected to excessive humidity, were perfectly safe. Approximately 8 million vehicles have been recalled in the United States, and if Takata agrees to a nationwide recall, ...
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  • Use of Cheap Airbag Propellant may have Caused Takata Defects

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 22-Dec-2014

    The legal challenges that vehicle airbag manufacturer Takata is facing continue to get more complex. In an article recently published on the New York Times’ website entitled “Takata’s Switch to Cheaper Airbag Propellant Is at Center of Crisis,” it is revealed that former Takata engineers had concerns about using a “risky compound” in its airbag propellant. Yet ...
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  • Arizona Sues GM for Ignition-Switch Fraud

    Posted By Golomb & Honik || 21-Dec-2014

    Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has filed a complaint on behalf of the residents of Arizona which would make it the first state to join the group of consumers who are already suing General Motors. The state is suing GM over faulty ignition switches, claiming the auto manufacturer misinformed the public about the safety of its vehicles, swindling them of $3 billion. For violation of the ...
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  • Transvaginal Mesh Verdicts Encouraging for Plaintiffs

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 20-Dec-2014

    In November 2014, two different juries handed down back-to-back awards for plaintiffs in transvaginal mesh lawsuits against the Massachusetts-based Boston Scientific Corp. While this is certainly encouraging news for plaintiffs, the consecutive losses in the first two federal trials for the company could potentially drive up the cost for settling the thousands of similar lawsuits pending. ...
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  • Xarelto Lawsuits Seek MDL Status

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 19-Dec-2014

    Hearings to determine whether or not to consolidate Xarelto Bleedout Lawsuits are scheduled for December 2014. Court documents indicate that multidistrict litigation status for Re: Xarelto Products Liability Litigation has been proposed by six plaintiffs who are also lobbying to have an additional 21 Xarelto Bleedout Lawsuits consolidated in MDL status for the Southern District of Illinois. ...
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  • FDA Demands Cardiovascular Warnings on Xolair

    Posted By Golomb & Honik || 16-Dec-2014

    The FDA has-once again-expressed concern over the potential cardiovascular risks associated with the drug Xolair. Xolair is an asthma drug, which has been on the market since it received FDA approval in 2003. The drug is manufactured and marketed by Genentech and Novartis, and currently makes over $1.5 billion each year. Xolair is administered via injection every other week, and used in place of ...
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  • Honda and Takata Face Class Action Lawsuit over Defective Airbags

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 13-Dec-2014

    If you own or operate a Honda or an Acura, it’s important to make sure your vehicle was not recently recalled due to issues with its airbags. Airbag manufacturer Takata Corporation, as well as Honda, are facing a new class action lawsuit related to defective airbags. The lawsuit potentially involves millions of vehicle owners, and seeks to collect economic damages for owners of affected ...
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  • Health Groups Push for Stronger USDA Meat Labeling Requirements

    Posted By Golomb & Honik || 7-Dec-2014

    If you purchase and eat meat that has been tenderized by a machine, it’s important to realize that this type of meat might put you at an increased risk of contracting E. coli. recently highlighted this issue in a published article entitled “Health Groups Warn: Consumers in the Dark About E. Coli Risk.” The article provides facts about the association between ...
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  • Class Action Lawsuit Claims Drug Makers Invented "Low Testosterone" Condition

    Posted By Golomb & Honik || 3-Dec-2014

    A proposed class action lawsuit was recently filed by the insured Medical Mutual of Ohio against Eli Lilly & Co, Actavis Pharma, Abbott Laboratories, and their subsidiaries. The 341-page lawsuit accuses the pharmaceutical companies of inventing the medical condition, known as low testosterone, and using deceptive marketing to build a billion dollar industry. The insurer alleges that the ...
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