Lexi Hazam Named to Plaintiffs Executive Committee in Nationwide Abilify Drug Injury Litigation

Lexi Hazam Named to Plaintiffs Executive Committee in Nationwide Abilify Drug Injury Litigation

On December 16, 2016, Chief Judge M. Casey Rodgers of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida issued an order appointing Lexi J. Hazam of Lieff Cabraser to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the multidistrict litigation previously consolidated in October 2016 over injuries and financial losses sustained by patients as a result of their use of the prescription drug Abilify. [Read more…]

Bristol-Myers Squibb Pays $19.5 Million Over Improper Abilify Drug Marketing

Bristol-Myers Squibb Pays $19.5 Million Over Improper Abilify Drug Marketing

Bristol-Myers Squibb has agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle claims of improper advertising relating to its top-selling drug Abilify. 42 states and Washington D.C. alleged that the company improperly advertised antipsychotic drug Abilify, first approved in 2002 by the FDA to treat schizophrenic in adults. However, Bristol-Myers Squibb thereafter began promoting Abilify for off-label uses not approved by the FDA. These off-label uses had not been established as safe or effective. [Read more…]

Abilify Gambling Lawsuits Consolidated in Florida Federal Court

Abilify Gambling Lawsuits Consolidated in Florida Federal Court

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated more than 20 lawsuits against Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. over claims of pathological gambling side effects in patients using the antipsychotic drug Abilify in federal court in Florida. The serious impulse-control problems described in the complaints reportedly stop when the medicine is discontinued. 22 actions pending in 12 districts will be centralized under Chief District Judge M. Casey Rodgers. [Read more…]

Study Finds Majority of Parents Give Their Children Wrong Dose of Liquid Medication

Study Finds Majority of Parents Give Their Children Wrong Dose of Liquid Medication

A study by various pediatric clinics located in New York, Atlanta, and California has discovered that the majority of parents unknowingly provide their children with the wrong dosage of liquid medication. This is occurring in part because despite pediatric medicines including a measuring tool with related instructions, often the units on the label – milliliters, mL, teaspoon, tsp., tablespoon – differ from what’s on the tools themselves. [Read more…]

Upcoming FDA Public Hearing on Off-Label Drug and Device Use

Upcoming FDA Public Hearing on Off-Label Drug and Device Use

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a public hearing forum to take place on November 9-10, 2016 with regard to the enforcement of rules relating to off-label drug and medical product use in the public health industry. The registration deadline to present at the hearing is October 19, 2016, and the deadline for written commentary after the hearing is January 9, 2017. [Read more…]

Levaquin and Cipro, Secret Killers via Aneurysm, Aortic Dissection

female doctor examining a teenage girl in her office

Hundreds of Americans with Minor Infections Are Dying Every Year from Aneurysms That May Have Been Caused by the Super-Antibiotics they Should Never Have Been Prescribed

A class of strong antibiotic drugs including Levaquin and Cipro prescribed widely to treat common bacterial infections like urinary tract infections, bronchitis, and sinusitis have been linked to significantly increased risks of potentially life-threatening aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Filing of Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceutical for Damages Caused by Abilify Prescription Drug

high contrast image of casino roulette

Gambling addiction lawsuit alleges claims including Strict Liability, Negligent Misrepresentation, and Fraudulent Concealment, and seeks damages for neuropsychiatric, mental, physical, and economic damages, as well as punitive damages

Lexi J. Hazam of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announces that Rikki Carlson of Fall River, Massachusetts, has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (“Defendants”) for damages suffered as a direct and proximate result of Defendants’ wrongful conduct in connection with the development, design, testing, labeling, packaging, promoting, advertising, marketing, distribution, and selling of the blockbuster prescription drug Abilify.

[Read more…]

Risperdal Injury Trial Leads to $70 Million Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson in Pennsylvania

Risperdal gynecomastia injuries and lawsuits

Law360 reports (subscription) that Johnson & Johnson received a $70 million verdict on a Philadelphia Risperdal injury case where side effectsd of the widely-prescribed antipsychotic drug caused an adolescent boy to grow prominent breasts. This verdict is significantly higher than other recent Pennsylvania Risperdal injury judgments against J&T over allegations that the drug caused breast growth. [Read more…]

Pro Publica: Why Drug Testing’s Omission of Pregnant Women May Have Led to Zofran Birth Defect Injuries

California Parents File Zofran Lawsuit Against GlaxoSmithKline

Pro Publica has published a lengthy article exploring how the medical establishment’s long-standing approach to “protecting” fetuses by restricting testing on pregnant women has resulted in a critical shortfall of knowledge. While the intention was mostly good — to protect women and babies from the kind of severe birth defects and other harm caused by thalidomide and other drugs in the 1960s and ‘70s (but also to protect pharmaceutical companies from legal liability for those injuries) — the result is less certain. By excluding women — and pregnant women in particular — from clinical trials, doctors have been forced into prescribing untried medications “off-label” to pregnant women, with results that can lead to serious negative health consequences for mothers, and birth defects for babies. [Read more…]