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6 Aug 2008, 1:40 pm
August 2008 ASA Meeting: Sociologist Donald Light Presents His Paper, "Institutional Foundations of the Vioxx Disaster" (Posted by Tom Lamb at On August 3, 2008, at the American Sociological Association (ASA) annual meeting in Boston, Donald W. [read post]
13 Jul 2012, 2:17 pm by Tom Lamb
Greater Risk For Uveitis, Scleritis, And Other Ocular Side Effects According To Two Recent Medical Journal Articles (Posted by Tom Lamb at Fosamax, Boniva, and other osteoporosis medications in the bisphosphonates drug class have been linked to osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) and atypical femur fractures, with both of these side effects getting considerable coverage in the popular press for some years now. [read post]
24 Jan 2011, 12:04 pm by Tom Lamb
Merck Case Involves Woman Who Alleges She Developed Osteonecrosis Of The Jaw (ONJ)  (Posted by Tom Lamb at _____________________________________________________________________ UPDATE:  "Merck Wins First Fosamax ‘Jaw Death’ State-Court Trial" (2/14/2011, Bloomberg Businessweek) _____________________________________________________________________ On January 18, 2011 the first Fosamax trial involving bisphosphonate-related… [read post]
22 Sep 2010, 1:01 pm by Tom Lamb
Will This September 2010 EMA Committee Meeting Result In A Consensus, Unlike July 2010 FDA Avandia Panel Voting  (Posted by Tom Lamb at _______________________________________________________________________ UPDATE:  FDA Keeps Diabetes Pill on Market; Europe Suspends Sales  (9/23/10, Wall Street Journal) ______________________________________________________________________________ The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use… [read post]
4 Jul 2009, 8:14 am
New Medical Journal Article Follows June 2009 FDA-Required Warning For Singulair About Neuropsychiatric Events (Posted by Tom Lamb at On June 12, 2009 the FDA announced a new warning  about an increased risk of neuropsychiatric events for  the asthma medicine Singulair (montelukast)-- as well as some other less popular leukotriene inhibitors, Accolate (zafirlukast) as well as Zyflo and Zyflo CR (zileuton). [read post]
22 Apr 2007, 12:35 pm
FDA Staffers' Letter To Editor Defends Steps Taken Over Time As Regards This Controversial Sanofi-Aventis Antibiotic (Posted by Tom Lamb at In the April 19, 2007 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) appears "The FDA and the Case of Ketek", by David B. [read post]
4 Aug 2009, 10:02 am
In July 2009 FDA Issues  Updated Guidance For Industry Document Concerning DILI In Premarketing Clinical Evaluation (Posted by Tom Lamb at In July 2009 the FDA issued a Guidance  for Industry document intended for pharmaceutical companies developing new prescription drugs which  explains how certain laboratory measurements obtained in clinical trials can be used to assess the new drug's potential to cause severe… [read post]
16 May 2011, 1:03 pm by Tom Lamb
A Pulmonary Embolism Case Is Selected By Judge Herndon; More Than 6600 Lawsuits Filed Against Bayer As Of May 2011 (Posted by Tom Lamb at In May 2011 federal court Judge David R. [read post]
1 Oct 2009, 12:47 pm
MDL No. 2100 -- IN RE: Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing and Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation -- Assigned To Southern District of Illinois (Posted by Tom Lamb at _____________________________________________________________________ UPDATE:  Our Focus Page on YAZ / Yasmin / Ocella  has a complete collection of our articles about these birth control pills as well as selected news reports about YAZ, Yasmin, and… [read post]
25 Aug 2011, 2:02 pm by Tom Lamb
Federal Court Judge Keenan Wants Two More Fosamax - ONJ Bellwether Cases To Go To Jury Verdict After This Trial(Posted by Tom Lamb at UPDATE:  "Merck Wins Another Federal Bellwether Trial Regarding FOSAMAX(R) (alendronate sodium)"  (10/3/11, Merck Press Release)_____________________________________________________________________ UPDATE:  On August 30, 2011… [read post]
12 Aug 2008, 8:18 pm
August 2008 Senate Counterpart of HR 6381, Medical Device Safety Act 2008, Which Was Sponsored By Congressmen Waxman And Pallone (Posted by Tom Lamb at In a June 27, 2008 article, "Newly Introduced Legislation Would Protect Legal Rights of Patients Harmed By Defective Medical Devices", we said that soon after the July 4th Congressional recess there would be a bill introduced by Senators Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) [read post]
16 May 2007, 10:34 am
Plaintiff Simon Developed Breast Cancer After Using HRT Drugs Prempro, Premarin, And Provera (Posted by Tom Lamb at On May 15, 2007 a Pennsylvania state court jury handed down a mixed verdict in the latest hormone replacement therapy (HRT) products liability case to go to trial, Simon v. [read post]
21 May 2007, 10:41 am
(Posted by Tom Lamb at On May 21, 2007 the Los Angeles Times published an Associated Press (AP) article entitled "Diabetes drug linked to heart attack risk" which broke the story about a new analysis of Avandia data that was published online earlier this same day by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). [read post]
15 May 2009, 10:10 am
Some Ways That Free Drug Samples Can Harm Patients (Posted by Tom Lamb at PLoS Medicine-- which is a peer-reviewed open-access journal published by the Public Library of Science -- published an essay by Susan Chimonas and Jerome P. [read post]
5 Jan 2012, 1:16 pm by Tom Lamb
Ten Strategies Intended For Pharmacists Can Help Patients Stay Safe, Also (Posted by Tom Lamb at It is relatively well-accepted in the healthcare community that medication errors involving prescription drugs happen more often than they should but the incident rate could be reduced if both pharmacists and patients took certain precautions. [read post]
14 Nov 2008, 3:23 pm
Federal Government Seeks A Permanent Injunction Against This Drug Company That Produced Defective Digitek Pills (Posted by Tom Lamb at A November 13, 2008 Bloomberg article, "Actavis Sued by U.S. [read post]
19 Oct 2007, 6:35 am
This Medtronic Defibrillator Lead Line Was Particularly Popular In Younger Patients Due To Its Smaller Size (Posted by Tom Lamb at In an October 19, 2007 article, "Heart Wires May Pose More Risk for the Young", Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporters Anna Wilde Mathews and Thomas M. [read post]
11 Feb 2008, 9:20 am
February 2008 Australian Report Links Liver Failure And Hepatitis To Popular Novartis Drug (Posted by Tom Lamb at A February 4, 2008 article, "Anti-fungal tablet linked to liver deaths", published by Australia's Herald Sun newspaper, brought to our attention the fact that Australian drug regulators have issued a warning about serious liver reactions after taking a popular prescription drug used to treat fungal infections, Lamisil… [read post]
16 Feb 2007, 7:40 am
Plaintiff Alleged Wyeth Used False And Misleading Advertising For Prempro And Premarin, Thereby Hiding Risks (Posted by Tom Lamb at On February 15, 2007 a federal court jury in Arkansas found the drug company Wyeth not liable for the breast cancer which 72-year old Helene Rush alleged was caused by her use of Prempro and Premarin. [read post]
31 Aug 2009, 1:45 pm
Medical Journal Letter To Editor Stated That Exact Mechanism Of Hepatotoxicity In Subject Patient Was Unknown (Posted by Tom Lamb at As we reported, on August 24, 2009 the FDA issued its "Early Communication" notification  about an ongoing safety review of the obesity drugs Xenical (orlistat 120 mg) and Alli (orlistat 60 mg). [read post]