Hysterectomy Device Recalled Amid Cancer Fears

Hysterectomy Device Recalled Amid Cancer Fears

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc., a unit of Johnson & Johnson, is voluntarily asking doctors to return a device used in performing hysterectomie ...

Weighing da Vinci Robotic Surgery

Weighing da Vinci Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci surgical robot has recently been the subject of much criticism due to the multitude of problems that doctors and patients are encountering in hospitals and surgery cen ...

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Checklist Published for Surgeons

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Checklist Published for Surgeons

Medical checklists have been the subject of much discussion in recent years. One need only look to books such as “The Checklist Manifesto” by Dr. Atul Gawande or “Safe Patients, Sm ...

Da Vinci Robot Surgical Benefits Questioned in Light of Increased Procedure Costs

Da Vinci Robot Surgical Benefits Questioned in Light of Increased Procedure Costs

The da Vinci surgical robot and its components have been the subject of much criticism in recent months due to the seemingly endless problems that doctors and patients are encounte ...

Da Vinci Lawsuits Continue Despite Verdict Exonerating Intuitive Surgical From Negligent Physician Training

Da Vinci Lawsuits Continue Despite Verdict Exonerating Intuitive Surgical From Negligent Physician Training

Da Vinci robot trials alleging defects in the robotic machinery manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. remain very much alive despite last week's defense verdict in a trial alleg ...

da Vinci Thermal Burn Warning Prompts Intensified FDA Review

da Vinci Thermal Burn Warning Prompts Intensified FDA Review

On May 8, 2013, Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the da Vinci surgical robot, issued an urgent medical device notification and also advised the Food and Drug Administration ...

New da Vinci Robot Lawsuit Testimony Focuses on Aggressive Marketing by Manufacturer

New da Vinci Robot Lawsuit Testimony Focuses on Aggressive Marketing by Manufacturer

As of January 2013, 2,585 da Vinci Surgical Systems are being used in 2,025 hospitals worldwide, according to a report from Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the manufacturer of the robot. ...

Luvena Lawsuit by FDA Seeks to Curtail Sales

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Laclede, the manufacturer of Luvena vaginal moisturizer, to enjoin future sales of the Luvena product. In taking this extraordinary action, the FDA has alleged that Luvena falls within the FDA designation as a "New Drug."  B ...

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Luvena False Advertising Lawsuit Investigation

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims against the California drug manufacturer, Laclede, Inc. (“Laclede”) for personal and economic injuries to consumers arising out of the use and purchase of its line of prebiotic vaginal products. Laclede marketed, manufactured, and distributed the following Luvena products as part of its prebiotic vaginal product line: • Luvena Prebiotic Vaginal Moisturizer a ...

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Hysterectomy Device Recalled Amid Cancer Fears

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc., a unit of Johnson & Johnson, is voluntarily asking doctors to return a device used in performing hysterectomies in thousands of women.  Ethicon's Morcelex device, used in certain laparoscopic surgeries, has come under FDA scrutiny because of the potential of such devices to spread cancerous fibroids. The class of devices known as morcella ...

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Targeting C.R. Bard May Soon Settle

Audet & Partners, LLP has learned that Covidien, a medical device manufacturer that supplied material to C.R. Bard that was incorporated into transvaginal mesh products, recently announced that they will set aside $180 million to cover losses expected in connection with transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits are currently pending against C.R. Bard in federal multidistrict litigat ...

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Mirena IUD Lawsuit Alleges Dangerous Postpartum Insertion of Device

A 27-year old woman has sued Washington University School of Medicine for injuries associated with her Mirena IUD, which was inserted immediately after she gave birth as part of the University’s clinical study. Her lawsuit claims the post-birth Mirena IUD caused her to require two surgeries and medication for life. Deanna Delancy, of St. Louis, had the Mirena IUD inserted free-of-charge as part of Washingto ...

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Transvaginal Mesh Global Settlements on the Rise

Coloplast, Inc. may be considering settling a number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits against it for $16 million, Bloomberg reports.  If Coloplast A/S, one of the smaller manufacturers of mesh devices, proceeds with the settlements, legal experts predict an impending global settlement of similar lawsuits against other mesh manufacturers. Coloplast A/S, a Danish medical device company, has reportedly agreed to ...

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Pay-for-Delay Lawsuit Involving Nexium Reopened by Federal Court

In the Nexium pay-for-delay multidistrict litigation accusing drug companies of violating antitrust laws by agreeing to delay entry of a generic version of AstraZenca’s heartburn drug Nexium, federal Judge William Young may be reconsidering some of his orders granting the summary judgments to drugmakers. The case stems from the 2008 pay-for-delay deal struck between AstraZeneca, who manufactures the brand n ...

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women across the country who underwent transvaginal mesh surgeries to repair pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence following serious injuries from the procedures.   The lawsuits allege that various manufacturers failed to safely design and test the vaginal mesh devices and did not adequately warn women about the risks of injury. The complainants have ...

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Mirena IUD Lawsuit Survives Motion to Dismiss in Louisiana

A Louisiana woman’s Mirena lawsuit against Bayer Pharmaceuticals will continue after a federal judge recently denied Bayer’s motion to dismiss. Latoya Thompson had the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) inserted in June 2011, at which time she claims she began experiencing pain and other problems.  The device “dislocated” (fell out on its own) approximately a week later.  In May 2012, Ms. Thompson was hospita ...

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Bellwether Trials Set in Transvaginal Mesh Litigation Prompt Reports of Mass Settlement

In coming months, several transvaginal mesh lawsuits are scheduled for bellwether trials.  Transvaginal mesh lawyers expecting thousands of cases against major mesh manufacturers may settle before trial. According to court documents, the following cases are currently scheduled to go to trial against in the coming months against transvaginal mesh manufacturers: MDL No. 2187 | Jones  v. C.R. Bard, Inc. (2:11- ...

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