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Serious vision problems associated with bladder pain medication Elmiron may start years after stopping the drug, according to an unpublished case study from Emory University School of Medicine.

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1996, Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) was linked to visual issues when a 2018 case study first described six Elmiron patients with pigmentary maculopathy. Pigmentary maculopathy, also known as PPS maculopathy, is a new type of macular degeneration uniquely associated with longer-term Elmiron use of several years or more.

Case studies from 2019 and 2020 involving a total of 12 patients offered evidence that pigmentary…


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The Arizona Senate gave preliminary approval in late January to a bill intended to increase patient awareness of the dangers of breast implants, as reported by Tucson.com.

The bill (SB 1001) would require that doctors provide individuals considering breast implants with the following information:

  • A detailed description of the risks of breast implants and breast implant surgery
  • Patient information materials from the manufacturer of the breast implant being used in the surgery, including warnings required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • An “informed consent checklist” with patient information about breast implant-associated large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), breast implant illness, and…

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Class Action Lawsuits: The Basics

A class action is a type of lawsuit in which one or more individuals file on behalf of a larger group. The affected group is certified by a judge as a “class.” Class members have one important thing in common: they all claim that they’ve been harmed by a similar cause or source.

The class members are represented by a small group of plaintiffs (those filing the lawsuit), known as “class representatives.” The plaintiff(s) may file against a single defendant or a small group of defendants. …


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Multidistrict Litigation: The Basics

Also known as an MDL, multidistrict litigation is a procedure where federal civil (noncriminal) lawsuits that deal with similar issues are transferred to a single district court, where they are overseen by a single district judge.

There are 94 U.S. District Courts, with at least one in every state and in the District of Columbia. Each court hears cases related to federal laws or interstate issues with more than $75,000 in damages.

By consolidating cases in one place, MDLs make lawsuits more manageable for both sides — claimants and defendants — and promote overall efficiency in…


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DuPont, Corteva Agriscience and Chemours announced a joint $4 billion deal to settle potential lawsuits related to toxic PFAS, chemicals with a wide range of consumer and industrial uses which have been linked to serious health issues.

The non-binding memorandum of understanding updates previous agreements regarding how the companies will handle possible future lawsuits related to PFAS, Law360 reported.

Chemours, Corteva and DuPont are currently separate, publicly-held companies. The agreement, which was announced Jan. 22, concerns past use of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) from when the three entities were part of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. (Chemours…


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Johnson and Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuit Dismissed in California

A federal judge in California last week dismissed a talcum powder lawsuit against global health and personal care products giant Johnson and Johnson. Claimants Louisa Gutierrez and Debbie Luna alleged that they were “misled” about asbestos in Johnson and Johnson’s talcum powder by company advertising implying the powder was safe.

On Jan. 22 U.S. District Court Judge Todd Robinson dismissed the talcum powder lawsuit “with prejudice,” which means that the decision is final and can’t be appealed or corrected, as reported by Law360.

According to Robinson, the law required Gutierrez and…


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Paragard copper IUD lawsuits filed by women from 23 states were grouped together and transferred to federal court in Atlanta late last year, where they will be heard by U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May in the District of Northern Georgia. The transfer order applies to 55 Paragard lawsuits originally filed across 31 federal districts.

Currently, more than 80 Paragard lawsuits are pending in more than 36 federal districts. Additional Paragard lawsuits may be included at a later date.

The decision to consolidate the Paragard lawsuits was made in December by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Legislation, which decides…


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Last year MedTruth covered the controversial enactment of state laws and regulations protecting nursing homes from COVID-19 related lawsuits. Roughly half of all states filed some form of nursing home protection law, or a more general business protection law that covers nursing homes in 2020, Law.com reports.

Now, at the beginning of the pandemic’s second year, MedTruth is providing updated information about these protections.

In the first two weeks of 2021, Alaska, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, and Wisconsin all introduced bills designed to extend or renew previous COVID-19 lawsuit protections put in place last year, as reported by Law360.

State Efforts to Increase COVID-19 Nursing Home Lawsuit Protections


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Government agents seized 42 shipments of counterfeit e-cigarettes worth $719,543 in suggested retail value, the Food and Drug Administration announced last week. The nearly 34,000 units included knockoffs resembling the Puff Bar brand, such as Puff XXL and Puff Flow.

The fake e-cigarettes arrived from China at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport where they were seized by Customs and Border officers working together with agents from the FDA. The counterfeit e-cigarettes were headed to different parts of Texas.

Puff Bar’s e-cigarettes are similar to vaporizers, a.k.a. “vapes,” made by JUUL, a leading brand of e-cigarettes containing nicotine. …


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With the hope of demystifying the risks of breast implants and the suffering they can cause, two women with the shared experience of overcoming breast implant illness organized the Breast Implant Health Summit, a first-of-its-kind educational forum for health care practitioners.

The virtual, multidisciplinary summit offered 41 presentations discussing various aspects of breast implant illness, from regulatory history, to cellular influences, to patient empowerment. Although geared to health care professionals, the three-day event provided validation and a roundup of what we know thus far about breast implant illness for patients.

While the live event took place in October 2020, the…

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