Mirena IUD Irresponsible Advertising Continues Despite Rising Lawsuits

The amount of money a pharmaceutical spends on advertising its products doesn’t necessarily mean its products are safe.  For example, drug giant Bayer, the maker of the Mirena IUD, has spent millions of dollars advertising its Mirena IUD contraceptive through TV and social media ads.  The advertising apparently works – Mirena IUD sales reportedly topped $700 million in 2010.   At the same time, women who have suffered serious complications after using the Mirena IUD including uterine perforation, miscarriage and... Read More

NuvaRing Contraceptive Ring Lawsuits & Investigations

NuvaRing Birth Control

NuvaRing is the trade name for a combined hormonal contraceptive vaginal ring manufactured by Merck (formerly Schering-Plough, formerly Organon), that is available by prescription. It is a flexible plastic (ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer) ring that releases a low dose of a progestinand estrogen over three weeks. It is considered to be a “third-generation” birth control method. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers, distributors, and marketers of the NuvaRing birth control vaginal ring, and recent court cases are now allowing these... Read More

About Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella (Drospirenone) Litigation


Some of the newest birth control pills -- Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella -- are the subject of over 1,000 lawsuits that claim the medications increase the risk of blood clots and stroke and cause other health problems in women who take them. Litigation focuses on Bayer Healthcare's failure to disclose the risks of taking these fourth generation combination birth control pills. Recent research regarding Yaz and blood clots prompted the FDA to require Bayer to add warnings to the drug... Read More

FDA Pulls Avastin From the Market

On Friday, November 18, 2011 US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had pulled from the market the drug Avastin.  Avastin is used for treatment of patients with metastatic breast cancer, however there is no evidence the drug is safe and effective for that use. Researchers said Avastin may increase a cancer patient's risk of having a fatal reaction to treatment when it is added to chemotherapy. Please visit our website www.Audetlaw.com for additional... Read More

How to Find and Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product or defective drug, one of the first things you should do (after getting medical treatment for the injury), is to contact an attorney. People who are harmed by defective products or defective drugs (or anything, for that matter) generally have certain legal rights, but those rights can sometimes be lost if the person who was harmed does not seek legal representation. Therefore, if you or a loved one was... Read More

First AstraZeneca Seroquel Injury Trial To Start Monday

First AstraZeneca Seroquel Injury Trial To Start Monday - WSJ.com: "A New Jersey jury next week will be the first to hear accusations that AstraZeneca PLC's (AZN, ASN.LN) blockbuster antipsychotic drug Seroquel caused diabetes, and that the drug maker failed to properly warn of the risks.It will be the first public airing in one of the more high-profile sets of personal-injury lawsuits surrounding a major drug since Merck & Co.'s (MRK) Vioxx litigation in the mid-2000s. Seroquel is one of... Read More

DOJ: Forest promoted Celexa and Lexapro off-label – Medical Marketing and Media

DOJ: Forest promoted Celexa and Lexapro off-label - Medical Marketing and Media: "The Department of Justice (DOJ) is suing Forest Laboratories over the alleged promotion of Celexa and Lexapro off-label, for pediatric use. Forest also paid kickbacks to physicians in return for prescribing the drugs, the DOJ said in a statement.The allegations, filed in a Massachusetts federal court yesterday, claim Forest hoodwinked physicians by failing to properly disclose results of a negative study regarding Celexa. That study found the drug... Read More

Compromised Care: Psychotropic drugs given to nursing home patients without cause — chicagotribune.com

#drugs Compromised Care: Psychotropic drugs given to nursing home patients without cause -- chicagotribune.com: "Frail and vulnerable residents of nursing homes throughout Illinois are being dosed with powerful psychotropic drugs, leading to tremors, dangerous lethargy and a higher risk of harmful falls or even death, a Tribune investigation has found.Thousands of elderly and disabled people have been affected, many of them drugged without their consent or without a legitimate psychiatric diagnosis that would justify treatment, state and federal inspection reports... Read More

Companies Race To Bring Diet Drugs To Market – NPR Health Blog : NPR

#drugs Companies Race To Bring Diet Drugs To Market - NPR Health Blog : NPR: "In the battle against obesity, doctors and patients are short on weapons.Eating better and exercising more are, of course, the best first choices for shrinking one's waistline. But often they're not enough to get the job done, and stomach-shrinking surgery remains a daunting and costly option.Now, three small drugmakers are looking to boost the odds of success for dieters with a new crop of medicines... Read More

Antipsychotic Drugs Add To Kids’ Weight – NPR Health Blog : NPR

Antipsychotic Drugs Add To Kids' Weight - NPR Health Blog : NPR: "Antipsychotic drugs used in kids can carry a steep health cost. Many children gain an unhealthy amount of weight after just a few months on the medicines.Research just published in JAMA found the drugs led to weight gains ranging from about 10 to 19 pounds, depending on the medicine, in about 11 weeks. The analysis looked at popular brand-name drugs Abilify, Risperdal, Seroquel and Zyprexa."... Read More

Oldie But Goodie: 10 Most Dangerous Drugs

"According to a study published this month in The Lancet, alcohol and tobacco rank among the ten most dangerous substances used by humans. Both alcohol and tobacco have been assessed to be more dangerous than illegal drugs like marijuana or ecstasy." More... Read More


Audet & Partners, LLP, a San Francisco, California-based trial law firm, was the first to file a complaint against Genentech arising out of the recently announced withdrawal of Raptiva medication. Filed in Alameda Superior Court, the complaint seeks general and punitive damages. More info:... Read More

Reglan and TK

Reglan (metoclopramide) is a drug manufactured by Baxter Healthcare Corporation. It was first approved for use in the U.S. in 1980. It is prescribed for digestive-tract problems such as reflux, delayed stomach emptying and nausea. Although doctors were warned early on that this drug could cause a serious neurological disorder, it took the Food and Drug Administration years to issue a black-box warning about this complication. Read more:... Read More