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Get ready for the next wave of pharmaceutical litigation with HarrisMartin's Drugs & Medical Devices. This reporter will keep you one step ahead of drug and medical device litigation with in-depth investigations, guest commentaries and objective courtroom coverage on today's and tomorrow's hottest drugs and supplements.


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FDA Says Zantac, Other Ranitidine Drugs, Contain Probable Carcinogen

The Food and Drug Administration says it has learned that some ranitidine drugs, including Zantac, contain low levels of a probable human carcinogen, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)


Personal Injury, Product Liability Claims to Proceed in Ethicon Hernia Patch Case

A New Jersey federal judge has allowed personal injury and product liability claims to proceed against Ethicon in a hernia repair patch case, ruling that it is not clear at this stage in the litigation whether they are time-barred.


Conn. Judge Upholds Compensatory Damages Award in Pradaxa Bleeding Action

A Connecticut state court judge has upheld a jury award of $542,645.45 in compensatory damages to a New York man who suffered gastrointestinal bleeding after taking Boehringer Ingelheim’s blood-thinning drug Pradaxa to treat his atrial fibrillation.


Statute of Repose Bars Biomet M2A-38 Hip Lawsuit, Ind. Federal Judge Rules

The statute of repose bars a lawsuit targeting Biomet’s M2A-38 hip replacement device because the plaintiff failed to present evidence that the statute was tolled by the company’s fraudulent concealment, an Indiana federal judge has ruled.


Calif. Federal Mentor MemoryGel Lawsuit Dismissed on Preemption Grounds

Claims filed against Mentor Worldwide LLC in connection with its silicone breast implants are preempted because the plaintiffs failed to specify what federal regulation the company violated in its development of the implant, a California federal judge has ruled.


Ky. Federal Judge Remands DePuy Knee Replacement Action on Basis of Non-Diversity

A Kentucky federal judge has remanded a DePuy knee replacement action, ruling that a nondiverse hospital defendant was not improperly joined because the causation and apportionment of fault for the alleged injuries implicate common questions of fact and law as to all defendants.


Negligence, Breach of Warranty Claims Dismissed in DePuy Rotating Platform Knee Case

A Virginia federal judge has dismissed without prejudice negligence claims filed against DePuy in connection with its rotating platform knee, ruling that the plaintiff failed to specify a defect in the device’s implant’s manufacture or design, or in the warnings provided.


Application of ‘Avoidably Unsafe’ Doctrine Should be Decided on Case-By-Case Basis, Utah High Court Rules

The question of whether the "unavoidably unsafe" doctrine in comment k to Section 402A of the Restatement (Second) of Torts applies to implanted medical devices should be decided on a case-by-case basis, the Utah Supreme Court has ruled.


N.Y. Federal Covidien Hernia Mesh Case Dismissed with Leave to Amend

A New York federal judge has dismissed without prejudice a lawsuit accusing Covidien Inc. of defectively designing and manufacturing its Symbotex hernia repair mesh, ruling that the strict liability, negligence and fraud claims were inadequately pled.


Lawsuit Targeting Abiomed’s Heart Pump Proceeds in Ill. Federal Court

An Illinois federal judge has allowed a strict liability claim to proceed in an action targeting Abiomed Inc.’s heart pump, ruling that the plaintiff adequately alleged that a defect in his device made it impossible to remove after surgery.


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