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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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Apotex Corp. Issues ‘Precautionary’ Recall of Ranitidine Drugs

Apotex Corp. has announced that it is voluntarily recalling all of its ranitidine drugs in the United States due to reports that some brand name and generic ranitidine medicines have been contaminated by a probable human carcinogen known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).


Kan. Federal Mentor Silicone Breast Implant Lawsuit Dismissed as Preempted

A Kansas federal judge dismissed a lawsuit targeting Mentor Worldwide LLC’s MemoryGel silicone breast implants after finding that the claims are expressly preempted because they would require the company to provide stronger warnings than those imposed by federal law.


La. Federal Jury Issues Defense Verdict in Bellwether Taxotere Case

A Louisiana federal jury has handed down a defense verdict in the first federal Taxotere permanent hair loss case to go to trial, finding that the breast cancer drug is not unreasonably dangerous due to inadequate warning or instruction.


Ariz. Woman Sues J&J, DePuy Over Defective Radial Head Prosthesis

In a new lawsuit, an Arizona woman alleges she was implanted with a defective Synthes Radial Head Prosthesis that required her to undergo a premature revision surgery, causing impairment and weakness in her ligaments, bone and muscles and potentially more surgeries in the future.


Abilify MDL Judge Dismisses 149 Plaintiffs for Non-Compliance with Settlement Orders

A Florida federal judge has dismissed the claims of 149 Abilify plaintiffs with prejudice on the basis that they failed to comply with orders regarding a global settlement of all cases pending on the federal multidistrict litigation docket.


Sandoz Recalls Ranitidine Drugs, Citing NDMA Carcinogen Contamination

Sandoz Inc. has announced that it is voluntarily recalling all of its ranitidine drugs in the United States due to contamination by a probable human carcinogen known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), according to a MedWatch Safety Alert.


Lawsuit Alleging Psychosis Caused by Generic Corticosteroid Dismissed as Preempted

A Tennessee federal judge has dismissed as preempted a lawsuit in which a woman alleged that her ingestion of generic methylprednisolone, a corticosteroid, caused her to kill her pets and attempt suicide.


Pa. Appellate Court Upholds Plaintiff’s Verdict in Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Case

A state appellate court has upheld a plaintiff’s verdict in an Ethicon transvaginal mesh case, affirming that the claims are not time-barred under Pennsylvania law and the trial court did not err in excluding FDA-created evidence.


Nev. Man to Appeal Award of Summary Judgment to DePuy in Synthes Locking System Case

A Nevada man is appealing a federal court’s award of summary judgment to DePuy Synthes Sales Inc. in a lawsuit targeting its Synthes Locking System.


Fla. Woman Says Contaminated Zantac Caused Breast Cancer

A Florida woman has sued Sanofi-Aventis in federal court, alleging her long-term ingestion of the heartburn drug Zantac (ranitidine) caused her breast cancer because it was contaminated with a probable human carcinogen.


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