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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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Md. Federal Judge Directs Plaintiffs to File 2nd Amended Complaint in Medtronic LVAD Case

A Maryland federal judge has directed the plaintiffs in a wrongful death action targeting an allegedly defective left ventricular assistive device (LVAD) to amend their claims of strict liability, negligence and breach of warranty so she can determine whether they are federal preempted.


Boston Scientific IVC Filter Case Survives Dismissal Motion in Ill. Federal Court

An Illinois federal judge has denied Boston Scientific Corp.’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit targeting its Greenfield IVC filter, ruling that the plaintiff has sufficiently alleged that the device was defectively designed and manufactured and was accompanied by inadequate warnings.


Teva Recalls Valsartan-Containing Drugs, Citing NDEA Contamination

Teva Pharmaceuticals has initiated a voluntary recall of all lots of valsartan-containing drugs due to N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) contamination, according to a Food and Drug Administration announcement.


Tenn. Judge Refuses to Strike Medtronic’s Defenses in Gastric Bypass Device Case

A Tennessee federal magistrate judge has refused to strike comparative fault affirmative defenses levied by Medtronic in a case involving its gastric bypass device, ruling that the plaintiffs sufficiently identify their surgeon to be a superseding cause of their injuries.


Md. Federal Judge Dismisses 12 Complaints as Time-Barred in BHR Hip MDL; Allows Remaining Cases to Proceed

A Maryland federal judge has dismissed 12 complaints filed against Smith & Nephew in the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing multidistrict litigation, ruling they are time-barred under the applicable statutes of limitation.


Texas Plaintiff Moves to Remand Hip Case, Says Healthcare Defendants Properly Joined

A Texas man has moved to remand his action against Smith & Nephew Inc. involving its multi-component metal-on-metal hip implant system, arguing that the company failed to obtain consent from the other defendants before removing the case.


Mylan Recalls Valsartan-Containing Drugs, Citing NDEA Contamination

Mylan has initiated a voluntary recall of 15 lots of valsartan-containing drugs due to N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) contamination, according to a Food and Drug Administration announcement.


Okla. Federal Judge Dismisses Claims Against Orthopedic Device Maker, Allows Plaintiffs to Amend

An Oklahoma federal judge has dismissed without prejudice a lawsuit filed against the maker of an expandable vertebral body replacement implant system, ruling that the battery claim is time-barred, and the fraud claim was not pled with the requisite particularity.


Utah Federal Judge Dismisses Manufacturing Defect, Fraud Claims in Wright Hip System Case

A Utah federal judge has dismissed manufacturing defect and breach of express warranty claims asserted against Wright Medical Group Inc. in connection with its hip replacement system, ruling that they are insufficiently pled.


New Federal Lawsuit Says Contaminated Valsartan Caused La. Man’s Death

The widow of a man who died from kidney cancer after ingesting allegedly contaminated valsartan has filed a wrongful death action against the drug’s makers in Louisiana federal court, accusing them of knowing the drug was adulterated, yet touting its safety to doctors and consumers.


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