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Laura Woods

Laura is a fierce supporter of informing the public about dangerous drugs and the lawsuits currently pending against their manufacturers.

California Parents File Zofran Lawsuit Against GSK

A Northern California couple has filed a Zofran lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline on behalf of their young daughter. The parents seek compensatory and punitive damages, equitable relief and other relief deemed appropriate for the injuries their child sustained as an alleged result of her mother’s use of Zofran during pregnancy. The... Read more »

FDA Requests That Pfizer Update Zoloft Label

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked Pfizer to update its Zoloft safety warnings to acknowledge that some studies have linked the antidepressant to infant heart defects. There is still no concrete evidence definitively connecting the drug to birth defects, but some researchers have noted an “increased risk of... Read more »

Study Examines Testosterone Dosage and Heart Risks

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In July, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill published a study on testosterone heart risks in the medical journal, JAMA Internal Medicine, finding that the side effects of testosterone injections may pose the highest risk of cardiovascular events, hospitalizations and deaths. The team examined the comparative... Read more »

New Actos Trial Underway in Las Vegas

The latest Actos trial to begin in U.S. courts started on Thursday, August 27 in Las Vegas, under the direction of Judge Jerry Wiese II. Attorneys working for two southern Nevada claimants argue that their clients suffered severe side effects from the diabetes drug, including death. The trial is expected to... Read more »

Janssen Accused of Manipulating Published Risperdal Study

Dr. David Kessler, the former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, claims that a medical article, which was co-authored by SickKids hospital’s top pediatrician, understated the serious nature and rate of Risperdal side effects in younger patients. The authors of the 2003 article were allegedly manipulated by the drug company Janssen,... Read more »

Plaintiffs Support Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits MCL

As the number of talcum powder cancer lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson continue to mount, plaintiffs have indicated that they support a request filed by the company to centralize the litigation. All plaintiffs cite similar allegations that use of the manufacturer’s Baby Power and Shower-to-Shower body powder products around the... Read more »

GSK Seeks to Consolidate Zofran Lawsuits Alleging Birth Defects

GlaxoSmithKline has filed a motion with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to consolidate all federal Zofran lawsuits for coordinated pretrial proceedings. As the number of product liability lawsuits filed on behalf of children born with heart defects, cleft palate and other congenital defects allegedly caused by exposure... Read more »

Phoenix Residents File Actos Lawsuit Over Bladder Cancer

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A number of plaintiffs from Tucson, AZ have filed an Actos lawsuit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals citing personal injury, wrongful death and/or loss of consortium. They claim that use of the drug caused them to develop bladder cancer. Their lawsuits will be added to the ongoing multidistrict litigation in Louisiana. Actos,... Read more »

California Couple Settles Talcum Powder Asbestos Case

In April, the Colgate-Palmolive Co. was ordered to pay $12.4 million in damages to a woman who filed a talc cancer lawsuit against the company. Judith Winkel and her husband John Winkel of Santa Barbara were awarded the funds after a Los Angeles jury found that an asbestos-contaminated talcum powder... Read more »