Government Accountability Office Criticizes FDA Fastrack Process

"The FDA is falling short in how it handles recalls of risky medical devices, a new report from the Government Accountability Office concluded, adding to the ever-mounting criticisms of the agency's fast-track, 510(k) approval process." The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is known as "the investigative arm of Congress" and "the congressional watchdog." GAO supports the [...]

International Bribery, Oil, Drugs…and Artificial Hips??

Johnson and Johnson has admitted that it bribed European doctors and paid kickbacks in Iraq to win contracts to sell drugs and artificial joints. The late Warren Zevon sang “Send lawyers, guns, and money, the sh*t has hit the fan”.  Is that what they are thinking these days at Johnson & Johnson? J & J [...]

Drug Recalls Hit All Time High

There is good news and bad news in the statement “Drug Recalls Hit all Time high in 2009” The fact that this occurred reflects some vigilance in protecting consumers and an absolute failure by companies to produce safe products. As CNN Money reports, the number of recalls hit 1,742 in 2009--that's an increase of 309 [...]

April 12th, 2011|Drug and Medical Device Litigation|0 Comments

Is Your Doctor Also Working for a Drug Company?

How independent is your doctor when making a prescription choice for you? On March 31, 2011 Merck revealed it paid $20.4 million to over 2088 physicians ($10,600 on average) in 2010 for speaking on its behalf.  These figures do not include what Schering Plough, acquired by Merck in 2009, paid to doctors.  This is  the [...]

Supreme Court Allows Defective Seat Belt Cases to Continue

In a recent decision, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed the following issue:  Can a person bring a lawsuit alleging inadequate seatbelt design even if the company complied with the federal seatbelt safety regulations?  The Court held that such claims were allowed and that compliance with federal standards did not excuse Mazda's conduct. This case concerned [...]

April 5th, 2011|Automobile Defects|0 Comments