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Defective Drugs & Medical Devices

Lea en español Defective drugs can be either over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs. While drugs can cure medical conditions and save lives, they also can cause harm. Some defective drugs cause severe adverse effects, physical or psychological injury, and even death. Injuries can be caused by the defective drug itself or by insufficient warnings or […]

New Verdicts: Prempro and Premarin

$134.1 Million Against Wyeth for Menopause Drug Wyeth has been ordered to pay $134 million, including $99 million in punitive damages, for its ”conscious indifference to patient safety” for failure to warn of the risk of breast cancer from hormone-replacement drugs Prempro and Premarin. Rowatt, et. al., v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc., 04-01699, Second Judicial District […]

Abortion Rights Supporters Demonstrated outside the Capitol auditorium in Austin

AUSTIN — Abortion-rights groups, just handed a defeat by a federal appeals court, are considering a new legal challenge to another facet of Texas’ law restricting abortions. The second phase of the restrictions, due to take effect in September, would require that women using pills to induce an abortion must go to an outpatient surgical […]

Dallas Buyers Club’ bill signed into law in La

With his signature, Gov. Bobby Jindal made Louisiana the second state in the nation to allow people with terminal diseases access to potentially life-saving experimental drugs and treatments. The new “right to try” law, which was drafted by a conservative think tank and passed without any “no” votes in the Legislature, would allow terminally ill […]

Defective Drugs & Medical Devices

Lea en español Many Americans rely on drugs manufactured by large pharmaceutical companies for their heath and well being. Sometimes those pharmaceutical companies know of harmful side effects from the drugs they produce and fail to warn the public. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) governs the manufacture and sale of medication, but often they […]

COMMENTARY: FDA Amendments Act Scandal Protects Big Pharmaceutical Companies

by Robert A. Schwartz, Attorney at Law Feb. 6, 2008 On Jan. 16, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration issued a proposed rule that directly contradicts Congress’ expressed intent when it passed the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDA Amendments Act of 2007). The act bestows the responsibility to warn consumers of […]

Merck Vioxx Settlement Has Some Attorneys Uneasy

by Robert A. Schwartz, Attorney at Law Nov. 21, 2007 Pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. has negotiated a multibillion-dollar settlement to resolve the outstanding Vioxx product liability claims in the U.S., though some plaintiffs’ attorneys are concerned about participating in the settlement. The $4.85 billion settlement, reached in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of […]

COMMENTARY: Bayer Fraud or “Regrettable Human Error”?

by Robert A. Schwartz, Attorney at Law Nov. 6, 2007 A Nov. 5 Associated Press story reported that under government pressure, Bayer said it would immediately halt worldwide sales of anti-bleeding drug Trasylol. The Food and Drug Administration asked the manufacturer to stop selling the drug, approved in 1993 to prevent excessive bleeding during heart […]

COMMENTARY: Wyeth Lawsuit – Runaway Jury or Runaway Pharmaceutical Company?

by Robert A. Schwartz, Attorney at Law Oct. 16, 2007 Twelve jurors in a Reno, Nev., trial found that pharmaceutical giant Wyeth’s hormone-replacement therapy drugs caused breast cancer in the three Nevada women who brought the lawsuit. The jury awarded the three women compensatory damages in the following amounts: $10.5 million to Jeraldine Scofield, 74; […]

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a medical treatment used to provide women with relief from the symptoms of menopause, perimenopause and postmenopause. When menopause occurs, the drop in estrogen and progesterone levels can cause a woman to experience periods of sweating and heat (hot flashes), vaginal discomfort (itching, burning and dryness) and a loss of […]


Lea en español The Food and Drug Administration approved Prempro in 1995 as a hormone-replacement therapy. Side effects became a concern after studies linked Prempro to a number of health problems. A major study of the long-term use of Prempro found that the drug significantly increases the risk of breast cancer, heart attack, blood clotting […]


Lea en español Seroquel is an atypical anti-psychotic medication used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Manufactured by AstraZeneca, Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate) is an oral medication that works by affecting neurotransmitter receptors in the brain. The Food and Drug Administration approved Seroquel in 1997 as a psychotropic medication and then again in 2006 […]


Lea en español Zyprexa, also known as olanzapine, is an atypical antipsychotic. While approved by the Food and Drug Administration for schizophrenia in 1996 and bipolar disorder in 2000, it is used off-label to treat psychosis, dementia, anxiety, anorexia and severe agitation. This type of antipsychotic drug blocks particular dopamine and serotonin receptors that are linked to […]


Lea en español Fosamax is prescribed to treat osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to deteriorate and break. It is a bisphosphonate, designed to reduce the activity of cells that cause the breakdown of bones. Fosamax is manufactured by Merck and Co. and was approved by the FDA in 1999. Side Effects Common side effects […]

What Did They Know and When Did They Know It?

Robert A. Schwartz, Attorney at Law May 23, 2007 Wyeth and other pharmaceutical companies tested, manufactured, marketed, distributed, promoted and sold Premarin, Prempro and MPA (the synthetic progestin used in Prempro), hormone-replacement drugs prescribed for post-menopausal women to treat some of the problems associated with menopause. For decades, Wyeth and other manufacturers vigorously promoted the […]