Archive for February, 2016

Xarelto lawsuits

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Xarelto (also known as rivaroxaban) is a prescription blood thinning medicine. It is prescribed for people to lower the risk of stroke, pulmonary embolisms or deep vein thrombosis, among other conditions. Patients who experience atrial fibrillation are also often prescribed Xarelto. The drug was approved for use in 2011.

There have been lawsuits in the news regarding negative side effects from Xarelto. Because the drug is a blood thinner, there is a risk that the drug can cause unintended internal bleeding, such as gastrointestinal bleeding or bleeding in the brain. The lawsuits that are being filed against this drug stem from the fact that the plaintiffs claim the drug company either did not adequately warn them about the potential for internal bleeding while taking the medicine or continued to sell the drug even while knowing the risks.

One major problem with Xarelto is that there is no known antidote to stop uncontrolled bleeding. Warfarin, a blood thinner that has been in existence since the 1950’s does have a known antidote if uncontrolled bleeding happens.

Other side effects that can happen while taking Xarelto include difficulty breathing and swelling of the lower limbs.

Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Talcum powder seems like an innocent product. After all, it is marketed as a product for infants. However, there have been class action lawsuits in the past few years stating that talcum powder can cause cancer.

In 2014 Johnson & Johnson was the defendant in two class action lawsuits. The lawsuits claimed that the company did not warn omen that the use of their products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower could increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Studies have been done about the link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer and in 2003 an analysis of 16 of these studies found that women who use talcum powder had an increased risk (33% more likely) of developing ovarian cancer at some point in their lives. In fact the first study that linked talcum powder to cancer was done in 1971.

Women who use talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product might have a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer at some point in their lives.

The American Cancer Society on its website lists talcum powder use near the genital area as possibly a risk factor for ovarian cancer. However, the website makes a distinction between talcum powder that has asbestos and those products without. In the 1970’s laws were enacted that required talcum powder to be asbestos free.