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February 2015 Archives

Topamax Maker Failed To Adequately Warn Of Birth Defect Risk

There are several drugs on the market that when ingested by a pregnant woman exposes the fetus to great risk of birth defects.  A jury in Philadelphia  found that Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Topamax, failed to adequately warn consumers and their doctors of the risk of birth defects associated with use of the migraine medication. The jury awarded $3 million to the parents of a child born with a cleft palate and bilateral cleft lip.

Cerebral Palsy Birth Injuries Require A Lifetime of Care

Cerebral palsy is the most common developmental disability among children in the United States. Cerebral palsy is a a neurological disorder that hinders body movement and muscle coordination. Cerebral palsy symptoms can be mild or severe. They include lack of movement  and limb control, including spastic, rigid, slow or shaky arms and legs. The condition can also impair brain function, vision and hearing.

Do You Think You Have Celiac Disease? Taking Benicar For High Blood Pressure?

French study confirmed a previously reported link between the drug Benicar and severe gastrointestinal problems. Reported in Family Practice News last June and discussed during the annual Digestive Disease Week (DDW) conference held in Chicago last year, the study indicates that users of Benicar have a higher risk of developing severe intestinal damage called sprue-like enteropathy. The symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy mimic those of celiac disease. The symptoms include: dehydration, malnutrition, substantial weight loss, and severe chronic diarrhea.

J&J Withdraws Morcellator Due To Cancer Spread Risk

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has finally heeded the calls and withdrawn from the market its power morcellator used in hysterectomy procedures. This decision came long after the FDA, critics and consumer groups had been saying that the morcellator used in laproscopic hysterectomies raises a risk of spreading cancer cells.

Attorney Jean Sutton Martin has achieved the AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®

Martindale-Hubbell® has confirmed that attorney Jean Sutton Martin has achieved the AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest possible rating for both ethical standards and legal ability.  Jean concentrates her practice on drug and medical device injury cases as well as consumer protection class actions.  In December 2014, Jean opened the Law Office of Jean Sutton Martin PLLC.

Xarelto Injury Cases Consolidated

Our firm is currently investigating cases involving the blood thinner Xarelto. Xarelto has been linked to serious side effects including internal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, brain bleed and death. The Xarelto lawsuits come on the heels of the recent $650 million Pradaxa settlement. Researchers linked Pradaxa, also a blood thinning medication, to more than 500 deaths.

Act By Feb. 26th - Your Voice Is Needed To Help Raise Trucking Insurance Limits

Do you ride on the highway where there are tractor trailers, commercial buses and commercial trucks? Do you have a truck driver in your family who is daily traveling the public highways?  Did you know that those who are injured in a trucking or bus accident, including drivers of these vehicles, almost never get a full recovery?

Migraines, Blurred Vision or Buzzing In Ears Due To Mirena

The Mirena IUD, a birth control device manufactured by Bayer, has caused serious health complications in thousands of women. Now the Law Office of Jean Sutton Martin PLLC is investigating the link between Mirena and a condition known as pseudotumor cerebri (PTC).

Senators Ask FDA To End Use Of Morcellator Due To Cancer Risk

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Charles Schumer, both of NY, sent a letter to the FDA urging the agency to take power morcellators off of the market due to the increased risk of causing uterine and other cancers. As we have recently reported in this blog, since April, the FDA has been encouraging surgeons not to use the morcellators in laproscopic hysterectomies or surgeries to remove uterine fibroids. Recently, Johnson & Johnson withdrew its power morcellator from the market amid growing concerns that when the morcellator pulverizes uterine tissue, it spreads previously undetected cancer cells within the pelvis and abdomen. We hope that more manufacturers will follow suit, but join Senators Schumer and Gillibrand in urging the FDA to take further action to stop the use of power morcellators because of the cancer risk in women.

Jean Sutton Martin Named To Super Lawyers NC Top 50 Women List

For the second consecutive year, Jean Sutton Martin has been named to Super Lawyers North Carolina's Top 50 Women List. Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in North Carolina. Those lawyers who receive the highest point totals during the nomination, research and peer review process are further recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers Top Lists.

Jean Sutton Martin Honored As Business North Carolina Legal Elite for 2015

Attorney Jean Sutton Martin has once again been recognized as one of Business North Carolina's Legal Elite.  Jean has been chosen by her peers for inclusion on this list in the Litigation category for 2015 .

Xarelto Lawsuits Filed Alleging Bleeding Risks

Xarelto is a blood thinning medication approved by the FDA in 2001 for the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation and the prevention of blood clots - often in patients undergoing hip and knee replacement surgeries.  Xarelto is one of the new class of drugs marketed as an easier alternative to Coumadin (warfarin) because Xarelto does not require frequent blood testing.  Expensive and expansive marketing campaigns by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson have lead to a surge in prescriptions of Xarelto.

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