Supreme Court Rejects Major Humira Lawsuit Involving Patents

In a recent landmark decision, the Supreme Court refused to hear a claim from pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson alleging that a rival company stole its drug technology.  Johnson & Johnson originally sued Abbott Laboratories for $1.67 billion, saying that Abbott infringed on its Humira patents. Humira, with sales of nearly $8 billion last year, is Abbott’s best-selling drug. The controversial medication is used to treat a variety of conditions, including Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. While we’ll never know for sure Continue reading

Memphis Man Sues Abbott, Saying Humira Caused Histoplasmosis

  [CAPTION: Fred Delano says Humira weakened his immune system, therefore leaving him vulnerable to histoplasmosis. (Photo Courtesy of the Memphis Flyer)] For people living in the Mississippi River Valley, histoplasmosis remains a fairly serious threat. Histoplasmosis is a fungal infection spread by airborne spores. It’s especially prevalent in places with bird droppings, such as bat caves and chicken coops. Though Fred Delano worked in an advertising agency, he claims he contracted histoplasmosis as a result of taking the Abbott Continue reading

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Expands Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Practice Areas On Website

As personal injury lawyers who are presently representing clients in matters involving injuries related to drugs with improper warnings and defective medical devices, we are proud to reveal the recent updates to these areas on our firm website. Recently we have expanded, web materials involving the following practice areas: Humira Neurological Injury: In 2002, Abbott Labs introduced Humira to the marketplace as an injectable treatment for several medical conditions that primarily affected children and young adults. As a tumor necrosis Continue reading

Multiple Lawsuits Claim Abbott’s Humira Caused Vision Loss & Neurological Injury

Two separate lawsuits are alleging that Abbott Laboratories’ best-selling Humira drug, used to treat Crohn’s disease, caused lasting nerve damage in patients’ feet and eyes. The first lawsuit, filed in April by Kara Mae Pletan of Montana, claims that Humira was responsible for “stabbing pains and hypersensitivity” in her feet. “The progression of the nerve damage seems to have stopped [after ceasing Humira injections],” Pletan said in court documents. “But the nerve damage appears to be permanent.” According to the Humira lawsuit papers, Continue reading

FDA Issues Warning About Humira, Saying Drug May Pose Cancer Risk to Teens

A recent warning issued on the FDA’s Web site says Humira, a drug used to treat Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases, may put teens at risk for developing cancer.   “The FDA continues to receive reports of a rare cancer of white blood cells, primarily in adolescents and young adults being treated for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, with medicines known as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers,” the FDA said in its statement. “[We] believe the risks and benefits of using TNF blockers...should be carefully weighed when Continue reading

Multiple Lawsuits Claim Abbott’s Humira Caused Permanent Nerve Damage

  Two separate lawsuits are alleging that Abbott Laboratories’ best-selling Humira drug, used to treat a variety of medical conditions including arthritis and Crohn’s disease, caused lasting nerve damage in patients’ feet, eyes--- and complete neurological system.     The first lawsuit, filed in April by Kara Mae Pletan of Montana, claims that Humira was responsible for “stabbing pains and hypersensitivity” in her feet. “The progression of the nerve damage seems to have stopped [after ceasing Humira injections],” Pletan said Continue reading

Lack Of Medical Studies Regarding Medication’s Impact On Children Results In Tough Decisions For Pregnant Women

As an expectant father, I really can sympathize with the deliemmas highlighted in Melinda Beck's Wall Street Journal article, "Can Mom's Medicine Hurt the Baby?"  Like most pregnant women, my wife is incredibly sensitive to how the foods she eats and the beverages she drinks will impact our developing fetus.   However, I can only imagine how trying similar decisions must be fore expectant mother's who are prescribed medications for medical conditions they have-- both prior to and develop during pregnancy. Given the obvious lack of Continue reading

Are the alleged side effects from Accutane use getting overblown?

Accutane (also known as Isotretinoin) was a drug used to treat severe acne.  The drug was made by Roche Pharmaceuticals.  In June 2009, Roche decided to discontinue the manufacture and distribution of Accutane.  It is a form of Vitamin A, which can help release the amount of oil your skill releases.   There are very strict restrictions in place to ensure that pregnant women do not take the drug because it can cause birth defects.  A few years ago, Accutane received a lot of press when it was linked to increases in depression and suicide. Continue reading

More Evidence That Topamax Manufacturer Is Responsible For Birth Defects

I've written a lot about the serious problems associated with use of Topamax during pregnancy.  After all, the FDA ordered Topamax to be re-labelled and re-classified in March, 2011 in response to data suggesting a conclusive correlation between Topamax usage by pregnant woman and birth defects such as: cleft lip, cleft palate, Spina Bifida, facial defects and pediatric heart problems. The swift decision to change the classification / labelling of Topamax is mainly due to the data collected by the FDA.  The FDA collects information about Continue reading

Hollywood Heavyweights Take The Stand In Actor’s Accutane Lawsuit

A lawsuit against Accutane manufacturer, Roche, is providing a glimpse of what I expect to play out for years to come in pending lawsuits filed by individuals who have suffered dramatic injuries believed to be associated with their use of a commonly prescribed acne-fighting medication Accutane. A New jersey courtroom is host to a trial that actor James Marshall has initiated against Roche for injuries and lost wages he has incurred as the result of his use of Accutane as a teenager.  In total, Mr. Marshall is seeking $11 million from Roche Continue reading