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Severe Side Effects of BEOVU® Lead to Lifelong Injuries

BEOVU® (Brolucizumab-dbll) entered the market in October 2019 as a new injectable drug treatment for patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD). Wet AMD is a chronic eye disease that can lead to blurred vision and/or blind spots. Those suffering from wet AMD saw this new treatment as a way to better manage or even improve (based on early announcements from BEOVU®’s manufacturer) their eye condition. Unfortunately, dreams of a better future instead brought new horrors to life for several wet AMD patients. BEOVU®’s Side Effects At the outset, the manufacturer Novartis announced the potential for certain side effects, like redness or light sensitivity, for patients who received these eye injection treatments. Unfortunately, additional concerns became evident soon after the drug’s release.  These new concerns were not included on the product label or in the information provided by Novartis to physicians and patients. These new concerns beg the question, “Is BEOVU® safe to use to treat wet AMD?” Uncommon, Yet Significant, Adverse Reactions to BEOVU® Adverse reactions not listed by Novartis upon its release include:  Blindness Intraocular inflammation Retinal artery occlusion Retinal vascular occlusion Retinal vasculitis Retinal vein occlusion Sudden vision loss BEOVU® Product Labels Updated, But Not Soon Enough On June 11, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated the product labels for BEOVU® to include warnings for adverse reactions like the ones listed above. The drug, however, had already been in use for approximately 8 months, meaning tens of thousands of shots had already been administered without the warnings. Have You Suffered After Receiving BEOVU® Injections? If you or your loved one suffered from an adverse reaction listed above after receiving injections of the BEOVU® drug, then you may be able to pursue a class action personal injury lawsuit against Novartis. And you don’t have to do it alone. Reach out to our nationally recognized law firm today.

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March is National Kidney Month

Information and graphics provided by kidney.org: Kidney Health Facts: The kidneys are the body’s chemical factories, filtering waste and performing vital functions that control things like red blood cell production and blood pressure. But over time, the kidneys can become damaged with little or no physical symptoms to warn you that your kidneys are in trouble. “Of the 26 million American adults estimated to have kidney disease, most don’t know they have it. That’s why taking care of your kidneys, especially if you are at risk for kidney disease, is vital,” said Joseph Vassalotti, MD, National Kidney Foundation Chief Medical Officer. “There are a few simple things people can do to keep their kidneys healthy and strong.” 1 in 3 American adults is at high risk for developing kidney disease today. High blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of kidney failure and being over 60 are major risk factors for developing kidney disease. 1 in 9 American adults has kidney disease — and most don’t know it. Early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease. Kidney disease risk can be reduced by controlling blood pressure and blood sugar, quitting smoking, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding excessive use of pain medications. The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit All Americans can do 5 simple things to protect their kidneys: Get Tested! Ask your doctor for an ACR urine test or a GFR blood test annually if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, are over age 60, or have a family history of kidney failure. Get screened for free through the National Kidney Foundation’s KEEP Healthy program by visiting www.kidney.org/KEEPHealthy. Reduce NSAIDs. Over the counter pain medicines, such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), may alleviate your aches and pains, but they can harm the kidneys, especially if you already have kidney disease. Reduce your regular use of NSAIDs and never go over the recommended dosage. Cut the Processed Foods. Processed foods can be significant sources of sodium, nitrates and phosphates, and have been linked to cancer, heart disease and kidney disease. Try adopting the DASH diet to guide your healthy eating habits. Exercise Regularly. Your kidneys like it when you exercise. Regular exercise will keep your bones, muscles, blood vessels, heart and kidneys healthy. Getting active for at least 30 minutes a day can also help you control blood pressure and lower blood sugar, which is vital to kidney health. Control Blood Pressure and Diabetes. High blood pressure and diabetes are the leading causes of kidney disease and kidney failure. Managing high blood pressure and strict control of blood sugar levels can slow the progression of kidney disease. Speak with your doctor if you are having trouble managing diabetes or high blood pressure. WE’RE ALWAYS HERE TO HELP The experienced attorneys at Cory Watson Attorneys understand the importance of kidney health because of their ongoing work with the Proton Pump Inhibitor, Zantac, and C8 Environmental litigations. If you or a loved one has suffered from kidney failure or kidney cancer because of one of these pharmaceuticals or environmental factors, we want to fight for you. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online form for your free and confidential case evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Bloomberg Business: The FDA Recall System is Voluntary and Broken

Bloomberg Business recently published a comprehensive look at how patients suffer when drug manufacturers and regulators fail to protect them and effectively recall dangerous drugs from their medicine cabinets. For the past 25 years, the experienced drug injury lawyers at Cory Watson have helped thousands of victims hurt because of dangerous medical devices and unsafe drugs released without accurate testing. “If you think the FDA is a true watchdog over the safety of drugs put into the marketplace, you are wrong,” said Ernest Cory, managing shareholder of Cory Watson Attorneys. “The FDA only gets what the drug manufacturer wants them to see. And too often, they don’t get the whole story until the product has come onto the marketplace and injured many victims.” Contact us today for a free, confidential case review – Call (877) 562-0000 now or fill out the online consultation form on this page. Zantac Recalled for Carcinogen Contamination In September 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration received a 19-page document with startling claims about a popular medicine. Researchers at Valisure, a Connecticut lab that tests prescription drugs, found extremely high levels of a probable human carcinogen in the antacid ranitidine, best known under the brand name Zantac. Millions of people around the world use ranitidine; it’s available both with a prescription and over the counter. As for the carcinogen, NDMA, the FDA knew it well: For more than a year, the agency had been recalling batches of the blood pressure medication Valsartan contaminated with it. The FDA issued an alert that seemed to downplay the lab’s findings. The agency said it had learned that some ranitidine medicines contained low levels of NDMA, but it wasn’t advising people to stop taking the drug. Those with prescriptions could contact their doctors — if they were worried — and everyone else could consider alternatives on drugstore shelves. However, high levels of NDMA were found in every version of ranitidine tested, and labs concluded the problem was inherent to the molecule itself. In other words, there is no safe version of ranitidine. The FDA’s Limited Authority Over Recalls By mid-October, a month after the FDA’s alert, at least two dozen countries had pulled ranitidine from stores or halted its distribution. Numerous companies acted on their own to slow or stop the supply of the drug. The FDA continued to conduct tests. 43 jurisdictions and governments around the world took action before the United States did. Finally, on November 1, the agency announced that it had found higher-than-acceptable levels of NDMA in some ranitidine. The FDA then asked manufacturers to voluntarily recall some of the Zantac on the market. When the FDA finds that a drug’s quality is compromised, recalls are supposed to reverse the supply chain and remove the affected product from warehouses, pharmacy shelves, and patients’ medicine cabinets. But the agency’s authority over this system is limited. It can only request a pullback – the manufacturers can say no, and they often refuse. The FDA can’t contact patients directly; it relies on pharmacies for that. It also doesn’t control how the recall is conducted or how its effectiveness is assessed. A probable carcinogen in a medication taken by millions of people, manufactured in a factory that the FDA knew had problems, is a crisis for the agency. An effective recall system is crucial to prevent further injuries. How Do You Stop Taking a Recalled Medication If You Don’t Know It’s Been Recalled? Patients using Valsartan and Zantac were supposed to be notified by their pharmacies that their drugs could be dangerous. Those notifications didn’t always happen. Old mailing addresses, a switch in pharmacies or the use of more than one, and failure to distinguish a recall letter from junk mail can all interfere with alerting patients to dangerous drugs. There are also gaps in the flow of information, especially when drugs are recalled in batches identified by manufacturers’ lot numbers, as is common practice. Meanwhile, the number of anxious patients mounts. The failure of that system can be seen in the client base of plaintiffs’ attorney Ernest Cory of Cory Watson, a firm representing hundreds of people who took the potentially-tainted drugs. Many of his clients hadn’t been warned of the FDA recall, and only found out on through the news, social media, or through attorney advertising. Don’t Sit On Your Rights The experienced drug injury attorneys at Cory Watson are evaluating the claims of hundreds of people with cancer – liver, stomach, intestinal, colon, pancreatic, or kidney – who took these drugs. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Valsartan and Zantac drug manufacturers involved in the recalls. If you or a loved one developed cancer after taking these drugs, call today for your FREE case evaluation. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out the online case consultation form on this page.

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Here’s Why Zantac Was Pulled From Drugstores, And What You Should Do Now

According to the New York Times, major drugstore retailers have pulled Zantac off of their shelves due to certain versions of the heartburn medication containing potentially cancer-causing ingredients. Pharmacy chains announced that they were no longer selling the product after the Food and Drug Administration issued a statement in September 2019 saying that Zantac and its generic form, ranitidine, may contain high levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a human carcinogen. If you’re looking for an experienced drug injury lawyer to help you pursue justice and compensation in a Zantac lawsuit, call (877) 562-0000 today or fill out the online consultation form on this page. F.D.A Warns of Zantac Cancer Risks The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is investigating Zantac cancer risks. Recent testing of Zantac tablets found that the commonly-used heartburn medication contains a potentially dangerous carcinogenic chemical up to 26,000 times greater than the FDA’s daily intake limit. The carcinogenic chemical present in Zantac is known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (“NDMA”). What Is NDMA? N-nitrosodimethylamine is a semi-volatile chemical that belongs to a class of known potent carcinogens, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The industrial chemical is used in gasoline, as a stabilizer for industry materials, and as a lubricant additive. NDMA has also been used to make liquid rocket fuel, and is a byproduct of manufacturing certain pesticides and processing fish. Does Zantac Cause Cancer? Since the 1980s, studies have demonstrated a link between the NDMA in Zantac and cancer. Mounting evidence also shows that Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim, the big pharma companies that make Zantac (ranitidine), concealed the Zantac cancer link from millions of people who took the drug for heartburn, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), sour stomach, Barrett’s esophagus, acid reflux and other issues. This deception came as the companies made unprecedented profits from Zantac, the first drug to generate $1 billion in sales. With countless people stricken with cancer after taking Zantac, many are turning to the courts and filing a Zantac lawsuit to hold large pharmaceutical companies like Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim accountable for their reckless disregard for human health and willingness to put profit over people. What are the Long-Term Side Effects Linked to Zantac NDMA Exposure? Long-term exposure to Zantac or its generic active ingredient, ranitidine, can lead to an increased risk of developing cancer. Side effects of Zantac include: Bladder cancer Colon and Rectal cancer Esophageal cancer Intestinal cancer Kidney cancer Liver cancer Lung cancer (non-smokers) Ovarian cancer Pancreatic cancer Prostate cancer Stomach cancer Testicular cancer Thyroid cancer Uterine cancer Which Zantac Brands and Products Contain Ranitidine? Some of the most common Zantac brands include: Zantac 150 Tablets Zantac 150 Maximum Strength Zantac 150 Maximum Strength Cool Mint Zantac 75 Tablets Wal-Zan 150 Wal-Zan 75 Heartburn Relief (ranitidine) Acid Reducer (ranitidine) Acid Control (ranitidine) How Can a Zantac Lawsuit Help Me? If you’ve been injured by Zantac, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and financially, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights! Call (877) 562-0000 now.

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Johnson & Johnson Featured in “The Bleeding Edge” Netflix Documentary

The new medical-device documentary “The Bleeding Edge,” which released on Netflix this past weekend, prominently features Johnson & Johnson. The film takes aim at pharmaceutical giants for their recalled, defective, and soon to be discontinued medical devices and products. Such products and devices injure thousands of people each year. HOLDING BIG PHARMA ACCOUNTABLE “The Bleeding Edge” film producers work to connect current J&J Chairman of the Board and CEO, Alex Gorsky, to the development and launch of J&J’s Ethicon Physiomesh. As noted in the documentary, Mr. Gorsky was the Group Chairman of Ethicon at the time that Physiomesh was developed and launched to the marketplace. Johnson & Johnson has once again found itself back in the news fighting another major legal battle, as thousands of women across the country work to file lawsuits alleging that its talc-based products, regularly used for feminine hygiene, caused their ovarian cancer. These products (produced, marketed and sold by Johnson & Johnson) include the popular Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talcum powders. Recently, a jury in Missouri awarded 22 women and their families $4.7 billion after Johnson & Johnson failed to warn them of the cancer risks associated with using these talcum powder products. CLOSING LEGAL LOOPHOLES The documentary also serves as an exposé of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an institution that the producers of “The Bleeding Edge” say fails to prioritize public health above financial gain. This extensive investigation into the $400 billion medical device industry takes the FDA to task by revealing legal loopholes in outdated regulatory practices. These loopholes, also known as a 501k exemption, enable corporations to get easy approval for untested, and often unsafe, new technologies. New medical device technology is essentially given a pass if it is believed to be an upgrade to an old model – even if that model has since been recalled or found to be defective. GET THE HELP YOU DESERVE Our experienced team of medical attorneys at Cory Watson Attorneys has seen first-hand the damage caused by defective medical devices such as the (soon-to-be discontinued) Essure Permanent Birth Control from Bayer. Our attorneys are currently accepting similar cases for: Hernia Mesh Transvaginal Mesh Talcum-Powder Related to Ovarian Cancer ESSURE® Permanent Birth Control DePuy Synthes ATTUNE® Knee DePuy Hip Replacement Recall If you’re considering taking legal action against “Big Pharma” and the medical device companies that have harmed you, contact us today to learn more about your legal options. Our team is here to help you and your loved ones through this process. Call (877) 562-0000 now or fill out our FREE online consultation form. Don’t wait to reach out – your health is on the line.

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June is Men’s Health Awareness Month

June is the time to celebrate the men in our lives. It’s also recognized as National Men’s Health Awareness Month! June is a great time to get a checkup, address nagging health issues, or learn more about the health of men that you love and respect. Use these tips to improve your health and the health of others: Accompany a man in your life to the doctor. Numerous studies have shown that men are less likely to make preventative doctors’ visits than women. Offer to help your father, spouse, uncle or brother find the right physician and make an appointment. Enjoy healthy activities together. From a game of pick-up basketball to a walk on the beach, enjoying some exercise or a delicious, yet nutritious meal allows you to have summer fun and improve your health at the same time. Learn more about the issues. Check out our blog to learn more about the health issues and cases that directly affect men, from heart health and high blood pressure to skin cancer and personal injuries. At Cory Watson Attorneys, our attorneys strive to promote good health in our clients, co-workers, and families. We also fight vigorously to defend the legal rights of every injured client we represent in court. To learn more about these case types, contact our Birmingham offices today – call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our free online consultation form to get started.

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Purdue Will No Longer Promote OxyContin to Doctors

The drugmaker at the center of America’s opioid crisis is halting one of the practices that helped cause an epidemic of addiction and death. Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the powerful opioid painkiller OxyContin, announced that it would no longer promote opioid drugs to physicians and has laid off more than 50 percent of its sales force. “We have restructured and significantly reduced our commercial operation and will no longer be promoting our opioids to prescribers,” Purdue said in a statement. Only 200 sales representatives remain in the U.S., and they will no longer visit doctors’ offices to discuss their opioid medications. This is a step in the right direction, but unfortunately, it comes too late for the communities devastated by the opioid crisis. The decision also comes at a convenient time for Purdue Pharmaceuticals. Purdue, along with other opioid companies, is facing an increasing number of lawsuits from cities, counties and states accusing drug manufacturers of accelerating the opioid crisis, netting the company billions of dollars while sticking the states with the cost of rampant addiction. Cory Watson Attorneys is taking a leadership role in this historic opioid litigation, representing county and city governments to help recover the staggering cost of this epidemic. “The opioid crisis is fueled by pharmaceutical manufacturer Purdue, which has deceptively and illegally marketed opioids in order to significantly increase revenue and generate billions of dollars in sales,” said Cory Watson opioid attorney Jerome Tapley. “Purdue is misrepresenting the risks of these highly addictive painkillers, putting profits over people.” The rampant use and abuse of opioids is devastating, resulting in unnecessary deaths as well as economic damages. Although these prescription drugs are highly addictive, they have been increasingly prescribed over the past two decades in the United States and have now reached epidemic levels. “We are proud to fight the prescription drug epidemic, help restore our hurting communities, and hold drug manufacturers accountable for the role they have played in accelerating the opioid epidemic,” said Tapley.

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Urgent Recall Issued for Contaminated Synvisc-One Arthritis Knee Injections

Sanofi Genzyme has initiated an urgent recall of Synvisc-One®, an injected hyaluronic acid gel for treating arthritis in knees. A lot containing 18,000 syringes of Synvisc-One tested positive for microbial contamination and has been linked to increased health risks and hospitalization. If you were injected with one of the contaminated syringes, you may be entitled to a cash settlement. At Cory Watson Attorneys, we understand most patients aren’t sure which injections were used for their procedures. Our lawyers are here to help. We can review your medical records to determine your rights to compensation. Synvisc-One® Arthritis Injection Side Effects Synvisc-One, which was approved by the FDA in 2009, generated nearly $410 million in sales last year. The injectable gel is used to provide relief for patients with osteoarthritis. However, an ongoing investigation revealed the presence of harmful microbial contamination. Use of the recalled Synvisc-One knee injections poses serious health risks. Patients suffering from contaminated Synvisc-One syringes may experience any of the following symptoms: Knee pain Swelling Trouble walking Heat or redness Fluid build-up in or around knee These side effects can be painful and may require hospitalization for treatment, which can leave patients facing recovery periods that limit their ability to work and reduce their quality of life. Get The Help You Deserve If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to Synvisc-One, our legal team at Cory Watson Attorneys wants to help. We have made it our mission to fight for the rights of injury victims and their families for over 30 years and have recovered more than 3 Billion for our clients. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Don’t wait to reach out – call our office today at (877) 562-0000 or fill out the form on this page for your FREE legal consultation. Synvisc-One® is a registered trademark of Genzyme Corporation, a Sanofi Aventis U.S. company, and is used here only to identify the product in question.  Cory Watson Attorneys is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Genzyme Corporation, Sanofi Aventis U.S, or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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What You Need to Know About Opioid Drug Lawsuits

Opioid use in the United States has reached epidemic levels. Opioids are highly addictive and dangerous, but have been increasingly prescribed over the past two decades. In July 2017, President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis declared that opioids were killing roughly 142 people in the U.S. each day. This tally was vividly described as “September 11th every three weeks.” The CDC reports that, since 1999, opioid prescriptions – and opioid deaths – have quadrupled in the United States. In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids. Many victims of America’s opioid epidemic are now filing lawsuits against physicians, pharmacists, and drug wholesalers. The allegations in these lawsuits claim that these doctors and entities caused or contributed to their addictions to prescription painkillers. What Are Opioids & How Do They Work? Opioid narcotics are a class of painkiller drugs that bind to opioid receptors to block or reduce feelings of pain. These powerful drugs are often prescribed for patients who have just had surgery or experienced physical trauma from a car accident or sports injury. The most commonly prescribed opioid medications include: • Oxycodone (brand names: OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxecta) • Hydrocodone • Methadone • Fentanyl • Morphine Upon its release in 1995, OxyContin was hailed as a medical breakthrough. The drug became a “blockbuster” and reportedly generated $35 billion dollars in profit. However, OxyContin is a controversial and potentially addictive drug. Its sole active ingredient is oxycodone, a chemical cousin of heroin which is up to twice as powerful as morphine. Drug manufacturers compete to market “blockbuster” drugs like OxyContin for profit at the expense of patient safety. An increasing number of states are now taking action to sue opioid drug makers for their gross misrepresentation of the safety of these medications. The allegations include claims that these drug makers were negligent by: • Over prescribing opioids • Understating the addictive qualities of opioid drugs • Failing to warn the public about serious, potentially life-threatening risks associated with opioid use How Cory Watson Can Help You Cory Watson Attorneys is a part of the movement to hold Big Pharma accountable for practices that have contributed to the growing epidemic of opioid abuse. The injury lawyers at Cory Watson have more than 30 years of experience helping victims nationwide, and aren’t afraid to take on the biggest players in the pharmaceutical industry. If you or a loved one has been severely injured by a drug or medical device, it’s easy to get the help you need—just call (877) 562-0000 or complete our free initial consultation form. As a leading national injury law firm, we serve clients throughout the country as well as our home state of Alabama. Don’t delay getting the help you need. It takes just minutes to get started, and the initial conversation is always free!  

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Eliquis® Lawsuits Consolidated Into MDL

Eliquis® (apixaban) is the latest of the new-age blood thinners to have lawsuits against its manufacturers (Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer) consolidated into a multi-district litigation (MDL). On February 7, 2017, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation agreed to centralize the Eliquis lawsuits before Judge Denise Cote in the Southern District of New York. This consolidation will allow claims filed against the manufacturers of Eliquis to move more quickly and efficiently. INJURIES RESULTING FROM ELIQUIS® USE Eliquis®  was approved by the FDA in 2012. Much like the blood thinners Pradaxa, Eliquis® is prescribed to treat and prevent atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and pulmonary embolism (PE). However, unlike older anticoagulants such as Coumadin/Warfarin, these new-age blood thinners, including Eliquis®, have no antidote to reverse their effects for a patient experiencing a severe bleeding event or needing emergency surgery. As a result, patients prescribed Eliquis® are at an increased risk for severe adverse bleeding events including: Irreversible Fatal Bleeding Events Gastrointestinal (GI) Bleeds Rectal Bleeding Brain Bleeds Intracranial Hemorrhages Hemorrhagic Strokes LAWSUITS BEING FILED AGAINST ELIQUIS® MANUFACTURERS Now, victims of these severe adverse bleeding events are fighting back. Claims against Eliquis® manufactures include failure to warn patients and prescribing physicians of the increased risks of bleeding as well as allegations that Eliquis® manufacturers fraudulently promoted the drug as at least as safe and effective as older anticoagulants while concealing unfavorable study results from the FDA, public, and health community. WE’RE HERE FOR YOU 24/7 At Cory Watson Attorneys, we have made it our mission to fight for the rights of injury victims and their families for more than 30 years, and have recovered over 3 Billion for our clients. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online form to arrange for your FREE and CONFIDENTIAL case evaluation.

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