Jury Awards $55 Million to Woman Who Used Johnson & Johnson Talc Products

In the most recent award related to talcum powder use, a St. Louis jury awarded $55 million on May 2, 2016, to a woman who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011. Gloria Ristesund of South Dakota had used Johnson & Johnson talc-based products, which include JOHNSON’s® Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower®, for feminine hygiene purposes for nearly 40 years. The lawsuit alleged that the company knew that talc posed a serious health risk but continued to sell products containing it. Ristesund is now in remission. Continue reading

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Issues Recall on B-Safe Car Seats

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall affecting B-Safe car seats. According to the recall notice, “the car seat carry handle can crack and break allowing the seat to fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury to the infant.” This recall affects the B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite models, that were manufactured between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. Roughly 71,000 infant car seats in the U.S. are affected by this recall. Continue reading

Bard Recovery IVC Filter: How Many Fatalities Must Occur Before a Mandatory Recall?

How many fatalities, or near fatalities, need to occur before a medical product manufacturer takes the faulty product off the market? Apparently no benchmark has been put to the test, as is the case with C.R. Bard’s Recovery inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. The device, implanted in patients who are at risk for blood clots, is now associated with at least 27 deaths over a 10-year period, leading to many lawsuits. Continue reading

Pending Lawsuit: Smith & Nephew Metal-on-Metal Hip Recall

In early June 2015, Smith & Nephew, a multinational medical equipment manufacturer, issued a medical device alert stating that certain groups of patients with the Birmingham Hip™ Resurfacing (BHR) implant system are at a higher risk of revision compared to the other groups. Continue reading