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Laura Woods

Laura Woods is committed to patient safety issues. She enjoys breaking news about FDA recalls, sharing important events in pharmaceutical litigation, and reporting on favorable outcomes for victims of dangerous drugs and medical devices.

FDA Warns of Power Morcellator Cancer Risk

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On November 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement that “boxed warning” labels would be added to laparoscopic power morcellators ─ a device used to grind up uterine fibroid growths. This hysterectomy morcellation warning follows a July FDA recommendation stating it isn’t... Read More

New Research Highlights Benicar Abdominal Pain

New research suggests that Benicar abdominal pain may be strictly related to the drug ─ not a side effect present in all angiotensin receptor blockers. Many patients have suffered serious Benicar side effects, including sprue-like enteropathy, which can cause chronic diarrhea and severe abdominal pain.... Read More

Illinois Couple Files Benicar Lawsuit

A Pawnee, Illinois couple has filed a Benicar diarrhea lawsuit, after the female plaintiff became severely ill as result of ingesting the blood pressure medication. Deborah Dirksen and her husband, Richard, allege the drug makers knew or should have known about the risk of enteropathy... Read More

Xarelto Recall Issued by Janssen

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Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has issued a Xarelto recall. A total of 13,500 bottles of the drug are included in the recall, after microbial contamination was found in a sample. The company confirmed that a sales sample of Xarelto was contaminated after... Read More

Biomet Hip Settlement Finalization in Progress

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Parties are still working to finalize a Biomet hip settlement, offering relief to patients who were forced to undergo early revision surgery due to the faulty metal-on-metal implant. Many plaintiffs suffered serious side effects caused by the device, resulting in pain and suffering, increased medical bills... Read More

Benicar and Sprue-Like Enteropathy Linked

Benicar and sprue-like enteropathy have recently been linked, which has caused alarm for patients using the drug. Olmesartan ─ known as Benicar in the U.S. ─ is a prescription medication used to lower high blood pressure. A recent case study highlights the potential dangers of... Read More