Drug Danger: Certain Supplements Can Interact with Prescription Drugs

Millions of Americans take over-the-counter herbal and botanical supplements every day, but there is growing evidence that these supplements can interfere with a number of prescription medications for everything from high blood pressure to cancer. According to a recent Wall Street Journal story, researchers have discovered that some supplements change the way the body metabolizes drugs. In…

2014 Record Year for Drug Overdose Deaths

The centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that there were more drug overdose deaths in 2014 than in any year previously.  The majority involved opioids (prescription pain relievers and heroin).   In 2014, drug overdose deaths in the U. S. Outnumbered motor vehicle crash deaths. The report noted that the increase in overdose…

Zofran Cases Consolidated in Boston

More than 200 lawsuits filed against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. These lawsuits allege that the drug Zofran (Ondanestron) causes birth defects including heart defects and cleft palate. Zofran is an anti-nausea drug that was approved by the FDA for use in chemotherapy patients…

Plaintiffs Requesting Consolidation of All Similar Viagra Cases Linked to Melanoma

Plaintiffs alleging a link between Viagra and melanoma have recently filed a request with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) seeking consolidation of all similar cases pending in federal court.  A minimum of 24 complaints are pending in U.S. district court against Pfizer, the manufacturer of Viagra—a commonly prescribed medication for erectile dysfunction. The…