Personal injury attorneys representing clients who have allegedly been harmed by the prescription drug Vioxx are congratulating themselves over a historic judgment rendered recently. On August 19, 2005, a judge awarded the family of Bob Ernst $253.4 million due to his death from the drug. Vioxx, which had been prescribed most often for arthritis pain, was withdrawn globally by its maker, Merck, after research trials showed it increased patients’ chances of a heart attack. Although Merck pulled the drug off the market in September 2004, legal action against this leading pharmaceutical giant will continue and expand. Lets take a look at why Vioxx has become a litigation lightning rod.
In 1998 as Merck was running clinical trials for Vioxx, company reports to the FDA stated that there were no cardiovascular signals apparent. This meant that there were no telltale signs that the drug could cause heart problems for users. Later, however, it was revealed that an internal study conducted by Merck around the same time Study 090 revealed serious cardiovascular problems as compared to patients not taking Vioxx. The study was never published by Merck as the company insisted that it was not large enough to provide definitive data.
The following year the FDA gave Vioxx its approval and the drug became the second nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication [or COX-2 inhibitor] to hit the market. Celebrex, another problem drug, was the first.
Merck widely and thoroughly launched a marketing campaign upon the introduction of Vioxx to the marketplace. Indeed, by 2003 the drug had entered 80 nations with sales exceeding $2.5 billion. Still, there were problems looming as ongoing tests conducted by Merck hinted of potential deadly side effects.
As early as 2001, the FDA recommended label warnings be put on prescriptions warning users of potential side effects. In addition, Merck was warned by the FDA to quit misleading physicians about potential side effects.
As potential problems began to surface, they served as red flags to industry watchdogs, to the FDA, as well as to personal injury attorneys who began to gather evidence to show that Merck was negligent. Indeed, web sites and advertising campaigns meant to inform and attract patients harmed by the drug were launched and fairly soon the internet, radio, television, and print media were flooded with advertisements asking those suspecting harm from Vioxx to come forward.
With the September 2004 announcement that Merck was withdrawing Vioxx, personal injury litigation was well on its way to being established. By early 2005, the first cases were filed and the Ernst case became the first Vioxx lawsuit to be settled.
Wrongful death lawsuits against Vioxxs maker, Merck, are expected to increase as the result of the Ernst decision. Personal injury attorneys insist that thousands of former Vioxx users and/or their families are due compensation for Mercks neglect. It remains to be seen if juries will render judgments as large as the Ernst judgment and whether courts will uphold these amounts. Nevertheless, it is certain that Merck is in for a long battle that will reach well beyond its US base.
Ephedra has been the center of controversy and debate recently, because of its many adverse side effects and at one time the FDA even banned the herb for a short time. The herb ephedra, also known as ma huang and often described as the miracle fat burner – contains natural alkaloids and has been used by the Chinese in herbal medicines for thousands of years. Over the years, it has been used to treat various ailments, but today it is best known an aid to helping with weight loss.
Ephedra has other benefits which most people overlook, because of its amazing ability to help with weight loss. Consumption of ephedra can help to cure coughing and asthma by relaxing the air passage in the lungs. It can also relieve the effects of edema, a condition caused by excess fluid, by promoting increased urination.
There is no doubt of the herb’s usefulness and effectiveness as an aid in losing weight quickly and effectively. More than one expert considers ephedra to be the best method for losing weight. And most people take it sensibly and in moderation, with few side effects or adverse reactions. When used in the correct amounts and in moderation, ephedra helps the body to burn fat for energy. Ephedra is effective because it helps increase the breakdown of fatty tissues, suppresses the appetite and maintains energy levels. It also produces more body heat, which in turn burns more calories – a process known as thermogenesis.
However, ephedra can have many side effects if it is not ingested sensibly and in the correct dosage. Side effects can include headaches, dizziness, increased blood pressure, chest pain, stroke and seizures. Some experts have pointed out that many of these side effects result from other common substances – such as coffee – and are not unique to ephedra. One disadvantage of ephedra is that it is not suitable for everyone. It should not be taken by pregnant women or people suffering from such ailments as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. And people who are using various other prescription drugs on a regular basis should not take ephedra.
Perhaps the most serious side effect of ephedra is its tendency to over stimulate the central nervous system, when ingested. This has the dual effect of increasing the heart ate and raising blood pressure, a potentially dangerous combination.
The controversy surrounding the so-called miracle fat burner is likely to be around for a while. If you are thinking of taking ephedra, always consult with your physician and make sure you have all the facts before making a decision. As with most supplements, you must have your body foundation the training and nutrition – set before you will be able to determine any added benefit. Choose wisely, and decide if ephedra works for you!
Some basic tips can help you to gain control over your acne.
Acne skin care is no easy thing. For most people it is very challenging. Sometimes, acne lasts only through puberty and once those crazy adolescent years have past, things just get easier. Your face clears up and you dont really worry about acne. But, that does not mean it goes this well for everyone. For many, acne will last well into their 20s, 30s and even beyond. And, for that there is a need for acne skin care tips like these.
Tips You Can Use Now
1. Find an effective skin care regimen and cleanser. There are many out there that are both natural acne treatments and those that are chemical in nature. The fact is that in order for your skin to heal, the bacteria on it will need to be cleared up. You will need to insure that your acne products will do this.
2. Use exfoliating acne skin care products. By exfoliating, you are removing the dead skin cells on your skin that are literally feeding the bacteria on your face. As disgusting as it sounds, getting rid of them through exfoliation is critical to getting rid of the acne.
3. Use natural acne skin care products as well. These will be found on the web and can provide you with the most fundamentally solid way of treating acne in a natural way. Have an arsenal of good quality natural skin care products can give your body what it needs to fight off bacteria and to heal.
Getting Acne Skin Care Training
You may be thinking that acne skin care training sounds silly. The fact is that if you have the necessary knowledge to fight off your acne infections you will be more likely to make it work for you. So, before you head off to make a purchase of some costly acne medication, learn why they will work or maybe even why they may not. There are many out there that may be able to provide you with just what you need in acne skin care.
Primary keyword: Childhood, Eczema, aromatherapy
Secondary keyword: children, national, UK, harshness, Aroma therapist, sleeplessness, skin, German, Thyme, spike, lavender, benzoin, Litsea cubeba
Page title: Treatment of Childhood Eczema with aromatherapy
Sub title: About Treatment of Childhood Eczema
Childhood Eczema is increasing and is becoming a common problem to school age children. According to National Eczema society of UK it is a common disease effecting children up to one fifth of all children in UK. The harshness of this disease can vary in different forms. This disease shows its effect on the skin of child and so the symptoms of this disease can also be judged from the inspection of the childs skin. In its initial forms the skin is hot, itchy and dry while in more severe forms the skin becomes raw, broken and which also results in bleeding which looks very unpleasant and cause uncomfortable ness, sleeplessness to child but it is not infectious and it cannot spread to others just by touching. The Aromatherapy treatment can reduce the effect of Eczema in child. The treatment of Eczema can be done with Aromatherapy by the application of Essential Oils on the child through massage but before applying these essential oils it is advisable better not to take risk and should consult from professional Aromatherapist rather than self prescribe this is to avoid any harm because these essential oils can cause harm to children if applied incorrectly. This has been proved by one experiment. The experiment was done to find a better, efficient and effective solution to Eczema. The experiment was that a group consisting of eight children was taken to test the application of Aromatherapy. These children were divided into two groups randomly in which first group received treatment of Aromatherapy in which the essential oils choose to massage the children skin were from among 36 commonly used essential oils. These Essential oils were German Chamomile, Thyme, spike, lavender, benzoin and Litsea cubeba. While another group of children received massage without essential oils. This was done for the period of eight weeks in which massage was given by the therapist once a week while for remaining times mother gave massage to their children. The treatments were evaluated day by day. Children from both groups showed improvement but there was no differences in the improvement of both the groups.