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Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella Litigation Consolidated in Pennsylvania

October 12th, 2009
Contraceptives Must Be Covered By Company''s Health Plan

On September 16, Judge Sandra Mazer Moss of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas consolidated all of the lawsuits filed in Philadelphia that involve Bayer’s popular prescription contraceptives: Yaz and Yasmin. Ocella, the generic equivalent of Yasmin, is manufactured by Barr Laboratories.

Recent reports suggest that these prescription medications could be putting millions of young women at risk of serious side effects, including stroke, heart attack, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and even death.  A recent study published by the British Medical Journal demonstrated that birth control products containing the active ingredient contained in Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella—drospirenone—carried a risk of blood clots nearly double that of other birth control medications.  Other reports have associated drospirenone with an increased risk of gall bladder disease, resulting in removal.

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Chinese-Manufactured Drywall News Roundup

October 9th, 2009

Media coverage of Chinese-manufactured drywall has really heated up in the past few days. It’s no surprise that the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Miami Herald have been on this story for months, but since the New York Times’s article yesterday, which shot up into the top 10 most emailed news items for several hours, the word has spread farther than the affected states:

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October 2nd, 2009

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Congress Demands Answers to Chinese Drywall Fiasco

October 1st, 2009
Number (and Percentage) of Drywall Reports by State

Number (and Percentage) of Drywall Reports by State
Graphic Provided by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Miami Herald reports that Florida and Louisiana legislators bombarded Inez Tenebaum, the new Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairwoman, with questions about Chinese drywall at a meeting of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection earlier this month. During the proceedings, Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise said, “It’s clear drywall has wreaked havoc in homes.”

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