Articles by Anjelica Cappellino, J.D.

FDA Recalls Cordis Angiographic Catheters Over Danger of Dislodging

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has classified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type. The agency classified this recall under this category because of the product’s potential to cause serious injury or death. To date,…

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How to Properly Document Expert Witness Research

For example, Rule 26(a)(2)(B) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires witness reports to include a statement of all opinions and the basis and reasons for them. This includes all facts and data considered in forming the opinion, among…

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NuVasive’s MAGEC Rod Complications Prompt FDA Warnings

The devices, which brace the spines of children with scoliosis, were the subject of recalls in 2020. The company reportedly fixed the previous mechanical issues. However, the FDA has since received complaints about other risks associated with the devices. Although…

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Pennsylvania Superior Court Redefines “Cause of Death” in Medical Malpractice Cases

The case in point was  Reibenstein v. Barax, 236 A.3d 1162 (Pa. Super. 2020), a medical malpractice case. The Superior Court reversed and remanded the trial court’s summary judgment ruling in favor of the defendants. The opinion required the courts…

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Pfizer Expands Chantix Recall Due to Potential Cancer Risks

Pfizer, the drug manufacturing giant, has recently expanded its prior recall of its popular anti-smoking medication, Chantix. The expanded recall is contemporaneous to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent test results. The FDA discovered high levels of nitrosamines…

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Expert Reports: Techniques for Documenting Your Credentials

Rule 26(a)(2)(B) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure mandates disclosure of the expert report to opposing counsel. The report summarizes the expert’s opinions and includes the facts on which the expert relied. Additionally, the report consists of the expert’s…

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Zantac MDL Update: Judge Dismisses Claims Against Manufacturers

Zantac’s History Zantac, and its generic name, ranitidine, have been on the market since 1983 for the treatment of heartburn and acid reflux. By 1988, it was one of the world’s top-selling drugs, earning $1 billion in annual sales. By…

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Sanofi Loses Summary Judgment Motion Reconsideration on Taxotere Bellwether

The motion sought dismissal of the case, Elizabeth Kahn v. Sanofi S.A., et al., 16-CV-17039. This case is part of multidistrict litigation pending before the District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana against Sanofi and other drugmakers. The Kahn…

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TRESemmé Faces Class Action Over Hair Loss Claims

Two plaintiffs have brought a class action lawsuit against cosmetics giant, Unilever Inc. and Conopco Inc. The plaintiffs claim that their TRESemmé keratin products have caused hair loss and scalp burns. A chemical preservative found in the products which releases…

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Legal Nurse Consultants: A Hiring Guide for Attorneys

Whenever an attorney is litigating a case involving personal injuries, the case almost always needs a medical expert’s assistance. These cases include medical malpractice, product liability, or workers’ compensation claims, among others. Medical professionals are uniquely qualified to opine given…

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