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Joseph H. Saunders

Bausch & Lomb Notified by Hong Kong Officials in Fall 2005

According to an article published in the Wall St. Journal, the maker of ReNu contact lens solution, was notified of eye infections in November 2005. The number of those infected with the fungus fusarium keratitits has now risen from 176 last week to 186 cases in 29 states. The product distributed in Singapore and Hong Kong is manufactured at the same South Carolina plant as product sold in the…

Joseph H. Saunders

Bausch & Lomb Lawsuit Filing Today

This afternoon I’ll be filing a civil lawsuit against Bausch & Lomb, the manufacturer of ReNu contact lens solution. I’ll be filing in US District Court for the Middle District of Florida on behalf of a woman who has lost nearly 80% of her vision in her left eye. Unfortunately, she is not a surgical candidate.

Joseph H. Saunders

FDA Experts' Conflicts of Interest

As a governmental oversight agency, it should be appalling that the FDA uses experts who have financial interests in the drugs and products about which they provide expert testimony. Yet, in a study conducted by the consumer group Public Citizen, that is exactly what is happening. How can any expert provide unbiased testimony about a product in which they’ve bought stock or have some financial…

Joseph H. Saunders

ReNu with MoistureLoc Victims Growing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that there are 24 new cases of fusarium keratitis. This brings the total to 54, up from 30 just two weeks ago. In the midst of new cases, Bausch & Lomb, the manufacturer of ReNu remains slow to react to the mounting crisis.

Joseph H. Saunders

Vioxx According to Jurors

There’s an insightful article in the online version of the Wall St. Journalregarding what jurors think when it comes to the pharmaceutical giant Merck and their drug Vioxx. The article states that three things are important when it comes to prevailing in a lawsuit against the maker of Vioxx: 1)show the victim used Vioxx; 2)a believable plaintiff witness, and 3)risk factors galore. Now, in my…

Joseph H. Saunders

Court Documents Show Ortho McNeil Knew Ortho Evra Was Lethal

Documents have surfaced in litigation that show Ortho-McNeil has been analyzing the FDA’s death and injury reports on women using the Ortho Evra birth-control patch, and has charts that show a higher rate of blood clots and deaths in women on the patch when compared to women who take birth-control pills. In addition, according to a November 11, 2005, article by the Associated Press, an internal…

Joseph H. Saunders

GAO Criticizes FDA on How it Handles Drugs

The Government Accountability Office has published a report sharply critical of the Food and Drug Administration. The report states that the organization is sometimes too slow in recognizing safety problems once drugs have gone to market. The GAO report also says the FDA does not have clear policies for addressing drug safety issues and that it sometimes excludes its best safety experts from…

Joseph H. Saunders

FDA Says Throw Out ReNu with MoistureLoc

Bausch & Lomb, the maker of contact lens solution ReNu with MoistureLoc may have acted hesitantly when it failed to voluntarily pull its product off store shelves but not so for the FDA. Yesterday, the FDA issued a statement that consumers should immediately stop using the product and discard any remaining product they have in their posession. The FDA announcement comes on the heels of the…

Joseph H. Saunders

FDA & CDC Still Looking for Source of ReNu Fungus

The US FDA and the Centers for Disease Control are still looking for the source and cause of the fusarium keratitis fungus that forced Bausch & Lomb to halt shipments of its once popular contact lens solution ReNu with MoistureLoc. Bausch & Lomb’s chief medical officer, Brian Levy, stated that “I think there’s more than one factor for sure.” The comments were part of the company’s thoughts…

Joseph H. Saunders

Infección Ocular y la Solución ReNu con MoistureLoc hecho por la compania Bausch & Lomb

Infección ocular por hongos puede causar vision borrosa, dolor en los ojos, e irritación. El hongo fusarium se encuentra comúnamente en las plantas y la tierra de regiones tropicales (como Florida). Sin el tratatamiento de gotas oftálmicas que puede durar de dos a tres meses la infección puede dejar cicatrices en la cornea y cegar a sus victimas. La mayoria de las victimas de esta…