Archives for June 2013

Divorce Due to Adderall; June 17, 2013

“I was divorced and lost everything because of Adderall,” says Christie, who was wrongly diagnosed with ADHD and regretfully wound up having a “manic episode,” one of Adderall side effects.

Christie, 37 years old and a registered nurse, believes that her ex-husband, family and friends would be more understanding if they knew about the effects of Adderall and intends to let them know about the dangers of Adderall. She might also want to add her prescribing doctor to that list.

“My doctor thought I had ADHD because I was spaced out and fatigued during a check-up at her office four years ago so she prescribed Adderall,” Christie explains. “The drug worked; I started feeling like I was cured from the fatigue. However, I felt too good: My judgment was so skewed – I believed that I would not suffer any consequences from my actions.”

Christie was later told by her psychiatrist that she was experiencing full-blown mania, something that she had never before experienced.

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Mirena Side Effects Lead to Early Hysterectomy for Young Plaintiff; June 17, 2013

Kelli Baugh was only in her 20s when she faced a total hysterectomy, experienced the rigors of surgically induced menopause, and required daily doses of estrogen. Why? Mirena birth control side effects.

The Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) is an implanted device designed to provide trouble-free birth control for upwards of five years. First introduced in 2000, the Mirena IUD has been gaining in popularity, not the least of which is due to recent health care changes in the US that provide women access to all forms of birth control, regardless of cost. To date, there are more than two million women in the US currently using the Mirena device.

But there have been growing concerns over Mirena uterine perforation, and the tendency for the device to migrate away from its placement zone over time. Lawsuits continue to be filed, and Kelli Baugh’s may be the first to go to trial. Kelli Baugh v. Bayer Corporation (USDC, District of South Carolina, 4:11-cv-00525) was scheduled for a May 6, 2013 trial date.

Lawsuits against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the Mirena IUD, have been filed in state court in New Jersey, where Bayer maintains its US headquarters. More than 60 lawsuits against Bayer are currently pending in state court, together with all future Mirena lawsuits filed in the state of New Jersey transferred to state court in Bergen County. The centralization was so ordered by the state Supreme Court, with Judge Brian Martinotti having scheduled a hearing on the case for June 17.

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Woman Sentenced to Death Walks Free, Is to go Shopping with Victim’s Grandson

CNN; June 17, 2013

Paula Cooper was just 16 years old when she became the youngest person on death row in the United States.

That was in 1986.

On Monday, after 27 years behind bars, Cooper walked out of Indiana’s Rockville Correctional Facility a free woman. She emerged around 10 a.m., said Douglas S. Garrison, chief communications officer for the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Cooper had an unlikely ally supporting her release: Bill Pelke, the grandson of the woman she killed.

The events that ensnared both families started when Cooper was 15 and devised a plan to steal money with her friends.

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Man With BAC of 0.00 Arrested and Charged With DUI

Gawker; July 9, 2013

Jessie Thorton, a 61-year-old retiree, was arrested and charged with DUI in Arizona despite having a blood alcohol level of 0.00. The reason the arresting officer gave to Thorton: “I can tell you’re driving drunk by the look in your eyes.”

Thorton, a retired firefighter who, because of his wife’s schedule as an ER nurse, often sleeps during the day, was pulled over at 11 pm in Surprise, Arizona after police officers say they witnessed him crossing the white line in his lane.

“He (the officer) walked up and he said ‘I can tell you’re driving DUI by looking in your eyes,'” Thorton told ABC 15 in Arizona.

Thorton, who had been working out at a nearby LA Fitness, told the officer his eyes were bloodshot because he’d been swimming at the gym’s pool.

“He (the officer) goes, ‘Well we’re going to do a sobriety test.’ I said, ‘OK, but I got bad knees and a bad hip with surgery in two days.'”

The officer then made Thorton take a sobriety test.

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