High-profile drugs under the legal spotlight in 2023

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. has witnessed a surge in litigation. One factor driving the uptick in the pharmaceutical sector is the rise of copycat litigation. As mass tort activity amplifies, plaintiff lawyers are treating previously filed lawsuits as templates for new claims. Examples of the trend include steadily increasing nitrosamines litigation and allegations of laminal duct obstruction against the chemotherapeutic agent Taxotere (docetaxel), as Greenberg Traurig has noted. Additionally, plaintiff-affiliated labs are intensifying their efforts to test various products for potentially harmful chemicals.

Amidst this backdrop, the heartburn medication Zantac (ranitidine) has found itself at the center of a litigation storm. Data from X-Ante, a litigation analysis firm, reveals the drug is the most frequent drug target of mass tort TV advertising in 2023 based on estimated ad s…

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