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Lawsuit brought against Bayer for alleged defective drug Xarelto

Turn on any TV or radio station in the San Antonio area and you will quite possibly be subjected to commercials touting the qualities of various prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical companies invest huge sums of money in marketing campaigns aimed at getting their products into the hands of consumers. Because of these campaigns, the companies have a legal obligation to ensure all claims made in their advertisements are accurate. They also must take measures to safeguard against putting any defective drugs out for public consumption.

At present, the drug company responsible for the blood thinner Xarelto is contending with a lawsuit brought by the niece of a woman who used their product. The woman is claiming that her aunt was killed due to her use of the drug. Named as defendants in the suit are Bayer Corp. and Janssen Research & Development.

Oil and gas leases require careful consideration

Striking oil in the backyard has long been a fantasy of those who wish to gain vast riches. Given that parts of Texas are proven to be flush with oil and gas deposits, the prospect of such riches can seem tantalizingly achievable.

If you own property situated over potentially large reserves of oil or gas, there is a chance an energy company may offer to lease your property for the purpose of drilling. This arrangement may prove lucrative, but you must carefully consider many factors before signing any legally binding agreement.

Elderly Texas woman mauled by dogs in own home

Most dog owners love their pets and take good care of them. However, some pet owners fail to provide adequate shelter and living conditions, effectively increasing the risk that an abused or neglected pet will attack a person. To protect against animal abuse and dog attacks, many towns throughout Texas have ordinances regulating the number of dogs a resident can have in one household.

From Kaufman, Texas, comes a tragic story about an 85-year-old woman who is believed to have been mauled to death by two pit bulls owned by her son. The son reportedly came home and found his mother's body and called 911. Police believe the dogs somehow broke through a bedroom door prior to attacking the victim.

Distracted driving pulls focus in April

We all know that for many people mobile devices have become an indispensable means of communication in today's world. However, the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident increases dramatically when these devices are used while driving.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and drivers should be aware of the risk of injury and death when using a cell phone or other mobile device while behind the wheel. The following examples illustrate the dangers posed by distracted drivers:

  • Research produced by Carnegie Mellon University indicates that using a cellphone can cause a 37-percent reduction in driving-related brain activity.
  • According to the National Safety Council, more than 25 percent of all traffic accidents can be attributed to people making calls or engaging in texting while driving.
  • 2012 saw 3,328 fatalities and 421,000 injuries in collisions associated with distracted drivers.
  • The 30- to 39-year-old range is the age group with the largest proportion of people reportedly using cellphones while involved in fatal accidents.
  • Of drivers under 20 years of age who were involved in accidents resulting in fatality, 16 percent were reportedly driving while distracted.

Study raises questions about safety of testosterone treatment

Men throughout Texas enjoy lots of physical activity, either while working or playing. Many men begin their active lifestyle at a young age and don't want to see it end. However, time waits for no one, and age can bring unavoidable changes to a man's body that make it difficult for him to maintain his accustomed pace. In order to retain some of their youthful strength and vitality, some men have started undergoing testosterone replacement therapy.

However, are the products used in this therapy safe or are they dangerous drugs? Many cardiologists have expressed fear that testosterone treatments may induce detrimental cardiovascular effects in some men.

Third victim dies after devastating SXSW incident

Texans have by now seen continual media coverage of the horrific series of pedestrian collisions at the South By Southwest festival in Austin. As of March 17, three people had died as a result of the incident, and 22 others were injured, some of them critically.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged with numerous counts of murder and aggravated assault. Witnesses and police say he drove through barricades and into crowds of festival goers. Video from a police cruiser apparently shows the driver accelerating as he approached groups of pedestrians.

Potentially dangerous drug receiving media attention

San Antonio residents may have seen recent reports on a potentially dangerous drug. Ostensibly, these stories are aimed at discouraging abuse of the drug, but they may actually have the opposite effect.

The drug in question is a painkiller called Zohydro. Recently approved by the government, Zohydro is a very potent variation of the opioid hydrocodone. So potent is Zohydro that a collection of doctors who specialize in addiction, along with other concerned advocates, has created a petition. The petition asks the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its decision to allow the eventual marketing of Zohydro.

Report reveals serious safety issues in Texas oilfields

A recent investigative report revealed numerous serious issues regarding worker safety on drilling sites. The methods the government employs to ensure worker well-being are in question. The government needs to do a better job in trying to reduce the probability of oilfield accidents, as evidenced by the statistics and established regulations and practices.

Among other findings, it was discovered that:

Taking "selfies" while driving in Texas not illegal but dangerous

Modern technology has ushered in an era wherein large numbers of the San Antonio population can be constantly interconnected via a vast array of networks. The devices used to make this interconnectivity possible have many important and useful features. However, use of these devices while on the road can pull focus from the task at hand. The result can be a motor vehicle accident caused by distracted driving. The effects can be devastating.

Accidents caused by persons driving while talking on cell phones have long been an issue. The advent of phones with the capability to send and receive text messages further compounded the distracted driver problem. We can now add the so-called selfie to the list of diverting things people do while behind the wheel.

Texas boy suffers dog bite at bus stop

San Antonio parents know that by virtue of physical size, children are less able than adults to defend themselves. So, while an animal attack is a dangerous and frightening occurrence for anyone to endure, for a child it can be especially traumatizing. A recent event in Porter, Texas, illustrates how a case of irresponsible pet ownership can lead to a child being the innocent victim of a dog bite.

While waiting at a school bus stop in January, a 7-year-old boy was attacked by an unattended dog. As a result, the dog inflicted nine puncture wounds on the boy's body. The boy later received 20 stitches for his injuries.

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