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AAJ supplies full-scale assistance for facing big pharma.

Pharmaceutical litigation is one of the most rapidly expanding areas of law practice. Both AAJ Exchange and AAJ Education provide plaintiff attorney members with valuable resources for assessing and preparing cases for injured clients.

The Exchange's newest litigation packet provides an overview of the emerging issues in Avandia litigation. Cases allege that manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline knew of the increased risk of heart attack and cardiovascular problems associated with its drug for people with type 2 diabetes and failed to provide adequate warnings. After a congressional hearing in June on the drug's safety, GlaxoSmithKline issued a "black box" warning for the drug.

The litigation packet, developed with the help of AAJ members, includes sample client questionnaires; a time line of key events and studies; contact information for members who have investigated or tried Avandia cases; AAJ Education papers and Law Reporter articles; a survey of news and medical journal articles; articles from the FDA and NIH; testimony from the June congressional hearing; and Internet resources.

Other pharmaceutical litigation packets available from the Exchange include "Hormone Therapy," "Vioxx," and "Fosamax, Zometa, and Other Bisphosphonates." For more information, visit www.justice.org/ exchange and click on "Litigation Packets" or call (800) 344-3023.

Upcoming seminars

AAJ Education will offer several chances throughout the year for members to learn about the latest developments in pharmaceutical litigation.

Upcoming programs-which will cover a range of topics, from particular dangerous drugs to effective trial techniques-include a daylong seminar in October in New York City and a two-day session February 15-16 at the Wynn Las Vegas.

Also, throughout the year AAJ Education teleseminars will offer plaintiff lawyers the convenience of distance learning, giving them the opportunity to stay up to date on pharmaceutical litigation by participating in programs from their own offices.

For more information about programs, visit www.justice.org/education and check the listings under "CLE Programs" and "Convenience Learning."

For members who missed prior AAJ Education programs, audio recordings may be purchased through PlaybackNow by calling (800) 241-7785 or visiting www.iplaybackaaj.com.
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