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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Xarelto and Blood Thinners in its Class Linked to Internal Bleeding and Blood Clots

Blood thinners and anti-coagulation drugs sometimes lead to internal bleeding and blood clots. Established blood thinners like warfarin (Coumadin) have carefully established prescribing protocols that allow doctors to protect their patients and to deal with adverse side effects when they are taking the drug.

Xarelto (rivaroxaban), one of a newer class of blood thinners, is prescribed for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (arrhythmia of the heart) and to prevent blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism in patients who are undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery. Xarelto is an alternative to warfarin (Coumadin), an anticoagulant that has been on the market for more than 60 years. Continue reading

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FDA Warning Insufficient to Stop Fresenius Dialysis Lawsuits, Court Hears

In the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, attorneys representing plaintiffs argued that a 2012 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning did not bar lawsuits filed over Fresenius’ GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis drugs. Plaintiffs in the litigation asserted there was no proof that patients or physicians were aware of the warning, making it an insufficient reason to prevent lawsuits from proceeding.

The FDA posted a notice regarding Fresenius’ GranuFlo and NaturaLyte on May 25, 2012. In attempting to block hundreds of lawsuits from joining a multidistrict litigation, Fresenius argued that the notice was posted beyond the three-year statute of limitations. However, plaintiffs’ attorneys told the court that this argument is invalid because there is no proof physicians or their patients knew about the notification. The warning was simply posted on the FDA website and not sent to doctors or their patients. Continue reading

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Jury Returns $13.5 Million Verdict against Johnson & Johnson in Pelvic Mesh Trial

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A Philadelphia jury has returned a $13.5 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division in a case over Ethicon’s faulty pelvic mesh implants.

The plaintiff in the case alleges that the implant left her in near constant pain and discomfort and unable to have sex, Law360 reports. The jury agreed that the Ethicon transvaginal tape (TVT) was not reasonably safe, and that the woman’s doctor would never have implanted the product had he been aware of its risks. Continue reading

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Medical Center Mistakenly Tells Wrong Family Their Loved One Was Dying

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In an unfortunate incident last week, a Toledo, Ohio medical center told a woman that her mother, who had come in for a routine tooth extraction, had gone into cardiac arrest and was on life support.

Andrea Stebbins brought her mother, Belinda Helton, to Mercy St. Vincent’s Medical Center on February 3, 2016 for the procedure. As she waited for her mother to get out of surgery, a doctor and a nurse came out to tell her that her mother had gone into cardiac arrest and was on life support, Omaha television station WOWT reports. They advised her to notify family members immediately.

The notification was a mistake, but before the doctor realized the error and returned to tell Stebbins, she had given the bad news to her 87-year-old grandmother. “[The doctor] came back and told me he was extremely sorry that there was a mistake made,” said Stebbins, “and that he indeed gave me information in regards to another patient.” Belinda Helton’s procedure had gone well and she was in recovery.

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center issued a statement that said, “The compassionate and high quality care we provide to our patients and their families is of the utmost priority to all of us at Mercy. Yesterday afternoon, a family who was waiting for a loved one at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, was incorrectly notified about the condition of their loved one. The clinical team recognized the error within minutes and the notification was corrected.” Mercy St. Vincent offered an apology to the family and said it was “reviewing notification protocols to prevent such occurrences moving forward,” WOWT reports.

Stebbins said that her mother is recovering well from her procedure. Stebbins said she hopes that sharing what she describes as a “very traumatizing” experience, another family does not have to go through a similar situation, according to WOWT.

 

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Latest Airbag Problem May Result in Recall of up to 5 Million Vehicles

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In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week, Continental Automotive Systems reports a potentially dangerous problem with its airbags that can lead to the failure of the airbags to deploy or to deployment without a crash.

Continental Automotive Systems says moisture can get inside the airbag control computers, causing the power supplies to corrode and fail, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Continue reading

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Flint is Not the Only City with Lead-Tainted Tap Water

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The city of Flint, Michigan is not alone in facing drinking-water contamination issues, New York Times reports. After budget cuts led to a switch in water source, as many as 8,000 children under age 6 have been exposed to dangerously high levels of lead. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no safe level of lead in children. Even in small amounts, lead exposure can lead to developmental problems.

According to NYT, issues with tainted drinking-water are not limited to Flint, which may be the site of the most serious contamination in the country. Last year, the town of Sebring, Ohio found unsafe levels of lead in the drinking water. The lead contamination stemmed from the fact that workers stopped adding a chemical that prevents corrosion in lead water pipes. City officials did not take action to protect pregnant women or children for five months. Lead contamination also occurred in Washington, D.C. after the city changed methods for disinfecting its drinking water. In 2001, tap water in homes contained as much as 20 times the federally approved level of lead. Residents did not know about the issue for three years. When they were finally notified, officials made repairs that ultimately only prolonged the lead exposure. Continue reading

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Fresh Express Recalls Chopped Romaine Packages that May Contain Undeclared Allergens

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Fresh Express Incorporated has recalled some 32-ounce packages of Fresh Express Chopped Romaine because they may contain undeclared allergens.

Fresh Express representatives are coordinating with stores to remove the recalled product from store shelves. No other Fresh Express products are included in this recall, according to the company’s recall announcement. No illnesses have been reported. Continue reading

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California Coconut Oil Maker Faces Class Action over Labeling Claims

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A proposed class action against a company that touts its coconut oil as “healthy,” claims the company misleads consumers into thinking the product is good for them when it is almost entirely made up of saturated fat.

A California woman claims that labels on Carrington Tea Co. LLC’s Carrington Farms extra virgin coconut oil and coconut cooking oil have deceived consumers since the products came on the market in 2013, Law360 reports. The label includes health claims that violate U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines and the state’s False Advertising Law, Unfair Competition Law, and Consumer Legal Remedies Act, the lawsuit alleges. Continue reading

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Man Killed by Falling Construction Crane in New York City

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A construction crane with a boom nearly 600 feet high killed a 38-year-old pedestrian when it crashed onto Worth Street on Friday, February 5. David Wichs was killed on his way to work and three others were injured by the falling crane.

Workers were attempting to secure the crane’s tower during a snowstorm with winds of about 20 mph., the New York Post reports. The collapse occurred just before 8:30 a.m. Continue reading

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Honda has Added More than 2 Million More Vehicles to Airbag Recall

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Honda has added an additional 2.23 million vehicles in the U.S. to the list of vehicles recalled over Takata airbags that could explode.

On Wednesday, February 2, the automaker said that certain Honda and Acura vehicles from the 2005 to 2016 model years are being recalled to replace the Takata-manufactured driver-side front airbag inflators, USA Today reports. Continue reading

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