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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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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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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Ban Sought for Force-Placed Insurance Policy Fees

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The Federal Housing Financing Agency (FHFA) is seeking to ban on fees for so-called “force-placed” insurance policies. The policies are for costly insurance coverage that borrowers are forced to take when their homeowners’ policies have lapsed, according to The Wall … Continue reading

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Unpaid Life Insurance Benefits Subject of New York Joint Investigation

Life insurance companies are under scrutiny in New York for the way they handle < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Unclaimed-Life-Insurance-Death-Benefits-Lawsuit">unpaid life insurance death benefits. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced late last week that they would be collaborating … Continue reading

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New York AG Investigating Life Insurance Death Benefit Payouts

The New York Attorney General has launched an investigation into the way life insurance companies identify deceased insured and pay death benefits. According to several media reports, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last month sent subpoenas to nine companies … Continue reading

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AMA Sues Aetna, CIGNA Over Out-of-Network Care

Aetna and CIGNA have been named in a lawsuit filed by the American Medical Association (AMA) over health insurance reimbursement payments.  According to the AMA, the lawsuit charges that Aetna and CIGNA used a flawed database to pay physicians artificially … Continue reading

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Cigna, Wellpoint Settle with Cuomo Over Reimbursements

Wellpoint and Cigna, two of the country’s largest insurers, have as agreed to stop using the much-maligned Ingenix database for determining reimbursements for customers who seek out-of-network care.  Wellpoint and Cigna are just the latest insurers to reach an agreement … Continue reading

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Independent Health, HealthNow New York Latest Insurers to Swear Off Ingenix Database

Two Buffalo, New York insurers have reached an agreement with the state’s Attorney General to stop using Ingenix, the reimbursement database owned by < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/UnitedHealth_Care_Reimbursement_Fraud">UnitedHealth Group.   Independent Health and HealthNow New York Inc. are just the latest insurers to agree … Continue reading

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Cigna and Aetna Named in Ingenix Reimbursement Lawsuit

Cigna and Aetna  are the latest insurers to be hit with a lawsuit over the Ingenix database, which is used by many large health insurers to determine reimbursement rates.  The lawsuits, filed by the American Medical Association (AMA) and several … Continue reading

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UnitedHealth Settles Class Action Lawsuit with Doctor Group

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/UnitedHealth_Care_Reimbursement_Fraud">UnitedHealth Group has settled a class action lawsuit over its Ingenix database.  The $400 million settlement with the American Medical Association (AMA) comes just days after UnitedHealth settled similar charges with the state of New York for $50 million. … Continue reading

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UnitedHealth Group to Pay $50 Million to Settle Claims it Over Charged Millions

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/UnitedHealth_Care_Reimbursement_Fraud">UnitedHealth Group has agreed to pay $50 million to settle charges that it overcharged millions of customers.  As part of the settlement with the New York State Attorney General’s Office, UnitedHealth Group will also revise the process that health … Continue reading

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Hurricane Ike Damage Estimates Surge

A risk assessment group now says damage costs from < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Hurricane_IKE_Insurance_Claims">Hurricane Ike could go as high as $21 billion.  That figure would make Hurricane Ike the third most expensive storm in U.S history, behind Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew. The new … Continue reading

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