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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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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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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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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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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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Halyard Health Allegedly Provided Defective Surgical Gowns during Ebola Crisis

Surgical gowns are worn for the purpose of protecting health care workers from dangerous pathogens, so they must be impermeable to blood or any substances that may transmit disease. Halyard Health sells approximately 13 million MICROCOOL surgical gowns worldwide every … Continue reading

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New Jersey Supreme Court Ruling Extends State Whistleblower Protections to Watchdog Employees

A recent ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court has extended the state’s whistleblower protections to employees whose jobs entail identifying health and safety risks. The court ruled unanimously to affirm an appeals court ruling that said whistleblower protections included … Continue reading

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AstraZeneca to Pay $46.5 Million to Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit

AstraZeneca to Pay $46.5M for Whistleblower Lawsuit

Drug maker AstraZeneca has agreed to pay $46.5 million plus interest to settle claims that it underpaid rebates it owed under Medicaid. The company will pay $26.7 million to the U.S. government, and $19.8 million will be split among 24 … Continue reading

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SEC Chief Praises Agency’s Strong Whistleblower Program

SEC Chief Praises Agency’s Strong Whistleblower Program

The whistleblower program included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 owes its success in large part to the support of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Payments totaling more than $50 million have been … Continue reading

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Federal Agent Exposes Security Concerns in Controversial Visa Program

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Testifying last week at a Senate hearing, a special agent for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement exposed serious national security concerns in a controversial immigration program that provides a route to Green Cards for wealthy foreigners. Senior Special Agent Taylor … Continue reading

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Food Vendor to Pay $19 Million to Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit with Washington DC Schools

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The largest food vendor for the Washington DC public schools has agreed to a $19 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging the company overcharged the city and mismanaged the school meals programs. A whistleblower lawsuit was filed by a former director … Continue reading

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$495 Million Settlement Announced in DaVita HealthCare Whistleblower Lawsuit

$495M Settlement Announced in DaVita HealthCare Lawsuit

DaVita HealthCare Partners, based in Denver, Colorado, has announced that it will pay $495 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit. The company is accused of defrauding the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs of millions of dollars. The Denver Post reports … Continue reading

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Jury in Washington State Awards $1 Million to Plaintiff “Perceived” as Whistleblower

Jury in Washington State Awards $1M to Plaintiff

On March 26, 2015 a Washington state jury awarded a supervisor for the state’s ferry system $1 million, concluding that his employer had demoted him as an act of retaliation for perceived whistle blowing, though the plaintiff had not in … Continue reading

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Justice Department Settles False Claims Case with Medtronic for $4.4 Million

Justice Department Settles False Claims w/Medtronic

In an announcement last week, the U.S. Department of Justice said it had reached an agreement with medical device maker Medtronic for violations of the False Claims Act. The announced settlement is $4.4 million. The Justice Department brought action against … Continue reading

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Former JCPenney Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

Former JCPenney Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

A former part-time JCPenney employee has filed a lawsuit claiming retaliation after he reported the retailer was overcharging customers. The fired employee has filed a claim against the company under Florida’s Private Whistleblower Act, Fortune reports. Former CEO Ron Johnson … Continue reading

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