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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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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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