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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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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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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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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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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 ...

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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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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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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