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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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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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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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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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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