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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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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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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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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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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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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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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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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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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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State of Maine Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit with Former Department of Health and Human Services Employee

State of Maine Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit with Former Employee

A former employee of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services will receive a $142,500 settlement in a federal whistleblower lawsuit. A former division director for the Maine Center for Disease Control sued DHHS and her bosses at the CDC, … Continue reading

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Medtronic Agrees to Pay $2.8 Million to Resolve Allegations about Unapproved Device

Medtronic Pays $2.8 Million to Resolve Allegations

Medical device maker Medtronic will pay the United States government $2.8 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that Medtronic caused physicians to submit false claims to federal health care programs for a medical procedure known as “SubQ … Continue reading

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority. The employee sued the Coliseum Authority in July 2013, claiming she was fired because … Continue reading

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Retaliation Against Corporate Whistleblowers at All-Time High

Retaliation against corporate whistleblowers is at an all-time high, according to Stephen Kohn of the National Whistleblowers Center. In addition, Kohn said, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has mounted an aggressive lobbying campaign against the False Claims Act, one of … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Considers Air Marshal Firing in Whistleblower Case

U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed to side with a fired air marshal in an argument over whether he is covered by a federal law protecting whistleblowers. In 2003, the air marshal received a secret briefing about a terrorist threat affecting … Continue reading

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Hospital Chain Settles Whistleblower Lawsuits for More Than $98 Million

Community Health Systems Inc. has agreed to pay $98.15 million to settle seven whistleblower lawsuits, including one brought by the former medical director of the emergency department at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville, South Carolina. The lawsuits alleged that … Continue reading

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Pharmacy Provider, Omnicare, Settles Two Whistleblower Cases Involving Swapping Scheme Allegations

Pharmacy provider, Omnicare, Inc., just agreed to a $124 million settlement to resolve allegations of a swapping scam that involved below cost discounts. The Department of Justice announced late last month that it settled with Omnicare, Inc. over two issues … Continue reading

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In VA Scandal, Staff Members the Targets of Retaliation

Staff members at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals across the country have been ignored, disciplined or even fired after speaking up about falsified appointment schedules and other improper practices. A half-dozen current and former VA staff members including four doctors, a … Continue reading

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Medtronic Agrees to $9.9 Million Settlement in Physician Kickback Case

The Justice Department announced yesterday that Medtronic Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $9.9 million to resolve allegations that the company made illegal payments to physicians to induce them to implant Medtronic pacemakers and defibrillators. Assistant Attorney General … Continue reading

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St. Louis Jury Awards $175,000 to Former Police Crime Lab Scientist to Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit

A St. Louis jury just awarded a former police chemist $175,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought in 2011. The former police chemist alleged that she was terminated after she complained about drug testing errors at the city’s crime lab, … Continue reading

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