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J&J handpicked talc-ovarian cancer case and still couldn’t win

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According to a Fair Warning report on the significance of Johnson and Johnson’s defeat in court Monday, the defense chose this second bellwether lawsuit to be tried from the more than 1,200 pending liability claims against them. Presumably, they chose the case because they felt they had a good chance of winning. The plaintiff in this case, Gloria Ristesund, 62, was 57 when diagnosed with Stage I ovarian cancer in 2011, and she had independently existing endometriosis. Her age and endometriosis, both being ovarian cancer risk factors, and other risk factors such as the fact she did not have any children ... Read More

Risperdal ranks among the country’s most dangerous drugs

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The antipsychotic drug Risperdal was ranked among the most dangerous drugs on the market by Healthgrove. The news and information site used data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adverse event database from 2004 to 2015 and compiled a list of the most dangerous drugs in the United States. The list, which includes both prescription and over-the-counter medications, ranks the drugs based on the percentage of adverse events that are classified as serious. The top 50 medications on this list are considered the most dangerous. Risperdal, which is also sold generically as risperidone, was ranked 36th, with 76 percent of ... Read More

Electric Shock Death (ESD): what you need to know to stay safe from electric leaks on the water

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Carmen Johnson, a 15-year-old high school cheerleader from Alabama, mysteriously drowned last month after jumping into Smith Lake. However, local authorities believe they may have found the culprit behind Johnson’s passing – electric shock death (ESD). ESD occurs when electricity “leaks” in to the water, usually from electrical appliances and devices on nearby boats and docks. Electric currents cannot travel underwater, which is why when a human body enters an electrified body of water, the current can pass through the body and cause muscular paralysis, drowning and, in some cases, death. Unfortunately, electrified water displays no sign of unsafe conditions. ... Read More

New Orleans Company And Owner Convicted On 18 Charges of Medicare Fraud

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A New Orleans federal jury convicted the owner of a health care company Saturday for orchestrating a scheme to defraud Medicare through false and inflated billings and illegal kickbacks. Federal prosecutors alleged that Tracy Richardson Brown, 46, owner and operator of a durable medical equipment supply company called Pslams 23 DME LLC, cost U.S. taxpayers $1.9 million in fraudulent schemes she conducted in and around New Orleans. U.S. attorneys produced evidence that Ms. Brown and her company billed the Medicare program for medical equipment and orthotics that they never provided to patients. The U.S. also alleged that Ms.  Brown and ... Read More

FDA analysis revels undeclared drug ingredients in diet pills

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Making It A Lifestyle, L.L.C., based in Corpus Christi, TX, is recalling all lots of 3rd Degree, Black Gold X Advanced and Black Label X capsules because they contain undeclared the drug ingredients sibutramine and sildenafil, which can be dangerous to some individuals. An analysis conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed that 3rd Degree and Black Gold X Advanced contained sibutramine. Sibutramine was marketed as a prescription drug under the brand name anti-obesity treatment Meridia. It was pulled off the market in 2010 after it was linked to heart attacks and strokes. “The product poses a threat ... Read More

Pennsylvania Pipeline Blast Damages Homes, Seriously Burns One Man

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A natural gas pipeline exploded at a gas facility in a Southwestern Pennsylvania town Friday, generating a massive fireball that demolished a nearby home, damaged several others, and left a resident with serious burn injuries. Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection reported that the pipeline blast occurred in a 36-inch pipeline at a complex owned by Texas Eastern Transmission, a unit of Spectra Energy Corp. of Houston, in Salem Township, about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh. Some local residents told the York (Pennsylvania) Dispatch that they always feared something could happen at the gas complex, and on Friday morning around 8:30 ... Read More

PA man files Xarelto lawsuit citing serious bleeding risks

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A Pennsylvania man is suing Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Healthcare, and their related companies over claims that the companies’ blood thinner Xarelto caused him serious life threatening injuries. David Blair filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana naming Janssen Research & Development LLC, Janssen Ortho LLL, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., Johnson & Johnson Co., Bayer Pharma AG, Bayer Corp., Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc., Bayer Healthcare LLC, Bayer Healthcare AG and Bayer AG. The lawsuit cites alleged fraud, design defect, manufacturing defect, failure to warn, breach of express and implied warranty, and negligent ... Read More

Women who claimed they were harmed by contraceptive Essure want their day in court

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Two women are suing Bayer claiming the company was negligent in failing to warn about complications with its permanent birth control device Essure. The women are among tens of thousands who have waged complaints against Bayer over the Essure contraceptive, and are among the first to sue the drug company. Approved for marketing since 2002, Essure remains the only non-surgical permanent birth control device on the market. It consists of two nickel alloy coils that are inserted into the fallopian tubes. Within weeks, body builds up scar tissue around the coil, forming a permanent barrier that prevents sperm from fertilizing ... Read More

Whistleblower Lawsuit Recovers $21 Million In Medicaid Funds From Medical Supply Companies

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The U.S. government reached a $21-million settlement Friday with two medical product companies, resolving whistleblower allegations that they engaged in mutually beneficial kickback schemes and other “fraudulent conduct” to boost profits. Hollister Inc., a manufacturer of disposable health care products, agreed to pay the U.S. $11.4 million to settle the False Claims Act complaint, while Byram Healthcare Centers Inc., a medical goods supplier, will pay the U.S. $9.37 million and the State of California $127,117. The settlement with Hollister resolves allegations that it paid kickbacks to Byram in return for marketing promotions, campaigns, and other unlawful referrals of patients to ... Read More

Florida compounding pharmacies owner faces charges for manufacturing, distributing ‘adulterated’ drug products

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The owner of several Florida compounding pharmacies is facing charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for manufacturing and distributing drug products that were “adulterated and misbranded in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).” Paul W. Franck of Ocala, Fla., owned and operated numerous compounding pharmacies in Florida over the past two decades, including Franck’s Lab Inc., doing business as Franck’s Compounding Lab and Trinity Care Solutions. The FDA says drug products compounded at Franck’s pharmacies are considered adulterated “because they contained filthy, putrid, or ... Read More