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New evidence could lead to Xarelto re-trial


Attorneys for a woman who suffered a major bleeding event after taking the blood thinner Xarelto are seeking a new trial after discovering new evidence that questions the accuracy of statements made by the drug’s makers. Jurors found in favor of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer. During the trial, jurors were told by the drug companies that there was no effective test to determine whether patients were at an increased risk for internal bleeds while taking Xarelto, and dismissed plaintiff Dora Mingo’s expert witness’ testimony that a lab test called prothrombin time – or PT – would not ... Read More

Carnage, destruction after Tour Bus crashes into city bus in Queens

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A tour bus speeding through New York City streets crashed into a city bus Monday morning, killing three people and injuring 16 others. “We’ve had a really tragic morning here in Flushing, Queens,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told the press. “It’s just shocking to see the scene over there. Hard to compare it to anything I’ve ever seen — the sheer destruction from the impact of the collision.” Authorities have just started an investigation of the bus crash, but evidence shows that “an enormous amount of speed” contributed to the accident, the Associated Press reported, citing Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman ... Read More

$2.5M Risperdal verdict stands

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The $2.5 million judgment handed down by a Philadelphia jury against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals over allegations that its antipsychotic Risperdal caused a disfiguring injury to an adolescent boy will stand despite the drug maker’s request for a new trial. Judge Ramy Djerassi of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas told Janssen the ruling in the first Risperdal side effects lawsuit to go to trial will stand. The bellwether trial involved the case of now-22-year-old Adam Pledger who developed abnormal breast tissue – a condition known as gynecomastia- after taking Risperdal. The verdict in that case was handed ... Read More

Movie Producers Seek Indemnity In Fatal Airplane-Crash Suits

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An airplane crash that killed two men and seriously injured a third while filming the Tom Cruise movie American Made in 2015 has spawned multiple lawsuits, including one filed Sept. 8 by four production companies seeking indemnity for damages awarded against them in other lawsuits. The lawsuit, filed in California, seeks to hold S&S Aviation, a Georgia company responsible for maintaining the airplane that crashed, at least partly responsible for any damages and lawyer fees resulting from the wrongful death and personal injury claims the production companies face. The movie “American Made” is set to be released later this month. It ... Read More

Lawsuits indicate 2015 Study on Celect IVC Filters is Accurate

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According to a 2015 study, 43 percent of Celect IVC filters were found to perforate the vein in two months or less. This could lead to the filter leg snaring a nearby organ, such as in the case of one woman whose filter pierced through the vein wall and stabbed through her duodenum. “The Celect filter had a significantly higher rate of strut perforation,” the study concludes. On July 31, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, a new lawsuit was filed against Cook Medical, the maker of the Celect retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, The Daily Hornet reports. ... Read More

Medicare Issuing New Cards To Curb Identity Theft

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To guard against identity theft and other forms of fraud that harm Medicare and its beneficiaries, the U.S. government will be issuing new Medicare cards that no longer show the beneficiary’s social security number. The new cards will display a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) that will be used for billing and for checking the eligibility and claim status. Just as importantly, these new cards will be issued automatically, without the need to give anyone any additional information, for any reason. “Having your Social Security number removed from your Medicare card helps fight medical identity theft and protects your medical ... Read More

More teens, young adults dependent on opioids

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The opioid epidemic is hitting teenagers and young adults particularly hard, sending more to emergency departments, according to a report presented at the annual American Academy of Pediatrics national conference. The revelation is just another blow to the growing opioid crisis in the U.S., a problem that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says is growing in epidemic proportions. Opioids are powerful painkillers that include prescription drugs such as oxycodone, codeine and morphine, as well as the street drug heroin. The drugs have killed more than 33,000 people in 2015 – more than any other year prior. Nearly half ... Read More

Check safety guidelines during Child Passenger Safety Week

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Crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old, according to the National Safety Council. To prevent unnecessary injury, safety organizations across the country are encouraging caregivers to take time during national Child Passenger Safety Week, September 17-23, to examine car safety systems and research information that could save young lives. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ provides information on the types of car seats and corresponding ages for each: Infants and toddlers should use only rear-facing or rear-facing convertible car seats until they are at least 2 years old and typically up to 40 ... Read More

Enthusiastic Bipartisan Support for Self-Driving Trucks at Senate Hearing


Support for self-driving technology in tractor-trailers and other heavy commercial trucks is gaining steam in the upper echelons of the U.S. government. On Sept. 13, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing titled “Transportation Innovation: Automated Trucks and our Nation’s Highways,” offering legislators, industry officials, safety advocates and others an opportunity to discuss the benefits of automated truck technology as well as the impact self-driving trucks could have on jobs and the U.S. economy. From a safety angle, the evidence is indisputable. Even at its current level of development, self-driving vehicles are far safer than vehicles ... Read More

Florida nursing homes now required to have working generators

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Eight deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills where Hurricane Irma caused a days long power outage that caused residents to suffer heat-related injuries has prompted Florida Gov. Rick Scott to require all long-term care facilities to have generators capable of maintaining comfortable temperatures for at least 96 hours. Under the new rule, all of the state’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities have 60 days to obtain “ample resources” to “sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures” for a minimum of four days in the event of a power failure, the governor said in a statement. The “ample resources” refer ... Read More