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Jury hears third case of Xarelto side effects


A jury of five men and four women were selected in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi to hear the case of Dora Mingo, a 69-year-old woman from Summit, Mississippi, suing Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer over claims that their blood thinner Xarelto caused her internal bleeding. It is the third bellwether trial in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) of more than 16,000 cases making similar claims about Xarelto. Jurors in the two previous trials cleared the drug makers of liability relating to claims that the blood thinner caused users to suffer internal bleeding which ... Read More

Mylan to pay $465M to resolve EpiPen issue

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Mylan NV has agreed to pay $465 million to settle claims by the U.S. Justice Department that the company overcharged the government for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment. The announcement comes three years after drug maker rival Sanofi SA blew the whistle on the company calling foul play. Sanofi filed a whistleblower lawsuit last year and as a result will pocket $38.7 million of the settlement money as a reward. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts said the deal resolves claims that Mylan misclassified the EpiPen as a generic drug rather than a branded product, allowing it to underpay rebates ... Read More

Use cosmetics with care; labels don’t warn of chronic side effects

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The Deccan Chronicle warns readers that cosmetics, not being drugs, are not governed by any regulatory body. In a recent article the publication points out that although some cosmetics may warn about reactions with the skin and eyes, cosmetic products often have dangerous chronic side effects that are not mentioned in their labeling. One very public example of this is the some 4,800 lawsuits currently filed in the U.S. against the world’s largest health care company, Johnson and Johnson, over allegations that it’s talc-containing products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower cause ovarian cancer. The talcum powder when ... Read More

NH files lawsuit against OxyContin maker

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Another state has taken up the fight against the opioid drug epidemic sweeping the nation. New Hampshire has filed a lawsuit against Perdue Pharma, maker of the opioid OxyContin, alleging deceptive marketing of the powerful painkiller. The lawsuit filed by the state’s attorney general blames Perdue for downplaying OxyContin’s addiction risk while overstating the medication’s effectiveness. The company is also charged with failing to report medical providers who were over prescribing the medication. Perdue “engaged in a long-running campaign of deception to create and sustain a market for its opioids,” the complaint states. New Hampshire is latest state to target drug companies ... Read More

Utah Woman Sues Costco For E. Coli Injuries

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A Utah woman who contracted a severe and debilitating form of E. coli illness after eating chicken salad linked to a multistate outbreak is suing Costco, alleging it permanently ruined her health, quality of life, and acting aspirations. Chloe Rodgerson was just 18 years old when she became extremely sick after eating Costco chicken salad in October 2015. She started to vomit blood and her health deteriorated to the point where she was left fighting for her life in intensive care. No connection was made between her illness and the chicken salad immediately, so doctors were testing Ms. Rodgerson for ... Read More

DOJ Addresses Opioid Epidemic’s Human and Financial Tolls

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The ever-growing and alarmingly deadly opioid epidemic sweeping the U.S. has triggered the formation of a three-year pilot program designed to combat health care fraud related to prescription painkillers, including pill mill schemes run by doctors and pharmacies for profit. The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) new Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit will focus on the “middleman” of the prescription opioid epidemic by identifying and prosecuting individuals who are contributing to the crisis. These perpetrators illegally divert and dispense the drugs for illegitimate purposes and often bill Medicare, Medicaid, the VA, and other taxpayer-funded health care programs for them. ... Read More

PPI Kidney Injury cases centralized into MDL in New Jersey

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On July 27, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) heard arguments on a motion to centralize 172 claims against proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in a multidistrict litigation (MDL). The Panel granted the motion to centralize and will establish the MDL in the U.S. District for New Jersey where the most PPI claims are currently pending. Judge Claire C. Cecchi will preside over the MDL. It was plaintiffs’ second request to see these similar claims alleging kidney damage after using the popular acid-reducing drugs consolidated. The Panel had previously denied a similar motion requesting consolidation of PPI cases earlier this ... Read More

PPH Corp Settles Mortgage Fraud Whistleblower Case

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PPH Corp. and subsidiary companies have agreed to pay the U.S. more than $74 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit and a federal investigation into flawed home loans that ended up costing taxpayers millions of dollars, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday, Aug. 8. PPH Corp., PPH Mortgage Corp., and PPH Home Loans settled the pair of lawsuits in Minnesota and New York federal courts, closing an investigation opened by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota in 2013 and a lawsuit filed by a former PPH employee on behalf of the U.S. under the whistleblower provisions of the ... Read More

Third Xarelto bleeding risk trial underway


The third Xarelto bleeding risk lawsuit to go to trial is currently underway in the Eastern District of Louisiana, and it “has its own distinctive set of claims and circumstances,” plaintiffs’ lead counsel Andy Birchfield and Brian Barr (at the time) told The National Law Journal. “We look forward to having a jury hear that evidence.” For this bellwether trial, Birchfield, head of the mass torts section of Beasley Allen Law Firm in Montgomery, Alabama, is working with plaintiffs steering committee member Bradley Honnold of Goza & Honnold in Kansas City, Kansas. The trial currently underway was brought by Dora ... Read More

Hormone clinic ordered to pay customers $18M

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Hormone therapy clinical chain HRC Medical Centers Inc., and three of its principals – Dan, Don and Dixie Hale – were ordered to pay $18 million for misleading customers about the safety of the hormones it injected into them, a Tennessee state judge ordered. The company at one time had hormone therapy clinics in Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis, though it reportedly no longer has locations in Tennessee. The lawsuit, originally filed in October 2012 by the state of Tennessee, accused HRC Medical and two of its principals, Dan and Don Hale, of withholding health risks associated with its bioidentical hormone replacement ... Read More