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Lawsuit alleges airplane defects caused crash that killed three Kansas doctors

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The family of two Kansas physicians killed when their airplane crashed in Palos Hills, Ill., last October has filed a lawsuit against the plane’s manufacturer, alleging the crash was a result of airplane defects. The complaint alleges the aircraft was “negligently designed, manufactured, and assembled.” The Beechcraft Baron was headed to Topeka, Kan., when it crashed Oct. 12, 2014 about five minutes after taking off from Chicago Midway International Airport. The airplane’s three occupants, neurosurgeon Tausif Ur Rehman, pulmonologist Ali A. Kanchwala, and Dr. Kanchwala’s wife Maria Javaid, an interventional cardiologist, died on impact. All three doctors were originally from Pakistan. ... Read More

Amgen To Pay $71 Million For Illegal Drug Promotions

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California-based drugmaker Amgen has agreed to pay $71 million to 49 states and the District of Columbia to resolve allegations that it misbranded two of its blockbuster drugs, Aranesp and Enbrel, by pushing them for purposes unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The settlement resolves some of the same allegations that were settled in a $762-million agreement between Amgen and the federal government in December 2012. That case stemmed from whistleblower lawsuits that alleged that Amgen promoted its anemia drug Aranesp at higher doses and more frequent intervals than allowed by the FDA in order to increase ... Read More

Texas Whistleblower Illegally Fired For Exposing Safety Violations, OSHA Says

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Federal safety regulators are asking a federal judge to award reinstatement, compensation, and other damages to a whistleblower who claims she was fired in retaliation for reporting safety violations at the Houston, Texas-area steel manufacturer and supplier where she worked. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it launched a whistleblower investigation at Continental Alloys and Services, Inc. in Spring, Texas, in response to an employee’s complaint that she lost her job after she voiced concerns to management about OSHA 300 Log reporting violations. OSHA requires employers to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses using ... Read More

The Fraud List: Adventist Health System demonstrates a history of health care fraud

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Adventist Health System is a non-profit health care organization run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based organization network encompasses about 45 hospital campuses in 10 Southern and Midwestern states in addition to a number of urgent care centers, home health care and hospice centers, and nursing homes, making it the largest Protestant-affiliated non-profit health care provider in the U.S. Adventist Health says its organization “incorporates Christian values at every level of service” and conducts its business “with integrity, honesty and fairness,” yet somehow these values have led it into numerous multimillion-dollar settlements to resolve allegations of fraud, most ... Read More

Fitness center faces lawsuit from ‘Low T’ provider

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Life Time Fitness is facing lawsuits from a pharmaceutical provider after its plans to establish an in-house Low T Center to help boost testosterone levels in its members flopped. LowT Holdings is suing Life Time Fitness in federal court for breach of contract. Testosterone therapy has become a booming business for drug companies in recent years. Aggressive marketing campaigns and coining the phrase “Low T” to lure men to their doctors to ask for treatments by name has resulted in skyrocketing sales of the male hormone. Advertisements promise the benefits of boosting low testosterone levels can include everything from an increase ... Read More

Whistleblower Complaint Recovers $5.5 million From Missouri Hospitals

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Two Missouri hospitals will pay the United States $5.5 million to resolve a whistleblower complaint alleging they violated the False Claims Act by rewarding physicians for referring Medicare patients to the hospitals. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the whistleblower complaint accused Mercy Health Springfield Communities and Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities of engaging in prohibited financial arrangements with physicians by rewarding them with bonuses based on the value of the Medicare patient referrals the physicians directed to their clinics. Together, the defendants own and operate a hospital in Springfield, Mo., and several health care clinics in southwestern Missouri. Federal law restricts the ... Read More

ED drug Viagra dropped from CVS/caremark

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People who have prescription drug insurance through CVS/caremark will no longer be covered for 31 different prescription medications including the popular erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. The second-largest pharmacy benefit management service has nearly 65 million members who can fill their prescriptions by mail or through about 68,000 retail pharmacies across the country including CVS stores and other pharmacies in its network. The company is flexing its muscle against the rising cost of pharmaceuticals, arguing that there are equally effective producst with lower overall costs available for the pharmaceutical drugs it is dropping. This means consumers who hold CVS/caremark cards must ... Read More

Graco and counsel’s conduct under probe following “serious concerns” during child car seat recall class action

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Graco Children’s Products has come under fire by U.S. District Judge James Donato for conduct during the company’s child car seat recall and subsequent proposed class action litigation. The judge referred to Graco’s and its outside counsel’s behavior as “troubling.” Judge Donato has now asked the district’s Standing Committee on Professional Conduct to investigate concerns regarding the counsel’s claims about the availability of full refunds to those who purchased Graco’s recalled child car seats. The proposed class action against Graco and its parent company Newell Rubbermaid stems from the multi-million child car seat recall initiated in 2014 after pressure from the National ... Read More

Mother of toddler sues power morcellator maker for cancer spread

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Viviana Ruscitto is suing the makers of a medical device that she claims spread cancer throughout her body, worsening her odds for survival. The mother of a two-year-old is fighting for her life in a New York Hospital, suffering from stage 4 leiomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form a uterine cancer. She underwent a laparoscopic procedure last fall for a routine hysterectomy, during which a surgical tool called a power morcellator, was used to shred her uterus into bits, which were removed through a small incision in the abdomen. Power morcellation is often favored over open surgeries for hysterectomies and ... Read More

New Mexico Whistleblower Lawsuit Recovers $5.9 Million for U.S. Nuclear Agency

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A San Diego technology vendor that provided computers to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) through another seller has agreed to pay the U.S. $5.9 million to settle allegations that it fraudulently inflated the price of the computers for profit. Maverick Granger, a former Technology Integration Group executive in Albuquerque, N.M., made the allegations in a whistleblower lawsuit he filed against his employer under the False Claims Act. According to Mr. Granger’s complaint, San Diego-based Technology Integration Group (also known as PC Specialists Inc.) sold Dell computers to Sandia Corporation from 2003 to 2013. Sandia Corporation, a contractor of the ... Read More