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New Xarelto lawsuit claims blood thinner caused bleeding death

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The children of a Louisiana woman who allegedly bled to death after taking the blood thinner Xarelto joined a massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) accusing Xarelto makers Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer of failing to warn of risks associated with the drug. Terrie Toups, Duane Rochelle and Patty Buras, children of Florence Bourgeois, filed their lawsuit in Louisiana federal court, where U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon is overseeing the near-14,000 lawsuits in the multidistrict litigation against the drug companies involving bleeding risks. Xarelto, known chemically as rivaroxaban, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 and ... Read More

J&J agrees to pay $5 million over false claims with its bedtime bath products

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It took six long years, but Johnson & Johnson is finally ready to settle a class action lawsuit by a group of consumers who took issue with the company’s advertisement claims that its bedtime bath products were “clinically proven” to help babies sleep better. The consumer health care giant asked an Illinois federal judge to approve its payout of $5 million to settle the claims. The national class was certified in August and a preliminary agreement was approved by U.S. District Judge Eline Bucklo. The agreement will be final as soon as she gives the last nod. Johnson & Johnson says ... Read More

Baxter Healthcare To Pay $18M For Potentially Botching IV Solutions

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Baxter Healthcare Corporation has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $18 million to resolve criminal and civil liabilities stemming from its failure to follow Good Manufacturing Practices when manufacturing sterile drug products at one of its U.S. manufacturing facilities. The settlement, announced by the U.S. Department of Justice Jan.12, includes a deferred prosecution agreement, penalties, and forfeiture totaling $16 million and a civil settlement resolving a whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit totaling approximately $2.158 million. According to the court documents, the U.S. alleged that Baxter’s Marion, N.C., manufacturing facility introduced adulterated drugs into the U.S. market because it failed to ... Read More

Mass. Ambulance Company Pays $12.7 Million To Resolve Whistleblower’s Allegations of Medicare Fraud

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Massachusetts-based MedStar Ambulance, four subsidiary companies, and two owners have agreed to pay $12.7 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit accusing the company of inflating charges billed to Medicare and falsely billing it for unnecessary medical transport services. Worcester-based MedStar, which has operations throughout Worcester County and the MetroWest area, routinely billed Medicare for transportation services that did not qualify for reimbursement because they were “not medically reasonable and necessary,” the U.S. Department of Justice claimed in the lawsuit. The company also billed Medicare for higher levels of services than were required by patients’ conditions, and for services that were ... Read More

First Xarelto bleeding risks trial scheduled for March 2017

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The first trial in a massive multidistrict litigation of nearly 14,000 cases involving bleeding risks allegedly caused by the blood thinner Xarelto is scheduled for March, with other trials, each serving as bellwethers, slated for April and May. The first case to be tried involves that of Joseph Boudreaux, who claims he began taking Xarelto in January 2014 as a treatment for his heart condition called atrial fibrillation. About a month later, he was hospitalized for internal bleeding, resulting in multiple blood transfusions. Like the thousands of other lawsuits, Boudreaux claims that Xarelto’s makers, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and ... Read More

Shire Pharmaceuticals Pays $350 Million To Settle ‘Landmark’ False Claims Act Suit

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Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC and subsidiaries of the Ireland-based drug maker have entered into a “landmark” settlement with the U.S. government, agreeing to pay $350 million to resolve a series of whistleblower lawsuits alleging the company used kickbacks and unlawful tactics to boost sales of its Dermagraft treatment for diabetic foot ulcers. According to Benjamin Mizer, principal deputy assistant attorney general and head of the Justice Department’s civil division, the settlement is the largest False Claims Act recovery in the U.S. in a kickback case involving a medical device. Allegations resolved by the settlement were brought in six lawsuits filed under the qui tam, ... Read More

VA Grants Disability To Marines Sickened By Toxic Camp Lejeune Groundwater

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In what was described by one high-ranking VA physician as a “major first,” the Department of Veterans Affairs has passed a new rule that allows U.S. Marines who were harmed by toxic groundwater at Camp Lejeune to receive government disability for injuries not sustained on the battlefield. Outgoing VA Secretary Bob McDonald said there is ample scientific and medical evidence establishing a strong link between contaminated groundwater supplies at Camp Lejeune from 1953 through 1987 and eight potentially deadly medical disorders. In the early ’80s, military officials discovered the presence of various volatile organic compounds, including trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene, benzene, and ... Read More

Patients suing maker of defective blood test kits

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Two people have filed a proposed class action lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court alleging health diagnostics company Alere Inc. used deceptive marketing practices to lure customers into buying its inaccurate home blood test kits that yielded inaccurate results and put patients’ lives at risk. J.E. from Virginia and J.D. from Arizona filed an amended complaint in October over Alere’s INRatio system, which is used to measure blood clotting factors in patients’ blood and lets patients know whether dosages of their blood thinning medication warfarin need to be adjusted to prevent spontaneous bleeding or the formation of a blood clot. According ... Read More

Family of Boy Killed on Waterslide Settles Wrongful Death Suit With Waterpark

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The family of a 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who was killed in a waterslide accident at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., in August 2016, has reached a settlement with the park’s owners and the company that manufactured the rafts used on the ride. “The Schwab family remains determined to hold all those responsible for this tragedy accountable, while doing all they can to ensure this never happens again to another family,” the family’s attorney said in a statement e-mailed to the press. Caleb, the son of Kansas state representative and Speaker of the House Scott Schwab, was killed when ... Read More

Sanofi tries to squelch whistleblower in Taxotere case, Judge rejects arguments

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Taxotere is facing multidistrict litigation (MDL) from hundreds of plaintiffs who accuse French pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis of illegally, untruthfully marketing Taxotere as superior to similar competing drugs, while concealing from American consumers that the drug caused permanent hair loss. Since 2005, the drug came with a warning that it could cause permanent alopecia in Europe and Canada, but it wasn’t until 2015 that the label in the United States was changed to reflect this risk. In addition to these suits the drug manufacturer is also accused in a whistleblower lawsuit of falsely marketing Taxotere and providing doctors with illegal kickbacks ... Read More