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Federal Jury Awards U.S. $92 Million In Allied Mortgage Fraud Case


A Texas federal court jury awarded the U.S. government about $92 million in a False Claims Act case brought against Allied Capital and bank principal Jim Hodge by a whistleblower who accused the company and some affiliates of knowingly originating and underwriting more than a thousand home loans that did not meet the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) insurance requirements. The U.S. Department of Justice intervened in the case in 2011, the same year a whistleblower filed it in a New York federal court, naming both Allied Home Mortgage Capital and Allied Home Mortgage Corp. as defendants. The government moved the ... Read More

AbbVie asks judge to toss bellwether case in testosterone side effects MDL


Drug maker AbbVie Inc. asked a federal judge to toss a lawsuit alleging the company’s testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel causes injuries, arguing the plaintiff withheld information about his condition until after the discovery process was completed. AbbVie told U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly in Chicago that Froylan Garcia’s claim was no longer valid because his attorney did not find an expert witness to back up his claims that AndroGel caused him to develop a blood clot in 2013. Garcia’s case was one of eight selected by Judge Kennelly to serve as bellwether trials in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) of more than 5,500 ... Read More

FDA warns against dietary supplements saying they often contain hidden harmful ingredients

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In a recent warning, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that “FDA has identified an emerging trend where over-the-counter products, frequently represented as dietary supplements, contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful. Consumers may unknowingly take products laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients. These deceptive products can harm you! Hidden ingredients are increasingly becoming a problem in products promoted for weight loss.” Just a week before this warning about Tainted Weight Loss Products the FDA released a public notification regarding weight loss product Supreme Slim 5.7 ... Read More

J&J pays big for Risperdal’s gynecomastia side effect


Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals face more than 13,000 lawsuits over claims that their antipsychotic drug Risperdal causes adolescent boys to grow large, disfiguring breasts. The sixth trial is currently underway and time will tell if jurors will hold the drug companies accountable. In February 2015, the first Risperdal side effects lawsuit went to trial. The jury awarded Austin Pledger, who was 20 at the time, $2.5 million after finding that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen didn’t adequately warn that the medication could cause boys and young men to grow female breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia. ... Read More

Another danger added to PPIs risk list, possible association with gastric cancer

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A recent study has shown that prolonged PPI use is associated with increased risk of fundic gland polyps, and the study authors found a possible association with gastric cancer. Acid reducing proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, such as Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec, prescribed to more than 15 million Americans in just a single year and available over-the-counter to countless more, seem to be constantly connected with new troubling risks. They are already under fire for links to kidney disease and kidney failure. The manufacturers of these drugs are being sued by many patients with serious kidney injuries who allege “negligence, ... Read More

Long Island Radiology Chain Pays $10 Million to Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit and Criminal Penalties


A pair of billing specialists formerly employed by a Long Island radiology company helped the U.S. government and the State of New York recover more than $10 million through a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging systemic Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Whistleblowers Linda Gibb and Donna Geraci sued Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology on behalf of the U.S. government, accusing the company of overbilling the Medicare and Medicaid programs for a multitude of radiological services, including CT Scans, MRIs, and x-rays. Soon after joining Zwanger-Pesiri in 2010, Ms. Geraci discovered the company regularly falsified Medicare and Medicaid claims for service they provided that were ... Read More

Canadian health officials offer new guidelines for diagnosing, treating Low T

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Canadian health officials have issued new guidelines designed to help doctors and patients with the diagnosis and treatment of low testosterone, and to curb over-prescribing in particular to men whose testosterone levels were never checked for low levels of the hormone. The guidelines, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, were created by a task force a year after Health Canada warned that testosterone replacement therapy may lead to “serious and possible life-threatening health and blood vessel problems such as heart attack, stroke,” blood clots and irregular heart rhythm. Health Canada has also warned that research suggests that men with ... Read More

Next Risperdal side effects trial set for Friday


It appears that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals have no plans to settle the Risperdal side effects trial scheduled to open this week despite settling the last case before it went to trial and losing another, which resulted in a landmark $70 million verdict. The lawsuits allege that the drug companies’ antipsychotic drug Risperdal causes adolescent boys to develop female breasts, a condition called gynecomastia. It can be both emotionally and physically painful, putting boys at risk for bullying and ridicule, and leaving them susceptible to symptoms such as breast tenderness and lactation. Treatment generally involves surgeries such as ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $5.31 Million From N.Y. Blood Cancer Group

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Hudson Valley Hematology Oncology Associates of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., will pay $5.31 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who accused the group of widespread Medicare and Medicaid fraud. According to the whistleblower complaint, Hudson Valley Hematology Oncology Associates illegally waived co-payments from Medicare beneficiaries, and then billed the Medicare program for those losses by adding them to other charge submitted for reimbursement. Federal and state prosecutors also alleged that the medical group overbilled Medicare and Medicaid for evaluation and management services and related routine procedures, such as chemotherapy, injections, or venipunctures, on the same date. In ... Read More

Women sues Xarelto makers over life-threatening injuries


A woman is suing the makers of the top-selling blood thinner Xarelto for allegedly not warning her about the dangerous side effects that could result from taking the drug. Pamela Slark filed a personal injury lawsuit naming Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, and their related companies in St. Clair County Circuit Court. She claims Xarelto caused her to suffer major life-threatening damages. According to the complaint, the drug companies were the creators of the anticoagulant Xarelto. The lawsuit claims the drug companies were generous with their praise of the medication but did not adequately warn of the ... Read More