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Transvaginal mesh was in use long before it was approved by FDA

Johnson & Johnson sold a surgical mesh device used in pelvic floor surgeries for three years before it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Now, more than 550 women have filed lawsuits against the company claiming they were injured by the transvaginal mesh. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that is used to treat conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The mesh is implanted into the vaginal wall to shore up organs such as the bladder or uterus. The devices have come under fire in recent months after mounting complaints of injuries ... Read More

FDA, FTC warn against using illegal HCG drugs for weight loss

One of the best excuses for gorging through the holidays is reassuring yourself that your dieting resolution for the New Year is already set. But before you make your weight loss plans, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to be aware of diet fads and aids that promise rapid weight loss, but instead are illegal and potentially dangerous. These outlaw drugs include HCG products that are marketed over-the-counter (OTC), identified as “homeopathic” and direct users to follow a severely restrictive diet. They are sold in the form of oral drops, pellets and sprays and can be found ... Read More

DePuy bribed Greek authorities for sales rights and contracts

An international division of DePuy Orthodpaedics Inc. has agreed to pay $7.9 million (£4.8 million) plus prosecution costs to settle a U.K. probe of illegal activities the company allegedly conducted in Greece. The investigation, led by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), found that DePuy International Ltd., based in Leeds, U.K., engaged in “unlawful conduct relating to the sale of orthopaedic products in Greece between 1998 and 2006.” DePuy International Ltd. is a division of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. of Warsaw, Indiana, which is owned by parent company Johnson & Johnson. The SFO investigation probed allegations that DePuy executives bribed officials in ... Read More

BP preparing for deep, remote arctic drilling

With all eyes fixated on the oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is stealthily moving toward what could easily be this country’s (and the world’s) next environmental catastrophe: Deep-sea drilling in remote reaches of the Arctic. But will the Minerals Management Service (MMS) stop it? According to a report that appeared in Rolling Stones magazine, no. Many environmentalists assert that President Obama’s moratorium on offshore drilling is nothing more than a stall tactic engineered to allow the public’s anger to abate before MMS gives BP and other oil giants the green light to drill in an area that ... Read More

Satellite images reveal another Gulf oil spill

BP isn’t the only oil company currently spilling crude oil into the Gulf from defective wells and broken riser pipes, satellite images reveal. An offshore rig named the Ocean Saratoga has been spewing oil into the water since at least April 30, according to federal documents. The rig, which is situated about 40 miles from the Deepwater Horizon site, is owned by Diamond Offshore and leased to Taylor Energy Company. An organization called Skytruth, which uses satellite images to document environmental destruction, has published images of what it believes to be one but possibly two oil leaks in the vicinity ... Read More

BP explosion exposes antiquated laws and limits

Members of Congress are working to repeal the Death on the High Seas Act of 1920 (commonly referred to as DOSHA), an antiquated law that sets limits on the damages that family members and other dependents can collect in the wake of a deadly offshore incident. The push to repeal the law is being driven by Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and other members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who have conducted hearings on BP’s April 20 rig explosion that killed 11 workers and created an uncontrollable oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In the hearings, the wives ... Read More

US launches criminal investigation of BP

The U.S. government has opened a widely anticipated criminal and civil investigation of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The announcement steps up the pressure on the British oil company, which is the fourth largest corporation in the world. “We will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” Holder said after meeting with federal and Louisiana prosecutors in New Orleans. The oil spill created by BP’s runaway well threatens to dwarf 1989’s Exxon Valdez spill as the worst in U.S. history, gushing oil at a rate of 12,000 to ... Read More