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McDonald’s Salads Linked to Intestinal Parasite Across the Midwest

McDonald’s has stopped selling salads at thousands of its Midwestern locations after dozens of people fell ill with cyclosporiasis, an illness caused by the intestinal parasite cyclospora. As of Sunday, July 15, public health officials in Illinois have confirmed 90 cases of cylclosporiasis in patients who had eaten at McDonald’s in the previous days, while officials in Iowa reported 15 cases. Health officials in Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, and South Dakota are also reporting cyclosporiasis illnesses that they believe stem from McDonald’s salads. According to USA Today, each of the states has two cases, except for Missouri, which has seven, and ... Read More

Whistleblower’s Suit Against Roche, Humana Survives Motions to Dismiss

A whistleblower’s $45 million False Claims Act lawsuit alleging Humana and Roche Diagnostics engaged in an illegal kickback scheme and other health care fraud will stand after an Illinois federal judge rejected two motions to dismiss the allegations. Crystal Derrick, a former Roche account manager, filed the whistleblower complaint on behalf of the U.S. government in 2014, HealthPayer Intelligence reports. She alleges that Roche improperly dismissed debt Humana owed to Roche in a bid to keep Roche Diagnostic’s diabetes testing products on Humana’s formularies. The deal also helped bar competitor products from Humana’s formularies, the whistleblower complaint alleged. According to Louisville Business ... Read More

AbbVie testosterone case to be retried

An Illinois federal judge has ordered a retrial of the second bellwether in a multidistrict litigation alleging testosterone replacement therapy makers failed to warn about cardiovascular risks with their products. In October, plaintiff Jeffrey Konrad was awarded $140,000 in compensatory damages and $140 million in punitive damages after he blamed AbbVie’s AndroGel for causing his heart attack. But U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly found that the jury’s finding of strict liability clashed with Konrad’s negligence claim. At issue is the instructions given to the jury for strict liability and negligence claims, both of which required the jury to find that ... Read More

Actavis poised to settle testosterone side effects lawsuits

Actavis Inc., a pharmaceutical company named in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) alleging failure to warn of cardiovascular risks with testosterone replacement therapies, has reached a memorandum of understanding on a potential global settlement concerning its testosterone treatment Androderm. Actavis is the latest testosterone manufacturer to make a move toward exiting the MDL, following similar measures by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals LLC, Eli Lilly & Co., Endo Pharmaceuticals PLC, and GlaxoSmithKline LLC. AbbVie is the only drug company in the MDL that has yet to make an effort to resolve outstanding cases. The AndroGel manufacturer also faces the most lawsuits in the litigation. ... Read More

Man dies after being pinned under printing press machinery

A 32-year-old man was killed after being pinned under a piece of machinery that was being removed from the pressroom of The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Workers had been dismantling the printing press after the paper’s printing operations were relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey, when newsroom workers heard a loud boom. An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway. The victim was identified as Ruben Ocasio-Fernandez of Cape Coral, Florida. The cause of death has been attributed to multiple blunt force trauma and was ruled an accident by the coroner. Ocasio-Fernandez was working for Britton ... Read More

Endo agrees to settle 400+ testosterone side effects lawsuits

Endo International has reached a “master settlement agreement” to resolve “all known” cases accusing the company of overstating the benefits of its testosterone replacement therapy and failing to warn men that use of the drug increases the risk for heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. Endo faces about 1,300 testosterone lawsuits, about 900 of which are pending in a federal multidistrict litigation in the Northern District of Illinois against Endo and several other testosterone manufacturers. Other testosterone cases are pending in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas and other states. In February, Endo announced a tentative settlement agreement and ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Melons Grows

A melon recall triggered by a multistate outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses has been expanded to include 10 additional states, bringing the total number of states affected by the outbreak to 23, according to federal health officials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the recall encompasses pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit salads containing one or more of those melons produced and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana. Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee have been added to the list of states where the melon may be contaminated with salmonella, the ... Read More

AbbVie accused of misusing plaintiff profile forms in testosterone MDL

Attorneys representing consumers in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) accusing testosterone treatment manufacturers of failing to warn that their products carried cardiovascular risks asked an Illinois federal judge to fine AbbVie Inc., nearly a half million dollars for misusing a records-collecting process to challenge almost 1,000 cases. The plaintiffs’ attorneys told U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly that AbbVie, maker of the top-selling AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy, was improperly using the plaintiff profile forms in an attempt to have the cases dismissed. As a result, the plaintiffs’ steering committee has spent tremendous time and effort to respond to the drug company’s issues. ... Read More

AbbVie faces more lawsuits in testosterone MDL

AbbVie Inc., prevailed in the latest bellwether trial accusing the company’s testosterone treatment AndroGel of causing heart attacks, strokes and blood clots, but AbbVie and other testosterone manufacturers still face thousands more lawsuits consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. This is the third of five bellwether trials that have been won by testosterone makers. The other two have resulted in a total of $143 million in verdicts for the plaintiffs. The latest trial involved the case of Rober Rowley who was prescribed AndroGel in 2012 to treat fatigue. Years earlier, ... Read More

Man Sickened by Salmonella Sues Melon Producer

An Indiana man who was hospitalized after eating melon contaminated with Salmonella is suing Caito Foods LLC, the producer of watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and other products that federal health officials say started a multistate outbreak of Salmonella illnesses. According to Food Safety News, Jacob Novero was infected with the Salmonella Adelaide strain linked to the contaminated products after buying and eating pre-cut fruit containing honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon and blueberries produced by Caito Foods of Indianapolis. Mr. Novero bought the contaminated melon salad at a Walmart Supercenter in Noblesville, Indiana on May 12. He started feeling ill two days later ... Read More