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Mississippi man hospitalized after guardrail impales his car

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A Mississippi man is in stable condition in a Northern Virginia hospital after losing control of his vehicle on a wet highway and colliding with a guardrail Wednesday. Reports and images taken of the crash show the guardrail apparently malfunctioned and impaled the man’s vehicle, further raising concerns that some guardrails may be defective and potentially deadly. Authorities investigating the crash aren’t certain whether the guardrails that sliced through 31-year-old Clayton Dominic Johnson’s 1996 Nissan were made by Trinity Industries, the Texas company that manufactured the controversial ET-Plus guardrail systems targeted by a recent whistleblower lawsuit. Joshua Harmon, himself a ... Read More

The Fraud List: CVS Caremark profits from Medicaid fraud

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CVS Caremark is the pharmacy benefit management and drugs-by-mail division of CVS Health, a Woonsocket, R.I., based company currently ranked by Fortune Global 500 as the 35th largest corporation in the world in terms of revenue. As both the owner of nearly 70,000 retail pharmacies and the manager of pharmacy services for thousands of clients, the CVS family of companies is well positioned to make enormous profits in the health care field. The corporation manages pharmacy benefit services for employers, health insurance companies, unions, government employee groups, managed care organizations, and other health care plan providers throughout the U.S. CVS Caremark, ... Read More

Old Liability Cap May Further Harm Amtrak Crash Victims

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A $200-million-per-incident cap on Amtrak’s liability for damages caused by train crashes, mandated by Congress in 1997, is inadequate in providing relief for victims of Train 188 that crashed in Philadelphia in May. Since the deadly May 12 derailment, which killed eight people and injured more than 200 others, stories of passengers left with debilitating injuries, mounting medical expenses, and disrupted careers – not to mention the families of those who perished in the crash — have underscored the inadequacy of the congressionally mandated liability limit, which itself has added another level of anxiety and distress to all those facing ... Read More

Testosterone ineffective as treatment for ejaculatory dysfunction

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Testosterone replacement therapy doesn’t benefit men with ejaculatory dysfunction, according to a study published in the July 9 issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Testosterone treatments are used to increase the hormone levels in men with hypogonadism, a condition in which men do not produce enough testosterone due to injury or disease. The condition can cause symptoms such as low sex drive, muscle loss and fatigue. Ejaculatory dysfunction includes conditions such as delayed ejaculation, premature ejaculation and anejaculation. There is limited data to indicate whether testosterone deficiency may be a contributor to ejaculatory dysfunction in men. But ... Read More

Risperdal linked to prolonged erections, gynecomastia

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The antipsychotic drug Risperdal has been associated with prolonged erections. The unwanted, persistent erection of the penis not caused by sexual stimulation or arousal is generally painful, and requires immediate medical attention. The side effect is so rare that doctors are not required to discuss it with patients who are prescribed the drug. But the Physicians’ Desk Reference lists reports of prolonged erections in patients treated with the meds. Risperdal, known generically as risperidone, is an antipsychotic drug used to treat adults and children with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability with autism. It is sometimes used off-label to treat ADD, ... Read More

Kim Kardashian promotes controversial morning sickness drug

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Kim Kardashian is profiting from her pregnancy by pushing a controversial morning sickness drug. Kardashian posted on Instagram a photo of herself with a bottle of Diclegis and a rather scripted message saying that her doctor prescribed the drug. “I’m so excited and happy with my results that I’m partnering with Duchesnay USA to raise awareness about treating morning sickness,” she writes. Diclegis is a combination of vitamin B6 and the antihistamine doxylamine. It is a delayed-release pill that is designed to be taken every day before symptoms occur. Nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy generally occur in the morning, ... Read More

More patients being treated for atrial fibrillation

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More patients than ever are being treated with blood thinners for the common irregular heart rhythm condition atrial fibrillation, thanks in part to direct-to-consumer advertising from the newest anticoagulants on the market. According to a study conducted by researchers with the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center, doctors prescribed more than 2.83 million blood thinners in the last quarter of 2014, up about 800,000 from the start of 2009. Blood thinners are used to prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation. They are also used to prevent or treat blood clots in the legs and lungs, a condition known as ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson announces declining sales in all three divisions

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Consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson recently reported concerning second-quarter earnings with overall sales down 8.8 percent from the same quarter last year. Some of the blame falls on the company’s medical devices division, which saw declining sales for the fourth straight quarter with not much hope for growth on the horizon, according to analysts. All three of Johnson & Johnson’s divisions – consumer products, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals – have experienced quarterly declines for the past few years. The majority of the declines were attributed to foreign exchange fluctuations, but sales in each division were weak. Declines in the company’s ... Read More

Study investigates testosterone side effects

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Last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered manufacturers of testosterone replacement products to add blood clot warnings to the safety labels of the hormones. A new study suggests testosterone supplements may not increase the risk of blood clots, but the risk for heart attacks and strokes in patients who use the therapy remains. The most common forms of blood clots in the veins, also known as venous thromboembolism (VTE), are deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs). It is the third most common cardiovascular problem after heart attacks and ... Read More

Judge refuses to dismiss Prozac birth defects lawsuit

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A lawsuit filed by a woman who claims taking Eli Lilly & Co.’s antidepressant Prozac during pregnancy caused her child to be born with a heart defect will move forward after an Alabama federal court refused the drug company’s motion to dismiss the case. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins found that the plaintiff, Dana Fields, had a genuine dispute against Eli Lilly, and that she could show factual causation that her doctor would not have prescribed the drug to her had he known the risks, even though the doctor is now deceased. Fields claims that in 1996 she took Prozac ... Read More