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Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $15 Million From Furniture Importer


Los Angeles, California-based furniture seller Z Gallerie will pay the U.S. $15 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who accused the company of mislabeling shipments of wooden bedroom furniture made in the People’s Republic of China to avoid paying appropriate customs duties that protect domestic furniture makers. Federal prosecutors said that Z Gallerie, which sells upscale furniture and accessories in stores throughout the U.S. and online, misclassified and conspired with others to misclassify wooden bedroom furniture, which is subject to anti-dumping duties. These duties are assessed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to protect ... Read More

Testosterone replacement is intriguing but carries serious risks

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It is difficult not to be lured by advertisements for testosterone replacement therapies, promising increased sex drive, more muscle mass, and increased energy levels by curing so-called “Low T.” It is even more tempting when reputable sources, like the Mayo Clinic, publish an intriguing review promoting the hormone. But public, beware. Studies have shown that testosterone treatments may not do much to boost libido and may increase the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes But what about that Mayo Clinic article? Consider the source. The review was authored by doctors who worked for the testosterone replacement industry, ... Read More

Missouri Man Dies After IVC Filter Travels to His Heart

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Eugene Benzing, a husband, father and grandfather to eight grandchildren, died on a hospital floor at University of Kansas Medical Center while recovering from bariatric surgery. Doctors discovered his Recovery IVC filter had broken away and entered his heart. When Benzing decided to have bariatric surgery, doctors were hesitant to perform the surgery because he had a history of pulmonary embolism. A doctor finally agreed to the surgery if he would be implanted with an IVC filter first, the Recovery model made by C.R. Bard.  A retrievable IVC filter is a spider-like device inserted into the inferior vena cava (the largest vein in ... Read More

Lawsuits Link Hip and Knee Replacement infections to Bair Hugger warming blanket

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The lawsuits are piling up against 3M and its subsidiary, Arizant, for infections linked to the Bair Hugger warming blanket, at least 82 of which are hip and knee replacement patients. The Bair Hugger, a single-use forced-air warming blanket used on patients to help maintain normal body temperature during surgery, is a popular device used on more than 100 million surgical patients since its introduction in the late 1980s. The Bair Hugger blanket is intended to keep the patient warm during surgery. It is proven that when a patient is under anesthesia for any length of time, the body temperature may drop ... Read More

Cherokee Nation’s Risperdal side effects lawsuit to stay in OK state court


Johnson & Johnson and its unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals must face the Cherokee Nation in a lawsuit over Risperdal side effects in an Oklahoma state court because the federal court lacked jurisdiction, U.S. District Judge James H. Payne ruled earlier this month. The drug companies had fought to keep the lawsuit in federal court claiming that the rightful plaintiff in the case was not the Cherokee Nation, but a holding company for the tribal businesses. The Cherokee Nation originally filed the lawsuit in April 2015 in Oklahoma’s Sequoyah County Court seeking restitution for the money the tribe had spent on the ... Read More

Low-dose aspirin could be prescribed as additional cancer treatment


Women have been up in arms at the discovery that a common household product, talc-containing baby powder, could have increased their risk of developing ovarian cancer up to 33 percent. More than 1,000 lawsuits have been filed against manufacturer Johnson & Johnson alleging the company knew about the risk and failed to warn consumers. The company already been found liable in court twice for negligence, conspiracy, and failure to warn women of the potential risk of using talcum powder in the genital area. But now there is good news about a different household product. A new study by researchers from the Cardiff University’s ... Read More

Woman sues Xarelto makers after suffering ‘terrifying blood loss’


Jessica Brown, 37, was taking the blood thinner Xarelto to help prevent strokes caused by her irregular heart rhythm abnormality known as atrial fibrillation, when she said she began suffering terrifying blood loss during her menstrual cycle. She became so weak that she couldn’t walk. She was rushed to the emergency department where she was promptly treated with a two-pint blood transfusion. “I could have bled to death,” Brown says. “Thank God it was just my period and it wasn’t a head injury or something.” Xarelto is a newer blood thinner that hit the market in 2011 as a more ... Read More

Whistleblower Lawsuit Leads To $784 Million Recovery From Wyeth and Pfizer


Drug companies Wyeth and Pfizer Inc. have agreed to pay the United States $784.6 million to settle a whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit alleging they “created elaborate pricing schemes to deceive Medicaid into paying more than it should” for proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. According to the whistleblower complaint, Wyeth sold Protonix Oral and Protonix IV to hospitals through a bundling arrangement that provided deep discounts on the drugs if hospitals placed them on their formulary and made them available within the hospital. These bundling arrangements induced hospitals to buy Protonix Oral, a form of the drug ... Read More

Missouri Woman Suing C.R. Bard for IVC Filter She Claims Killed Her Husband

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A Missouri woman has filed a lawsuit against C.R. Bard, the maker of several different types of retrievable IVC filters, claiming the device killed her husband. Retrievable IVC (inferior vena cava) filters are cage-like devices that are implanted into the largest vein in the body – the inferior vena cava – and are intended to catch blood clots before they enter the heart and/or lungs. This method is intended to prevent pulmonary embolism from occurring, and is often used in patients that cannot tolerate blood thinning medication. But as patients are sustaining injuries linked to flaws in the design of the ... Read More

FDA Cleared Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants without Clinical Testing

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When Consumer Reports did an investigation regarding the FDA and approved medical devices designed to be implanted into the body, what they found was disturbing to say the least. “Medical devices often aren’t tested before they come on the market,” Consumer Reports says. That was the case for the DePuy ASR XL metal-on-metal hip that has allegedly injured thousands of patients, including Stephen Tower, M.D., a 55-year-old orthopedic surgeon. About a year after receiving his hip implant, Tower could tell that something was wrong. He experienced pain from his hip “pretty much constantly”, his chromium and cobalt blood levels were through the roof, ... Read More