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Boston Scientific faces IVC filter injury lawsuit

A lawsuit alleging Boston Scientific didn’t adequately warn a man that its blood clot catching device could perforate a major vein in his body will move forward, an Illinois federal judge ruled. Willie Tyler filed a lawsuit against the medical device manufacturer alleging the company’s Greenfield IVC filter carried dangerous side effects. IVC filters are tiny cage-like devices that are implanted in the inferior vena cava, a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower extremities to the heart. The device is intended to catch blood clots before they reach the heart, which can lead to complications including pulmonary ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh maker accused of using counterfeit materials

Boston Scientific is adamant that it didn’t purchase counterfeit plastic materials from a Chinese supplier to produce its transvaginal mesh device for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse. But a 60 Minutes investigation has uncovered evidence that suggests otherwise. CBS’s 60 Minutes reported that emails show the company knowingly bought the counterfeit parts from a Chinese supplier and even repackaged the material to hide that it was an imitation product. Boston Scientific and other manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices have been caught up in massive litigation for years alleging the devices are defective and have caused women serious injuries from ... Read More

Insys sued for bribing doctors to prescribe powerful opioid Subsys

Drug company Insys Therapeutics bribed doctors to prescribe its powerful fentanyl spray Subsys for conditions in which it was not approved, allegedly costing the federal government millions of dollars, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and six states. The whistleblower litigation involves allegations that Insys used deceptive practices to market its cancer pain treatment, including funneling money to doctors and nurse practitioners through fake speaking events in exchange for them writing prescriptions; finding jobs for family and friends of those who prescribed the drug; and funding strip club visits. Numerous Insys sales representatives have ... Read More

Six states sue OxyContin maker for exacerbating opioid epidemic

Six states have filed new lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, accusing the company of using deceptive marketing to increase sales, causing overdose deaths and economic damages while fanning the flames of the nation’s opioid epidemic. The lawsuits were filed by the attorneys general of Texas, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Tennessee, and accuse Purdue – makers of the powerful opioid OxyContin – of overstating the benefits of the drug while downplaying the risks, including its high addiction potential. The states seek significant penalties and measures to stop future harm to citizens and communities. “My office is holding Purdue Pharma ... Read More

Verdict reached in latest testosterone side effects trial

Jurors in the fifth bellwether to be tried a multi district litigation (MDL) accusing testosterone replacement therapies of causing serious cardiovascular events found in favor of the defense. More than 6,500 cases remain in the MDL against testosterone makers, where previous verdicts have resulted in multimillion dollar awards to victims of testosterone side effects. Arthur Myers and his wife Heather sued AbbVie Inc., in 2015, claiming Arthur was lured to seek specific testing and treatment for low testosterone by the drug company’s direct-to-consumer advertising for its top-selling testosterone treatment AndroGel. In February 2008, Arthur suffered a pulmonary embolism, or blood ... Read More

Drug execs deny fueling opioid epidemic

Four executives from drug distributors told members of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations that their companies did not fuel the nation’s opioid epidemic, but one executive did express “personal regret for judgments that we’d make differently today,” Law360 reported. George Barrett, executive chairman of Cardinal Health, was referring specifically to opioid shipments his company and others made to two pharmacies in West Virginia, including one in Mount Gay-Shamrock, a town of just under 1,900 people, that received more than 16.5 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills from 2006 to 2016. “With the benefit of hindsight, I ... Read More

Whistleblower will be compensated by roofing contractor for Wrongful Termination

A whistleblower who lost his job with a Georgia roofing contractor because he cooperated with federal safety authorities investigating the company will receive back wages and other compensation. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) filed a lawsuit against Jasper Contractors Inc. of Kennesaw, Georgia on behalf of a former safety director who claimed he was fired after he cooperated with an OSHA investigation by providing the agency with a statement and safety documentation. The federal agency was investigating safety-related issues concerning work the company was performing in Florida. OSHA alleged the roofing company violated the whistleblower or anti-retaliation ... Read More

FDA tracking abuse potential of anti-seizure drug gabapentin

A commonly prescribed medication to treat seizures, nerve pain and other conditions that has been on the market for more than 25 years is raising red flags with federal drug regulators as the next drug of choice among abusers and misusers. The drug, called gabapentin, has become the ninth most prescribed medication in the U.S., according to GoodRx, which tracks prescription sales. The drug has long been considered non-addictive and, as a result, is not tracked as closely as highly addictive opioids. But an uptick in poison control center calls regarding gabapentin overdoses has federal authorities thinking proactively. This increase ... Read More

LA sues drug makers, distributors for fueling opioid epidemic

The City of Los Angeles has filed a lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of highly addictive opioid painkillers, accusing the companies of engaging in deceptive marketing practices, and contributing to the nation’s opioid epidemic. Los Angeles is the latest local government among dozens to hold drug companies to task for fueling the opioid crisis by pushing the highly addictive drugs and not warning of the risks. Los Angeles is accusing makers of OxyContin, methadone, fentanyl and other opioids of public nuisance, violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, and negligence. “The scourge of prescription drug addiction has made ... Read More

California Man Suffers Devastating Burns in E-Cigarette Explosion

A California man is suing the world’s leading battery manufacturer over severe burn injuries he suffered when his e-cigarette exploded in his pants pocket. According to the Los Angeles Times, 26-year-old Erik Howell of Glendale filed the personal injury lawsuit against LG Chem, the Korean chemical company that owns the lion’s share of the world’s battery market, in Los Angeles Superior Court. Mr. Howell alleges an LG Chem battery for his e-cigarette “violently exploded” in the front left pocket of his pants Jan. 15, setting his clothes on fire. The white-hot flames from the battery severely burned his legs and ... Read More