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University of Florida Pays $20 Million to Settle Complaint Alleging Grant Fraud


The University of Florida will pay the U.S. government nearly $20 million to settle allegations that it overcharged the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) for salary and administrative costs on hundreds of federal grants and misused grant funds. The federal government filed a False Claims Act complaint against the University of Florida after a Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) investigation uncovered evidence of fraud. The Justice Department’s Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch and the Dept. of Health and Human Services office of the Inspector General coordinated the settlement with the University of Florida. The University ... Read More

FDA issues warning letter to medical device maker C.R. Bard

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Medical device manufacturer C R. Bard was slapped with a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over misfiling customer complaints that included one patient death, manufacturing a high-risk medical device without required agency approval, and failing to notify the FDA of serious device malfunctions. The FDA letter addresses Bard’s manufacturing and marketing of the Recovery Cone Removal System, used to retrieve inferior vena cava filters, also known as Retrievable IVC filters. The cage-like filters are implanted in the body’s largest vein, called the vena cava, to capture blood clots before they reach the heart and lungs. The devices ... Read More

NYPD Whistleblower Settles Retaliation Lawsuit With NYC


New York City has agreed to pay a former NYPD sergeant $150,000 to settle a federal lawsuit he filed against his superiors, alleging they retaliated against him for blowing the whistle on corrupt practices within the department. Robert Borrelli, 50, filed his whistleblower complaint in a Brooklyn Federal court in 2013 after being rebuffed by the Internal Affairs Bureau, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Queens District Attorney’s Office, the New York Daily News reported. Mr. Borrelli alleged his former commanding officers at the 100th Precinct ordered felony complaints he prepared to be downgraded to misdemeanors, which would create ... Read More

Warming blanket linked to infection risk in joint replacement patients

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More than 50 patients who have undergone orthopedic surgery have filed lawsuits against the makers of a popular warming blanket used to keep patients warm during surgery, claiming the machine can circulate contaminated air and cause debilitating infections deep inside joints. The Bair Hugger, manufactured by 3M Company and its subsidiary Arizant Healthcare, pushes warm air through a flexible hose into a blanket that is draped over a patient during surgery. Researchers have found that the air within the blankets can become contaminated, and as the air blows over surgical sites, it can cause infections including MRSA and sepsis. Patients ... Read More

European group issues statement regarding use of testosterone replacement therapy

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Recent controversy in the United States regarding the overprescribing of testosterone replacement therapy to aging men, and cardiovascular side effects associated with the hormones, have prompted the European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) to issue a statement saying testosterone treatments should not be offered to all aging men, and that candidates be evaluated for co-morbidities that could affect natural testosterone levels and increase side effects from treatment. Testosterone treatments, which includes the brand names AndroGel and Axiron, are intended for men who suffer from hypogonadism, a condition in which men do not produce enough testosterone due to disease or injury. ... Read More

Murray Energy to pay $150K in whistleblower lawsuit claiming the company tried to deter safety complaints


Murray Energy Corp., the largest underground coal mining company in the U.S., has been fined a total of $150,000 due to interfering with the rights of whistleblowers to file anonymous safety complaints. The administrative law judge also ordered Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray to personally deliver speeches to his employees at the mines, informing them of their rights as American laborers. “I find interference with the right to make anonymous complaints to be a very serious matter that undermines the safety of the mine,” Judge Margaret Miller, of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, wrote in her ruling. ... Read More

Fresenius slapped with wrongful death lawsuit


A man is suing Fresenius Medical Care and others, claiming negligence on behalf of the dialysis company and members of Huntington Internal Medicine Group in Huntington, W. Va., which he claims caused injuries and the premature death of his father. John. E. Bourdelais was undergoing dialysis treatment under the care of the defendants on July 13, 2013, when he suffered life-threatening injuries including hemorrhagic shock, cardiopulmonary arrest, bilateral pleural effusions, cardiac arrhythmias, hypovolemic arrest, traumatic hemothorax and multiple fractured ribs secondary to resuscitation. This, the lawsuit claims, shortened his life by two years. The lawsuit was filed by John M. ... Read More

AF patients should weigh stroke risk against bleeding risk with blood thinners


Atrial fibrillation, or AF, is the most common type of heart rhythm abnormality in which the heart beats too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm. This causes blood to pool in the chambers of the heart, which can lead to blood clots that can break loose and travel to the brain, causing a stroke. Thus, patients with AF are at an increased risk of stroke. To reduce this risk, AF patients are often treated with blood thinners. But the decision to prescribe anticoagulants to AF patients is a gamble, says Dr. John Mandrola, in an editorial for Medscape. “The drugs ... Read More

U.S. Backs Whistleblower Complaint Against Navy Contractor


The U.S. said on Wednesday that it has joined a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by a whistleblower who alleges a U.S. Navy contractor that provided goods and services to U.S. ships in ports around the world knowingly overbilled the government for a decade starting in 2005. The U.S. government contracted U.K.-based Inchcape Shipping Services Holdings Limited to provide goods and services, known as ship husbanding, for crews of ships at port in Asia, Africa, Central America, North America, South America, and Mexico. These services typically included providing food and other basic provisions, arranging ship-to-shore and local transportation, waste removal, ... Read More

Mirena IUD linked to increased risk of breast cancer

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The Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) has been linked to complications that can cause lasting injuries, but a new study suggests it may also increase the risk of breast cancer. The Mirena IUD is inserted into the cervix where it releases a small amount of the progestin hormone levonorgestrel. It is intended to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It has been linked to serious adverse side effects and potentially life threatening complications following implantation including migration of the device from its intended place in the cervix, perforation into other organs, embedment in the uterus, and expulsion of the IUD. ... Read More