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Scalp cooling devices good news for Taxotere users worried about risk of permanent hair loss?

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In an editorial accompanying two separate studies on scalp cooling devices, both published online Feb. 14 in JAMA Oncology, Dawn L. Hershman, MD, from the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork–Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, New York City speaks about quality of life for individuals with cancer. The scalp cooling devices are designed to help to prevent chemotherapy-induced alopecia (hair loss) by reducing blood flow to the scalp and thus the amount of chemotherapy delivered to the hair follicles. She said that “[o]ne of the strongest deterrents for a woman who is deciding whether to undergo chemotherapy is concern about alopecia.” ... Read More

Florida Dermatologist Settles Medicare Fraud, Kickback Complaints

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A Florida federal judge has entered a judgement against a dermatologist and his medical practice, ordering them to pay more than $18 million for allegedly pocketing tens of millions of dollars from Medicare by ordering medically unnecessary biopsies, falsely diagnosing patients with cancer, performing unnecessary radiation treatments on patients, and illegally billing the government for those biopsies and radiation treatments. The allegations were originally made in two separate False Claims Act lawsuits filed in December 2013 and June 2014 by Dr. Theodore Schiff, a dermatologist who is the medical director and managing partner of Water’s Edge Dermatology LLC, a dermatology ... Read More

NHL tries to skirt head injury claims by denouncing CTE research

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Ice hockey is considered one of the most violent contact sports, but the National Hockey League (NHL) begged to differ when it was faced with a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that the league hid the dangers of head injuries from professional players and encouraged aggressive behavior in the games. The NHL argued against the collective knowledge of medical experts and scientists by arguing there is not a link between repeated head blows and the much-talked about degenerative brain disease CTE. Researchers have found that when a brain is concussed, proteins called tau are released in the brain. Repeated head ... Read More

Could results of 2017 Risperdal lawsuits prompt global J&J settlement?

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Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals face more than 15,000 lawsuits over alleged disfiguring side effects caused by its antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The last case to be tried resulted in a $70 million verdict in favor of a young Tennessee boy. The next scheduled trial, which involved a New York boy who claimed he suffered serious Risperdal side effects, ended with a confidential settlement agreement early this year. Could that be a sign that the pharmaceutical giant is considering settling more cases? J&J says it is taking each case one-by-one to decide whether a settlement is in order. ... Read More

NC nursing home ordered to pay $5.2 million for the wrongful deaths of three patients

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The skilled nursing care given by Blue Ridge Health Care Center and management companies Care Virginia Management LLC and Care One LLC was grossly negligent, intentional or in reckless disregard of the rights of three nursing home patients, a North Carolina federal jury determined, and ordered the companies to pay the families of the three deceased residents $5.2 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The jury found that the companies’ actions caused the deaths of Del Ray Baird, Elizabeth Jones, and Bettie May Kee. Baird’s estate was awarded $50,000, and the estates of Jones and Kee were each awarded $300,000 ... Read More

Getting to the root cause of various types of hair loss

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The Kashmir Monitor encourages readers who are experiencing hair loss to make themselves aware of the various causes. “The key to finding a solution to thinning hair or baldness is determining the root of the problem and seeking treatment accordingly,” the article states. The article lists 10 different possible reasons that a person might be suffering from hair loss, and treatments when applicable. Some of the causes were purely physical, such as thyroid disorders and nutrient deficiencies, in which getting your hormones or your diet back in balance will allow your hair to start growing again. The article warns readers ... Read More

U.S. Joins Whistleblower lawsuit Against UnitedHealthcare

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The U.S. government has joined a former UnitedHealth executive in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging the company “engaged in systematic fraud” that allowed it, subsidiary companies, and other insurers to fraudulently overcharge Medicare by “hundreds of millions — and likely billions — of dollars.” Benjamin Poehling, the former finance director for UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement, a subsidiary that works with the Medicare Advantage program, filed the lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles in 2011 under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The lawsuit remained under seal for years while federal officials investigated Mr. Poehling’s claims. It became public ... Read More

First Xarelto trial delayed due to NBA All Star game

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The first bellwether trial in the massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving bleeding risks with the blood thinner Xarelto was scheduled to begin this month in the Eastern District of Louisiana, but the National Basketball Association (NBA) All Star game occurring in New Orleans at the same time pushed U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon to delay trial until March. The Xarelto MDL under Judge Fallon has swelled to nearly 14,000 lawsuits since the it was first consolidated in December 2014. Last summer, Judge Fallon had scheduled the first cases to be tried, with the first to be tried in February. But the ... Read More

Real-world data shows Xarelto has greater bleeding risk than Pradaxa

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The blockbuster blood thinner Xarelto, prescribed to millions of patients worldwide, may have a higher bleeding risk than its competitor Pradaxa, according to a study based on real-world data published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study involved records on 118,000 Medicare patients with atrial fibrillation who were treated with either Pradaxa or Xarelto for the prevention of strokes associated with the heart ailment. When compared to patients treated with Pradaxa, the Xarelto group had significant increases in intracerebral hemorrhage, major extracranial bleeding, and gastrointestinal bleeding. Pharmaceuticals are approved for marketing in the U.S. after undergoing a series of clinical trials ... Read More

Ethicon loses appeal in $3 million pelvic mesh verdict

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Johnson and Johnson unit Ethicon is unhappy with and petitioning against the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision to uphold a $3.27 million jury verdict in the second Ethicon pelvic mesh bellwether trial. This was the first of the 31,676 lawsuits to go to trial in the New Jersey multidistrict litigation against Ethicon related to the mesh devices. The trial, which concluded on Sept. 5, 2014. involved plaintiffs Jo and Allen Huskey, who alleged that because of a design defect in Mrs. Huskey’s TVT-O sling she experienced severe pain. The sling had eroded and surgery could not completely remove ... Read More