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Medical device maker to pay U.S. $4.9 million in whistleblower kickback case


Biotronik Inc., an Oregon-based medical device manufacturer, has agreed to pay $4.9 million to resolve allegations made by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act that the company violated federal anti-kickback laws by paying physicians to use devices that it produced and sold. Former Biotronik employee, Brian Sant, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company under the qui tam or “whistleblower” provisions of the False Claims Act, which authorizes private individuals armed with evidence of fraud and other wrongdoing against federal agencies and programs to sue on behalf of the U.S. and share in any recovery. The U.S. Justice Department ... Read More

Whistleblower sues Shire Pharmaceuticals for wrongful termination


A former employee of Shire Pharmaceuticals is suing the drug company in a Pennsylvania federal court, alleging she was fired in retaliation for voicing concerns over Shire’s inappropriate, off-label marketing of Firazyr, a costly drug approved for the treatment of hereditary angioedema, a rare and potentially life-threatening immune disorder that causes swelling of the face, airway, and other parts of the body. Mary Catherin Barry, who worked in Shire’s accounting department from 2006 to 2014, monitored Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements of Firayr. She states in her lawsuit that she noticed a number of patients were using unusually high amounts of the ... Read More

Researchers warn energy drinks are dangerous to children


Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster and 5-Hour Energy are not safe for children because kids 6 years old and younger have suffered seizures and heart problems after drinking the highly caffeinated drinks, a new study reveals. Researchers also warn that the drinks should be avoided by people with heart conditions because the effects could be dangerous. Researchers with Wayne State University in Detroit reviewed 5,156 calls to U.S. poison control centers from October 2010 to September 2013, focusing on ones involving energy drinks. The most common cause for the calls was because children accidentally drank an energy drink. ... Read More

Mother concerned about Risperdal side effects


Joelle Kendle is struggling with whether to fill the prescription her doctor has given her for Risperdal for her 6-year-old son, Matthias. He is already taking the stimulant Adderall for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but it barely controls his outbursts. Joelle is concerned about Risperdal side effects, and rightfully so. The drug has been associated with weight gain and diabetes. More recent studies have linked the drug to gynecomastia, a condition in which boys grow breasts. Risperdal, known generically as risperidone, is an antipsychotic medication that is approved in the United States to treat adults and children with schizophrenia, ... Read More

Younger women at greater risk of Mirena IUD expulsion

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Younger women who have an intrauterine device, or IUD, are at greater risk of the device expelling and of experiencing adverse effects than older women, according to a study published by the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology. IUD expulsion is when the device migrates from its intended position in the cervix. The expulsion can either be complete or incomplete. Complete expulsions occur when the device comes out of the uterus and into the vagina. A partial expulsion is when the device is pushed only partly out. In both cases, a woman is at risk of becoming pregnant or experiencing even ... Read More

Judges decide not to dismiss lawsuits against generic Reglan makers


A three-judge panel has found that failure-to-warn claims against makers of generic versions of the heartburn drug Reglan could move forward because the companies failed to update their warning labels when the brand name product’s label was changed to include new side effect warnings. The ruling affects a large number of the roughly 650 lawsuits consolidated in Middlesex County, where they were transferred from Atlantic County last month. The panel of judges wrestled with the 2011 ruling in Pliva v. Mensing that state tort claims against makers of generic drugs alleging inadequate warnings should be overridden by federal law, which ... Read More

Walmart truck driver asks court to delay Tracy Morgan’s personal injury lawsuit

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The driver of a Walmart truck that slammed into the back of a limousine, critically injuring actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and killing his friend James McNair a.k.a. “Jimmy Mack,” has filed a motion in federal court seeking to delay Mr. Morgan’s personal injury lawsuit. Kevin Roper, the Walmart driver blamed for causing the June 7 chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, faces several criminal charges in connection with the crash in state court. He has asked the federal court to put Mr. Morgan’s lawsuit on hold pending the outcome of the criminal case, which includes one count of death by ... Read More

Florida jury awards $26.7 million to four women injured by transvaginal mesh

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A Florida federal jury determined that medical device maker Boston Scientific should pay $26.7 million to four women who claim they were injured by the company’s transvaginal mesh. The jury found Boston Scientific negligent in manufacturing the Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit, a type of surgical mesh that is used to treat common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Jurors found that the device was defective at the time of its sale because it didn’t meet reasonable expectations of its intended users, and that the benefits of the device were overshadowed by the risks, ... Read More

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against five talcum powder manufacturers

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Five manufacturers of talcum powder are being sued by the estate of Janice Chakalos, a longtime user of talc-containing products, claiming the products caused her to develop ovarian cancer, which took her life in 2012 at the age of 63. Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, Imerys Talc, Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Chattem are named in the lawsuit. Chakalos allegedly used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, which was produced by Johnson & Johnson but recently sold to Valeant, and Gold Bond, which is made by Chattem. Chattem was acquired by Sanofi in 2010. Imerys mined the talc used in the ... Read More

Attorneys investigating cases of melanoma among Viagra users


The number of lawsuits against Pfizer, the maker of the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, are mounting after a recent scientific study linked use of the drug with an increased risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The study, published in June by JAMA Internal Medicine, reported that Viagra users were 84 percent more likely to develop melanoma over a 10-year period. Even men who had stopped using Viagra were at increased risk compared to men who had never used the drug. The study, which involved 26,000 men who had used Viagra, was conducted by researchers with Harvard Medical ... Read More