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Man endures two procedures to Remove Retrievable IVC Filter Stuck in Vein

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South Carolina resident Ronald D. was given an Option Elite retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on April 19, 2015. Ronald was a patient at the University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, at the time. A year later, on April 12, 2016, the same doctor who implanted the IVC filter attempted to remove it, until he discovered the filter was tilted at a 45 degree angle. The retrieval hook was embedded in the wall of the vein. Unfortunately, the doctor was unable to retrieve the filter. Ten weeks later, Ronald went to another doctor to request removal. After an extremely risky ... Read More

Xarelto data featured at cardiology conference

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Johnson & Johnson, its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer presented late-breaking clinical trial data on the blockbuster new blood thinner Xarelto at the American College of Cardiology’s 66th Annual Scientific Session in Washington, D.C. March 17-19. The first study, called EINSTEIN CHOICE is the first Phase 3 research to evaluate the safety and efficacy in Xarelto versus aspirin for the extended secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) – including both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) – in individuals who have had an initial VTE and previously were treated for up to 12 months. Once a person experiences a ... Read More

Study: Testosterone replacement therapy not a ‘fountain of youth’

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A year of testosterone replacement therapy did not improve memory but did increase the fatty plaque in coronary arteries, a condition that increases the risk for heart disease, according to a study newly published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and JAMA Internal Medicine. Testosterone replacement therapy, widely promoted by pharmaceutical companies for the treatment of so-called Low T, has become a $2 billion market. The prescription treatment is intended for men with hypogonadism, a condition in which the body does not produce enough of the male hormone. But because it has been heavily marketed and, thus, widely ... Read More

Idaho County Official Awarded $1.74 Million in Whistleblower Retaliation Suit

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An Idaho jury has awarded a former Ada County, Idaho, official $1.74 million, concluding a four-year legal battle that began with a whistleblower complaint. According to the Idaho Statesman, Rich Wright, formerly a television journalist and Boise Police Department spokesman, became Ada County’s spokesman in 2006. He was promoted to lead the Department of Administration in 2008, but was fired in January 2015, one day after two newly elected county commissioners were sworn in. Mr. Wright filed a lawsuit against the county for $1.5 million, alleging he was fired in retaliation for ordering an investigation of harassment complaints from a ... Read More

National Kidney Month: Some medications linked to acute kidney injury

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March is National Kidney Month is an awareness campaign that should be important to people with type 2 diabetes. That is because diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, the last stage of kidney disease in which the kidneys fail to filter impurities from the blood, requiring kidney transplantation or dialysis. Many conditions, diseases and medicines can create situations that lead to acute and chronic kidney disease that can lead to kidney failure. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is usually caused by a long-term disease like diabetes or high blood pressure that slowly damages the kidneys and reduces function over ... Read More

Mazda, Mitsubishi Join Nissan In Seeking Compensation from Takata Over Airbag Recalls

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Mazda and Mitsubishi have asked a federal judge to order airbag maker Takata to reimburse them for costs they incur from lawsuits over the faulty Takata-made airbag inflators, which have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Miami. Pointing to indemnification clauses in their contracts with Takata, the Japanese automakers claim the auto supplier is required to reimburse them for any financial losses they will suffer as a result of the defective airbags. “As a direct consequence of Takata’s design, development, production and sale to Mitsubishi of the alleged defective inflators at issue in this action, [Mitsubishi] has already ... Read More

Analysis: ‘Judicial Hellhole’ designation motivated by big business, not accurate assessment of talc litigation

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Missouri Lawyers Weekly recently talked to Thomas Stewart, director of the trial advocacy program at Saint Louis University School of Law about his city’s reputation and tort reform in regard to the recent talc litigation. “So much of this tort reform business is based on the idea that you file your case in the city of St. Louis, and the jury automatically gives you money. Of course that’s nonsense,” Stewart said. “City judges and juries analyze on a case by case basis.” St. Louis drew the ire of tort reform groups last year, when three separate juries returned verdicts for plaintiffs ... Read More

Lab Animal Company Pays U.S. $1.8 Million To Settle FCA Allegations of Improper Billing

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A company that provides laboratory animals to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.8 million to settle a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit claiming the company fraudulently charged for labor and other costs that were never actually provided. Charles River Laboratories International Inc. holds contracts with the NIH to develop, provide, maintain, and distribute animals to NIH for medical and biotech purposes. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Wilmington, Massachusetts-based corporation billed the NIH for labor and associated costs of employees at its facilities in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Kingston, ... Read More

Pennsylvania Woman Files Lawsuit Over Cook Medical IVC Filter

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Pennsylvania resident Caitlin G. was implanted with an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on June 21, 2012, when she was found to be at risk for a blood clot. At Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, the Günther Tulip, made by Cook Medical, was implanted. However, Caitlin was left with injuries that led her to file a lawsuit against Cook on March 9, 2017, alleging the filter failed and resulted in her injuries. Her lawsuit has been added to 1,500 similar lawsuits pending in a multi-district litigation. The Günther Tulip is one of the oldest IVC filter models still on the market. Different from other ... Read More

Testosterone replacement therapy increases plaque buildup in arteries of older men

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A group of older men treated with AbbVie’s AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy for a year had a 20 percent greater buildup of non-calcified plaque in their arteries than men who received a placebo gel, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The men – 138 in total – had a mean age of 71 as well as having cardiovascular risk factors. Half had severe atherosclerosis, a buildup of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in and on the artery walls, which can cause blockages that can lead to conditions such as coronary artery disease, chronic ... Read More