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Walmart limits opioid prescriptions to help curb opioid crisis

Walmart is making efforts to curb the nation’s opioid epidemic by limiting the supply of acute opioid prescriptions to no more than seven days and limiting prescriptions to a maximum 50 morphine milligram equivalent per day. The change will go into effect by July at all Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The move is part of the retail giant’s Opioid Stewardship Initiative and aligns with the guidelines for opioid use released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC guidelines state that medical professionals should only prescribe the lowest effective dose ... Read More

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

Cuban Commercial Flight Crashes After Takeoff

A Boeing 737-200 crashed today just after takeoff from Havana, Cuba’s, Jose Marti International Airport. There were 104 people on board, including five children. Cuban state-run newspaper Granma reported that at least three passengers survived, but were in critical condition. Cuba’s national air carrier, Cubana de Aviacion, had rented the airplane from a small Mexican airline, Global Air. Global Air confirmed there were six Mexican crew members aboard. Officials have not confirmed if any of the passengers were U.S. citizens. The flight was traveling to the eastern city of Holguin when it crashed in a farm field of yuca plants ... Read More

Testosterone cases tossed from MDL for lack of information

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly threw out 160 cases from a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving cardiovascular risks with testosterone replacement therapies because they failed to provide more information about their use of the products, how they obtained them, and their alleged injuries. “The failure of these plaintiffs to produce discovery is prejudicial to the defendants in these cases because it hinders the investigation and preparation of a defense in these cases,” Judge Kennelly wrote. He also suggested more dismissals may be ordered down the line. The dismissal of 160 cases makes a small impact on the multidistrict litigation, where more ... 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

J&J product relaunch will keep talc in baby products

Johnson & Johnson is redesigning its Johnson’s Baby products line to appeal to millennial moms who are more conscious about the ingredients in the products. According to CNBC, three years ago, the consumer health care giant began researching a relaunch of its line of baby products and, after talking to thousands of mothers, realized it needed to consider what it was putting into its products. “What we learned is that they were looking for fewer, simpler ingredients, more naturally derived ingredients in their products,” Trisha Bonner, associate director of research & development at J&J Consumer, told the news agency. “From ... 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