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Alabama doc indicted for running pill mill

Patients at Dr. Gilberto Sanchez’s Montgomery, Alabama, family practice lined the walls of the waiting room and sat on the floor when no seating was available just for the opportunity to see the doctor. Acting U.S. Attorney A. Clark Morris says patients were flocking to Dr. Sanchez’s office because he was running a pill mill out of the clinic, doling out prescriptions for controlled substances, mainly opioids, inappropriately, unlawfully and for non-medical reasons. “It was, obviously, a doctor who was overprescribing or prescribing drugs that were not medically necessary,” Morris told WSFA-TV. Last week, Sanchez was indicted by a federal ... Read More

Rare alopecia permanently damages follicles

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. The most common form of alopecia is androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness. This hereditary hair loss affects both men and women and is progressive. Alopecia areata is also fairly common. It is an autoimmune disorder that causes patchy hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes other areas of the body. Traction alopecia is caused by hair styles that pull excessively on the hair shafts and damage hair follicles. A more rare form of hair loss is called cicatricial alopecia, or scarring alopecia. This actually refers to many different types of hair ... Read More

American Eagle Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Selma

Two people were hospitalized for injuries they suffered on an American Eagle flight that had to make an emergency landing in Selma, Alabama, June 21. The passengers were traveling on American Airlines Flight 5559 from New Orleans to Washington D.C. when the cockpit and cabin began to fill with a burning odor. The plane was carrying 65 passengers and four crewmembers. “They told us it was a malfunction with the brakes and that they saw smoke outside,” passenger Shavonne Bowman told WSFA Montgomery. “My heart started racing. I started praying, and I just followed the instructions.” The American Eagle plane ... Read More

California talc ovarian cancer trial scheduled for July 10

According to Law360, the first California talc trial is scheduled for July 10. Plaintiff Eva Echeverria is one of hundreds of women who have filed complaints in Los Angeles Superior Court against Johnson and Johnson and Imerys Talc America. Similar suits filed all across the country allege that talc, when used for feminine hygiene, can travel through the female reproductive system and cause ovarian cancer. The suits also allege that J&J and Imerys have been aware of studies linking talc to ovarian cancer for decades but, rather than warn consumers, they tried to deny and suppress the risk. Echeverria alleges ... Read More

Discovery could lead to better understanding of hair loss

Scientists studying anti-inflammatory immune cells called Tregs discovered that defects in these cells may be responsible for hair loss called alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease where the immune system attacks hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out in round patches on the scalp. There is often hair loss on the face and sometimes other areas of the body. There is no cure for alopecia areata. When the researchers temporarily removed the Tregs from the skin of laboratory mice, they discovered that patches of hair that had been shaved were not regrowing. Curious at this ... Read More

Drug companies race to get FDA approval of alopecia treatment

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. Hair loss for both men and women comes with not only the obvious physical repercussions, but also often emotional consequences as well, with sufferers wrestling with issues of identity and self-confidence as their appearance is sometimes dramatically altered. The most common type of alopecia, which is very well known is hereditary. Called androgenetic alopecia, also known as pattern hair loss, it affects 80 million men and women in the United States. Another form of alopecia that is very familiar is drug-induced, often by chemotherapy. Under normal circumstances, this is a temporary hair ... Read More

Next St. Louis talc-ovarian cancer trial to start in June

It’s been just over two weeks since the conclusion of the last trial in St. Louis against Johnson and Johnson over the ovarian cancer risk connected to its talc-containing products. In that trial the Missouri jury found the company and its talc provider, Imerys, to be responsible for the development of plaintiff Lois Slemp’s ovarian tumors. She had used Johnson and Johnson products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene for four decades prior to being diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Slemp’s was the fifth bellwether trial to be held in the state, where thousands ... Read More

$110 million verdict links talc to ovarian cancer; Fourth plaintiff win

Johnson and Johnson has been hit with its biggest talc verdict yet. Yesterday, after 10 hours of deliberations, a St. Louis jury awarded more than $110 million to plaintiff Lois Slemp, who alleged her four decades of daily use of the company’s talc-containing products were responsible for the development of her ovarian tumors. Law360 reports that the jury found in favor of plaintiff Lois Slemp on all of her claims, which included conspiracy, breach of implied warranty and negligence. The defendants, Johnson and Johnson, its Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. unit and its talc supplier, co-defendant Imerys Talc America Inc., ... Read More

Workplace amputation blamed on defective machinery

A Pennsylvania cardboard box factory worker has filed a lawsuit against Bobst Lyon and Bobst Mex SA claiming the companies were liable for an allegedly defective Martin 924 Flexo-Folder-Gluer machine that seriously injured him, leading to the amputation of his arm. The suit was filed by Ryan Mohammad on March 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, claiming Bobst Lyon and Bobst Mex SA made and sold a defective machine to Mohammad’s employer, Mid-Atlantic Packaging located in Montgomeryville. The lawsuit alleges that by doing so, the companies did not take necessary steps to prevent worker injury. The Martin 924 is ... Read More

Number of drug side effects reports skyrocketing in recent years

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received a record number of adverse event reports about drug side effects and problematic medical devices for 2015, representing a fivefold increase since 2004, according to an analysis by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today. In 2004, 206,000 drug or medical device adverse events were reported to the FDA. In 2015, that number jumped to 1.5 million. Reports ranged from mild effects such as gas and flatulence to serious injuries and death. Most of the side effects reported involved drugs that treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, a type of cancer, and ... Read More