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Johnson & Johnson profits soar despite Risperdal lawsuits


New product launches and strong pharmaceutical sales have propelled Johnson & Johnson’s third-quarter net earnings to $4.3 billion on revenue of $17.8 billion. “With a number of regulatory approvals, several new drug application submissions and new breakthrough therapy designations from the FDA, we are increasingly confident in our pipeline expectation of filing 10 new pharmaceutical products between 2015 and 2019, each with revenue potential over $1 billion,” said Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson. “Our broad-based business model, strategic investments and talented colleagues position us well for continued leadership in health care.” The company, which sells everything ... Read More

Janssen tries to dodge $70 million Risperdal judgment


Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals is desperately trying to skirt a landmark $70 million judgment over claims that its antipsychotic drug Risperdal disfigured a Tennessee boy. The drug company is questioning sufficiency of evidence on numerous issues and arguing that the court improperly limited its ability to tell the jury about the benefits of the drug. Janssen also contends that the court should have applied a $750,000 cap on damages in the case. In July, a Philadelphia jury slapped Janssen with the $70 million verdict in a lawsuit that alleged the company did not adequately warn of side effects, specifically ... Read More

TN medical center tries to toss some lawsuits by victims of fungal meningitis outbreak


A motion by Tennessee-based Specialty Surgery Center PLLC to toss 15 lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) related to the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, based on a technicality, should be rejected, the plaintiff’s steering committee (PSC) told a federal court. The medical group argued that under the state’s health care liability law, the claims needed to be accompanied by an avowal of good faith in relation to expert testimony. Fifteen of the 24 original complaints lack this information. The medical group argued this was grounds for dismissal. Plaintiffs said that the delay was because of an initial uncertainty about whether ... Read More

Publix Recalls Cookie Dough Ice Cream Over Listeria Concerns

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The cookie dough that triggered a recall of Blue Bell ice cream last month over possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination has now prompted a recall of ice cream made and sold by Publix Supermarkets. The Lakeland, Fla.-based grocery chain has issued a recall of its Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream after supplier Aspen Hills warned the company of potential Listeria contamination. Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, Iowa, made the cookie dough used in certain Blue Bell and Publix ice cream. The Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream was sold at Publix stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee with a ... Read More

Girl burned on Harry Potter ride in e-cigarette explosion

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It might have been mistaken for a special effect mimicking the magic and sorcery of Harry Potter’s world if it weren’t for the burn injuries. A “fireball” shooting from an exploding e-cigarette on the Hogwarts Express train ride at Universal Studios Orlando hit a schoolgirl, leaving her with moderate burns on the right side of her face, arm, and leg. Florida police who responded to the incident said that a group of young men were waiting to ride the Hogwarts Express train when one of their electronic cigarettes exploded, blasting a fireball that hit the unidentified girl in the face. ... Read More

Study: Antipsychotic use in patients with dementia presents a ‘substantial clinical risk’


Nursing home patients with dementia in the U.K. are still being treated with antipsychotic drugs despite urging from the Department of Health years ago that the practice needed to stop because the meds were killing elderly patients, a study by five universities published in the British Medical Journal has found. The Department of Health, as part of the Government’s National Dementia Strategy (NDS), issued a report in 2009 that concluded that antipsychotics had a “substantial clinical risk” for elderly patients and that their overuse in patients with dementia “must not be allowed to continue.” However, researchers pored through data between ... Read More

Listeria Concerns Trigger New Blue Bell Ice Cream Recall

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Blue Bell Ice Cream announced Wednesday that it is recalling two ice cream flavors over concerns they could be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The recall is the first the Brenham, Texas, ice cream manufacturer has launched since a listeria outbreak in April 2015 linked to its facilities and products nearly destroyed the company. The Blue Bell products recalled Wednesday are Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough half-gallon and pint sizes and half-gallon containers of Blue Bell Cookie Two Step. Both products contain cookie dough that could be contaminated with listeria. Although the new recall comes as Blue Bell continues to ... Read More

Colonial Pipeline Repairs Gas Line Break, Ready To Resume Operations

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The owner of the gasoline pipeline that broke in Shelby County, Ala., earlier this month, setting off fuel shortages throughout the Southeast, said its work on a line bypassing the broken section is complete and it will reopen the gas line today. Colonial Pipeline said its crews have been working “around the clock” to get the broken pipeline back in order and keep fuel flowing to Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. The line that broke serves as the main gasoline artery for much of the Eastern Seaboard, extending from Houston, Texas, to New York. The breach was detected on ... Read More

Fuel Crisis Widens After Major Gas Pipeline Break in Alabama

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Governors of six states have declared a state of emergency in the wake of a major gas pipeline break south of Birmingham, Ala., that is leaving many gas stations low on gas or dry at the pump. Governors of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia declared emergencies to prepare for a potential fuel crisis posed by a breach in the main artery that connects refineries in Houston to states along the Eastern Seaboard up to New York. The gas spill was first detected on Sept. 9 by an inspector with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission performing a ... Read More

State of Emergency Declared After Major Pipeline Spill Threatens Fuel Shortages

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The governors of Georgia and Alabama have declared a state of emergency amid fears of fuel shortages caused by a breach in a major pipeline that spilled a quarter million gallons of refined gasoline in Shelby County, Ala., Friday. The pipeline operator, Colonial Pipeline, predicted that Alabama and other southeastern states would be the first to feel the impact of the pipeline’s shut down. The pipeline runs from Houston, Texas, to New York and is the main gasoline artery linking Houston refineries to the rest of the Eastern Seaboard. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was the first to declare a state ... Read More