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Lawsuit over Merck’s shingles vaccine

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A group of consumers across the country claim they have suffered a persistent strain of shingles after receiving Merck & Co.’s shingles vaccine Zostavax, and have launched a product liability action against the drug maker in New Jersey state court for not adequately warning about the risks associated with the vaccine, Law360 reported. Some consumers claim to have developed a condition called postherpetic neuralgia, resulting in nerve damage and pain. One victim says her symptoms were accompanied by scarring. The lawsuit was filed July 11 in Middlesex County Superior Court by 18 plaintiffs from Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $2.7M

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A Nashville medical device manufacturer agreed to pay the U.S. government more than $2.7 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who claimed the company’s marketing practices caused suppliers to overbill Medicare for its products. The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee announced the settlement June 29, saying that Innovative Therapies and its parent company Cardinal Health Inc., which purchased Innovative in 2014, will pay the U.S. $2.715 million to resolve the whistleblower lawsuit. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Innovative Therapies and Cardinal Health wrongfully marketed the Quantum-brand line of negative pressure ... Read More

Publix recalls Tropical Medley Mix

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Publix Super Markets has issued a voluntary recall of its Tropical Medley Mix out of concern for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The product is a mixture of dried fruits. Publix representatives say they were alerted to the possible listeria contamination by the company that supplies the dried apricots in the mix. The recall applies to 5.7 oz clear plastic containers of the mix that were sold at Publix in the retail produce departments in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. The affected products have a UPC code of 41415-08586. All use-by dates are being recalled. Listeriosis, the ... Read More

Hospira recall triggers more recalls


Advanced Pharma Inc., doing business as Avella of Houston, has issued a recall of some of its injectable drug products in response to Hospira Inc.’s June 15 recall that disease-causing microbial growth was detected during a routine simulation of the manufacturing processes raising concerns about the sterility of the products manufactured there. The products being recalled by Advanced Pharma were repackaged and/or compounded at its Houston, Texas, facility using certain Hospira products. According to Hospira, in the event that an impacted product is administered to a patient, there is a reasonable probability that the patient may experience adverse events ranging ... Read More

Doctor says testosterone treatment has heart risks

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Days before the a lead attorney in the first bellwether trial alleging cardiovascular risks with the testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel fell ill, resulting in a mistrial, a cardiologist who teaches at Northwestern University testified that he believes testosterone treatments increase the risk of heart attacks in older men, Law360 reported. Dr. Hossein Ardehali appeared as an expert witness in the case of Jeffrey Konrad, a Tennessee man who says he was lured by aggressive advertising by AbbVie and other testosterone treatment manufacturers to try the medication to treat symptoms of so-called Low T, a condition allegedly fabricated by manufacturers of ... Read More

First testosterone lawsuit ends in mistrial

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The much-anticipated first bellwether trial against AbbVie Inc. over alleged adverse cardiovascular side effects with its testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel ended in a mistrial this week after the lead plaintiff’s attorney was hospitalized due to an illness, according to Law360. The trial involved the case of Jeffrey Konrad, a Tennessee man who claims in 2010 he was lured to try testosterone therapy after watching advertisements promoting testosterone treatment for the so-called condition, Low T. The ads assured him that AndroGel could improve Low-T symptoms such as low sex drive, weight gain and depressed mood. Konrad asked his doctor to prescribe ... Read More

Man blames testosterone product for disabling stroke


Brian DeMatteo was the kind of guy who was always out playing tennis or surfing. But the 64-yer-old Boston businessman says it’s impossible to live that life after he suffered a spinal stroke in 2012 that left him in a wheelchair with chronic pain. He blames his injury on the testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel, and says its maker, AbbVie, is to blame for aggressively marketing the drug to men as a fountain of youth. DeMatteo is one of about 4,200 men who have filed lawsuits against AndroGel and other manufacturers of testosterone treatments for off-label marketing of the medication for ... Read More

More than 22K Pounds of Beef Recalled for E. coli concern

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Creation Gardens Inc. is recalling 22,832 pounds of raw ground beef and beef primal cut products due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The Louisville, Kentucky-based wholesale food distributor delivers produce, gourmet food items and meat, including the meat subject to the recall, to restaurants and food service locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. The beef products were produced May 31 to June 2 and include the establishment number “EST. 7914” inside the USDA mark of inspection. On June 5, plant management notified USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service personnel of two test ... Read More

Man blames heart attack on Low T treatment

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AbbVie Inc.’s commercials promoting its AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy for so-called Low T piqued Jeffrey Konrad’s interest. The commercials claimed that low levels of the male hormone could hamper libido, cause weight gain, and reduce muscle mass. Men who suffered from these and other symptoms of Low T were encouraged to ask their doctors if they were candidates for testosterone therapy. Konrad, of Tennessee, was intrigued enough to talk to his doctor and, in 2010, obtained his own prescription for AndroGel. Sixty-five days later, he suffered a heart attack. That’s when Jeffrey learned that testosterone treatments were intended for men ... Read More

Cashews recalled; may contain glass shards

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Customer complaints of finding shards of glass in 8-ounce cans of Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt has prompted the manufacturer to voluntarily recall two lots of the product. The Food and Drug Administration reports that New Jersey-based Star Snacks Co. produced the cashews and distributed them to ALDI stores in Washington DC and 28 states including: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The containers include the UPC code ... Read More