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Amputees Fighting for Insurance Coverage Get Tips from Blue Cross Antitrust Lawsuit

Amputees Fighting for Insurance Coverage Get Tips from Blue Cross Antitrust Lawsuit September 20, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Wilmington, DE As amputees fight for insurance coverage for advanced, microprocessor- assisted prostheses, it can help to look at other insurance lawsuits that describe a similar pattern of claims denials.
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Valsartan Recall Lawsuits Filed over Alleged Carcinogenic Contaminants

Valsartan Recall Lawsuits Filed over Alleged Carcinogenic Contaminants September 17, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC On August 27, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration published updated press information that expands its original July 17 valsartan recall notice. Sixteen companies have now announced voluntary recalls of blood pressure and heart medications.
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Amputees’ Fight for Insurance Coverage Focuses on ‘Medical Necessity’ of Microprocessor Prosthetics

Amputees’ Fight for Insurance Coverage Focuses on ‘Medical Necessity’ of Microprocessor Prosthetics September 4, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC Lucky to live, unlucky to lose a foot or a leg, survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing soon found themselves facing the harsh truth of inadequate insurance coverage for their prosthetic care. Years on, the good news is that microprocessor-enhanced artificial limbs have gotten better. The bad news is that insurance companies like Anthem and United Healthcare still balk at paying for them. Insurance lawsuits since then have taken particular aim at the internal review standards insurers use to determine whether a medical treatment or device is “medically necessary.” The standards do not line up with what amputees need most and what these modern devices can really do. Cost cutting vs. good health – it’s the match of the century.
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Anthem Denials of Emergency Room CT Scans and MRIs; Patients Sent to Clinics

Anthem Denials of Emergency Room CT Scans and MRIs; Patients Sent to Clinics August 6, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC In July 2018, the American College of Emergency Physicians filed an insurance lawsuit against Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield over the insurer’s new policy of denying emergency room coverage after the fact. As a subpart of the strategy, Anthem refuses claims for in-hospital CT scans and MRIs ordered in the course of emergency diagnosis and treatment. The lawsuit focuses on the harm the policy does to patients. But it also shines a light on the damage that Anthem’s plan does to hospitals and the wider healthcare system.
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Essure’s Shelf Life in the US Soon to Expire

Essure’s Shelf Life in the US  Soon to Expire July 24, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Bayer says it will no longer sell Essure in the U.S. due to decline in sales. Bayer doesn’t say, however, that its decision comes after the FDA threatened the drug giant with civil and criminal penalties if it didn’t warn patients about adverse Essure side effects.
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Study Further Links Proton Pump Inhibitors to Gastric Cancer and Conflicts with FDA study, Lawsuits to Follow

Study Further Links Proton Pump Inhibitors to Gastric Cancer and Conflicts with FDA study, Lawsuits to Follow May 31, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA: A link between proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and high risk of gastric cancer isn’t new, but the results of a new study conflicts with the FDA’s mandated PPI study.
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More Type 2 Diabetics add Complaints to Ongoing Onglyza Litigation

More Type 2 Diabetics add Complaints to Ongoing Onglyza Litigation April 4, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Atlanta, GA: In the past month, two more Onglyza and Kombiglyze lawsuits were filed on behalf of diabetes patients who claim the manufacturer concealed information linking the diabetes drug to an increased risk of heart failure and failed to warn about its alleged potential to cause serious heart problems.
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“The Public Must Pressure Johnson & Johnson to List all their Talcum Powder Ingredients", says Attorney

“The Public Must Pressure Johnson & Johnson to List all their Talcum Powder Ingredients", says Attorney March 31, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Austin, TX: By now, most everyone following the talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson know the company is accused of failure to warn consumers about ovarian cancer risks. What they likely don’t know is that J&J isn’t required to disclose all the ingredients in their talc recipe. Attorney Mark Mueller urges the public to demand transparency…
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Ethicon Physiomesh Bellwether Trials to Start in September, 2019

Ethicon Physiomesh Bellwether Trials to Start in September, 2019 March 30, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Atlanta, GA: Plaintiff Sharon Smith would be understandably buoyed by news that the surgical mesh lawsuit file currently housed in multi-district litigation in Georgia is moving forward, with the first bellwether trials expected for September of next year. While nearly 500 lawsuits are currently housed in the MDL, a continuing barrage of cases have lead observers to believe that thousands of lawsuits could wind up in the MDL by the time bellwether cases begin in 18 months’ time.
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IVC Filter Trials: Cook Medical Bellwether Dismissed, Bard Bellwether, Cordis and Rex Medical Going Forward

IVC Filter Trials: Cook Medical Bellwether Dismissed, Bard Bellwether, Cordis and Rex Medical Going Forward March 27, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Indianapolis, IN: Since 2003, thousands of IVC Filters lawsuits have been filed nationwide. If you have an IVC Filter claim, however, file sooner than later: Cook Medical claims were dismissed in the current bellwether case because they were filed more than three years after the device was delivered. But thousands more cases are set for trial.
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