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The FDA Pulls (Most) Vaginal Mesh Products off the Market – Now What?

The FDA Pulls (Most) Vaginal Mesh Products off the Market – Now What? May 22, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Philadelphia, PA: The FDA has finally ordered the last two medical device companies selling transvaginal mesh products to pull them from the market. The agency said it is “committed to patient safety” but hundreds of thousands of women –victims of surgical mesh--would disagree. And the lawsuits are still pouring in.
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“I was a Gadolinium Guinea Pig,” says Woman Diagnosed with Kidney Problems

“I was a Gadolinium Guinea Pig,” says Woman Diagnosed with Kidney Problems April 17, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Boulder, CO: Nicole had over two dozen MRI’s with gadolinium contrast dye before she discovered the risks and side effects associated with this heavy metal – side effects the FDA has known of since at least 2007, when it slapped a black-box warning on all gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI, detailing an increased risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis with kidney-disease patients.
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Abdominal Mesh Victim Prescribed Oxycontin--Could the Pain have been Avoided if Medical Devices were Tested?

Abdominal Mesh Victim Prescribed Oxycontin--Could the Pain have been Avoided if Medical Devices were Tested? April 10, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Tallahassee, FL: Shirley had abdominal mesh implanted following the resection of colon cancer. That was in 2008 and she has been in debilitating pain ever since. And taking Oxycodone to numb the crippling abdominal pain not only resulted in an addiction to opioids; she had to give up her job as a federal prison officer. Wait, it gets worse: her surgeon said all the mesh cannot be removed because it has eroded into her bowel.
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Xarelto Settlement of $775 million Over Failure to Warn Claims

Xarelto Settlement of $775 million Over Failure to Warn Claims April 9, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
New Orleans: Thousands of patients who took Xarelto have settled, through multi-district litigation, with Johnson & Johnson and Bayer for three quarters of a billion dollars. Plaintiffs allege that the manufacturers marketed the drug to physicians to prevent blood clots, but failed to inform them of Xarelto side effects, which could cause life-threatening complications such as internal bleeding, stroke and death.
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Multidistrict Surgical Mesh Lawsuit Awards and Settlements Approach $11 Billion

Multidistrict Surgical Mesh Lawsuit Awards and Settlements Approach $11 Billion March 13, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Charleston, WV As the nation’s largest mass tort product liability lawsuit winds to a close, those who have suffered from surgical mesh complications and their attorneys are pausing to take stock. Not everyone is happy.
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Take the MRI, Hold the Gadolinium

Take the MRI, Hold the Gadolinium February 27, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Tampa, FL: Studies have shown that a host of conditions are characterized by retention of gadolinium, and the proven retention of this heavy metal in brain tissue has been named “gadolinium storage condition”. Armed with these facts, Virginia says she refused to have a second MRI with contrast dye and her radiologist was okay with that.
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Patients Battle Surprise Emergency Room Charges

Patients Battle Surprise Emergency Room Charges February 20, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC Dr. Joaquin Lopez ‘s surprise emergency room bill came after he and his insurer had already paid $11,000 toward the cost of emergency gallbladder surgery. For dentist Brad Buckingham, who fell off his bicycle, the shock was a $70,000 bill to repair a broken hip. For Stacey Shapiro, it was a $6,720 emergency room fee to treat sudden spell of low blood sugar.
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Johnson & Johnson Settles Deceptive Hip Implant Marketing Lawsuits for $120 Million

Johnson & Johnson Settles Deceptive Hip Implant Marketing Lawsuits for $120 Million February 12, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) has agreed to pay $120 million to the attorneys general of 46 states and Washington, D.C. to settle claims that the company made unfair and deceptive statements in the promotion of its ASR XL and Pinnacle Ultamet hip implant systems. A separate agreement is expected to resolve most of the thousands of consumer-driven defective hip implant lawsuits against J&J and its DePuy unit.
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Discrepancies in Emergency Room Overcharges Cause Frustration and Financial Woes

Discrepancies in Emergency Room Overcharges Cause Frustration and Financial Woes February 11, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Scottsdale, AZ: Emergency room care in the US is the highest-priced care a patient can receive. Even a minor condition can set you back thousands of dollars, which in itself can cause health issues—financial problems are stressful. It can get worse: one patient dinged with outrageous emergency room overcharges later discovered that another patient with similar treatment paid a lot less.
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ER Charges: Underserved and Over-Charged thanks to Upcoding

ER Charges: Underserved and Over-Charged thanks to Upcoding January 10, 2019. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: When a nine-year old accidentally had gasoline splashed in her eyes, her mother immediately drove her to the closest hospital emergency room. They were directed to the eyewash station but it was so dirty they couldn’t use it, so Brianna’s mom rinsed her daughter’s eyes at a regular sink. Turns out, they would have been better off using the gas station’s eyewash, which was free. The ER sink cost $1,400: the hospital charged $600 and the ER doctor fee was $800 (for walking into the room, saying Brianna needed an eyewash station and walking out). Upcoding has become common practice, resulting in emergency room overcharges and increased health costs for everyone.
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