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  • Medtronic's Medical Device Legal Troubles far from Over
    Jul-31-06 Minneapolis based Medtronic, Inc. is one of the nation's largest medical device makers. In mid-July 2006, the company agreed to pay a $40 million fine to settle charges that its Sofamor Danek division paid kickbacks to doctors to get them to use the company's spinal products, which accounted for 20% of the company's $11.3 billion in sales in 2005. On July...
  • Merck keeps right on pushing Fosamax
    Aug-11-06 New York, NY Merck's second-best selling drug, Fosamax , has been linked to jaw bone death, although sales of the drug remain steady with no decrease whatsoever. Jaw bone deth is a condition that can involve severe pain, infection, loose teeth, exposed bone, loss of function and disfigurement, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofaci...
  • $2 Million Fine Small Potatoes For Kaiser Transplant Disaster
    Aug-13-06 Although the $2 million fine levied against Kaiser Permanente was the largest ever imposed by the California Department of Managed Health Care, it seems like small potatoes considering the damage caused by the HMO's failed kidney transplant program. The second largest fine ever levied against an HMO was $1 million back in 2002, following the death of a pati...
  • Nursing Home Inspection Process Full Of Corruption
    Sep-2-06 Nursing home companies invest heavily in local politicians. They do so to ensure the failure of efforts to pass legislation unfavorable to the industry and to buy protection against fines and penalties levied by state officials charged with investigating and monitoring the industry. According to a September 2006 report by Consumer Reports, "they wield consi...
  • Lawsuits Multiply For Johnson & Johnson's Charite Spine Disc
    Aug-7-06 According to the Institute of Medicine, over a million Americans are severely injured each year by medical devices. In 2002 alone, the FDA received more than 111,000 reports of adverse events involving medical devices. That number has increased since the Charite artificial spinal disc was approved for use in the US in October 2004. As of July 2006, the...
  • Lawmakers sever ties between CDC and Big Pharma
    Aug-21-06 In the wake of overhauling the FDA, lawmakers are also cracking down on conflicts of interest within the Centers for Disease Control. Last month, Representatives, Dr Dave Weldon (R-FL), and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), held a press conference to announce the introduction of a bill that would give responsibility for vaccine safety to an independent agency within...
  • Roche puts Accutane profits over Lives of Consumers
    Aug-31-06 In 1985, Accutane's package insert directed at doctors first mentioned reports of depression in patients taking the acne drug, which means that more than 20 years ago, Hoffman-LaRoche at least suspected there might be a risk of depression and suicide by persons taking the drug. However, Roche's financial records show that the company is not about to let a l...
  • Lawmakers Demand Answers about Ketek from FDA
    Jun-14-06 The FDA has continued to cite a fraudulent study in information released to the public about the safety of the antibiotic Ketek. On January 20, 2006, the agency issued a Public Health Announcement, in response to an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine, where researchers reported three cases of severe liver problems in patients taking Ketek. The arti...
  • Pfizer Celebrex Lawsuits - 1500 and Counting
    Sep-4-06 The first Celebrex trial, originally set for June 6, 2006, has been delayed indefinitely, reportedly to give attorneys more time to gather information. Although no new trial date has been set, legal analysts now predict that Celebrex trials will begin in early 2007. The delay was requested by a federal judge in San Francisco, where Pfizer is facing around 1...
  • Congressmen on War Path over FDA approval of Ketek
    Jun-12-06 French drug giant Sanofi-Aventis has stopped enrolling pediatric patients in clinical trials for Ketek. On June 9, 2006, the drug maker said it halted tests on its own to ensure that trials of the drug complied with FDA requirements. The company denied that the studies were suspended because of safety concerns. However, the move jives with the recently init...
  • Bush's Mental Illness Screening Squad On the Move
    Jul-9-06 The tax dollar funded mental health screening programs popping up in every corner of the nation represent an enormous gift to Big Pharma from the Bush administration. After all, drug companies can't push drugs without a lucrative customer base, so the screening programs are a great solution for that little problem. On April 29, 2002, Bush kicked off the wh...
  • Big Pharma Bankrupting US Health Care System
    Aug-29-06 ig Pharma is bankrupting the nation's health care system by convincing prescribing doctors to over-medicate patients with expensive psychiatric drugs and then send the bills to government programs like Medicaid and Medicare. The peddling of the new generation of psychiatric drugs that include the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants (SSR...
  • Risk of Harm from Motrin, Aleve, Advil - Better Odds in a Crap Shoot
    Jun-30-06 Complications from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAID, have been linked to 103,000 hospitalizations and more than 16,000 deaths per year in the US, according to a study published in the American Journal of Therapeutics. A lack of information, experts say, is the root cause of the lack of concern over the health risks associated with NSAIDs. A r...
  • Schools Failing Children With Disabilities
    Feb-27-06 In 1975, long before the current epidemic of developmental disorders began, Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires public schools to identify children with disabilities and provide them with a need specific free education in the least restrictive environment. Over the past decade, the costs of complying with t...
  • ACE Inhibitors should have been Banned for Pregnant Women
    Jun-10-06 In a group of 209 babies born to women taking ACE inhibitors in the early stages of pregnancy, a recent study published in the June 8, 2006 New England Journal of Medicine, reported that 18 or 7.1% of the infants, were born with serious birth defects. Data for the study were obtained from the Tennessee Medicaid database for the years between 1985 and 2000,...
  • GlaxoSmithKline Sued Over Paxil Birth Defects
    Jul-29-06 A lawsuit was filed against GlaxoSmithKline on July 28, 2006, in Philadelphia on behalf of Adrian Vasquez, who was born on April 19, 2004, with birth defects as a result of his mother having been prescribed Paxil during pregnancy. Paxil belongs to the class of antidepressant drugs known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). At birth, Adrian...
  • Genentech and Biogen Legal Troubles - When It Rains It Pours
    Mar-7-06 Rituxan gained FDA approval in 1997, as a treatment for a certain type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Roughly 12,760 patients in the US have the form of cancer Rituxan was approved to treat. Yet by 2005, sales of the drug grew to $1.8 billion in the US. A lawsuit filed by a former Rituxan salesman explains how this happened. On January 11, 2006, Dow Jones rep...
  • Device-Maker Medtronic Weighed Down With Lawsuits
    Sep-10-06 Minneapolis, MN On July 31, 2006, Jacqueline Kay Poteet, a whistleblower in a lawsuit against the giant medical device maker, Medtronic , filed a motion in a Memphis federal court to oppose the US Justice Department's plan to settle her case, along with another whistleblower's case, for $40 million. Critics point out that the identity of the other wh...
  • Spotlight Focused On Pfizer's Lipitor Follies
    Aug-27-06 According to the book, "Health Myths Exposed," by former pharmaceutical chemist turned whistleblower, Shane Ellison, "When used as prescribed, pharmaceutical drugs kill more people than terrorism, car crashes, AIDS, and street drugs combined." Although many health care professionals have come forward in recent years with warnings that prescription drugs are...
  • Zyprexa Lawsuits - Eli Lilly May Lose Insurance Coverage
    Aug-3-06 In the company's first quarter report for 2006, Eli Lilly says it is having problems with insurance coverage. "We have experienced difficulties in obtaining product liability insurance due to a very restrictive insurance market," the report says, "and therefore will be largely self-insured for future product liability losses." Although Lilly has coverage...
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