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  • High Levels of Lead found in Vinyl Baby Bibs
    Baby bibs imported from China for Toys "R" Us by Hamco Baby Products have been found to contain high levels of lead. Tests from the Center for Environmental Health discovered the inexpensive vinyl baby bibs contain lead levels three times as high as the level allowed in paint. The bibs have Disney Winnie the Pooh characters, sports gear, or flowers printed...
  • Pharmacy Repackaged Avastin Intravitreal Injections Causing Blindess
    Washington, DC: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert regarding repackaged intravitreal injections of Avastin (bevacizumab) that have caused a cluster of serious eye infections in the Miami, Florida area. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) notified FDA of a cluster of Streptococcus endophthalmitis infections in three c...
  • Prescription Testosterone Products Get New FDA Health Warnings
    Oct-26-16 Santa Clara, CA: All prescription testosterone products will now carry class-wide labeling changes introduced by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to warn of the health risks associated with testosterone abuse and dependence. The revised safety information is taken from published literature and case reports regarding the abuse and depende...
  • Insulation Failure, Battery Failure and Cyber Hacking - A Triple Threat for Pacemaker Patients
    Aug-24-17 Washington, DC: Premature insulation failure in recalled St. Jude Medical Riata defibrillator (ICD) leads may be only the tip of the iceberg for heart patients with ICDs, more commonly known as “pacemakers.” In 2011 St. Jude Medical Inc. recalled the electrical leads used to connect the Riata pacemaker to patients’ hearts because...
  • FDA Convenes Advisory Panel Meeting on Testosterone Side Effects
    Jul-25-14 Washington, DC Concerns about the risk of testosterone side effects have prompted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to call a meeting for its advisory committee to discuss the possibility of testosterone-related cardiovascular events. The move comes shortly after the FDA updated the warnings for testosterone drugs to alert patients to the risks...
  • Are ER’s Cashing in on Upcoding?
    Feb-3-18 Washington, DC Since 2009 emergency room charges have jumped by as much as 85 percent . Are patients really sicker? Has the actual cost of care gone up that much? Are hospitals price-gouging? For both uninsured patients and those with big deductibles, the bottom line is the same – a gaping hole in the pocketbook. The secret (and thus perha...
  • Guardian Denied Disability Lawsuit Goes to Mediation in Florida
    Aug-8-17 Gainesville, FL: Smith v. Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, a Guardian denied disability lawsuit, has been sent to mediation in the Northern District of Florida. A settlement is expected in November, 2017. Dr. William E. Smith Jr., a surgeon, filed a complaint in March, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida...
  • DHA in Spray On Tanning Products Potentially Dangerous
    New York, NY: According to an independent review commissioned by CBS.com involving independent medical experts, one of the ingredients in spray on tanning products, dihydroxyacetone (DHA), could damage human genes, even possibly cause cancer, putting tanning salon employees and their customers at risk for life-threatening adverse health effects...
  • Thoratec Heartmate II Lawsuit News and Legal Information
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about potential adverse events linked to the Thoratec HeartMate II) and other left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs). Specifically, the FDA is concerned about Thoratec HeartMate II adverse events including bleeding complications and an increased risk of blood clots inside the Thoratec p...
  • Head Games: Meat Packing Plants Pose Risks to Workers
    Feb-8-08 Austin, MN You've often heard the phrase, "he's got more brains than he knows what to do with..." In the town of Austin, Minnesota that phrase has taken on new meaning, thanks to a bizarre health issue that appeared to be affecting certain employees of a meat processing plant there. In fact, as truth is stranger than fiction, you would be forgiven if...
  • Kmart settles healthcare fraud lawsuit for $32.3 million
    Jan-20-18 Washington, DC The Department of Justice announced that Kmart Corporation has agreed to pay $32.3 million ($59 million including state law issues) to settle a lawsuit that claims in-store pharmacies overbilled Medicare Part D, Medicaid, and TRICARE. The healthcare fraud scheme, which a Kmart pharmacist stumbled upon only when he had his own presc...
  • Raptiva Pulled from Market Due to Concerns About Side Effects
    Dec-17-12 San Antonio, TX It has been more than three years since Raptiva was voluntarily withdrawn from the market due to concerns about serious Raptiva side effects. Specifically, the drug was pulled after reports surfaced of a reported increased risk of Raptiva PML (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy), a rare progressive neurologic disease that is oft...
  • Add Pancreatic Cancer to Your List of Saxagliptin Worries
    Oct-9-17 Washington, DC: While patient lawsuits have focused on the danger of heart failure as a Saxagliptin side effect , the risk of pancreatic cancer may be flying under the radar. It can be just as deadly, and research suggests a link between Saxagliptin and the disease. Saxagliptin is the generic form of a number of brand- name drugs used to treat type...
  • Is a Health Plan Liable for the Negligence of an Unqualified Claims Reviewer?
    Oct-23-18 Sherman, TX Johnson v. UnitedHealthcare raises more questions than it answers about how ERISA protects health plan participants who bring bad faith insurance lawsuits over denied medical claims. Stephen Johnson had more than his share of hardship. The law hasn’t helped him. But it’s a complicated story that will affect claimants and health in...
  • Attorney Files Equifax Class Action Lawsuit
    Sep-25-17 San Jose, CA: In the wake of an Equifax data breach that occurred in July but reported this September, attorneys at Oakland, California- based Scott Cole & Associates have filed a lawsuit seeking class action status against the credit reporting agency. This digital disaster could potentially affect up to 175 million Americans, and millions of peopl...
  • Transcripts from Plane Crash Reveal Violation of Safety Regulations
    May-12-09 Buffalo, NY Transcripts from the Continental Connection plane, involved in the plane crash near Buffalo, NY, reveal that personal discussion took place during the flight, including as the plane descended into Buffalo. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, the pilots rushed through mandatory checklists and then spent the flight discussing pe...
  • Cook Celect Filters Approved Through FDA Shortcut Protocol
    Dec-16-17 Washington, DC: When the Cook IVC filter manufactured by Cook Medical and identified as the Cook Gunther Tulip Filter System achieved formal approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2003, it was approved under an FDA 510(k) Clearance designation – a shortcut to the approvals process that continues to generate a fair bit of controversy...
  • Government Agencies Release Recommended Warning for Labeling Drug Products Associated with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
    Feb-19-17 Silver Spring, MD: Three US government agencies in January released finalized guidance on warning label wording for over-the-counter drugs that contain acetaminophen and labels regarding serious skin conditions such as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) . Recommended Warning for Over-the-Counter Acetaminophen-Containing Drug Products and Labeling Statem...
  • Untold Story of Opioid Epidemic: Attorney Explains Kickbacks and Billing Fraud
    Nov-27-17 Washington, DC It’s not the users. It’s the doctors. In a November 22 interview with lawyersandsettlements.com, attorney Jason Brown told a strange two-track story where healthcare whistleblower lawsuits  meet the opioid epidemic. It’s not pretty. He believes that 2018-2019 will bring a proliferation of whistleblower lawsuits that...
  • Chicago Considers $16.5 Million Settlement in Class Action Against Police Force
    Chicago, IL: Chicago City Council has approved a potential $16.5 million settlement in a class action lawsuit brought against the city's police department by some 514,000 plaintiffs. Three different allegations are involved in the suit, affecting three separate groups of plaintiffs. One group involves 12,000 people arrested on suspicion of a felony wi...
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