A freelance writer for nearly two decades, Lucy Campbell has traveled extensively, covering stories of interest from around the world. Much of Lucy's focus is on consumer advocacy, and the legal topics that affect her readers' daily lives--everything from mislabeled food to auto recalls to harmful drugs and defective products. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys painting and a good cup of coffee.
September 12, 2017.
Washington, DC: 3M’s , Bair Hugger, the subject of some 2600 defective products lawsuits across the US, has received clearance for use from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to a spokesperson for the FDA, the agency has no conclusive evidence to establish an association between use of a forced air thermal regulating systems and an increased risk of surgical-site infections.Read [ FDA Clears Bair Hugger for Post-Surgical Use ]
September 8, 2017.
Philadelphia, PA: A $57.1 million verdict has been awarded against the makers of defective TVT Secur mesh, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon. The award breaks down as $50 million in punitive damages and $7.1 million in compensatory damages for plaintiff Ella Ebaugh, a Pennsylvania resident, according to court documents.Read [ $57.1M Ethicon TVT Secur Mesh Verdict Awarded ]
September 7, 2017.
Washington, DC:: Federal investigators have revealed a massive scheme by Insys, maker of Subsys, a sprayable form of fentanyl, to mislead insurers and boost sales of the opioid. The congressional investigation is led by Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, where deaths by opioid overdose have more than doubled between 2005 and 2014.Read [ Insys Faked Cancer Patients to Get Fentanyl Sales ]
August 21, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: In the latest talcum powder lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered to pay $417 million in damages to a woman who claimed she developed terminal ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products such as Johnson's Baby Powder.Read [ $417M Verdict Awarded Against J&J in California Talcum Powder Lawsuit ]
August 3, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: The makers of the controversial blood pressure medication, Benicar, have agreed a $300 million settlement potentially ending multi-district litigation (MDL) that claims the drug caused gastrointestinal injuries. Forest Laboratories Inc., and Daiichi Sankyo Inc., and about 2,300 plaintiffs in the MDL reached the agreement earlier this week. The settlement addresses claims filed collectively in state and federal court. The plaintiffs alleged personal injury stemming from defective design of Benicar (known generically as olmesartan), which is also in blood pressure products Benicar HCT, Azor and Tribenzor.Read [ $300M Benicar Settlement Reached ]
July 31, 2017.
Santa Clara, An in-depth investigative piece in the Washington Post highlights the considerable adverse health effects, even pregnancies, that thousands of women have experienced and continue to experience as a result of having Bayer’s Essure contraceptive devices implanted.Read [ Women Speak Out About Essure Health Problems ]
July 21, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: An urgent recall of all Fujifilm ED-530XT duodenoscopes has been issued, due to the difficulty in what the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refers to as “reprocessing.” Reprocessing is a detailed, multistep process to clean and disinfect or sterilize reusable devices. The voluntary recall of the duodenoscopes also includes replacement of the ED-530XT forceps elevator mechanism including the O-ring seal, replacement of the distal end cap, and new Operation Manuals. The FDA has previously issued a warning that duodenoscopes could be linked to the spread of deadly bacteria.Read [ ED-530XT Duodenoscopes Recalled ]
July 19, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: Sears Holding is facing an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) class action lawsuit filed by employees who allege the company used its own stock as an investment option in the 401(k) plan, despite knowledge that the company was in in “extremely poor financial condition.”Read [ Sears Facing 401K Class Action Lawsuit ]
July 13, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: The US Attorney General’s office has charged 412 defendants in 41 federal districts with Medicaid fraud resulting from false billings, and prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous drugs. The fraud is estimated to have cost Medicaid $1.3 billion resulting from false billings. More than 120 defendants have been charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics, including doctors. In addition, Health and Human Services has initiated suspension actions against 295 providers, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists.Read [ Charges Laid Against 412 Individuals for Medicaid Fraud and Opioid Prescribing ]
July 12, 2017.
Santa Clara, CA: Yet another Takata air bag recall is in the works. Announced this week, the recall involves 2.7 million air bag inflators made between 2005 and 2012 and installed in Ford, Nissan and Mazda vehicles sold in the US. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) website, as of January 19, 2017, some 42,000,000 vehicles are affected by Takata airbag recalls.Read [ Takata Recalls Another 2.7M Air Bag Inflators ]