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One year after FDA safety review, the number of Invokana lawsuits continues to climb

More than a year after the Food and Drug Administration launched a safety review of the diabetes drug Invokana, the number of patients who have filed lawsuits after suffering complications from the drug continues to rise. More than 100 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals have been filed so far by patients who have suffered kidney injuries or other complications after taking Invokana to treat their type 2 diabetes symptoms. Read the full article…

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VW and GM recall more than 7 million vehicles with Takata airbags in China

Volkswagen and General Motors have announced that they will recall more than 7 million vehicles worldwide that were equipped with faulty Takata airbags. The recalls include more than 2.5 million Saab, Opel, Chevrolet, and Buick models sold in China by GM and another 4.86 million Chinese vehicles sold by VW. Read the full article…

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Opioid manufacturers face Arkansas class action over painkillers marketing

Several opioid manufacturers are facing a class action lawsuit in Arkansas over the sale and marketing of prescription painkillers in the U.S. The lawsuit – filed against Actavis, Endo, Johnson & Johnson, Purdue Pharma, Teva, and several subsidiaries – alleges that the drugmakers deliberately fed the U.S. opioid epidemic in order to increase their own profits. Read the full article…

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Less than 10% of $30 billion damage from Harvey covered by private insurance, experts say

When the cost of damage from Hurricane Harvey is added up, the total could amount to more than $30 billion, according to preliminary estimates. However, experts say that only about 10% of that damage will be covered by insurance, and that the federal government may end up paying the most to rebuild Houston, Corpus Christi, and other areas of southeastern Texas damaged in the storm. Read the full article…

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Truck accident caused by driver’s cell phone use leads to $3.75 million settlement

Attorneys representing a South Carolina couple that filed a truck accident lawsuit against a North Carolina fabric company say that they hope a recent settlement in the case will help in addressing the problem of distracted driving in the trucking industry. Unifi Inc. agreed to pay a $3.75 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by a husband and wife that were injured in an accident involving one of the company’s truck drivers, who was on his cell phone at the time of the crash. Read the full article…

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Oklahoma doctor charged with 2nd degree murder in patient deaths from opioids, other medications

An Oklahoma doctor has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the overdose deaths of five patients who were prescribed “horrifyingly excessive” quantities of opioid painkillers and other medications. Oklahoma officials say that Regan Ganoung Nichols prescribed more than 3 million doses of opioids and other controlled medications between 2010 and 2014, including prescriptions to the five patients who died from overdoses. Read the full article…

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Lawsuit in New Jersey alleges Prilosec caused woman’s death from kidney failure

The family of a woman from New York who died from kidney failure after using the acid reducing medication Prilosec has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturers of the drug, Procter & Gamble and AstraZeneca. Recent studies have linked the use of Prilosec and other acid reducers known as proton pump inhibitors to an increased risk of kidney damage and other complications. Read the full article…

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Equifax faces lawsuits over financial data breach affecting 143 million consumers

The credit reporting company Equifax is facing more than 30 lawsuits after hackers stole the personal information of about 143 million Americans. The lawsuits that have been filed in federal court include one case accusing Equifax of securities fraud. Legal experts say that lawsuits raising similar claims against Equifax may be consolidated in a single nationwide case. Read the full article…

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GM denies allegations of emissions cheating on Chevy and GMC Duramax diesel trucks

General Motors released a statement denying allegations of emissions cheating involving its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Duramax diesel truck models. GM is facing a class action lawsuit involving allegations that it installed emissions “defeat devices” on these vehicles, as well as other lawsuits filed on behalf of individual Chevy and GMC truck owners. Read the full article…

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New Jersey family files wrongful death lawsuit over daughter’s death from a Subsys fentanyl overdose

The family of a New Jersey woman who died from an overdose of the fentanyl spray Subsys has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a doctor and a mail-order pharmacy in New York that supplied her with the drug. The lawsuit – filed by Deborah and David Fuller on behalf of their daughter, Sarah – alleges that she should never have been prescribed Subsys to treat her chronic head and neck pain. The Fullers allege that Sarah’s doctor prescribed more than $250,000 worth of the fentanyl spray, due in part to the aggressive marketing efforts of a sale reps for Insys, the company that manufactures the drug. Read the full article…

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