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Aggressive marketing of fentanyl in New Jersey fuels surge in opioid overdose deaths

A new study reveals that marketing campaigns by drug companies designed to get doctors in New Jersey to prescribe the fentanyl pain patch has led to an alarming rise in prescriptions in the state. The study found that many doctors are prescribing fentanyl to patients who are not eligible to take the drug under FDA regulations, placing them at risk of a fatal overdose. Read the full article…

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California will add cancer warning label to Roundup and other glyphosate herbicides

The State of California has announced that it will add glyphosate – the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup – to a list of chemicals that it believes cause cancer. Starting next year, Roundup and other products containing glyphosate that are sold in California will be forced to carry a warning label about their cancer risk. Read the full article…

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Opioid addiction rates have climbed by 500% since 2010, new study reports

The rate of opioid addiction in the US has risen by 500% over the last seven years, according to a study conducted by the insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield. The study found that more than one in five Blue Cross Blue Shield customers filled at least one prescription for opioid painkillers in 2015. Read the full article…

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GM faces class action lawsuit over emissions cheating on Chevy and GMC diesel trucks

General Motors is facing a class action lawsuit over allegations of emissions cheating on its heavy-duty diesel pickup trucks. The lawsuit alleges that GM installed a “defeat device” on certain GMC and Chevrolet truck models in order to conceal the high emissions levels of these vehicles from regulators and consumers. Read the full article…

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Family whose son died from experimental cancer treatment asks Texas Supreme Court to review court of appeals’ ruling that dismissed their wrongful death lawsuit against Dallas doctors

The family of a 16 year old Texas boy who died following an experimental brain tumor treatment has asked the Texas Supreme Court to review a dismissal of the wrongful death lawsuit they filed against the doctors who performed the treatment. In February, the Texas Fifth Court of Appeals threw out a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against the doctors who treated Cody Perkins at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas because the court stated that the lawsuit should have been filed against the doctors’ employer, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Read the full article…

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Breast implants linked to increased risk of rare lymphoma cancer, FDA warns

The Food and Drug Administration warns that a rare type of cancer associated with women who have received breast implants has now been linked to at least nine deaths. The FDA first warned about the link between breast implants and anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a rare cancer affecting the immune system, in 2011. Read the full article…

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CDC study highlights drastic rise in overdose deaths caused by opioid painkillers

Opioid overdose deaths in some states have risen by nearly 200% over the last five years, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency reported that overdose deaths caused by prescription painkillers have risen by 33% nationwide. Read the full article…

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Heygood, Orr & Pearson files lawsuits against Audi over gasoline emissions cheating

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has filed lawsuits against Audi over allegations of CO2 emissions cheating on its gasoline-powered models. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of more than 400 drivers in 43 states who purchased or leased one of the vehicles affected by Audi’s emissions cheating. Read the full article…

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J&J hit with $110 million verdict in Missouri ovarian cancer talcum powder lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $110 million in damages to a Missouri woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using the company’s talcum powder products. The verdict is the fourth multimillion dollar legal defeat for Johnson & Johnson and the largest damages award in the thousands of talcum powder claims facing the company. Read the full article…

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J&J, Janssen face lawsuits in New Jersey over Invokana kidney injuries

Proceedings for a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving lawsuits filed over kidney injuries linked to the diabetes medication Invokana is now underway in New Jersey. The Invokana MDL currently includes dozens of lawsuits filed by patients who suffered kidney damage or other injuries after taking the diabetes drug. Read the full article…

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