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Bayer, J&J hit with $27.8 million verdict in Philadelphia Xarelto lawsuit

A jury in Pennsylvania has awarded $27.8 million to an Indiana couple over a severe bleed caused by the bloodthinner Xarelto. Lynn Hartmann and her husband alleged that pharmaceutical giants Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson failed to warn them about the risk of severe bleeding events associated with the use of Xarelto. Read the full article…

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Federal judicial panel weighs creation of nationwide MDL in response to opioid epidemic

Legal experts say that as more and more lawsuits continue to be filed against manufacturers of opioid painkillers, it is becoming increasingly more likely that these cases will be consolidated in a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL). In addition to the thousands of lawsuits filed on behalf of patients who suffered complications from opioids, manufacturers of prescription painkillers are also facing lawsuits filed by state, municipal, and county officials nationwide. Read the full article…

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Texas couple awarded $42 million damages in lawsuit over car accident injuries worsened by substandard repairs ordered by State Farm

A Dallas, Texas couple has been awarded $42 million in damages in a lawsuit filed over a 2013 car accident. Matthew and Marcia Seebachan alleged in their lawsuit that sub-standard auto repair work performed by John Eagle Collision Center at the behest of State Farm Insurance caused them to suffer serious injuries as a result of the crash. Read the full article…

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Health officials call on FDA to ban OxyContin and other high-dose opioid painkillers

Heath experts are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban OxyContin and other high-dose opioid painkillers from the market because of the risk of potentially deadly side effects associated with these medications. A petition filed with the FDA from health officials and other advocates said that high-dose opioids pose an unreasonable risk of overdose, addiction, and other complications. Read the full article…

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Study ties increased PPI side effects risk to cellular damage

Proton pump inhibitors like Nexium, Prilosec, and Protonix are some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S. But recent studies have shown that these heartburn drugs can also increase a patient’s risk of developing dementia, kidney problems, or a heart attack. Now, thanks to a new study, doctors are beginning to figure out why. Read the full article…

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J&J failed to warn consumers about asbestos in talcum powder products, lawsuit alleges

A lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson alleges that the company knew its talcum powder products contained asbestos in the 1970s. The company is already facing thousands of lawsuits filed by consumers who allege that Johnson’s Baby Powder and other talc products sold by Johnson & Johnson increase the risk of developing cancer. Read the full article…

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Rhode Island doctor pleads guilty in fentanyl spray prescription kickback scheme

A doctor in Rhode Island has pled guilty to receiving kickback payments in exchange for prescribing fentanyl to patients who were not eligible to use the drug under FDA guidelines. Dr. Jerrold Rosenberg admitted to receiving $188,000 in payments from Insys Therapeutics between 2012 and 2015 in exchange for prescribing the Subsys fentanyl spray to patients under his care. Read the full article…

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Family of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez files wrongful death lawsuit

The family of former professional football star Aaron Hernandez has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his former team, the New England Patriots, and the NFL. The family said that Hernandez – who committed suicide earlier this year while serving a life sentence for murder – suffered from the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE. Read the full article…

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