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Former Volkswagen CEO under investigation for alleged securities violations in connection with Dieselgate emissions cheating disclosures

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and another undisclosed VW executive are being investigated in Germany over potential securities fraud, German prosecutors announced recently. Winterkorn resigned from Volkswagen in September 2015. This resignation came several days after the automaker admitted that it had installed emissions defeat devices on millions of VW and Audi diesel models. Read the full article…

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Jeep Grand Cherokee involved in ‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin’s death had been recalled over gearshift issue by Fiat Chrysler in April

The same 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee model that was involved in the death of actor Anton Yelchin had been recently recalled by Fiat Chrysler, the automaker says. Yelchin, a Russian born actor who had appeared in the recent reboot of the Star Trek movie franchise, was killed on June 19, 2016 when his Jeep Grand Cherokee accidentally rolled down his driveway after he had exited the vehicle, crushing him against a mailbox. Read the full article…

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Prescription painkiller monitoring laws may help curb epidemic of opioid overprescription, study suggests

A new study conducted by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College suggests that monitoring the number of painkiller prescriptions written by doctors may be an effective means of helping to curb the epidemic of opioid overprescription in the U.S. According to the study published in the journal Health Affairs, states that passed laws to monitor opioid painkiller prescriptions and the doctors who issued them saw a 30% decrease in prescriptions for opioids and other controlled substances. Read the full article…

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Jury awards $20 million medical malpractice verdict to family of woman who died of opiate allergic reaction at Alabama hospital

A jury in Alabama has awarded a $20 million verdict in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who died from an allergic reaction to opiate painkillers. Regina Honts file a lawsuit on behalf of her mother, Doris Green, who died from an allergic reaction to opiates that were administered to her at the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden.
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Hospital deaths on the rise despite efforts to curb preventable medical errors in the U.S., study finds

A new study published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) finds that preventable medical errors by doctors and medical staff may be the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The BMJ study found that about 251,000 deaths each year occur because of medical errors, more than the number of patients who die because of respiratory diseases, accidents, strokes, or Alzheimer’s disease. Read the full article…

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Talcum powder lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson filed on behalf of 17 women in New Mexico diagnosed with ovarian cancer

A lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson has been filed in New Mexico on behalf of 17 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using the company’s talcum baby powder products for feminine hygiene. The lawsuit, filed by 15 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer and the estates of two women who died from the disease, is the latest in hundreds of lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson over the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Read the full article…

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Former Insys employees charged with fraud in connection with Subsys fentanyl spray kickback scheme

A former sales manager and sales representative at Insys Therapeutics—the manufacturer of the fentanyl sublingual spray Subsys—have been arrested by investigators on federal anti-kickback charges. Jonathan Roper and his former colleague at Insys, Fernando Serrano, are accused of making payments to doctors as part of what officials call a “sham” educational program to prescribe millions of dollars’ worth of the fentanyl spray to patients. Read the full article…

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Recalled Takata airbags still being used in new vehicles, Senate investigation reveals

A Senate investigation has revealed that four automakers are continuing to sell vehicles equipped with potentially defective airbag parts involved in the Takata recall. The investigation by the Senate Commerce Committee Democrats found that Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Volkswagen have continued to sell new cars with Takata ammonium-nitrate airbag inflators whose lack of a chemical drying agent could make them vulnerable to accidental explosion despite having agreed to replace the potentially defective parts by 2018. Read the full article…

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Congress proposes medical device defects reporting bill in response to delayed reports of link between laparoscopic power morcellators and uterine cancer

A bipartisan bill introduced to Congress recently would require doctors to report potentially serious medical device defects to the Food and Drug Administration. The proposed bill, known as Medical Device Guardian’s Act, was drafted in response to recent concerns about a women’s surgical tool known as laparoscopic power morcellators, which is used during hysterectomy surgery. Read the full article…

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Johnson & Johnson faces transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuits from California, Washington attorney generals

The attorney generals of Washington and California have filed transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson over complications from these medical devices. The lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson has misrepresented the safety of its surgical mesh products for years, despite the fact that they have been linked to widespread complications in women who are implanted with the products during pelvic surgery. Read the full article…

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