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Preventable medical errors are third leading cause of death in the U.S., new study finds

A new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) estimates that at least 251,454 patients in the U.S. die annually due to preventable medical errors. The researchers behind the study said that the true number of U.S. medical deaths was probably much higher since nursing home deaths and deaths at home were not included in their estimates. Read the full article…

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States pass life settlement disclosure laws to protect the rights of insurance policy holders

State legislatures in Kentucky, Maine, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin have passed disclosure laws in order to ensure that life insurance policy holders are properly informed of their rights to sell these policies in the form of life settlements. Several lawsuits have been filed on behalf of insured individuals against life insurance companies that allegedly failed in their duty to notify insurance policy holders about their legal rights regarding life settlements. Read the full article…

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Proton pump inhibitors linked to increased risk of kidney failure, new study suggests

A new study has warned that patients who use a type of antacid medication known as proton pump inhibitors—or PPIs—may face an increased risk of kidney failure or chronic kidney disease. The new study, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, confirmed the findings of previous research that had also linked proton pump inhibitors to an increased risk of kidney problems or other side effects. Read the full article…

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Bayer, Janssen facing 5,000 Xarelto lawsuits over severe bleeding episodes linked to bloodthinner drug

Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit are facing more than 5,000 lawsuits filed by patients who suffered severe bleeding or other complications linked to the bloodthinner drug Xarelto. The 5,000 pending Xarelto lawsuits including thousands of complaints that were consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Louisiana and several hundred more lawsuits consolidated as part of a mass tort litigation in Pennsylvania. Read the full article…

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FDA launches investigation following questions about Xarelto clinical trial safety data from Bayer, Johnson & Johnson

The Food and Drug Administration has launched an investigation into whether a faulty blood monitor may have compromised testing results that led to the agency’s approval of the bloodthinner Xarelto. Xarelto has been prescribed to millions of Americans since it was approved by the FDA and placed on the market in 2011. Read the full article…

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Class action lawsuit filed in Illinois on behalf of VW dealers harmed by Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal

The owner of three Chicago-area Volkswagen dealerships has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of VW dealers nationwide in connection with the German automaker’s role in the Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. The lawsuit—filed by Ed Napleton on behalf of his three Volkswagen dealerships in Illinois—is the first ever class action lawsuit against Volkswagen filed on behalf of VW franchise dealers.
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IVC blood clot filters linked to serious and potentially fatal complications

Patients who are implanted with an inferior vena cava filter (IVC filter) may be at risk of suffering serious and potentially fatal complications from these devices, according to the Food and Drug Administration and health researchers who have studied these devices. IVC filters are used to prevent a pulmonary embolism in patients who cannot be successfully treated with anticoagulant medications. Read the full article…

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California energy company faces breach of contract lawsuit from Texas company over fuel cell service

A Texas company has filed a lawsuit for breach of contract and other allegations against a California energy company. Unicat Services Inc., based in Alvin, Texas, filed a claim against Bloom Energy Company of Sunnyvale, California in connection with an agreement between the two companies regarding a contract to service fuel cell canisters. Read the full article…

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FTC says Volkswagen misled consumers through advertising claims in VW and Audi ‘clean diesel’ marketing campaigns

Federal Trade Commission has accused Volkswagen of deliberately misleading consumers through an ad campaign for its VW and Audi “clean diesel” vehicles, costing them “billions of dollars” in losses. In a unanimous vote, the FTC announced that Volkswagen made false or misleading claims about the emissions levels, environmental friendliness, met emissions standards, and resale value of its “TDI Clean Diesel” models through a multi-million dollar ad campaign designed to promote these models to consumers. Read the full article…

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FDA issues black box warning about addiction, overdose risks of opioid painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will require the manufacturers of prescription opioid painkillers to add a black box warning to these medications. The new warnings—the toughest ever issued by the FDA regarding opioids—are designed to alert doctors and patients about the dangers of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose, and death associated with prescription painkillers. Read the full article…

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