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Jury awards $70 million verdict to woman with ovarian cancer in third Missouri talcum powder trial

Johnson & Johnson and a talc supplier have been ordered to pay more than $70 million to a California woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after years of using the company’s talcum baby powder products. The verdict is the third consecutive trial defeat for Johnson & Johnson in the litigation over its talcum powder brands. Read the full article…

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Harvard lawsuit alleges insurance companies engaged in discriminatory pricing practices against HIV patients

A lawsuit against insurance companies in eight states has been filed, alleging that insurers are engaging in discriminatory practices against patients with HIV or other conditions by making the drugs to treat these illnesses unavailable or unaffordable. The lawsuit, filed by Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, alleges that these discriminatory insurance practices may have caused some HIV patients to be deprived of necessary treatment or required them to pay high out-of-pocket costs for essential medications. Read the full article…

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Georgia family files lawsuit over auto accident involving Snapchat ‘speed filter’

The family of a Georgia man who suffered traumatic brain injuries from a car accident has filed a lawsuit against the driver of the other vehicle and the messaging app Snapchat. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Wentworth Maynard, alleges that the teenage driver of the other vehicle was using Snapchat’s “speed filter” on her phone at the time of the crash. Read the full article…

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Accidents Involving Treadmills and Other Exercise Machines Injure Thousands Each Year

Millions of Americans go to the gym or exercise at home with the goal of losing weight, improving their health, and living longer. However, each year, thousands of Americans are injured as a result of gym accidents or mishaps involving exercise equipment. Read the full article…

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FDA issues warning for children’s homeopathic teething products following 10 reported deaths

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about health risks associated with homeopathic teething tablets and gels for children and infants. The agency launched a safety investigation of homeopathic teething products sold by CVS, Hyland’s, and other stores following reports of at least 10 deaths linked to the tablets and gels. Read the full article…

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NHTSA says Takata airbags linked to 11th U.S. death; nearly 70 million vehicles recalled

An 11th driver in the U.S. was killed last week in an accident involving a Takata airbag, U.S. authorities have confirmed. Takata and automakers who used the company’s airbags have recalled nearly 70 million vehicles due to a risk of accidental explosions linked to Takata airbags. Read the full article…

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Pfizer faces qui tam whistleblower lawsuit over Flector pain patch marketing

Pfizer is facing a qui tam whistleblower lawsuit in Maryland federal court over allegations of fraudulent marketing practices involving the Flector painkiller patch. The lawsuit accuses Pfizer and three subsidiary companies of misbranding the Flector patch and of paying kickbacks to doctors who prescribed the patch to their patients. Read the full article…

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Proposed FDA warnings update may increase product liability claims against generic drug manufacturers, legal experts say

Legal experts say that new rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration regarding warning labels for generic pharmaceutical products could increase the number of product liability lawsuits against generic drug manufacturers. As a result, the proposed rules are being met with opposition from trade groups representing those companies. Read the full article…

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