Medical Malpractice and Legal Issues News

 
 
  • Dozens of Doctors in 7 States Charged in Opioid Fraud Bust Dozens of medical professionals in Appalachia, a region hard-hit by the U.S. opioid crisis, have been charged with writing hundreds of thousands of illegal prescriptions and committing healthcare fraud, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.
  • Barred From Female Patients, Oncologist Sues Medical Board A Texas oncologist's medical license was restricted and he was barred from seeing female patients after he was charged with sexual assault. So he sued state medical authorities.
  • U.S. Charges Pummel Drugmaker Indivior, Hurt Reckitt Indivior Plc lost three-quarters of its stock market value on Wednesday and former parent Reckitt Benckiser also fell after the U.S. Justice Department accused the British drugmaker of illegally boosting prescriptions for its blockbuster opioid addiction treatment.
  • Pain-Care Specialist Agrees to Testify Against Purdue, Other Drug Makers -Court Documents A physician ally of Purdue Pharma LP whose views helped drive the explosive growth in the use of addictive pain relievers for common aches and pains in the United States has agreed to testify against the OxyContin maker and other drug companies, newly disclosed court records show.
  • Apology Laws Don't Cut Payouts in National Analysis Authors say the laws don't work because payouts have either been steady or have risen in states with apology laws. A health policy expert argues that lower payouts were never the laws' main intent.
  • Drugmakers Pay $123 Million to Resolve U.S. Charity Kickback Probe Three drugmakers will pay $122.6 million to resolve claims they used charities that help cover Medicare patients' out-of-pocket drug costs as a way to pay kickbacks aimed at encouraging the use of their medications, including some expensive ones.
  • Purdue's Sackler Family Fights 'Inflammatory' Massachusetts Opioid Case Members of the Sackler family behind OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP have asked a judge to toss a lawsuit by Massachusetts' attorney general claiming they helped fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic, arguing it contains "misleading and inflammatory allegations."
  • Doctors With Multiple Malpractice Claims Enter Solo Practice The greater likelihood of doctors with five or more paid malpractice claims switching to solo practice presents a potential patient safety concern.
  • NCCN 2019In Africa, US Cancer Guidelines Are 'Harmonized' to Locale The well-regarded National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines are being adapted for regional use in Africa, but the high cost of cancer drugs is a problem.
  • Ohio Accuses UnitedHealth's OptumRx of Drug Overcharges in Lawsuit Ohio's attorney general on Monday said he had filed a lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group Inc's OptumRx unit, saying the pharmacy benefit manager had overcharged the state nearly $16 million for prescription drugs.
  • California Jury Awards $29 Mln to Woman With Cancer Who Used J&J Talc A California jury on Wednesday awarded $29 million to a woman who said that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson's talcum-powder-based products caused her cancer.
  • OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Exploring Bankruptcy -Sources OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is exploring filing for bankruptcy to address potentially significant liabilities from roughly 2,000 lawsuits alleging the drugmaker contributed to the deadly opioid crisis sweeping the United States, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.
  • Celebrity Psychiatrist Faces Suits Alleging Sexual Misconduct Three lawsuits filed since July make similar allegations of sexual misconduct against a high-profile Massachusetts psychiatrist who has frequently appeared on television.
  • Arbitration Award vs Rogue Orthopedist Totals $140 Million Spyros Panos allegedly performed up to 20 procedures a day, and faked or botched many of them. Now the former physician is being sued for fraud in a workers' comp case.
  • Johnson & Johnson Receives Federal Subpoenas Related to Baby Powder Litigation Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it has received subpoenas from the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to litigation involving alleged asbestos contamination in its signature Baby Powder product line.
  • Johnson & Johnson Supplier Seeks Bankruptcy Over Talc Lawsuits A key supplier of talc used in Johnson & Johnson's baby powder filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday in the wake of multibillion-dollar lawsuits alleging its products caused ovarian cancer and asbestos-related mesothelioma.
  • J&J, Plaintiffs 'Close' to Deal on Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawsuits: Lawyer Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics unit is in settlement talks to resolve the bulk of individual lawsuits alleging the company's metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants were defective and caused severe injuries, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said on Monday.
  • Bereavement Service With Hospital Representatives Reduces Complaints A bereavement service with representatives from the medical team and from the institution can reduce complaints and litigation, as well as support families, according to a pilot study.
  • Missouri Supreme Court Suspends Second Talc Cancer Trial in Weeks The Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday halted an upcoming trial in a case brought by women who claim talc supplied by Imerys Talc America for use in Johnson & Johnson products gave them cancer, saying it wanted to consider a jurisdictional challenge by Imerys.
  • Physician's License in Limbo After Advising Pot for Boy, 4 California's medical board ordered it revoked, saying the way the physician diagnosed the boy with ADHD and bipolar disorder was improper. But a court has granted a temporary stay, pending a hearing.
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