Medical Malpractice and Legal Issues News

 
 
  • Minnesota Accuses Insulin Makers of Deceptive Drug Pricing Minnesota's attorney general on Tuesday filed a lawsuit accusing drug manufacturers Sanofi SA, Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly and Co of deceptively raising prices for insulin.
  • Pfizer Settles New York Probe Into 'Deceptive' Copay Coupons Pfizer Inc on Thursday settled charges by New York's attorney general that it misled consumers in its drug copayment coupon program into thinking they would pay far less to fill prescriptions than they ended up having to shell out.
  • A Surgeon So Bad It Was Criminal Christopher Duntsch's surgical outcomes were so outlandishly poor that Texas prosecuted him for harming patients.
  • Community Health Unit to Pay $260 Mln to Resolve U.S. Fraud Probe A hospital operator now owned by Community Health Systems Inc will pay more than $260 million to resolve claims it defrauded government healthcare programs and paid doctors kickbacks for patient referrals, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.
  • Scandal-Ridden Blood-Testing Company Theranos Will Dissolve The blood-testing company Theranos will dissolve after years of scandal and after failing to meet its obligations to Fortress Investment Group, a New York City-based private-equity firm.
  • Texas Doctor Takes Plea Deal on Presigned Prescription Scam The physician will plead guilty for his part in a plot to defraud Medicare and Medicaid of $60 million. Charges include signing blank prescriptions so that others could speed patients' deaths.
  • DOJ Blocks Two 'Reckless' Ohio Docs From Prescribing Opioids The temporary restraining order against the two physicians accused of selling and prescribing opioids for 'no legitimate medical purpose' has never been used against prescribers before.
  • Michigan's Health Director Faces Trial in Two Flint Deaths A judge ruled that the state's director of Health and Human Services will face manslaughter charges after delayed notification of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease tied to the Flint water scandal.
  • Trump Wants Opioid Manufacturers to Face a Federal Lawsuit President Trump directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit, separate from state lawsuits, against opioid manufacturers in an effort to help stem an epidemic of addiction in the United States.
  • China to Prosecute Suspects, Confiscate Illegal Income of Scandal-Hit Vaccine Maker Chinese authorities will prosecute all suspects in a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd and confiscate its illegal earnings, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Thursday.
  • New York Sues OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Over Opioids New York state on Tuesday said it has sued Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the OxyContin (oxycodone hydrochloride) maker of widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioid products, contributing to a nationwide epidemic that has killed thousands.
  • 'Lessons Must Be Learned': UK Societies on Bawa-Garba Ruling The UK Court of Appeal decision that will soon allow Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba to return to work was met with relief by most medical societies there; the overwhelming sentiment was 'lessons must be learned.'
  • AIDS 2018Laws to Protect People From HIV Exposure Outdated The prosecution of people with HIV who expose others to the virus should reflect actual risk, the world's leading HIV physicians and scientists argue after hearing about unfair criminal cases.
  • Pediatrician Charged With 29 More Counts of Child Sex Abuse Pennsylvania's Attorney General says the pattern of abuse by the Johnstown physician goes back to the '80s and includes boys and girls and his own family members.
  • New York City Agrees to Pay $20.8 Mln in Nurses Case -Justice Dept. New York City has agreed to pay $20.8 million to settle federal discrimination charges made by registered nurses and midwives who said their work was not recognized as "physically taxing," the Justice Department said on Wednesday.
  • Jury Orders J&J to Pay $550 Mln in Missouri Asbestos Cancer Case A Missouri jury on Thursday found Johnson & Johnson liable in a lawsuit filed by 22 women who alleged the company's talc-based products, including J&J Baby Powder, contain asbestos and caused them ovarian cancer, and ordered the company to pay $550 million in compensatory damages.
  • Woman Gets $8.74M in Irish Cervical Cancer Screening Scandal A woman in Ireland who is now terminally ill because of a missed diagnosis of cervical cancer has reached a highly publicized settlement of 7.5 million Euros ($8.74 million).
  • U.S. Jury Orders DaVita to Pay $383.5 Mln in Wrongful Death Lawsuits A federal jury in Colorado has awarded $383.5 million to the families of three patients who they said suffered cardiac arrests and died soon after receiving dialysis treatments at clinics run by DaVita Inc.
  • U.S. Top Court Blocks California Law on Anti-Abortion Centers The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a California law requiring clinics that counsel women against abortion to notify clients of the availability of abortions paid for by the state, finding that it violated the free speech rights of these Christian-based facilities.
  • Thirty-Three Pregnant Cambodian Women Discovered in Surrogacy Raid Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women who were carrying babies on behalf of Chinese clients have been discovered during a raid on an illegal commercial surrogacy operation, police said on Saturday.
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