Medical Malpractice and Legal Issues News

 
 
  • Nurse in Cancer Hoax Gets 2 Years in Prison for Theft A former Ohio State University nurse anesthetist told coworkers and her employer that she had metastatic lung cancer and bilked thousands of dollars from them.
  • Trial Spotlights U.S. Drug Safety Concerns at Compounding Pharmacies A top U.S. Food and Drug Administration official testified on Monday that the agency has concerns about drugs made by compounding pharmacies and still sees problems with them six years after a fungal meningitis outbreak tied to a Massachusetts pharmacy killed 76 people.
  • Jury Clears J&J of Liability in California Talc Cancer Case A California jury on Wednesday cleared Johnson & Johnson of liability in a case involving a woman who alleged that the company's talc-based products, including its baby powder, contain asbestos and caused her cancer, the company said.
  • Mexican Ruling Party to Present Bill for Recreational Marijuana Use Mexico's next interior minister plans to submit a bill to legalize recreational and medical marijuana use, according to documents posted on the Congress website on Tuesday, the latest step by the incoming government to shake up the country's fight against drug-related crime.
  • Texas Oncologist Faces 'Medical Battery' Claim Over Patient Death A court has ruled that a lawsuit can proceed against an oncologist who faces allegations that he contributed to a patient's death by giving chemotherapy without permission.
  • U.S. Judge Affirms Monsanto Weed-Killer Verdict, Slashes Damages A U.S. judge on Monday affirmed a verdict against Bayer AG unit Monsanto that found its glyphosate-based weed-killers responsible for a man's terminal cancer, sending the German company's shares down 8 percent.
  • USC Agrees to $215 Mln Settlement in California Gynecologist Case The University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the university said in a letter on Friday seen by Reuters.
  • More Precaution Than Promotion for Canadian Cannabis Tourism Canada's move to legalize recreational marijuana this week is unlikely to immediately trigger a flood of pot-fueled tourism, as tour operators and consumers are unsure about rules governing the brand new industry.
  • 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.'
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