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Recent Automobile Defect Cases

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Cars are getting smarter, packed with more sophisticated technology, every year. But that doesn’t mean they are free from potentially dangerous defects. According to a recent article from 24/7 Wall St., seven of the 14 biggest auto recalls of all time have come in the last decade; in 2016, the number of recalls reached a record high. A defect can be as basic as a faulty seat-belt locking mechanism or as baffling as a sudden surge in acceleration. It can be a flaw in the manufacturer’s design or in a product from another supplier, such as an airbag that fails to deploy...

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Generic Drug Price Fixing: A Billion-Dollar Fraud?

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It’s safe to say that these are not the best of times in the pharmaceutical industry. Lawsuits and federal probes against manufacturers of prescription painkillers are piling up, as a host of government agencies and patient advocates seek to hold the drug companies accountable for their role in the nation’s opioid crisis. Multi-district litigation has consolidated lawsuits filed by dozens of states, but more complaints continue to emerge. On the heels of that sprawling investigation comes another challenge. Recently the attorneys general of 44 states, including Colorado, banded together to announce a lawsuit against 19 of the country’s largest generic drug...

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New Report: Food Recalls on The Increase

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The safety of America’s food supply has improved greatly over the past century. The grim picture rendered in Upton Sinclair’s classic 1906 work The Jungle, which exposed atrocious conditions at stockyards and slaughterhouses that produced meat that’s adulterated, spoiled, and poisonous, set in motion a host of new laws and a keen concern about food safety that persists to this day. Modern consumers know that the food supplied to restaurants and grocery stores is subject to intense government oversight and inspection. Yet even with an extensive safety system in place, significant outbreaks of food-borne illnesses continue, as well as large-scale recalls...

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NEW REPORTS CITE DANGERS IN SPEEDY FDA MEDICAL DEVICE APPROVAL PROCESS

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When you’re hungry for a burger and in a hurry, “fast and cheap” might be an acceptable option. But if you’re facing the prospect of a medical device being surgically implanted in your body, such as a joint replacement, pelvic mesh, or pacemaker, you want something that’s been rigorously tested and proven to be safe and effective. Is the FDA Medical Device Approval Process Safe? We’ve written before about how theFood and Drug Administration (FDA) medical device approval process for new medical devices may be more flawed than most consumers realize. Recent reports about the inadequacies of the FDA fast-track process for...

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Catastrophic Injuries – Causes, Claims, and Lawsuits

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Catastrophic injuries are extremely severe accidents which result in long-lasting and/or irreversible impairments. These severe injuries are usually major health problems that could lead to permanent disability, decrease life expectancy and cause agonizing suffering. Different from other types of injuries, the catastrophic injuries can affect everyone in your family in addition to the victim. The injured people of devastating accidents often need significant amounts of clinical treatment, rehabilitative treatment, medical equipment, personal care or assistance. Click to view the infographic in full size. CAUSES OF CATASTROPHIC INJURIES Catastrophic injuries impact a minimum of a single system of the human body, like the urinary system,...

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HEALTH CONCERNS LEAD TO CRACKDOWN ON TEEN VAPING

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First, the good news. The number of adult Americans who smoke cigarettes has declined significantly in recent years, from 21 percent in 2005 to less than 16 percent in 2016. That represents a big drop in tobacco-related mortality, although smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the country, accounting for 480,000 deaths a year. At least part of the reduction can be attributed to the development of better smoking cessation aids and programs, such as nicotine gum and patches. It’s also been suggested that the growing popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping could be a factor; the makers of...

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THE TALCUM POWDER LAWSUIT: LINKS TO ASBESTOS, CANCER LEAD TO BIG VERDICTS

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The raging controversy over possible health risks associated with talcum powder use just keeps getting hotter. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of people who claim that they developed cancer because of exposure to talc products, resulting in billions of dollars in jury verdicts in just the last few months. The manufacturers of talc products deny any wrongdoing and are appealing many of the verdicts, but many more cases are headed for trial. QUESTIONS ABOUT PURITY, TALCUM POWDER AND OVARIAN CANCER Talc is a naturally occurring mineral, composed primarily of silicon, magnesium, and oxygen. Ground into powder, it’s long...

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RECENT PRODUCT LIABILITY LAWSUITS: BIG VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS

Defective drugs, medical devices and household products injure thousands of Americans every year. Many assume that if a product is on the market, it’s undergone rigorous testing by the government, but that’s not always the case. As we noted in an article a few weeks ago, efforts by the Food and Drug Administration to make it easier for companies to introduce new products may be jeopardizing patient safety; demands to cut through the red tape of regulatory review have led to consumers being exposed to pricey drugs of dubious efficacy, with potentially serious (or simply unknown) side effects, as well as...

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JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY: STUDIES QUESTION COST, NECESSITY

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We live in a society that prizes fitness, and more Americans are pursuing active lifestyles later in life than ever before. That, in turn, has made joint replacement surgery an increasingly attractive — and common — procedure for weekend warriors who are battling arthritic knees and stiff hips. According to a recent Journal of the American Medical Association article, in 2014 more than half a million hip replacement and 723,000 knee replacement surgeries were performed in the United States, at an estimated cost of $20 billion. Americans are getting artificial joints implanted at a significantly higher rate than other countries, and...

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ROUNDUP CANCER LAWSUIT – HERBICIDE AND BREAKFAST CEREAL: CAUSE FOR ALARM?

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When it comes to our food supply, we live in an age of uncertainty. News reports tell us of outbreaks of contaminants at favorite restaurants, recalls at the supermarket, new studies that indicate some “miracle” foods aren’t as beneficial as we thought, or competing claims about whether certain trusted, brand-name products help us or hurt us in our quest for healthy eating. The flood of conflicting information makes it hard to keep up — and might even leave you feeling overwhelmed. But certain developments deserve more attention. One startling example: The recent sizable verdict in the Monsanto lawsuit involving a widely...

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