Abbott Labs sued over allegedly defective FreeStyle diabetes test strips and monitor system

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FreeStyle test strips and blood glucose meter blamed in diabetic woman’s wrongful death suit The parents of Abbie Harper have filed suit against Abbott Laboratories, alleging the company’s FreeStyle test strips and blood glucose monitor system their daughter was using to manage her diabetes contributed to her death in November 2013.  Harper was a second-year… Read more »

Conspiracy claims move forward in J&J talcum powder lawsuit

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Johnson & Johnson, Imerys Talc, and others facing wrongful death suits A federal judge in Missouri has allowed conspiracy claims to be included in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a plaintiff alleging Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Imerys Talc, and other defendants knew the risk of developing ovarian cancer when using talc-based body powders.  The… Read more »

Pennsylvania healthcare providers settle whistleblower lawsuit for $662,000

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Easton Hospital, Northampton Hospital Corporation, and Northampton Hospital Company have settled a claim of Medicaid fraud with the federal government for $662,000.  The suit was brought under the False Claims Act (FCA) by two employees acting as whistleblowers under its qui tam provision. The Cochran Firm, D.C. did not represent the plaintiffs in this matter…. Read more »

California Dept. of Health: E-cigs a community health threat

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Agency calls on legislators to regulate e-cigs like traditional tobacco products The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently issued a 32-page report characterizing the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) as a growing threat to the health of Californians, particularly its youth.  Calling e-cigs a “significant public health concern”, the CDPH outlined the threat it… Read more »

Alere CFO resigns as questions remain regarding INRatio-linked injuries and deaths

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Waltham, Massachusetts-based Alere, Inc. recently announced that its Chief Financial Officer David A. Tietel will leave his position with the INRatio maker. Tietel’s departure comes at a challenging period for the medical device maker. In 2014, Alere recalled its INRatio home PT/INR monitor system and test strips after the medical device was linked with numerous… Read more »