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Insys Therapeutics to Pay $225 Million for Subsys Bribery Scheme

Insys Therapeutics, the makers of Subsys fentanyl spray, has agreed to pay $225 million “to end criminal and civil investigations into allegations that it used a system of bribes to get doctors to illegally prescribe its highly addictive product,” the Washington Post reports. The company will also plead guilty to 5 counts of mail fraud.…

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Jury Awards California Couple $2 Billion Verdict against Monsanto

A jury has awarded more than $2 billion to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a couple in California who claimed that years of using Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer led to them developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Each spouse was awarded $1 billion in punitive damages, as well as a collective $55 million in compensatory damages for them both.…

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Defective Defibrillators Are More Common Than You Might Think

Defibrillators are electrical devices used to treat heart conditions like arrhythmia, which is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. A defibrillator’s job is to deliver an electric shock to the heart, effectively jolting it back to its normal rhythm. When we hear the word “defibrillator,” many of us think about the…

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Why Are My Heart and Blood Pressure Medications Being Recalled?

In July 2018, several drug companies started recalling dozens of lots of heart and blood medications – specifically valsartan, losartan, and irbesartan – after tests found the drugs had trace amounts of impurities and carcinogens. These recalls have been ongoing into early 2019. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating the underlying causes…

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Ambulance Diversion is Medical Negligence

When you are in the throes of an emergency medical condition such as a heart attack or a stroke, you want an ambulance to arrive quickly, and take you to the nearest hospital for treatment. Thanks to the quietly-kept practice of ambulance diversion, you may not get the help you need in time. Ambulance diversion…

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Birth Trauma is a Real, Ongoing Problem

When there is a complication in childbirth that leads to a birth injury for the baby, there is often intense scrutiny about the baby’s health and well-being – as there should be. The birth trauma that some women experience, however, after a difficult childbirth is real, and often left unaddressed. Last summer, we covered the…

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Uber and Lyft Want to Take You to Your Medical Appointments

Rideshare companies Uber and Lyft provide transportation services to airports, from restaurants, and to places throughout the state. Now, they’re trying to help people make it to their doctors’ appointments. Both companies have ventured into the non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) space with Uber Health and Lyft Concierge. For patients who are house-bound without transportation, or…

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New Law Requires Hospitals to Publish Prices for Procedures

Thanks to a new law that went into effect on January 1, 2019, hospitals are now required to publish the prices of their procedures. The hospital’s price list must be made public, published online and updated each year, according to a story in Newsweek. The new law also applies to rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric hospitals and…

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The VA Ignored Millions Earmarked for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Preventing veterans from committing suicide was named the “highest clinical priority” by the Veterans Administration, yet VA officials still failed to spend the $17.7 million in the suicide prevention budget for fiscal year 2018, according to a story in Time Magazine. A report published in November 2018 by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found…

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