Posts Tagged 'lawsuit'

Kickback scheme causes Novartis Pharmaceuticals to face lawsuit

State and federal prosecutors are pursuing a lawsuit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. for paying kickbacks to BioScrip pharmacy. A story in The Wall Street Journal reports that Novartis incentivized BioScrip to recommend refills of its blood transfusion drug, Exjade.

In order to boost sales of Exjade, Novartis provided referrals and rebates to the specialty pharmacy. BioScrip encouraged refills for patients who may not have needed it in exchange for these kickbacks. Exjade is an ...

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Problematic mesh implants were marketed as safer

A blog entry for the Philadelphia Inquirer notes that vaginal mesh implants, like the kind that recently served as the basis of an $11.1 million jury award in New Jersey, were initially marketed as a safer alternative for women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse.

Instead, thousands of patients who received the implants complained of complications including severe pain, infections and bleeding.

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when a pelvic organ ...

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Mesh implant forces woman to be celibate

A story in the Philadelphia Inquirer about an ongoing lawsuit concerning vaginal mesh implants tells the story of a woman who is no longer able to have sex with her husband because of chronic pain from one of the devices.

The story says more than 6,000 federal lawsuits have been filed against some of the biggest manufacturers of pelvic mesh products. They’ve been consolidated in a federal court in West Virginia, with ...

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Prepare for doctor’s questions about incontinence

When you’re getting treatment for urinary incontinence, your doctor is likely to ask you a series of questions, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The clinic has compiled a list of those probable questions, so patients can be prepared for them and have their answers ready.

The Clinic acknowledges that urinary incontinence can be a troubling and inconvenient condition that obliges patients to make adjustments to their lifestyles in order to compensate for it.

The ...

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Troubled Ethicon gets new product approved

According to a story on The Motley Fool, Johnson & Johnson-owned Ethicon announced in a press release that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted approval for a tissue sealer called Enseal G 2.

The story characterizes it as “a bit of bright news” from Ethicon, noting that the company has initiated a number of recalls lately for items including hemorrhoidal staples and wound products.

And Ethicon is currently on trial in ...

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Lawyer: No consideration given for vaginal mesh removal

The lawyer representing a woman in a trial over vaginal mesh implants said manufacturer Johnson & Johnson failed to consider a crucial question concerning the devices — how they could be removed if they cause complications.

As it turned out, the complications affected a number of women. The case being heard in New Jersey Superior Court is the first of about 1,800 lawsuits to go to trial, according to an article in ...

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