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NY Times Article Reports GM ‘Mislead Grieving Families’

An article this week in the New York Times reports that General Motors knew five years ago of the deadly ignition switch defect in its Chevy Cobalt. The article discusses a meeting in May 2009 where GM engineers reviewed data from black boxes that confirmed the deadly defect. The article […]

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General Motors Under Investigation for Delayed Recall

Investigations have been opened this week by both Congress and the Justice Department into why General Motors failed to act more quickly in its recall of 2003-2007 model year vehicles affected by a faulty ignition switch. The investigations involve the recall of the Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, and Pontiac Pursuit […]

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J&J Agrees to $2.2 Billion Settlement of Unlawful Marketing Claims

Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) has purportedly reached a settlement with the Justice Department which will have the healthcare giant paying $2.2 billion to resolve unlawful marketing claims. The settlement would include a criminal fine of approximately $400 million for the unlawful promotion of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The final total […]

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Glaxo Settles Illegal Marketing Claims for $3 Billion

The British drug-maker GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay $3 billion to settle claims related to illegal marketing of drugs. The U.S. government’s civil and criminal investigations of Glaxo related to multiple different drugs. The settlement includes resolution of allegations that Glaxo improperly marketed the drug Avandia, a drug whose use was […]

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Bills Introduced to Alter Rule on Generic Drug Labels

Bills were recently introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives that would allow generic drug companies to update warning information about the drugs they manufacture and sell. The bills would also clear the way for consumers harmed by generic drugs to bring failure to warn claims against generic […]

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Congressman Seeks Hearing on Safety of Vaginal Mesh Implants

On January 3, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants, such as Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, Bard and American Medical, to study the number and kind of side effects reported with the use of the mesh implants. Following the FDA Order and […]

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Drug Maker Fined $750 Million After Sales of Contaminated Drugs

GlaxoSmithKline, a behemoth drug manufacturer, has agreed to pay $750 million to settle criminal and civil complaints that the company knowingly sold contaminated drugs, including contaminated baby ointment and an ineffective antidepressant. The settlement is the result of a whistleblower suit filed by a former quality control manager with the […]

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Consumer Product Safety Commission Allows Industry ‘Self-Policing’ On Toxic Cadmium

In an announcement covered by the Associated Press, the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) yesterday caved in to industry and declined to set mandatory limits on cadmium. Cadmium is a toxic metal that was the focus of a recall of 12 million ‘Shrek’ glasses at McDonald’s earlier this year, […]

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FDA slaps wrist of European Drug Company for illegally marketing Seroquel and paying off doctors

European Drug Company AstraZeneca had its wrist slapped this week by the Food and Drug Administration (‘FDA’). The FDA fined AstraZeneca for illegally promoting the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel and for illegally paying doctors to prescribe the drug. Seroquel has been the best-selling anti-psychotic drug on the market since it was […]

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‘Metal on Metal’ Hip Implants May Pose Risk

The New York Times recently reported that a type of hip implant once widely used in as many as 80,000 out of the estimated 250,000 hip replacement and resurfacing procedures performed in the U.S. annually may cause complications for patients. The hip components, referred to as metal on metal devices, […]

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