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Juul Labs Lawsuit Moves Forward in North Carolina

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein wants to hold e-cigarette giant Juul Labs accountable for designing, marketing, and selling its products with the intent of tapping markets of young consumers—and so he is suing Juul on behalf of the state. The AG’s lawsuit against the company also...

Walmart Fights Opioid Abuse Stigma

Princeton Daily Clarion recently asked a provocative question: Is Walmart an opioid villain? The article reviews a recent history of the mega corporation, starting with allegations from U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas that Walmart lent a sinister hand in the nation’s opioid crisis by...

Bard Hernia Mesh Bellwether Trial Moves Ahead

Steven Johns’ case has been chosen for a bellwether trial against hernia mesh maker C.R. Bard. His case is one of more than 8,000 product liability claims against the company, all of which allege that Bard’s hernia mesh devices are defective. According to U.S. District Judge Edmund...

Advil and Other NSAIDS Can Harm Babies in Utero

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is requiring labeling changes for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). The October 15, 2020, announcement notified consumers and medical providers that taking NSAID around 20 weeks (and further) into a pregnancy could cause serious kidney damage in unborn...

ER Metformin Makers Recall Products With High NDMA

Two makers of metformin—Marksans Pharma and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries—are recalling their extended release (ER) formulas of the drug because they contain quantities of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) that exceed the acceptable intake limit, as established by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).Metformin is a drug...

FDA Issues Strongest Possible Warning for All Breast Implants

In March 2019, dozens of women appeared before a U.S.  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel to give their accounts of how breast implants had caused them to suffer illness. Eighteen months later, on September 28, 2020, the FDA issued its strongest warning for all breast...

New Study Lends More Proof to Link Between Talc and Ovarian Cancer

A new study published on September 22, 2020, in Gynecologic Oncology further reinforces the association between the talc in baby powder and ovarian cancer.In the study, Kurt E. Johnson, Anastas Popratiloff, Yuwei Fan, Sandra McDonald, and John J. Godleski measured the physical attributes,...

Higher Strength Opioid Doses Remain Common After Knee Surgery

The same prescribing practices that stirred the country’s opioid crisis continues, according to a recent study published in BMJ Open. The study, which analyzed a database of national insurance claims, concluded that 36 percent of knee surgery patients received opioid prescriptions stronger than the amount recommended by...

Hospital Neglects to Remove IVC Filter, Causing Patient’s Stroke

The Echo reported earlier this week of a man in Liverpool, England, who suffered the effects of a mismanaged IVC filter—on top of several other hospital errors—with life-altering consequences.Prior to surgery to treat a patient’s cancer of the esophagus, doctors for a 63-year-old...

IoT Software Exposes Insulin Pumps and Much More to Hackers—With Potentially Devastating Outcomes

We live in a world where things talk to things in order to make our lives easier, safe, more efficient, or more profitable. These things exchange information using the internet of things (IoT), which will connect 55.9 billion devices by 2025, according to IDC predictions.