M&Ms Recalled Over Allergen Concern

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Mars Chocolate North America initiated a … [Continue Reading]

Record High $30 Million Whistleblower Award Announced

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is awarding over $30 million to a foreign … [Continue Reading]

Medtronic Makes Final Settlement Payment in Kickback Case

Medical device maker Medtronic has agreed to a final payment in the $11.1 million settlement of a … [Continue Reading]

Bill to Reauthorize Zadroga Act is Introduced

Lawmakers are making efforts to reauthorize the Zadroga Act, which would keep critical medical … [Continue Reading]

BMJ Study Finds No Evidence of Effectiveness and Safety of Newer Joint Replacement Devices

The introduction of new orthopedic implants has been the focus of scientific and policy debates … [Continue Reading]


M&Ms Recalled Over Allergen Concern

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Mars Chocolate North America initiated a voluntary recall of M&Ms Brand Theater Box, 3.40 oz, UPC #40000294764 because the box may contain peanut butter M&Ms. Peanut butter – an allergen – is not listed on the outside of the box. The inner package is correctly labeled [...]

Record High $30 Million Whistleblower Award Announced

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is awarding over $30 million to a foreign whistleblower, the agency announced on Monday. The Wall Street Journal reports that the award is the largest yet, more than double the highest previous award since the program began in 2011. Very recently, Attorney General Eric Holder said he wanted to [...]

Medtronic Makes Final Settlement Payment in Kickback Case

Medical device maker Medtronic has agreed to a final payment in the $11.1 million settlement of a lawsuit alleging the company ran a kickback scheme to induce physicians to use its cardiac rhythm management products. The lawsuit, brought by former Medtronic business development manager Adolfo Schroeder, alleged that the medical device company paid doctors to [...]

Bill to Reauthorize Zadroga Act is Introduced

Lawmakers are making efforts to reauthorize the Zadroga Act, which would keep critical medical treatment and monitoring programs open to 9/11 heroes for another 25 years. According to a press release issued Wednesday by Senator Gillibrand and Congressional members Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Peter King, the legislation has been introduced nearly a week after [...]

BMJ Study Finds No Evidence of Effectiveness and Safety of Newer Joint Replacement Devices

The introduction of new orthopedic implants has been the focus of scientific and policy debates since the failures of articular surface replacement and large head size metal-on-metal hip devices in total hip replacement. These may be isolated failures or they may point to systemic problems of testing and oversight of implantable devices In a study [...]

Study Suggests Artificial Sweeteners can Increase Blood Sugar

Artificial sweeteners may actually raise blood sugar levels and contribute to the global obesity epidemic, a new study published in Nature suggests. According to the Israeli researchers, artificial sweeteners can alter bacteria in the gut and cause “dramatic” changes to blood sugar in both people and mice. The authors said that the use of artificial [...]

Exxon Mobil Appeals Court Decision to Grant Class Action Status in Oil Spill Lawsuit

Exxon Mobil has appealed a federal judge’s decision to grant class-action status in a lawsuit over the March 2013 oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas, and attorneys for a couple who brought the suit say Exxon’s petition should be denied. Exxon filed a document with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week claiming that [...]

Publix Recalls Jalapeno Bagels from Its Stores in Four States

Florida-based supermarket chain Publix has announced the voluntary recall of Publix jalapeno bagels, which are sold in either artisan cases or self-service bins in the store’s bakery department.  The bagels may contain pieces of glass and small stones. In the recall announcement, Publix said it was notified of the potential product hazard by the  bagel [...]

Experts Seek Pfizer’s Documentation in Chantix Litigation be Unsealed

Pfizer Inc.’s anti-smoking medication, Chantix, is at the center of an issue concerning thousands of internal Pfizer documents that have long been sealed. A plaintiffs expert involved in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) currently underway over Chantix is seeking to unseal court records prior to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meeting on October 16, [...]

Johnson & Johnson Executive Questioned Over Safety Studies for Pinnacle Hips

On Monday an executive from Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit defended the company from assertions that it had neglected to perform critical safety testing for its Pinnacle hip devices. Pamela Plouhar, DePuy’s worldwide vice president of clinical research, testified at the first trial among more than 6,000 lawsuits over the Pinnacle hips, Reuters reports. [...]