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November 2013 Archives

Chicago Considers Lawsuit against Makers of Narcotic Painkillers

The City of Chicago says it is considering a lawsuit against the makers of narcotic painkillers. According to The New York Times, in anticipation of a possible lawsuit, the City of Chicago is investigating whether manufacturers of narcotics overstated their benefits and understated their risks. Specifically, the investigation is assessing whether the risks associated with patient addiction was properly disclosed.

Johnson & Johnson Agrees to Pay $2.2 Billion to Settle Charges involving its Drug Risperdal

In what amounts to one of largest health care fraud settlements in U.S. history, health care giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its subsidiaries agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion in criminal and civil fines to resolve allegations that the company committed off-label marketing practices in connection its prescription drugs Risperdal, Invega, and Natrecor.

Nissan's Pathfinder Faces Yet Another Recall Due to an Auto Defect

Thousands of Nissan's newest Pathfinders have been recalled due to airbag problems. The recalled vehicles include Nissan 2014 Pathfinders with almond interiors built from July 25, 2013 to September 5, 2013 because they may have an instrument panel tear seam that wasn't cut properly before it was installed. As a result of the defect, the front passenger airbag may not properly deploy in the event of a crash.

Are Nursing Homes Misusing Medications?

Nursing homes are charged with caring for elderly patients, which often means that they are required to administer medication to the patients. In fact, according to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, nearly 90% of all Medicare beneficiaries use prescription drugs, and AARP reports that Americans who are 75 and older take, on average, more than 11 different drugs over the course of a year.

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