Last week, immigrant rights advocates told The Nation that a 6-year-old girl who had been forcibly separated from her mother as a result of the Trump Administration's “zero-tolerance” policy was sexually abused not once, but twice. The detention facility, located near Phoenix, Arizona, is operated by a “non-profit” organization known as Southwest Key Programs, which runs 26 such f
Last month, the China-based Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Company informed the European Medicines Agency that one of their products used in the treatment of hypertension, known as valsartan, had been contaminated with a chemical known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). This substance is a known carcinogen that is used by researchers to intentionally produce cancer in laboratory rats.
One reason that Big Pharma would like to get rid of the Affordable Care Act is a provision known as the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.This law has allowed the public to see how much they are paying physicians in order to get them to prescribe their products, even when these products have been proven to be dangerous.Among the worst offenders is Bayer, which accordi
The first glyphosate lawsuit against agribusiness giant Monsanto got underway last week in a federal court in San Francisco. This week, the plaintiff, 46-year-old Dewayne Johnson, took the stand to give a first-hand account of how glyphosate exposure has literally destroyed his life.
This past April, Ohio State University began an extensive investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against student athletes by the late Dr. Richard Strauss, an attending physician employed at the university between 1978 and 1998. Strauss, who committed suicide in 2005, is beyond the reach of the law.
Opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma lost a legal battle in Tennessee recently when the state attorney general's office unsealed records of a lawsuit filed this past May. Those records, which lawyers for the drugmaker fought to keep secret, reveal that Purdue engaged in a wide variety of deceptive and duplicitous actions in order to increase sales of OxyContin (oxycodone).
A group of 22 women suffering from ovarian cancer caused by asbestos-containing talcum powder were vindicated this week when a St. Louis jury ordered health care products manufacturer Johnson & Johnson to pay nearly $4.7 billion in damages.
As more men become aware of the bad news regarding the side effects of testosterone products, the sale of testosterone prescriptions has been falling significantly. The most dramatic decline took place between 2013 and 2016 in the wake of public warnings from the FDA that such products increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and prostate cancer.
It was the best of filters – so the manufacturer claimed. It turned out to be the worst of filters. An early study involving the Cook Celect Vena Cava Filter indicated the device was incredible. Another study, published three years later, demonstrated otherwise.
In addition to kidney disease, premature aging, increased risk of stroke, dementia and colitis, researchers have recently identified another potential side effect of taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs): depression, which can result in suicide.
Ongoing litigation over inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have had mixed results so far this year. In March, the first bellwether trial ended in a verdict for the plaintiff. A jury in Phoenix Arizona ordered medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard to pay a total of $3.6 million to a woman whose IVC fractured and migrated to her heart.
José Nuñez (age 47) was arrested for the “super aggravated sexual assault” of a 4-year-old girl whose mother is an undocumented immigrant. Nuñez threatened to report the woman to immigration authorities if she filed a complaint about the incident. The arrest took place only after the woman finally sought medical help for her daughter. According to Sheriff Javier Salazar, the sexual abuse may have been going on for years – and Nuñez’ young victim may not be the only one.
After several months of delays, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finally approved the first antidote for Factor Xa anticoagulants, also known as “new generation” blood thinners or “Novel Oral Anti-Coagulants” (NOACs).
In the wake of numerous scandals involving the sexual abuse of young boys, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has announced that it will be ending its 105-year-old association with the Boy Scouts of America, effective December 31, 2019. In the announcement, issued in a joint press release with the BSA last month, the church stated that it has “increasingly felt the need to create and implement a uniform youth leadership and development program that serves its members globally.”
A recent review by the Wall Street Journal reveals that 22 major institutions of higher learning and university systems across the nation paid over $10.5 million in settlements to plaintiffs alleging sexual assault or harassment over a two year period. In most cases, it was not about the acts alone, but rather administrators’ failure to take appropriate action once perpetrators were identified and their misconduct proven.