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U.S. Department of Justice Launches Another Criminal Investigation of Merck

The Wall Street Journal reports that Merck & Co. has been issued a criminal investigation subpoena by the U.S. Department of Justice regarding how Merck marketed its brain tumor medication, Temodar; its hepatitis C drug, PegIntron; and its cancer treatment, Intron A.  In an August 2011 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Merck disclosed the subpoena as part of a “federal health-care investigation under criminal statutes”. 

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The Finger In The Dike

You may recall the story of Hans Brinker, a boy who reportedly lived in the Netherlands a couple of centuries ago – who saved Amsterdam by plugging a leak in one of the dikes with his finger.

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Massive Vessel Used To Salvage Oil Rigs Docked At Port Of Pensacola

A massive vessel used to salvage damaged oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico was docked at the Port of Pensacola on Friday, October 7, 2011.  The Versabar 10,000 consists of a pair of 240-foot tall steel gantries attached to a pair of barges. It took five tugs to maneuver and dock the vessel.  The vessel is not self propelled and must be towed every where it goes.  The vessel is capable of lifting 7,500 Tons from the bottom of the Gulf from a maximum depth of 400 feet.

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SSRIs Exposure In Utero May Contribute To Diagnosis Of Autism

While the exact cause of autism disorders remains unknown, at least one study has shown that first trimester exposure to anti-depressants may moderately increase the risk of autism.    Additionally, a recent study indicates that younger siblings of children with an autism disorder, especially males, run almost a 20% increased risk of a similar diagnosis.

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Avandia Maker Not Off The Hook

As lawsuits against Actos manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals continue to mount, Glaxo-Smith-Kline (GSK), manufacturer of Avandia, is finding that their problems have gotten even more complicated – and a number of lawsuits that the company had hoped to get dismissed aren't likely to simply "go away."

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Scuba Divers Left Behind

The U.S. Coast Guard said yesterday they were investigating RJ Diving Ventures Inc., a Miami Beach based boat operator, that Sunday left two scuba divers  behind at sea about three miles off Key Biscayne in the Florida Keys.

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More On Broadspire

If you are involved in litigation related to the defective DePuy ASR hip implants – or have been a regular reader of these posts in recent weeks – you have probably noticed the name "Broadspire Services." This is a Florida-based "claims management" company and a subsidiary of global reinsurer Crawford Company, headquartered in Atlanta.

 

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Metal-On-Metal Is Bad News – But What Is The Alternative?

It's not exactly news – as far back as 2009, the U.K.'s National Joint Registry reported that metal-on-metal hip replacements are more prone to failure than those made from other materials. It's also well known that DePuy Orthopedics has the highest failure rate of all – a whopping 33%.

 

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The Kings of Denial

"Denial" is not a river flowing through Egypt – but the Kings of Denial, like the ancient pharaohs, seem to consider themselves gods, not subject to human standards of ethics and compassion. One could say they also operate above the law – but sadly, in many cases, their actions are completely legal, thanks to legislation bought and paid for over the past several years by corporate lobbyists.

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How Did This Happen?

As the number of legal actions against DePuy Orthopedics over the failure of their ASR hip implants continue to increase, consumers understandably are wondering how this could have happened in the first place. Aren't such products supposed to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration before they are allowed on to the market? And isn't such approval supposed to be granted only after extensive testing?

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A Glitazone Primer

In order to understand Actos and Avandia are intended to treat Type II diabetes and how they have wound up causing seemingly unrelated health problems, it will be helpful to review some basic biology.

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A Child's Exposure To An SSRI During Pregnancy May Lead To Developmental Delays

During birth, or shortly thereafter, infants may suffer from a hypoxic event wherein inadequate oxygen is provided to major organs.  Unfortunately, this is one of the most common problems for a pediatric physician.   Children who have been exposed to medications such as SSRIs during pregnancy, most often during the third trimester, may experience withdrawal symptoms mirroring forms of hypoxia.  Gray matter damage on brain MRIs of children who have experienced a hypoxic event predicts adverse motor outcomes at age

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