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Posted 10 months ago in Products Liability by Aaron Kase  
No Lawsuits For Defective Generic Drugs, Supreme Court Rules

Generic drug makers cannot be sued when their products injure or kill consumers, the Supreme Court ruled today, even if the drugs are defective. In Bartlett v. Mutual Pharmaceuticals, the court in a 5-4 decision continued its recent history of using federal protections for pharmaceutical companies to put them out of reach of state laws. The case started with the disfigurement of Karen Bartlett, whose skin suffered massive burns and who lost most of her vision after taking a generic …

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Posted 12 months ago in Frauds & Scams by Josh Crank  
US Sues Novartis for Alleged Pharmacy Kickback Scheme

Swiss drug maker Novartis has been sued by a U.S. Attorney for allegedly paying kickbacks to pharmacies that converted thousands of patients to one of its drugs. The civil fraud suit accuses the company of disguising the kickbacks as rebates and discounts for Myfortic, an immunosuppressant drug that helps kidney transplant patients avoid organ rejection. “Novartis co-opted the independence of certain pharmacists and turned them into salespeople for one of its drugs,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a …

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Posted 12 months ago in Crime by Janet Raasch  
Using Prescription ‘Study Drugs’ Can Land You in Jail

Five million Americans take stimulant medication as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In people with ADHD, these medications have a calming effect. In other people, they provide a potentially addictive jolt of focus and purpose. Abuse of these easy-to-get drugs is increasing dramatically, especially among young adults.   Emergency Room Visits Emergency room visits due to stimulant abuse more than doubled between 2005 and 2010. Visits involving young adults quadrupled. Half of these visits were the result of …

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Posted 1 year ago in Products Liability by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court to Decide if Generic Drug Makers Can Be Sued

The U.S. Supreme Court today heard arguments in a case that will further refine to what extent the makers of generic pharmaceutical drugs can be sued in state court. In Bartlett v. Mutual Pharmaceuticals, the justices will decide if federal law that governs the design of generic drugs preempts state consumer protection laws in cases where the drugs injure patients. Karen Bartlett was blinded and suffered horrific skin problems in 2004, with two-thirds of her body becoming an open wound, …

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Posted 1 year ago in Labor and Employment Marijuana by Michele Bowman  
Can You Be Fired for Using Medical Marijuana?

In two recent cases, the EEOC settled with employers who had fired workers because of positive drug tests for prescription drugs. But in states where medical marijuana is legal, can employers fire employees who test positive but have prescriptions for the drug?   Drug Tests & Disability Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), of course, employers are forbidden from discriminating against workers based on their disabilities. Nor can an employer discriminate against an employee based on its perception – …

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