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Whistleblower Uncovers Merit Medical Kickback Scheme, Leads to $18 Million Settlement

In 2016, Dr. Charles J. Wolf filed a whistleblower complaint against Merit Medical Systems upon his resignation as the company’s chief compliance officer. Wolf, who made the False Claims allegation after years of witnessing violations that were “deeply ingrained in Merit’s culture” received nearly $2.7 million of the $18 million settlement that resulted from four…

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Mercury-Containing Dental Amalgam May Have Harmful Health Effects to High-Risk Groups

On September 24th, 2020, the FDA published a press release issuing updated recommendations regarding the potential risks of mercury-containing dental amalgam fillings to high-risk groups. The FDA is issuing these updates as a response to certain risks surrounding the dental fillings that may predominantly impact certain high-risk groups.    Dental Amalgam is a Substance Used…

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FDA News Release: Opdivo and Yervoy Combination Approved to Treat Mesothelioma

For the first time in 16 years, a drug combination and FDA-approved systemic therapy has been approved to treat malignant pleural mesothelioma that cannot be removed surgically. The first-line treatment for adults will include drug combination therapy using Opdivo (nivolumab) and Yervoy (ipilimumab) to increase the chances of patient survival. Here, the pharmaceutical liability attorneys…

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Recent FDA News Release: Benzodiazepines Boxed Warning to Be Updated to Include Serious Risks

On September 23rd, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would be requiring “class-wide labeling changes” for psychoactive drugs that fall under the class of Benzodiazepines. The label change to the Boxed Warning will include benzos’ risks of abuse, dependence, misuse, addiction and potential withdrawal symptoms.  The labeling update is a reaction…

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Injuries and Deaths from E-Scooter Incidents Have Increased

In recent years, we have experienced a rise in the dependence of automated scooters, such as e-scooters, both as a mode of transportation and as a hobby. From electronic rental scooters scattered around many cities, such as Baltimore, to motorized e-bikes that many are purchasing on their own, these devices are a modern go-to way…

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Cordant Health Solutions Pays $12 Million To Settle Qui Tam Case Regarding Illegal Kickbacks For Unnecessary Urine Testing

In the latest news in whistleblower litigation, medical laboratory Cordant Health Solutions paid nearly $12 million to settle claims of paying millions of dollars to generate unnecessary urine testing. The civil lawsuit alleges that Cordant paid Genesis Marketing Group (GMG) and Northwest Physical Laboratories, LLC (NWPL) to increase urine testing orders for government-insured patients covered…

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The Link Between Daylight Savings Time and Medical Errors: Should DST Be Abolished?

Medical groups argue for a fixed, year-round time schedule after data shows spikes in sleep deprivation-related human medical error caused by Daylight Savings Time (DST). Here, the medical malpractice attorneys at Peter Angelos P.C. discuss the findings of an observational study showing a spike in medical errors the week after the switch to daylight savings…

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Emerging Trends in Telehealth May Lead to Gaps in Care and Increased Risk for Medical Malpractice

Telehealth and telemedicine have emerged as alternate forms of virtual care in the past 15 years, but have significantly spiked in recent months due to COVID-19. Patient privacy risks, lower-quality care and even a lack of a physical exam all pose risks to the overall efficacy of telehealth and leave gaps for error and malpractice…

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Bladder Drug Manufacturers Face Lawsuits Over Retinal Damage Linked to Elmiron

On Wednesday, August 12th, women in two separate complaints filed suit against units of Johnson & Johnson, Bayer and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. after they developed eye damage after taking bladder medication Elmiron. Here, the pharmaceutical liability attorneys at Peter Angelos P.C. discuss the latest updates in Elmiron litigation and what it means for patients…

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Qui Tam and the False Claims Act: Know Your Rights as a Whistleblower

What is the False Claims Act, and how are whistleblowers protected under its provisions? Below, the skilled legal counsel at Peter Angelos P.C. provides an explanation of the False Claims Act and your rights as a whistleblower under qui tam. The False Claims Act Holds Entities Accountable for Committing Fraud Against the Government One of…

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