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The 510(k) Approval Process: A Guide

MedTruth Editors · October 19, 2021

Manufacturers can use the 510(k) process as long as their new medical device is appropriately similar to a device that has already been approved.

FDA Regulation
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Pharmacy Employees Warned About Opioids

MedTruth Editors · October 18, 2021

Employees of major pharmacies may have tried to alert their superiors of suspicious opioid prescriptions.

News
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Army Vet Awarded $8 Million in Combat Ea...

MedTruth Editors · October 15, 2021

3M has lost its 3rd combat earplug trial and owes Army veteran Brandon Atkins over $8 million for his hearing issues.

Legal Developments
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CVS Executive Speaks Out in Opioid Trial

MedTruth Editors · October 14, 2021

Pharmacies have countered that they have robust opioid monitoring systems to prevent abuse by illegitimate prescriptions.

Legal Developments
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How Many Types of PFAS Exist?

MedTruth Editors · October 12, 2021

While PFOA and PFOS have been well documented as harmful, many companies are switching to a new PFAS chemical: GenX.

Health Features
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U.S. Nursing Homes Accused of Overprescribing Antipsychotic Medication

MedTruth Editors · October 8, 2021

Many nursing homes are falsely diagnosing their residents with schizophrenia.

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Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System: A Guide

MedTruth Editors · October 7, 2021

By understanding the benefits and limitations of VAERS, consumers can advocate for their health in a more informed way.

FDA Regulation
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PFAS Lawsuits Centered in Georgia Have National Implications

MedTruth Editors · October 6, 2021

Last week, a federal judge in Georgia issued a ruling on one of the cases that could affect PFAS litigation throughout the nation.

Legal Developments
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J&J Cleared in PA Talc Trial

MedTruth Editors · October 5, 2021

A jury acquitted Johnson & Johnson of civil liability for one woman’s ovarian cancer.

Legal Developments
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Chronically-Ill Roundup Plaintiff Struggles to Testify

MedTruth Editors · October 1, 2021

A woman who suffers from significant memory loss struggled to answer questions posed by a Monsanto attorney in a Roundup trial.

Legal Developments
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Judge Prevents Injunction Against J&J Asset Splitting

MedTruth Editors · September 30, 2021

The plaintiffs argue that this financial maneuver would unlawfully shield Johnson & Johnson from any liability the company may owe for its talcum powder’s connection to ovarian cancer. 

Legal Developments
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Dates Set for First Zantac Trials in the Nation

MedTruth Editors · September 29, 2021

The first Zantac cancer case has been scheduled for 2022.

Legal Developments
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Florida Compounding Pharmacy Punished by Federal Court

MedTruth Editors · September 28, 2021

The U.S. federal court has placed a permanent injunction prohibiting a Florida-based pharmaceutical company from producing or distributing any drugs.

FDA Regulation
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Premarket Approval Process: An Overview

MedTruth Editors · September 27, 2021

The Premarket Approval process reviews a device's medical effectiveness and design safety.

Health Features
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J&J Returns to Court In “Ground Zero” For Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

MedTruth Editors · September 24, 2021

The first J&J talcum powder trial since before the pandemic has begun in Missouri over ovarian cancer claims.

Legal Developments
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Louisiana Department of Health Shuts Down Nursing Homes

MedTruth Editors · September 23, 2021

Nursing home residents were evacuated to a warehouse to shelter from Hurricane Ida in conditions deemed squalid.

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Paraquat Claims Could Cost Syngenta & Chevron Billions

MedTruth Editors · September 22, 2021

Legal experts involved in paraquat litigation estimate that there may eventually be tens of thousands of cases. 

Legal Developments
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FDA Spares JUUL From Market Dismissal

MedTruth Editors · September 21, 2021

The FDA's judgment on JUUL is in the final stages of review.

FDA Regulation
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Sackler Family To Receive Broad Immunity in Purdue Settlement

MedTruth Editors · September 17, 2021

With the approval, the Sacklers will pay $4.5 billion from the family’s personal fortune over nine years and will relinquish control of the company to a government-run entity. 

Legal Developments
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FDA Public Workshop To Standardize Opioid Education

MedTruth Editors · September 15, 2021

The FDA will conduct a workshop to review the education that opioid prescribers receive in an attempt to reduce the recreational use of opioids.

FDA Regulation
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Maine To Ban Products With PFAS Chemicals

MedTruth Editors · September 13, 2021

Maine’s law will forbid the sale of products with PFAS chemicals.

News
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$26 Billion Opioid Settlement Rejected By Five States

MedTruth Editors · September 10, 2021

Five states have rejected a deal with opioid drug distributors, and a few more states may follow suit.

Legal Developments
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Newly-Released Internal EPA Report Links Glyphosate to Cancer

MedTruth Editors · September 8, 2021

An internal EPA document from 2016 suggested that several studies reported elevated risks of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma associated with glyphosate exposure.

News
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Study Finds Children Receiving High-Risk Opioid Prescriptions

MedTruth Editors · September 7, 2021

Researchers analyzed roughly four million opioid prescriptions dispensed to kids, teenagers, and young adults under age 21.

Research + Findings
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First Bard Hernia Mesh Bellwether Trial Underway

MedTruth Editors · September 3, 2021

Over 13,000 lawsuits have been filed against C.R. Bard over defective hernia mesh claims.

Legal Developments
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J&J Hit With $26.5 Million Talc Verdict

MedTruth Editors · September 2, 2021

Christina Prudencio's lawyer claimed her terminal mesothelioma was rooted in Johnson & Johnson ignoring decades of proof that their talcum products were unsafe.

Legal Developments
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J&J Concealed Talc Risks To Preserve Brand Image, Philly Jury Told

MedTruth Editors · September 1, 2021

The plaintiff in a Philadelphia trial claimed J&J was aware that its baby powder was associated with cancer risk but withheld that information for decades in order to protect its brand image.

News
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Boston Scientific Recalls Pacemakers

MedTruth Editors · August 31, 2021

Boston Scientific has recalled a line of pacemakers in a Class I recall, which is issued for products which could cause serious injury or death.

News
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Bayer Petitions Supreme Court To Review 2nd Roundup Trial

MedTruth Editors · August 30, 2021

Bayer filed a petition to reverse a verdict that awarded a Roundup user $80 million in damages.

Legal Developments
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EPA Bans Chlorpyrifos, Citing Neurological Concerns

MedTruth Editors · August 26, 2021

The EPA has banned chlorpyrifos, a pesticide used on crops since 1965.

News
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Bankruptcy Judge To Consider $4 Billion Purdue Pharma Opioid Settlement

MedTruth Editors · August 25, 2021

Under the proposed bankruptcy plan, Purdue Pharma would be reorganized into a new entity.

Legal Developments
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Georgia Ranked 49th in Nursing Home Inspection Rates

MedTruth Editors · August 24, 2021

Georgia regulator have failed to check on the safety and quality of nursing homes in the state.

News
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North Georgia Healthcare Center Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit

MedTruth Editors · August 19, 2021

The healthcare center agreed to pay the federal government $130,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former employee.

Legal Developments
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Zantac MDL Judge Reduces Relevant Defendants

MedTruth Editors · August 17, 2021

Judge Rosenberg determined that the lawsuits against the generic manufacturer are preempted since the law does not allow the generics to be labeled differently.

Legal Developments
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Washington State Executes Disciplinary Action on Long-Term Care Workers

MedTruth Editors · August 12, 2021

The Washington State Department of Health published a news release detailing the revocation, suspension, and decertification of a number of health care professionals.

News
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California Court Upholds J&J Talc Verdict

MedTruth Editors · August 10, 2021

On August 5, a California court rejected Johnson & Johnson’s appeal to exclude the testimony of an expert who found asbestos in talcum powder.

Legal Developments
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EPA Renews Paraquat Approval

MedTruth Editors · August 5, 2021

In the press statement confirming their decision to renew paraquat’s approval, the EPA included a number of new limitations on the way paraquat could be applied.

News
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Talc Lawsuit Accuses J&J of Targeting Black Women

MedTruth Editors · August 3, 2021

Attorneys claim Johnson & Johnson intentionally targeted black women with their baby powder advertisements.

News
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Texas Veterans Homes Called “Deadliest Places To Be”

MedTruth Editors · July 29, 2021

Texas veterans homes were some of the worst places to be in terms of COVID-19 infections and deaths.

News
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Drug Makers Agree to $26 Billion Nationwide Settlement To Resolve Opioid Suits

MedTruth Editors · July 26, 2021

Three drug distributors will pay $26 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits filed over the opioid epidemic.

Legal Developments
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Scottish Vaginal Mesh Victims Sent to the U.S.

MedTruth Editors · July 22, 2021

Scotland has agreed to pay for Scottish women implanted with vaginal mesh to travel to the United States and undergo treatment from a specialist.

Women's Health
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Juul Settles Youth Vaping Marketing Lawsuit For $40 Million

MedTruth Editors · July 20, 2021

Juul Labs and North Carolina have reached a settlement in a lawsuit claiming Juul promoted vaping to youths.

Legal Developments
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Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit Amendment Struck Down by Penn. Court

MedTruth Editors · July 14, 2021

Judge Wiegand has rejected the amended complaint of Susan and Carl Antonucci in an ongoing lawsuit regarding Boston Scientific’s pelvic mesh products.

Legal Developments
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15 States Sign on to Opioid Settlement

MedTruth Editors · July 12, 2021

Fifteen states have chosen to accept Purdue Pharmaceutical's $4.5 billion opioid settlement offer.

News
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Supreme Court Allows Johnson & Johnson's $2 Billion Baby Powder Cancer Verdict

MedTruth Editors · June 7, 2021

The Supreme Court has allowed a $2.1 billion baby powder cancer verdict against Johnson & Johnson to stand.

News
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New York Restores Right to Sue Nursing Homes for COVID-19 Injuries and Deaths

MedTruth Editors · April 21, 2021

Governor Cuomo signed a bill repealing a New York law that protects health care facilities and professionals from COVID-19 related lawsuits.

Legal Developments
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Multi-Million Dollar Transvaginal Mesh Settlement with 47 States

MedTruth Editors · March 31, 2021

Boston Scientific has agreed to settle transvaginal mesh claims from 47 states and the District of Columbia for $188.7 million. Last week’s settlement concludes a series of lawsuits accusing Boston Scientific of violating consumer protection laws by misrepresenting the safety and effectiveness of their transvaginal mesh products.

Legal Developments
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New Guide Teaches Consumers How to Verify FDA Approved Medical Products

MedTruth Editors · March 18, 2021

Following an increase in fake “FDA Registration Certificates,” the FDA published an online consumer guide to medical device approval.

FDA Regulation
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Medical Research Peer Review Process: What You Need to Know

MedTruth Editors · March 5, 2021

The medical peer review process is a crucial aspect of research. Biases and limitations of the process may lead to misleading or inaccurate studies.

Research + Findings
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Breast Implant Dangers: Arizona Bill Would Improve Patient Information

MedTruth Editors · February 25, 2021

A bill intended to increase patient awareness of the dangers of breast implants was preliminarily approved in January.

Women's Health
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Multidistrict Litigation: What You Need to Know

MedTruth Editors · February 5, 2021

A guide to multidistrict litigation, from the basics to the reasoning behind consolidating lawsuits.

Legal Developments
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Senators Demand Answers From FDA on Imported Drug Safety

MedTruth Editors · November 24, 2020

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tina Smith have voiced concerns around reductions in FDA oversight of foreign drug manufacturing facilities.

FDA Regulation
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FDA Issues Guidance on Drug Impurities

MedTruth Editors · September 8, 2020

The FDA announced new guidance on Sept. 1 for drugmakers, citing “serious concerns” about common medications.

FDA Regulation
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Paragard Lawsuit Claims Copper IUD Broke in Uterus

MedTruth Editors · September 3, 2020

A woman is suing the maker of the Paragard intrauterine device after part of the copper IUD broke off in her uterus during removal.

Women's Health
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Drug Companies Investigated for Possible Failure to Disclose Zantac Cancer Risks

MedTruth Editors · September 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether drugmakers violated the False Claims Act by possibly failing to disclose the presence of NDMA in their Zantac and generic ranitidine heartburn products.

News
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High BPA Linked to 49% Increased Risk of Death

MedTruth Editors · August 28, 2020

New research suggests BPA may be linked to a higher death rate from conditions including cardiovascular disease.

Research + Findings
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Essure Settlement Costs Bayer $1.6 Billion

MedTruth Editors · August 20, 2020

Bayer will pay $1.6 billion to settle the majority of U.S. claims brought by women who said they were sickened or harmed by Essure permanent birth control.

Legal Developments
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Expanding FDA List of Potentially Toxic Hand Sanitizers Hits 77

MedTruth Editors · July 24, 2020

The list of hand sanitizers potentially contaminated with toxic methanol has continued to grow since the FDA first raised concerns in June.

FDA Regulation
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7 Films to Celebrate Pride 2020

MedTruth Editors · June 26, 2020

In the mood for a queer documentary, comedy or romance? Look no further. We've selected a handful of the best gay, lesbian and trans films to watch during Pride 2020 and all year long.

Health Features
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Film & Guide: How to Report Adverse Events to the FDA

MedTruth Editors · June 24, 2020

Adverse event reporting is essential to patient safety. Watch our short film and download the MedTruth Guide to Adverse Event Reporting to help you prepare to share your side effects with the FDA.

Health Features
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Canadian Drug Co. Apotex Recalls Metformin Due to NDMA Contamination

MedTruth Editors · May 29, 2020

Metformin was voluntarily recalled after N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) was discovered in a single lot of Apotex’s product.

FDA Regulation
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MT Weekly: COVID-19 Testing Accuracy, Organ Failure, Plasma Therapy

MedTruth Editors · May 14, 2020

This week, MedTruth summarizes key info about COVID-19 testing efficacy. Plus, nursing home testing, a large-scale hydroxychloroquine study and a promising new plasma therapy for coronavirus patients.

News
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MT Weekly: New COVID-19 Symptoms, Multi-Million Dollar Mesh Settlement

MedTruth Editors · May 7, 2020

This week, MedTruth relays new COVID-19 symptoms and a quick and cheap diagnostic test in the works. Plus, FDA warnings to companies selling “fraudulent” COVID-19 products and a 3.9 million pelvic mesh lawsuit.

News
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MT Weekly: Emergency Approval for COVID Drug, Nursing Homes Request National Protections

MedTruth Editors · May 1, 2020

This week, MedTruth summarizes key info about the emergency COVID-19 drug remdesivir. Plus, nursing home immunity, a breakdown of the Daubert opinion and a clinical trial hoping to deliver a vaccine by the end of the year.

News
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MT Weekly: Trump Orders Ventilator Production, Coronavirus May Spread From Talking

MedTruth Editors · April 2, 2020

MedTruth is focusing on the coronavirus. Here’s a summary of the most important public health developments this week.

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MT Weekly: Major COVID-19 Developments

MedTruth Editors · March 26, 2020

This week, MedTruth is focusing on the coronavirus. Here’s a summary of key developments from regulatory agencies and justice department officials regarding COVID-19.

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4 Entertaining Health Films to Watch During Coronavirus Crisis

MedTruth Editors · March 20, 2020

As COVID-19 progresses and states begin to shelter-in-place, people are searching for movies to watch. From 'Thank You For Smoking' to 'Five Feet Apart,' here are a few Hollywood films depicting interesting, relevant public health concepts to keep you thinking and entertained.

Health Features
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Black History Month 2020: Honoring Leaders in Health and Medicine

MedTruth Editors · February 25, 2020

In honor of Black History Month 2020, MedTruth is highlighting the contributions of five Black Americans in the healthcare field.

Health Features
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Chronicon, First-Ever Chronic Illness Conference, Comes to New York

MedTruth Editors · October 9, 2019

On October 28, medical professionals and social influencers will gather to bring visibility to the topic of chronic illness. As one of the most prevalent health conditions the U.S. population, the event is a long-anticipated one. The first-ever chronic illness event, spearheaded by chronic illness advocated Nitika Chopra, is bound to be illuminating and inclusive for all who will be in attendance.

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