FDA Approves Nestle’s Maggi Noodles, Banned in India

Foodmaker Nestle scored a major victory late Monday night when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted marketing approval for the company’s Maggi noodles within the U.S. The U.S. joins six other countries in allowing the sale of the two-minute instant snack noodles, which had been tested by the regulator for unsafe levels of


Big Pharma Wins First Cymbalta Withdrawal Suit

There are approximately 250 pending lawsuits against drug manufacturer Eli Lilly over its wonder-child, Cymbalta. Plaintiffs claim that the withdrawal symptoms experienced occur much more frequently than the Big Pharma giant warns. The first case went to trial this month and Big Pharma wins the first Cymbalta withdrawal suit. The drug, which brings Lilly about


Medtronic Issues Recall for Newly-Approved Heart Device

Leading medical device manufacturer Medtronic has issued its second recall in as many weeks involving recently developed technology. Coming off of the European recall of its MiniMed 640 insulin pump last week, which is scheduled for a Pre-Market Approval (PMA) review in the U.S. later this year, the company has recalled nearly 7,000 EnVeo R


$9.2M Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implant Award

A Los Angeles jury took just 3.5 hours to deliver a $9.2M Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant award. The award is the first plaintiff’s victory in the hundreds of pending suits against the company for failure to warn and negligent design of a defective product. The trial lasted three weeks. Plaintiff, Gary K., developed complications


DOJ Subpoenas Allergan as Generics Antitrust Probe Widens

In the wake of a buying and selling frenzy, Irish drugmaker Allergan has been subpoenaed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) over antitrust concerns regarding the pricing of its generic drugs. Last week, the company announced a $40.5 billion selloff of its generics unit to the global generic market leader, Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceuticals. That deal



In Memoriam: Labor Health Crusader Dr. Donald L. Rasmussen

The New York Times paid tribute yesterday to a man whose death nearly went unnoticed in a national sense, but whose life needs to be celebrated. Dr. Donald L. Rasmussen died on July 23rd in Beckley, West Virginia at the age of 87. According to his stepdaughter, Julia Holliday, Dr. Rasmussen died from complications following


Medicare Turns 50 as the NOTICE Act awaits President Obama’s Signature

7/31/2015 The U.S.’s fundamental national healthcare program Medicare, as well as Medicaid officially turned 50 years-old on Thursday. President Lyndon Johnson signed an amendment to the Social Security Act which set the programs into law on July 30th, 1965. Medicare, the landmark program for seniors, now enrolls 55.2 million Americans. While a recent Kaiser Family


Will Medtronic’s MiniMed 640 Pump Glitch affect its PMA Status?

7/29/2015 Minnesota-based device giant Medtronic has issued letters to nearly 2,000 owners of the MiniMed 640 and 620 insulin pumps in Europe, warning them of a potential glitch in the reading mechanism. According to the letter, there is an error with the Bolus Wizard screen, causing it to not time-out and instead giving an outdated