Cipro May Cause Stevens Johnson Syndrome

7/27/2015 Yet another drug has been linked to the painful and sometimes fatal skin condition Stevens Johnson Syndrome. This time, it’s the fluoroquinolone family, also known as quinolones. These are some of the most prescribed antibiotics in the country and the star of the group is on the hot seat. Cipro may cause Stevens Johnson


First Morcellator Cancer Suit Settled

7/26/2015 Morcellator. It’s a world that leaves a funny (as in “Eeww!”) feeling in your mouth. That’s nothing compared to what the medical instrument leaves in your body. Morcellation (shudders) can spread previously undiagnosed malignant cancer cells throughout the patients’ pelvic and abdominal cavities, which shortens the patients’ life expectancy. The first morecellator cancer suit


It’s Not Persecution Unless You’re Doing It to Me!

7/25/2015 This is one for the hypocrisy file and you all know how much I love a double standard! Thomas Banks, a contract engineer working at Ford, filed suit for what he thinks is religious discrimination in his termination. He posted on the Ford intranet his Christian displeasure at Ford’s efforts to make the company


Former Executive Could Face Life for Peanuts

7/24/2015 The U.S. Probation Office has recommended that the former owner of Peanut Corporation of America, Stewart Parnell, be sentenced to life in prison for allowing several shipments of peanuts from facilities infected with salmonella. The peanuts led to the deadliest food outbreak in U.S. history from 2008-2009, causing nine deaths and over 700 illnesses


Zithromax May Cause Life Threatening Liver and Kidney Damage

7/23/2015 First, it was Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), potentially fatal rash, now Zithromax may cause life threatening liver and kidney damage. Zithromax (azithromycin), often called Z-pak or Zmax, is a widely used antibiotic for the treatment of bacterial infections such as pneumonia, ear infections, skin infections and tonsillitis. It’s popular due to the relatively short


76 Percent want Cameras in the Supreme Court

7/22/2015 A recent poll conducted by Penn Schoen Berland (PSB) on behalf of C-SPAN shows that 76 percent of respondents believe that cameras should be allowed in the Supreme Court during oral arguments. That number is up 15 percent since a similar PSB poll was conducted in June 2009. Currently the Court does release transcripts and


JP Morgan Agrees to $388 Million Class-Action Settlement for Mortgage-Backed Securities Dealings

On Friday, banking giant JP Morgan Chase agreed to a $388 million settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit claiming that the company misled investors regarding the stability of $10 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities (MBS). The lead plaintiff in the case was the Fort Worth employees’ retirement fund, along with others including the Northern and Southern


Grimm Outlook: Former Representative Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion

7/19/2015 Former Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) was sentenced on Friday to eight months in prison and one year of supervised released in a Brooklyn federal court after pleading guilty to tax evasion. Apologizing in front of Judge Pamela Chen, Grimm pleaded for the judge to avoid prison; however Chen said that she was troubled by the


Court Papers Reveal Joan Rivers’ Doc Did Take Pictures

7/16/2015 Recent court papers reveal Joan Rivers’ doc did take pictures of her while she was under sedation. That would be Dr. Lawrence Cohen, the former head of Yorkville Endoscopy and the focus of a lawsuit by Rivers’ daughter, Melissa. Despite the quack’s fervent insistence that he didn’t act like an unprofessional ass, the clinic’s


U.S. Reached an $8M Settlement Against Blanding Health Mart Pharmacy

7/16/2015 The U.S. reached an $8M settlement against Blanding Health Mart Pharmacy over violations of the False Claims Act (FCA). The government alleged that Blanding, a compounding pharmacy, was knowingly billing TRICARE for improperly written and medically unnecessary compounding pain medicine. TRICARE is the Department of Defense’s military insurance program providing civilian benefits for military