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Mark Emison

Lax Medical Device Regulations Pose Threat to Public Health

Thousands of Americans have filed lawsuits against manufacturers of hip implants for failing to warn doctors and patients about their dangers. According to The New York Times, the medical device industry is ripe with loopholes that allow hip implants and other medical devices to be rushed to market, bypassing critical testing that would protect consumers.

Brett Emison

Trial Court: Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuits Will Proceed to Trial

In a critical victory for victims of Bair Hugger warming blanket infections, the trial judge presiding over thousands of hip and knee joint infection lawsuits ruled this week that the claims will continue against 3M over its Bair Hugger forced […]

Brett Emison

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?

“It’s literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for.  He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire.  Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of […]

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Report: 9 out of 10 Drug Companies Spend More on Marketing than Research

    John Oliver unleashed a scathing report on aggressive off-label marketing by giant drug makers on his HBO program, Last Week Tonight.  Oliver took a close look at the increasingly aggressive marketing by giant pharmaceutical companies. This marketing has […]

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DePuy Pinnacle Trial: Jurors Told Marketing Unit Ran Amok

      The very first trial of more than 6,000 DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip lawsuits began with jury selection on Tuesday.  Yesterday, the parties gave opening statements to the jury.  During the plaintiff’s opening statement, jurors were told that […]

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DePuy Pinnacle Hip Trial Starts Today

Johnson & Johnson faces another round of defective metal-on-metal hip lawsuits with the first DePuy Pinnacle hip trial starting today.  Just last year, Johnson & Johnson announced a $2.5 billion settlement to resolve claims for its DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implants. […]

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$56 Million Biomet Hip Settlement Announced

A federal court has given its approval to a $56 million settlement to resolve a large number of lawsuits involving the Biomet M2a Magnum and Biomet M2a 38 hip replacement implants.  This settlement affects only those patients who have actually […]

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Hellhole Shmellhole

That’s a really nice view of downtown St. Louis.  We have an office in St. Louis and if you’ve ever been there, I’m sure you noticed the great neighborhoods, outstanding colleges, Busch Stadium, toasted ravioli, Italian food on the Hill, […]

Brett Emison

Your Doctor Probably Doesn’t Know How Much Your Artificial Hip Cost

The Washington Post recently featured an article detailing the secretive world of medical device pricing and sales.  WP noted that Medicare alone spends about $20 billion each year on implantable medical devices.  As baby boomers age, that number will only go […]

Brett Emison

Top 10 Posts of 2013

  It’s that time of year again.  As the year draws to a close, it’s time for a brief look over the shoulder.  These were the 10 posts you, the reader, enjoyed most this year (as least as measured by […]