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Non-Profit Group Pushes FDA to Reveal Prior Pre-Clinical Animal Testing to Clinical Trial Participants

A non-profit organization is fighting to make sure that those who participate in clinical drug trials are informed when the drugs have been tested previously on animals.

The Center for Responsible Science is pushing for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to upgrade its regulations to reveal animal testing in the clinical trial documentation given to participants. The group says the documentation rarely mentions animal testing and whether or not that information can help predict whether a drug is safe for use in humans, according to The Wall Street Journal’s Pharmalot blog. More Non-Profit Group Pushes FDA to Reveal Prior Pre-Clinical Animal Testing to Clinical Trial Participants

Medtronic Cuts 40 Jobs After Promising to Create More

Metronic Inc. revealed this week that it had cut 40 jobs but shared little other information about the decision.

The company eliminated positions at the Frindley, Minnesota headquarters for its corporate functions and neuromodulation business. The medical device maker also slashed jobs in Mounds View, which houses its cardiac rhythm disease management and structural heart divisions. It is not known whether the job cuts were already made or are pending, according to m.bizjournals.com. More Medtronic Cuts 40 Jobs After Promising to Create More

Pennsylvania Joins Multi-state Settlement with Medtronic

The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office has joined a $2.8 million multi-state and federal settlement with the medical device maker, Medtronic.

The state’s attorney general, Kathleen Kane, made the announcement on Monday, according to the Washington Examiner. More Pennsylvania Joins Multi-state Settlement with Medtronic

An Increasing Number of Potentially Illegal Nondisclosure Agreements are Being Forced on Employees

Companies are asking employees to sign overly restrictive nondisclosure agreements in growing numbers, many of which violate federal whistleblower laws, creating tense and threatening workplace environments.

Donna Busch, the former manager of environmental and nuclear safety at the Hanford nuclear processing plant in Washington State, is just one example of someone who found themselves jobless after speaking out against their employer, according to WashingtonPost.com. More An Increasing Number of Potentially Illegal Nondisclosure Agreements are Being Forced on Employees

General Motors Recalls 8.2 Million Additional Vehicles

Five months after it massive recall, automotive giant General Motors is still dealing with major issues.
The latest hit to G.M. came Monday when it added 8.2 million vehicles to its massive list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches, the Associated Press reported. More General Motors Recalls 8.2 Million Additional Vehicles

Investigation Into Long Wait Times at VA Hospitals Unfolding

The scandal involving long waits at of Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country continues to unfold. The latest chapter involves objections from hundreds of employees about the falsified appointment schedules at dozens of hospitals.

A thorough investigation by the New York Times found that a host of employees complained about the schedules and other improper practices, but were turned back, disciplined and in some cases even fired after speaking up. The Times acquired this information through interviews and the examination of internal documents. More Investigation Into Long Wait Times at VA Hospitals Unfolding

Key Ignition Problem Prompts GM to Issue 44th Vehicle Recall This Year

On Monday, General Motors (GM) announced that it would recall 3.16 million midsize and large cars to modify their ignition switches to avoid a replay of the problems that sparked a recall of 2.9 million small cars in February and March.

The faulty ignition switch has been linked to 13 deaths and 54 crashes. GM says it is aware of eight crashes and six injuries tied to the vehicles involved in the current recall, according to USAToday.com. More Key Ignition Problem Prompts GM to Issue 44th Vehicle Recall This Year

The Family of a St. John’s University Student who Died After Coming in Contact with Fentanyl is Suing

The family of a St. John’s University pharmacy student filed a lawsuit after James Yoo, 22, died when he came in contact with the powerful drug Fentanyl.

The Manhattan man began working at Rockwell Compounding Associates in February of last year as part of an externship that is required to complete a doctorate in pharmacology. Four days into his externship, Yoo’s skin came into contact with Fentanyl, which is 80 times more potent than morphine. The drug is absorbed into the skin and as little as 2 milligrams can be fatal, according to NYPost.com. More The Family of a St. John’s University Student who Died After Coming in Contact with Fentanyl is Suing

Another Man Feed by Office of Brooklyn DA

Another man has been freed as the result of an extensive review by Brooklyn’s District Attorney’s Office into cases worked on by a disgraced detective.

On Tuesday, Roger Logan, 52, was released after serving more than 17-years for a murder that he maintained he never committed. Logan’s is one of 90 murder convictions that New York district attorney Kenneth P. Thompson and his office are examining in an enormous undertaking that has caught the attention of lawyers and prisoners throughout the country.  More Another Man Feed by Office of Brooklyn DA

Medtronic Tries to Settle Infuse Cases but Many Patients May Still See Their Day in Court

More than 6,500 reports of injuries related to Medtronic’s Infuse bone growth product have flooded into the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2002. About 3,300 were registered with the agency’s medical device reporting system last year alone. Now, the company is settling as many cases as possible while patients await their day in court.

Medtronic told investors last week that it will pay $22 million to settle about 950 claims and is setting aside $140 million to settle future claims, according to MedPageToday.com. More Medtronic Tries to Settle Infuse Cases but Many Patients May Still See Their Day in Court