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Star Scientific Investor Supplement Lawsuit Moves Forward

Star Scientific Investor Supplement Lawsuit Moves Forward

The investor lawsuit against Star Scientific will move forward, according to a federal judge who made the ruling Tuesday.

Virginia Lawyers Weekly reports that U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney, based in Richmond, denied Star Scientific’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit that argues the company exaggerated claims of the effectiveness of its anti-inflammatory supplement Anatabloc.

The focus of the suit revolves around Star Scientific press releases referencing studies done by John Hopkins University researchers who were in actuality paid company consultants.

The lawsuit is set to continue Sept. 15, and the judge will address class action certification and other matters before the trial date.

We will keep you updated as this story unfolds.

Original Story: A hearing on Jan. 7 in U.S. District Court in Richmond, VA will determine whether a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Star Scientific for misleading investors can move forward, reports PilotOnline.com.

The shareholder lawsuit argues that the dietary supplement developer Star Scientific exaggerated claims about its anti-inflammatory supplement and made false claims about the company’s business as a whole.

The suit also alleges that the company delayed informing investors about the existence of a federal investigation into the company’s transactions with its securities. Star Scientific says it does not expect to be prosecuted.

Star Scientific has asked a federal judge to dismiss the shareholder suit.

The FDA also issued a warning letter last month addressed to Star Scientific telling them that they are illegally marketing two of their products. We will keep you updated as this story unfolds.

The Parrish Law Firm dietary supplement attorney works with northern Virginia residents who have been misled by false supplement claims and are looking for compensation for their injuries. Contact us today for a free case consultation, or call us at 703-906-4229.

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Genetic Testing Company Faces $5 Million Lawsuit Over Saliva Test Kits

A genetic testing company whose sales of genetic testing kits were recently halted by the FDA has been hit with a $5 million lawsuit, reports The Huffington Post.

The Google-based company 23andMe was ordered by the Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 27 to stop selling their genetic testing spit-kits, where for $99 the company offers to analyze a costumer’s saliva sample and give back DNA information and propensity for a variety of diseases and conditions. The FDA claims that the company violates U.S. law, as the testing kits have not been given clearance by the federal government to make claims of a medical nature.

A San Diego, Calif. resident has taken it one step further and slammed the company with a $5 million class action lawsuit for its sale of the kit. The lawsuit claims that the kits are meaningless, falsely advertised, unsupported by scientific evidence, and a guise to begin a DNA database. 23andMe declined to comment on the legal proceedings.

Before the legal trouble, 23andMe has been criticized for clearing the path for a “designer baby” market because of a patent is holds to allow recipients of eggs and sperm to asses how their genes will combine with a donor’s genes. The company has since announced that they will not implement the technology in fertility clinics.

We will keep you updated as this story unfolds.

The Parrish Law Firm defective product attorney works with northern Virginia residents who have suffered from defective or falsely-advertised products. Contact us today for a free case consultation, or call us at 703-906-4229.

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Wegmans Recall Salad Due to E. Coli Outbreak

Wegmans is recalling salad greens that have been linked to an E. coli outbreak in New York, reports Foodpoisoningbulletin.com. The products in question include Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Spinach & Spring Mix, which is sold in clamshell containers in both 5 ounce and 11-ounce sizes. So far, at least sixteen cases have been reported in New York. The firm stated that only products with a use-by-date of October 23 were linked to the illnesses.

The New York State Department of Health, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating with the FDA to investigate the outbreak with federal and state officials. E. coli can lead to serious kidney damage, stroke, coma, and death. Wegmans urges consumers who have eaten the recalled salad and develop symptoms to contact their health care providers.

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FDA Rejects Mandatory Special Training To Prescribe Painkillers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that doctors will not need special training before they can prescribe long-term narcotic painkillers to their patients that can lead to addiction, a ruling that goes against an expert panel’s recommendation, reports The New York Times.

However, the FDA did state companies that make drugs such as methadone, OxyContin and fentanyl will be required to pay for voluntary programs that teach physicians how best to utilize them.

The decision comes after years of discussion and deliberation by the FDA as to how best to approach increasingly wide spread prescription painkiller abuse in the United States. Back in 2010, an outside expert panel created by the FDA strongly rejected voluntary doctor training, claiming that training needed to be mandatory to help lower the rates of strong painkiller misuse, and to make sure that patients received the correct treatment using them.

In the last ten years, deaths related to the abuse of prescription painkillers have reached epidemic proportions, and while the Obama administration has voiced support for mandatory doctor training, they have not yet drafted any legislation that supports it.

Meanwhile, doctor groups like the American Medical Association have rejected the concept of mandatory training programs because of fears that it could decrease the number of doctors that could treat patients suffering from pain.

Long-term use of prescription painkillers may also be linked to other problems other than addiction, like sleep apnea, increased falls and fractures in people over the age of 70, and low hormone production.

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, based in northern Virginia, fights for those who have suffered from defective drugs. We have dedicated, professional defective drug attorneys who will fight for your fair compensation. Contact us today for a free case consultation, or call us at 703-906-4229.

New Study Finds 1 In 5 Serious FDA Recalls Don’t Reach Doctors or Public

A new study has found that while the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces recalls for possibly harmful medications about once a month, its communication of those recalls to doctors and patients needs improving, reports Reuters Health.

Researchers found that over an eight-year time period, the FDA sent only 4/5 of their most important recalls through its two electronic systems that alert both doctors and the public about the recalls, meaning the one out of every five serious recalls never reaches doctors and patients.

Class I recalls are issued for drugs that can cause “serious adverse health consequences or death,” says the FDA. The 2008 recall of heparin, a contaminated blood thinner that resulted in multiple deaths, was a Class I recall and was reported, according to the study.

Between 2004 and 2011, the FDA sent out 91 Class I recalls, but only 55 of those were announced through the Recall Alert System that notifies subscribers of the possible dangers of the drug. Another 18 notifications were sent through MedWatch, leaving 18 Class I recalls unannounced.

In a letter to the Archives of Internal Medicine, the authors of the study wrote that “despite recent efforts by the FDA to address the drug recall burden, health care providers may be inadequately informed about clinically important recalls that threaten patient safety,

A spokesperson for the FDA was unable to say why notifications were not sent out for 18 Class I recalls.

If you have been harmed by a defective drug in Northern Virginia, you need the veteran lawyers at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC to protect your rights as a consumer. Please call us today at 703-906-4229, or contact us via email for a free case consultation.

Pet Food Sold In Virginia by Diamond Pet Foods Recalled for Salmonella

The FDA has recalled four different codes of Diamond Pet Foods’ Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul – Adult Light Formula in 10 different states, including Virginia, after a case of Salmonella was found in one of the bags, reports examiner.com.

No dog illnesses have been reported yet, but the FDA urges those who have used this product to immediately stop its use, and to look for signs of Salmonella, which include decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain in their dogs. If your dog is suffering these symptoms, take them to a veterinarian today.

For a complete list of the recalled product codes, please see the source of this article by clicking here.

To contact Diamond Pet Foods, call them at 800-442-0402,.

If you or members of your family, including pets, have suffered from a defective product, please contact the lawyers of Parrish Law Firm, PLLC by calling 703-906-4229, or by emailing us.

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  • http://www.examiner.com/article/pet-food-recalls-ten-states-due-to-the-danger-of-salmonella

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