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  • American Pain Society Slams McCaskill Report on Opioids The APS says the report's conclusions are 'simplistic, misleading and insulting' and damage their reputation for scientific integrity and advocacy on behalf of pain management doctors and patients.
  • U.S. Can Sue UnitedHealth in $1 Billion Medicare Case, Judge Rules A federal judge has ruled the U.S. Justice Department can move forward with a lawsuit claiming UnitedHealth Group Inc wrongly retained more than $1 billion from the government healthcare program Medicare.
  • New York Surgeon Gets 13 Years in Prison for Medicare Fraud A federal judge also ordered Syed Imran Ahmed, MD, to pay millions in restitution and fines. The court found he billed more than $85M for procedures he never performed and upped charges with a false code.
  • Do Right-to-Try Laws Offer Compassion or 'False Hope'? Opponents warn against removing the FDA from the process of making experimental therapies available to dying patients.
  • Greek PM Wants Politicians Investigated in Alleged Novartis Bribery Case Greece's prime minister on Monday urged parliament to probe politicians in an alleged drug bribery case, while Swiss drugmaker Novartis promised to take action if an investigation found unethical conduct.
  • Nurse Fired After Staying Home Sick: Time to Change Policies? Hospital policies that punish nurses for calling in sick jeopardize patient safety, says a nurse who was fired when she stayed home with influenza.
  • U.S. Body Brokers Supply World With Torsos, Limbs and Heads On July 20, a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship departed Charleston, South Carolina carrying thousands of containers. One of them held a lucrative commodity: body parts from dozens of dead Americans.
  • Nestle Defends Itself Against Baby Milk Criticism Nestle defended itself on Thursday against an activist group's criticism of its baby milk, saying it respects international marketing standards and does not suggest its products are better than breastmilk.
  • More Than Half of UK Docs Support Assisted Dying The British Medical Association has long been opposed to assisted dying, but a recent poll found that 55% of physicians would support its becoming legal in defined circumstances.
  • German University Says No Danger to People in Auto Industry Funded Tests A German university teaching hospital that has been caught up in an outcry over testing the impact of nitrogen dioxide on humans said on Friday there was no danger to the people involved.
  • Nestle to Respond to Baby Milk Criticism in Coming Days Nestle will respond in the coming days to a research report into its baby formula that accused the world's largest packaged food company of putting profit before science.
  • Two U.S. Lawmakers Voice Concerns Over Philip Morris Tobacco Trials Two Democratic U.S. senators said they have fresh concerns over clinical trials conducted by Philip Morris International Inc as it seeks U.S. clearance to market its iQOS electronic tobacco product as less risky than cigarettes, according to statements both senators provided to Reuters.
  • Lactalis Says Baby Milk Could Have Been Contaminated for Years French dairy group Lactalis could have been producing salmonella-tainted baby milk since 2005, its chief executive was quoted as saying on Thursday, adding the growing crisis was likely to cost the company hundreds of millions of euros.
  • New York Accuses Insys of Deceptively Marketing Opioid Insys Therapeutics Inc's legal woes deepened on Thursday as New York's attorney general filed a lawsuit seeking at least $75 million from the company, which he said deceptively promoted a fentanyl-based cancer pain medicine for unsafe uses.
  • Harassment From Patients Prevalent, Poll Shows Harassment is more frequent against nurses than doctors, but doctors get more inappropriate communication from patients. Almost all male nurses say they have been threatened with physical violence.
  • Woman Sues Japanese Government Over Forced Sterilization as a Teen A Japanese woman who was forcibly sterilized as a teenager due to intellectual disabilities sued the government on Tuesday in the first case of its kind, seeking compensation because her basic human rights had been trampled on.
  • Alert CDC Director Resigns After Tobacco Stock Trades The resignation comes a day after Politico reported that Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, had bought interests in tobacco, drug, and food companies early into the job.
  • Judge Halts Texas Law Requiring Burial Or Cremation Of Fetal Tissue A federal judge on Monday placed a temporary halt on a Texas law requiring abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetal tissue through burial or cremation, saying the state has not shown how the measure has a public health purpose.
  • VW Faces Inquiry Call Over Diesel Fumes Test on Monkeys Volkswagen's supervisory board called for an immediate inquiry into who commissioned tests in which monkeys were exposed to toxic diesel fumes, while the German government said such studies were unjustifiable.
  • Endocrinologist Accused of Wife's Murder, Pill Mill, Found Dead in Jail New Jersey endocrinologist James Kauffman, who earlier this month was charged with his former wife's murder and running an illegal opioid prescription drugs racket, has killed himself in jail.