Bloodless Transplant

A Texas prisoner was properly denied his request to be released on bail in order to receive a “bloodless” heart transplant, an appeals court in the state ruled. As a Jehovah’s Witness, the inmate cannot receive blood transfusions, and the hospital where he currently receives medical treatment does not perform the type of procedure he seeks.

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US Attorney Announces $145M Settlement in Opioid Case

A San Francisco-based health information technology company will pay $145 million to resolve criminal and civil charges that it helped set up an electronic health records system that encouraged physicians to prescribe opioids to patients who might not need them, federal prosecutors in Vermont said Monday.

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Medical Product Liability

Product liability claims against the Japan-based manufacturer of an allegedly defective colonoscope may continue, a federal court in Georgia ruled. The plaintiff claims the colonoscope permits infectious materials to be transferred from one patient to another and caused him to contract HIV, which he then passed to his wife.

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Empire Filming

A federal court in Illinois denied class certification to youths detained at a Cook County juvenile detention center who say they were required to remain in their living quarters and received delayed responses to medical issues while the television show “Empire” was filming at the facility. The court finds that the current class definition is overbroad.

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