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    Contaminated Food Roll Call: Cheese, Salad, Meat…

    By Michael Barasch

    Listeriosis is an infection caused by Listeria monocytogenes. In 2011, Listeria-contaminated cantaloupe caused the death of 33 people across the United States. The outbreak, traced to a farm in Colorado, was caused by unsanitary storage, antiquated cleaning equipment and poor agricultural hygiene.  By March of this year, one person had died and eight others were […]

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  • Medical MalpracticeProducts Liability

    Kickbacks, Misbranding and Criminal Accusations: Johnson & Johnson Agrees to Pay $2.2 Billion to End Investigations

    By Michael Barasch

    The once-trusted healthcare products giant Johnson & Johnson entered into an agreement in November with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay one of the largest healthcare fraud settlements in U.S. history. Facing civil complaints and criminal allegations, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries agreed to pay $2.2 billion to end investigations into off-label marketing […]

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  • Products Liability

    Home for the Holidays: Caution — Contaminated Spices

    By Michael Barasch

    With the approaching holiday season, cooks across America are reaching for the spice cabinet to create favorite family dishes. In October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report that might put a damper on recipes that call for imported spice. Continued efforts by the FDA to improve food safety led to development […]

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  • Medical Malpractice

    Measures to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

    By Michael Barasch

    In August, a new law intended to stop New York physicians from overprescribing prescription drugs went into effect. In September, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new requirements for certain narcotic drugs. Both measures aim to reduce the epidemic of prescription drug abuse affecting people in New York and across the United States.  Created […]

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