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Jessica Hoerman

The Myth of Tort Reform – Stripping Away Civil Rights in Favor of Corporate Profit

In an effort to take advantage of a Republican-controlled Congress and a country divided and distracted, big business interests are once again pushing for legislation to increase profits and increase federal regulation (but not of their own industries), and in […]

Chad Finley

Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017: The Corporate Sweetheart Deal

This bill is nothing but a blatant attempt to remove the public’s oversight of corporations and it will cause unsafe products to remain on the market unchecked.

Jessica Hoerman

Pennsylvania Congressman Plans to Introduce “E-Free Act” to Ban Essure

U.S. Representative Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA, 8th District) will hold a press conference today to announce his “E-Free Act,” a bipartisan bill to Congress that would ban the Essure contraceptive device. Essure, which is manufactured by Bayer, is a flexible, nickel-titanium […]

Jacob Plattenberger

Diacetyl Connected to Severe Occupational Lung Disease

Worker-related asthma is considered the most common occupational lung disease, affecting an estimated 15 percent of adult workers with asthma. But people who work with diacetyl without sufficient protection are also putting themselves at risk for lung disease, particularly obliterative […]

Kenneth Brennan

Emissions Scandal Investigation Focuses on Two VW Engineers – Apologies Come Slow and Measured

Two of the “best and brightest” Volkswagen engineers who discovered that VW wouldn’t be able to deliver a clean diesel engine that would meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards are in the middle of a company probe into the […]

Steven Davis

New Study Says Paxil Unsafe for Teenagers

In 2001, a leading drug maker published a study indicating that Paxil was a safe and effective antidepressant for teenagers, but on September 16, 2015, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published another study that found the opposite to be true. […]

Steven Davis

GAO to Investigate Dangers of Power Morcellators

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has announced that it plans to begin an investigation into power morcellators, the controversial medical devices that shred uterine fibroid tissue for easy removal through laparoscopic incisions. Critics of morcellators say they endanger women’s […]

Jessica Hoerman

Slay Sarcoma Run/Walk Set for October 17

The second annual Slay Sarcoma 5k Run/Walk will be held October 17 in Yardley, Pennsylvania to create awareness about leiomyosarcoma and to raise money for needed research. Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) is part of a broad group of extremely rare cancers known […]

Jessica Hoerman

Medical Devices Seek to Prevent Strokes, Still Pose Risks

The pursuit of a safe way to prevent blood clots that lead to deadly strokes has produced two medical devices, each taking two dramatically different routes to approval. While Boston Scientific’s Watchman waded through a decade of safety testing before […]

Jessica Hoerman

Risks and Benefits of Essure to be Weighed by FDA Panel

The permanent female sterilization device Essure will be on the agenda at the September 24 U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s hearing of the OB/Gyn Device Panel. The committee plans to discuss the risks and benefits of the Essure System, manufactured […]