Writer: Jill Replogle

Jill Replogle is a researcher-reporter for FairWarning.

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Accused of Kickbacks, Novartis Agrees to $422.5 Million Settlement

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis will pay $422.5 million to settle federal criminal and civil charges over its marketing practices, including allegations that the company made illegal kickbacks to doctors to prescribe drugs for unapproved uses. Federal prosecutors accused Novartis of paying for doctors' entertainment, travel and meals, as well as [...]

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Dismissed FDA Whistleblower Claims Will Get a New Review

Federal health officials are taking a new look at complaints by Food and Drug Administration scientists that their superiors pressured them to approve potentially unsafe medical devices. Scientists at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, the unit involved in approving medical devices, approached Congress and the Obama administration [...]

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Heart Risks Often Are Key in Decisions to Ban Drugs, Analysis Finds

When the Food and Drug Administration pulls drugs off the market because of possibly dangerous side effects, heart complications often are the concern. A Bloomberg analysis has found that the risk of heart complications was a factor in 10 of the 21 drugs removed from the U.S. market since 1995 [...]

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Mouthwash Claims Should Go Down the Drain, FDA Says

The Food and Drug Administration isn't swallowing the health claims made by three mouthwash marketers. The agency has sent the companies warning letters saying that available scientific evidence doesn't support their claims that the products -- used by millions of Americans to rinse their mouths every day -- remove plaque [...]

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Target Stores Ordered to Stop Illegal Dumping of Hazardous Wastes

A California judge has ordered retail giant Target Corp. to stop illegally disposing products containing hazardous wastes. The court injunction stems from a civil lawsuit filed in Alameda County last year by state and local authorities against Target for allegedly crushing batteries, telephones and computers in the trash compactors to [...]

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California Restricts Cadmium in Children’s Jewelry

California will restrict the amount of the toxic metal cadmium used in children's jewelry, a move expected to establish an unofficial safety standard across the country. The Associated Press reports that health officials have worried that widespread use of cadmium in children's jewelry could lead to long-term poisoning in kids [...]

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Pom Wonderful Can’t Back Wondrous Health Claims, FTC Charges

Pom Wonderful, which sells a popular pomegranate juice in a distinctive curvy bottle, also may be throwing consumers some curves with its advertising. The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against the company and its owners, billionaire Beverly Hills, Calif., entrepreneurs Lynda and Stewart Resnick, accusing them of making [...]

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Crime Guns Flow from States with Weak Gun Laws, Mayors Say

Ten states with weak gun laws supply a disproportionate share of firearms used to commit crimes in other states, according to a report released Monday by a coalition of mayors. The coalition -- Mayors Against Illegal Guns -- found that crime guns most often came from Mississippi, West Virginia, Kentucky, Alaska, Alabama, [...]

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Hyundai Recalling Nearly 140,000 Cars Over Steering Defect

South Korean automaker Hyundai is recalling as many as 139,500 of its 2011 Sonata vehicles because of a possible steering problem that could cause drivers to lose control. The cars being recalled were built between December 11, 2009 and September 10, 2010, according to the recall notice. Dealership technicians will inspect the [...]

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Exposed to Burn Pits, Iraq Veteran Fights for Disability Benefits

Air Force veteran Tim Wymore has three lesions on his brain, a blood disorder, a damaged esophagus and other health problems, which he believes stem from his exposure to toxins at open-air burn pits where he was stationed in Balad, Iraq. Wymore, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, is battling the [...]

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Grant to Tout Pesticides Bugs Environmentalists

Do pesticides really deserve government money for an image makeover? California Watch reports that a farm and food industry group is getting $180,000 to "correct the misconception that some fresh produce items contain excessive amounts of pesticide residues." That federal grant, funneled through California officials to the Alliance for Food [...]