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Seeing Pink

It’s not often that you see guys in pink hard hats. So I had to take a picture when I saw these guys on my drive into work this morning...more

FDA Approves Cancer Screening Test as First Device Under Parallel Review Pilot

On August 11, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a premarket approval (PMA) for Exact Sciences’ Cologuard, a colorectal cancer screening test, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a...more

Impact on Medicare Payments of Shift in Site of Care for Chemotherapy Administration

Two independent trends, acting in combination, are currently resulting in increased Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) chemotherapy payments. The first trend is a shift in the site of care for cancer patients from physicians’...more

FDA Warning on Hysterectomy Procedure Raises Awareness of Cancer Risk

A cancer risk surrounding a technologically advanced and minimally invasive surgery for removing the uterus has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to issue a warning discouraging the medical procedure. ...more

New Obamacare Benefit Mandate Takes Aim at Breast Cancer

Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers and employers that sponsor non-grandfathered medical plans must cover and pay the full cost of specified preventive services in accordance with recommendations issued by the U.S....more

FDA Imposes Firmer Rules on Tanning Salons

The Federal Drug Administration (“FDA”) is tightening rules on tanning salons because of the cancer risk posed by the use of sunlamps. Due to the increased risk of melanoma, future tanning bed designs will include warnings...more

Is J&J Baby Powder Carcinogenic?

The question about whether or not Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder contains carcinogens is reportedly about 30 years old. That is alleged in a plaintiffs’ lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over its Baby Powder claiming there...more

J&J Takes Morcellator Off the Market Due to Cancer Threat

It is not exactly a recall – but Johnson and Johnson (J&J) has removed from the market its Laparoscopic Power Morcellation, a medical device used to break uterine fibroids into little pieces using a cylindrical blade with a...more

IARC Advisory Group Recommends Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes as High Priority

An International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Advisory Group met on April 7-9, 2014, to recommend priorities for IARC Monographs during 2015-2019. The Advisory Group assessed the responses to a call for nominations...more

Florida Says Can Do To Medical Cannabis

In the waning days of the 2014 legislative session, the Florida Legislature passed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. It is a very limited medical marijuana bill with very strict restrictions and conditions on...more

E-Cigarettes Reputation As Safe Alternative To Tobacco Is Just More Smoke and Mirrors

E-Cigarettes Reputation As Safe Alternative To Tobacco Is Just More Smoke and Mirrors The dangers of e-cigarettes exposed by a new study showing e-cigarettes can cause cancer and the realization that many of the “safe”...more

Patent Profile: VM Institute of Research Receives Patent for Method of Treating Triple Negative Breast Cancer

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued U.S. Patent No. 8,642,270, which is entitled "Prognostic biomarkers to predict overall survival and metastatic disease in patients with triple negative breast cancer." The...more

ADA Protects Individuals with Cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy and Intellectual Disabilities

Nearly 34 million Americans diagnosed with cancer, diabetes or epilepsy, and over two million suffering from an intellectual disability are now protected from discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

Patent Profile: Patent Issued for Method of Differentiating Pancreatic Cancer from Benign Pancreatic Disease

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued U.S. Patent No. 8,632,983, which is entitled "Biomarkers for pancreatic cancer and diagnostic methods." The '983 patent, which is assigned to the Van Andel Research...more

Six Hot Opportunities in Genomic Medicine

Advances in DNA sequencing technology and the interpretation of the acquired data have fueled advances in genomics and its application in the delivery of personalized healthcare. Illumina recently announced a new milestone...more

Patent Profile: National Tsing Hua University Receives Patent for Method for Early Diagnosis of Liver Cancer

Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 8,628,920, which is entitled "Method for early diagnosis of liver cancer and prediction of metastasis." The '920 patent, which is assigned to National...more

Patent Profile: Duke University and Cognosci Receive Patent for Methods of Diagnosing Cancer

Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 8,623,601, which is entitled "Methods of diagnosing cancer." The '601 patent, which is assigned to Duke University and Cognosci, Inc. (out of the...more

No, You Can’t Impose An Unknown Regulation On A Hospice Provider And Attempt To Retroactively Deny Payment

In December, 2013, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled that a hospice facility’s due process rights were violated when the Department of Public Welfare (“DPW”) imposed an additional requirement without giving notice to...more

Pennsylvania Continues Trend of Stricter Review of Experts in Product Liability and Toxic Tort Cases

For years, plaintiffs in product liability and toxic tort cases have viewed Pennsylvania's state court system as a favorable forum. Over the past year and a half, however, the Pennsylvania appellate courts have issued...more

Oakland Children's Hospital Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Medical Center Fired Employee with Breast Cancer, Federal Agency Charged - OAKLAND, Calif. - An Oakland-based non-profit regional medical center violated federal law when it failed to accommodate and instead fired an...more

Court Report -- December 08, 2013

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Astrazeneca AB et al. v. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. et al. 3:13-cv-07298; filed December 3, 2013 in the District Court of New...more

Supervisor’s Failure To Engage In Interactive Process With Disabled Employee May Convert Employee’s Resignation Into Constructive...

In a case recently decided under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—Suvada v. Gordon Flesch Company, Inc.—a federal district court in Chicago allowed a production clerk’s claim for constructive discharge against her...more

2013-2014: Evolving Challenges for Value-Priced LDTs

Introduction - In 2004, the Genomic Health Oncotype DX breast cancer molecular test was launched and within five years had substantially changed the standard of care for patients with early breast cancers. How has the...more

Maryland High Court, Bucking Trend, Allows Expert to Testify that “Each and Every Exposure” to Asbestos Is Causally Related to...

To advance claims against as many defendants as possible, plaintiff attorneys in asbestos litigation routinely attempt to introduce expert testimony to the effect that “each and every exposure” to asbestos was a “substantial”...more

Employment Law -- Aug 13, 2013

EEOC Targets Cancer Discrimination - Filing two new lawsuits, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is cracking down on employers allegedly discriminating against workers with cancer. In Oklahoma the...more

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