Johnson & Johnson fined $1.1bn in latest Risperdal case

first_img Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Johnson & Johnson fined $1.1bn in latest Risperdal case by: – April 11, 2012 Sharing is caring! Johnson & Johnson is appealing fines handed down by other US statesDrugs giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered by a US judge to pay $1.1bn (£690m) for downplaying the risks involved in taking its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.The state of Arkansas sued J&J and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals over its marketing of the drug in 2007.A number of US states have already found the firms guilty of similar charges and fined them accordingly.Janssen said it was “disappointed” with the judge’s decision.The company added that if its motion for a retrial was denied, it would appeal the fine.“During the nearly three-week trial, Janssen presented abundant evidence showing the company acted responsibly and fully complied with all laws and regulations regarding Risperdal,” it said in a written statement.AppealIn January, J&J agreed to pay $158m to settle allegations of illegal marketing of Risperdal in Texas.Last year, a South Carolina judge ruled the company must pay a $327m penalty after a jury found it guilty of similar charges, while in 2010, a Louisiana jury found the company violated the state’s Medicaid fraud act.These two verdicts are currently under appeal.Medicaid is a government-backed US public heath programme for low-income citizens.BBC News 12 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Continue reading

Labor, Gender, Police to Account for State Witnesses’ Disappearance

first_imgAuthorities at the ministries of Labor and Gender Development and Social Protection, as well as the Liberia National Police (LNP) on yesterday appeared before Criminal Court ‘A” at the Temple of Justice, to give account of two state witnesses, Famatta Kanu and Kiadiatu Kamara, who are at the center of a human trafficking case.Their appearance stemmed from a request from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) prosecutorial arm of the government for a Writ of Subpoena ad Testificadum.Subpoena ad Testificandum is a writ issued by a court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court.Judge Roosevelt Willie has also mandated the government entities to explain why they should not be held in contempt for their individual roles played in releasing the witnesses without the knowledge of the Ministry of Justice.“Your failure to adhere to this Subpoena ad testificandum, will lead us to hold you in contempt,” Willie’s order said.The court’s mandate continues, “Failure on your part, the court will have no alternative but to take the appropriate legal action against you.”Famatta Kanu and Kiadiatu Kamara are prime witnesses of the government in regard to a case where the state indicted one Hawa Bangura for human trafficking.The case grew out of developments on November 30, 2017, when one Molley Passawe, chairman of Banjor community, outside Monrovia, reported an alleged trafficking in persons involving Famatta Kanu, 37, and her daughter Kiadiatu Kamara, 4, and a Sierra Leonean defendant identified as Hawa Bangura.The court’s record claimed that when the defendant and the victims were residing in Sierra Leone back then, Kiadiatu Kamara was selling for defendant Bangura and that Bangura persuaded Kamara to come to Liberia with her, to buy some goods (not named).When they arrived in Liberia, the record alleged, they did not have anywhere to sleep until after three days when they came across one Mohammed, who is at large. Mohammed is believed to have provided sleeping place for them.While they were at Mohammed’s place, defendant Bangura allegedly introduced one Lahai as her boyfriend, but her usual sleeping out of the place prompted a serious confusion between the two.During a conversation between Lahai and Bangura, Kamara claimed that she heard Bangura telling Lahai that she had sold two of her children, along with Kamara and her daughter.Bangura is reported to have said that she was going to earn enough money to be able to open a shop back home in Sierra Leone, according to Kamara.Seeing the uneasiness, Kamara reportedly claimed that she informed Bangura about her decision to go back to Sierra Leone.Kamara claimed Bangura told her that she had given money to somebody to buy second-hand clothes for them to take back to Sierra Leone, and so they had to wait awhile.Unfortunately, Kamara alleged that Bangura had arranged and negotiated with her boyfriend Lahai to sell Kamara and her daughter to Passawe.After the arrangement with Passawe about the sale of Kamara and her daughter, Lahai, on the orders of Bangura, took Kamara and her daughter to Passawe’s house for the transaction.It was during that time, the court’s record claimed, that Passawe immediately left them in his room and went outside where he managed to call people, who later arrested defendant Kamara.The matter is currently under further investigation while both individuals have been detained pending court trial.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Continue reading

Street fair set for weekend

first_img“This is the single largest event in city of Monterey Park,” Lau said. “It has always been well attended, and I believe this one will be even more attended.” Chinese New Year begins at 11 p.m. Saturday. Besides traditional entertainment, such as Chinese orchestra, opera and folk dance, the lineup includes a mariachi band, a blues performance and karaoke competition. There also will be pig races – after all, 2007 is the Year of the Pig – rope courses, rock climbing, bungee jumping and the “XBox Challenge,” which will feature the Halo and Dance Dance Revolution competitions. For a complete list of entertainment, go to www.floralstreetfair.org. jennifer.mclain@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEREY PARK – Bei Bei He, 24, in many ways embodies the diversity of the city’s Chinese New Year festival, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday. He, a Rowland Heights resident and native of China, often blends her training in the ancient Chinese traditional string instrument, the gu zheng, with modern sounds of hip-hop and jazz. “People think my music is very deep and from the soul. They say they can literally feel the emotion,” He said. “When they hear the fused sounds, people often say, `Wow, that is very cool and very fresh.”‘ He is among the dozens of performers on the Floral Street Fair’s entertainment lineup, which is designed to honor Chinese tradition as well as highlight the diversity found in Monterey Park, said the fair’s spokesman, Joe Pan. “She represents a new breed of entertainer,” Pan said of Bei Bei, who will perform at 12:30p.m. Sunday at the Cherry Blossom Stage. “She plays a very traditional instrument yet she is very young.” The festival has been an important element to Monterey Park for nearly a decade. This year, organizers expect it to attract close to 100,000 people. “To me, this is not just a festival for Chinese,” said Mayor David Lau. “This is something that we do to promote cultural diversity and harmony in the community.” Now in its ninth year, the festival has traditionally been called the Lantern Festival, which celebrates the end of the Chinese New Year. This year, however, the name and date has been changed to the Floral Street Fair and falls on the Chinese New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. last_img
Continue reading