U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon ordered the pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson to shell out $8.3 million to the New Orleans-area system of primary care clinics for the poor and underinsured. They will receive this as a part of a settlement in a class-action liability suit against Johnson & Johnson. Judge ordered $1 million to be given to daughters of charity for construction of a permanent primary clinic. This clinic will be constructed on the old Methodical Hospital Campus. It is on Read Boulevard in eastern New Orleans.

This decision came after recommendation of a joint team of attorneys representing the plaintiffs and Johnson and Johnson. This class action lawsuit was related to Propulsid side effects. It was one of the most selling drug for treatment of Gastric reflux by Janssen Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson.

Propulsid is brand name for cisapride. It comes in both tablets and suspension. Propulsid contains Cisapride as main active ingredient. Propulsid or Cisapride is used for treatment of heartburn, which occurs due to gastric reflux. It regulates the acid level in esophagus. Cisapride increases the rate of digestion. It also increases bowel movements and strengthens the muscle between stomach and esophagus.

Use of Propulsid has been linked to many severe side effects. It could cause dizziness, fainting feeling, irregular or fast heartbeat, heart attack, chest pain, mood or mental changes, pain in stomach or other stomach problems, allergic reactions, breathing trouble and feeling of passing out.

One of the most fatal side effects of this drug is heart problems including heart arrhythmia and heart attack. It has also linked to death in infants and children due to cardiac arrhythmia.

The judge ordered remaining $7.3 in above said settlement to be transferred to the nonprofit Louisiana Public Health Institute. This institute would look after the distribution of settlement money among primary care clinics, which are associated with efforts on patients without private insurance. It was said that Public Health Institute will receive $1.54 million of the total settlement for administrative and personnel costs. It was determined by a preliminary budget represented in the court.

An announcement has been made by Daughters of Charity and the Landrieu administration regarding running a primary care clinic on the old Methodist campus. The Catholic health-care enterprise along with the state-chartered Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A would be involved in this endeavor.

Hospital service district had plans to redevelop the Methodist building separately. It will turn the building into an 80-bed community hospital. Landrieu promised to open the hospital by the end of 2013.

According to court filing note Daughters of Charity committed to a capital investment of $2 million and district has committed for another $2 million. The total investment would be $5 million for construction of a 15,000-square-foot clinic. An urgent-care center in an existing building had been opened up by district meanwhile. A primary clinic would be run by Daughters of Charity in the same building.