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California Bars Use Of Trinity Guardrails Statewide Amid Safety Concerns

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California transportation officials said they will stop using ET-Plus guardrails made by Trinity Industries on all highways and roads throughout the state and will replace the existing rails “as needed” amid concerns the guardrails can malfunction and cause serious injury or death. “If there is a section of roadway under construction or an incident, they will be replaced with another type of guardrail,” Matt Rocco, Media Relations Manager the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) told NBC 7 Investigates. Trinity’s ET-Plus guardrails fell under scrutiny after whistleblower Josh Harman took Trinity to Court under the False Claims Act, alleging the company ... Read More

Lawsuits Filed In Virginia Against Tropical Smoothie Over Hepatitis A Contamination

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Tropical Smoothie Café faces two lawsuits in Virginia filed in connection with a hepatitis A outbreak linked to Egyptian strawberries, including one potential class-action that includes scores of plaintiffs who have had a smoothie at one of the chain’s Virginia cafes before Aug 8. Using genetic testing, Virginia Department of Health officials were able to identify the hepatitis A strain as one that has been associated with past outbreaks stemming from frozen strawberries imported from Egypt. Further research led the health officials to discover certain Tropical Smoothie Café chains used such strawberries in many of their blended drinks. The smoothie ... Read More

Metal-on-Metal Hips Marketed as ‘Better’ Despite Lack of Long-Term Data to Prove It

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One of the most successful medical advancements of  the 20th century is the total hip replacement. In 2010 alone, more than 300,000 hip procedures were performed in the U.S. Many materials have been used in hip prosthetics, and metal-on-metal surfaces have been used as early as 1948. Because the metal-on-plastic models have shown to have higher revision rates for younger, more active patients, there has been a push toward reviving metal-on-metal hip implant designs. The metal-on-metal hips showed positive results during early short-term clinical studies. Because of this, orthopedic surgeons readily accepted this modernized version of an old prosthetic and recommended ... Read More

FDA may be making same deadly mistake it made approving power morcellators

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Philadelphia-area doctors and husband-and-wife advocates Hoosman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D., and Amy J. Reed, M.D., Ph.D., published an editorial in The Inquirer Daily News warning that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in approving a new device, may be repeating the same deadly mistake it made when it approved the use of power morellation for hysterectomies and myomectomies. Power morcellators are surgical tools fitted with tube-like blades that shred uterine growths or entire uteruses within the abdomen and remove the tissue through a small incision in the belly. The procedure has been preferred in recent years to open surgery because it ... Read More

Women who claim they were injured by Essure fighting for their day in court

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Becky Beesley struggles not to cry when she thinks back on the day in 2012 that she decided to get the Essure permanent birth control. “Immediately my body rejected the procedure,” she told ABC 15 News. “My leg started to tremor and I threw up a couple of times.” Within a few months, serious health issues began to emerge. “I felt like there were little gremlins…that were just trying to claw their way out.” She says the pain became so excruciating, she had to quit her teaching job. Her doctor finally removed the implant, but the pain persisted. Beesley saw ... Read More

Pfizer shifts focus to consumers after planned merger tanks

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Pfizer is under fire legally with a multidistrict litigation (MDL) underway against its blockbuster drug Viagra, which has been linked to an increased risk of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Men suing the company claim Pfizer failed to properly test the drug before releasing it to market, defective design, fraudulent misrepresentation and negligence to warn patients of the drug’s risks. One plaintiff alleges, according to the Madison County Record, that “Pfizer designed, manufactured, distributed and sold the unsafe drug, Viagra, intentionally concealed or misrepresented the risks, dangers and defects of taking the drug and failed to conduct adequate ... Read More

Whistleblower Files $1.5-Million Retaliation Suit Against Kennesaw State University

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An employee of Kennesaw State University has filed a $1.5-million whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against the school, alleging she continues to be harassed for calling out ethics violations by certain university leaders. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Tracy Nunn, a former administrative assistant to the executive director of culinary services, filed the lawsuit Monday in the Superior Court of Fulton County, seeking compensation for the university’s alleged violations of the Georgia Whistleblower Protection Act. The lawsuit comes amid a series of high-level firings and abrupt resignations that have plagued the university in recent months, including President Dan Papp, who resigned after ... Read More

First four lawsuits set the stage for Xarelto bleeding events litigation

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Joseph Boudreaux was prescribed the blood thinner Xarelto, but a month later he began bleeding internally so badly that he was hospitalized and required several blood transfusions. Joseph Orr’s wife used Xarelto for about a month before she died from a brain hemorrhage. Dora Mingo took Xarelto after developing blood clots, but had to discontinue treatment after she began bleeding in her gastrointestinal tract. William Henry died from a gastrointestinal bleed after taking Xarelto to prevent strokes associated with his heart condition, atrial fibrillation. These are the first four cases set to go to trial among more than 7,200 in a ... Read More

TBIs early in life linked to psychiatric problems, premature death

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Children and young adults who suffer even a mild head trauma are more likely to have to die early and have problems functioning as adults, according to a study conducted by researchers with the University of Oxford in England. The study compared 100,000 Swedes who had suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) before the age of 25 with their siblings, who had not suffered a TBI. Researchers found that those with head injuries were more likely to have psychiatric problems later in life and suffer a premature death. The effects of a TBI were more prominent in those who were older ... Read More

FDA warns of problems with low-rate infusion with programmable syringe pumps

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Using programmable syringe pumps to infuse therapies at low rates may result in an inconsistent rate of delivery, which can lead to serious clinical consequences, including delay of therapy, over-infusion, or under-infusion, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned health care professionals in a Safety Alert. Reports of serious adverse events such as abnormal or unstable blood pressure, anxiety from loss of sedation, and increased pain indicators in critically ill infants have been associated with this lack of flow continuity. Programmable syringe pumps deliver solutions such as fluids, medications, or blood products to patients. They are capable of delivering at low infusion ... Read More