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Hit By A Google Self-Driving Car? Newly Patented Product Could Make You Stick Around

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Google has been hard at work making the roads safer with its development of self-driving “autonomous” cars that may be better equipped than human drivers to avoid accidents. But when accidents do happen, the cars could be equipped with a patented adhesive coating that sticks pedestrians and animals to the hood and bumper instead of running them over. The new patent illustrates the concept of a strong fly-paper-like adhesive coating on the car’s hood, front bumper, and side panels. This sticky layer would be covered by covered by another “protective coating” designed to shatter in the event of an accident, ... Read More

People are asking how banned transvaginal mesh device TFS was ever allowed on the market

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This week the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Lateline interviewed grandmother Barb Jobson about the devastating consequences of the Australian-made transvaginal mesh device that was banned just 13 months after she had her operation. “There was no indication that there was going to be any problems. It was God’s answer to women,” Barb told ABC. She hadn’t been warned about any potential complications and the device had been advertised as proven safe and effective in spite of the fact that two years earlier medical experts had published a paper raising concerns about the product, known as TFS. According to MSN the ... Read More

Whistleblower’s FCA Complaint Accuses Wells Fargo Bank of Fraud, Retaliation

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A former Wells Fargo loan officer who claims he was fired in retaliation for complaining about allegedly illegal and unethical directives that could have forced some customers into foreclosure proceedings has filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against the bank in a Portland, Ore., federal court, accusing it of defrauding the federal government by improperly collecting $1.4 billion in foreclosure-prevention funds for loans during the housing crisis. In December 2013, whistleblower Duke Tran “stumbled upon a secret Wells Fargo policy that he felt compromised his personal ethics and violated the laws governing mortgage servicing,” the complaint asserts. The policy required ... Read More

Amendment to restrict sales of dietary supplements on military bases withdrawn

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An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requiring dietary supplements sold on military bases to first be vetted for purity was withdrawn, but the amendment may be brought up again when the bill comes to the Senate, Nutra Ingredients-USA reported. The amendment was proposed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in the Senate Armed Services Committee meeting and would have required dietary supplements sold on a military base commissary or retail store operating on a military be verified by an independent third party “for recognized public standards of identity, purity, strength, and composition, and adherence to related process standards.” “We ... Read More

FDA warns of serious risks with oral anti-fungal treatment

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Oral tablets of the anti-fungal medication ketoconazole should not be used to treat skin and nail fungal infections because the drug carries a risk for serious liver damage, adrenal gland problems and harmful interactions with other medications, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Safety Alert. In 2013, the label of ketoconazole tablets was updated to reflect these serious risks and to remove the indications for the treatment of skin and nail fungal infections. But since then, the FDA has found that the oral version of ketoconazole continues to be prescribed for these types of conditions. In the ... Read More

Kentucky Truck Driver Deemed Hazardous To Public, Ordered Out of Service

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Federal transportation regulators have ordered a Kentucky truck driver to immediately cease operating any commercial vehicle after a roadside inspection turned up serious violations that posed “an imminent threat to public safety.” The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said that Kentucky State Police pulled William R. Eichhorn’s commercial tractor trailer over for a roadside inspection in Laurel County, Ky. While standing on the steps of the trucks, a state police officer noticed a woman seated on the passenger side of the vehicle, but Mr. Eichhorn did not have the carrier’s written authorization allowing him to transport passengers, as federal rules ... Read More

Opioid-related hospitalizations, infections, costs increased sharply

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The impact of the prescription drug epidemic is often told in the number of lives lost by overdoses from misuse and abuse of power painkillers known as opioids. But a new report tells the story from a different perspective. Opioid-related hospitalizations and infections have sharply risen in recent years, and inpatient charges have nearly quadrupled. “The growing problem of opioid abuse in the United States has been well documented, but our study is the first of its kind to quantify serious infections related to opioid abuse and their impact on the U.S. hospital system and on health care costs,” said ... Read More

B. Braun Medical Resolves Criminal Liability For Selling Contaminated Saline Syringes

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German drug and medical device manufacturer B. Braun Medical Inc. has agreed to pay $4.8 million in penalties and forfeiture plus an additional $3 million in restitution to resolve its criminal liability for selling contaminated pre-filled saline flush syringes that infected patients in multiple states in 2007, the U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday. Braun, based in Melsungen, Germany, maintains its corporate headquarters in Bethlehem, Penn., and its primary manufacturing facilities in Allentown, Penn., and Irvine, Calif. Federal prosecutors said that in March 2006, B. Braun started buying saline syringes from AM2PAT Inc., which made the syringes at a small facility in ... Read More

Patients with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Much More Likely to Need Revision Surgery

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Patients that have received metal-on-metal hip implant devices are far more likely to need revision surgery, an article by verywell.com states. Jonathan Cluett, MD, contributed his expertise in an article published by the website providing information to patients that have received metal-on-metal hip implants, and what they should do if they are experiencing problems. Metal-on-Metal hip implant designs, such as the Pinnacle hip by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, were recommended for patients with a more active lifestyle, based on claims the all-metal system was a better fit for their needs. But many of the implants were failing at an ... Read More

Janssen, Bayer face Xarelto wrongful death lawsuit

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The daughter of an Ohio man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the makers of the blood thinner Xarelto. Michelle Clark, on behalf of her deceased father, Clarence Mason, filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The lawsuit names Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Healthcare, and their related companies. According to the complaint, Clarence took Xarelto as prescribed from Dec. 26, 2013, until August 2014. In April 2014, the man suffered gastrointestinal bleeding, which caused him pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, and loss of the ability to enjoy life. He ... Read More