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Investigation of Deadly Tesla Crash Focused on Lithium Battery Fire

Two Florida high school students were killed and a third seriously injured when their fully electric 2014 Tesla Model S crashed in Fort Lauderdale, causing an intense lithium battery fire that reportedly consumed the vehicle before two of the occupants could escape. Barrett Riley and Edgar Monserratt Martinez, both 18-year-old seniors, were killed when the Tesla Model X spun out of control on a road in Fort Lauderdale known as “Dead Man’s Curve.” The all-electric vehicle slammed into a concrete wall, causing its lithium batteries to burst into flames. A third student, Alexander Berry, also 18, was traveling in the ... Read More

Worker deaths, serious burn injures lead to OSHA fines

After the tragic workplace deaths of five employees working at a power plant, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations to Tampa Electric Co. and Gaffin Industrial Services. The total projected fines owed by these companies are just over $160,000. Immediately following the reports of the five fatalities, which took place at the Big Bend River Station power plant in Apollo Beach, Florida, OSHA opened an investigation. During the investigation, OSHA officials concluded that the employees were fatally burned when the door inside a fiery furnace broke loose and sprayed massive amounts of scolding ... Read More

Insys sued for bribing doctors to prescribe powerful opioid Subsys

Drug company Insys Therapeutics bribed doctors to prescribe its powerful fentanyl spray Subsys for conditions in which it was not approved, allegedly costing the federal government millions of dollars, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and six states. The whistleblower litigation involves allegations that Insys used deceptive practices to market its cancer pain treatment, including funneling money to doctors and nurse practitioners through fake speaking events in exchange for them writing prescriptions; finding jobs for family and friends of those who prescribed the drug; and funding strip club visits. Numerous Insys sales representatives have ... Read More

Apotex recalls combination antibiotic injection

Apotex Corp. is recalling 36 lots of the injectable antibiotics Peperacillin and Tazobactam after finding that they contain elevated levels of impurities that may decrease their potency. The product is manufactured by Hospira Inc., a Pfizer Company, and distributed in the U.S. by Apotex Corp. Decreased potency of Peperacillin and Tazobactam could result in worsening of the infection being treated and under extreme circumstances lead to serious conditions depending on the severity of the patient’s illness. Elevated levels of impurities may result in various toxicities, such as liver, renal and hematological toxicities. To date, the company has received no reports ... Read More

Florida Framing Contractor Cited for Fall Protection Violations

Desouza Framing Inc., a residential framing contractor based out of Jacksonville, Florida, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing its employees to potentially dangerous fall hazards. The company now faces projected penalties of nearly $200,000. After some of its employees were spotted engaging in construction activities on a roof more than 11 feet tall without proper fall protection, OSHA officials conducted an investigation and found that the company was exposing its employees to fall hazards regularly. Just a couple months after the investigation, OSHA began another inspection at a worksite ... Read More

Six states sue OxyContin maker for exacerbating opioid epidemic

Six states have filed new lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, accusing the company of using deceptive marketing to increase sales, causing overdose deaths and economic damages while fanning the flames of the nation’s opioid epidemic. The lawsuits were filed by the attorneys general of Texas, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Tennessee, and accuse Purdue – makers of the powerful opioid OxyContin – of overstating the benefits of the drug while downplaying the risks, including its high addiction potential. The states seek significant penalties and measures to stop future harm to citizens and communities. “My office is holding Purdue Pharma ... Read More

FDA: ‘Best Candy’ energy booster contains undeclared drugs

Do not buy or use Best Candy, a dietary supplement promoted as an energy booster on various websites and possibly some retail stores, because it contains hidden drugs and poses a risk to public health, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Public Notification. During an examination of imported goods, the FDA found that Best Candy contained nortadafil, a chemical structurally similar to tadalafil, the active ingredient in the prescription erectile dysfunction drug Cialis. This undeclared active drug ingredient may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous ... Read More

Resuscitation device recalled due to design error

Vyaire Medical is recalling the AirLife Resuscitation Device & Broselow Convenience Kit due to an error in product design that may make it difficult or unable to disconnect the mask from the elbow of the resuscitator. This could cause a delay in or an inability to provide necessary ventilation to the patient and potentially result in serious patient injury, including death. The Vyaire Medical AirLife Resuscitation Device & Broselow Convenience Kit are manual resuscitation devices that are used together as one pair to provide constant ventilation to adults and children who are not breathing or cannot adequately breathe on their ... Read More

School Bus in Deadly New Jersey Crash Attempted Illegal U-Turn

Authorities investigating a school bus crash that killed a teacher and a student in New Jersey Thursday, May 17, said the bus driver was attempting an illegal U-turn in the highway median when a dump truck hit it from behind. The bus crash killed teacher Jennifer Williamson, 51, and a fifth-grade student whose identity had not been released as of Friday. The school bus was carrying 38 students and seven adults, including the driver, from East Brook Middle School in Paramus for a field trip to the restored 19th century Waterloo Village in Byram, New Jersey. The collision injured 43 other students and the ... Read More

Cuban Commercial Flight Crashes After Takeoff

A Boeing 737-200 crashed today just after takeoff from Havana, Cuba’s, Jose Marti International Airport. There were 104 people on board, including five children. Cuban state-run newspaper Granma reported that at least three passengers survived, but were in critical condition. Cuba’s national air carrier, Cubana de Aviacion, had rented the airplane from a small Mexican airline, Global Air. Global Air confirmed there were six Mexican crew members aboard. Officials have not confirmed if any of the passengers were U.S. citizens. The flight was traveling to the eastern city of Holguin when it crashed in a farm field of yuca plants ... Read More