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FDA places immediate-release opioids on new risk strategy plan

In another move to quell the national’s opioid epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that it is requiring a new Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) plan for immediate-release (IR) opioids prescribed for outpatient use. The new plan includes several measures to better communicate the serious risks involving the use of opioid pain medication to both patients and health care professionals. This is the first REMS for IR opioids intended for outpatient use. IR opioids make up about 90 percent of all opioid pain medications prescribed for outpatient use. Extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioids have been ... Read More

Parents of football player who suffered concussion sue school district for $38 million

Athletic officials at Hermiston High School in Oregon failed to treat a 15-year-old’s concussion following a helmet-to-helmet collision during a junior varsity football game in September 2016, and allowed the boy to play four days later despite lingering symptoms of his brain injury. During that game, the boy suffered repeated blows to the head, which knocked him unconscious, exacerbating his earlier concussion and resulting in permanent brain damage. As a result, the boy’s parents are suing the Hermiston School District for $38 million. The lawsuit was filed in the Umatilla County Circuit Court. Connor Martin was 15 when he suffered ... Read More

Miami Bridge Collapse Leads To OSHA Penalties for Five Contractors

Federal authorities investigating a deadly pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami have cited five companies involved in the construction of the structure for multiple safety violations that created an unsafe work environment for employees. On Thursday, March 15, a pedestrian bridge connecting Florida International University campus with the community of Sweetwater collapsed onto SW 8th Street just before 2 p.m., crushing several vehicles and their occupants. The bridge collapse killed six people and injured nine others. While the cause of bridge collapse remains under investigation, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulators inspected the site and found seven violations that together constituted ... Read More

Iowa man sues Roundup maker over cancer diagnosis

Just days after a California jury awarded a man $289 million after finding Monsanto’s Roundup caused his terminal cancer, an Iowa man filed a similar case against the herbicide manufacturer. Ray D. Harry,64, filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Sioux City, Iowa. He says he used Roundup for more than two decades on two different Iowa properties from 1988 to 2006 and 2011 to 2016. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in September 2017. “Monsanto assured the public that Roundup was harmless,” his suit claims. “In order to prove this, Monsanto has championed falsified data and has attacked ... Read More

Motion suggests pharmacy benefit managers adopt opioid guidelines

The top pharmacy benefit management (PBM) companies, like CVS Caremark, Express Scripts Inc., and OptumRx Inc., should be required to follow opioid prescribing guidelines consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in light of the opioid epidemic, according to a new motion in the growing opioid multidistrict litigation (MDL). The motion for preliminary injunction came out of two MDL cases – one filed by union benefit plans for Ohio residents, and another filed by Webb County, Texas. PBMs have, for the most part, flown under the radar in the opioid MDL, until now. The opioid MDL consolidated ... Read More

NY Woman Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Note 9 Smartphone Fire

A new lawsuit filed against Samsung Sept. 15 indicates the Korean Tech giant’s lithium-ion battery problems may not be entirely over. The lawsuit, filed by Long Island resident Diane Chung, claims her brand-new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 caught fire inside her purse just days after she bought the smartphone. The complaint alleges that Ms. Chung was in a building elevator when she noticed her phone had become “extremely hot” after using it. After putting the Samsung phone back in her purse, she “heard a whistling and screeching sound” followed by “thick smoke,” according to Newsweek. Ms. Chung burned her fingers ... Read More

NTSB Investigating Charter Jet’s Near Landing on Philadelphia Taxiway

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a preliminary report of a near miss at Philadelphia International Airport in August in which a private charter jet nearly landed on a taxiway occupied by four commercial passenger planes. The NTSB’s investigation of the near miss remains ongoing and it could take several more months for the investigative agency to wrap up its probe of the Aug. 10 incident, but the early report provides some harrowing detail of what looks like a pilot error that could have turned into a major catastrophe. According to the NTSB report, PEGJET Flight 19, a Gulfstream ... Read More

Terminally ill couple suing Monsanto asks for expedited trial ‘before they die’

Just weeks after Bayer AG announced its acquisition of Monsanto, the company was hit with a landmark $289 million verdict after a San Francisco jury found Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro caused a man’s cancer. Bayer wasn’t expecting to face its next case among the 8,700 waged against it until February. But an elderly couple who say the weed killer gave them both cancer want their day in court “before they die,” and are asking for their case to be moved to the front of the line, and for their trial to happen in December. Both husband and wife are ... Read More

Legionnaires Disease At Waco Hotel Under Investigation

Texas health authorities are investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Waco North in Lacy Lakeview, Texas. Local health reports show the outbreak has sickened at least seven people in the past two years. According to CenTexProud.com, the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District reported that the two most recent cases of Legionnaires Disease at the hotel occurred in July. The first cases of the disease, which can cause a severe and potentially deadly form of pneumonia, occurred in August of 2016 The Health District said it ordered the hotel to notify all guests and staff of the ... Read More

Amputation Leads To Heavy Fines For Ohio Pallet Manufacturer

A worker’s accidental finger amputation on the job has prompted federal officials to fine an Ohio pallet manufacturer nearly $200,000 for serious safety violations that contributed to the accident. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Buckeye Diamond Logistics Inc. which operates as BDL Supply, will have to pay fines of $191,794 or contest the proposed fines within 15 business days of receiving notice of the penalties. OSHA said the injured employee suffered a finger amputation while working with an electrical pallet stack machine, but didn’t offer details about how the accident occurred other than to say the ... Read More