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Hospira recalls contaminated infant syringes

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Human hair was found floating in a syringe of Hospira-brand dextrose injection used to control hypoglycemia or to provide carbohydrate calories in infants, prompting a recall of a single lot of 25% Dextrose Injection USP prefilled syringes to the hospital/user level, according to a recall notice issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recall was initiated by Hospira Inc, a Pfizer company. “In the event that the particulate is administered to a patient, it could result in local swelling, irritation of blood vessels or tissues, blockage or blood vessels and/or systemic allergic response to the particulate,” the recall ... Read More

Pharmacies sued over opioid epidemic in Cherokee nation

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The Cherokee Nation is suing Wal-Mart, CVS and other major retail pharmacies and drug distributors in tribal court alleging the companies did not do enough to stop powerful prescription painkillers from infiltrating the tribal community resulting in an atmosphere of opioid drug abuse among Oklahoma Native Americans. The lawsuit names McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., Amerisource Bergen Corp., CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.The complaint accuses them of negligence, unjust enrichment, civil conspiracy, nuisance and violations under the Cherokee Nation Unfair and Deceptive Practices Act for allegedly allowing prescriptions for opioids to be illegally prescribed to members and ... Read More

Lax inspections hurt nursing home patients

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Significant understaffing of nursing home inspectors by the Ohio Department of Health has resulted in year-over-year failures by the state to meet federal deadlines for evaluating nursing home facilities, according to records obtained by The Plain Dealer. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contracts with states to inspect nursing homes across the country. The average interval between inspections of the same facility are to take place within 12.9 months, according to the federal agency’s requirements. These surveys are intended to ensure quality care for residents. However, many states, including Ohio, fall outside the 12.9-month inspection interval average. Ohio ... Read More

Phenobarbital tablets recalled

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C.O. Truxton Inc., is recalling one lot of the anti-seizure drug phenobarbital in 15 milligram tablets after receiving a customer complaint that a bottle contained 30 milligram tablets. While no adverse events have been reported to date, if a consumer – or a consumer’s pet – takes a higher than prescribed dose of phenobarbital, there is the potential for overdose, which can cause severe intoxication leading to cardiogenic shock, renal failure, coma or death. Phenobarbital is used as a sedative or anticonvulsant and is used in the treatment of both humans and animals. The recalled product is packaged in 1000-count ... Read More

Study: Birth control pills adversely impact women’s well-being

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Birth control pills may adversely affect a woman’s wellbeing, according to new research published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. An estimated 100 million women worldwide use birth control pills, yet “we know surprisingly little today abut the pill’s effect on women’s health,” said Angelica Hirschberg, who led the team of researchers wit the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the Stockholm School of Economics. Hirschberg and team observed 340 healthy women aged 18 to 35 over a three-month period. The participants were randomly prescribed either a combined oral contraceptive pill containing progestin and estrogen, or a placebo. The birth control ... Read More

Volkswagen Hit With $2.8 Billion Criminal Fine For Emissions Cheat

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A federal judge ordered Volkswagen to pay the U.S. a $2.8 billion criminal penalty for orchestrating a massive fraud scheme in which the German automaker equipped 600,000 diesel vehicles with an emissions cheat. The penalty is the largest ever negotiated between the U.S. government and an auto manufacturer, dwarfing the record and near-record fines paid by Toyota, General Motors, and airbag maker Takata in recent years. “I just can’t believe that VW is in this situation that it finds itself in today,” said U.S District Judge Sean Cox in the April 21 hearing. He added that Volkswagen’s fraud was “very ... Read More

Benzene exposure blamed for Auto Mechanic cancer diagnosis

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An auto mechanic in Illinois has filed a lawsuit against multiple companies alleging his cancer diagnosis is linked to years of benzene exposure. Steven J. Williams, who worked as an auto mechanic since 1982, claims his cancer diagnoses is due to having been exposed to benzene-containing products for long periods of time while on the job. He has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma after regularly using chemicals such as diesel fuel, solvents, paints, and belt dressings. Benzene exposure most often happens through inhalation, but it can also be absorbed through the skin. Once in the bloodstream, benzene makes its way into the bone marrow, which ... Read More

Whistleblower Gets $1 Million For Exposing Princess Cruise Oil Dumping

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A whistleblower who reported illegal oil waste dumping from a Princess Cruise Lines ship that eventually exposed widespread oil dumping among other Princess ships received a $1 million award April 19. U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz in Miami, who imposed a record $40 million criminal penalty on Princess and its parent company Carnival Corporation, awarded the $1 million payout to a British engineer who documented the Caribbean Princess using a “magic pipe” to illegally discharge oily wastewater off the coast of England in August 2013. Evidence provided by the newly hired ship engineer prompted inspections of the ship both in ... Read More

McCain hash browns may contain golf ball parts

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What goes with hash browns? For some,  the answer might just be golf balls. Wait, what? According to an announcement by McCain Foods USA, their hash browns could “be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials, that despite (their) stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product.” Though no injuries have been reported, the golf ball pieces pose a choking and injury hazard, and two brands of hash browns are under recall. Products impacted by the recall include Roundy’s Brand, 2 lb. Bag of Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns (UPC 001115055019) and Harris Teeter Brand, ... Read More

Frito-Lay Jalapeño chips recalled for Salmonella threat

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Frito-Lay Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips are under recall for the potential presence of Salmonella. Though no Salmonella was found in Frito-Lay’s seasoning, the company launched a voluntary recall April 21 out of an abundance of caution as a direct result of a supplier’s recent recall of a seasoning blend which includes jalapeno powder that could contain the infectious organism, according to the Food and Drug Administration. All sizes of the Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips with a ... Read More