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FDA approves first biosimilar treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first biosimilar for the treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A biosimilar is a medication that is similar to a biologic, which is a medicine made from living cells through a highly complex and carefully monitored manufacturing process. Truxima (rituximab-abbs) is a biosimilar to Rituxan (rituximab) and is designed to treat adults with CD20-positive, B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a common subtype of NHL. It can be used as a single agent or in combination with chemotherapy. NHL refers to a group of cancers of the lymphatic system. These types of cancers can form anywhere ... Read More

Dying man requests expedited Roundup trial date

A man who last month was given a “devastating diagnosis” of having less than six months to live asked a California judge to expedite his case against Monsanto, maker of the weed killer he claims made him sick. But Monsanto’s lawyers said the man’s terminal diagnosis is not grounds for moving up his trial date. Instead, he should be deposed, they said. Emmanuel Richard Giglio is one of several people in a multidistrict litigation blaming Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro pesticides for their non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnoses. They claim the active ingredient in the weed killers – glyphosate – is the ... Read More

FDA approves new drug for patients newly diagnosed with AML

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug for a deadly type of leukemia linked to workplace exposure of benzene. Pfizer Inc.’s Daurismo, which contains the active ingredient glasdegib, is a daily, oral medication for newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, in adults 75 years of age or older who are unable to be treated with intensive induction chemotherapy. Daurismo is taken in combination with a low-dose of the chemotherapy cytarabine (LDAC). It is also the first and only FDA-approved Hedgehog pathway inhibitor for AML. AML is a rapidly progressing bone marrow cancer that has a ... Read More

Renovators of historic hotel cited for improper handling of asbestos

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries fined three companies involved in renovations of the historic Otis Hotel in downtown Spokane nearly $140,000 for mishandling toxic asbestos in the old hotel. Curtis Rystadt purchased the building for $1.4 million in June 2017. His company, Hos and Boz LLC, and Santiago’s Handyman Services, both of Oregon, were hit with a $24,500 fine for violating eight serious and three general worker safety rules, and an additional $45,000 for serious violations regarding hazardous materials. Both companies have appealed the fines. Kent, Washington-based 4 Aces Restoration was hit with a $200 fine for ... Read More

Florida manufacturer fined $400,000 for worker safety violations

Hialeah, Florida-based PGT Industries Inc., operating as CGI Windows and Doors Inc., was hit with nearly $400,000 in fines by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following an inspection prompted after an employee at the plant suffered a partial finger amputation while working on an unguarded punch press. The penalties include the maximum amount allowed by law for worker safety violations that can cause life-altering injury, OSHA said in a statement. The window and door manufacturer was cited for failing to implement a program to inspect mechanical power presses and correct unsafe conditions, and failing to ... Read More

First Roundup trial in federal court to begin February 2019

U.S. District Judge Vince Chaabria selected the first federal trial accusing Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing weed killers of causing cancer. The case of California resident Edwin Hardeman will be tried as a bellwether among more than 620 pending in the federal litigation in February 2019. The trial is scheduled six months after the first case among more than 9,000 went to trial in a California state court. School groundskeeper DeWayne “Lee” Jackson was awarded $289 million after a jury found that his regular use of Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His award was later reduced ... Read More

Asbestos victim advocates call on G20 leaders to ban asbestos

As 20 of the world’s leaders gathered in Buenos Aires, Argentina this week for the G20 summit to address global economic growth, international trade, and the regulation of financial markets, “there will certainly be much talk about markets, labor and more,” says Linda Reinstein, co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). “I feel it is important that these leaders speak about the fact that seven G20 nations – Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, and the U.S. – are still mining, exporting, importing, and/or using asbestos, a known and deadly carcinogen.” Reinstein is a champion for victims of asbestos, ... Read More

$192 Million BP Oil Spill Funds Going to Alabama’s Two Coastal Counties

BP oil spill funds intended to aid in the recovery of the Gulf Coast are ready to be invested in Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey said in an announcement Monday. According to Gov. Ivey, the U.S. Treasury Department has approved Alabama’s plan to invest the funds. The $192.4 million injection of cash will be dispersed among 15 projects proposed by Alabama’s Multiyear Implementation Plan for Gulf Coast Recovery developed by the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council. All of the projects proposed by the AGCR are located in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, which together form Alabama’s entire section of Gulf Coast. The ... Read More

Oil Dispersants Used In Deepwater Horizon Spill Likely Did More Harm Than Good

The chemical oil dispersants BP used in its response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill did little to mitigate the massive spill and likely did more harm than good, researchers from the University of Miami found. A study led by a research team from the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science analyzed polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), the most toxic components of petroleum, from samples taken within a six-mile radius of the Deepwater Horizon blowout site. Despite 3,000 tons (about 770,000 gallons) of Corexit oil dispersants injected near the well head, substantial amounts of oil continued to surface ... Read More

Decontamination kits donated to Florida firefighters

Firefighters are at greater risk than the general public of developing cancer because they often come in contact with carcinogenic fumes, like benzene which can cause blood cancers like acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and materials like asbestos that can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of internal organs like the lungs. In an effort to reduce this risk among firefighters, the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center distributed 4,000 decontamination kits to fire departments across the state. Up to 85 percent of the soot can be removed from the firefighter’s ... Read More