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Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

Las Vegas doctor arrested for illegally prescribing fentanyl spray

After “Patient A” died from an overdose of the highly potent fentanyl spray Subsys, “hundreds of Subsys canister sprays were found in and around Patient A’s bedroom, bathroom, work place and vehicle,” and the Las Vegas doctor who prescribed him the drug is now facing charges of health care fraud and unlawful distribution of fentanyl, according to a federal jury indictment. Steven Wolper, M.D., allegedly illegally prescribed Subsys to 22 patients and lied that they had cancer to insurance companies and Medicare. Subsys is a highly addictive opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is only approved ... Read More

Drummond to pay $775,000 to settle benzene pollution violations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S Department of Justice, and the Jefferson County Board of Health in Alabama have reached a settlement with Drummond Company over allegations that Drummond’s ABC Coke facility north of Birmingham, Alabama, was releasing 10 times the amount cancer-causing benzene into the air than it was reporting. As part of the settlement, Drummond will pay $775,000 in penalties, which will be equally split between the EPA and the Jefferson County Board of Health. The company will also complete a supplemental environmental project so that it can establish semi-annual monitoring for leaks using a thermal imaging ... Read More

Mesothelioma symposium focuses on development of patient registry

The International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, scheduled for March 25-27 in Bethesda, Maryland, gives families touched by mesothelioma a community where they can interact with clinicians, scientists and advocates as well as patients, caregivers, and other families. It also gives attendees a rare opportunity to learn more about the science of mesothelioma and advances in treatment directly from researchers and clinicians conducting these studies. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. It develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or chest. It can take years for the disease to develop. Once diagnosed, mesothelioma generally proves ... Read More

RA treatment Xeljanz linked to increased risk of pulmonary embolism, death

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated with 10mg twice daily doses of Xeljanz or Xeljanz XR (tofacitinib), were at an increased risk of blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism) and death, according to a safety clinical trial. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved this dosage of Xeljanz RA for patients with RA; only for patients with ulcerative colitis. This issue was discovered during a clinical trial Pfizer was required to conduct when the drug was first approved by the FDA in 2016. The trial was designed to evaluate the risk of heart-related events, cancer and infection ... Read More

Boston Market recalls 86 tons of pork patties

Boston Market is recalling about 86 tons of its boneless pork rib patties because they may be contaminated with bits of glass or hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said in a news release. The patties were distributed by Bellsio Foods and were part of the Boston Market Home Style Meals labeled as Boneless Pork Rib Shaped Patty with BBQ Sauce & Mashed Potatoes. Affected packages have the “Best By” dates of 12/07/2019 and lot code 8341; 01/04/2020 and lot code 9004; 1/24/2020 and lot code 9024; and 02/15/2020 and lot code 9046. ... Read More

Increased risk of death with gout drug Uloric

People treated with the gout drug febuxostat, known by the brand name Uloric, are at an increased risk of death compared to those taking the gout medicine allopurinol, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned in a safety communication. The agency is requiring a boxed warning – its most serious warning – be added to the safety label of febuxostat based on a review of a large, post-market safety study. “This conclusion is based on our in-depth review of results from a safety clinical trial that found an increased risk of heart-related death and death from all causes with Uloric,” ... Read More

183 Amtrak passengers stranded in small snowy Oregon town

An Amtrak train with 183 passengers aboard has been stranded in the tiny town of Oakridge in Oregon since about 9:45 a.m. Sunday, when the Coast Starlight Train 11, traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles, struck a tree that had fallen onto the snow-covered tracks. No one aboard the train was injured, but “conditions further deteriorated with numerous track blockages from snow and fallen trees,” Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari told ABC News. Poor weather conditions have forced road closings in the area. Crews are working to clear the track and were expected to reach the stranded train around 6 a.m. ... Read More

Insys former sales chief dressed as a bottle of fentanyl to boost sales

In 2015, executives from Insys Therapeutics played a parody video during the company’s national sales meeting. Employees rapped to the tune of A$AP Rocky’s “F**kin’ Problems” and encouraged sales staff to boost sales of its potent fentanyl spray Subsys. Toward the end of the video, the company’s former head of sales appeared dressed as a 1,600-microgram bottle of Subsys – the highest dosage available. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t a great idea. The video became evidence this week in a racketeering trial against five former Insys executives, including the Subsys suit-wearing sales manager Alec Burlakoff. Former Insys CEO Michael Babich ... Read More

Singer Ryan Adams accused of exploitation of female musicians

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams took young female artists under his wing and offered to guide their careers, but later exploited and stifled their ambitions, his ex-wife, singer and actress Mandy Moore, told The New York Times. Times reporters talked to seven women who said they were manipulated by Adams or that he pursued them for sex. Their stories were backed up by associates and correspondence. Many times his interest in young artists became romantic in nature. In one case, he befriended a 14-year-old fan and musician, and while they never met in person, over a nine-month period they exchanged sometimes graphic text ... Read More

Company recently headed by Trump nominee established fund for harassed women

The family-owned company where President Donald Trump’s nominee for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently served as CEO has agreed to pay dozens of women $290,000 over sexual harassment claims. Barry Myers, who was nominated to head up NOAA in October 2017, stepped down as CEO of AccuWeather in January, the same month his nomination was resubmitted. The settlement agreement was signed in June by AccuWeather President Joel Myers, older brother of Barry Myers, following an Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs investigation. Officials found that women who worked at the State College, Pennsylvania-based AccuWeather when Barry Myers ... Read More