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Robinson helicopters associated with post-crash fires

Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters, like the one involved in a fiery crash in Williamsburg, Virginia, earlier this week that set a 10-unit building on fire and killed two people, has a statistically higher accident rate than other helicopters and had been hit with several special airworthiness information bulletins from the Federal Aviation Administration. The R44 is one of the most popular helicopter models in the air even though it has been associated with certain mechanical issues and post-crash fires. Critics say that the helicopter that killed 91-year-old Jean Lonchak Danylko and pilot Henry E. Schwartz, shouldn’t have been in ... Read More

More warnings added to fluoroquinolone antibiotics

The safety labels of a controversial class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, which have been on the market for more than 30 years, will be updated to include a warning that they are linked to blood sugar disturbances, which can lead to coma. The label also will carry a new or updated warning that some types of fluoroquinolones have been associated with a range of mental health side effects. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are approved to treat certain serious bacterial infections. They work by killing or stopping the growth of bacteria that can cause illness. Without treatment, some infections can spread and lead ... Read More

Industry workers more likely at risk for benzene exposure

Factory workers where steel or rubber is made or processed; workers in the printing industry or who work around printing inks; fire fighters who come in contact with toxic smoke; and workers in gas stations, shoe making or repair, and who work in laboratories may be exposed to the highest levels of benzene. The chemical has been linked to serious health complications, including blood cancers like leukemia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Benzene is one of the most widely used chemicals in the U.S., and is mainly used as an agent in the manufacturing of other ... Read More

Jury slaps J&J with landmark $4.69 billion verdict in latest talc trial

A St. Louis jury deliberated less than a full day before slapping Johnson & Johnson with a $4.69 billion verdict for knowingly selling asbestos-tainted talcum powder products to consumers. They said the company is to blame for giving a group of 22 women cancer, six of whom died before the case went to trial. The case, tried in the St. Louis Circuit Court, is the latest alleging talcum powder contains the carcinogen asbestos and can cause consumers to develop cancer. Some lawsuits claim that regular use led to the development of mesothelioma, a form of cancer that develops in the ... Read More

Whistleblower’s Suit Against Roche, Humana Survives Motions to Dismiss

A whistleblower’s $45 million False Claims Act lawsuit alleging Humana and Roche Diagnostics engaged in an illegal kickback scheme and other health care fraud will stand after an Illinois federal judge rejected two motions to dismiss the allegations. Crystal Derrick, a former Roche account manager, filed the whistleblower complaint on behalf of the U.S. government in 2014, HealthPayer Intelligence reports. She alleges that Roche improperly dismissed debt Humana owed to Roche in a bid to keep Roche Diagnostic’s diabetes testing products on Humana’s formularies. The deal also helped bar competitor products from Humana’s formularies, the whistleblower complaint alleged. According to Louisville Business ... Read More

Blister packs of drugs recalled because they are not child resistant

Novartis and Sandoz are recalling several blister packaged prescription medications because they fail to meet child-resistant closure requirements as required by the Poison Prevention Package Act. The companies have received one report of a child consuming the antipsychotic haloperidol from a blister pack. The recall affects about 470,000 units and includes drugs packaged with 3 to 10 tablets per blister card. The blister packs were designed for use in hospitals but some were sent to retail pharmacies and were likely dispensed for in-home use. Novartis products affected by the recall include the anti-nausea drug Zofran ODT (ondansetron) 4mg and 8 ... Read More

Tennessee Boy’s Hot Car Death The 23rd in U.S. This Year

A 3-year-old Tennessee boy who became locked inside a hot car Monday, July 10, has died of heat-related illness. The boy’s grandmother, who is also his guardian, told authorities that a teenager had been babysitting the boy and several others at a neighbor’s house where she had been mowing the lawn, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office reported, according to ABC News. When the grandmother finished mowing the lawn, she and the babysitter realized the boy was missing. They found him locked inside a 2006 Honda Accord parked at the home. Authorities say the boy had been locked inside the car ... Read More

Health Quest Pays $14.7 million To Resolve Whistleblower Allegations

Health Quest Systems Inc. and one of its hospitals will pay $14.7 million to settle three whistleblower complaints filed under the False Claims Act alleging the New York-based hospital system and one of its hospitals submitted inflated and ineligible claims to Medicare for reimbursement. In the settlement announced by the U.S. Department of Justice, Health Quest and Putnam Health Center of Carmel Hamlet, New York “admitted, acknowledged, and accepted responsibility for certain facts involving the submission of improper claims for various health-related services,” the Justice Department said. The whistleblowers alleged that Health Quest submitted for evaluation and management services but ... Read More

Baby wash recalled due to infection risk

Bottles of Splish Splash Gentle Baby Wash made by Saje Natural Wellness are being recalled because they may be contaminated with the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which poses an infection risk to consumers, particularly those with compromised immune systems. The recall affects 8.5 fluid ounce bottles of Saje Natural Wellness Splish Splash Gentle Baby Wash sold individually with the product SKU 700552, and the Lot Number 814020; and 1.7 fluid ounce bottles of Saje Natural Wellness Splish Splash Gentle Baby Wash sold in Wee and Well Gentle Baby Care Kits with the product SKU 700561 and the Lot Number 814020. The ... Read More

One Dead, Several Injured in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin Gas Explosion

A natural gas explosion devastated a block in downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Tuesday night, injuring several people and killing one firefighter. Authorities were evacuating workers, business patrons, and residents from buildings near Sun Prairie’s City Hall when the blast occurred around 7:15 p.m. The evacuations came in response to reports that a contractor struck a four-inch natural gas main line, causing a building in the area to fill with gas. Buildings housing the Barr House, which is a pub at 100 West Main St., and Glass Nickel Pizza at 101 West Main were reportedly destroyed by the gas explosion. Several ... Read More