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Tractor-Trailers, Greyhound Crash on Kentucky Highway, Injuring 21

Nearly two dozen people were injured in a highway pileup in Kentucky Tuesday, Jan. 16, involving multiple vehicles, including two tractor-trailers and a Greyhound bus. Bowling Green, Kentucky’s WBKO Channel 13 reported that preliminary investigations found that winter weather conditions played a role in the accident, which occurred before 6 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-65 near Bonnieville, Kentucky. According to Kentucky State Troopers, a tractor-trailer driven by Kenith Miller, 54, of Tampa, Florida, was traveling on I-65 southbound when he struck a Kentucky Transportation Department Safety Patrol truck that was parked in the right emergency lane to assist ... Read More

Makers of blood collection tubes for lead testing system hit with FDA warning letter

Becton Dickinson (BD) & Company was hit with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter for numerous violations of federal law including marketing significantly modified versions of certain blood collection tubes, called BD Vacutainers, without FDA approval and failing to submit medical device reports within the required timeframe. The violations were discovered during an inspection of BD’s New Jersey facility, during which the agency discovered that the company failed to evaluate and investigate a complaint involving variability test results observed when certain BD Vacutainer blood collection tubes were used with Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare test systems. The inspection was part ... Read More

PharMEDium expands recall of compounded drug products

PharMEDium Services LLC is expanding a Dec. 27, 2017, recall to include additional lots of sterile drug products due to the sterility concerns that could cause serious and potentially life-threatening infections to patients. A list of affected products can be found on the company’s website. The recall was expanded because PharMEDium conducted an extensive review of all commercially distributed product lots compounded in the Memphis, Tennessee, location currently within their labeled expiration date in response to a request by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding microbial program controls for the ISO5 environment, personnel glove sampling results, media fill results, ... Read More

Texas Man Injured By E-Cigarette Blast Files Lawsuit

A Houston man whose e-cigarette exploded in his face a year ago, leaving him with serious facial and bodily injuries, has filed a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the lithium-ion battery that allegedly caused the blast and the vape shop that sold it to him. According to the SE TexasRecord, plaintiff Dunta White, a resident of Harris County, claims that H Town Vape Inc., the vape shop where he bought the allegedly defective lithium-ion battery, and LG Chem Ltd., the Korean electronics company that made the battery, are liable for the injuries that the exploding e-cigarette caused. When ... Read More

Heart valve device recalled due to dangerous defect

Edwards LifeSciences is recalling a heart valve device due to a defect that could cause the device to break off inside the patient, which could obstruct blood flow to critical organs leading to severe neurologic, cardiac, limb, renal, or gastrointestinal injuries. The recall involves Edward LifeSciences’ Certitude Delivery System, used for delivery of the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve (THV), which is typically used during a transcatheter aortic valve replacement. The recall is being initiated due to a molding overflow defect in the button vale within the loader. The overflow material could detach during placement of the delivery system ... Read More

FDA limits pediatric use of opioid-containing cough medicines

Prescription cough and cold medicines containing opioids will no longer be indicated for use to treat cough in children younger than 18 because of serious risks that “outweigh their potential benefits with this population,” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a News Release. The agency said it was also adding new safety information for adult use to the drugs’ labels and expanding the Boxed Warning on the products to include additional safety information regarding the risk of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death, as well as slowed or difficult breathing that can result from exposure to these products. ... Read More

OSHA Alliance Focuses on Safety of Women Construction Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it has renewed its alliance with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), launching another five-year pact “to continue promoting safe and healthful working conditions for female construction workers.” OSHA’s alliance with NAWIC is part of the OSHA Alliance Program, which couples the resources and expertise of the federal agency with those of various organizations and institutions committed to improving workplace safety and protecting the rights of workers. The alliance will focus on hazards that are specific to women construction workers or are of particular importance to them, such as personal ... Read More

Measles Exposures Possible at Two Major U.S. airports, Health Officials Warn

Public health officials are warning air passengers and others who passed through two major U.S. airports of a potential exposure to measles due to infected international travelers. Airport authorities at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport have reported passengers that may have spread the measles virus to other people in the airport. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), anyone who visited O’Hare on the morning or afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 10 and who has not had a measles vaccination may need to be tested after a passenger with a confirmed case of the highly ... Read More

Bad Driver Causes Tractor-Trailer To Plummet Off Texas Overpass

A tractor-trailer that was struck by a careless driver plummeted off a highway overpass in Sugar Land, Texas, and landed on top of a Toyota sedan Jan. 11. A spokesman for the Sugar Land Police Department told Houston’s KPRC Channel 2 that it’s a “miracle” nobody was seriously injured or killed in the crash. According to KPRC, authorities said it was raining heavily when a gold-color SUV was spotted driving erratically and weaving in and out of lanes on Highway 59 southbound.  The SUV collided with the tractor-trailer, causing the tractor-trailer to crash into another car. The truck then hydroplaned, ... Read More

California Whistleblower Case Against BP Recovers $102 Million

BP has agreed to pay $102 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought under California’s False Claims Act alleging the oil company intentionally overcharged the state for natural gas for more than a decade. The law firm representing the whistleblower in the case said it is the largest whistleblower settlement involving an oil company in California’s history, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The case started on July 3, 2012, when former BP employee Chris Schroen filed a whistleblower complaint with the state alleging BP was knowingly quoting and charging the state gas prices above the contractual price cap. The ... Read More