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FDA warns about possibly contaminated cleansing foam

Avoid using Medline Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam manufactured by Shadow Holdings, doing business as Bocci Laboratories, until further notice. The products may be contaminated with several species within the bacteria Burkholder cepacia complex (Bcc), and pose risks to patients with compromised immune systems. As of May 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 10 cases of Bcc linked to use of Medline Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam – seven in Pennsylvania, one in New Jersey, and two in California. The patients were already hospitalized for acute conditions and acquired the infections while in the hospital. ... Read More

Recalled Harbor Freight Chainsaws Pose Serious Injury Risk

Harbor Freight Tools said it is recalling two models of chainsaws sold under different brand names for a switch problem that could seriously injure the operator. The Camarillo, California-based retailer says the power switch on the chainsaw models under recall can malfunction, remaining on after the operator moves it to the off position. The problem can cause lacerations, amputations and other serious injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) May 14 recall notice, Harbor Freight said it received 15 reports of chainsaws failing to shut off. Three of the reports included lacerations to the operator, including one ... Read More

Contractor fined for subjecting employees to fall hazards

Omar Garcia, a framing contractor based out of Auburn, Alabama, has been cited by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for subjecting its employees to eye safety and fall hazards. Omar Garcia faces projected penalties of just over $113,000. The company was working on a project in Pike Road, Alabama when it was observed that some of the employees were performing framework in a residential area with a complete lack of fall protection. Following this observation, OSHA opened an investigation into the company to determine whether this was the only regulation it was neglecting. ... Read More

Connecticut Opioid Clinics Settle False Claims Act Allegations

Connecticut officials announced a joint federal and state False Claims Act settlement with a behavioral health and drug counseling practice and its owners who allegedly cheated the state’s Medicaid program out of more than $1 million. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said that New Era Rehabilitation Center and its co-founder owners Dr. Ebenezer Kolade and Dr. Christina Kolade have agreed to pay $1,378,533 to settle the False Claims Act allegations. “Providers enrolled in Connecticut’s Medicaid program are required to play by the rules,” Attorney General Jepsen said in a statement. ... Read More

California Investigating Tesla For Unsafe Working Conditions

Tesla Inc. is under investigation by California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health following whistleblower allegations that the company was underreporting serious workplace injuries at its Fremont, California, plant. The whistleblower, Justine White, a former Tesla safety manager, told the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal that she was inspired by CEO Elon Musk and wanted to work for him. But what she and her colleagues endured were, in Reveal’s words, “a chaotic factory floor where style and speed trumped safety.” According to Reveal, Ms. White oversaw safety for thousands of workers on Tesla’s general assembly line. She was in charge ... Read More

Spike in drug, device recalls in 1Q 2018

Pharmaceutical and medical device companies issued an unusually high number of recalls during the first quarter of 2018, according to the U.S. Recall Index compiled by Stericycle Expert Solutions. Drug recalls jumped 52 percent to 105 – the highest number since the third quarter of 2013. Most – about 22 percent – were due to failed specifications, a cause that has been leading drug recalls for the seventh consecutive year. Medical device recalls jumped 126 percent to 343 in the first quarter of 2018, more than doubling the number of recalls posted last quarter. It was the largest increase since ... Read More

Drug execs deny fueling opioid epidemic

Four executives from drug distributors told members of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations that their companies did not fuel the nation’s opioid epidemic, but one executive did express “personal regret for judgments that we’d make differently today,” Law360 reported. George Barrett, executive chairman of Cardinal Health, was referring specifically to opioid shipments his company and others made to two pharmacies in West Virginia, including one in Mount Gay-Shamrock, a town of just under 1,900 people, that received more than 16.5 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills from 2006 to 2016. “With the benefit of hindsight, I ... Read More

Minnesota School Bus Driver Facing Distracted Driving Charges

A Minnesota school bus driver is facing more than two dozen charges for distracted driving and other traffic violations after video and audio surveillance recordings captured her using her smartphone to look up jokes while driving and other improper, potentially dangerous behavior. KARE Channel 11 Minneapolis reported that authorities charged 39-year-old Brenda Cartsen of Blaine, Minnesota, with 15 traffic offenses stemming from distracted driving, including reckless and careless driving and child endangerment. According to KARE, a parent of one of the middle school students aboard the bus contacted Ms. Carsten’s employer, Lorenz Bus Service Inc., about the driver’s distracted driving. ... Read More

Fiberglass manufacturer cited for workplace safety hazards

RPS Composites Alabama, Inc., a fiberglass pipe manufacturer based out of Mobile, Alabama, received multiple citations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations of workplace safety regulations that led directly to an amputation of an employee’s finger. The company now faces projected penalties of $74,833. Following the reported incident in which an employee suffered a finger amputation, OSHA opened an investigation to determine why this happened and whether it could have been prevented. During the investigation, OSHA inspectors found that the employee’s hand that had a safety glove on it got caught in ... Read More

Salmonella Infections Linked to Eggs Continue To Rise

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella infection tied to eggs continues to grow, triggering an expansion of a recall on eggs originating from Rose Acre Farms. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contaminated eggs from Rose Acre, which were packaged and sold under a variety of brand names, have sickened at least 35 people, resulting in 11 hospitalizations. The recalled eggs were distributed to stores and restaurants in nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the original recall ... Read More