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Alaska prohibits sales of OTC cough medicine to teens younger than 18

Alaska has become the 11th state to pass a law limiting access of children younger than 18 to over-the-counter cough medicines containing the cough suppressant dextromethorphan (DXM) in an effort to help curb abuse of the medicine among teenagers. DMX is used to temporary relieve coughs caused by minor throat and bronchial irritation caused by the flu or the common cold. It is sold under the brand names Robitussin, Delsym, NyQuil, Dimetapp, and TheraFlu. It is also available in generic. It is sold in syrup, tablet, spray and lozenge forms. DMX side effects at recommended doses include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sedation ... Read More

Jury finds port liable for woman’s workplace injuries

The Port of Bellingham, a government agency in Bellingham, Wash., has been held liable for a woman’s workplace injuries. The Port of Bellingham is responsible for operating two large marinas, port facilities, and the Bellingham International Airport. The federal jury found the Port negligent for failing to repair a control panel on a loading ramp, which collapsed on an employee of Alaska ferries in 2012. According to a report in the Seattle Times, the victim, Mrs. Shannon Adamson, suffered several life-threatening injuries from this incident including two punctured lungs, a lacerated liver, several bone fractures and a severe head injury. ... Read More

Alaska Air Charter Pays Massive Price For Retaliating Against Whistleblower Pilot

An Alaskan aviation company has been ordered to reinstate a pilot and pay him years of back wages and $100,000 in compensatory damages for suspending and firing him, then ostracizing him among the close-knit Alaskan aviation industry, simply because he voiced legitimate concerns about the problems with the company’s operations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that Bald Mountain Air Services of Homer violated federal whistleblower laws when it retaliated against the whistleblower pilot in 2012. The agency said the veteran pilot, with 35 years of aviation experience, repeatedly raised concern over a multitude of safety violations within ... Read More

Every U.S. vehicle has nearly 1 in 5 chance of being under recall, CarFax reports

Any American unaware of the importance of vehicle recalls is in for a rude awakening when they realize how likely it is that they’re affected by one. For example, it was recently announced the Takata airbag recall could include another 90 million vehicles due to airbags that may explode in an accident. The issue has been linked to multiple deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide. Not all recalls are as well-publicized as Takata’s, but that doesn’t make them any less relevant to consumers. According to CarFax, more than 47 million U.S. vehicles have at least one unfixed issue addressed in a safety ... Read More

50 New Illnesses, 2 Deaths Linked Salmonella-Contaminated Cucumbers

A massive outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to cucumbers from Mexico that started last July continues to infect people across the U.S., with 50 more cases reported in 16 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The CDC update was the latest in a series of updates and recall expansions that ran from Sept. 4, 2015 to Nov. 19. To date, 888 illnesses and six deaths have been connected to the same Salmonella outbreak. Illnesses have been reported in 39 states since the outbreak began. Whole genome sequencing of Salmonella isolates collected from sickened people and from ... Read More

Alaska Airlines Pilot Arrested For Piloting Flights While Intoxicated

An Alaska Airlines pilot has been arrested and charged for flying a plane full of passengers while under the influence of alcohol. David Hans Arntson, 60, was arrested Wednesday morning, several months after he was randomly tested at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., immediately following a flight from Portland. Two tests conducted at the airport 15 minutes apart on June 20, 2014, showed that Mr. Arntson had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.134 percent and 0.142 percent.  The legal limit for commercial airline pilots under federal law is 0.10 percent, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sets the ... Read More

NTSB: Front Axle Of Duck Bus “Sheared Off”

Federal investigators said the left front axle was “sheared off” of the amphibious “duck bus” that plowed into a charter bus on a Seattle bridge Thursday afternoon, killing four international students and injuring dozens of others. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that it is too early to tell how the axle became severed from the vehicle, or whether it posed a problem before the crash. Investigators are taking the part to a federal lab for further analysis. The NTSB has called its investigation of the crash a major one. The detached axle in some ways mirrors witness accounts ... Read More

Crash of Alaska Fishing Lodge Float Plane Kills Three

A float plane carrying guests of a fishing lodge and guides crashed near a lake in southwest Alaska Tuesday morning, killing three and injuring up to seven others. The three people killed are all visitors from out of state, Alaska State Troopers reported. Their identities will not be disclosed until authorities have been able to notify their families. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records show that the de Havilland DHC-3 Turbine Otter airplane belonged to the Rainbow King Lodge in Iliamna, Alaska, about 175 miles southwest of Anchorage. KTUU Channel 2 said its attempts to contact the California-based owner of the lodge were ... Read More

Cucumbers Linked To 27-State Salmonella Outbreak

A multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to American-style or “slicer” cucumbers grown in Mexico has sickened hundreds of people in 27 states, federal health authorities said Friday. At least one person has died after becoming infected. Investigators said that the contaminated cucumbers were supplied by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego and grown in Baja, Mexico. The outbreak has not been linked to domestically grown cucumbers. As of Sept. 3, nearly 300 people have been infected and 53 have been hospitalized with Salmonella poisoning linked the cucumbers. The states with the highest number of infections are Arizona (60 ... Read More

The Fraud List: Fresenius Medical Care milks Medicaid with dialysis empire

The Fraud List

Fresenius Medical Care is the largest provider of kidney dialysis services and products in the U.S. The company’s North America division treats more than 170,000 patients in 2,200 dialysis clinics located in 50 states and territories. Many of Fresenius patients are Medicare beneficiaries who require dialysis to treat end-stage kidney disease and other chronic illnesses, which means that the company submits several thousand reimbursement claims to the Medicare program every year. On May 26, 2011, federal authorities announced a settlement between Fresenius, its affiliated companies, and the U.S. government, which underscored how fraud became almost institutionalized, reaching into the upper levels of ... Read More