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Physiomesh Found to be Shredded Inside Woman’s Abdomen

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A new lawsuit against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson was filed after a woman’s Physiomesh shredded inside her body. Jo Ann Lax of Lafe, Arkansas underwent a laparoscopic surgery to repair an umbilical hernia on Oct. 27, 2014. The surgeon, Dr. Robert Warner Jr., implanted Lax with Physiomesh 15×15 cm. in size. The mesh was designed to reinforce the tissue affected by the hernia, to allow Lax to return to life as normal. When Lax began experiencing pain at the hernia site, it was determined that the hernia mesh must have failed. On May 28, 2015, Lax underwent an additional surgery to have ... Read More

OriGen recalls defective catheters

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OriGen Biomedical is recalling two lots of its VV28F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters because the clear extension tube may separate from the hub that it is inserted in, which could cause damage or impairment to the patient if there is not immediate intervention. To date, one adverse event related to these recalled products has been reported. The VV28F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters that fall under the recall include lot number N18487, with the manufacture date of Aug. 14, 2014, and the expiration date of Aug. 30, 2018; and the not number 18487-1, with the manufacture date of April ... Read More

Arkansas Woman Alleges Physiomesh Severely Injured Her

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An Arkansas woman who alleges Physiomesh is responsible for her severe injuries has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer in a case that is now part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Georgia. Jennifer Stone was implanted with a Physiomesh hernia repair mesh on June 29, 2011, for the repair of a ventral hernia. The mesh device, made polypropylene with four additional layers, is designed to bridge the gap of a hernia with the intention of allowing it to heal. Later, Stone says she had no choice but to undergo invasive medical treatments from the complications ... Read More

Five Alabama cities among most opioid addicted in country

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Four Alabama cities rank among the top 15 cities with the highest rate of opioid abuse in the U.S. The list was compiled by health care information company Castlight Health, which used anonymous data on medical and pharmacy claims to determine which parts of the U.S. were hardest hit by the opioid crisis. The results shed a grim light on Alabama, one of the states where physicians aren’t required to check a database before writing a prescription for opioids, and other portions of the South. Nearly a third of all opioid prescriptions are abused, which translates to higher health costs ... Read More

Hours-of-Service Rules Relaxed In Wake of Harvey Flooding

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Federal transportation officials have declared a state of emergency relaxing hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers in 26 states to help expedite the overland shipment of fuel in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made the announcement August 31 in response to “fuel shortages due to refinery delays and interruption of delivery through pipelines as a result of damage from Tropical Storm Harvey.” The storm dropped a record amount of rainfall in Houston and other parts of coastal Texas and Louisiana, resulting in the loss of power to major U.S. oil refineries, including ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Likely Linked To Arkansas Restaurant

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Arkansas health officials investigating an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses say epidemiological tests conducted so far point to a restaurant in Stuttgart, Arkansas, to be the likely source of the foodborne illness. As many as 30 people have been sickened by Salmonella infection possibly tied to the outbreak, but only four of those have been confirmed. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) said that it continues to collect biological specimens from patients reporting to hospitals with symptoms of Salmonella infection. The ADH said that its tests so far suggest that the Chuck Wagon Restaurant in Stuttgart is the likely source of the ... Read More

Cold meds recalled due to possible contamination

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Centurion Labs is recalling two lots of its cold and allergy medication Ninjacof manufactured by Vilvet of Dania Beach, Florida, and distributed by Centurion Labs because the products may be contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia, a bacteria that can be serious or even life threatening to some individuals. The recall was initiated after Centurion was notified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the potential contamination after the agency discovered the product may have been manufactured in a Pharmatech facility in Davie, Florida, the manufacturing company at the center of several medication recalls. Use of a product that contains B. ... Read More

Arkansas Woman Joins Thousands in IVC Filter Lawsuit

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An Arkansas woman has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of her IVC filter, joining thousands of others seeking justice for their pain, which they say is a result of the medical device. Kelly B. was the recipient of a Gunther Tulip made by Cook Medical LLC for the prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE), a deadly condition in which a blood clot travels through the blood stream and reaches the lungs. The device was implanted on May 23, 2011, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock by Dr. Kenneth V. Robbins. Kelly says she was injured when the filter failed, resulting ... Read More

Statin recalled due to labeling mixup

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International Laboratories LLC is recalling one lot of pravastatin tablets, a generic version of the cholesterol-lowering statin Pravachol, because the bottle may contain bupropion, a generic version of the antidepressant Wellbutrin. This labeling mixup could cause a patient to suffer potential serious side effects. For example, someone who mistakenly takes bupropion could experience nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, headache, constipation, sweating, sore throat, diarrhea, dizziness, restlessness and blurry vision. These are typically minor and reversible side effects. But people with epilepsy are at higher risk of seizure on bupropion because it lowers the seizure threshold. Also, people taking MAOIs can have ... Read More

Georgia Quarry Mining Death Triggers Investigation

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Federal investigators are looking for answers in a mining accident that killed a quarry worker last month near Athens, Georgia. Online Athens reports that officials with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will be at Blue Sky Quarries in Oglethorpe County to interview witnesses, inspect the work site and equipment, and “ultimately, write up a report of their findings, which may include enforcement against the mine operator,” MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere said, according to Online Athens. The accident occurred when 36-year-old Matthew Walter Kanala IV of Elberton, Georgia, was driving wedges into a section of rock at the ... Read More