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Walmart Pharmacist Awarded $31 Million For Whistleblower Retaliation, Gender Discrimination

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A New Hampshire federal jury ordered Walmart Stores Inc. to pay $31 million in damages to a former Walmart pharmacist who alleged she was wrongfully fired in retaliation for voicing concerns over pharmacy safety and gender discrimination. Maureen McPadden had worked as a pharmacist at Walmart’s Seabrook pharmacy for 13 years when she was fired in November 2012 under the pretext, she claimed, of losing a pharmacy key. Ms. McPadden, 51, argued that the true reason she was fired was for sounding the alarm to store management that customers were being endangered because inadequately trained pharmacy technicians were filling prescriptions improperly. ... Read More

50 New Illnesses, 2 Deaths Linked Salmonella-Contaminated Cucumbers

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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

Brain navigation systems recalled due to inaccuracies

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Brainlab is recalling the Cranial IGS System and Brainlab Cranial Navigation System, a type of brain navigation system used by neurosurgeons to guide them within the confines of the skull or vertebral column during surgery, due to inaccuracies in the display by the navigation compared to the patient’s anatomy. This could lead to inaccurate, ineffective medical procedures, and serious life-threatening injuries including death. The recall includes all existing versions before Cranial 3.0 of the Brainlab Cranial IGS System and Brainlab Cranial Navigation Systems. The systems were distributed from May 1996 to May 2015. The recall affects 1,021 units in Arkansas, ... Read More

Consumer Sues Sunbeam Over Electric Blanket Burn Injuries

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PITTSBURGH, Penn. – A Pittsburgh-area woman who claims to have received first- and second-degree burns on her head and face while using an electric blanket has filed a federal lawsuit against Sunbeam Products, alleging it negligently manufactured the blanket. The plaintiff, who filed the complaint in a Western Pennsylvania federal court, seeks more than $250,000 in damages and any additional compensation the court finds suitable, the Penn Record reported. The plaintiff’s attorney told the Penn Record that the woman fell asleep using her electric blanket. When she woke up, she found the blanket had heated excessively where she had it pressed ... Read More

Woman claims nausea drug Zofran caused birth defects

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An Arkansas mother is suing the makers of the anti-nausea drug Zofran claiming the medication caused her son to be born with multiple birth defects. Jody Huffmaster filed her lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), maker of Zofran. The medication contains the drug ingredient ondansetron and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat nausea during chemotherapy and following surgery. Between 2002 and 2003, GSK began promoting the drug as a treatment for morning sickness even though there were no controlled studies to prove the drug was safe ... Read More

Panel consolidates Bair Hugger lawsuits into MDL

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Fourteen lawsuits waged against 3M Company and its subsidiary Arizant Healthcare Inc., over infections allegedly caused by the companies’ post-surgical warming blanket have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) under U.S. District Judge Joan N. Ericksen. Nine of the 14 cases were filed in Minnesota. The others were filed in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Ohio and Texas. At least 51 other lawsuits involving the warming blankets are pending in federal courts and could likely be added to the MDL. The lawsuits claim the companies Bair Hugger warming blanket, which warms and maintains patients’ body temperature during and after surgery, blew ... Read More

Poultry Industry Conditions Dangerous and Unfair, Oxfam Report Finds

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Oxfam America has released a new report exposing the extreme hazards and hardships workers in America’s poultry industry continue to endure, despite claims by several industry leaders that employees are treated fairly and that conditions are improving. According to the Oxfam report, Lives on the Line, hazardous plant conditions lead to alarmingly high rates of illness and injury. At the same time, industry practices are designed to discourage workers from reporting violations that directly affect their health and well-being and the employees are prohibited from organizing to push for better conditions and protections. “He told us ‘you shouldn’t drink so ... Read More

Six Killed, Six Injured In Arkansas Bus Crash

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A charter bus carrying passengers from Michigan to Texas crashed into a bridge in central Arkansas early Friday morning, killing six people and injuring six others. Arkansas State Police reported that the bus crash occurred about 1 a.m. Friday morning in the westbound lanes of I-40 in the Little Rock Metropolitan area. The bus allegedly struck a bridge abutment near the U.S. 67-167 intersection, which requires unusual lane changes to remain on the desired route. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it was sending investigators to Little Rock to probe the crash, which involved no other vehicles. Investigators will ... Read More

Recall: Metal shavings found in some jars of Skippy peanut butter

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Jars of Skippy peanut butter are being pulled from store shelves over concerns that some may contain metal shavings. The recall involves 153 cases – or 1,871 pounds – of 16.3-ounce jars Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread with a “Best If Used By” date of DEC1416LR1 with a package UPC code of 37600-10500. The peanut butter was sent to distributors for Publix, Target and Walmart stores in Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware and Arkansas. Hormel Foods Sales initiated the recall after metal shavings were discovered during an in-line magnet check during routine cleaning. The Food ... Read More

ExxonMobil Ordered to Pay $2.6 Million For Pegasus Pipeline Disaster

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Federal regulators hit ExxonMobil with a $2.6 million fine and sharply rebuked the oil giant for its failure to maintain and detect problems with its 65-year-old Pegasus pipeline, which burst underneath an Arkansas community in March 2013, flooding it with about 210,000 gallons of highly toxic, dense tar sands oil. In an Oct. 1 order delivered to the oil company, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) faulted ExxonMobil for a number of deficiencies it said contributed to the spill that forced residents of Mayflower, Ark., about 25 miles north of Little Rock, to evacuate. Twenty-two families had to ... Read More