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FDA approves first biosimilar treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first biosimilar for the treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A biosimilar is a medication that is similar to a biologic, which is a medicine made from living cells through a highly complex and carefully monitored manufacturing process. Truxima (rituximab-abbs) is a biosimilar to Rituxan (rituximab) and is designed to treat adults with CD20-positive, B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a common subtype of NHL. It can be used as a single agent or in combination with chemotherapy. NHL refers to a group of cancers of the lymphatic system. These types of cancers can form anywhere ... Read More

Bus Driver Faces 33 Criminal Charges For Deadly Pennsylvania crash

A commercial bus driver faces 33 criminal charges in connection with a Pennsylvania bus crash that killed a 33-year-old Cornell graduate and injured a dozen others. Charles Dwight Dixon, 50, of Bronx, New York, was behind the wheel of the Big Red Bullet motor coach when it drove off the side of I-380 near Scranton and crashed in a wooded area. The impact killed Rebecca Blanco, a California transplant who last year graduated from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and lived in New York City. At least 14 people were on the bus at the time of the ... Read More

Texas man files lawsuit after getting sick from romaine lettuce

The first Texas lawsuit has emerged related to the romaine lettuce scare that has sickened dozens of people in 12 states due to E. coli contamination, according to the Southeast Texas Record. Brazos County resident Joe Stratta filed a lawsuit against Beef O’Brady’s Inc., and FSC Franchise Co. LLC, on Nov. 26, in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, alleging the companies manufactured and sold contaminated romaine lettuce. Stratta ate the lettuce in a Caesar salad at a Beef O’Brady’s restaurant in Crestview, Florida. Four days later, he allegedly fell ill with symptoms including “watery diarrhea and ... Read More

Dying man requests expedited Roundup trial date

A man who last month was given a “devastating diagnosis” of having less than six months to live asked a California judge to expedite his case against Monsanto, maker of the weed killer he claims made him sick. But Monsanto’s lawyers said the man’s terminal diagnosis is not grounds for moving up his trial date. Instead, he should be deposed, they said. Emmanuel Richard Giglio is one of several people in a multidistrict litigation blaming Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro pesticides for their non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnoses. They claim the active ingredient in the weed killers – glyphosate – is the ... Read More

E-Cigarette Blast Severely Burns California Toddler and Mom

California mom Paige Kadella heard a strange crackling sound coming from her purse as she was traveling in the backseat of her father-in-law’s car with her 18-month-old daughter Ashlynn. When she bent over to investigate, her purse was engulfed in flames. Her e-cigarette had exploded for unknown reasons and she seriously burned her hands as she frantically tried to put out the fire, screaming for her father-in-law to pull the car over. But Ashlynn, who was strapped into a car seat, suffered the worst injuries. The fire had spread from Ms. Kadella’s purse to her daughter’s car seat, leaving the ... Read More

First Roundup trial in federal court to begin February 2019

U.S. District Judge Vince Chaabria selected the first federal trial accusing Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing weed killers of causing cancer. The case of California resident Edwin Hardeman will be tried as a bellwether among more than 620 pending in the federal litigation in February 2019. The trial is scheduled six months after the first case among more than 9,000 went to trial in a California state court. School groundskeeper DeWayne “Lee” Jackson was awarded $289 million after a jury found that his regular use of Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His award was later reduced ... Read More

Romaine Growers To Implement New Labeling in Wake of Outbreak

The latest multistate outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce has prompted U.S. officials to announce new measures growers have agreed to take that will make future recalls more targeted and efficient. Two days before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised the public to avoid the consumption of all romaine lettuce and other products containing romaine lettuce, despite the source. The sweeping recall was necessary, health officials said, because at the time they lacked the information to accurately trace infections back to a specific source. Since the CDC’s original announcement, the outbreak has ... Read More

Patient neglect rampant at VA nursing homes

A half dozen veterans’ groups representing nearly 5 million members asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve the care at its nursing homes after an investigative report by USA TODAY and the Boston Globe revealed “blatant disregard for veteran safety” at a VA nursing home in Massachusetts. A whistleblower had alerted officials of about possible signs of nursing home neglect at the Brockton VA facility, such as bedside urinals left unemptied and patients being regularly left unchecked. The home knew health officials would be following up on those claims by inspecting the facility for potential signs of neglect. But ... Read More

Bayer to defend Roundup cancer claims ‘by every means available’

Bayer AG, which acquired Monsanto earlier this year, promised to defend itself “by every means available,” against mounting lawsuits that allege Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup causes cancer. Bayer Chief Executive Officer Werner Baumann made the promise last month after a California state judge upheld a jury’s verdict that the herbicide’s active ingredient glyphosate contributed to a school groundskeeper’s terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. Bayer’s $63 billion acquisition of Monsanto Co., boosted the company’s crop science division by 84 percent last quarter, and its adjusted earnings increased about $2.47 billion, beating analysts’ estimates. Baumann says it fully expects the company to meet ... Read More

Jennie-O Recalls Raw Turkey Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

U.S. health officials have announced a recall of raw turkey products they say is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses in multiple states, including one death. On Nov. 15, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, of Barron, Wisconsin, announced it is recalling more than 91,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products. The recall was triggered when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found a sample of Jennie-O raw turkey tested positive for Salmonella Reading – the same Salmonella strain linked to an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections that has sickened at least 164 people in 35 states, including one death in California. The ... Read More