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73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... 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

Women seek centralization of Taxotere hair loss lawsuits

About 350 women suing Sanofi-Aventis and other drug companies for failing to warn about the risk of permanent hair loss from the breast cancer drug Taxotere are calling for the New Jersey Supreme Court to designate the lawsuits as a multicounty litigation under Superior Court Judge James F. Hyland in Middlesex County. Centralizing the lawsuits was recommended because of the large number of cases and the common issues in their claims. Centralized management would conserve judicial resources, provide all those involved with the benefits of coordinated discovery, and minimize duplication, the petition states. The vast majority of the state lawsuits are ... Read More

FDA, CDC investigating multistate E. coli outbreak

Reports of 17 E. coli infections from seven states across the country due to an as-yet undetermined source have prompted an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and state health authorities. The illnesses occurred between March 22 and March 31, 2018, in the following states – Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington. No specific food item has been identified a likely source of the infections at this time. Health authorities are working to determine what those who had been sickened had consumed before they fell ... Read More

‘Cheerleaders for Opioids’ Paid by Drug Makers

The top five manufacturers of opioid drugs set the stage for the nation’s epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction by investing millions of dollars into certain advocacy groups that aggressively promoted use of the highly addictive painkillers, a U.S. Senate committee investigation determined. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee investigation, spearheaded by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), examined the financial ties between the nation’s leading opioid manufacturers and outside organizations, such as patient advocacy groups, professional medical societies, and pain management awareness associations. Sen. McCaskill concluded that the opioid manufacturers invested more than $10 million into these groups, which ... Read More

Purdue will no longer promote OxyContin to doctors

Purdue Pharma, maker of the powerful opioid painkiller OxyContin, under growing pressure and lawsuits from groups blaming the company for fueling the country’s opioid epidemic, will stop promoting its opioids to doctors. From now on, questions and requests for information about Purdue’s opioid products will be handled through direct communications with its medical affairs department, the company said in a statement. “We have restructured and significantly reduced our commercial operation and will no longer be promoting our opioids to prescribers,” the statement said. Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma whittled its sales force in half. Only 200 sales representatives remain in the U.S., ... Read More

Collagen protein supplement recalled, contains undeclared milk

Bulletproof 360 Inc., is recalling one lot of Bulletproof Collagen Protein dietary supplement, promoted for tissue, muscle and bone recovery after exercise, because the product contains undeclared milk. People with allergies or severe sensitivity to milk are at risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. The recall affects lot #1017088 of Bulletproof Collagen Protein, packaged in a 16-ounce composite-film bag. It has the UPC 8 15709 -2115 3 printed on the label, along with the expiration date, listed as EXP03/19. All other lots of Bulletproof Collagen Protein and other products purchased at bulletproof.com are not ... Read More

Insys rep’s opioid kickback trial pushed to September

A trial involving a former sales manager for drugmaker Insys Therapeutics Inc., accused of paying kickbacks to doctors to prescribe the company’s fentanyl-based opioid painkiller, has been pushed back to September, a Connecticut federal judge ruled. Both the government and Jeffrey Pearlman had requested a delay of the trial, originally set for February, after new discovery responses and possible state charges poured in. Pearlman was also scheduled for back surgery. The new trial date was set for Sept. 26, ample time for both parties to comb through hundreds of thousands of new documents, as well as for the Connecticut attorney ... Read More

Shredded coconut linked to salmonella outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut, distributed by Evershing International Trading Company. The outbreak has sickened at least 25 people in nine states. Six of those infected were hospitalized. To date, no deaths have been reported. On Jan. 3, 2018, Evershing International Trading Company recalled all 16-ounce packages of Coconut Tree Brand Frozen Shredded Coconut after the product was identified by Massachusetts officials as the source of ... Read More

Congresswoman Slams CDC Over ‘Slow’ Response To E. Coli Outbreak

U.S Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut) slammed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its “stunning lack of guidance” and “slow and insufficient response” to a deadly outbreak of E. coli that Canadian health authorities linked to contaminated romaine lettuce. Rep. DeLauro, who often champions food safety issues, sent her harsh rebuke to CDC director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, criticizing the agency’s lack of initiative in informing Americans about the E. coli outbreak. In the letter, Rep. DeLauro suggests the CDC’s delay could have cost U.S. consumers their life. “CDC’s stunning lack of guidance to consumers regarding this outbreak is ... Read More