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OriGen recalls defective catheters

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

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

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

Two tons of chicken kabobs recalled

An estimated 20,000 pounds of Expresco Goods Inc. chicken kabobs have been recalled after U.S. officials found Listeria monocytogenes during a routine foreign shipment inspection of the Canadian company’s imports. Both Expresco and West End Cuisine brand chicken kabobs are under recall, according to Food Safety News. No adverse events have been reported in relation to the fully cooked chicken kabobs packaged on Aug. 9, 2017, and Aug. 15, 2017. However, listeriosis, caused by the germ Listeria monocytogenes, can cause serious infection in those who eat contaminated food, particularly for newborns, those who are pregnant, older adults and people with ... Read More

Man Blames Takata, Toyota For Wife’s Airbag Death

A Connecticut man whose wife was allegedly killed by a defective Takata airbag that exploded inside a 2009 Toyota Corolla has filed a federal lawsuit against both the airbag manufacturer and the automaker. Frederick McKeehan claims his wife was killed when the passenger-side Takata airbag inside their Corolla “exploded violently and with overly aggressive force” on Jan. 13, 2017, in New London County, Connecticut. Mr. McKeehan’s lawsuit, which was filed in a Connecticut federal court, describes the accident as a “moderate speed crash.” Mr. McKeehan suffered only minor injuries in the accident. According to the Connecticut Law Tribune, “The 37-page lawsuit … ... Read More

Benzene Levels in Braintree Exceedingly High

The requested air quality tests for the North Weymouth, Massachusetts, area have been completed, and the benzene level results are concerning. Wicked Local Braintree reports that out of six samples tested by GeoLabs and Phoenix Environmental Laboratories of Connecticut based in Braintree, East Braintree showed to have the highest levels of benzene. The Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS) revealed the results to the town council. Spectra Energy, now known as Enbridge*, plans to build a 7,700-horsepower Fracked-Gas Compressor Station adjacent to the new Fore River Bridge in North Weymouth, which FRRACS says will adversely affect South Shore residents. Benzene is ... Read More

Sig Sauer Sued After Gun Accidentally Shoots Police Officer

A Connecticut police officer has filed a personal injury against gun manufacturer Sig Sauer alleging he was shot when his holstered P320 pistol hit the ground and accidentally discharged. According to Guns.com, Vincent Sheperis, a 34-year-old police officer with the Stamford Police Special Response Team, filed the personal injury lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in New Haven earlier this month, alleging Sig Sauer designed the pistol with a defective safety mechanism – a claim repeatedly made by firearm enthusiasts. Officer Sheperis was loading equipment into a vehicle when his department-issued P320 discharged as it struck the ground, shooting him ... Read More

Papaya recall expanded

More papayas have been recalled for fear they may be contaminated with salmonella, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. Agroson’s LLC of Bronx, New York, is recalling 2,483 boxes of Maradol Papaya Cavi Brand, grown and packaged by Carica de Campeche, and Freshtex Produce of Alamo, Texas, is recalling Valery brand Maradol Papayas also grown and packed by Carica de Campeche, because other brands that buy from this farm have tested positive for salmonella. Affected Agroson’s LLC products were distributed to wholesalers in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey from July 16 to 19, 2017, and were available for sale ... Read More

Cantrell recalls drugs due to sterility issues

Cantrell Drug Company is recalling all lots of its unexpired sterile drug products because the sterility of the products cannot be guaranteed. The products were distributed to health care facilities across the country except to the states of Connecticut, Hawaii, South Carolina and Vermont. Administration of these drug products intended to be sterile that are not sterile could cause serious infections in patients, some of which can be fatal. Despite this, to date, Cantrell has received no reports of adverse events related to this recall. Affected drug products include all lots distributed Feb. 16, 2017, through July 19, 2017, within ... Read More

Fired Hartford Whistleblowers will be Compensated

Three whistleblowers are finally getting some relief after federal authorities determined they were wrongfully terminated from a Hartford, Connecticut, health care facility in retaliation for addressing serious public health concerns. Charter Oak Health Center, which provides health care services to underserved communities in the Hartford area, and its former CEO agreed to settle a complaint initiated in early 2012, when the whistleblowers turned to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for help. According to OSHA, Charter Oak’s interim senior vice-president for operations, director of nursing, and coordinator of its Healthy Start program actively tried or helped with efforts to ... Read More

Doctor Faces False Claims Act charges of Medicaid Fraud

Connecticut initiated a False Claims Act lawsuit against a Norwalk doctor and his practice, alleging they defrauded the state’s Medicaid program out of thousands of dollars by billing it for services that were never performed. “The audacity of the alleged fraudulent conduct in this case is astounding,” said Attorney General George Jepsen. “In one case, this provider billed Medicaid for at least 500 visits to a particular patient that never happened, receiving $80,000 in taxpayer dollars for services never rendered, and at the same time, sought to receive Medicaid benefits himself. “ The state’s False Claims Act lawsuit alleges that ... Read More