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OSHA Cites Automotive Hose Manufacturer for Critical Arm Injury

Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has cited an automotive hose manufacturer over a critical arm injury of an employee, resulting in a $70,000 fine. In February 2016, a worker of HBD/Thermoid Inc., based in Dublin, Ohio, was critically injured when his arm became caught in a catapuller, a powerful machine that pulls hoses through their stages of production. The man’s arm was crushed. The machines have safety plexiglass guards on hinges that can be opened when safe and necessary. But there was debate as to whether or not the guard had been left propped open the day before the incident, ... Read More

FDA approves oxycodone combination drug that resists abuse

A powerful combination opioid painkiller whose euphoric effects can be rendered inactive if the drug is tampered with has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The drug’s formulation aligns with the agency’s commitment to combat the misuse and abuse of opioids. “The development of opioids that are harder to abuse is needed in order to help address the public health crisis of prescription drug abuse in the U.S.,” Dr. Sharon Hertz, deputy director of the division of anesthesia, analgesia, and addiction products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an news release. Targiniq ... Read More

FDA rejects drug maker’s request to block generic versions of opioid painkiller

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has vowed to crack down on powerful opioid painkillers that are easily abused and misused; however, the agency this week voted to deny a request by drug maker Endo Health Solutions to block generic competition of its painkiller Opana ER from being approved. Endo says the generic versions are easier to abuse than its brand-name drug. Opana ER is an extended-release drug approved for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It is similar to morphine. Opana is in the opioid class of drugs, which are often crushed and injected or snorted by drug ... Read More