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Truck driver in deadly California tour bus crash had safety violations, expired registration

The driver of a truck that spilled its load of metal pipes onto a California highway early Wednesday morning, killing four tour bus passengers and injuring several others, was operating with a blemished safety record and an expired registration, the Orange County Register reported Thursday. Driver Victor Esteban Galvan, the owner-operator of VG Transport, which he runs out of his Rialto, Calif., home, had hours-of-service violations for driving more than eight hours without taking a break and an expired medical certificate. Registration for the tractor trailer he was driving at the time of the crash had expired in January, according ... Read More

Skin reaction warning added to Excedrin Migraine over-the-counter pain reliever

Safety labels of over-the-counter pain reliever Excedrin Migraine have been updated to include a warning for serious skin reactions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. Symptoms of this allergic reaction include skin reddening, blisters and rash. Consumers who use this medicine and develop a skin reaction are advised to stop use and seek medical attention right away. Excedrine Migraine contains 250 mg acetaminophen, 250 mg aspirin and 65 mg caffeine. This combination of drugs is used to treat pain caused by tension headaches, migraine headaches, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, arthritis, toothaches, the common cold, and nasal congestion. In 2013, ... Read More

Four killed in Southern California bus crash after tractor trailer spilled cargo

Four people were killed and about two dozen others injured after a tour bus crashed on I-10 in Southern California near the Arizona border. California Highway Patrol (CHP) authorities reported that a tractor trailer hauling metal pipes jackknifed around 2 a.m. Wednesday near Blythe, Calif., throwing the cargo off of the truck and into the opposite traffic lanes where the tour bus was traveling. Two other vehicles were involved in the crash, but all of the fatalities were bus passengers. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people outside the bus were injured. The tour bus was carrying 32 people. One ... Read More

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against dialysis provider Fresenius Medical Care

Immediately after Beverly Stockton received hemodialysis treatment at Fresenius Medical Care in Charleston, W.Va., she suffered cardiac arrest and died. Her husband James Stockton is suing Fresenius, the largest provider of dialysis products and services, for her wrongful death. James’ lawsuit alleges that his wife was given the dialysis concentrate GranuFlo, which had confusing dosing instructions that caused his wife to receive toxic levels of bicarbonate, an ingredient in GranuFlo. Elevated bicarbonate can cause heart problems including sudden cardiac arrest. The complaint claims that long before his wife received her fatal dose of GranuFlo, Fresenius executives had received, but disregarded, ... Read More

School bus strikes and kills pedestrian in “inherently dangerous” NYC intersection

A school bus crash that killed a pedestrian a New York City crosswalk Thursday occurred at an intersection that has become notorious for the number of driver and pedestrian injuries that have occurred there. According to various media reports, the driver of a school bus carrying six students ages 5 to 11 appeared to have been trying to get the bus through the intersection of 93rd St. and 2nd Ave. before the yellow light turned red and didn’t see the pedestrian who had entered the crosswalk. The bus struck and ran over the pedestrian, a woman who appeared to have ... Read More

Fresenius faces lawsuits for patent infringement

Fresenius Kabi, one of four business segments of the worldwide dialysis giant Fresenius Medical Care, was slapped with a lawsuit this week alleging that the company was violating patents for the cancer dug Isodax. Drug makers Celgene Corp. and Astellas Pharma claim that Fresenius Kabi filed an abbreviated new drug application with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manufacture and sell a generic version of romidepsin for injection. The companies allege that doing so violates two active patents. Isodax is used to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, in patients who have received at least one ... Read More

FDA panel rejects new opioid painkiller combining morphine, oxycodone

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has voted unanimously not to recommend the approval of a powerful new prescription painkiller designed to deliver faster relief with fewer side effects. Moxduo is the first drug to combine morphine and oxycodone in one capsule. It is intended to treat moderate to severe pain, such as that associated with accidents and major surgery. Panel members said the drug’s developer QRxPharma did not adequately prove that Moxduo provides better pain relief than morphine or oxycodone alone, nor that the drug is less likely to cause potentially fatal respiratory depression compared to its ... Read More

Too many children prescribed codeine despite black box warnings

At least a half million children are prescribed medications containing the potent painkiller codeine during emergency room visits each year despite warnings that the drug be used sparingly in children because it can be fatal in some circumstances, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Only about 3 percent of emergency room visits involving children resulted in a codeine prescription in 2010; however, with more than 25 million ER visits for children each year, that still translates to too many children being treated with the drugs. Codeine is an opioid pain reliever used to treat mild to moderate ... Read More

Federal judge blocks Massachusetts ban of new painkiller Zohydro

Drug maker Zogenix Inc., won another battle in its war to get its controversial painkiller Zohydro on the market. This week, a Massachusetts federal judge blocked plans by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to ban prescriptions and sales of the newly approved narcotic in the state in an attempt to curb a growing trend of prescription drug abuse. Zogenix filed a lawsuit alleging the move was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Rya Zobel ruled that the ban conflicted with federal laws, which take precedence against state laws when the two are in conflict. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zohydro ... Read More

Merck offers $100 million to settle NuvaRing lawsuits

Plaintiff’s lawyers are meeting in Las Vegas this week to determine whether enough claimants opted in on a $100 million settlement offered by Merck & Co. for its contraceptive NuvaRing, which has been linked to life threatening blood clots. Under the agreement, 95 percent of the estimated 3,800 claimants must opt in. The average payment would be about $58,000, however each claim would be reviewed by attorneys using a formula that adds points based on injuries, and subtracts points for those who are smokers or who are underweight. Lawyers representing women who have filed NuvaRing lawsuits against Merck & Co. ... Read More