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Lawsuits filed over injuries allegedly caused by Ethicon’s Physiomesh for hernia repair

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A Florida woman is suing Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon alleging the company’s Physiomesh device implanted in her during hernia repair embedded into her abdominal wall, blocked her intestines and caused her chronic pain. Her lawsuit comes just five months after an Illinois man filed a similar lawsuit over Ethicon’s Physiomesh alleging the device caused him to develop an infection, two abscesses and an intestinal fistula. Physiomesh is a fibrous plastic device that is intended for hernia repair. It is made from polypropylene, the same product used in Ethicon’s controversial transvaginal mesh, which has been the subject of hundreds of lawsuits ... Read More

Two Lawsuits Filed In Florida Over E-Cigarette Explosion Injuries

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A Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., man has filed a lawsuit against an e-cigarette manufacturer, distributer, and retailer after the vaping device exploded in his mouth at work, leaving him with severe burns and facial injuries. According to the Orlando Sentinel, James Lauria was taking a break from his job as a concierge at the Beach House in Destin on July 29, 2015, when the e-cigarette he had purchased at a local vape shop in June exploded. The blast and subsequent fire punctured the roof of Mr. Lauria’s mouth, leaving with a “gaping hole all the way through to his naval ... Read More

Texas reports first local Zika transmission outside Florida

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The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is reporting its first case of a person infected with the Zika virus likely spread through a mosquito bite, making it the first reported instance of local Zika transmission in the U.S. outside of Florida. Several people have been diagnosed with Zika in Texas but all have acquired the virus either by traveling to a country where the virus is rampant, or by having sexual intercourse with someone who had traveled to affected areas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC). The virus causes symptoms in about 20 percent ... Read More

30,000-Plus Floridians At Serious Risk Of Takata Airbag Injury, Officials Warn

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Florida and Honda officials sent out a special warning to motorists last week urging owners of certain 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles to immediately refrain from driving the cars unless it’s to a Honda dealership to have the Takata airbags replaced. “It is extremely important that Floridians know that certain 2001-2003 model Honda and Acura vehicles equipped with Takata airbag inflators are causing serious injuries or death as a result of an inflator rupture. These need to be replaced ASAP,” said Honda in a news release on Monday. The warning echoes an earlier notice the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ... Read More

Former NFL players seek workers compensation from league for ‘living CTE’

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The National Football League (NFL) continues to suffer headaches from former players seeking compensation for long-term health problems they say were caused by repeated head blows suffered during their football careers. Earlier this month, 38 former NFL players asked a Florida federal court to direct the League and 32 of its clubs to provide workers compensation benefits to players living with the degenerative brain disease CTE, also known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which they claim is caused by repeated head blows. The players are asking the NFL to amend its collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association to cover ... Read More

New Monster energy drinks launched as consumer groups fight for warnings

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Monster Beverage Corp., maker of the energy drink Monster, is expanding its product portfolio to include a 20-ounce carbonated soft drink called Mutant and a bottled water energy drink called Monster Hydro. Mutant is what its makers call a “super soda,” packed with 115 mg of caffeine per 20 oz. bottle, a tad higher than other beverages in the category like Mtn Dew. In fact, PepsiCo’s Mtn Dew, Diet Mtn Dew and Kickstart are the Mutant’s main targets, says Rodney Sacks, chairman and CEO of Monster. The company’s Hydro, a non-carbonated energy hydration drink, is expected to hit the market ... Read More

Two Florida Pharmacies Pay $750K To Settle Whistleblower Allegations of Medicare, Medicaid Fraud

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Two Florida pharmacies have agreed to pay the U.S. government $750,000 to settle allegations brought by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act that they overcharged Medicare and Medicaid for generic prescriptions and billed the health care programs for drugs they never dispensed. Lee Bentley III, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, said that Lemon Bay Drugs North Inc. and Brooksville Drugs Inc. provided Medicare and Medicaid patients generic versions of certain medications, but charged the health care programs for the brand-name versions of those drugs. The settlement also resolves allegations that the pharmacies knowingly submitted false claims by ... Read More

DEA classifies powerful opioid U-47700 as Schedule I drug

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified the synthetic opioid drug U-47700 as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, a designation for substances that have a potential for dependence or abuse such as LSD, heroin and morphine. U-47700, also known as pinky or pink, is an opioid analgesic drug that was developed by Upjohn in the 1970s, but has never been studied in humans. It is currently being made by chemical companies in China. It is about 7.5 times more potent than morphine. The drug has been found in powder form as well as pressed into pills as counterfeit tablets ... Read More

Rental Car Insurer Can’t Hide Behind Avis For Overcharges, Class Action Argues

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The lead plaintiff in a proposed class action lawsuit accusing Ace American Insurance Co. of charging tax and hidden fees on optional insurance for vehicles rented at Florida airports has asked the presiding judge not to dismiss the case, arguing the insurer is trying to escape its liability for the fees by claiming the Avis car rental agency imposed the charges. Plaintiff Stephen Morgan, who is represented by the Beasley Allen law firm, filed the class action against Ace after he reserved a car through Avis Rent A Car at the Jacksonville International Airport. Mr. Morgan rented the car for ... Read More

Publix Recalls Cookie Dough Ice Cream Over Listeria Concerns

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The cookie dough that triggered a recall of Blue Bell ice cream last month over possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination has now prompted a recall of ice cream made and sold by Publix Supermarkets. The Lakeland, Fla.-based grocery chain has issued a recall of its Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream after supplier Aspen Hills warned the company of potential Listeria contamination. Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, Iowa, made the cookie dough used in certain Blue Bell and Publix ice cream. The Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream was sold at Publix stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee with a ... Read More