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Florida Nursing Home Probed After Death of Severely Sunburned Resident

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A Florida nursing home already on the state’s “watch list” of problem facilities is being investigated for possible abuse and neglect after the weekend death of a 65-year old resident who had been left in the sun on a 90-degree day. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Pinellas Park police said Wilbert Henry Moten, as wheelchair-bound resident of Gracewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, was taken to the hospital around 6:15 p.m. Saturday covered with second-degree burns and blisters and displaying symptoms of dehydration after being left in the sun for much of the day Saturday. He died later in the ... Read More

Florida compounding pharmacies owner faces charges for manufacturing, distributing ‘adulterated’ drug products


The owner of several Florida compounding pharmacies is facing charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for manufacturing and distributing drug products that were “adulterated and misbranded in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).” Paul W. Franck of Ocala, Fla., owned and operated numerous compounding pharmacies in Florida over the past two decades, including Franck’s Lab Inc., doing business as Franck’s Compounding Lab and Trinity Care Solutions. The FDA says drug products compounded at Franck’s pharmacies are considered adulterated “because they contained filthy, putrid, or ... Read More

Flight School Plane Crashes In South Florida Neighborhood, Three suffer burn injuries


POMPANO BEACH, Florida — A twin-engine airplane used to train student pilots crashed into a suburban Pompano Beach, Fla., neighborhood Monday, severely injuring a flight instructor and two international students. Officials cordoned off a section of five homes in the Harbor Village neighborhood of Pompano Beach that made up the debris field. A Beechcraft 76 registered to Florida Aviation Academy had just taken off when it sputtered downward and clipped a home before crashing and exploding in a back yard. The pilot, Geoffrey White, 40, and his two passengers Sylvia Mena, 23, of Ecuador, and Fernando Diaz, 25, of Peru, all ... Read More

Frozen vegetables recalled due to possible listeria contamination

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CRF Frozen Foods, based in Pasco, Wash., is recalling 15 of its frozen vegetable items due to concerns that the frozen foods may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Listeria was found in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and organic white sweet cut corn during routine testing at the facility by Ohio health officials. Affected products were distributed to retailers and distribution centers between Sept. 13 and March 16, 2016, to the following states – Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, ... Read More

Unconnected Hoverboard Suddenly Explodes Inside South Florida Home

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A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., family escaped injury Friday morning when a hoverboard that had been sitting idle, unconnected to a charger, suddenly exploded inside their home. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, which posted a picture of the charred device to social media, said the family was able to extinguish the flames before they arrived. “It was an explosion and I was like the roof is coming down or something,” Kaudrica Hunter told Fort Lauderdale’s Local 10 News. “I never once thought it was the hoverboard.” Ms. Hunt told the station her son heard a spark and then the hoverboard exploded where ... Read More

Woman Paralyzed By Takata Airbag Injuries In 2014 Dies

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JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — A Jacksonville, Fla., woman who sued Japanese auto supplier Takata after her airbag exploded with excessive force and left her paralyzed has died from her injuries. Patricia Mincey is now believed to be the 11th person in the U.S. to die from injuries caused by defective Takata-made airbags, which may have hypersensitive inflators that deploy the airbags too forcefully, often exploding and spraying car occupants with metal shrapnel. Ms. Mincey was driving her 2001 Honda Civic in Jacksonville in June 2014 when she ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. What should have been a ... Read More

HSV, Strep test kits recalled due to risk of inaccurate reading


Focus Diagnostics is recalling laboratory examination kits supplied with Simplexa Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 Direct and Simplexa Group A Strep Direct kits containing the Direct Amplification Discs due to a defect that could yield false positive, false negative, or invalid test results. Inaccurate diagnostic test results may lead to improper patient treatment for Herpes or Strep, which may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death. The issue involves poor lamination between the sample reaction wells, which may lead to leakage into adjacent wells causing cross-contamination between samples. The recall has been identified as a Class 1, the most ... Read More

FDA warns of illegal ingredient in body building supplement


Invisiblu International LLC is recalling one lot of Continuum Labs LGD-Xtreme, marketed as a body building supplement to promote lean muscle mass, because it was found to contain LGD-4033 Ligandrol, an investigational drug not approved for use in the United States. The risks associated with using this product are unknown, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. LGD-4033 Ligandrol is a testosterone-boosting supplement that was detected in Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier, which led to his suspension from the team. The University of Florida denied the claims. But the news reportedly led to a boom in sales of the illegal supplement. ... Read More

Marines Conclude March In Honor Of Blackhawk Crash Victims


Last month a group of 14 Marines and three family members set out on a continual 10-day 770-mile relay march from Navarre, Fla., to Camp Lejeune, N.C., in honor of the seven Marines and four Army National Guardsmen who died in a helicopter crash during a training mission. The U.S. Marines Raiders made the symbolic ruck march through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina a year and a day after an Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed in the Santa Rosa Sound between Navarre and Navarre Beach on March 10, 2015. A military investigation concluded the crash was caused by ... Read More

Worker’s Finger Amputation Prompts Federal Inspection Of Florida Wire Plant


A 37-year-old machine operator employed by Eastern Wire Products of Jacksonville, Fla., had part of a finger amputated by an improperly guarded machine – a workplace accident that spurred a federal safety inspection that turned up multiple other safety violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Eastern Wire on March 28 for one repeated, 13 serious, and two other-than-serious safety violations that put workers at risk of injury or even death. The company, which employs about 40 workers, manufactures wire products and distributes them nationwide. According to OSHA, the worker was attempting to remove a piece of jammed wire ... Read More