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Blood thinner recalled over drug ingredient mixup

International Laboratories LLC is recalling one lot of the blood thinner Clopidogrel because the pills may contain the cholesterol-lowering statin Simvastatin instead. The recall affects Lot # 117099A of Clopidogrel Tabloets, USP 75mg, packaged in bottles of 30 tablets. The affected lot was delivered to distribution centers in Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, California and Maryland, and then distributed to retail stores throughout the U.S. Patients prescribed Clopidogrel, the active drug ingredient in Plavix, who miss doses of this medication are at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, both of which can be life threatening. Additionally, unintentional consumption of Simvastatin, ... Read More

The Walking Dead Production Cited for Stuntman’s Death

The producers of AMC’s hit television series The Walking Dead have been hit with a federal penalty after an investigation triggered by a stuntman’s death on the show’s Georgia set last summer. Thirty-three-year-old stuntman John Bernecker was shooting at The Walking Dead’s filming location in Senoia, Georgia, on July 12, 2017, when he fell head-first off a balcony and landed on a concrete floor more than 20 feet below. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Deputy Sheriff J.P. Traylor, the first responder to arrive at The Walking Dead set where the fatal accident occurred, said Mr. Bernecker was supposed to fall ... Read More

Equifax Data Breach Lawsuits Consolidated For MDL in Georgia

Lawsuits against the credit reporting company Equifax over last year’s data breach have been consolidated in a Georgia federal court for multidistrict litigation (MDL). The lawsuits that have been centralized in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia include class actions filed by consumers who claim the breach violated their privacy and exposed them to identity theft and by banks and other financial institutions that have racked up considerable expense in responding to the breach on behalf of their customers. The Equifax data breach occurred in mid-May 2017 and continued undetected through at least June, exposing the data ... Read More

Amtrak Train Derails in Savannah Station

An Amtrak train hauling more than 300 passengers and crew from Miami to New York City derailed at the Savannah, Georgia, station Wednesday night. Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams told the Associated Press that the derailment occurred as the Silver Meteor train #98 was backing into the Savannah station. The last three cars of the train – a baggage car and two sleeper cars – left the tracks but remained fully upright. No injuries were reported. The derailment occurred as a historic snowstorm was pummeling the Savannah area and other parts of the Eastern Seaboard. Passenger Joel Potischman, who was traveling ... Read More

T. Marzetti Recalls Frozen Biscuits Over Listeria Concerns

T. Marzetti Company, the manufacturer of biscuits and other baked goods sold under various brand names, said on Tuesday that it is recalling a number of products because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. So far no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products, which are not ready to eat and require cooking, which reduces the risk of causing illness. Still, if the baking instructions are not properly followed or the product is mishandled, the risk of contracting listeriosis remains. Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in young children, elderly people, and others with ... Read More

NZ residents push for ban of hernia mesh

New Zealand’s medical authority Medsafe has banned the use of surgical mesh for gynecological procedures like pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, effective Jan. 4, 2018. Now some residents are calling for an even wider ban of the products, arguing that similar complications can occur when the mesh is used for hernia repair and it should be banned outright. Karyn Freer was implanted with a hernia mesh but was in so much pain that she underwent surgery to remove the mesh. She died in June 2014, while still recovering from hernia mesh removal surgery. Mesh for hernia repair as ... Read More

Hernia repair mesh leaves woman in chronic pain, financial distress

New Zealander Shereen Moloney was a decade from retirement and working down her mortgage in 2008 when she underwent surgery to have a hernia repaired. The surgery involved the implantation of a type of surgical mesh to repair her bulging intestines. But not long after surgery, she began experiencing a “burning” pain and loss of feeling in her abdomen. The pain got worse – crippling even. By 2009, she had no choice but to quit her well-paying job and undergo treatment and surgeries to manage her pain. Her family’s plan to pay off their mortgage was sabotaged because she had ... Read More

Kroger recalls infant water due to mold contamination

The Kroger Company is recalling Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water with Fluoride Added after receiving complaints that there was mold in the product. Laboratory testing identified the mold as Talaromyces penicillium, which can cause allergic reactions in some people. Affected products include 1 gallon (3.78 L) clear bottles with the sell by dates from April 26, 2018 to Oct. 10, 2018,  the UPC Code 0 41260 37597 2, and the plant code 51-4140. The labels also state DISTRIBUTED BY THE KROGER CO, CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202. The water was distributed to Kroger stores, including Food 4 Less, Jay C, Jay C ... Read More

Kratom linked to growing number of deaths in Georgia

An herbal supplement used to ease the symptoms of depression, anxiety and chronic pain is killing people in Georgia, warned Dr. Jonathan Eisenstat, the state’s Bureau of Investigation chief state medical examiner. In 2016, the supplement, called kratom, was linked to five deaths in Georgia. So far in 2017, it has killed 11 in the state. Nationally, kratom has been linked to the deaths of at least 36 people. Kratom is a plant indigenous to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It has grown in popularity in the U.S., and is often marketed as a “safe” treatment for a ... Read More

CSX Train Derailment Spills Toxic Load in Central Florida

Residents in the vicinity of a CSX train derailment in Lakeland, Florida, were told to shelter in place early Monday morning after crews confirmed the overturned trains spilled toxic molten sulfur. According to WFLA News Channel 8, Polk County Fire Rescue crew returning from a medical call noticed the train derailment at the intersection of Kathleen Road and N. Galloway Road about 1:50 a.m. The Fire Rescue said on its Facebook page that “the crew observed several train cars rolled over and mangled.” Communication with state officials and CSX confirmed that the overturned cars were hauling molten sulfur, a hazardous substance ... Read More