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Feds Deem Kentucky Tractor-Trailer Driver ‘Imminent Threat’

Federal authorities have barred a Kentucky tractor-trailer driver from operating any kind of commercial vehicle outside of Kentucky after uncovering a multitude of serious violations that jeopardized public safety. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Jerry Jasper poses “an imminent threat to public safety” should he continue to operate a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle in interstate commerce. On Dec. 6, 2017, Mr. Jasper was operating a large commercial truck on State 4 Highway in Rush County, Kansas, when he was stopped by a Kansas Highway Patrol Officer for a speeding violation. The highway patrolman further inspected Mr. ... Read More

NTSB: 2015 Truck Crash Shows Need For Safety Improvements

A deadly collision between a tractor-trailer and an SUV that killed six people and injured five in June 2016 demonstrates the need for federal regulators to implement 15 safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) “Most Wanted List” of transportation safety improvements, the agency said. The NTSB said the crash underscores the need for improvements in transportation-related safety issues concerning fatigue, vehicle occupant protection, and collision avoidance technology. In the early morning darkness of June 29, 2016, a seven-passenger SUV carrying 11 people was traveling on I-70 near Goodland, Kansas, when it was struck from behind by a ... Read More

FDA warns not to use compounded drugs from Cantrell

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care professionals and patients not to use drug products produced by Cantrell Drug Company of Little Rock, Arkansas, including opioids and other drugs intended for sterile injection, because there are serious deficiencies with the company’s compounding operations that put the sterility of the products into question. The FDA cautioned in a news release that administration of contaminated or otherwise poor quality drug products can result in “serious and life-threatening injury or death.” “A key aspect of the FDA’s mission to protect public health is creating a regulatory framework that helps ensure ... Read More

Kansas Man Burned By Exploding E-Cigarette Sues

A Kansas man seriously injured by an exploding e-cigarette is suing the Wichita shop where he bought a lithium-ion battery to power the device, claiming it was unsafe to use. Like many people who use e-cigarettes, Daniel Anderson put the spare lithium-ion battery in his front pocket, along with his car keys and some coins, his lawsuit says, according to The Wichita Eagle. Contact with the other metal objects caused the lithium-ion battery to short and eventually to overheat and explode. The incident occurred on Feb. 29, 2016. A lawyer representing Mr. Anderson described the incident to The Wichita Eagle ... Read More

Kratom linked to reports of Salmonella infections

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing its crackdown on the herbal supplement kratom announcing this week that it, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other state and local officials are investigating a multi-state breakout of Salmonella infections linked to products reportedly containing kratom. Because of this health risk, the FDA is advising consumers to avoid kratom and kratom-containing products. Salmonella infections cause symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people recover without treatment, but the diarrhea may be so severe for some people that they need to be hospitalized. In some ... Read More

Still too many nursing home residents given antipsychotic drugs

Laurel C. says her mother, who has Alzheimer’s and lived in different nursing homes, was often left unattended for hours at a time in her wheelchair hopped up on antipsychotic drugs to sedate her. “Instead of seeing what’s wrong with her,” she said, “they just want to drug her up.” Antipsychotic medications, like Risperdal indicated for conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, were given to about 24 percent of nursing home patients across the country in late 2011. Due to an aggressive campaign from human rights groups, that number dropped to below 15 percent last year. Decreases were reported in ... Read More

OK Supreme Court: Special Protections For Oil and Gas Industry Unconstitutional

Oklahoma oil and gas workers and their families recently welcomed news that the state’s highest court struck down a rule exempting oil and natural gas companies from being sued when their workers are injured or killed on the job. On Jan. 23, the Oklahoma Supreme Court found the part of the state’s workers compensation law giving oil and natural gas companies special immunity from the law was unconstitutional. The unanimous decision with one recusal resolves a lawsuit brought by the daughter of a worker who was killed in a well site accident in Crescent, Oklahoma, in 2013. David Chambers worked ... Read More

Whistleblower Alleges Wichita Hospitals Cheated Medicare, Endangered Patients

A whistleblower lawsuit filed by a cardiologist under the False Claims Act (FCA) against a group of Wichita, Kansas hospitals and physicians was unsealed last week, revealing allegations that the defendants performed costly medical tests and procedures that weren’t medically necessary and subjected Medicare patients to undue risk. According to the Associated Press, the court unsealed the whistleblower lawsuit after the U.S Department of Justice declined to intervene in the case. Statements made by federal authorities, however, indicate that the lawsuit will likely proceed without the government’s participation. “The government’s decision to decline should not be construed as a statement ... Read More

NTSB Recommends Four Railroad Safety Measures In Wake of 2015 Rail Accidents

Federal safety investigators recommended the railroad industry take four measures to improve rail safety based on its findings from two separate 2015 train accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said its recommendations stem from its probe of a railroad accident in Kansas City, Kansas, that killed a Union Pacific employee in September 2015 and an oil train derailment in Heimdal, North Dakota, that released more than 96,000 gallons of crude oil into the environment in May 2015. In the Kansas accident, a Union Pacific Railroad foreman died after being struck by a remote-controlled train during switching operations at the ... Read More

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