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Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... Read More

73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More

Unattended Boy Dies In Hot Car After Grandmother Passes Out

The death of a 1-year-old South Carolina boy trapped inside a hot car underscores the importance of never leaving a child alone in a sealed car, even for a moment. Greenville, South Carolina’s WHNS reported that Crista McElhannon said her son Joe “Jojo” Lockaby was at his grandmother’s house for a sleepover May 31 when he took a short nap but woke up irritable. The grandmother loaded Jojo up in the car. Her plan was to take her grandson to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal – something that the two of them often enjoyed doing. But once Jojo was secured ... Read More

Woman joins lawsuit over permanent baldness with Taxotere

Connie Shatswell knew in 2010 when she took chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer that she would temporarily lose her thick, brown hair. She assumed her hair would grow back once her treatment ended. But she never guessed that she’d wind up permanently bald. No one could explain why Connie’s hair never grew back. It wasn’t until she saw a social media post blaming Taxotere chemotherapy as a possible culprit that she realized it was likely the cause. Connie dug deeper and discovered that five years before she took Taxotere, its manufacturer Sanofi-Aventos conducted a study and found that about ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $1.7 Million in Bogus Medicare Claims

A whistleblower has helped the U.S. recover more than $1.7 million from Allegiance Health Management, Inc., a Shreveport, Louisiana-based hospital owner and manager, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week. Ryan Ladner, a former employee of an Allegiance-owned hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, filed suit on behalf of the U.S. government, alleging the company submitted and caused other hospitals to submit False Claims to Medicare for services that were “not medically reasonable or necessary,” federal officials said. Mr. Ladner filed the complaint under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, a longstanding federal law that allows private parties to ... Read More

Tennessee man files Xarelto lawsuit

A Tennessee man is suing the makers of the blood thinner Xarelto alleging the companies filed to warn that the medication could cause serious and life-threatening bleeding events. John Lovier claims that he suffered a gastrointestinal bleed in June 2016 after being treated with Xarelto, which not only caused him physical pain, but left him with medical, hospital and surgical expenses. He filed his lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and is seeking compensation from Janssen Research & Development LLC, Janssen Ortho LLC, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Bayer Healthcare LLC, Bayer Healthcare ... Read More

Disfiguring Taxotere side effect devastating to women

“I find it interesting that TV ads regularly show men and women lamenting their thinning hair and bald spots with various companies offering treatments and potions to restore their manes. Words like ‘embarrassed,’ ‘devastated,’ ‘humiliated’ and ‘depressed’ are used to describe their feelings,” wrote Beth* in a post on the site A Head of our Time. “When cancer patients use these terms with regards to how they feel about their Taxotere-induced hair loss, they have been ridiculed and maligned and told they should be happy to be alive. What’s the difference? If someone who is genetically predisposed to thin hair ... Read More

Helicopter Crash Near New Orleans Kills One, Injures Two Others

A man who survived a helicopter crash that killed one man and injured another near New Orleans May 20 reportedly told a witness that the aircraft’s landing gear became entangled in power lines. Witness Val Harmon told The Times-Picayune that he and some friends suspected a helicopter went down in a swampy area nearby when they heard crackling and popping sounds and noticed the aircraft that had been in the air nearby was nowhere to be seen. Mr. Harmon and two friends hopped on an ATV and drove out into the marshland near Boutte, Louisiana, part of St. Charles Parish. ... Read More

Xarelto victims ask appeals court to vacate decisions of first three trials

Plaintiffs in three bellwether trials involving bleeding risks with the blood thinner Xarelto that resulted in wins for the defendants have asked an appeals court to vacate the decisions arguing that the judge overseeing the trials improperly excluded key evidence and gave jurors incorrect instructions, The National Law Journal reported. The cases were the first three to go to trial among more than 20,000 pending in a multidistrict litigation in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Plaintiffs accuse Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer of not adequately warning of the risks involved with using Xarelto, including bleeding risks like gastrointestinal ... Read More

Xarelto bleeding victim fights drugmakers’ motion to throw out case

A man suing Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer over Xarelto bleeding risks pushed back against the drug companies after they asked the judge overseeing the case in Philadelphia to drop the case because his prescribing doctor testified he did not read Xarelto’s safety label. Daniel Russell argued that the focus should not be on that doctor – Dr. Riple Hansalia – because he was simply continuing a prescription made by another physician – Dr. Ihab Girgis – the day before. Thus, Dr. Girgis should be considered the relevant prescriber under the law, Russell argued. Furthermore, Dr. Hansalia may ... Read More