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Patient accuses plastic surgeon of sexual exploitation

A Wisconsin woman is suing her plastic surgeon for sexual exploitation and medical negligence, and a University of Wisconsin-Madison practice for hiring the doctor knowing he had a history of sexual misconduct in other states. Keri Anne Connaughty of Wausau, Wisconsin, is married mother of three who is an avid runner, triathlete and boxer.  She said she went to see Dr. John Siebert at UW Health Transformations because she was dissatisfied with her appearance. She wanted a tummy tuck and breast augmentation. Siebert promised to “make her look beautiful again.” According to Connaughty’s lawsuit, which was filed in Dane County ... Read More

Questions Surround Contractor That Ruptured Sun Prairie Gas Main

The Michigan contractor that struck a gas main and caused a massive explosion in downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, July 10 was not licensed to work in Wisconsin, state records show, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Kansas-based Bear Communications hired VC Tech Inc. of Michigan to install fiber optic cable lines under Sun Prairie, a Madison suburb of about 30,000 people. According to the Journial Sentinel, VC Tech was installing the cable using a drilling process called directional boring, which sets the lines underground without having to dig trenches, when workers struck the four-inch gas pipe. “We were doing construction ... Read More

Milwaukee Man Crushed while Operating Crane

A Milwaukee man has died after being crushed while operating a remote-controlled crane. Monday, Oct. 16, Kelvis Price, 42, was using a remote-controlled magnetic crane to lift a massive steel plate overhead, CBS58 News reports. When one of the magnets failed, the steel plate fell on top of Price, crushing him. When emergency responders arrived on scene, they found Price lying on his back with the steel plate covering him from the waist down. The remote control used to move the crane was worn on a strap hanging off Price’s shoulder. The workers were unable to remove the large piece ... Read More

Worker Suffers Arm Amputation at Wisconsin Food Plant

A Wisconsin woman suffered an arm amputation in an industrial accident at a food manufacturing plant in Random Lake, Wisconsin, Monday, Oct.9. The Sheboygan County, Wisconsin Dispatch Center received an emergency call from the Lakeside Foods plant at 9:45 a.m. that a 30-year-old female worker had her arm severed below the elbow. According to the Sheboygan Press, the dispatch center talked personnel at the scene of the accident through life-saving procedures until first responders arrived at the scene. The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Random Lake First Responders and EMS crew from Random Lake Ambulance and Orange ... Read More

Whistleblowers Claim United Healthcare Defrauded Medicare

A whistleblower lawsuit against United Healthcare Services Inc., which operates the largest private Medicare Advantage plan, was unsealed in Wisconsin recently, revealing allegations that the insurer defrauded Medicare by collecting bonuses to which it was not entitled, among other accusations. Whistleblowers James Mlaker of Milwaukee and David Jurczyk of Waterford, Wisconsin, filed the lawsuit last October under the False Claims Act, which authorizes private parties to sue on behalf of the U.S. government in cases of suspected fraud against taxpayer-funded government agencies and programs. According to Kaiser Health News, Mr. Mlaker is a former sales agent for United’s Medicare Advantage ... Read More

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2017 Motorcycles For Oil Line Repairs

Harley-Davidson announced this week it is recalling more than 57,000 motorcycles from its Touring line for an oil line defect that has been linked to two crashes. The Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer said that the affected bikes may have an improperly installed engine cooler line clamp that could allow the line to come loose and spill oil onto the rear tire, “resulting in loss of vehicle control” and “increasing the risk of a crash.” The two crashes linked to the defect have resulted in one injury, USA Today reported. The manufacturer said that it knows of nine incidents in which the ... Read More

Humira generates most adverse event reports in FDA database

Drugs that treat autoimmune disorders like psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease generate the largest number of adverse event reports to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to an analysis by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today. These immune-suppressing drugs make users more prone to serious infections such as tuberculosis, invasive fungal infections, and cancers of the immune system. Among these drugs, Humira has generated the most adverse events. Humira is manufactured by AbbVie Inc. and was first approved by the FDA in 2002. It is now approved to treat 10 conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, psoriatic ... Read More

Number of drug side effects reports skyrocketing in recent years

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received a record number of adverse event reports about drug side effects and problematic medical devices for 2015, representing a fivefold increase since 2004, according to an analysis by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today. In 2004, 206,000 drug or medical device adverse events were reported to the FDA. In 2015, that number jumped to 1.5 million. Reports ranged from mild effects such as gas and flatulence to serious injuries and death. Most of the side effects reported involved drugs that treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, a type of cancer, and ... Read More

More than 600,000 food industry workers Could Be at Risk for Diacetyl Exposure

Last October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finalized a warning to coffee workers, popcorn plant workers and other food and beverage-making workers about the dangers of diacetyl exposure. Diacetyl is a naturally occurring chemical in the coffee-roasting process, and can be artificially added to other foods and drinks, such as microwave popcorn, baking products, and beer. The flavoring is an enhancement that mimics the creamy, smooth taste of butter. According to the FDA, it is safe to eat in trace amounts, but breathing it has been linked to serious respiratory illnesses such as bronchiolitis obliterans, a deadly disease in ... Read More

U.S. Sues Wisconsin Drug Testing Lab, Alleging Extensive Medicaid Fraud

The U.S. government has filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against a Milwaukee, Wis., drug screening company, alleging it committed Medicaid fraud, cheating the program out of millions of dollars by overbilling for urine tests, as well as billing for duplicative and unnecessary tests. According to the federal government’s lawsuit, Acacia Mental Health Clinic’s Medicaid billing schemes grew increasingly aggressive from 2011 and 2015 until it captured 99 percent of all Medicaid payments to mental health and substance abuse counseling providers in the state, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. According to the Journal Sentinel, the government’s lawsuit alleges that Abe Freund bought ... Read More