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CPSC Issues Another LayZ Board Hoverboard Warning, Multiple Recalls

A second house fire caused by a LayZ Board hoverboard has triggered another warning from federal authorities urging consumers to stop using that brand of self-balancing mobile device immediately. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued its latest warning about LayZ Board hoverboards Tuesday, Nov. 14, along with seven safety recalls for other hoverboards, all of which contain rechargeable lithium batteries that pose the threat of overheating, exploding, and starting fires. The CPSC issued its first warning about fire and explosion risks posed by LayZ Board hoverboards on May 1, after one of the hoverboards started a fire in ... Read More

Kentucky sues maker of opioid Opana ER

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing Endo Pharmaceuticals alleging the company used fraudulent and deceptive marketing of its opioid painkiller Opana ER, a medication so prone to abuse that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pressured the company to pull it off the market. “Endo put its profits above the lives of our people and above patient safety,” Beshear said. The lawsuit states that only two percent of overdose deaths in 2010 were due to oxymorphone, the active drug ingredient in Opana ER. But the following year, that number soared to 23 percent. Beshear said that the deaths were ... Read More

Xarelto victim wants new trial over injuries

Attorneys for a woman who sued Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer over bleeding injuries allegedly caused by the blood thinner Xarelto have filed a motion seeking a retrial based on new evidence that contradicts courtroom testimony that could have swayed jurors. A jury from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi found in favor of the drug companies during the third bellwether trial over Xarelto side effect. Dora Mingo, 69, claimed that she was prescribed Xarelto after suffering a blood clot following hip replacement surgery. But shortly after starting treatment with the blood thinner, she suffered a life threatening ... Read More

County Fair Draft Horse Chairman Thrown from Wagon, Killed

Just weeks after the Ohio State Fair incident that killed one and injured several more, another fair has turned deadly. The Meadville Tribune reports that Wednesday afternoon, 64-year-old Charles E. Burns, the chairman of the draft horse competition department, was killed when he was thrown from his horse-drawn wagon as he rode around the horse ring of the Crawford County Fair in Pennsylvania. According to witnesses, Burns was driving a wagon pulled by a team of draft horses when it made a sharp turn, throwing Burns forward beneath the hooves of the giants. The horses became spooked and began bucking. Emergency ... Read More

Ford trucks recalled for seat belt defect

More than 100,000 Ford 2015-2017 F-150, F-250 and F-350 trucks equipped with a crew cab are under recall for a potentially defective seat belts. Certain trucks are equipped with a left rear inflatable seat belt buckle that may separate from its mounting bracket, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The defect fails to adhere to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards ensuring seat belts are correctly anchored to prevent occupants from being injured in an accident, including being thrown from a car. This recall comes as almost a million Hyundai Sonatas were recalled earlier this year for a ... Read More

Emergency Declarations Loosen Regulations for Commercial Trucks In Disasters

A Regional Emergency Declaration issued by federal officials in advance of Hurricane Irma Sept. 7 remains in place for several states and territories, loosening regulations for commercial truck drivers providing relief throughout the areas affected by the storm. Federal Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to implement the emergency declaration in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The emergency declaration came while a previous emergency declaration covering much of the same area after Hurricane Harvey remained in effect and while Hurricane Jose barrels toward ... Read More

Shipbuilder Settles Whistleblower Billing Fraud Allegations

Newport, Virginia-based shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Inc. will pay the U.S. $7.9 million to complete a $9.2 million settlement resolving a whistleblower lawsuit that claimed the company knowingly overbilled the government for labor performed on Navy and Coast Guard ships. Bryon Faulkner, a former Huntington Ingalls employee, started noticing billing irregularities while working at the company’s shipbuilding operations in Pascagoula, Mississippi in 2012. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Faulkner’s whistleblower lawsuit alleges Huntington Ingalls mischarged and overcharged the government for work on numerous Navy and Coast Guard contracts starting in 2003. Mr. Faulkner also claims that the company ... Read More

Country Fresh diced vegetables recalled

Country Fresh Orlando is recalling 5,999 cases of various diced vegetables because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. The diced vegetables include Fajita Blend, Stir Fry Vegetable, and Vegetable Kabob, distributed to Southeastern Grocers in Florida; Green Pepper Diced distributed to Southeastern Grocers in Florida and ... Read More

Hours-of-Service Rules Relaxed In Wake of Harvey Flooding

Federal transportation officials have declared a state of emergency relaxing hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers in 26 states to help expedite the overland shipment of fuel in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made the announcement August 31 in response to “fuel shortages due to refinery delays and interruption of delivery through pipelines as a result of damage from Tropical Storm Harvey.” The storm dropped a record amount of rainfall in Houston and other parts of coastal Texas and Louisiana, resulting in the loss of power to major U.S. oil refineries, including ... Read More

FDA warns compounding pharmacy

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hit Pharmacy Plus Inc., with a warning letter after finding that its compounded drugs were super-potent and contaminated. Pharmacy Plus, which does business as Vital Care Compounder, had its Hattiesburg, Mississippi plant inspected by the FDA from June 3, 2016, to July 7, 2016. The inspection was conducted after the FDA received an adverse event report associated with an oral solution containing chloral hydrate produced by the pharmacy. Chloral hydrate is a laboratory chemical reagent and precursor, but also can be used as a short-term treatment for insomnia and to relieve anxiety and induce ... Read More