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Vegetable recall announced by Country Fresh due to possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes


Nearly 30,000 cases of various fresh-cut vegetables are now under recall by Country Fresh LLC due to potential Listeria contamination. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Listeria monocytogenes are responsible for causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in both young children and frail or elderly adults, especially those with weakened immune systems. The recalled vegetable products were shipped to retailers in the following states with the Country Fresh and store brand labels: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Each recalled vegetable product should have “BEST IF USED BY” dates ranging from ... Read More

Airplane Crash Near Tuscaloosa Kills Three Couples Returning From Medical Conference

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TUSCALOOSA, ALA – The Oxford, Miss., community is in shock and mourning after an airplane crash near Tuscaloosa, Ala., killed six members of its medical community Sunday morning. Authorities in Tuscaloosa and Northport reported that air traffic controllers received a distress call from a private airplane around 11:10. Rescue crews were prepared to assist at the runway at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport but the airplane never showed. Inside the airplane were Oxford dentist Dr. Jason Farese, presumed to be the pilot, and his wife Dr. Lea Farese, also a dentist. The couple owned Farese Family Dental in Oxford. Also on board the ... Read More

Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parrish Hit By Three Oil Spills In One Week

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A faulty oil well released an estimated 4,200 gallons of crude oil in the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parrish Aug. 2. It was the third oil spill in a week to hit the southeastern Louisiana Parrish, which is still struggling to recover from BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The U.S. Coast Guard reported the spill came from a well owned by the Texas Petroleum Investment Company. The exact cause of the spill remains unknown, but Coast Guard and state authorities continue to investigate. According to the Times-Picayune, Texas Petroleum has contracted OMI Environmental Solutions and Clean ... Read More

Pediatric breathing system recalled due to defect that can harm patients


Medical device company Dräger is recalling the VentStar Oxylog 3000 Disposable Pediatric Patient Breathing Circuit after discovering that the check valve on the circuit may leak. This could result in patient re-breathing exhaled gas with reduced oxygen concentration and increased carbon dioxide levels, which can lead to serious health consequences, including excessive carbon dioxide in the bloodstream and increased acidity in the blood, which can be fatal. This issue pertains only to the VentStar Oxylog 3000 Disposable Pediatric Patient Circuit. There is no issue or problem with the Oxylog 3000/3000 plus ventilator. The affected device contains the lot number 5704964, ... Read More

Door latch issue addressed in latest Ford recall; 830K vehicles recalled in North America


Nearly 830,000 Ford vehicles in North America are now subject to recall due to a side-door latch issue that may cause the door to swing open while the vehicle is still in operation. According to ABC News, the latest Ford recall encompasses the following vehicles: 2013-15 Ford Escape 2013-15 Ford C-Max 2012-15 Ford Focus 2014-16 Ford Transit Connect 2014-16 Ford Mustang 2015 Lincoln MKC The automaker reports that the vehicles’ issues stem from a faulty spring part, which may break in states with high temperatures and sunlight exposure. Once the spring breaks, the door will be unable to latch properly. ... Read More

Hearings for first Xarelto bleeding risks lawsuits expected for early 2017


Bellwether cases in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) over alleged injuries with the blood thinner Xarelto are currently being selected and are expected to be heard sometime in early 2017, according to Judge Eldon E. Fallon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The federal Xarelto MDL consolidates individual actions filed against Xarelto’s manufacturers Johnson & Johnson, its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer. The lawsuits claim that the drug companies failed to warn that Xarelto could cause an increased risk for gastrointestinal bleeds and brain hemorrhages if taken once daily. Plaintiffs contend Xarelto bleeding risks would be ... Read More

OSHA’s Heat Illness Safety Campaign Focuses On Southern States

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In 2014, 2,630 U.S. workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and other heat-related related causes on the job. With 2016 set to be even hotter across much of the nation than 2014, federal safety regulators are holding heat illness awareness and training events across the Southeastern states. From June 27 to July 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) worked with employers and trade associations to conduct a one-hour “Safety Stand-Down” at construction sites and other workplaces in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. During these Safety Stand Downs, workers ... Read More

Antipsychotic drugs inappropriately prescribed to elderly with dementia


Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas prescribe more antipsychotic drugs to nursing home patients than any other state in the U.S., according to a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which could have dire consequences for some patients. Antipsychotics are primarily used to manage psychosis. For example, Risperdal, made by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability with autism. It is often prescribed for conditions for which it is not approved, such as ADHD and anxiety, and has also been prescribed off-label to elderly patients with dementia and children with ... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court To Review Whistleblower Case Against State Farm


The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by State Farm Fire and Casualty disputing the outcome of a whistleblower complaint accusing the insurance company of defrauding the federal government by misclassifying Hurricane Katrina damage on the Gulf Coast. The court will review a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which last year upheld a 2013 jury finding in favor of the plaintiffs. Sisters Cori and Kerri Rigsby of Ocean Springs, Miss., filed the lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. The sisters, who worked for an Alabama contractor hired ... Read More

First Xarelto lawsuits planned for 2017


Forty lawsuits among hundreds filed against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Healthcare alleging serious bleeding risks with the companies’ blood thinner Xarelto have been selected to be part of the bellwether poll, with the first two lawsuits scheduled to begin in early 2017. Attorneys for both the plaintiffs and defendants were charged with identifying 20 cases, with each side permitted to choose 10. The Court added another 20 cases that were randomly chosen based on eligibility requirements. The bellwether approach is often used in situations such as the Xarelto lawsuits, where there are a large number of plaintiffs pursuing ... Read More