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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

Consumer groups push FDA to ban pure caffeine powder as dietary supplement

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Consumer interest group, Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the retail distribution of pure and concentrated caffeine as a dietary supplement claiming the product is lethal even in small doses. Powdered caffeine is readily available online and retail stores, and some people use the product to get a burst of energy. But the product is misleading. A single teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly the equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee. Even less than that can lead to caffeine overdose, which can cause symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, ... Read More

Jackson, Mississippi, confronting Water Crisis Similar To Flint, Michigan

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Residents of Jackson, Miss., were stunned by recent disclosures that the city has its own Flint, Michigan-style water crisis, which could be exposing a significant part of the population to dangerous levels of lead. According to the Guardian, high levels of lead in Mississippi’s capital city were discovered in June 2015, yet residents were not warned until February, mimicking the lax response of Michigan and local officials to the water crisis in Flint, Mich., which has poisoned scores of children. Also like Flint, Jackson’s water contamination stems from inadequate corrosion control, which allows lead from pipes in some older homes to ... Read More

FDA cracks down on dietary supplements containing ‘adulterated’ ingredients


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is coming down hard on manufacturers of dietary supplements, hitting five companies with warning letters this week for including “adulterated” dietary ingredients in their products. The companies were targeted for selling a stimulant called acacia rigidula, also known as vachellia rigidula, chaparro prieto or blackbrush. The ingredient wasn’t marketed prior to 1994, making it a “new dietary ingredient” under federal law. The supplement is marketed for weight loss and energy. At least one manufacturer was cited for selling a supplement that contained acacia rigidula that also contained ephedra, a drug the agency banned in ... Read More

Construction Worker Plummets To Death From L.A. High-Rise

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A construction worker employed on what will soon be the tallest building west of the Mississippi fell 53 stories to his death last Thursday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles, striking a car that was traveling on the street at the time. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) reported that the construction worker, believed to be an electrician, fell at 12:08 p.m. from the Wilshire Grand Center, a hotel and office complex that has been under construction for three years and is nearing completion. A woman traveling in the car that was struck was examined by medical personnel who reported that she ... Read More

Reconstruction project floorplan error leads to Southern Mississippi contractor’s death

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A floorplan error turned a restaurant reconstruction project into a deathtrap for a Mississippi builder who was crushed while shoring up supports that held an overhead concrete form in place. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that 54-year-old builder Gary Berthelot and three workers employed by Great Southern Building Systems were placing additional supports beneath the concrete form when it collapsed onto them. Falling concrete and other debris struck and trapped Mr. Berthelot, a father of four, who had 30 years of construction experience and was the general contractor for the project, which involved rebuilding a restaurant ... Read More

Every U.S. vehicle has nearly 1 in 5 chance of being under recall, CarFax reports

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Any American unaware of the importance of vehicle recalls is in for a rude awakening when they realize how likely it is that they’re affected by one. For example, it was recently announced the Takata airbag recall could include another 90 million vehicles due to airbags that may explode in an accident. The issue has been linked to multiple deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide. Not all recalls are as well-publicized as Takata’s, but that doesn’t make them any less relevant to consumers. According to CarFax, more than 47 million U.S. vehicles have at least one unfixed issue addressed in a safety ... Read More

Emergency transport ventilators recalled


Dräger Medical Inc. is recalling emergency transport ventilators because of a system error that may cause the ventilator to stop working, putting patients at risk for serious injury or death. The recall involves Dräger Oxylog 2000 plus, Oxylog 3000, and Oxylog 3000 Plus Ventilator with the catalog numbers 5705080, 2M86300, 2M86965, 5704813, or 5704831. The machines were distributed from April 1, 2007, to Dec. 12, 2015. A total of 117 ventilators are affected in the United States. Those machines were distributed to the following states: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, ... Read More

Plaintiffs fight back against Fresenius motion to dismiss GranuFlo lawsuits


Attorneys representing plaintiffs in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) against dialysis giant Fresenius Medical Care over potentially fatal cardiac effects with the company’s GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis products told a judge that hundreds of Massachusetts and Mississippi cases are eligible to join the MDL because there is no proof that patients or their doctors knew about a 2012 FDA warning regarding the products. Fresenius filed a motion to toss out hundreds of cases in the MDL because they were filed three years after the FDA warning, which issued on May 25, 2012. “Defendants pin their hopes on a single FDA safety ... Read More

Dialysis giant Fresenius urges judge to toss GranuFlo, NaturaLyte lawsuits


Fresenius USA, the world’s largest provider of dialysis services and products, pressed a federal judge to throw out hundreds of Massachusetts and Mississippi lawsuits consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) alleging the company’s dialysis products GranuFlo and NaturaLyte caused patients’ hearts to stop beating. Fresenius’ motion included 169 cases in Massachusetts and 61 in Mississippi. The company contends that the Massachusetts cases were filed more than three years after May 25, 2012 – the date the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety warning regarding the products. Fresenius claims the Mississippi cases involved injuries that occurred after May 25, ... Read More