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Cold meds recalled due to possible contamination

Centurion Labs is recalling two lots of its cold and allergy medication Ninjacof manufactured by Vilvet of Dania Beach, Florida, and distributed by Centurion Labs because the products may be contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia, a bacteria that can be serious or even life threatening to some individuals. The recall was initiated after Centurion was notified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the potential contamination after the agency discovered the product may have been manufactured in a Pharmatech facility in Davie, Florida, the manufacturing company at the center of several medication recalls. Use of a product that contains B. ... Read More

Military Contractor Settles Whistleblower Allegations of Billing Fraud

A whistleblower’s allegations that defense contractor Huntington Ingalls Industries intentionally overcharged the government for labor it was contracted to provide for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships have led to a $9.2 million settlement. Based in Newport, Virginia, Huntington Ingalls was contracted by the U.S. to provide shipbuilding services at its 11,000-employee Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard operations, one of the largest military shipyards in the country. The settlement resolves allegations that while constructing various ships under contract, Huntington Ingalls charged the U.S. for labor costs on work that was never actually done and also charged the government for dives related ... Read More

Statin recalled due to labeling mixup

International Laboratories LLC is recalling one lot of pravastatin tablets, a generic version of the cholesterol-lowering statin Pravachol, because the bottle may contain bupropion, a generic version of the antidepressant Wellbutrin. This labeling mixup could cause a patient to suffer potential serious side effects. For example, someone who mistakenly takes bupropion could experience nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, headache, constipation, sweating, sore throat, diarrhea, dizziness, restlessness and blurry vision. These are typically minor and reversible side effects. But people with epilepsy are at higher risk of seizure on bupropion because it lowers the seizure threshold. Also, people taking MAOIs can have ... Read More

NH files lawsuit against OxyContin maker

Another state has taken up the fight against the opioid drug epidemic sweeping the nation. New Hampshire has filed a lawsuit against Perdue Pharma, maker of the opioid OxyContin, alleging deceptive marketing of the powerful painkiller. The lawsuit filed by the state’s attorney general blames Perdue for downplaying OxyContin’s addiction risk while overstating the medication’s effectiveness. The company is also charged with failing to report medical providers who were over prescribing the medication. Perdue “engaged in a long-running campaign of deception to create and sustain a market for its opioids,” the complaint states. New Hampshire is latest state to target drug companies ... Read More

Five Missing After Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes in Hawaii

Late Tuesday night, a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, CNN reported. Five crew members were on board when the helicopter lost communications with Wheeler Army Airfield on the island of Oahu. Approximately 80 minutes later at 11:28 p.m. local time, the U.S. Coast Guard located a debris field near Kaena Point, which is located on the west side of the island. The helicopter was one of two Black Hawk helicopters from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade conducting a routine night training exercise between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield, according to the Honolulu ... Read More

Georgia Quarry Mining Death Triggers Investigation

Federal investigators are looking for answers in a mining accident that killed a quarry worker last month near Athens, Georgia. Online Athens reports that officials with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will be at Blue Sky Quarries in Oglethorpe County to interview witnesses, inspect the work site and equipment, and “ultimately, write up a report of their findings, which may include enforcement against the mine operator,” MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere said, according to Online Athens. The accident occurred when 36-year-old Matthew Walter Kanala IV of Elberton, Georgia, was driving wedges into a section of rock at the ... Read More

Navy Whistleblower Alleges Major Safety Violations

A civilian Navy engineer who spoke out about potentially deadly safety violations and other problems that threaten the lives of Navy pilots says he was fired in June in retaliation for raising concerns. Glenn Schwarz, a civilian aeronautical-engineering technician, claims that his supervisors put him in a highly technical and sensitive job calibrating equipment for weapons systems testing and aircraft support even though he lacked the skills and qualifications for the job, The Washington Free Beacon reports. Mr. Schwarz also claims that on-the-job training managers failed to comply with Navy regulations at the Metrology and Calibration (METCAL) laboratory and across ... Read More

Lawsuit over Merck’s shingles vaccine

A group of consumers across the country claim they have suffered a persistent strain of shingles after receiving Merck & Co.’s shingles vaccine Zostavax, and have launched a product liability action against the drug maker in New Jersey state court for not adequately warning about the risks associated with the vaccine, Law360 reported. Some consumers claim to have developed a condition called postherpetic neuralgia, resulting in nerve damage and pain. One victim says her symptoms were accompanied by scarring. The lawsuit was filed July 11 in Middlesex County Superior Court by 18 plaintiffs from Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, ... Read More

Deadly C-130 Crash Kills 16 U.S. Troops

Although the military is still investigating what brought down a U.S. Marine KC-130 on July 10, U.S. Marines Brig. Gen. Bradley James told CNN, “Indications are something went wrong at cruise altitude.” The aircraft, known for its reliability, according to the New York Times, went down in a western rural Mississippi soybean field and killed all 16 service members on board including 15 U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy medical corpsman. The five-mile debris field was spread across both sides of U.S. Highway 82 between the towns of Itta Bena and Moorhead, which is about 100 miles north of Jackson. ... Read More

Bus Crash on Golden Gate Bridge Injures 11

Police are investigating a casino bus crash on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco that injured 11 people Wednesday afternoon. California Highway Patrol spokesman Andrew Barclay told the SF Gate that the crash occurred when a car came to a stop at the toll plaza on the bridge and was hit from behind by a pickup truck. The bus then slammed into the back of the pickup. The crash happened at 12:42 in the southbound lanes just north of the toll plaza on the San Francisco side of the bridge. The bus, operated by the Graton Resort & Casino ... Read More