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NJ hospital deemed unsanitary, urges patients to be tested

A New Jersey outpatient surgery center issued letters to thousands of patients urging them to undergo blood tests for serious infections like hepatitis and HIV after state health inspectors found unsanitary conditions at the facility. A total of 3,778 people who underwent procedures at the hospital between January and Sept. 7, 2018, received letters from HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook informing them that “during this time period, lapses in infection control in sterilization/cleaning instruments and the injection of medications may have exposed patients to blood borne pathogens.” The facility was shuttered from Sept. 7 through Sept. 28 to improve ... Read More

Miami Construction Worker Impaled In Job Site Fall

A construction worker died after falling about 12 feet and suffering impalement injuries at a downtown Miami Beach construction site Dec. 17. Authorities did not identify the 35-year-old construction worker but said he was a mason employed by the New Jersey-based Rinaldi Group, a general contractor with operations in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Arizona. Miami Beach Fire Rescue reported that the accident occurred about 9 a.m. when the construction worker fell backward from the third-story level where he was working to the second story and became impaled on two pieces of reinforcing bar. Miami Beach Fire Department Division ... Read More

On-the-job injury leaves New Jersey man disabled

A 36-year-old former steel worker disabled after sustaining serious injuries while on the job at a construction site in New Jersey will receive $5.3 million. The settlement agreement comes just one month before the case was scheduled to go to trial, according to the New Jersey Law Journal. Richard Collier filed his lawsuit in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Jersey against Airport Road Construction Management, its subsidiary Airport Road Construction, and Monmouth Equipment Sales. The case was managed by Superior Court Judge Vincent LeBlon. Collier was employed by subcontractor 360 Steel Erectors, which was hired along with several other ... Read More

California Romaine Grower Linked to E.Coli Outbreak Recalls Other Produce  

A California farm linked to the E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce that triggered a massive nationwide recall is now recalling other types of produce as a precaution. Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. of Santa Maria, California, said the new recalls include red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, and cauliflower harvested on Nov. 27 through Nov. 30, 2018. Although none of the produce has tested positive for the E. coli strain associated with the outbreak (E. coli O157:H7) and no illnesses have been reported, the company says it’s voluntarily recalling the extra produce out of an abundance of caution. The recalled cauliflower was ... Read More

Olympus pleads guilty for not disclosing infection risks with duodenoscopes

Olympus Corp., was hit with $85 million in fines and forfeiture by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for distributing specialized endoscopes in the United States without disclosing that the device could spread infections in patients. Both Olympus and the Japanese medical technology’s former top regulatory official, Hisao Yabe, pled guilty to the charges in separate suits in New Jersey federal court. The instruments, called duodenoscopes, are threaded down the throats of patients to treat or diagnose problems with the bile ducts and pancreas. They had been linked to a number of infections in Europe in 2012 and 2013. By ... Read More

J&J can’t escape $4.69 billion talc verdict

The $4.69 billion verdict by a St. Louis jury last July against Johnson & Johnson in a case brought by 22 women who linked their use of the company’s talcum powder to their ovarian cancer diagnoses, is “fair and reasonable” compensation considering the substantial amount of evidence introduced during the trial, a Missouri judge ruled. St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison said that due process was followed when the jury reached its verdict in the case. The verdict included $550 million in compensatory damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages. Both Johnson & Johnson and its unit Johnson & ... Read More

Lawsuit knocks Kellogg for not disclosing its breakfast foods contain glyphosate

California resident Mason Kein is leading a group of angry consumers in a proposed class action lawsuit against Kellogg Co. for selling breakfast foods without revealing that they contain a possible cancer-causing chemical. Kein told the Southern District of California that testing by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group revealed that Kellogg Co.’s strawberry Nutrigrain Soft Baked Breakfast Bars and Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal contain the herbicide glyphosate, a chemical deemed a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Glyphosate is the same chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup, the controversial weed killer that was ... Read More

J&J expected to fight $4.69 billion talc verdict

Johnson & Johnson is expected to ask the Missouri Circuit Court in St. Louis City to undo or, at the very least, reduce a $4.69 billion verdict awarded to 22 women who accused the company’s talcum powder of being contaminated with asbestos and causing their ovarian cancer. But the women say the verdict should stand because the “vast majority of evidence” shows the company was aware its talc-containing products were dangerous but continued to sell the product without warning consumers. The Aug. 22 verdict includes $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages against Johnson & Johnson’s ... Read More

Amazon Warehouse Workers Injured In Bear Repellent Accident

Two dozen Amazon workers were taken to the hospital with respiratory injuries after a warehouse machine punctured a can of bear repellant, sending noxious fumes into a section of its Robbinsville, New Jersey facility. At least one of the injured Amazon workers in the 1.3-million-square-foot fulfillment center at the time of the incident was in critical condition. Most of those injured reported they had difficulty breathing, and burning in their eyes, throat, and chest. Someone from the New Jersey Amazon facility placed a 911 call on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 5, reporting the incident. Emergency responders arriving at the ... Read More

Class action lawsuit filed over tainted blood pressure meds

A second class action lawsuit was filed against manufacturers and distributors of a high blood pressure drug that was found to be contaminated with a probable cancer-causing impurity. The lawsuit was filed in Boston federal court against New Jersey-based Camber Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Hetero Drugs Ltd. Hetero is based in India but makes the drug ingredient, valsartan, with its partner, Hetero USA Inc., also based in New Jersey. The lawsuit claims poor safety procedures at the India plant should have tipped the companies off years ago that the drugs could be contaminated. Instead, the companies “willfully ignored warning signs.” In ... Read More