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GSK pays millions to settle lawsuits on substandard drugs

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will pay $40.75 million to settle allegations brought by 38 attorneys general that the drug company and its subsidiary Pharmco Puerto Rico Inc engaged in deceptive practices when they distributed “adulterated” lots of the prescription drugs Kytril, Bactroban, Paxil CR and Avandamet in the United States between 2001 and 2004. Pharmco was one of GSK’s largest drug making facilities in the world and a major supplier of prescription drugs. The AGs accused the company of distributing medications to the United States that were poorly made and posed serious risks to people who used them. Pharmco Puerto Rico pled ... Read More

School girl plunges to death from Jersey Shore Ferris wheel

An 11-year-old girl died Friday afternoon at Morey’s Pier Amusement Park in Wildwood, New Jersey, after falling about 100 feet from a moving Ferris wheel. Police said that Abiah Jones of Pleasantville, N.J., was on a school trip to Wildwood with her Pleasant Tech Academy classmates when the accident occurred about 12:30 p.m. The amusement pier, owned by the Morey family since 1969, is one of many amusement piers built along Wildwood’s boardwalk. Police said the girl’s body was found at the passenger loading area, leading them to believe she fell from near the top of the ride. According to ... Read More

Employee benefits fund files suit against artificial hip maker

A fund that manages health benefits for 25 towns in northern New Jersey has filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging that medical device manufacturer DePuy Orthopaedics continued to market its ASR hip replacement system in the United States even after learning that the device was defective and causing patients unnecessary pain and suffering. The North Jersey Municipal Employee Benefits Fund filed the class action lawsuit last month, and is asking the court to order DePuy to cover any of its members who may have been affected by the recall of the faulty device as well as allow the ... Read More

NYC police arrest tour bus driver for pedestrian’s death

A Philadelphia man is dead after being struck by a tour bus in a New York City crosswalk, and the driver of the bus has been charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter. The tour bus was carrying about 40 tourists on a sightseeing excursion back to their hotels in Newark, New Jersey, when the incident occurred just before 10 p.m. Saturday night. Authorities said that the bus was turning left onto Ninth Ave. from 47th Street when the rear of vehicle struck Timothy White, 29, dragging him for several yards before a witness was able to flag the ... Read More

NY bus crashes expose flaws in commercial bus safety enforcement

Just after the horrific March 12 bus crash in the Bronx that killed 15 people and injured 17 others, federal and state regulators coordinated a sweeping crackdown of commercial motor coach companies in New York State, resulting in about 20 percent of buses and drivers being pulled out of service and reinforcing the adage that people usually have to die before appropriate action is taken. But while the New York crackdowns removed many unsafe commercial vehicles and drivers off the road, they are unlikely to do any good in the future unless authorities maintain that beefed-up level of scrutiny. Safety ... Read More

Three bus crashes prompt NTSB to investigate commercial bus industry

The tragic bus crash that killed 15 people and injured 18 others on I-95 in the Bronx last month received such widespread media coverage that it largely eclipsed news of two other commercial bus crashes that occurred last month in the same region. One crash on the New Jersey Turnpike killed two people just two days after the New York Crash, while another on I-93 in New Hampshire injured 23 passengers on March 23. The bus that crashed in Pennsylvania was operated by Super Luxury Tours of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and was traveling south from New York City’s Chinatown to Philadelphia. ... Read More

Can roller coasters cause traumatic brain injuries?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) from the G-forces experienced while riding roller coasters are relatively rare, according to a researcher at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. But riders of such amusement park rides should use care when riding them. Roller coasters strap riders in for a series of jerky, up-and-down and side-to-side movements that can jostle the brain. Many coaster-goers complain of headaches after riding and some head injuries such as hematomas, or bleeding on the brain, have been linked back to roller coaster rides hours and even days prior to the injury. Rightfully so, case reports of TBI while ... Read More

Proposed bill seeks to reduce risk of concussion and brain injury in young athletes

Last January, New Mexico Senator Tom Udall asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a football helmet manufacturer for making “misleading marketing claims” overstating the safety its helmets provided. This month, Senator Udall and New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell introduced legislation that would ensure new and reconditioned football helmets for high school and younger players meet safety standards governing concussion risk in youth sports. The Children’s Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act, which the Senators submitted to mark Brain Injury Awareness Day on March 18, also introduces tougher penalties to manufacturers that make false or misleading injury prevention claims about their ... Read More

Bayer generates millions of pages for Yaz, Yasmin lawsuits

Lawyers for the pharmaceutical giant Bayer are overwhelmed by the “overly burdensome discovery requests” made by attorneys for the thousands of women and their family members who have filed suit against Bayer. The drug company has turned over some 40 million pages of documents related to Yaz and Yasmin’s warnings, safety, labeling and sales and market, and say they have up to 30 million more pages yet to surrender. Bayer’s attorneys have asked for a protective order to stop the mountain of paperwork, but the plaintiffs attorneys say they want all the documents as they are imperative to the lawsuit ... Read More

Deadly Bronx bus crash fans regulatory debates

The horrific bus crash that left 15 passengers dead on a highway in the Bronx has re-ignited questions over whether federal safety regulations are sufficient and what additional measures, if any, can be taken to help prevent similar crashes from occurring in the future. The crash occurred about 5:30 am on Saturday as the bus was traveling east on I-95 en route from the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut to New York City’s Chinatown, where the passengers live and work. Witnesses, including passengers, told investigators they feared the driver was falling asleep behind the wheel or that something was distracting ... Read More