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U.S. Grants Border States $32 Million For International Commercial Carrier Safety

The 15 U.S. states that share a border with Mexico or Canada are receiving an injection of federal funding to help keep roads safe by stepping up inspections to ensure foreign commercial carriers are in compliance with U.S. safety laws and regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said this month it is providing states with international border crossings $32 million in grants. The funds will go to the transportation departments of all the eligible states to help authorities make sure all commercial trucks and drivers are properly licensed to operate on U.S. roads. The Border Enforcement Grant (BEG) ... Read More

B. Braun recalls defective hemodialysis machines

B. Braun Medical Inc is recalling Dialog+ Hemodialysis Systems because they may have defective conductivity sensors that could cause improper blood filtration. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall reserved for products in which use may cause serious injuries or death. The recall involves 1,033 units with the model numbers 710200L, 710200K, 710200S, 710200U, 710500L, and 710500K. The devices were manufactured April 1, 2013 to July 3, 2013 and distributed June 25, 2013 to October 7, 2015. Affected hemodialysis systems were distributed to hospitals, health facilities, and ... Read More

Whistleblower Sues New Mexico State Agency For Retaliation

A New Mexico state employee is suing the state and several officials of the General Services Department alleging they retaliated against her for reporting problems with digital security and unfair pay. Heather Burke, who provided troubleshooting and technical support to state employees, claims her bosses at the General Services Department (GSD) sent her a termination notice while she was on medical leave undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer. Ms. Burke alleges that prior to her medical leave, she repeatedly raised concerns with agency officials about policy violations and unfair pay compared to her male colleagues, but instead of addressing the problems ... Read More

Reliable Drug Pharmacy recalls all sterile products due to quality concerns

Reliable Drug Pharmacy may not be so reliable. The company is issuing a voluntary recall of all unexpired lots of compounded products due to a lack of quality assurance and the potential for mislabeling. Most affected products were distributed to patients and veterinarians in California, with a few shipped to Hawaii, New Mexico and Michigan. All affected products have a label that includes the Reliable Drug name or Reliable Compounding Pharmacy, and the expiration date. The products were distributed between March 24, 2015 and March 24, 2016. If unsure, customers can call the pharmacy to determine the expiration date. Customers ... Read More

Fracking Puts 7 Million People in the U.S. At Risk Of Man-Made Earthquakes, Survey Finds

A steep escalation of domestic fuel production in recent years has already taken a giant toll on the environment with unprecedented numbers of pipeline ruptures, oil spills, gas leaks, and fuel train crashes; now a new report finds that seven million U.S. residents are at risk of man-made earthquakes as well due to widespread fracking activity. According to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the highest risk of hydraulic-fracking-induced earthquakes are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. Oklahoma, which normally experiences just one or two earthquakes a year, has experienced hundreds since fracking swept the state in ... Read More

50 New Illnesses, 2 Deaths Linked Salmonella-Contaminated Cucumbers

A massive outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to cucumbers from Mexico that started last July continues to infect people across the U.S., with 50 more cases reported in 16 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The CDC update was the latest in a series of updates and recall expansions that ran from Sept. 4, 2015 to Nov. 19. To date, 888 illnesses and six deaths have been connected to the same Salmonella outbreak. Illnesses have been reported in 39 states since the outbreak began. Whole genome sequencing of Salmonella isolates collected from sickened people and from ... Read More

Medical Testing Company Pays $4.1 Million To Settle Whistleblower Complaint

A genetic testing company has agreed to pay the federal government, several states, and the District of Columbia $4.1 million to settle a whistleblower‘s False Claims Act lawsuit alleging it coordinated an unlawful kickback scheme to boost sales of its medical testing services. According to Law 360, the settlement resolves allegations in a False Claims Act lawsuit filed in April 2014 by Monique Gipson, a former sales representative for San Diego-based Pathway Genomics Corp. The U.S. government said on Dec. 24 that it would intervene in the case, meaning it would actively join in the litigation. In her whistleblower complaint, ... Read More

New Mexico Nursing Home Facing Two Lawsuits Alleging Neglect, Wrongful Death

FARMINGTON, N.M. – A Northern New Mexico nursing home is facing two lawsuits accusing it of neglect in its care of patients, resulting in death, the Farmington (New Mexico) Daily Times reported. One lawsuit, filed in September by Roxanna Commanche, alleges that Bloomfield Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Bloomfield, N.M., neglected to provide her grandmother Jeanette Costeanna with adequate care. That inattention, the plaintiff alleges, caused her grandmother to suffer pressure (bed) sores, dehydration, malnutrition, and weight loss, which resulted in the patient’s death. Bloomfield Nursing Home also faces another lawsuit filed last week by Garland Kent Wilkinson, who ... Read More

Bus-Tractor Trailer Crash Kills Two, Injures 10 Near El Paso

Five members of the Los Angeles-based rock band The Ghost Inside and five crew members are in stable condition with various injuries after their tour bus collided with a tractor trailer Nov. 19 east of El Paso, Texas. The collision killed the drivers of both vehicles. According to KFMX and CBS4, the band was traveling west on U.S. 62/180 from Lubbock to Phoenix. They had performed in Lubbock on Nov. 18 and were scheduled to perform in Phoenix on Nov. 20. The crash occurred around 9:16 MT. The impact killed bus driver Gregory Hoke, 31, of Round Rock, Texas, and ... Read More

Alabama joins multi-state investigation into Volkswagen emissions fraud

Alabama has announced it is joining at least 27 states in an investigation of potential vehicle emissions fraud committed by Volkswagen. The multi-state probe plans to subpoena Volkswagen to learn more about the company’s diesel vehicle emissions. “We take any allegations of consumer fraud very seriously and will review the representations made by Volkswagen to its diesel customers in Alabama,” said Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. The following states, including Alabama, have announced participation in the Volkswagen fraud probe:  Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, ... Read More