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Man says cough med made him kill wife in his sleep

A young man studying to be a pastor called 911 in the early hours of Labor Day weekend claiming he stabbed his wife of five months while asleep, blaming the incident on a higher than indicated dose of over-the-counter Coricidin Cold & Cough medicine. “I know it can make you feel good and sometimes I can’t sleep at night,” Matthew James Phelps told the 911 dispatcher. Phelps, 29, says he woke from a dream and turned on the lights of his bedroom only to find his wife, Lauren Ashley-Nicole Phelps, also 29, stabbed and unresponsive in their Raleigh, North Carolina ... Read More

Five Alabama cities among most opioid addicted in country

Four Alabama cities rank among the top 15 cities with the highest rate of opioid abuse in the U.S. The list was compiled by health care information company Castlight Health, which used anonymous data on medical and pharmacy claims to determine which parts of the U.S. were hardest hit by the opioid crisis. The results shed a grim light on Alabama, one of the states where physicians aren’t required to check a database before writing a prescription for opioids, and other portions of the South. Nearly a third of all opioid prescriptions are abused, which translates to higher health costs ... Read More

Hours-of-Service Rules Relaxed In Wake of Harvey Flooding

Federal transportation officials have declared a state of emergency relaxing hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers in 26 states to help expedite the overland shipment of fuel in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made the announcement August 31 in response to “fuel shortages due to refinery delays and interruption of delivery through pipelines as a result of damage from Tropical Storm Harvey.” The storm dropped a record amount of rainfall in Houston and other parts of coastal Texas and Louisiana, resulting in the loss of power to major U.S. oil refineries, including ... Read More

Whistleblower Alleges Charlotte Law College Cheated Taxpayers

A whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former professor of the Charlotte School of Law accuses the now-defunct for-profit school and its parent company Infilaw of cheating taxpayers out of $285 million by routinely admitting hundreds of unqualified students and then manipulating their records to ensure their federal loan money for tuition kept flowing. According to The Charlotte Observer, whistleblower Barbara Bernier filed the False Claims Act lawsuit in June 2016 on behalf of the U.S. government, accusing Charlotte Law of much of the same illegal maneuvering that other for-profit schools have been accused of in recent years, thanks to whistleblower actions. ... Read More

This Little Piggy Went To … Katy Perry?

Pop singer Katy Perry has been named as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit filed by a former stagehand who needed a toe amputation after an accident backstage during a show in Raleigh, North Carolina. Christina Fish alleges that she was hired by Katy Perry’s managers as a stagehand for the singer’s Prismatic World Tour in 2014. At one point during the Raleigh gig, Ms. Fish was asked to help move a wall. The sliding wall became jammed in the process of moving it. As Ms. Fish and others worked to free it, the wall jumped and rolled over ... Read More

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

Truck Underride Guard Regulations Need Improvement

Rear underride guards on tractor trailers have been mandatory for decades, but the requirements and standards for these safety devices, which are supposed to prevent smaller vehicles from sliding under taller trucks, are so lax that motorists continue to be killed in collisions with the backs of tractor trailers. This horrifying scenario played out in the life of Marianne Karth and her family in 2013. Ms. Karth was traveling from North Carolina to Texas to celebrate four of her children’s college graduations and her oldest daughter’s wedding. Two of her younger children, AnnaLeah, 17, and Mary, 13, were riding in ... 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

DOJ Addresses Opioid Epidemic’s Human and Financial Tolls

The ever-growing and alarmingly deadly opioid epidemic sweeping the U.S. has triggered the formation of a three-year pilot program designed to combat health care fraud related to prescription painkillers, including pill mill schemes run by doctors and pharmacies for profit. The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) new Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit will focus on the “middleman” of the prescription opioid epidemic by identifying and prosecuting individuals who are contributing to the crisis. These perpetrators illegally divert and dispense the drugs for illegitimate purposes and often bill Medicare, Medicaid, the VA, and other taxpayer-funded health care programs for them. ... Read More

Church Bus Crash Victims To Share $2 Million Settlement

The insurer for a South Carolina church has agreed to pay $2 million to the victims of a September 2016 bus crash that killed four passengers and injured dozens of others, most of them members of a community college football program. Southern Mutual Church Insurance Company agreed to pay the full amount of the insurance policy held by Sandy River Baptist Church of Chester, South Carolina. The payout includes $1 million for liability claims and $1 million for under-insured motorist claims, The (Charlotte, North Carolina) Herald reports. The Sandy River Baptist Church bus was transporting about two dozen football players from Clinton ... Read More