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Produce packer’s recall spurs chain reaction of recalls

Dozens of vegetable products are being pulled from grocery store shelves across the country after California-based Mann Packing announced it was recalling several of its products due to concerns that the vegetables had been contaminated with listeria, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Mann Packaging’s recall spurred a chain of recalls from other companies who carry or use Mann Packaging’s produce products. Meijer, a Midwestern chain similar to Walmart, recalled nearly 20 different ... Read More

Oregon Woman Blames Physiomesh for Her Injuries

An Oregon woman has filed a lawsuit against the makers of her Physiomesh hernia repair mesh, blaming the product for her injuries. According to the lawsuit, on Sept. 3, 2015, Melinda Rall underwent surgery to repair a recurrent incisional hernia at the OSV Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. A hernia repair mesh called Physiomesh was used, made by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Immediately following the surgery, Rall says she began to experience an unusual amount of severe pain as well as bleeding. The next day, Rall underwent an additional procedure to help reduce the swelling and put a ... Read More

OriGen recalls defective catheters

OriGen Biomedical is recalling two lots of its VV28F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters because the clear extension tube may separate from the hub that it is inserted in, which could cause damage or impairment to the patient if there is not immediate intervention. To date, one adverse event related to these recalled products has been reported. The VV28F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters that fall under the recall include lot number N18487, with the manufacture date of Aug. 14, 2014, and the expiration date of Aug. 30, 2018; and the not number 18487-1, with the manufacture date of April ... Read More

Verdict reached in first testosterone state case

Pharmaceutical company AbbVie Inc. scored a win in Illinois state court over claims that the company’s testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel caused a man’s heart attack, according to Law360. The news come just weeks after an Oregon couple was awarded $150 million in a similar case involving AndroGel in an Illinois federal court. James Couch sued AbbVie alleging the drug maker failed to warn him or his doctor that using AndroGel could cause cardiovascular risks including life-threatening heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. Couch’s lawsuit is one of about 150 in Cook County, Illinois state court involving testosterone side effects. Couch claimed strict ... Read More

Dr. Martens boots recalled for possible chemical exposure

Dr. Martens Vegan boots are under a voluntary recall for possible chemical exposure. The boots’ tongue lining may cause exposure to benzidine, a cancer causing substance that has not been sold in the U.S. since the 1970s, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The unisex 1460 boots in cherry red, made in Vietnam and imported by Airwair of Portland, Oregon, are the “original Dr. Martens boot,” according to the iconic company’s website. “Its boot’s recognizable DNA looks like this: 8 eyes, classic Dr. Martens Smooth leather, grooved sides, a heel-loop, yellow stitching, and a comfortable, air-cushioned sole.” According to ... Read More

$150M verdict sends message to testosterone makers

The Illinois jury that awarded an Oregon couple $150 million in a case alleging AbbVie Inc.’s testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel caused his heart attack sent a loud-and-clear message to drug companies: Lay off the heavy advertising. Jesse Mitchell and his wife Kimberly filed their lawsuit in November 2014. It became one of more than 7,000 lawsuits against AbbVie and other manufacturers of testosterone replacement therapies alleging the drug caused heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. The lawsuits were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Illinois in 2014. Mitchell’s case was the first bellwether trial in ... Read More

FDA considers first oral testosterone treatment

Two drug companies – both plagued by fits and starts– are racing to see which will be the first to gain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the first testosterone pill that can be taken by mouth. This week Lipocine announced it had resubmitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the FDA for LPCN 1021, it’s oral testosterone replacement therapy designed to boost testosterone in men with low levels of the male hormone, a condition called hypogonadism. Lipocine had previously submitted an NDA to the FDA in June 2016 but was rejected. The agency cited problems with the dosing ... Read More

CPSC offers fidget spinner safety tips as school starts

The days of math lessons, reading drills and school lunches are right around the corner for students and teachers across the country, if they haven’t arrived already. Whether schools are embracing the fidget spinner craze or banning the gadgets, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants them to be used safely and has added fidget spinner safety tips to its Safety Education Center in light of injury reports. “As the agency investigates some reported incidents associated with this popular product, fidget spinner users or potential buyers should take some precautions,” CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle said in a statement. ... Read More

18 States Sue DeVos, DOE Over Student Loan Rule

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education over their plans to rescind a rule that would make it easier for students of predatory for-profit colleges to have their loans forgiven. The Borrower Defense Rule was adopted by the DOE in November and was set to take effect this month. Under the rule, students could have their loans erased if their for-profit college misrepresented the quality of its programs or broke a “contractual promise” with its students. The rule also would also allow the DOE to seek recovery of loan ... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges Defective Fireworks Caused Burn Injuries

Three Oregon residents who suffered serious burn injuries from a handheld firework have jointly filed a lawsuit against the retailer and distributer, claiming the companies knew the fireworks to be defective when they malfunctioned on July 4, 2015. According to The (Lane County) Register-Guard, the lawsuit was filed in Lane County Circuit Court by Kori Ware, her 2-year-old daughter, and an unrelated 9-year-old boy, represented by his mother. The suit names Fundz 4 Kidz, a local retailer that sold them the fireworks, its owner Aaron Taylor, and the national distributor of the fireworks, North Central Industries, Inc. of Muncie, Indiana. ... Read More