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Deadly Distracted-Driving School Bus Crash Prompts Tougher Tennessee Law

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a new bill into law Thursday banning school bus drivers from using any type of electronic device while hauling students and substantially increasing the penalties for violations. Tennessee legislators pushed the new bill through in response to a deadly December 2014 school bus crash in Knoxville that claimed the lives of two young primary schoolgirls and a teacher’s aide. Authorities investigating that crash found that school bus driver James Davenport, 48, had been texting and driving when he lost control of the vehicle, veered across multiple lanes of traffic, and plowed into another school bus. ... Read More

Frozen vegetables recalled due to possible listeria contamination

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CRF Frozen Foods, based in Pasco, Wash., is recalling 15 of its frozen vegetable items due to concerns that the frozen foods may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Listeria was found in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and organic white sweet cut corn during routine testing at the facility by Ohio health officials. Affected products were distributed to retailers and distribution centers between Sept. 13 and March 16, 2016, to the following states – Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, ... Read More

HSV, Strep test kits recalled due to risk of inaccurate reading

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Focus Diagnostics is recalling laboratory examination kits supplied with Simplexa Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 Direct and Simplexa Group A Strep Direct kits containing the Direct Amplification Discs due to a defect that could yield false positive, false negative, or invalid test results. Inaccurate diagnostic test results may lead to improper patient treatment for Herpes or Strep, which may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death. The issue involves poor lamination between the sample reaction wells, which may lead to leakage into adjacent wells causing cross-contamination between samples. The recall has been identified as a Class 1, the most ... Read More

Medical Testing Company Pays $2.5 Million To Settle Health care Fraud Case

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A Kentucky urine testing company has paid the U.S. government and the states of Kentucky and Tennessee $2.5 to resolve two whistleblower lawsuits that accused it of Medicare and Medicaid fraud with the submission of false claims for drug screening services. John E. Kuhn, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, announced the recovery Tuesday, April 12, saying that PremierTox 2.0 has paid $1,757,300 to the U.S., $2,125,000 to Kentucky, and $325,000 to Tennessee. The agreement settles allegations that from September 2011 through June 2014, PremierTox submitted three types of false claims to Medicare, TennCare, and Kentucky Medicaid ... Read More

U.S. Forms Ten Regional Task Forces To Tackle Elder Abuse

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The U.S. Justice Department announced the launch of 10 regional Elder Justice Task Forces that will combine the resources and efforts of federal, state, and local prosecutors with law enforcement agencies and providers of services to the elderly to better pursue elder abuse in nursing homes that provide “grossly substandard care” to their residents. The newly launched Elder Justice Task Forces will include representatives from the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, state Medicaid Fraud Control Units, state and local prosecutors’ offices, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), state Adult Protective Services agencies, Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs, and law enforcement. The task forces ... Read More

Whistleblower Complaint Leads to $8 Million Settlement With Army Contractor, Subcontractor

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A Tennessee-based defense contractor and New York-based subcontractor will pay $8 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging they cheated the federal government by knowingly selling the U.S. Army defective flares and lying on customs declarations to avoid paying import duties. Kilgore Flares, a company that manufactures and sells electronics, flares, and other energetic products, contracted with the government to produce countermeasure flares used to divert enemy heat-seeking missiles away from military aircraft. Ultrafine magnesium powder, which, combined with other materials, provides ignition and enables the flares to burn at high temperatures and at rates that mimic an aircraft’s engine, ... Read More

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

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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

Tennessee hospital group tries to shake claims in fungal meningitis MDL

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Saint Thomas Health and its associated entities asked a Massachusetts federal judge to free them from some of the claims made in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving Tennessee residents claiming injuries from a deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak. “Some of the Tennessee plaintiffs have also made vague allegations of ‘direct liability’ against the Saint Thomas entities premised on the notion that these defendants negligently ‘operated’ STOPNC in such a way that ‘facilitated its procurement of contaminated steroids, but they have not stated a viable claim under Tennessee law,” the Tennessee hospital group said. STOPNC (Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgical Center LLC) ... Read More

Lawmakers discuss the side effects of Viagra; are men fully informed of risks?

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The Tennessee House of Representatives discussed the dangers of Viagra and other erectile-dysfunction drugs when a bill was brought before the Health Subcommittee seeking to make it more difficult for men to obtain the prescription drug. According to the Times Free Press, Rep. Sherry Jones’s bill proposed “a 48-hour waiting period, a stress test, counseling sessions and a partner’s affidavit for men seeking erectile-dysfunction drug prescriptions to improve their sexual performance.” Rep. Jones said that the bill sought to help protect men by making sure that they fully understood the risks of taking what she called “dangerous drugs.” When she went ... Read More

Emergency transport ventilators recalled

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Dräger Medical Inc. is recalling emergency transport ventilators because of a system error that may cause the ventilator to stop working, putting patients at risk for serious injury or death. The recall involves Dräger Oxylog 2000 plus, Oxylog 3000, and Oxylog 3000 Plus Ventilator with the catalog numbers 5705080, 2M86300, 2M86965, 5704813, or 5704831. The machines were distributed from April 1, 2007, to Dec. 12, 2015. A total of 117 ventilators are affected in the United States. Those machines were distributed to the following states: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, ... Read More