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McNeil denied appeal in $10 million Children’s Motrin verdict

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by Johnson & Johnson unit McNeil-PPC Inc., of a $10 million verdict levied against the company by the family of a girl who suffered a serious allergic reaction and blindness after taking Children’s Motrin as prescribed for fever. McNeil had petitioned the state high court to hear the case after its bid for appeal was rejected by the Pennsylvania Superior Court panel last September. The panel supported the lower court’s decision in July, which found the consumer health care company failed to warn that its over-the-counter medicine could cause the serious ... Read More

Bus crash injures Indiana Tech bowling team members

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A bus carrying the Indiana Tech men’s and women’s bowling teams crashed Thursday morning on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana, injuring 21 team members. Henryville, Ind., State Police officials said the bus veered off the road “for an unknown reason” as it traveled south from Fort Wayne, Indiana en route to competitions in Smyrna, Tennessee. The driver was able to return the bus to the road, but possibly overcompensated because it veered to the opposite side of the southbound lanes and toppled over. The crash occurred around 10:25 a.am about 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. All 21 people on ... Read More

Whistleblower accuses largest U.S. hospital operator of fraud

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A former employee of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the largest publicly traded hospital system in the nation, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, alleging it subjected patients to medically unnecessary heart surgeries and submitted false claims to the federal government for reimbursement. Christopher Gentile, who served as the professional liability claims director for an HCA subsidiary in Tennessee, filed the whistleblower lawsuit in February 2012 in a Miami, Fla., federal court. The lawsuit was unsealed on Monday. Mr. Gentile accuses two HCA hospitals in Florida of performing high-risk, invasive and medically unneeded cardiology procedures on patients so it ... Read More

CO poisoning rises as temps drop

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During the coldest months of winter, it’s always good to ensure your heating sources are used properly to avoid what health experts refer to as “the silent killer” – carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas, claims the lives of more than 400 citizens annually when carbon-based fuels, such as gasoline, natural gas, oil, charcoal or wood, are burned without enough oxygen present. The toxic CO fumes then accumulate in nearby areas, poisoning any people or animals nearby. CO poisoning occurs more often as a result of power outages from hurricanes and winter storms when fuel ... Read More

Whistleblower lawsuit leads to $75 million settlement with three New Mexico hospitals and parent company

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Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation and three affiliated New Mexico hospitals have agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit for $75 million, resolving allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by making illegal donations to county governments to boost federal payments received under a matching Medicaid funds program. “Congress expressly intended that states and counties use their own money when seeking federal matching funds in order to encourage them to join the federal government in ensuring that Medicaid funds are spent on the needs of beneficiaries,” said Joyce R. Branda, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s ... Read More

Community Health Systems patient information compromised in massive data breach

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Community Health Systems, Inc., has admitted data from its affiliated physician practices and clinics was breached in what it terms a “foreign-based cyber-attack” on its computer network. Patient information was compromised. The cyberattack occurred in April and June 2014 but was not publicly disclosed until August 2014. Community Health Systems is the largest operator of acute-care hospitals in the United States. Its affiliates own, operate or lease 206 hospitals in 29 states, with approximately 31,100 licensed beds. In a note published on the CHS website, Andi Bosshart, SVP, Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer for Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation ... Read More

Families of workers killed in 2013 Peru helicopter crash seek $110 million

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PORTLAND, Ore. – More families of workers killed in a 2013 helicopter crash while exploring for petroleum in Peru have filed wrongful-death lawsuits in Multnomah County, Ore., Circuit Court. The lawsuits, which now amount to six after two additional suits were filed this week, collectively seek $110 million in damages against Aurora, Ore.-based Columbia Helicopters, Columbia Helicopters Leasing, and Boeing Co., which manufactured the chopper. The Boeing-Vertol Model 234 cargo helicopter, a civilian model of the Chinook helicopter with tandem rotors used by the military, broke apart for unknown reasons in the air on Jan. 7, 2013. The helicopter crashed ... Read More

Listeria illnesses, deaths linked to Happy Apples Company prepackaged caramel apples

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Happy Apples Company of Washington, Mo., is recalling its prepackaged caramel apples after the products were found to be the source of a listeria monocytogenes outbreak that sickened 29 and killed five in 10 states. All 29 people who were sickened were hospitalized, and nine of the illnesses occurred in pregnant women. The recall comes about a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning to consumers not to eat prepackaged caramel apples as it investigated which commercially made brands were responsible for the outbreak. Though the apples are most popular around Halloween, the CDC ... Read More

Tennessee home health care company settles whistleblower allegations for $25 million

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A Nashville, Tenn.-based home health care company and its affiliates have agreed to pay $25 million plus interest to settle whistleblower allegations that they violated the federal False Claims Act by submitting bills to Medicare and Medicaid that were wrongly coded and false in a scheme to boost profits. According to the U.S. Justice Department, CareAll Management LLC, one of Tennessee’s largest home health care providers, routinely overstated the severity of patients’ conditions to increase its billings. The company also billed Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary services, often treating patients who were not homebound, federal prosecutors said. The alleged ... Read More

Dietary supplement for infants, children recalled due to fungal contamination

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Solgar, Inc. ABC Dophilus Powder, a dietary supplement for infants and children, is being recalled after testing revealed the products were contaminated with a fungus that can cause potentially dangerous infections. ABC Dophilus Powder is a supplement containing acidophilus, a bacteria that supports the healthy functioning of the intestinal system by promoting a favorable environment for the absorption of nutrients. Testing conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) revealed the presence of Rhizopus oryzae in 1.75 ounce (50 g) containers of Solgar ABC Dophilus Powder, which may cause Mucormycosis, a rare infection. Those at greater risk of developing ... Read More