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Diabetic test strips recalled due to false readings

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About 2,500 diabetic test strips used specifically by health care providers are being recalled because they may report falsely low blood glucose levels. Because the tests trips are reporting falsely low blood glucose when the true levels are above 265 mg/dL, there is a risk that the health care provider would not diagnose hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) including diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar hyperglysemic syndrome in a timely manner and fail to treat elevated blood glucose levels. The recall involves the SPOTCHEM II Basic PANEL-1 Reagent Test Strips and SPOTCHEM II Glucose Reagent Test Strips, manufactured by Arkray Factory Inc., with ... Read More

50 New Illnesses, 2 Deaths Linked Salmonella-Contaminated Cucumbers

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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

Dole recalls packaged salad linked to listeria contamination, one death

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Dole Food Co. Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a multi-state recall for packaged salads possibly contaminated with a strain of the listeria monocytogenes (listeriosis) bacteria. The CDC reports one person has died and 12 were hospitalized after eating packaged salads prepared and distributed at Dole’s Springfield, Ohio, facility. According to a CDC news release, the outbreak has affected people in six states. One person from Michigan died as a result of listeriosis, and one of the 12 people hospitalized was pregnant. The CDC reports five people who fell ill reported eating ... Read More

Trader Joe’s announces cashew recall due to Salmonella concerns

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Popular specialty foods chain Trader Joe’s has announced a recall of its raw cashew pieces due to the potential presence of Salmonella within one of its shipped lots. Although no other lots of raw cashew pieces tested positive for Salmonella by the FDA’s contract laboratory, Trader Joe’s opted to recall all lots of the cashews in order to ensure the safety of its customers. The cashew recall impacts all of Trader Joe’s 16-ounce non-resealable bags marked with date code labels reading, “BEST BEFORE 07.17.2016TF4.” Store locations in the following states received the potentially affected cashew pieces:  Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, ... Read More

Medical Testing Company Pays $4.1 Million To Settle Whistleblower Complaint

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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

Whistleblower Helps U.S., Tennessee Recover $7.8 Million From Nashville Pharmacy Co.

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A Nashville pharmacy company specializing in dispensing drugs to treat HIV and AIDS and its majority owner agreed to pay the U.S. and Tennessee governments up to $7.8 million to settle a whistleblower’s allegations that it defrauded Medicare and TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program. Marsha McCullough, a former order entry technician for Nashville Pharmacy Services LLC, sued the company under the qui tam or “whistleblower” provisions of the False Claims Act and majority owner Kevin Hartman, alleging they fraudulently billed Medicare and TennCare for drugs in a number of ways. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of ... Read More

Dozens More Hospitals Settle Medicare Fraud Allegations With U.S.

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Thirty-two hospitals located throughout 15 states will pay the U.S. more than $28 million collectively to settle allegations that they routinely overbilled Medicare for minimally invasive kyphoplasty spinal procedures, the Justice Department announced today, adding that it has now reached settlements with more than 130 hospitals totaling approximately $105 million to resolve allegations that they mischarged Medicare the procedure. Kyphoplasty is a procedure performed to treat certain spinal fractures that are caused by osteoporosis in most cases. Usually kyphoplasty can be performed safely and effectively as an outpatient procedure without any need for a more costly inpatient hospital admission. All but ... Read More

OSHA investigating FedEx after third employee death in five years

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MEMPHIS, Tenn – FedEx faces a federal investigation following the death of an employee at the Memphis FedEx hub, the site of three workplace deaths in five years. According to WHBQ Fox 13, Chris Higginbottom, a 39-year-old single father of two boys, died Sunday morning during an early morning shift. Police investigating Mr. Higginbottom’s death said he was driving a large vehicle known as a “tug” into a parked trailer. Tugs are used to move cargo between FedEx airplanes and warehouses. Mr. Higginbottom was underneath the tug’s loaded trailer. Companies are required to promptly report the death of an employee ... Read More

Distracted Driving Caused Crash Of Nuclear Waste Truck In Maryland

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Maryland authorities investigating the Wednesday crash of a tractor trailer hauling hazardous waste from Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear reactors determined distracted driving to be the cause. Maryland State Police said the 57-year-old driver, Daniel Bates, of Tennessee, had his attention fixed on another accident that had occurred on Interstate 81 near Maugansville, Md., just south of the Pennsylvania border. Mr. Bates has been charged in the crash, according to USA Today. The 2001 Freightliner truck was hauling two shipping containers of used protective suits that workers at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant used during radioactive cleanup. A spokesman ... Read More

Truck Driver Charged For Deadly Oklahoma Bus Crash

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The driver of a tractor trailer who crossed a highway median and collided with a bus in Oklahoma last year, killing four members of the North Central Texas College softball team, was high on synthetic marijuana or “spice,” as the substance is commonly called, federal investigators have determined. Authorities in Murray County, Okla., charged Russel Wayne Staley, 53, Thursday in Murray County District Court for the deaths of the four players, Meagan Richardson, 19 of Wylie, Texas; Katelynn Woodlee, 18, of Windom, Texas; Jaiden Pelton, 20, of Telephone, Texas; and Brooke Deckard, 20, of Scurry, Texas. The players were headed ... Read More