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Tennessee Chiropractor Settles Whistleblower’s Opioid Allegations

A Tennessee chiropractor who allegedly prescribed opioids with no legitimate medical purpose through his four pain clinics and then billed Medicare and Medicaid for them will pay the U.S. more than $1.45 million plus interest to settle the accusations, which were initiated by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act. The U.S. Department of Justice said that from 2011 through 2014, Lenior City chiropractor Matthew Anderson and his management company PMC LLC, which managed four now-defunct pain clinics, wrote opioid prescriptions for patients who had no legitimate need for them. The patients, many of them Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, had ... Read More

Feds Dismantle Opioid Distribution Center and Southern Pill Mills

Federal prosecutors said they have taken down the operators of a health care fraud and opioid trafficking and distribution operation that stretched from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Rome, Italy and contributed to the deaths of about 700 people. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said indictments were unsealed Jan. 4 charging two Italian citizens and five American citizens for their roles in a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) conspiracy and opioid drug trafficking conspiracy to distribute and dispense oxycodone, oxymorphone, and morphine outside the scope of professional practice and not for legitimate medical purposes. The DOJ says that the defendants ran ... Read More

PharMEDium expands recall of compounded drug products

PharMEDium Services LLC is expanding a Dec. 27, 2017, recall to include additional lots of sterile drug products due to the sterility concerns that could cause serious and potentially life-threatening infections to patients. A list of affected products can be found on the company’s website. The recall was expanded because PharMEDium conducted an extensive review of all commercially distributed product lots compounded in the Memphis, Tennessee, location currently within their labeled expiration date in response to a request by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding microbial program controls for the ISO5 environment, personnel glove sampling results, media fill results, ... Read More

Rear Underride Collision With Tractor-Trailer Kills Tennessee Sheriff’s Officer

Rear underride guards on the back of tractor-trailers and other large vehicles are critical safety devices that are meant to protect motorists from being crushed or decapitated in a collision with the back of a truck. But as important as these devices are for all motorists on the road, there is plenty of grisly evidence to show that tougher rules and standards are needed to govern the strength and functionality of rear underride guards. One of the latest examples is the fatal crash of Davidson County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s officer Joseph Gilmore. Officer Gilmore was killed on New Year’s Day on ... Read More

T. Marzetti Recalls Frozen Biscuits Over Listeria Concerns

T. Marzetti Company, the manufacturer of biscuits and other baked goods sold under various brand names, said on Tuesday that it is recalling a number of products because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. So far no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products, which are not ready to eat and require cooking, which reduces the risk of causing illness. Still, if the baking instructions are not properly followed or the product is mishandled, the risk of contracting listeriosis remains. Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in young children, elderly people, and others with ... Read More

Tennessee Official Sues Tractor-Trailer Co. and Driver Over Crash

A former Tennessee state representative is suing an Illinois trucking firm and others for injuries he suffered when a tractor-trailer crashed into his vehicle on I-81 in Kingsport, Tennessee last month. Jason Mumpower, who currently serves as Tennessee Comptroller chief of staff, filed the lawsuit Dec. 4 with his wife in a Greeneville, Tennessee federal court. The Mumpowers allege that Illinois-based Sopranos Inc. and Gogu Trucking Express and driver Pavel Gheleniuc of Orlando, Florida, are liable for the accident that left Mr. Mumpower with multiple “extensive” injuries. According to the Kingsport, Tennessee Times News, the lawsuit centers on a traffic ... Read More

3M Underreported Toxic Emissions To Alabama For Years

3M Co. grossly underreported the levels of toxic PFOS and PFOA chemicals it discharged into the Tennessee River from its Decatur, Alabama plant, the company disclosed in a letter to Alabama regulators. The company told the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) that it underreported the level of chemical releases over a period of about three and a half years, ending in mid-2016. 3M’s admission comes as lawsuits against the manufacturer continue to mount, most of them filed by individuals who developed cancer and other serious health problems allegedly brought on by exposure to the 3M chemicals. 3M used perfluorooctane ... Read More

Kroger recalls infant water due to mold contamination

The Kroger Company is recalling Comforts FOR BABY Purified Water with Fluoride Added after receiving complaints that there was mold in the product. Laboratory testing identified the mold as Talaromyces penicillium, which can cause allergic reactions in some people. Affected products include 1 gallon (3.78 L) clear bottles with the sell by dates from April 26, 2018 to Oct. 10, 2018,  the UPC Code 0 41260 37597 2, and the plant code 51-4140. The labels also state DISTRIBUTED BY THE KROGER CO, CINCINNATI, OHIO 45202. The water was distributed to Kroger stores, including Food 4 Less, Jay C, Jay C ... Read More

New resources, improved efforts to combat opioid epidemic

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Acting DEA Administrator Robert Patterson announced new resources and stepped up efforts to address the nation’s growing opioid epidemic during a press conference at the Department of Justice. The efforts include more than $12 million in grant funding to assist law enforcement in combatting illegal manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine, heroin and prescription opioids; the establishment of a new DEA field office in Louisville, Kentucky, to include Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia to step up the administration’s efforts within the Appalachian mountain region; and a directive to all U.S. Attorneys to designate an Opioid Coordinator ... Read More

Deadly Kentucky Plane Crash: Plane Broke Apart in Flight, NTSB Reports

A Nov. 12 plane crash in Barren County, Kentucky, that killed all four people aboard was the result of “an in-flight break-up and collision with trees and terrain following a loss of control,” federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in its preliminary report on the plane crash that the 1965 Piper PA-32 descended from 7,000 feet to 2,800 feet in 30 seconds before it lost radar contact and crashed in a remote area near Fountain Run, about 80 miles north of Nashville in southeastern Kentucky. The pilot-owner and three passengers were headed home to Somerset, Kentucky, ... Read More