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73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More

BAE Systems Fire in Virginia Critically Injures Two Workers

Three workers were injured when a flash fire broke out at a BAE Systems-managed government ammunition plant in Radford, Virginia, Monday, June 12. According to the Associated Press, the workplace accident occurred at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, also known as the Radford Arsenal, which serves as the main ammunition and explosives manufacturing facility for the U.S. Department of Defense. The sprawling facility, which occupies thousands of acres in southwestern Virginia, is owned by the U.S. government but is operated by major defense contractor BAE Systems. Plant official Charles Saks told Roanoke, Virginia’s WDBJ Channel 7 that “nitrocellulose material in ... Read More

Unattended Boy Dies In Hot Car After Grandmother Passes Out

The death of a 1-year-old South Carolina boy trapped inside a hot car underscores the importance of never leaving a child alone in a sealed car, even for a moment. Greenville, South Carolina’s WHNS reported that Crista McElhannon said her son Joe “Jojo” Lockaby was at his grandmother’s house for a sleepover May 31 when he took a short nap but woke up irritable. The grandmother loaded Jojo up in the car. Her plan was to take her grandson to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal – something that the two of them often enjoyed doing. But once Jojo was secured ... Read More

Whistleblower Case Leads To $114 Million Judgement Against Ex-Diagnostic Lab CEO, Others

Three whistleblower lawsuits played a key role in a $114 million judgment against Health Diagnostics Laboratory CEO LaTonya Mallory and two other individuals who allegedly co-conspired to pay physicians kickbacks for patient referrals and causing the submission of false claims to Medicare for diagnostic tests that patients didn’t need. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the government intervened in the whistleblower lawsuits and consolidated them in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina. During a two-week jury trial, federal prosecutors presented evidence that Ms. Mallory and co-defendants Floyd Calhoun Dent III and Robert Bradford Johnson paid kickbacks to doctors disguised ... Read More

Nashville’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Sickens At Least 14

Public health authorities in Tennessee say an outbreak of hepatitis A in the state has sickened at least 14 people in the Nashville area. The outbreak is one of a multitude of recent outbreaks ongoing nationwide, some of which have become unusually virile. Although the number of confirmed hepatitis A cases in Tennessee seems small, officials say the Nashville outbreak is almost certainly larger than it seems because the virus can exist dormant and undetected in the body for several weeks. This allows the highly contagious virus to spread exponentially among a population while health authorities search for sources. “However ... Read More

Synthetic cannabinoids linked to life-threatening, unexplained bleeding

More than 200 people in nine states developed serious, unexplained bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids, which health officials say may have been laced with rat poison. Five of those who fell ill have died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned. The first case of life threatening vitamin K-dependent antagonist coagulopathy following synthetic cannabinoid use was reported in Illinois on March 3, 2018. Since then, there have been 202 reports of the condition, including 164 cases in Illinois and 20 in Maryland. Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin reported six cases each. About half of the ... Read More

Jury wanted to add cancer warnings to J&J talcum powders

A California jury deliberating whether to punish Johnson & Johnson with more monetary damages on top of $21.7 million in compensatory damages it awarded just a day before asked the court if they could require Johnson & Johnson to put warnings on the product’s label instead. When the court said doing so was beyond the jurors’ ability, they slapped the health care company with an additional $4 million in punitive damages. The trial involved claims that the company’s baby powder contains asbestos and contributed to a woman’s mesothelioma diagnosis. Joanne Anderson, a 68-year-old woman, said her rare and deadly cancer ... Read More

Insys sued for bribing doctors to prescribe powerful opioid Subsys

Drug company Insys Therapeutics bribed doctors to prescribe its powerful fentanyl spray Subsys for conditions in which it was not approved, allegedly costing the federal government millions of dollars, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and six states. The whistleblower litigation involves allegations that Insys used deceptive practices to market its cancer pain treatment, including funneling money to doctors and nurse practitioners through fake speaking events in exchange for them writing prescriptions; finding jobs for family and friends of those who prescribed the drug; and funding strip club visits. Numerous Insys sales representatives have ... Read More

Dräger Medical recalls anesthesia machines

Dräger Medical is recalling its Fabius Anesthesia machines because they may have excessive oil that was not removed during production of the machines. This oil may interfere with the position detector of the ventilation motor during operation and cause the ventilation to fail, which can lead to serious patient injury or death. The recall affects several lots of Fabius Anesthesia machines including Fabius GS Premium, Fabius Tiro, Fabius Tiro M, and Fabius MRI. A total of 62 machines are being recalled from the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, ... Read More

Drug execs deny fueling opioid epidemic

Four executives from drug distributors told members of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations that their companies did not fuel the nation’s opioid epidemic, but one executive did express “personal regret for judgments that we’d make differently today,” Law360 reported. George Barrett, executive chairman of Cardinal Health, was referring specifically to opioid shipments his company and others made to two pharmacies in West Virginia, including one in Mount Gay-Shamrock, a town of just under 1,900 people, that received more than 16.5 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills from 2006 to 2016. “With the benefit of hindsight, I ... Read More