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Dietary supplement maker sentenced, fined for selling illegal steroids

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Matthew Greaten, 50, former president and owner of Virginia-based Nature’s Chemistry LLC, was sentenced and fined by a federal judge in Virginia for selling dietary supplements that contained a dangerous and illegal hidden drug ingredient. Greacen and Nature’s Chemistry vice president James W. Mills were accused of manufacturing nearly 45,000 bottles of capsules containing methasterone, known by the name Superdrol, an anabolic steroid that was never marketed through legitimate channels for medicinal purposes. The U.S. Attorney’s office calls Superdrol a dangerous “designer steroid.” Anabolic steroids are used – and often misused and abused – by athletes and bodybuilders to build ... Read More

NC nursing home ordered to pay $5.2 million for the wrongful deaths of three patients

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The skilled nursing care given by Blue Ridge Health Care Center and management companies Care Virginia Management LLC and Care One LLC was grossly negligent, intentional or in reckless disregard of the rights of three nursing home patients, a North Carolina federal jury determined, and ordered the companies to pay the families of the three deceased residents $5.2 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The jury found that the companies’ actions caused the deaths of Del Ray Baird, Elizabeth Jones, and Bettie May Kee. Baird’s estate was awarded $50,000, and the estates of Jones and Kee were each awarded $300,000 ... Read More

Guggisberg cheese recall announced due to potential Listeria monocytogenes; seven states affected

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Guggisberg Cheese Inc. has announced a recall of several types of Colby type cheeses and sizes upon learning they may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes. Those with weaker immune systems, such as children and frail or elderly adults, are at particular risk of serious infections from exposure to the dangerous bacteria. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that the recalled cheese products were manufactured by both Guggisberg Cheese and Deutsch Kase Haus LLC, but sold under the Guggisberg label. The following Guggisberg products are included in this cheese recall: Product Size (May be purchased at the deli counter ... Read More

Dietary supplement recalled after analysis finds dangerous hidden drug ingredient


Kingsway Trading Inc. is recalling its Well Balance Xanthium & Siler Combo (Bi Yan Pian) dietary supplement because it contains a hidden drug that has been banned from the U.S. market because it is linked to serious and sometimes fatal cardiovascular events. The recall affects Brooklyn, New York-based Kingsway’s Well Balance Xanthium & Siler Combo (Bi Yan Pian) supplements in 1.06 ounce (30g) bottles with Batch No. 130401 and Batch No. 150201. The item is packaged in a plastic brown bottle with a white cap. Each bottle contains 100 tablets, each tablet is 300 mg. The product was distributed to Massachusetts, ... Read More

Metal bits found in chewing tobacco, dip prompts recall

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Complaints from customers who have spotted sharp metal objects in cans of chewing or dipping tobacco have prompted Virginia-based U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC), a part of Altria, to recall some of its smokeless tobacco products. Brands affected by the chewing tobacco recall include Copenhagen, Skoal, Cope and Husky. A list of brands and product codes affected by the recall can be found on the company’s press release. All of the recalled tobacco products were manufactured at the company’s Franklin Park, Illinois, facility and shipped nationwide. The company received eight customer complaints from Indiana, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Wisconsin and ... Read More

Tractor Trailer Veers Out of Lane, Kills Three Virginia Motorists

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Virginia State Police are investigating a deadly crash between a tractor trailer and a car near Charlottesville Monday morning that killed three people. State Police investigators said that Franklin Rowe, 51, was driving a tractor trailer loaded with sand down Route 15 South in Fluvanna County, Virginia, when he crossed the center line of the two-lane highway and collided with a 2005 Honda sedan traveling in the northbound lane. Mr. Rowe’s truck was traveling downhill and around a curve when the collision occurred. The impact killed Roderick V. Manifold, 69, of Lake Monticello, Virginia, his wife, Demetria B. Manifold, 69, ... Read More

Family of Illinois Man Killed By Guardrail Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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The family of an Illinois man who was killed in a car crash after being impaled by an allegedly defective guardrail has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the guardrail’s manufacturer, Trinity Industries of Texas. Omar Artis, 21, had returned home from college to attend the funeral of his 25-year-old sister who had died of a rare disease. He was driving two of his relatives home when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel, veered off the road, and struck the guardrail. But instead of folding in on itself and bringing the vehicle to a safe stop, Trinity’s ET-Plus guardrail ... Read More

Patients suing maker of defective blood test kits


Two people have filed a proposed class action lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court alleging health diagnostics company Alere Inc. used deceptive marketing practices to lure customers into buying its inaccurate home blood test kits that yielded inaccurate results and put patients’ lives at risk. J.E. from Virginia and J.D. from Arizona filed an amended complaint in October over Alere’s INRatio system, which is used to measure blood clotting factors in patients’ blood and lets patients know whether dosages of their blood thinning medication warfarin need to be adjusted to prevent spontaneous bleeding or the formation of a blood clot. According ... Read More

Plaintiffs ask judge not to transfer Invokana side effects lawsuits to NJ


More than 100 people suing Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals over kidney damage allegedly caused by the companies’ diabetes drug Invokana are asking a Pennsylvania federal judge not to transfer their cases to a recently established multidistrict litigation (MDL) in New Jersey, arguing doing so would go against common logic. Johnson & Johnson and its unit Janssen filed a motion last November to stay and transfer or dismiss 106 of the 143 cases that had been filed in Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas and later removed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Plaintiffs argue ... Read More

Judge reduces award in medical ice pack device lawsuit

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A California appeals court found a $12.7 million jury verdict against the manufacturer of an ice pack device used to speed recovery following surgery and other defendants to be excessive, trimming the award to $1.45 million. The lawsuit was filed by the family Whitney Engler, who in 2003 at the age of 15 underwent knee surgery for an injury she sustained as a high school athlete. She was treated with a Polar Care 500, a device made by Breg Inc., designed like an ice pack that delivers continuous cold therapy to the injury site. Engler alleges she was told the ... Read More