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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

Salmonella Infections Linked to Eggs Continue To Rise

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella infection tied to eggs continues to grow, triggering an expansion of a recall on eggs originating from Rose Acre Farms. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contaminated eggs from Rose Acre, which were packaged and sold under a variety of brand names, have sickened at least 35 people, resulting in 11 hospitalizations. The recalled eggs were distributed to stores and restaurants in nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the original recall ... Read More

206.7 Million Eggs Recalled for Salmonella Risk

A multistate outbreak of salmonella poisoning has prompted the largest egg recall in nearly a decade. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday said the recall of 206,749,248 eggs (more than 17 million dozen) follows 22 reports of illness linked to consumption of salmonella-contaminated eggs. Food Safety News says the egg recall is the largest of its kind since 2010. The affected eggs were distributed to stores and restaurants in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. They were sold under several brand names to grocery chains and distributed in ... Read More

Whistleblower Suit Recovers $1 Million From USPS Contractor

A whistleblower was instrumental in helping the U.S. government recover more than $1 million from a government contractor that provided trucking services to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), federal officials said. Virginia-based Beam Bros. Trucking Inc. and its two principals agreed to pay the U.S. $1,025,000 to resolve allegations brought by a former employee who alleged the company was misusing government-provided fuel cards, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said. Beam Bros. was one of the trucking companies the USPS contracted to transport mail throughout the U.S. Under some contracts with trucking companies, the USPS provides “Voyager Cards,” which allow ... Read More

West Virginia’s Opioid Crisis The Focus of Congressional Investigation

The opioid epidemic in West Virginia is a focus of a Congressional investigation seeking to determine why three major opioid distributors flooded the state with more than 780 million hydrocodone and oxycontin painkillers in a recent six-year period – about 433 opioid pills for every West Virginia resident. According to The (Huntington, West Virginia) Herald-Dispatch, the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce had mailed inquiries to drug distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen looking for answers about their involvement in opioid pill dumping in the state. The inquiries, which The Herald-Dispatch says present more than 70 questions and 40 ... Read More

Drug companies shipped 20.8M opioids to WVa town of 2,900

How could drug wholesalers send 20.8 million prescription painkillers over a 10-year period to two West Virginia pharmacies in a town of just 2,900 people without raising red flags by authorities? That’s what a congressional committee investigating the nation’s opioid epidemic wants to know. The House Energy and Commerce Committee took issue with massive shipments of opioids like hydrocodone and oxycodone by wholesalers Miami-Luken and H.D. Smith to Tug Valley Pharmacy and Hurley Drug in the tiny town of Williamson in Mingo County, located in southern West Virginia. “These numbers are outrageous, and we will get to the bottom of ... Read More