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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

Three tribes join MDL against opioid makers

Three federally recognized tribes have filed complaints in a growing multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Ohio federal court blaming opioid manufacturers and distributors for fueling the opioid epidemic, causing a wave of opioid overdoses and associated economic burdens. The Spirit Lake Tribe of Fort Totten, North Dakota; the Turtle Mountian Band of Chippewa Indians of Belcourt, North Dakota; and the Squaxin Island Indian Tribe of Shelton, Washington, filed separate lawsuits against a group of opioid makers and distributors, joining dozens of local governments and other tribes including the Cherokee Nation, the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, the Eastern Band of ... Read More

Propelled by Fraud, Opioid Overdose Soars To New Levels

The opioid crisis is on a disturbingly sharp upward trend across the U.S. despite the federal government’s tough talk and costly crackdown efforts, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From July 2016 through September 2017, emergency hospital visits due to opioid overdose rocketed 30 percent overall and 35 percent in the 16 states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, according to the CDC. “We have an emergency on our hands,” said acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat, according to NPR. “The fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic continues and is accelerating.” The U.S. Department of Justice ... Read More

Salmonella outbreak linked to Jimmy John’s sprouts deemed over

An outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants in Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as a grocery store in Minnesota, appears to be over according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local agencies. Furthermore, any contaminated sprouts that made people sick in this outbreak would be beyond their shelf life and no longer be on the market. Ten people were infected during the outbreak with strains of Salmonella Montevideo – two in Illinois, two in Minnesota, and six in Wisconsin. The CDC notified ... Read More

Salmonella Concerns with Dog Food, Treat Recalls may affect humans

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced three separate recalls of dog food and dog treats, saying the items may cause Salmonella infections among humans who handle the food or come in close contact with pets that ingest it. Raws for Paws, a Minneapolis-based raw pet food manufacturer, is recalling about 4,000 pounds of pet food made with raw ground turkey and sold in 1 lb. and 5 lb.  packages. According to the FDA, the pet food was mainly distributed to retail locations throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, as well as online. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and ... Read More

Collagen protein supplement recalled, contains undeclared milk

Bulletproof 360 Inc., is recalling one lot of Bulletproof Collagen Protein dietary supplement, promoted for tissue, muscle and bone recovery after exercise, because the product contains undeclared milk. People with allergies or severe sensitivity to milk are at risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. The recall affects lot #1017088 of Bulletproof Collagen Protein, packaged in a 16-ounce composite-film bag. It has the UPC 8 15709 -2115 3 printed on the label, along with the expiration date, listed as EXP03/19. All other lots of Bulletproof Collagen Protein and other products purchased at bulletproof.com are not ... Read More

Order allows punitive damages in PA Risperdal side effects cases

A ruling in Philadelphia Superior Court tossed an order that protected Johnson & Johnson from punitive damages in more than 6,400 cases pending in Philadelphia County over claims that the drug company’s antipsychotic drug Risperdal disfigured adolescent boys. The ruling came from a three-judge panel that was considering an appeal by plaintiff Timothy Strange, who took Risperdal as an adolescent in 2006 to treat symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome. He sued Johnson & Johnson and in December 2015, was awarded $500,000 in compensatory damages. He appealed to the Philadelphia Supreme Court that the law in his home state of Wisconsin favors ... Read More

Orange cream bars recalled due to Listeria scare

Boxes of Tops brand Orange Cream Bars and Meijer Purple Cow brand Orange Cream Bars may look innocent enough with adorable animals posing next to the tasty treats. But buyer beware. Fieldbrook Foods Corporation, maker of the products, has issued a recall of 20 cases of the Tops brand product and 320 cases of Meijer Purple Cow brand cream bars because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The nasty organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. While healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as ... Read More

E-Cigarette Lithium-ion Battery Explosion Triggers Wisconsin Lawsuit

A Wisconsin woman who suffered severe burn injuries when an e-cigarette exploded in her pants pocket is suing the shop that sold her the device, the distributor of the allegedly faulty device, and the manufacturer of the lithium-ion batteries that caused the blast. The Madison County Record reports that plaintiff Audra Buckley says she bought an e-cigarette with two mini lithium-ion batteries from Green Forest Vapor Shop in Waterloo, Wisconsin on Jan. 4, 2017. The lithium-ion batteries, she claims, were unreasonably dangerous because they exploded in her pocket. The exploding lithium-ion batteries left her with burn injuries on her hips, ... Read More

Corn Mill Gets Record OSHA Fine After Deadly Dust Explosion

A Wisconsin corn milling plant was hit with more than $1.8 million in federal penalties in the wake of a massive explosion that killed five workers and injured 12 others, including a 21-year-old worker who suffered a double leg amputation in the blast. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that the deadly May 31, 2017, explosion at the Didion Milling plant in Cambria, Wisconsin, could have been prevented had the company adhered to observed workplace safety rules designed to protect workers. The $1,837,861 penalty the company now faces is the largest proposed penalty for a single inspection in ... Read More