A jury has awarded a man nearly $4 million in damages over an incorrect diagnosis and unnecessary surgery.
The man says he was disabled and is sick following treatments by neurologist Dr. Dale Lange, according to CBS New York. “I went through a lot of unnecessary stuff; a lot of pain; eventually lost my wife and family over all this—and I’m like, you know what? He did me wrong,” he said. Continue reading
Otter Products LLC, the company that makes OtterBox smartphone and tablet cases, has settled a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that the company violated federal law by underpaying customs duties, North Colorado Business Report reports. According to U.S. Attorney John Walsh’s office, the company has paid $4.3 million to the U.S. government. The statement was announced Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Continue reading
Generic drugs, non-name brand medications that cost far less than the brand-name, came under greater scrutiny recently after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned imports of treatments made from two Indian facilities (Ranbaxy Labs and Wockhardy Ltd). The agency was forced to halt sale of generic drugs from these facilities due to drug safety. This spurred fear in the FDA and consumers alike, who are less likely to take generic drugs if they develop a reputation for being dangerous-even if they safe and just as effective. Generic medications make up nearly 80 percent of US prescriptions. Continue reading
A partially paralyzed man claims that Delta Airlines workers forced him to crawl on and off two flights in 2012. The lawsuit, brought in 2013, has just been settled.
The Maui man sued Delta over allegations that airline workers forced him to crawl on and off the flights the prior year and that the airline did not provide a wheelchair or other assistance on either of the 2012 flights, according to the Associated Press (AP). Continue reading
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for April 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., local time. The program seeks to offer a safe, convenient, and responsible way in which to dispose of prescription medications, according to the Department of Justice
The program is also meant to educate the general public about the potential likelihood of medication abuse, the Department of Justice indicates. Appropriately disposing of medications helps fight one of the key ways in which young people access drugs and develop substance abuse problems, wrote the Mercury News. Continue reading
Although there are recommended limits on codeine use in children, a new study reveals that codeine is prescribed to pediatric patients in at least 500,000 emergency room visits annually.
According to the decade-long study, in 2010 alone, 3 percent of pediatric emergency room visits led to a codeine prescription. With over 25 million ER visits involving children annually, too many children are being prescribed the painkiller, the study authors say, according to the Associated Press (AP). What’s more, there are better options available for children, the researchers note. Continue reading
Mayor Reginald Spinello of Long Island’s Glen Cove seeks to include e-cigarettes under ordinances that also include traditional cigarette bans.
Mayor Spinello told Newsday that Glen Cove’s city ordinances should be amended and that the town attorney will be looking at the language necessary for a City Council resolution that would ensure that Glen Cove city’s anti-smoking ordinances would be more comprehensive.
“The hope is that when we talk about ‘no smoking’ they should say that includes e-cigarettes, too,” the mayor told Newsday. The mayor seeks to have Glen Cove follow in the examples of other municipalities that have enacted comparable prohibitions.
Health Canada, Canada’s federal health agency, has announced that Fresenius Medical Care is voluntarily recalling specific lots of NaturaLyte Sodium Bicarbonate Liquid Concentrate in 6.4L and 8L sizes due to bacterial contamination.
This product is used in kidney dialysis (hemodialysis) to remove waste products from the blood by passing them out of the body through a filtering system. The affected product (lots 13JMLB004, 13JMLB006, 13JMLB007 and 13JMLB008) was distributed to hospital and home settings between August 8, 2013 and October 28, 2013, with expiration dates that run from June through December 2014. Fresenius advises users to check lot numbers before administering the product and immediately discontinue use of affected lots. Recalled products should be stored in a secured area, away from other products, until they can be returned to Fresenius. Continue reading
Older COPD Patients May Suffer from More Breathing Problems when taking Certain Sedatives, Study Shows
Older adults who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be more likely to suffer from serious breathing problems if they take certain sedatives, new research suggests. According to a study published on Thursday in the European Respiratory Journal,benzodiazepines such as lorazepam (Ativan) or alprazolam (Xanax) are associated with a 45 percent increased risk of breathing problems that require outpatient treatment in older COPD patients. These patients were also 92 percent more likely go to the emergency room for pneumonia or COPD, and had a higher risk of being hospitalized for breathing problems. Continue reading
The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that Spacelabs Healthcare Ltd. has recalled its ARKON Anesthesia Delivery System with Version 2.0 Software. A software defect may cause the system to cease working. The FDA has deemed the recall a Class I, its most serious designation, which is reserved for situations in which there exists a reasonable probability that use of the recalled product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
The recalled ARKON Anesthesia Delivery Systems were manufactured and distributed from March 18, 2013 through June 17, 2013; 16 units were distributed to hospitals in North Carolina and South Carolina. The ARKON Anesthesia Delivery System with Version 2.0 Software includes the following serial numbers of units distributed in the United States: Continue reading