News this week about Lipitor:
More than 20 million Americans take cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. These drugs, including the brand name Lipitor, have been linked to a high risk of Type 2 diabetes, especially in middle-aged and older women.
A study conducted by the Women’s Health Initiative of 150,000 postmenopausal women found that those taking a statin such as Lipitor were almost twice as likely to get a diabetes diagnosis. Studies published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the Journal of the American Medical Association also reported a higher risk of diabetes for people taking statins.
The FDA has issued a warning about side effects of Lipitor, including the risk of diabetes. Data from large clinical trials reveal the danger of developing Type 2 diabetes from Lipitor is particularly high in women with existing risk factors including:
High blood sugar
Elevated triglycerides (a type of blood fat)
High blood pressure
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Airtran Airways, a large domestic airline, has recently sued and obtained a judgment in excess of $280,000 against its longtime employee Brenda Elem, after she was severely injured in a car wreck.
Ms. Elem began working in 2002 for Atlanta based Airtran Airways, a billion dollar airline which is owned by Southwest Airlines. The entire time Elem worked for Airtran, she always paid health insurance premiums to Aetna through the airline’s employee benefit program. In 2007, Elem was injured in a car wreck and suffered significant injuries for which Aetna paid $134,000 in related medical expenses. Airtran sued Ms.
Elem to recover the full $134,000 paid by Aetna and now amazingly stands to collect over $280,000, an amount that almost exceeds the entire amount Elem personally received in her settlement with the driver that caused her injuries. While many regular Americans have had their rights to recover damages for their personal injuries curtailed as a reaction to frivolous lawsuits, the system in this case has rewarded a billion dollar corporation for pursuing money from its own employee for medical expenses paid by an insurance company.
The judgment obtained against Elem stems from a March 2007 car wreck which occurred when Elem was driving her car in Marietta, Georgia, and another driver lost control of his vehicle and slammed into her. She was taken to an Atlanta hospital and treated for serious injuries. Elem underwent years of medical treatment, numerous surgeries and lengthy physical therapy. Elem will never completely recover from her injuries and will have difficulty walking for the rest of her life. At the time of the wreck, Elem had worked for Airtran for many years and paid into the employee benefit program for her Aetna health insurance coverage. Elem turned to the law firm of Link & Smith to file a lawsuit against the driver that caused the wreck. Eventually her case against the driver was settled, and Elem thought the worst was behind her.
Shockingly, after her settlement with the driver that slammed into her, Elem and her lawyers were then sued by her own employer, Airtran, to recover the full amount of her medical expenses that Aetna had already paid. Incredibly, Airtran, a billion dollar airline, also sued Elem for money to pay for its own attorneys that brought the case in the first place. Elem did not think that Airtran’s suit was fair, and fought Airtran in Federal Court in Atlanta for two years.
According to court documents, Airtran’s lawyers racked up over $204,000 in fees to recover $134,000 of medical costs. It is astounding that a billion dollar corporation like Airtran can hire lawyers and spend over $204,000 to recover $134,000. Ultimately, Judge Orinda Evans ruled that Elem and her attorneys should pay Airtran $281,120.08, an amount that nearly exceeds what Elem personally received in her own lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
Airtran now stands to collect more than twice of what was paid out for Elem’s medical bills which will leave Ms. Elem with nothing, despite her debilitating injuries. In these tough economic times, it is appalling that a huge corporation like Airtran is not only willing, but is able to sue a valued employee like Elem to recoup medical expenses paid by Aetna.
If you disagree with this, call Airtran.
This article submitted for an attorney in Atlanta.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Monday, April 08, 2013
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Daesang America Inc. is recalling packages of sesame- and garlic-flavored mixed soy bean paste because they may contain undeclared peanuts, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
People who are allergic to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products, according to the FDA. The packages were sold in stores nationwide, and online.
No injury or illness has yet been reported.
"The product comes in a 500 gram (17.64 ounce), Sage Green plastic package marked with Sunchang Ssamjang (Sesame & Garlic Seasoned Bean Paste) on the top & front of the package," the alert said. "All dates of expiration fall under this recall coverage for this particular item. It is a product of Korea and was distributed from June 2012 through February 2013. UPC for the product is 880152435671."
News from the FDA on an enhancement supplement:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use “Love Rider,” a product promoted and sold for sexual enhancement on various websites, and in some retail stores.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expanding a recall Friday after linking it to cases of E-coli.
The recall includes all Farm Rich products made at the company's Waycross, Ga., plant with “best by dates” ranging from Jan. 1, 2013 to Sept. 29, 2014, according to the FDA.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 10 patients with E-coli reported eating Farm Rich products.
Rich Products Corporation, a Buffalo, N.Y. firm, is expanding its recall of various heat treated, not fully cooked frozen mini meals and snack items to more than 10.5 million pounds because they may be contaminated with E. coli O121, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The expanded recall covers all products produced at the company's Waycross, Ga. plant with "Best by" dates ranging from January 1, 2013 to September 29, 2014.
The following FSIS-regulated products are subject to the expanded recall:
The following FSIS-regulated products are subject to the expanded recall:
- 21-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini bacon cheeseburgers, UPC code 0 41322 35622 2
- 1-lb. bags of Schwan's mini meatball sandwiches, UPC code 0 72180 55312 6
- 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas, UPC code 0 41322 35611 6, case code 1 00 41322 35631 1
- 18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas, UPC code 0 41322 35635 2, case code 1 00 41322 35635 9
- 20-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas, UPC code 0 41322 35611 6, case code 1 00 41322 35611 3
- 21-oz. bags of Farm Rich Philly Cheese Steaks, UPC code 0 41322 35618 5, case code 1 00 41322 35618 2
- 25-lb. cases containing 2.5-lb. foodservice paks of BBQ Chicken Sandwich Melt, UPC code 00041322653024, Product code 65302
- 25-lb. cases containing 2.5-lb. foodservice paks of Meatball Marinara Sandwich Melt, UPC code 00041322653031, Product 65303
- 25-lb. cases containing 2.5-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Whole Grain Rich Pepperoni Pizzata, UPC code 10041322652321, Product code 65232
- 27-lb. cases containing 3-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Turkey Pizzata, UPC code 00041322652348, Product code 65234
- 24.75-lb. foodservice paks of Pepperoni Pizzata, UPC code 00041322652829 , Product code 65282
- 25.7-lb. cases of 2.57-lb. foodservice paks of Farm Rich Handheld Stuffed Pepperoni Pleezer, UPC code 10041322652925, Product code 65292.