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Actos Lawsuit Alleges Drugmaker Was Aware of Adverse Effects

A recent whistleblower lawsuit alleges that drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. hid some of the adverse effects of its diabetes-drug Actos from federal regulators. The whistleblower alleges that the company was aware of a link between its dangerous prescription drug and hundreds of congested heart failure cases but opted not to report these events in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Adverse Event Reporting System.

"These events were not properly identified or reported in the FDA's safety database," the whistleblower alleges. "Takeda's motivation to fraudulently report and under-report the serious adverse events was driven by an economic desire to falsely enhance Actos's safety profile and to increase sales."

Warning: Your spicy tuna roll may have spicy Salmonella

Many California residents have had it. It usually starts with the food sweats and is followed by severe stomach pain. Food-poisoning cases generally fall under product liability laws. Any party in the product's chain of distribution, such as manufacturers, retailers and people in between, can potentially be held liable. Of course, it all depends on the source of contamination. Last week, two women filed a Salmonella lawsuit when they became extremely sick after eating sushi tuna rolls at a local restaurant.

"Nakaochi Scrape" is meat from the back of a fish that is cut off of the bones. This is added to products like ground yellowfin tuna that is used in sushi. However, recently, it has allegedly been linked to more than 140 Salmonella infections over the past two months. According to reports, the women who filed the suit ate sushi, which allegedly contained ground yellowfin tuna with Nakaochi Scrape.

California motorcycle fatalities decline, police still crack down

California is in the midst of a period of slight decline in motorcycle fatalities, as the number of deaths dropped 37 percent between 2009 and 2010. Compared to the 175 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities from 1998 to 2008, this change may be comforting to many California drivers, whether motorcyclists or otherwise. However, there is still more to be done to further prevent these devastating motorcycle accident fatalities.

Despite the recent decline in deaths related to motorcycle crashes, there were still 352 deaths caused by motorcycle accidents in California. Now, the Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation seeks to continue to reduce not only the rate of deaths, but the rate of collisions and injuries as well, by cracking down on both motorcyclists who are violating traffic laws as well as drivers of other vehicles violating these laws.

BMW set to issue another recall of its vehicles

When California residents invest in a luxurious car, they do not expect the expensive vehicle to have problems--especially safety issues. However, in recent news, BMW has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it will recall 2,846 of its 8- and 12-cylinder models because of a fire hazard.

On the company's website, it claimed that it was not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by the defective product; however, this statement has not been confirmed.

Medication Errors Linked to Wrongful Deaths, Injuries

A study into prescription errors indicates that medication errors are shockingly common and often lead to the wrongful death of patients. One study of Canadian hospitals found that one in 13 patients suffered from a medical malpractice and that a quarter of these medical errors were drug-related.

Pharmacists said that they believed that 10 to 15 percent of the drugs they filled had some error related to bad doctor handwriting or shortcuts in writing-out chemical names and dosages. New software may lessen this problem by allowing doctors to safely use abbreviations and double-check dosage recommendations.

California train-car collision could have caused serious injuries

California drivers are likely aware of how devastating a crash between a train and an automobile can be. Trains are huge forces that can cause serious injuries and even death when involved in collisions. Unfortunately, not all accidents of this type can be avoided.

One recent California train accident may be an example of this. A BMW was struck by an oncoming train, propelled into another vehicle, and finally struck a tree after being pushed into it by the train. The drivers of both vehicles, one of whom was a pregnant woman, were taken to the hospital, both with non-life-threatening injuries. In total six people were sent to the hospital following the crash. The cause of the car accident was not clear in the immediate aftermath of the incident. This crash comes just two months after a similar accident that turned fatal.

Study: Poor Patients Less Likely to File Medmal Claims

A recently released study indicates that poorer patients are less likely to file medical malpractice claims than wealthier patients. The study, which was published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, goes against the belief of some physicians that lower income patients are more likely to complain about the care that they receive.

Researchers are worried about the "unconscious bias" that some physicians have against low income patients and fear that doctors may be reluctant to treat these patients based on the misperception.

Employment Laws Violated by Employers

California is among the states that see a higher-than-average number of federal class actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and these types of cases outnumber all other private class actions in this area of the law. Surprisingly, many of the FLSA and other employment cases stem from a lack of knowledge and compliance with employment laws by employers.

Child carrier is recalled due to fingertip injuries

California residents would agree that it is alarming when products are recalled for safety reasons. One can be severely harmed by a defective item. What is even more upsetting is when these products are for children. That is exactly the case in a recent recall. A child seat is being stripped from consumers' shelves because it can potentially amputate babies' fingers.

In recent news, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of the Topeak Babyseat II Bicycle Carrier Seats. According to sources, a child might place his or her fingers in an opening at the grab bar's hinge. Specifically, when a parent lifts the grab bar to remove the child firm the seat, the baby's fingers can get caught in the mechanism. This serves as a danger to the child's fingertips.

How California drivers can learn from a woman's traumatic crash

Each year 1.7 million people suffer from some form of brain injury. These injuries can be devastating, and sometimes go unnoticed when victims don't realize their injuries are actually affecting their brains. The leading causes of these brain injuries across the nation are car and boat accidents, and the resulting brain injuries can range from a minor concussion to a more serious and traumatic injury.

In one example of the severity of these accidents, a recent car accident left a young California woman comatose and in need of brain surgery. She was driving with a friend when she came upon a previous collision. When she attempted to evade the accident, she struck another vehicle. She slipped into a coma following the crash.

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