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Our thoughts and prayers are with the passengers aboard Amtrak train #188 that derailed last night near Philadelphia, PA.  The scene is eerily reminiscent of the tragic METRA derailment of September, 2005 in Chicago, which resulted in the tragic deaths of two young passengers and serious injuries to many Corboy & Demetrio clients.  

Johnson & Johnson agreeing to pay $25 million after its subsidiary, McNeil, failed to initiate or complete the FDA’s corrective action plan for manufacturing issues that led to particles in bottles of children’s Tylenol is yet another reminder that the medicines we purchase for ourselves and our children are not always safe.

The FDA issued a new safety alert today regarding the potential danger of endoscopes, which are causing patients to develop serious and sometimes fatal infections, after re-use.

According to the New York Times, the FDA has never reviewed or approved the procedures manufacturers have recommended to sterilize duodenoscopes between patients.

Zofran is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and was granted FDA approval for use as an anti-nausea medication for cancer patients enduring chemotherapy treatments when it first came on the market. 

The FDA is warning hospitals and surgeons against using laparoscopic power morcellators to remove uterine fibroids in most women.  

Something to remind yourself and your children about texting and driving.

Thomas Demetrio was interviewed about potential lawsuits stemming from the crash of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco by the Korea Times newspaper for its July 21, 2013 edition. 

When I heard about the tragedy in Quebec, I couldn’t help but think about the case of the Tellez family, who were victims of a similar train derailment and explosion in Rockford, Illinois in 2009.  In that case 74 tankers filled with ethanol derailed.

While it may seem that cart associates are at the bottom of the retailer totem pole, cart associates play an important role for the retailers and their customers.  Cart associates are the "outside" ambassadors for the retailers.  

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