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December 2019 Archives

Warning: Gabapentin with opioids can cause breathing problems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered manufacturers to include warnings on the product labels for gabapentinoids, certain drugs that depress the central nervous system, and opioids. The warning will indicate that taking gabapentinoids with opioids can cause serious breathing problems. These problems were also found in people taking gabapentin who had underlying respiratory problems like COPD.

Holiday DUI enforcement still going on through New Year's Day

If you've noticed an unusual number of DUI checkpoints lately, it's not your imagination. The rate of drunk driving tends to spike this time of year due to all the alcohol available at holiday festivities. Therefore, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and law enforcement agencies across Tennessee are upping their game with an increased DUI enforcement period.

Reuters: Is sealed evidence hiding wrongdoing by corporations?

In 1978, a lawyer representing injured workers found a treasure trove of evidence involving asbestos. It was a log of the evidence from a prior worker's lawsuit, including documents written by the one-time president of Raybestos-Manhattan, Inc. Those documents contained detailed proof the company -- and other asbestos companies -- knew that asbestos exposure could be deadly to workers.

What to do if you're arrested for DUI after an accident

There's good news and bad news in Tennessee when it comes to drunk-driving crashes. According to the Tennessee Highway Safety office, there have been fewer such crashes this year (5,171) than this time last year (5,327). And, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, there have been fewer DUI arrests over the past few years, even with a growing population.

Holiday DUI enforcement season starts Dec 11

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office is partnering with the highway patrol and local police departments throughout the state for a campaign to reduce impaired driving over the holiday season. The agencies plan additional DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols during the entire holiday season.

FDA: Dollar Tree over-the-counter topicals may be adulterated

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to Dollar Tree stores notifying the company that certain over-the-counter medications sourced from Shanghai and other international cities may be defective. The FDA detected flaws at several facilities between 2017 and 2019 and notified both the manufacturers and Dollar Tree that these products may be adulterated. Nevertheless, Dollar Tree continued to receive medications from those manufacturers in violation of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.

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