Will Medtronic’s MiniMed 640 Pump Glitch affect its PMA Status?

7/29/2015 Minnesota-based device giant Medtronic has issued letters to nearly 2,000 owners of the MiniMed 640 and 620 insulin pumps in Europe, warning them of a potential glitch in the reading mechanism. According to the letter, there is an error with the Bolus Wizard screen, causing it to not time-out and instead giving an outdated

‘Slaughter Pen’ Lawsuit Aims to Re-Evaluate Ballpark Safety

7/29/2015 Longtime Oakland Athletics season-ticket holder Gail Payne has filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball (MLB) asking the organization to make drastic changes in the netting that protects fans along the foul lines. The suit, filed July 13th in the U.S. District Court of Northern California lists MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred as the defendant.

NHTSA Requires Fiat-Chrysler to Buy Back Dodge Ram Pickups and SUV’s involved in Steering Recalls

7/28/2015 The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the nation’s top auto-regulator, released additional details surrounding its consent order with Fiat-Chrysler involving 23 separate recalls. The agency is requiring the company to buy back Dodge Ram pickups and other Dodge and Chrysler SUV’s involved in three of the recalls due to the agency’s inability to

Teva Inks $40.5 Billion Deal to Acquire Allergan’s Generics Unit

7/28/2015 The global pharmaceutical landscape was significantly altered on Monday as Israeli drugmaker Teva announced that it will purchase the generic drug business of Dublin-based Allergan. The move will put a stranglehold on Teva’s top sales position in the generic drug market, acquiring its third-largest competitor. Teva will purchase the generics unit for $40.5 billion,

FDA Proposes Detailed Added Sugar Guides on Food Labels

7/27/2015 In a move opposed by many food and drink manufacturers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposal on Friday to requiring the industry to include detailed added sugar consumption levels in their products. The proposal is an update to the FDA’s 2014 proposed mandate requiring companies to list the amount of added

States use FCC Rule Changes to Urge Telecoms to Block Robocalls, Telemarketing Scams

7/26/2015 In a potential victory for privacy advocates, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a proposal on June 18th to “protect consumers against unwanted robocalls and spam texts.” In a series of declarations, the FCC announced that consumers have the right to prevent unwanted calls while granting telecommunications companies the legal license to use software

Fiat-Chrysler hit with $105 Million Penalty for Response to over 20 Recalls

7/26/2015 Multiple sources are reporting that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) will issue Fiat-Chrysler a record $105 million fine for its lax response to 23 separate recalls involving over 11 million vehicles. The NHTSA conducted a public hearing earlier in the month regarding the company’s multiple safety issues, its first such hearing in

Banks Caught up in FIFA Scandal

7/25/2015 In separate investigations, both the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office and New York’s top financial regulator, the Department of Financial Services, have questioned at least seven banks in the corruption scandal involving FIFA, the world’s soccer governing body. The banks in question are HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Standard Chartered, Israel’s largest bank, Hapoalim,

Former Executive Could Face Life for Peanuts

7/24/2015 The U.S. Probation Office has recommended that the former owner of Peanut Corporation of America, Stewart Parnell, be sentenced to life in prison for allowing several shipments of peanuts from facilities infected with salmonella. The peanuts led to the deadliest food outbreak in U.S. history from 2008-2009, causing nine deaths and over 700 illnesses