Health Highlights: June 25, 201306/25/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Calif. Inmates Must be Moved Due to Fungus Threat: Judge
Thousands of inmates must be moved out of two California prisons
because they are at high risk of being infected with a potentially
deadly airborne fungus, a federal judge ruled Monday.
U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson issued the order for
mostly black, Filipino and medically at-risk inmates at Avenal and
Pleasant Valley state prisons. They account for about 3,250 of the
two prisons' 8,100 inmates, the
The judge made the ruling because these inmates face the
greatest risk from valley fever, a fungal infection that originates
in the soil of the San Joaquin Valley, where the two prisons are
Henderson gave the state 90 days to fully comply. The state is
reviewing the judge's order, Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman told the
Generic Drug Makers Not Responsible for Drug Design Defects:
U.S. Supreme Court
Generic drug makers can't be sued by patients who claim that
medicines they took were defectively designed, the U.S. Supreme
Court ruled Monday.
The 5-4 decision overturned the 2010 verdict of a New Hampshire
jury that awarded $21 million to a woman who developed a serious
skin disease after taking a generic version of the pain medication
The New York Timesreported.
The generic drug maker in the case, the Mutual Pharmaceutical
Company, was required by federal law to make a copy of the brand
name drug Clinoril and could not be held responsible for claims
that the generic drug was unsafe, the court said.
While the ruling is a major victory for the generic drug
industry, it limits the legal options for people who are injured by
"Now, presumably, a patient harmed by those drugs has no remedy, either through a defective warning or a defective design argument," Bill Curtis, a Houston lawyer who specializes in pharmaceutical cases, told The Times.
No Further Cancer Treatment Required for Former Quarterback Jim
Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly has confirmed that he
does not require chemotherapy or radiation to further treat the
cancer found in his jaw.
Earlier this month, Kelly underwent surgery to remove part of
the jaw. Speaking to reporters at the opening of his football camp
Monday, Kelly said his doctors told him the surgery was successful
in removing all traces of cancer,
Kelly said he will continue to be monitored every couple of
months to guard against a return of the cancer.
The support of people in Buffalo during his struggle with cancer
meant a lot to him, Kelly said,
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