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Enbrel, an arthritis drug, caused a Down syndrome patient to develop a deadly blood condition and die from a cerebral hemorrhage, a suit filed by her mother states. Glenda Chatman has filed an 8-count suit against Immunex, Pfizer, and Am...
Enbrel, an arthritis drug, caused a Down syndrome patient to develop a deadly blood condition and die from a cerebral hemorrhage, a suit filed by her mother states. Glenda Chatman has filed an 8-count suit against Immunex, Pfizer, and Amgen in the Talladega County Circuit Court, Alabama. The plaintiff says Kelly – Chatman’s daughter – had been prescribed Enbrel for her Down syndrome between January 2010 and December 2010, and developed thrombocytopenia and some other complications soon after taking that. Thrombocytopenia is a disorder that involves a decreased platelet count. Kelly passed away on 23rd September, 2011 after experiencing a cerebral hemorrhage resulted by the complications, the complaint states. When Chatman was being treated using Enbrel (also called etanercept), she was not a child but was suffering from Down syndrome. She was physically as well as mentally dependent upon Glenda Chatman – the plaintiff – for her support and care, according to the complaint. The suit doesn’t clarify why Kelly’s doctors prescribed an arthritis drug. She was hospitalized a number of times in year 2010 because of thrombocytopenia, but treatments given by rheumatologists and hematologists couldn’t save her, according to the suit. Enbrel, a tumor-necrosis-factor blocking drug, hit the stream of commerce in year 1998, Amgen’s website says. According to the drugmaker, Enbrel was the 1st biologic got approval for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Amgen says the drug has more than ten years of safety data in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Amgen is a leading developer and manufacturer of biological medications. Enbrel has active etanercept ingredients. The drug is mainly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and arthritis. General adverse effects of the drug include pain, erythema, and swelling. Autoimmune thrombocytopenia is an adverse effected of the drug that has been reported by patients with lymphocytic leukaemia, multiple sclerosis, and hepatitis c. According to Chatman, Enbrel’s known as well as undesirable adverse effects include deadly platelet and autoimmune disorders. Chatman is seeking $5M in damages for wrongful death, negligence of the defendant, liability under the state (AL) Extended Manufacturer’s Liability Doctrine, violation of impressed warranty, violation of expressed warranty, and strict product liability. The plaintiff says Amgen failed to warn doctors and consumers regarding the deadly adverse effects associated with its arthritis drug. Frank Hanson, an attorney with Fairfield (AL)-based law firm ‘Smith and Hanson,’ is representing Chatman in her legal fight. Amgen did not comment on the news.
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Oh heyyy… Do you, by chance, like local music, art, and fashion? WE DO TOO! Commune SF is back 10/9 at the Elbo Room starting at 9 PM! WTF is Commune? It’s a movement of artists, designers, musicians and people that take a stand against ...
Oh heyyy… Do you, by chance, like local music, art, and fashion? WE DO TOO! Commune SF is back 10/9 at the Elbo Room starting at 9 PM! WTF is Commune? It’s a movement of artists, designers, musicians and people that take a stand against tobacco corporations, their practices and their presence in the scene. Commune takes this stance by being pro-local- so each month, a different local band, DJ, vendor, and artist is hosted at a Commune SF event to support local. The events are always the second Wednesday of each month, and are always FREE! Here’s what’s happening: RELIGIOUS GIRLS GRILL CLOTH URTHDANCE POPGANG DJs Art & Limited Edition Commune Poster and tee design by: Ubin Li Trunk Show By: CUPSCO Photos Taken By: Harland Spinks Interested in learning more, playing a show or designing a Commune T? Email us at info@jointhecommune.com
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If you live in the East Bay, sometimes you can run into a bit of a problem when enjoying a late night in San Francisco. BART, the non-car solution to that big thing of water that’s in your way, stops operating at a certain point in...
If you live in the East Bay, sometimes you can run into a bit of a problem when enjoying a late night in San Francisco. BART, the non-car solution to that big thing of water that’s in your way, stops operating at a certain point in the night. But good(-ish) news! There’s a bus. The pros, of course, are that you can get where you need to go. The AC Transit 800 runs only during hours when BART is not in service, and can take you all the way from Market and Van Ness to Downtown Richmond. There are other connecting buses that can take you to other East Bay destinations. The con is that you get to all these destinations on a bus generally following the BART corridor. So it’s like taking a really slow BART train with frequent stops, traffic lights, and a high coefficient of crazy. And if you have to transfer, then may God help your attention span deficient soul! Transfers between late night lines can take up to an hour. Weekend nights are a little more sane, since the bus makes a sweep down market street every half hour and most passengers were just out partying in the city. Weeknights are another story. The bus only comes once an hour, forcing you to wait among chatty homeless people along a mostly deserted Market Street. These kinds of situations will only escalate once you step on the bus, because this is the kind of bus where you are bound to have at least one… interesting fellow traveler. Last Tuesday, this came in the form of a man asking me if I had “one of those phone clock things.” He’s shirtless but wears a tattered vest with a purple toothbrush poking out of one of the pockets. I tell him that it’s 2:15 AM, and he thanks me by giving me a vinyl of the Tubes’ 1975 single “White Punks on Dope.” I then tell him that I can’t accept this gift, but he insists I take it. He then goes on to tell me about how he’s going to Hayward to propose to some girl he doesn’t know, but who has a nice ass. But before he does that he has to buy flowers for her and get permission from her father. “I don’t know,” he said, realizing how much he had to do. “She is kind of a bitch.” Four dollars to get home, a conversation, and a free piece of vinyl. Maybe I got more. I got one of those beautiful moments where all kinds of humans will lovely and oddly shaped energy fields come together and have a collective experience, in isolation. Forget biking through Thailand in order to find yourself. Just ride the 800 every night. You will be inspired and confused a lifetime over. AC Transit All Nighter 800 Leaves from the corner of Van Ness and Market Every hour on the hour, half hour on weekends Four dollars, clipper accepted AC Transit All Nighter Schedule
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From Drew Brees to Hog’s Head Cheese, James Black to Sazerac: Here’s our New Orleans insider’s guide, neighborhood by neighborhood, to all things that make the Crescent City the greatest city in America.  (Read the prev...
From Drew Brees to Hog’s Head Cheese, James Black to Sazerac: Here’s our New Orleans insider’s guide, neighborhood by neighborhood, to all things that make the Crescent City the greatest city in America.  (Read the previous installments of our New Orleans series here, here, and here.) French Quarter/ CBD/ Warehouse District “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times“- Charles Dickens, Tail of Two Cities. Behind St. Louis Cathedral The French Quarter is truly an amazing place. It’s one of the crown jewels of North American French colonization, and the Spanish Empire. San Juan, Havana, and Key West all have the same Spanish Caribbean feel. When New Orleans was first established, the French Quarter limits, Canal St. to the west, Esplanade Ave. to the east, Rampart St. to the north, and the Mississippi River to the south, were the city limits. A lot of great things have happened in this area, as well as a lot of evil. As one one of the capitals of the North American slave trade, it has a very tortured history. Street Musicians on Royal These tormented spirits of the past play a role in the present. The Quarter can be a strange place. Some of the most fun I’ve had in New Orleans has been in the Quarter. There’s also been some serious lows. I once saw my friend get stabbed in the back of the neck by a gypsy with a miniature Swiss army knife and a tumbler glass full of Busch beer at 6 am after watching the sunrise on a bench in Jackson Square. We didn’t notice he was bleeding till we got to the car and saw a red stain on the back of his t-shirt. Don’t be alarmed, it was only a flesh wound. Nothing a little hydrogen peroxide and a band-aid couldn’t fix. A bit of a scare nonetheless. Sax player in Jackson Square                                                            Jackson Square four piece band With hundreds of bars to choose from in this service industry Mecca, it’s easy to get caught in a tourist trap and have a bad time. Though a great amount of the Quarter is run by corporate owners looking to capitalize on the large influx of tourist into the city, there’s still a lot of places that stay true. After all, bartenders have to drink too. If you’ve never been to Bourbon St., that’s okay, you still don’t have to. There are plenty of places within the Quarter to have fun and avoid the debauchery of adults playing out all their vices on a two day vacation from their normal mundane responsibilities. The Central Business District is the area on the other side of Canal St. Far from being the most exciting part of town, it’s the part of the city that is the most like the rest of the US. The majority of the original buildings of this part of town have been torn down and replaced by generic looking office buildings. The best part about the CBD, combined with the Warehouse District, is the amount of great food within a small radius of each other. Unfortunately, most broke-asses can’t afford to eat at these places, so they work at them instead. These same broke-asses that work in this vicinity need places to ventilate after they finish serving the upper class. That’s why there are so many great service industry bars in this area that stay open as late as they feel like.           Food Bennachin: Sometimes you need a break from all the New Orleans food. Bennachin has Delicious African cuisine with origins in Gambia and Cameroon on a cozy French Quarter environment. They don’t sell booze here, but don’t mind if you bring your own in. Bennachine African cuisine Central Grocery: It’s easy to blow this place off as another New Orleans tourist attraction designed to rip people off and serve poor products. Certainly not the case. They claim to be the originators of the muffuletta. The original is the best in this case. There’s also a good selection of imports not available in most stores in the cit
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A Risperdal suit says the drug caused him to develop a condition of developing female breast tissue. The suit was filed by 20th September in Philadelphia (PA) County Court for Isaac Garza, a man from Texas (TX) who claims he developed gy...
A Risperdal suit says the drug caused him to develop a condition of developing female breast tissue. The suit was filed by 20th September in Philadelphia (PA) County Court for Isaac Garza, a man from Texas (TX) who claims he developed gynecomastia after using Risperdal. Gynecomastia is the condition in which men develop unusually large breasts. This enlargement is of breast tissues, not of fat tissues. Garza says he also experienced issues such as weight gain, psychological and emotional injuries because of his Risperdal use. Risperdal is an anti-psychotic drug used in the treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Garza’s age is not mentioned in the lawsuit. The suit, which was filed in the master litigation of Risperdal lawsuits at the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas as a short-form complaint, states that the plaintiff used Risperdal or/and Risperdal Consta between 2007 and 2011 and later used Invega or/and Invega Sustenna until now. Both the drugs are used for treating some psychiatric disorders. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Excerpta Medica Incorporated, Johnson & Johnson Company (J&J), and Elsevier Incorporated are the companies named as defendants in the case. The defendant companies are being sued based on the theories of negligence, strict liability, fraud, violation of implied warranty, violation of expressed warranty, conspiracy, and breach of the state Unfair Trade Practices & Consumer Protection Law. The suit is seeking unspecified compensatory as well as punitive damages. Risperdal (Generic Name Risperidone) is an antipsychotic drug. It is taken orally and works by making changes in the effects of chemicals in human brain. Risperdal is generally used to treat symptoms of maniac depression (bipolar disorder) and schizophrenia. The drug is also used in children with autism for treating certain irritability symptoms. The drug is not used in dementia-related psychotic conditions because it could cause pneumonia, cardiac failure, and instant death in adults with dementia-linked conditions. As Risperdal can impair the user’s reactions or thinking, the user should be very careful when driving or doing anything which requires him/her to be alert. It may also cause the user to develop hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels). Risperdal may sometimes cause the user to experience gynecomastia – an unusual enlargement of a breast or both the breasts in men. Milk production also may be present at times. It’s believed that gynecomastia is developed when using Risperdal because the drug works for blocking dopamine. Subsequently, the pituitary gland releases prolactin – a hormone which stimulates production of milk and development of breast in women.
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Once a year, as the day’s light develops its golden October hue, Castro Street takes on a look akin of yesteryear, when bronzed boys hung out of listing Victorians and a sea of the Eureka Valley’s villagers grooved amongst the beer garde...
Once a year, as the day’s light develops its golden October hue, Castro Street takes on a look akin of yesteryear, when bronzed boys hung out of listing Victorians and a sea of the Eureka Valley’s villagers grooved amongst the beer gardens and cotton candy booths below. True, the Castro Street Fair isn’t exactly the same as it was when it first started 40 years ago today, but it’s as close as the neighbourhood gets to the days when Harvey Milk was mixing Photo-Flo in his back room. Part of the difference lies in the fact that none of those boys can actually live in the houses they are hanging out of and the original ones are getting kicked out faster than you can say Ellis Act. Moonlit strolling through Dolores Park may soon land you in the clink and even Harvey would find himself hard-pressed setting up shop in one of the neighbourhoods many vacant storefronts. The democratic club he founded way back then, however, has continued his fine tradition of being loud and critical of steamrolling the workingman and keeping it queer at this end of the rainbow. Which is why the Fair has asked the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club to run one of Harvey’s favourite booths at the fair- the Dunk Tank. Ever felt like making a political statement and never knew how? Wind up that pitching arm and let one fly tomorrow between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The illustrious roster of politicos in the hot seat include, but is not limited to Former Castro Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Entertainment Commissioner Anna Conda, Dist. 9 Supervisor David Campos, Dist. 11 Supervisor John Avalos, Dist. 1 Supervisor Eric Mar, Former BOS President Aaron Peskin, and the Bay Guardian’s Marke Bieschke, plus some occasional surprises and perhaps a drag queen or two. While you are in line the club will fill you in how you can join in taking back the city before we all end up the next ferry and proceeds will benefit a number of good groups like CUAV and Lyon-Martin. Now in full disclosure, this writer is board member of the Milk Club, so yes, this is a shameless plug, but if you disagree with my lack of editorial etiquette or you just think my writing sucks, come take your best shot, Charlie Brown- I’ll be sitting pretty with my fellow board members above that icy Jacuzzi sometime about mid-afternoon. The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club’s 40th Castro Street Fair Dunk Tank Sunday, October 6, 2013 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. 18th Street (btw Noe & Hartford) [Castro/ Eureka Valley] SF
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The following is a guest post from Kimberly Green that was originally published at http://www.onlinecolleges.net/career-resources/surviving-layoffs . The job market is a difficult path for many graduates in a sluggish economy and those w...
The following is a guest post from Kimberly Green that was originally published at http://www.onlinecolleges.net/career-resources/surviving-layoffs . The job market is a difficult path for many graduates in a sluggish economy and those with jobs still have the fear of layoffs hanging over their heads. Kimberly’s article offers some suggestions on how to best traverse a layoff. Hopefully after reading this article, you have a better understanding of what you need to do in the event of a layoff. Being prepared for a layoff can be as important as being prepared for a new job. The Recent Grand’s Guide to Surviving Layoffs The unemployment rate in the U.S., while much improved since its peak in 2009, is still quite high. Job losses are frequently due to layoffs that have nothing to do with job performance and everything to do with reducing an organization’s headcount. Companies are continuing to tighten their belts, laying off entire departments or offshoring labor to other countries. A layoff can be hard to not take personally, particularly for a young professional in their first job. Ultimately, the formerly-employed who do find other jobs follow similar practices in their quest for new employment. Some even take the opportunity to change directions in their careers, or to dip their toes in the waters of an entirely new industry. TAKE A DEEP BREATH The loss of a salary is often the first thing that leaps to mind when individuals are laid off. While it isn’t necessary to build a cardboard tent, there are several steps that you should take right away in order to maintain financial security until you find another job. If your job loss was unexpected, your first instinct may be to bolt out of the office; however, you really need to ask some questions first. Most companies offer some sort of severance package. Know the details of your severance, how long it lasts, and what percentage of your salary you will receive. Understand where you stand with health benefits. If your benefits aren’t continued, investigate your eligibility and costs for COBRA. Ask about your pension or 401(k) account. Do you have access to it? How so? Inquire whether you’ll be compensated for unused vacation or sick days. Once you understand the details of your separation from the company, you can take some immediate next steps: 1. File for Unemployment Benefits Who is Eligible? Any U.S. worker who has been laid off for reasons unrelated to performance is eligible for unemployment benefits. Generally, you will lose unemployment benefits if you return to school, though there are rare exceptions. What are the Benefits? Until you find a new job or are enrolled in school your unemployment benefit can supplement your income. The amount you receive is generally based on how long you worked and how much you earned. Most states pay unemployment up to a maximum of 26 weeks. These federal funds are allocated by individual states; your state will confirm with your former employer that you were laid off and not fired. How Can I Apply? Contact your state’s unemployment office. In most states you can apply fully online and start receiving benefits within four to six weeks. 2. Apply for COBRA Who is Eligible? Anyone who was previously enrolled in a COBRA-qualified employer health plan can extend their coverage through this program. There are a few limitations, (the major one being that the employer group plan is still active). You can read about them on the DOL’s COBRA FAQ page. Continuation periods are usually limited to 18 months after your separation with the company. What are the Benefits? COBRA entitles you to pay a discounted group rate for the same health coverage provided by your former employer. Coverage rates will be more expensive than they are for active employees. Annual costs average at $2,200 for individuals and close to $5,000 for families. This sounds expensive, but in the short-term it can save you money until you find a comparable individual p
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Lawyers representing pharmaceutical companies in a product liability lawsuit initiated by a man in Georgia who claims that he sustained after mixing Tylenol (paracetamol) and a prescription painkiller medication have filed a petition in ...
Lawyers representing pharmaceutical companies in a product liability lawsuit initiated by a man in Georgia who claims that he sustained after mixing Tylenol (paracetamol) and a prescription painkiller medication have filed a petition in a United States federal court for taking up the issue. David Abernethy, Melissa Graff, Meredith Reinhardt, of Philadelphia law firm ‘Drinker, Biddle and Reath’ have filed a removal notice on 30th September at the United States Dist. Court in Philadelphia (PA) seeking transfer of a claim by Jonathon E Tyler out of the state court. The suit was filed at the Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia in September over the injuries the plaintiff allegedly suffered after using the over-the-counter painkiller of the defendant companies and one of the generic versions of Vicodin. Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), and McNeil Consumer Healthcare are the companies named as defendants in this case. According to the defense attorneys, the case should be heard in the Eastern Dist. of Pennsylvania as a diversity of citizenship exists between the parties. Additionally, the controversy amount could go beyond the state court’s jurisdictional limit, which is US$50000. In his lawsuit, Tyler says that he’d to be taken to a hospital on 1st June, 2011after he began suffering from acute liver failure which he says he developed because of his ingestion of a Tylenol and Vicodin combination. The plaintiff says he took those drugs in appropriate amounts and at appropriate times within the recommended / prescribed daily doses as suggested by his physician. The defendants are being sued based on strict product liability, negligence, violation of implied and expressed warranties, negligent design fault, misrepresentation, fraud, fraudulent concealment, and failure to warn. The companies are accused of breaching consumer protection regulations. The suit states that it is outrageous and unconscionable that the defendant companies risk the consumers’ lives by not adequately warning regarding the potential risk of a severe injury. According to the lawsuit, Tylenol is the main cause of acute liver failure in the U.S. The possibility for acetaminophen-induced liver failure and damage has been known to the companies for years before the plaintiff started using the drugs, the suit says. Tylenol’s active ingredient is Acetaminophen. The suit states that the companies totally failed to adequately design, manufacture, market, distribute, sell and test Tylenol. The defendants over-promoted the safety as well as efficacy of the product, the plaintiff alleges. The suit is seeking unspecified compensatory, punitive, and treble damages.
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Holy shit this sounds amazing! According to the press release, “BowieBall pays homage to definitive rock icon David Bowie in an anything goes charity glam extravaganza bringing together the best in NYC’s music, art, fashion &...
Holy shit this sounds amazing! According to the press release, “BowieBall pays homage to definitive rock icon David Bowie in an anything goes charity glam extravaganza bringing together the best in NYC’s music, art, fashion & entertainment.” I mean, just look at the photos from previous years! Can that be my life all the time? There is a fuckload going on at the event including a performance by Taryn Manning (from Orange is the New Black), as well as one from Jiggly Caliente (RuPaul’s Drag Race). Just look at all that’s happening (aka I’m too lazy to type it out): Go here to buy the $15 tickets (use the code: ZIGGY) if you just can’t wait. Otherwise enter to win below. You need to enable javascript to enter this campaign !Powered by PromoSimple.
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Cross economic divides and magic can happen… I’m a cheapskate. So are most of my friends. But sometimes, conversations about how crazy it is that the price of the supermarket toilet roll has gone up 50c get boring. I don’t want to ...
Cross economic divides and magic can happen… I’m a cheapskate. So are most of my friends. But sometimes, conversations about how crazy it is that the price of the supermarket toilet roll has gone up 50c get boring. I don’t want to sell my soul to someone who’ll take me to fancy restaurants, but equally it probably isn’t healthy for me not to know a single person who is currently under an employment contract. Hence the issue arises: if you can’t afford to go to nice places, how do you meet people who can? We may be a society of economic divides. But there a few islands on which wealthy meet wealthless. They are: That Run Down Ethnic Restaurant: The rich lot come for the authenticity of the food. I come because the tacos are $2.25. Under painful strip lighting and a tattered poster of the Madonna, together, we unite. The Apple Store: I had cracked the screen of my iPad. He had dropped his iPhone. It didn’t matter that he had the highest level of warrantee and I was asking if I could fix it with scotch tape; everyone has to stand in line at the Apple Store. It’s a wonder of socio-economic leveling. The Library: There are very few things that money won’t buy a better alternative to. But a library is one of those things. You can be as rich as the Queen (who, actually, isn’t all that rich) and I can bet your collection won’t be half as good as the Brooklyn Public Library. Excuse me, man with a signet ring; would you recommend that book you’re reading? Flea Markets: I was going to say thrift shops. But nowadays, as soon as one person with a label on their handbag walks in, the shop gets branded “vintage” and slaps an extra zero on its prices. What makes flea markets magic is that 3 meters from the man selling a broken picture frame for $1000, is someone else selling ten broken cassette tapes for $1. Compressed economic diversity for the win. Airport Security: Yes, they separate us for check-in queues, and lounges, and airplane cabins. But for a brief few moments (or, more often than not, a very long few moments) at airport security, we are offered a prime opportunity for hobnobbing with the wealthy. Check the brand of their shoes when they take them off to verify them as a worthy target. Even Kim Kardashian has to climb down off her killer heels… Arts Festivals: I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a dense collection of expensive camera equipment as I did at Dumbo Arts Festival. People with lots of money love to take artistic pictures of people with very little. Say cheese! Online Dating: The number of rich men on the interwebs looking “to help a young girl out” is really quite staggering. But sadly, for shallow little me, I’d say that next month’s rent ain’t worth having to look at those hair plugs… images: TitanicUniverse, IvyStyle, IamKimKardashian, Bernstein Medical
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