Health Highlights: July 15, 2019
Nonproft Cancer Group Founded by Joe Biden Suspends Operations Northgate Market Diced Beef and Chicken Cubes Recalled Company Reaches $1.4 Billion Settlement in Opioid Treatment Investigation First Ebola Case Confirmed in City of Goma: DR Congo Officials
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Nonproft Cancer Group Founded by Joe Biden Suspends Operations
A nonprofit foundation created in 2017 by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to speed efforts to find a cure for cancer said Monday that it's suspended operations.
Biden and his wife Jill left the Biden Cancer Initiative's board in April as an ethics precaution before the former vice president joined the presidential campaign, the Associated Press reported.
After that, the initiative had difficulty maintaining momentum.
"Today, we are suspending activities given our unique circumstances. We remain personally committed to the cause, but at this time will have to pause efforts," said Greg Simon, the initiative's executive director, the AP reported.
The initiative arranged nearly 60 partnerships with drug companies, health care firms, charities and other organizations that promised more than $400 million to improve cancer treatment.
The Bidens, whose son Beau died of cancer in 2015, founded the nonprofit as an extension of Joe Biden's leadership of the White House Cancer Moonshot program under President Barack Obama.
Northgate Market Diced Beef and Chicken Cubes Recalled
Nearly 13,000 pounds of beef and chicken cubes has been recalled by Fieldsource Food Systems, Inc. because the label does not warn that it may contain wheat, a known allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says.
The Northgate Market Marinated Beef Cubes and Northgate Market Marinated Chicken Cubes were shipped to grocery stores in California and used behind the deli counter. The products are not sold uncooked to consumers.
No confirmed cases of allergic reactions caused by the recalled products have been reported to FSIS.
However, the agency is concerned that some of the recalled products may be in refrigerators or freezers behind deli counter in grocery stores. The delis should not use the products, which should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase, FSIS said.
Company Reaches $1.4 Billion Settlement in Opioid Treatment Investigation
A drug company has reached a $1.4 billion settlement with the U.S. government over an investigation into the company's marketing and sales of a prescription drug used to treat opioid addiction.
From 2010 through 2014, Reckitt Benckiser Group or its subsidiaries mishandled the marketing or improperly controlled the pricing of the drug Suboxone, government officials alleged, CNN reported.
"Drug manufacturers marketing products to help opioid addicts are expected to do so honestly and responsibly," Jody Hunt, assistant attorney general, Civil Division, U.S. Justice Department, said in a department news release.
This is the largest settlement in U.S. history in a case involving an opioid medication, CNN reported.
In a statement, Reckitt Benckiser said it has "has acted lawfully at all times and expressly denies all allegations that it engaged in any wrongful conduct."
First Ebola Case Confirmed in City of Goma: DR Congo Officials
The first case of Ebola in the city of Goma has been confirmed, Democratic Republic of Congo officials said Sunday.
Goma is a city of more than 1 million people located on the border with Rwanda. The case raises fears that the Ebola outbreak in Congo could now make its way into Rwanda, which has remained free of the deadly virus, CNN reported.
Congo officials said an Ebola-infected person arrived in Goma by bus from the northeastern city of Butembo, where Ebola first struck last September. The bus driver and the other 18 passengers were located and taken to a treatment center, and will be vaccinated on Monday.
Since the outbreak began in the central African nation last August, 2,489 cases have been reported and there have been 1,665 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health, CNN reported.