The Food and Drug Administration has granted orphan drug status to Amatuximab, an new cancer drug that is suspected to help people suffering from malignant forms of mesothelioma. The Orphan Drug Act allows the FDA to approve certain drugs that are used to treat fewer than 200,000 people (i.e. people with rare diseases). Mesothelioma is listed in that category, and the disease claims about 2,500 people each year.
The family of a marching band member who was killed in a hazing incident has rejected a recent settlement offered to resolve the wrongful death suit brought against Florida A&M University. Pamela and Robert Champion Sr. explained that they were "insulted" by the offer, and did not believe that the amount was acceptable given the circumstances surrounding the loss of their son.
The special administrator for a deceased Irish tourist has brought a wrongful death lawsuit against Marriott International Inc. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, claims that the JW Marriot Hotel in downtown Chicago was responsible for infecting the tourist with Legionnaires disease during a visit in July. According to the complaint, he ingested "dangerous aerosolized water vapor contaminated with Legionella bacteria" which ultimately lead to his death. The bacteria were apparently found in a fountain in the hotel lobby and was removed after other patrons were infected.