A Jefferson Regional Medical Center pharmacy technician has been fired after hospital officials discovered the technician had been substituting a non-narcotic medication for oxycodone. Hospital officials said an estimated 362 patients treated at the hospital between June and October may have received the substituted medication, but added that they are not aware that the substitution resulted in any adverse reactions or side effects. The hospital is notifying all of the patients who might have been affected, as well as their physicians. Questions: call the patient information center, 412-267-6006, or email PatientCareInfo@JeffersonRegional.com.
The number of residential homes placed under agreement in the 13-county region served by the West Penn Multi-List Inc. increased 28 percent to 3,280 last month compared to 2,566 in October 2011. The average home sales price rose 6.35 percent to $161,973 last month from $152,305 in October last year, while the number of homes listed for sale increased 8 percent to 2,935 homes versus 2,716.
Pittsburgh ketchup maker H.J. Heinz is trying out its new jalapeño ketchup for a limited time starting Nov. 26, but only for its Facebook fans. The 14-ounce glass bottle will be sold for $4.99 including shipping. In January, the jalapeño ketchup will become available in some retail locations. In unrelated news, Heinz Wednesday named Franck J. Moison, a COO at Colgate-Palmolive Co., to its board of directors, effective Jan. 1. In making the appointment, the board approved an expansion from 12 members to 13.
Neighborhood Legal Services Association received a contribution of $62,760 from unclaimed funds in a price-fixing class action suit. John Evans, attorney with law firm Specter Specter Evans & Manogue, presented the gift under a federal court doctrine that allows residual funds in a class action settlement to be donated for charitable uses. Neighborhood Legal Services Association is a nonprofit that provides free legal services to low-income individuals and victims of domestic violence.
Eaton Corp. plans to issue $4.9 billion in bonds to help fund its acquisition of Cooper Industries, according to a report by Bloomberg News. Eaton announced in May it would buy the Ireland-based electric equipment maker for $11.8 billion. Eaton, which makes industrial and electrical parts and systems, is headquartered in Cleveland. Its electrical sector, Americas, is based in Moon.
The IRS is recruiting individuals and partner organizations to volunteer for its free tax preparation programs that assist seniors, the disabled and low-to-moderate income taxpayers. Training is free and hours are flexible. Anyone interested in helping may fill out and submit a volunteer sign up Form 14310 at www.IRS.gov. Questions: email TaxVolunteer@IRS.gov.