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Blog Posts in August, 2010

  • Potential Heart Risk with Parkinson's Drug Stalevo

    The Los Angeles Times (8/20, Maugh) "Booster Shots" blog reported that "the Food and Drug Administration on Friday cautioned that it is investigating the possibility that the combination Parkinson's drug Stalevo [combined carbidopa/levodopa and entacapone] may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and death in elderly patients who are taking it." The FDA "urged patients not to stop taking the ...
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  • Glaxo's Memo on Avandia.

    The New York Times (8/20, B3, Harris) reports that Food and Drug Administration "regulators ordered GlaxoSmithKline to send a letter to crucial doctors describing a hearing in July where an expert advisory panel discussed the risks of Avandia [rosiglitazone], the company's controversial diabetes medicine." Now, "a federal official and some members of the panel...say the company's letter is ...
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  • More ADA-related discrimination filings in 2009 than in any other year.

    USA Today (8/20, Bello) reports more people with disabilities "filed charges of discrimination against their employers last year than at any other time in the 20-year history of the Americans with Disabilities Act." In 2009, nearly 21,500 ADA-related charges were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. USA Today says the main reasons for the increase were "the recession and an ...
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  • FDA Raises Concerns About Fibromyalgia Drug

    The Wall Street Journal (8/19, Dooren) reports that the FDA revealed safety concerns about Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s potential fibromyalgia drug Rekinla (sodium oxybate), which faces a review on Friday from the FDA's arthritis and drug-safety advisory committees. The drug is currently approved to treat narcolepsy under the brand name Vyrem, but would be dosed in a different way to treat ...
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  • Wisconsin Prison Settles ACLU suit.

    The AP (8/19) reported, "State prison officials have settled a federal lawsuit alleging poor health care at Wisconsin's largest women's prison. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in 2006 alleging medical, mental and dental care was grossly deficient at Taycheedah Correctional Institution in Fond Du Lac. Under the settlement, the prison must attain accreditation from the National ...
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  • 228 Million Eggs Linked to Outbreak of Salmonella

    The AP (8/17) reported, "An Iowa egg producer is recalling 228 million eggs after being linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said eggs from Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa, were linked to several illnesses in Colorado, California and Minnesota." State health officials "say tainted eggs have sickened at least 266 Californians and ...
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  • More than 300,000 Mazda3 and Mazda5 Vehicles to be Recalled

    The Anchorage Daily News (Thomas AP 8/17) reports that Mazda "is recalling more than 300,000 Mazda3 and Mazda5 vehicles in North America to fix problems with the power-steering system that could lead to a crash," saying that the "vehicles could have a sudden loss of power-steering assist, making it more difficult for the driver to steer the vehicle and increase the risk of a crash."
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  • Recalls of prescription, OTC drugs increase from 2008 to 2009.

    CNNMoney.com (8/17, Kavilanz) reports, "Recalls of prescription and over the counter drugs are surging, raising questions about the quality of drug manufacturing in the United States." The FDA "reported more than 1,742 recalls last year, skyrocketing from 426 in 2008, according to the Gold Sheet, a trade publication on drug quality that analyzes FDA data," although the drug repackager Advantage ...
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  • 5,000 Americans Die Annually from Contaminated Foods and Beverages

    The AP (8/13, Freking) reports, "Each year, more than 300,000 Americans are hospitalized and 5,000 die after consuming contaminated foods and beverages. A bipartisan group of senators said Thursday they have reached agreement on legislation designed to enhance the safety of the nation's food supply," which "would give the Food and Drug Administration the power to order a food recall rather than ...
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  • Poultry, Beef, Leafy Greens Linked to Food-Borne Illness

    Yet another reason for replacing poultry and beef with Wild Alaska Salmon. The AP (8/13) reports that, according to newly-released CDC data, "poultry is still the leading culprit in food poisoning outbreaks," as it "accounted for 17% of the food-borne illness outbreaks reported to the government. Beef and leafy vegetables were close behind, at 16% and 14%." The report covers the year 2007. Among ...
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  • Drug companies' efforts to outmaneuver the FDA "disturbingly common."

    Time (8/12, Park) reports that the FDA panel's recent decision to recommend keeping Avandia (rosiglitazone) on the market is "a move worth billions of dollars to GSK but that also may have put millions of patients at risk." The move is also an example "of the drug industry's outmaneuvering FDA regulators," which is "disturbingly common, say both scientists and policymakers who follow drug approval ...
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  • Fresh Express Salad Recalled in Alaska

    In its "Shots" blog, NPR (8/11, Hensley) reported that "once again, some leafy greens are being recalled by Fresh Express," which is voluntarily recalling some batches of its "Veggie Lover's Salad marked with the use-by date of August 10 and the product code I208," according to the FDA, which said there is "a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes." Some "2,800 cases of the affected ...
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  • Toy Related Injuries Are Up 54% Over Last Decade.

    Nevada's Public News Service (12/9) reported according to a report by the American Association for Justice, "95 percent of the toys sold in the US now come from abroad, and some of them would not receive a 'thumbs-up' for safety from Santa." Graham Galloway of the Nevada Justice Association pointed out that once Chinese manufacturers "were taken to task on the lead issue, [they] replaced lead with ...
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  • Medical Errors Cost Nearly $20 Billion Each Year

    The Wall Street Journal (8/9, Hobson) " Health Blog " reported that medical errors cost the US $19.5 billion in 2008, according to a study released Monday by the Society of Actuaries. The costs include both medical costs and those linked to lost productivity. The Hill (8/10, Lillis) reports that the dollar figure cited is "likely low," according to consultants at Milliman, "who crunched the data." ...
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  • Third Major Honda Recall

    The AP (8/10, Thomas) reports that Honda is recalling some 384,000 of its "popular Accord and Civic passenger cars to address problems with an ignition switch that could allow the key to be removed without the transmission being shifted into park, its third recall over the problem since 2003." Honda informed NHTSA that "the defect with the automatic transmissions could lead to a vehicle rolling ...
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  • Power and Brown Law Firm Sponsors Oscarville Kids Don't Float Site

    Power & Brown, LLC sponsored another Kids Don't Float Life Jacket Loaner Site this year in Oscarville. This is Power and Brown's second sponsor site. The firm also sponsors a site in Napaskiak. The Kids Don't Float Program provides a simple way for parents to borrow a properly sized children's life jacket. "We handle personal injury cases in our law practice," Michele Power said, "We sponsored ...
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  • Protecting Kids from Dangerous Dogs

    During the spring and summer when children spend more time outdoors, the chance of being bitten or attacked by a dog increases. Dogs seem to be everywhere in Bethel. On the way to the post office you may see a black dog. When you go to AC you may see a brown dog. On the way to the boat harbor, you may see spotted dogs. Perhaps there is even a strange dog or two running free around your house. The ...
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