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Blog Posts in December, 2010

  • FDA warns liquid cough capsules pose risk to children.

    The AP (12/15) reports, "The US Food and Drug Administration says that Tessalon (benzonatate) liquid cough capsules should be kept in child-proof containers because they look like candy and could pose a risk to young children if ingested." The FDA said "that from 1982 through May of this year, there have been seven cases where children younger than 10 accidentally ingested benzonatate. Five of ...
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  • Older arthritic patients taking opioids may face increased risk of bone fracture, heart attack, death.

    The New York Times (12/14, B3, Meier) reports, "Older patients with arthritis who take narcotic-based drugs to relieve pain face a higher risk of bone fracture, heart attack and death when compared to those taking non-narcotic drugs, according to" research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. "The use of narcotic painkillers has increased in recent years because of a prevailing belief ...
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  • FDA to review safety of dental fillings containing mercury.

    The Chicago Tribune(12/11, Zajac) reported, "Prodded by consumer and dental activists, the Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the scientific evidence underlying its pronouncement less than 18 months ago that dental fillings containing mercury do not cause harm to patients." Notably, "an advisory panel of outside experts will meet next week to re-examine the basis of the FDA's conclusions in ...
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  • Vioxx may have caused blood clots, deaths after patients stopped using it.

    Reuters (12/14, Joelving) reports that according to research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the painkiller Vioxx (rofecoxib) may have caused blood clots, and possibly even deaths, after patients stopped using it.
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  • Safety report notes lack of regulation of foreign-made toys.

    The Gilmer (TX) Mirror (12/12) reported, "Most of today's toys are actually made in China or other foreign country, regardless of what label is on the box or what country the manufacturer calls home. These manufacturers aren't held to the same sort of quality control as American companies. This makes it much more difficult to hold those companies accountable when they put a dangerous or defective ...
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  • Government Report Indicates Increase in Serious Dog Bites

    NY Times reports, "The number of Americans hospitalized for dog bites almost doubled over a 15-year-period, increasing to 9,500 in 2008 from 5,100 in 1993, a new government study reports." The report further indicated, "Children under 5 and adults 65 and older were most likely to be hospitalized after a bite, and residents of rural areas made four times as many emergency room visits and had three ...
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  • Pfizer Recalls Lung Drug Thelin

    The drug Thelin treats pulmonary hypertension, an incurable condition where there is increased pressure in the arteries of the lungs, causing shortness of breath, according to the National Institutes of Health. Bloomberg reports, "Pfizer Inc. is recalling its lung drug Thelin worldwide and halting trials of the medicine after it was linked to potentially life-threatening liver damage." Advice to ...
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  • Dangerous Levels of Lead Found in Holiday Lights

    Bloomberg News (12/8) reports that more than half of holiday lights tested in a U.S. study had more lead than regulators permit in children's products, with some strands containing more than 30 times those levels. Consumers should wash their hands after handling holiday lights, according to HealthyStuff.org, a product-information website that posted the data today.
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  • 13 Million Packages of Rolaids Recalled.

    ABC World News (12/9, story 4, 0:30, Sawyer) reported, "Johnson & Johnson is pulling 13 million packages of Rolaids off the store shelves, several different kinds of Rolaids soft chews." The CBS Evening News (12/9, story 8, 0:20, Couric) reported, "The makers of Rolaids announced a recall today involving 13 million packages of the antacid. ... Customers reported finding bits of wood or metal in ...
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  • Whistleblower suit against Rolls-Royce highlights aircraft engine defects.

    The AP (12/8) reported an Indianapolis whistleblower suit accused Rolls-Royce Corp. of hiding "repeated defects at an aircraft engine plant in Indianapolis and fired a safety official for reporting the problems." Thomas McArtor's complaint said he worked as "a senior quality control official" for 12 years before his 2007 termination. His suit alleges Rolls-Royce "cut quality controls to increase ...
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  • Alaska DMV often requires the filing of forms after being in a car accident.

    More snow and ice on the roads often means more accidents. Here are some Alaska DMV requirements and links to forms that may be useful if you are involved in an accident. For Crashes over $501.00 If you are involved in a crash this winter and the damage exceeds $501.00 a Certificate of Insurance must be completed and mailed to DMV within 15 days to avoid cancelation of your drivers license due to ...
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  • Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. Sued for Dangerous Baseball Bats

    The AP(12/7) reported a Chicago couple filed suit against Easton-Bell Sports Inc., maker of aluminum baseball bats, "for injuries their 11-year-old son suffered when he was struck in the head by a ball last spring." According to the parent's complaint Easton-Bell Sports Inc., "produced bats capable of hitting baseballs at dangerous speeds." The couple alleges their son "suffered brain damages and ...
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  • Smokeless Tobacco Company Pays $5,000,000 in Wrongful Death Action.

    The Wall Street Journal (12/8, Helliker) reports in a first-of-its-kind suit, US Smokeless tobacco agreed to a five million dollar settlement in a wrongful death suit from the family of a life-long tobacco chewer who died of mouth cancer. The settlment was reached a while ago, but just officially announced in Court. The plaitniff, Bobby Hill, began using Skoal and Copenhagen tobacco at 13. The ...
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  • Side effects from cancer drugs may come years after approval.

    Reuters(12/7, Joelving) reports that serious side effects from cancer drugs can appear years after regulatory approval. Canadian researchers looked at 12 drugs approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and found that five of the drugs had earned a "black box warning." Dr. Ian F. Tannock, an oncologist at the University of Toronto, and leader of the study, said, "Patients need to be informed ...
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  • FDA raises concerns over chemical, drug transmission in breast milk banks.

    Reuters (12/6, Heavy) reports that some mothers experience difficulty when trying to breastfeed their newborns, and thus find themselves turning to other lactating mothers for help. But concerns have been raised regarding the possibility of donated breast milk unwittingly being a repository for infectious disease; milk from unscreened mothers could also be laden with chemicals or drugs, federal ...
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  • Epilepsy Drug May Increase Risk for Spina Bifida.

    HealthDay (12/3, Reinberg) reported, "Pregnant women with epilepsy who are taking carbamazepine (Tegretol) to control seizures may be at a slightly increased risk of having an infant with spina bifida, a new study finds." Researchers "reviewed existing research to determine the risk of birth defects among women taking Tegretol." They "found that infants of women taking Tegretol were 2.6 times more ...
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  • FDA Issues Warning to Invisalign Maker.

    The AP (12/3) reports, "The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to" Align Technology, Inc., "a company that makes a popular teeth straightener" -- the Invisalign system -- "about its failure to report information about patient side effects." The company "disclosed this week that it received a Nov. 18 warning letter from the FDA following an inspection this summer" in which the agency ...
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  • Lowe's Recalls 11 Million Blinds on Strangling Hazard

    Bloomberg News (12/1, Plungis) reported that Lowe's has joined a December 2009 CPSC recall "that covered more than 50 million Roman and roll-up blinds, because of strangulation hazards, the agency said." The expanded recall covers 11 million Lowe's blinds. CPSA said the expansion became necessary after "two near-strangulations." According to the agency, "Lowe's...will recall all brands it sells of ...
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