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  • Alaska Moose Safety

    When it comes to Alaskan wildlife safety, bears usually get the most press. But it's also important to remember the appropriate precautions for you and your kids to take around other animals, including the moose. Statistically, Alaskan moose are actually more dangerous than bears, as there's a significantly greater number of moose in Alaska. While moose aren't predators, they can attack people ...
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  • Opioid Painkillers Linked to Birth Defects

    The Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog (3/2, Maugh II) reported, "Consuming opioid pain relievers such as codeine, oxycodone or hydrocodone just before pregnancy or early in pregnancy increases the risk of certain birth defects, especially congenital heart defects," according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Cheryl S. ...
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  • FDA says breast implants may be linked to rare form of lymphomatous cancer.

    The Washington Post (1/27, Stein) reports that the FDA on Wednesday stated it had "detected a possible association between saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL)" The agency said most women with implants "do not have to have them removed or take any other steps," but they should "immediately seek medical care" if they develop "unusual problems," ...
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  • Bristol-Myers recalls blood pressure medicine.

    Reuters(1/14, Berkrot) reports Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. has announced a recall of 64 million tablets of the blood pressure medicine Avalide because of the potential for reduced effectiveness. The issue is described as a potential variability in levels of the less-soluble form of the active ingredient irbesartan.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • GAO report: FDA not inspecting dietary supplements from China.

    The Kansas City Star (11/7, Everly) noted, "Dietary supplements and prescription drugs are pouring in from China, but US regulators are not ensuring their quality, safety or proper labeling." In fact, "federal regulators have inspected only a fraction of the hundreds of Chinese factories making prescription drugs for the US market, a new report from the Government Accountability Office says," and ...
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  • GM Recalling 300,000 Impallas

    The AP (10/15) reported, "General Motors said Friday [October 15, 2010] it was recalling more than 300,000 Chevrolet Impala sedans because the seat belts may fail to restrain people in the front seats during a crash."
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  • Lipitor Recall

    CNN 's (10/7, Curley) "The Chart" blog reported that "Pfizer has announced it recalled seven lots of its blockbuster cholesterol fighting drug Lipitor [atorvastatin] in August. The recall, in the US and Canada, was due to reports of an 'uncharacteristic odor related to the bottles in which the product is packaged,' the company said in a statement."
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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