Blog Posts in May, 2010

  • FDA Updates Warning Label on Heartburn Medications for Increased Fracture Risk

    The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned consumers that medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can increase the risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures. PPIs are typically used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach ulcers, small intestine ulcers, inflammation of the esophagus, and frequent heartburn. The labels of the drugs will be updated with the ...
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  • Tylenol Recall Linked to At Least 775 Reports of Adverse Events Such as Seizures

    In follow-up to our recent blog regarding the massive recall of Children's Tylenol, Zyrtec, and Benadryl Products , the FDA is now investigating reports of at least 775 serious side effects from consumers taking the recalled drugs. The reports include 30 deaths, almost all of which are tied to the recalls from January 1, 2008 through April 30, 3010. The reports also include seven deaths and ...
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  • Miley Cyrus Jewelry Recalled by Wal-Mart

    Wal-Mart recently pulled their entire line of Miley Cyrus-brand jewelry because the pieces contain high levels of the toxic metal cadmium. This brand of jewelry is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart. Young children may put the jewelry in their mouths, which can lead to serious health problems. Cadmium is a known carcinogen and long-term exposure can lead to bone-softening and kidney failure. Studies ...
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  • Cases of Shaken-baby Syndrome Rise due to the Recession

    The current recession in the U.S. has many negative consequences, including high unemployment causing many consumers having less money to spend. As a result, those impacted can become depressed, stressed, and even suicidal. Time Magazine recently reported on a negative consequence for children from the recession. Researchers have found that parents' stress and worry over finances has possibly led ...
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  • FDA Issues Warning Letter to St. Jude Medical Inc Regarding Surgical Ablation Devices

    The FDA recently issued a warning letter to St. Jude Medical Inc regarding its Epicor surgical ablation device. Systems like Epicor are approved for ablation, or the burning of tissue to seal a wound to stop bleeding. It was alleged that St. Jude was promoting the Epicor system to treat a condition known as atrial fibrillation, or abnormal heart rhythm, which had not been approved by the ...
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  • Illinois Nursing Home Reforms Move Closer to Becoming Law

    Recently, the Chicago Tribune reported that Illinois lawmakers have negotiated a historic bill that hopes to reform its troubled nursing homes. The reform effort was initiated by a series of Chicago Tribune investigations where chronic violence was exposed in a number of nursing home facilities. The bill contains a number of measures aimed to prevent such violence. The bill will tighten existing ...
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  • Dangers of Wandering for Alzheimer’s Patients

    The New York Times recently reported on the dangers of wandering in Alzheimer's patients. The tendencies to wander are usually accompanied by confusion and lack of memory. These tendencies may be dangerous and fatal. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia. It has no known cure, and affects about 50% of people over 85 years of age. Alzheimer's patients who wander may try to avoid being ...
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  • Children’s Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl Products Recalled by McNeil

    Recently, the FDA issued a press release stating that McNeil Consumer Healthcare was voluntarily recalling certain infant and children's liquid products.The recall was issued due to manufacturing problems that may affect the quality and purity of the medications.Some of the products may have contained a higher concentration of active ingredient than indicated on the label.Also, others may contain ...
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  • FDA to Review Infusion Pump Safety Issues

    Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced an initiative to review safety issues concerning external infusion pumps. External infusion pumps are used to deliver controlled amounts of fluids or medications to patients. Devices like insulin pumps deliver controlled amounts of insulin to people with diabetes. However, some of these devices have experienced failures and safety problems. ...
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  • More Cribs Recalled

    The US Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced another crib recall due to safety issues from possible defects. This recall follows previous recalls for defective cribs including Stork Craft drop-side cribs, Dorel Asia drop-side cribs, and Generation 2 Worldwide cribs. The Commission stated Simplicity Cribs are unsafe because metal supports on the cribs can detach or bend, leading the ...
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