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  • New Labeling Considered for ReNu with MoistureLoc
    Jun-11-08 Washington, DC The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has met with an advisory panel to discuss stricter standards for contact lens solutions such as ReNu with MoistureLoc. The panel, which involves a number of outside advisers to the FDA who are experts in ophthalmology, was convened after two massive contact lens solution recalls. Meanwhile, patient...
  • Unum: Healthy Employees, Unhealthy Practices
    Jun-2-08 Mt. Pleasant, SC A company with a reputation for denying legitimate claims and throwing the lives of well-meaning policy holders into chaos has again been honored with an award recognizing its commitment to the health of its employees. Unum took home a Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award from the National Business Group on Health this month, it...
  • Chantix: The Kids Also Suffer
    May-29-08 Silver Springs, FL On their doctor's advice, Tara and her husband were both prescribed Chantix to quit their smoking addiction. Although the drug has a high success rate, many users are questioning whether the psychological side effects are worth it. "We were so mean to each other and our kids during and right after taking Chantix, we lashed out at them...
  • Digitek Recall: Your Pharmacist will Call
    May-15-08 Morristown, NJ Just weeks after Actavis, in conjunction with the FDA initiated a recall of its heart drug Digitek (digoxin tablets), a lawsuit was filed on May 5, 2008 in the northern district of Ohio and a class action lawsuit was filed in the eastern district of Louisiana. The suits follow a voluntary recall of all Digitek lots after reports that ta...
  • Misled to Buy ERISA Stock Options
    May-14-08 Newport Beach, CA: While the president of Washington Mutual Inc. dumped company stock, he encouraged his employees to buy, buy, buy -- to fill out their Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) account plans. And they did, resulting today in over $150 million in total losses and devalued retirement funds for employees nationwide. Renee Mayo experi...
  • Death Toll from Recalled Chinese Heparin Continues to Rise
    Apr-28-08 Philadelphia, PA: The family of a Missouri man who died after suffering adverse reactions to contaminated Chinese Heparin is suing Tyco Healthcare, claiming that the company waited too long announce a recall of the drug. And the death toll due to tainted Heparin continues to rise, because this case has not been accounted for by the U.S. Food and Drug A...
  • Tainted Heparin Now 'Clearly' Linked to 81 Deaths: FDA
    Apr-22-08 Washington, DC The tainted heparin juggernaut just keeps getting bigger: it was revealed this morning that the US Food and Drug Administration puts the death toll linked to tainted heparin at 81 deaths , and the country count is up to 11. It was revealed this morning, according to a report in the New York Times, that the FDA has now identified a clea...
  • Icy Hot Patch Burns: Trust Your Body
    Apr-8-08 Chattanooga, TN The makers of the Icy Hot Patch that was recalled in the US back in February went north in March, with Chattem Canada recalling a number of products in its Icy Hot Heat Therapy line. The recall follows numerous reports of serious burns in the US, with consumers reporting a host of first, second and third-degree burns. As of March the...
  • Motorcycle Student Pays for Instructor's Mistake
    Mar-16-08 Broad Brook, CT: A motorcycle accident was the last thing James expected during a motorcycle training course, especially since the instructor was at fault. Yet he found himself with a hefty repair bill and the possible rise in his insurance rates. "Our class had just finished taking a test for the motorcycle safety course," James recalls, "when the...
  • Icy Hot Heat Therapy Patches: "Are They a Flawed Product?"
    Mar-10-08 Bolingbrook, IL Sarah says she was burned by Icy Hot Heat Therapy Patches . Although her injuries were not as severe as some people experienced, they still caused pain and required medical attention. Now, like many other people, Sarah is left wondering if the Icy Hot Patches are a defective product. One evening in February, Sarah (not her real name...
  • Duragesic: Potentially Lethal in the Wrong Hands
    Mar-2-08 West Palm Beach, FL The recent recall of Duragesic pain patches should not come as a surprise, given the checkered history of a product that introduces extremely potent pain medication directly through the skin. First approved in 1990, Duragesic has endured several recalls in the last 14 years. However, 2005 appeared to be a watershed year for conce...
  • Rochester Meat Recall: E. Coli Vaccine Approval is only One Step in the Right Direction
    Feb-27-08 Belleville, ON Consumers may finally receive some better protection against E. coli related illness following the conditional approval of an E. coli vaccine for cattle developed and produced by Belleville-based Bioniche Life Sciences. E. coli O157:H7 contamination in ground beef produced by Rochester Meat of Rochester, MN was responsible for six known...
  • Defective Products vs. The Supreme Court. They Fight, You Lose
    Feb-23-08 Peachtree City, GA On February 21st the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in concert with Rinnai America Corp, announced a voluntary product safety recall involving the defective product Rinnai EnergySaver Direct-Vent Wall Furnace, due to a potential carbon monoxide hazard. According to the alert a gasket in the furnace, fuelled by either natural...
  • Trucker Loses Leg and Career
    Feb-22-08 Williston, ND Cory has been hanging around trucks for 25 years; driving them, repairing them, loading them. Never once did he come close to a truck accident . His luck ran out just before Christmas thanks to the inattention of another driver. "On December 22nd I was unloading the front part of a semi," recalls Cory. "We were moving on to the second t...
  • Bankrupt and Belly Up
    Feb-10-08 Surrey, BC: Gale Winkleman and her partner (let's call him Brad) had a garbage disposal business together in Surrey, British Columbia, until 2000. Then Brad discovered cocaine. He took a lot of cash out of the business and eventually spent it on crack cocaine. Winkelman has no idea exactly how much Brad took -- in cash and crack -- because he did so many...
  • Bactrim Causes Third-Degree Burns Inside and Outside Body
    Jan-25-08 Miramar, FL: A replacement family practitioner prescribed Bactrim, an antibiotic to clear up Vera's persistent bronchitis when the original prescription of conventional cough medicine did not work. Within 2 days Vera broke out in hives then blisters on the soles of her feet and ended up 2 weeks in the intensive care unit. Doctors say she is lucky to be...
  • Rochester Meat Recall: Where's the Beef?
    Jan-22-08 New York, NY: In the wake of the Rochester Meat recall , things have been quiet—as they say in the westerns, "Yeah, too quiet." Minnesota-based Rochester Meat Company announced the voluntary recall of 188,000 pounds of ground beef suspected of E. coli contamination after six people fell ill in Wisconsin and California. The beef was sold in bulk...
  • Topps Beef Recall: Erring on the Side of Disaster
    Jan-14-08 Elizabeth, NJ: Now that Topps Meat has gone into bankruptcy and the federal USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has promised to tighten up its food inspection protocols in the wake of the 21.7 million-pound recall of Topps products, it's time to ask a simple question: Was this trip necessary? The bottom line on food safety is straightforw...
  • Topps Tainted Meat: Different Brands Generates Confusion
    Jan-8-08 Elizabeth, NJ: The trouble with branding is that you sometimes lose sight of whose actually doing the manufacturing. And in the case of the recent Topps Meat recall , various lots of potentially tainted product sold under different trademarks may have confused some consumers—even some retailers—as to the condition, and the pedigree of the alle...
  • Topps E. coli Beef: Almost Two Million Pounds Still In Storage
    Jan-2-08 Elizabeth, NJ Topps Meat Co. may have closed October 5th, but there are still 1.8 million pounds of meat potentially contaminated with E. coli still languishing in the company's warehouses. What ultimately happens to that meat will hinge on the potential sale of the bankrupt company—its assets as well as trademarks—to a food company in New J...
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