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  • Preemption - Bush Administration Backs Medtronic in Supreme Court - Part I
    Jan-1-08 Washington, DC: Under the arguments made before the US Supreme Court on December 4, 2007, by Deputy Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler, on behalf of the Bush Administration, in support of the medical device maker Medtronic, American citizens injured by a defective device would not be allowed to sue the manufacturer of a product, ever. In a nutshell, the g...
  • American Foods Group Recalls E. coli Beef in Seven States
    Nov-26-07 Green Bay, WI For an industry paying lip service to the ideals of stamping out E. coli, the consumer beef industry will once again be cowing to criticism after yet another E. coli recall surfaced over the weekend. The American Foods Group has voluntarily recalled 96,000 pounds of ground meat after reports that two people were sickened. While the amo...
  • Kugel Mesh Patch: Game of Wait-and-See
    Nov-25-07 Boston, MA Patients with Kugel Mesh Patches implanted are the latest to be told that they will have to wait and see if anything goes wrong with their patch before it can be taken out. In what has become an all-too-familiar recall pattern, some Kugel Mesh Patches, like so many products before them, are no longer being implanted but patients who already ha...
  • Sprint Fidelis Recall Costs Medtronic
    Nov-24-07 Minneapolis, MN Medtronic has announced that the massive Sprint Fidelis recall issued in October had an estimated negative sales impact of $130 million and cost the company $31 million in inventory write-offs and other direct costs. Medtronic announced the recall after it received reports of at least five deaths related to fractured Sprint Fidelis...
  • Topps Beef Burgers: Wake Up Retailers!
    Nov-14-07 New York, NY Sherita Wells took her half-empty box of Topps frozen beef burgers back to the supermarket for a refund. "I told the cashier that these burgers had been recalled but he had no idea what I was talking about," says Wells. "I thought they were supposed to keep up with recalled products—it's wild that these burgers are still being sold."...
  • Totino's Pizza: A Slice of E. Coli
    Nov-11-07 Chandler, OK Jill Mclean (not her real name) bought a few Totino's frozen pizzas mainly because she was on a budget. Turns out, a few slices of Totino's Party Supreme cost her more than she bargained for—and then some. Mclean didn't know about the E. coli pizza recall until it was too late. On October 28th, Mclean was so sick she went to ER. "...
  • Deadly Frozen Pizza in Your Freezer?
    Nov-7-07 Wellston, OH The box may say it's crisp 'n tasty, but the potential for an unseen ingredient in your Jeno's or Totino's frozen pizza could put you in the hospital with E. coli, and has resulted in a massive frozen pizza recall . It is, in fact one of the largest recalls that General Mills has seen in years. On November 1st, the huge manufacturer vol...
  • Kugel Mesh Patch: The Psychological Fallout
    Oct-31-07 Cranston, RI: Imagine the disconnect: you've had hernia surgery in the last few years, without complication. Things seem to be fine. All of a sudden, recalls occur concerning the Davol Composix Kugel Mesh Patch , which is followed by a phone call from your surgeon. He says you have the recalled patch and memory ring inside of you, and suggests some of t...
  • The Composix Kugel Mesh Recall: Information Lacking
    Oct-22-07 Murray Hill, NJ It has been almost two years since C.R. Bard and subsidiary Davol, in concert with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recalled various models of the Composix Kugel Mesh Patch. And while the plastic 'memory' recoil ring--the primary culprit in patient incident reports--has been strengthened, that doesn't help the thousands of patie...
  • Stand 'n Seal Recall: When Hazardous Products Stay On the Market
    Oct-17-07 Portland, OR In the midst of the massive recalls that have been announced recently, proponents of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPCS) have argued that the agency works wells at protecting consumers. Unfortunately, the people injured by [ Stand 'n Seal ] can attest otherwise. They know that they would not have become ill if the product's recall ha...
  • Topps Bottoms Out: Lawsuits Pending from Massive Recall
    Oct-9-07 Elizabeth, NJ: Two days after a class action lawsuit was filed against them, Topps Meat Company announced that it was going out of business, brought to its knees by the tainted meat recall. The company, based in New Jersey, found itself at the centre of controversy after an initially small recall of beef products suspected of being tainted with E. coli m...
  • The Stand 'n Seal Case: Unsafe Product + Ineffective Response = Sickness and Death
    Oct-9-07 Denville, NJ: The aerosol spray-on chemical sealer Stand 'n Seal that was marketed as quick and convenient not only injured consumers and is alleged to have caused two deaths, but which remained on store shelves 18 months after the recall. What's more, as outlined in a damning expose in today's edition of the New York Times and summarized today here a...
  • Mom to Other Women: Don't Take Paxil While Pregnant
    Sep-12-07 Smithfield, MS: When Tammy Smithey learned she was pregnant in the fall of 2004, she called her ob-gyn to ensure that Paxil was safe for her to continue taking. Smithey had been on Paxil for a few years, but was concerned that it might have negative effects on her baby. Her ob-gyn told her that Paxil was okay to take while pregnant. On her first visit...
  • Oxycontin: A Recovering Addict Speaks Out
    Aug-26-07 Vancouver, BC "At first it just made me feel better, painwise," says Richard Dorn (not his real name). "but after a while I had to have it." Lawsuits across the country are alleging that OxyContin's maker knew or ought to have known that ingesting Oxycontin leads to drug dependency and addiction. "If that's the case, it's a shame," says Richard, who k...
  • Car Crashworthiness: Auto Manufacturers must be held Responsible
    Aug-20-07 Crewe, VA William Foster's son survived a collision but his passenger did not. Neither of their airbags deployed--yet another tragic example of auto defects and lack of car crashworthiness. "In November, 2004 my son, William Jr., was driving my 2004 Ford pick-up to work--he had a contract to haul mail for the post office and my vehicle was part of the...
  • Defective Tires from China: Where the Rubber Hits the Road, it's Buyer Beware
    Aug-14-07 Union, NJ When it comes to crashworthiness , the single most compelling feature of your car that could mean the difference between getting home safely, and winding up in a hospital is the footprint of your car on the road; the tires. Defective tires from China could potentially put the crashworthiness of your vehicle to the ultimate test, should the tir...
  • Defective Tires: We must send a message to China
    Aug-14-07 Philadelphia, PA As the parade of tainted products continues to roll past the eyes of angry customers and wary politicians, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: consumers no longer trust any product that comes out of China, including defective tires . With tainted toothpaste and lead paint-covered toys once again in the news, word about the latest...
  • Crashworthiness: When Ideals and the Real World Collide on the Road
    Aug-13-07 Washington, DC Given the importance that automotive consumers place on the crashworthiness of their cars, it's little wonder that manufacturers heavily promote their crashworthiness tests, and their NHTSA ratings, in product advertising. Images of vehicles slamming head-on into cement walls, glass and metal flying everywhere, are common on our TV scr...
  • Medtronic Shareholders Meeting: A Year of Lawsuits and Controversy
    Aug-6-07 Minneapolis, MN The board of directors of Medtronic , Inc. will hold its annual meeting of shareholders on August 23 at Medtronic World Headquarters. Given the rough year that the company has had, there should be some interesting debate among the shareholders. It has been two years since Medtronic recalled more than 87,000 of its implantable cardiovert...
  • Beef E.coli: From Farm to Table?
    Aug-1-07 Washington, DC What do we know about E coli and its relationship to beef? By all accounts, not enough to stop beef ecoli recalls. Yet another outbreak of the E coli O157:H7 strain has shown up, this time in Canada. On July 7, 2007 the CBC news reported that officials warned people not to eat certain fresh and frozen ground beef products sold at Canad...
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