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  • Beef ecoli: a Growing Concern
    Jun-30-07 Washington, DC On its website, the US Food Safety and Inspection Service reports that, for the last three years, it found 0.17 percent of overall raw ground beef samples tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. That report was updated February 9, 2007, three months before the latest beef ecoli recall that now includes more than six million pounds of ground m...
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission Keeps the Recalls Coming
    Jun-4-07 Washington, DC A common thread ran through all five products subjected to voluntary recalls on May 31 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). While the products ranged from candles to cribs, all of them were made in Asia—primarily, China. Founded in 1972, the CPSC is the federal government's leading watchdog group for defective and...
  • Health Advocates Concerned as FDA Approves New Dosage Strength of Fosamax
    Jun-4-07 Washington, DC The FDA has approved a new dosage strength of Fosamax Plus D, despite an avalanche of lawsuits related to Fosamax and concerns among health advocates. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed related to Fosamax, Merck & Co.'s best-selling drug and one of the most prescribed drugs to increase bone density in patients with osteoporosis. "Th...
  • Leadership Shake-ups fail to deter Consumer Product Safety Commission from its Mission
    Jun-1-07 Washington, DC It has been a hectic spring for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the leading government organization tasked with rooting out defective products . The CPSC endured a tumultuous leadership hunt but still managed to remain focused on product safety issues. Founded in 1972, the CPSC's self-proclaimed mission is to "protect...
  • Overworked and Underpaid: Portrait of a California IT Worker
    May-23-07 Sacramento, CA For Claudia, Christmas Eve 2003 was a night to remember, for all the wrong reasons. At the time, Claudia, an Information Technology (IT) sector worker , was working for CUDL (CU Direct Corporation), a financial services firm specializing in car loans, headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. "The company closed at 2 pm, so the employees co...
  • Doctors Weigh in on Permax Recall
    May-17-07 Chapel Hill, NC On March 29, 2007, the FDA withdrew Permax (pergolide) from the market because it increases the risk of valvular heart disease. It was the right thing to do, according to leading research physicians. In a New England Journal of Medicine report, Permax, used to treat Parkinson's disease, can seriously damage heart valves. Some medical...
  • Dan's Story: Routine Surgery Gone Wrong
    May-16-07 Baton Rouge, LA "It hurts to lie down and it hurts to stand up," says Dan Johnson. "I just want my life back" Dan had hernia surgery that used a type of Bard Composix Kugel Mesh Patch now recalled by the FDA. Lawsuits have been filed across the country by patients and their families, claiming injury and, in some cases, even death. A Sudden Infection...
  • Ketek Linked to Liver Damage, Approval Process Flawed
    May-9-07 Bridgewater, NJ An antibiotic linked to severe liver damage was twice turned down by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before it was finally approved, and has since undergone several label updates as reports of side effects roll in, and concern mounts. As recently as February 12th of this year, the FDA reduced by two the approved uses for Ketek...
  • Guidant News: More Recalled Defibrillators
    May-3-07 Indianapolis, IN Boston Scientific and the FDA have announced a new Guidant recall for specific Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICDs) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators (CRT-Ds). The new recall includes about 73,000 implantable cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators and cardiac defibrillators. All of the recalled defibr...
  • Goodyear RV tires - Another Recall?
    Apr-29-07 Scottsdale, AZ "My motor home only has 19,000 miles on it and the Goodyear tires are already showing signs of wearing," says Paul Barns. "What will it take for Goodyear to issue a nationwide recall - a serious injury or even death?" "I think I only have another 5,000 miles left before these tires need to be replaced," says Barns (not his real name pe...
  • FDA Knew of Contamination Problems at Peanut Butter Plant for Years
    Apr-26-07 Sylvester, GA: The Washington Post has reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knew for years about contamination at the Georgia ConAgra plant which produced peanut butter that has sickened more than 400 people across the US. In 2005, FDA inspectors were at the Sylvester-based plant to investigate complaints of an alleged episode of salmo...
  • Composix Kugel Mesh: Imagine if it Breaks Inside of You
    Apr-25-07 Cranston, RI: A phobia many people who've ever had surgery - or are about to, is the fear of a foreign object left behind. What happens if they leave something inside? A sponge, or a set of retractors? In the case of hernia surgery, leaving something inside is what's SUPPOSED to happen. A medical patch is inserted inside the abdomen during surgery to re...
  • Goodyear Tires should not be on RVs
    Apr-20-07 Akron, OH: Goodyear RV tires , Model number G159 275/70 22.5 were not designed for use on Class A RVs but they were used on such RVs from the mid-1990s to 2004. The tires have a history of de-treading and failures leading to accidents. Some of the accidents caused by tire failure have led to serious injury and death. The tires were initially designed f...
  • Interview with Permax lawyers Paul R. Dahlberg and Anthony J. Nemo
    Apr-17-07 Rochester, MN Over 500,000 people have taken Permax and lawyers Paul R. Dahlberg and Anthony Nemo of Meshbesher & Spence estimate that tens of thousands of those people are likely affected with heart damage, particularly moderate to severe valve regurgitation, because of this drug. Dahlberg and Nemo are currently representing people injured after usin...
  • Kugel Mesh: Davol Underreported Severity of Injuries
    Apr-16-07 Cranston, RI Even though the recall of Kugel Mesh patches began well over a year ago, there are still questions about how Davol, makers of the patches, carried out its recall and whether or not the company properly reported incidents to the Food and Drug Administration. Problems with the patches were identified shortly after the extra large Kugel Mesh...
  • Ethicon's Panacryl Lawsuits
    Jan-28-07 New York, NY: Just like history repeating itself, Ethicon now faces liability lawsuits similar to its Vicryl sutures lawsuits more than a decade ago. This time the product is Panacryl sutures. Ethicon was sued after a recall of 3.5 million packages of its Vicryl brand of sutures in 1994 -- the sutures were contaminated due to a faulty sterilizer. Now,...
  • Kugel Mesh Recalls - A Timeline
    Jan-25-07 Cranston, RI: Over the past 13 months, Davol, Inc., makers of Kugel Mesh Hernia Patches , issued a recall and then expanded it twice. Here is a timeline of the Kugel Mesh Patch recalls. December 27, 2005: C.R. Bard notifies US customers of a voluntary Class I recall of the Bard Composix Kugel Mesh X-Large Patch by letter delivered via Federal Express...
  • Court Allows Eli Lilly to Bury Zyprexa Documents
    Dec-21-06 New York, NY Alaskan attorney, Jim Gottstein, says that after being served with a mandatory injunction, he has returned the internal Eli Lilly documents that he obtained in litigation and provided to the New York Times to the court. Information from the documents related to Lilly's antipsychotic drug, Zyprexa , was highlighted two days in a row in fr...
  • Defective Products In Your Body
    Dec-18-06 Sacramento, CA In May 2000, Virginia was injured in a car accident and required a hip replacement. A sulzer hip was implanted in March but shortly afterward Sulzer Orthopedics recalled its Inter-Op acetabular shell for hip implants on December 8, 2000. Some of these implants had an unacceptable level of mineral oil-based lubricant on the product and it...
  • Defective Product Caused Personal Injury
    Nov-16-06 Plainfield, CT In August 2006, a pulley system on Penny Lee Palazzo's bedroom window snapped, slamming down hard on her hand and crushing four fingers. Unfortunately for Penny (but the window manufacturer and its insurance company assumes fortunately) the window was built in 1979. "I put my head out the window to call my daughter into the house," says...
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