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All news posts from May 01, 2010 to May 31, 2010

Posted by Jane Akre
May 28, 2010 2:59 PM

The popular weight loss drug, Alli, and its prescription cousin, Xenical, will have to carry an additional warning about its potential link to liver damage after 13 cases were reported to the FDA.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 28, 2010 10:58 AM

37,000 traffic fatalities a year may represent an improvement over the statistics of the past, but various authorities opine on how we can make roads safer in this New York Times Opinion page.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 27, 2010 3:54 PM

The FDA needs mandatory recall authority to deal with problematic manufacturing plants such as the one that makes Children's Tylenol, lawmakers concluded at a hearing Thursday. A J & J executive told lawmakers that six key personnel have been let go and that the situation is "unacceptable" though no children have been hurt.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 26, 2010 12:44 PM

The head of Johnson & Johnson is expected to be present at a Thursday Congressional committee hearing to further explore manufacturing lapses at a company plant that led to a recall of 40 children's pain and allergy over-the-counter medications. Meanwhile, the FDA is trying to sort out adverse events coming into the agency from worried parents.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 26, 2010 10:34 AM

Actor Dennis Quaid and his wife have filed his second lawsuit against Baxter Healthcare over the near-death experience of their twins over a drug mix-up at a Los Angeles hospital. The labels of the two drugs were never changed even though the drug maker knew they had caused prescription errors that led to the death of three infants, the complaint says.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 25, 2010 12:57 PM

The military is contacting Veterans Affairs offices acknowledging that burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan "potentially present health risks" to returning veterans and outlines how to handle claims. The letter represents an about face by the Pentagon that open burn pits represent a health hazard.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 25, 2010 10:47 AM

Alfalfa sprouts are now implicated in the latest food recall over Salmonella Newport, a bacterium in human or animal waste. Sprouts present a particular problem because they are eaten raw. 22 people have been sickened.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 24, 2010 4:23 PM

The brown recluse spider bite, though rare, can lead to necrosis of the skin. In this case a woman lost her left breast after being bitten.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 24, 2010 1:36 PM

President Obama went out on a limb when he promised people would be able to keep their current health plans, now comes the hard work of hammering out the details.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 21, 2010 5:50 PM

Procter & Gamble is trying to head off a rising tide of online criticism about its Dry Max diaper that many parents complain causes burning, blistering, chemical like rashes. The brand represents about ten percent of the company's $79 billion in revenue.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 21, 2010 11:47 AM

With 314 million pool visits this summer, the CDC finds 8 of 13 had to be closed for code violations involving improper PH and disinfectant levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers advice before you get into the pool this summer.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 20, 2010 2:45 PM

Corexit hasn't been tested for its toxicity on wetlands, marine life or people, yet BP is dispensing the dispersant liberally in the Gulf of Mexico in a desperate effort to contain the massive oil spill. The EPA has given the company until midnight Thursday to stop using it.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 20, 2010 11:58 AM

Transparency is defined as a lack of hidden agenda and conditions and the public has an opportunity to tell the FDA just how transparent it wants the agency to be in publishing data and disclosing information about drug and device makers. So far 1,500 have commented.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 19, 2010 1:38 PM

More troubles for Toyota as 11,500 vehicles, some exported from Japan to the U.S., are recalled for problems with the computerized steering.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 19, 2010 12:08 PM

Triclosan is everywhere, put into everything from pajamas to toothpaste, toys and trash bags as an antimicrobial agent. And consumers love to buy anything that fights germs. Now with the encouragement of environmental groups, triclosan is being reviewed by the FDA with a skeptical eye as an endocrine disruptor, a pollutant, and contributor to antibiotic resistance.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 18, 2010 12:12 PM

Johnson & Johnson is facing an expanded probe into its manufacturing practices after four recalls in seven months, the most recent at a Pennsylvania plant that makes Children's Tylenol products. The FDA tells parents to choose generics over Tylenol.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 17, 2010 3:45 PM

U.S. teen soccer champions are turning competition to compassion to help their rivals from Haiti, who played two months after their country was rocked by a 7.0 earthquake in January. Haiti lost to the U.S. team and returned home to nothing.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 14, 2010 5:03 PM

As the summer months approach and teens take to the road, a parent-child driver contract sets out the rules in a clear, concise way, complete with consequences.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 14, 2010 4:00 PM

A new law that went into effect to reduce the number of teen driving deaths, has sparked a public protest with promises to repeal Kyleigh's Law.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 13, 2010 4:29 PM

Allergan has lost a $15 million lawsuit filed by a medical doctor who claimed Botox Cosmetic ruined her life and did not adequately warn the public about the potential side effects. The company plans an appeal.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 13, 2010 3:26 PM

Because 212 people drank the Benadryl topical gel for itch instead of applying it topically, the package will be redesigned, announced Johnson & Johnson and the FDA today.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 13, 2010 12:38 PM

With promises of developing a blockbuster drug to treat 26 million Alzheimer's patients worldwide, research continues on bapineuzumab despite evidence it is not effective and may be targeting the wrong underlying cause of Alzheimer's.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 12, 2010 2:54 PM

Toyota projects more than $3 billion in profit for this fiscal year while repairs are rolling along. Still outstanding is the question about glitches in the computer software that drives the car and may be behind deadly unintended accelerations.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 11, 2010 4:13 PM

Halt the drug trial of Avandia says Public Citizen because it puts the public at risk for heart attacks. GlaxoSmithKline is recruiting 16,000 patients from 14 countries to compare diabetes drug, Avandia with rival Actos.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 11, 2010 12:13 PM

"Best Friends" charm bracelets for children sold in the jewelry store, Claire's, are being removed from store shelves after an investigation by the Associated Press found they contained high levels of the toxic metal, cadmium. Those levels have now been confirmed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 10, 2010 1:11 PM

Expect a round of positive PR even though McNeil's Fort Washington, Pennsylvania manufacturing plant remains closed and the source and type of contaminant of childrens over-the-counter cold and allergy meds remains a mystery.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 10, 2010 11:28 AM

19 illnesses have been reported from a rare strain of E. coli 0145, found in lettuce distributed to 23 states.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 06, 2010 3:25 PM

The environmental and industrial exposures to cancer are grossly underestimated finds a panel advising the president on cancer causes.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 05, 2010 1:31 PM

The FDA is taking its recall of children's Tylenol products one step further and advising parents to choose generic cold medications after an inspection report of the plant reveals lapsed quality controls.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 05, 2010 11:06 AM

Most of the seafood harvested in waters that are still open in the Gulf is okay to consume say those watching the oil spill which still is not capped or contained. The testing of seafood for petroleum contamination cannot begin until the leak is stopped and the waters run clear, until then, a sense of smell is the best indicator.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 04, 2010 5:43 PM

STAND UP Act would bring in tiered system for licensing teen drivers raising the learner's permit to age 16 and making teens wait until the age of 18 to get their driver's license.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 04, 2010 1:20 PM

Marvin Cohen, 80, said the Tower of Terror ride did not adequately warn him of the dangers of the Orlando attraction. He blamed a tear in his artery and his subsequent debilitating stroke on the sudden drops. An Orange County jury has rejected his claim.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 04, 2010 11:22 AM

A number of lawsuits are underway in the Gulf oil spill disaster to recover losses of commercial fishing interests, property owners and tourism.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 03, 2010 10:54 PM

British Petroleum's CEO made the rounds of the television and radio talk shows Monday to take responsibility for the cleanup of a massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill which still is not capped. While litigation has begun, sorting out the players could take some time as at least three other companies were involved in constructing the well.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 03, 2010 2:13 PM

McNeil Healthcare has issued a voluntary recall of 43 Tylenol children's products due to purity and potency problems. This is the third recall by the company for production problems in recent months.

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