2008 Archive

Dec 23, 2008

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public about the risks of more than 25 unapproved weight loss pills. FDA analysis found undeclared ingredients in the products that can pose serious health threats.

Dec 18, 2008

Airborne Health Inc. will be forced to stop advertisements for its product Airborne according to the terms of a recent settlement. Prosecutors alleged that the dietary supplement was dramatically misrepresented to consumers.

Dec 15, 2008

A link between popular hormones used to treat menopause symptoms and breast cancer has been proven by a federal study done by the Women’s Health Initiative. The research found that women who have taken estrogen and progestin for five years are at double the risk of developing breast cancer.

Dec 10, 2008

A new report issued by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has revealed that unintentional injuries kill 830,000 children around the world each year. In the United States, unintentional injuries send 9.2 million children to the emergency room annually.

Dec 09, 2008

Two federal drug officials have declared four popular asthma drugs to be unsafe. They say that the medications, Advair, Symbicort, Serevent, and Foradil, can lead to death, but this opinion is not unanimously shared throughout the government.

Dec 05, 2008

Most people are familiar with the warnings that come at the end of drug and medical device commercials. This is because manufacturers are required to list the risks and benefits of their products on television. It is not clear whether or not the same rules apply to YouTube, however, and one consumer group is worried about the dangers that this poses.

Dec 04, 2008

The results of a new study are sparking a debate in the medical community. The research suggests that pregnant women who take the epilepsy drug Depakote may heighten their babies' risk of developing autism. Some experts say that the drug's benefits outweigh its risks, while others maintain that epilepsy treatment during pregnancy needs to be reexamined.

Nov 24, 2008

Some drugs that have never been tested for safety are still available through Medicaid and millions of patients are taking them. An analysis conducted by the Associated Press found that dozens of deaths have been linked to the drugs and that taxpayers have spent at least $200 million on the potentially dangerous medications since 2004.

Nov 19, 2008

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is being advised to give its strongest warning, a black box warning, to the blockbuster cancer drug Avastin. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the potentially dangerous medication increases the risk of developing serious blood clots.

Nov 18, 2008

Nestle Prepared Food Co. has announced the a recall of three of its Lean Cuisine entrees. The recall affects 879,000 pounds of a frozen chicken that might contain small pieces of blue plastic.

Nov 14, 2008

Holiday parties and family gatherings are staples of the winter months, and many people look forward to creating memories with their loved ones. These times of laughter and fun can quickly turn sour, however, if one of your guests leaves your home intoxicated and gets behind the wheel.

Nov 12, 2008

Johnson & Johnson • Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Company (JJMCP) is recalling about 12,000 units of Infants' MYLICON® GAS RELIEF DYE FREE drops. It has been found that the drops may pose a safety risk to babies.

Nov 10, 2008

ETHEX Corporation has announced the voluntary recall five generic drugs that it markets. The affected lots may contain oversized tablets, which if taken, could result in patients receiving as much as twice the expected dosage.

Nov 07, 2008

A recent study has found that fenfluramine, part of the Fen-Phen obesity drug that was banned in 1997, is still causing health problems in former users. The dangerous medication was linked to heart damage, and people who have stopped using the drug may have damaged heart valves up to seven years later.

Nov 06, 2008

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning for doctors and patients using ReliOn single-use syringes. Nearly half a million syringes, manufactured by Covidien Ltd, have been recalled because they pose a health risk to diabetic patients.

Nov 05, 2008

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has begun investigating the Yamaha Rhino, a utility terrain vehicle (UTV), following reports of 30 deaths involving the vehicles. Yamaha also faces more than 200 lawsuits in state and federal courts, many of which allege that the Rhino's design is unsafe.

Nov 04, 2008

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should ban the diabetes drug Avandia because of its dangerous side effects, says the consumer group Public Citizen in a petition to the FDA. The group says that the risks, which include heart and liver damage, are serious enough that the medication should be removed from the market.

Nov 03, 2008

Over one-third of the 1800 bridges in the greater Pittsburgh area are structurally deficient, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) plans to spend $175 million to repair 66 of the substandard bridges in southwestern PA next year. This year, PennDOT has spent nearly $92 million to replace five bridges, rehab six, and preserve 76 others in Allegheny, Lawrence, and Beaver counties.

Oct 27, 2008

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that it may once again strengthen warnings on Pfizer's anti smoking drug Chantix. The agency is currently reviewing a report issued by the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices that claims there were 1,001 adverse incidents linked to the medication in the first quarter of this year.

Oct 22, 2008

A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed that nearly one in four biological drugs, including Enbrel, Humira, Tysabri, and Raptiva, has required some type of regulatory action to ensure patient safety. In each instance, regulation occurred after the medications were available to the public.