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April 2008 Archive

Published on Apr 29, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Heart Medication Recalled

Actavis Totowa LLC, a manufacturing division of the pharmaceutical company Actavis Group, has announced a nationwide recall of all strengths of Digitek tablets (digoxin tablets) for oral use. The drug may contain twice the amount of active ingredient allowed, posing a health risk to consumers.

Published on Apr 25, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Merck vaccine plant safety violations

Another red flag has been raised in the increasingly scrutinized drug manufacturing industry. Results of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation reported almost 50 "areas of concern" in Merck's West Point, Pennsylvania vaccine manufacturing plant. The agency's report cited a number of issues that can pose safety risks to consumers.

Published on Apr 22, 2008 by Edgar Snyder

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 200,000 children have to go to the emergency room each year to treat injuries sustained on playgrounds. The CPSC has released updated safety guidelines for schools, day cares, and other organizations that design and maintain playgrounds.

Published on Apr 18, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Memory problems from incontinence drugs

Commonly used incontinence drugs may have adverse side effects on elderly patients, researchers have found. The findings, made public at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, show that incontinence drugs may be linked to memory problems in older adults.

Published on Apr 17, 2008 by Edgar Snyder

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has published reports expressing concern over how drug companies affect the publication of their medical research. These concerns have emerged in the wake of reports that Merck & Co. paid academic scientists to take credit for articles written by Merck-hired medical writers, a practice that can put patients' safety in jeopardy.

Published on Apr 16, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Dangerous bisphenol A in baby bottles

A preliminary government report has found startling facts about the safety of baby bottles and other shatterproof plastic containers. The federal National Toxicology Program concluded that bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to make plastic products, may be linked to an array of hormonal problems.

Published on Apr 15, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
New Way to Track Dangerous Drugs

In collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), WellPoint Inc., the nation's largest medical insurer, plans to announce the launch of a real-time drug surveillance system. Beginning early next year, WellPoint will systematically scan the medical information of more than half of its 35 million members to uncover patterns in medical problems that may be tied to certain drugs.

Published on Apr 11, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Workers Compensation

I'm happy to announce a new series of upcoming blog posts that will feature our law firm's Workers Compensation Department. Our experienced team consists of seven attorneys and ten legal staff dedicated exclusively to helping injured workers in Pennsylvania.

Published on Apr 11, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Herbal dietary supplements recalled

Herbal Science International, Inc. has recalled twelve herbal dietary supplements that contain ephedra, aristolochic acid, or human placenta because they may present a serious health hazard to consumers. These ingredients are linked to heart problems, kidney failure and cancer, and the transmission of disease.

Published on Apr 08, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Drugs hurt kids in hospitals

Researchers have found that hospitalized children suffer medicine mix-ups, accidental overdoses, and bad drug reactions far more often than previously believed. They have found that one in 15 hospitalized children has been harmed by a drug-related event.

Published on Apr 07, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
wrongful death case

A Marine Corps recruiting commander has been dismissed from a federal suit in the death of 12-year-old Justin Zankel. U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti has named the federal government as the new defendant in the case.

Published on Apr 04, 2008 by Edgar Snyder

A study has revealed serious side effects associated with Pfizer's popular arthritis drug Celebrex. Analysis showed that high doses of Celebrex increase the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients.

Published on Apr 03, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Drug Deaths Increase

Drug poisoning was the second-leading cause of injury deaths in the United States for the second year in a row. This trend seems to be linked to a spike in deaths from the improper prescription and misuse of the medication, methadone.

Published on Apr 02, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Glass and plastic found in yogurt

Stonyfield Farm has announced a recall of its Stonyfield Organic Fat Free Blueberry Yogurt. The recall comes after consumer complaints of plastic or glass fragments being found in the yogurt.

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