July 2008 Archive

Jul 31, 2008

The American Association for Justice recently published a report called "The Ten Worst Insurance Companies in America: How They Raise Premiums, Deny Claims, and Refuse Insurance to Those Who Need It Most." The findings of this report would probably shock many people, but for years my law firm has seen first-hand how insurance companies try to take advantage of people during their most difficult times.

Jul 29, 2008

Getting that fresh, clean scent in your home and clothes may be dangerous. According to a new study published online in Environmental Impact Assessment Review, fragranced laundry products and air fresheners emit chemicals that are toxic or hazardous under federal law.

Jul 28, 2008

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered the seizure of certain lots of Xiadafil VIP tablets. The drugs are described as a dietary supplement for treating erectile dysfunction (ED) and sexual enhancement, but the FDA says that the seized tablets have been illegally marketed and contain a potentially harmful undeclared ingredient.

Jul 16, 2008

Osteoporosis drugs, while intended to make bones stronger, have been found to lead to weaker bones in some patients. Case reports have shown that after long-term use of the medications, certain patients experienced leg fractures and jaw bone deterioration.

Jul 14, 2008

At McA hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, at least 17 infants suffered from an overdose of the blood thinner heparin after a mixing error occurred at the hospital's pharmacy. Two of the infants, a twin brother and sister, have died.

Jul 10, 2008

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has voted against adding the agency's strongest warning to epilepsy drugs. While the FDA wanted the "black box" labels to warn patients about the potential for suicidal behavior, the panel says that studies did not produce enough evidence to merit the severity of a black box warning.

Jul 09, 2008

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given its most urgent warning, a "black box" warning, to several potent antibiotics. The dangerous drugs, called fluoroquinolones, have been found to cause tendon ruptures in patients.

Jul 08, 2008

Some Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-area ice cream cones may hold more than your favorite flavor. An investigation discovered that local ice cream shops are selling soft-serve with more than 10 times the state limit of coliform bacteria, which commonly contains E. coli.