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November 2008 Archive

Published on Nov 24, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Unapproved drugs sold through Medicaid

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.

Published on Nov 19, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Avastin black box warning

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.

Published on Nov 18, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
recalls Lean Cuisine

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.

Published on Nov 14, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Party hosts responsible for drunk driving accidents.

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.

Published on Nov 12, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Infant gas relief

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.

Published on Nov 10, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Ethex recalls

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.

Published on Nov 07, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Fen-phen

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.

Published on Nov 06, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Relion recalls syringes

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.

Published on Nov 05, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Yamaha Rhinos

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.

Published on Nov 04, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Avandia

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.

Published on Nov 03, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Pittsburgh bridges need repairs

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.

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