Investigators recently tested the nation's food tracing system, looking to see if they could follow different products through the supply chain. They found that only five out of 40 foods were completely traceable, a flaw that seriously impairs foodborne illness investigations.
Last week, four Virginia residents filed lawsuits against C.B. Fleet Co. claiming that the manufacturer promoted its over-the-counter laxative, Fleet Phospho-soda, at double doses for use during colonoscopy prep. According to the lawsuits, this resulted in potentially life-threatening kidney failure in the plaintiffs.
Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has recalled one lot of Propafenone HCL 225 mg tablets sold in 100 count bottles. Some tablets may be oversized and contain higher levels of the active ingredient than indicated, posing a health risk to some patients.
The Supreme Court has ruled that federal law doesn't block a lawsuit in state court brought by Diana Levine, who suffered injuries from improper administration of the drug Phenergan. The court ruled that Ms. Levine is entitled to a $6.7 million judgment against Phenergan's manufacturer, Wyeth.