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Corporations win first trial against blood-thinner Xarelto
Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Patients complain that Xarelto, a blood-thinning drug developed to help reduce strokes is causing internal bleeding that has required hospitalization in some cases. Xarelto was jointly developed by Bayer and Johnson and Johnson. It is Bayer’s top-selling product, amassing $3.24 billion in sales last year. In the first product liability Xarelto case to go to trial, […]

Invanka Trump Scarves Recalled Due to ‘Burn Risk’
Friday, April 8th, 2016

Approximately 20,000 scarves manufactured in China under the Ivanka Trump Collection brand were recalled earlier this month due to their potential “burn risk”, according to a press release by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC warns that consumers should stop use of the scarves immediately, and return them to their place of purchase […]

Patients in California Being Treated for Macular Degeneration Blinded by Eye Injections of Avastin
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The media is reporting that five patients being treated at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have been blinded following eye injections of contaminated Avastin that had been repackaged into smaller doses.  The news comes following reports of serious eye infections suffered by patients in Florida and […]

Dangerous Ingredients in Dietary Supplements
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Increased risk of heart attack or stroke, kidney failure, liver damage, depression and addiction are just a few of the reported problems caused by tainted products sold openly as dietary supplements. Marketing drugs as supplements is illegal, and can pose very serious health risks.  There are two big problems inherent in the dietary supplement industry: […]

The Dangers of Cheap Cosmetic Contact Lenses
Monday, August 29th, 2011

Federal law mandates that all contact lenses, even those for cosmetic purposes such as to change the color of the wearer's eyes, can only be purchased with a valid prescription. However, many teenage girls have been purchasing illegal cosmetic contact lenses to change their eye color at local beauty stores. The results can be disastrous. […]

The Danger of Buying Stolen Blood Glucose Monitoring Products
Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

As the population ages, the incidence of diabetes is on the rise. More diabetics means greater demand for blood glucose monitoring products. It is in this vein that we report on the recent theft of a tractor-trailer shipment of Abbott Laboratories blood glucose monitoring products from a shipping carrier facility in Louisville, Kentucky. Stolen blood […]

Diabetes Drug Actos May Increase Risk of Cancer
Friday, June 17th, 2011

Actos a prescription drug of the class thiazolidinedione that is used to treat type 2 diabetes. This week, the FDA announced that patients taking Actos for more than a year may have an increased risk of bladder cancer. The FDA's announcement is based on its review of data from a planned five-year interim analysis of […]

FDA Recommends Reducing Dosage of Popular Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Simvastatin
Monday, June 13th, 2011

Simvastatin is a prescription drug used to control elevated cholesterol. Last week, the FDA recommended that doctor not start patients on an 80 mg dose of simvastatin – the highest approved dose of the drug — because of the risk of a condition known as myopathy, characterized by unexplained muscle weakness or pain. The FDA further […]

Skin Deep: An Online Guide to Safety Ratings for Cosmetics and Other Personal Care Products
Monday, May 16th, 2011

Did you know that the government presently has no authority to require companies to test personal care products for safety before they reach the store shelf? That is, personal care items such as cosmetics, shampoos, deodorants, etc. are not subject to FDA premarket approval authority. The Environmental Working Group has sought to remedy the absence […]

Products Getting Safer as Human Life Becomes More “Valuable”
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

    You are probably familiar with the adage: you can’t put a price on human life.  It turns out that indeed you can, and that price is actually a significant driving force behind our country’s regulatory system.  Much to the chagrin of some in the business community, life is more valuable than ever.      The New York […]