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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 […]

Government Says Popular Water Walking Balls Are Unsafe and Should Not Be Permitted At Water Parks
Monday, April 4th, 2011

    While "water walking" is a relatively new recreational activity, it’s quickly gaining popularity – a trend that figures to continue as the weather turns warmer.  Water walking balls are large inflatable plastic balls just big enough for a person to climb inside.  The balls resemble a human sized hamster wheel in that they allow people […]

Consumer Products Safety Commission Launches New Web Database for Reporting Unsafe Products
Friday, March 18th, 2011

The new site,, allows people to submit reports of harm from consumer products.  A copy of the report is sent to the product’s manufacturer and the company is given a chance to comment before the report is published online.  All reports will be searchable to anyone who visits the site.  The Consumer Products Safety […]

Seat Belts and Spiders, Mazda Latest Japanese Car Maker in Hot Water
Friday, March 4th, 2011

    In a story that sounds like something out of a bad horror movie, Mazda is recalling 65,000 vehicles in the U.S., Canada and Mexico because of spider infestations in the fuel tank systems.  The recall affects the company’s popular Mazda 6 car from the model years 2009 and 2010 (incidentally, Mazda’s actual spider model is […]

Supreme Court Hands Victory to Vaccine Makers in Product Liability Case
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

    Vaccine makers are celebrating a ruling last month by the Supreme Court that affirms their protection from state court lawsuits.  The case centered on Hannah Bruesewitz, who as an infant in 1993 suffered seizures and permanent brain damage after receiving a diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine, made by Wyeth.      The Supreme Court was tasked with deciding whether […]

Toyota Energizes Critics with Expanded Recall
Friday, February 25th, 2011

Toyota has announced an expanded recall of more than two million vehicles to correct problematic floor mats and accelerator pedals.  The move comes following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The Chicago Tribune reports the recall affects popular models, such as the Toyota Highlander and RAV4 (see link for full list). […]

Recall and New Report Highlight Crib Danger
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

    As a follow-up to our previous post on crib safety, a new report reveals that more than 9,500 infants go to the emergency room each year because of crib related injuries.  The nineteen year study by the journal Pediatrics also shows that every year an average of 113 infants die as a result of crib […]