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Blog Posts in November, 2012

  • ASBESTOS-RELATED ILLNESSES RAMPANT IN SOME MINING TOWNS

    Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that was mined for over a century for use in thousands of products. The use of asbestos products was severely restricted in the late 1970s because it became well-known that asbestos causes a variety of ailments including a cancer called mesothelioma. Although many Californians are exposed to asbestos in occupational situations, several studies of mining ...
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  • INVESTIGATION REVEALS THAT FDA CLEARED UNTESTED PHARMACEUTICALS FOR SALE

    A recent article from Forbes Magazine highlights the extreme gaps in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval process for potentially dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. The FDA is notorious for failing to thoroughly scrutinize the claims that pharmaceutical companies make regarding the safety and effectiveness of their drugs. The FDA recently issued a recall of a generic version of Wellbutrin ...
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  • HOSPIRA RECALLS IV SOLUTIONS DUE TO MOLD CONTAMINATION

    Drugmaker Hospira Inc. has recalled some of its IV solution products due to a report of mold contamination which may endanger patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that the recall impacts Lactated Ringer's and 5% Dextrose Injection, USP, 1000 mL, Flexible Container, NDC 0409-7929-09. Lactated Ringer's solution is used in IV drips to restore fluids in hospital patients ...
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  • FDA Issues Recall Notice about TorFlex Transseptal Guiding Sheath Kit

    The FDA recently warned of a recall affecting TorFlex Transseptal Guiding Sheath Kit manufactured between December 2011 and July 2013. The maker of this defective medical device, Baylis Medical Company Inc., recalled the device and issued an Urgent Device Recall letter to its customers. The recalled device was designed "for safe and easy catheterization and angiography [a type of X-ray imaging] of ...
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  • CONTAMINATED BACK STEROID BLAMED FOR AT LEAST 28 PATIENT DEATHS

    The investigation into a deadly meningitis outbreak continues after a defective pharmaceutical killed over two dozen patients and sickened over 386. Authorities say that a fungus-contaminated steroid was shipped clinics in at least 23 states from a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. "On behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I want to express my deepest sympathy for each person and their ...
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