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Blog Posts in August, 2013

  • Stryker Recalls a Spinal Implant Device

    The FDA recently announced a recall initiated by Stryker that affects all lots of OASYS Midline Occiput Plate distributed between April 23, 2010 and February 12, 2013. The Plate is used during spinal implant surgery and helps stabilize the junction between the occipital bone (the bone at the back of the skull through which the spinal cord passes) and the vertebrae in the cervical spine. The recall ...
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  • Risk Of Permanent Nerve Damage From Antibacterial Fluoroquinolone Drugs

    The FDA recently issued a safety communication requiring label changes for all antibacterial drugs that contain fluoroquinolone and are taken orally or by injection. The label updates were prompted by FDA's recent evaluation of reports from its Adverse Event Reporting System database. The evaluation demonstrated that the existing label warnings do not adequately describe "the potential rapid onset ...
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  • FDA Safety Alert On Certain Baczol Antigripal And Baczol Expectorante

    The FDA recently warned that consumers should not use Baczol Antigripal and Baczol Expectorante containing sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim, or dipirona. The drugs in question are "labeled in Spanish and marketed as antibiotics for bronchitis, pneumonia, and other respiratory infections". Sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim can cause serious or even life-threatening conditions such as "liver failure, ...
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  • Collapsible Laundry Hampers Cause Eye Damage In Children

    A recent article in Digital Journal warns of the risk of serious injury from "wires springing from collapsible cloth laundry hampers." The article cites a July 2013 publication in Pediatrics - the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics - which reports two cases of "eye laceration and retinal complications" in children injured by "collapsible cloth and wire laundry hampers." ...
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