Sunday, November 26, 2006

Mattel Recalls Magnetic Toys

A recall notice has been issued for Mattel's Polly Pocket magnetic toys following reports that three children ended up in hospital after swallowing small parts in the toys. The children were all hospitalized for intestinal perforations. As a result, Mattel is recalling 2.4 million sets. The recalled products include: Polly Pocket Polly Place Hangin' Out House; Polly Pocket Polly Place Treetop Clubhouse; Polly Pocket Spa Day; Polly Pocket Polly Place Totally Tiki Diner; Polly Pocket Quik-Clik Boutique; Polly Pocket Quik-Clik City Pretty Playset; Polly Pocket Quik-Clik Sporty Style Playset; and Polly Pocket Totally Zen Playset.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Mattel Recalls Magnetic Toys

A recall notice has been issued for Mattel's Polly Pocket magnetic toys following reports that three children ended up in hospital after swallowing small parts in the toys. The children were all hospitalized for intestinal perforations. As a result, Mattel is recalling 2.4 million sets. The recalled products include: Polly Pocket Polly Place Hangin' Out House; Polly Pocket Polly Place Treetop Clubhouse; Polly Pocket Spa Day; Polly Pocket Polly Place Totally Tiki Diner; Polly Pocket Quik-Clik Boutique; Polly Pocket Quik-Clik City Pretty Playset; Polly Pocket Quik-Clik Sporty Style Playset; and Polly Pocket Totally Zen Playset.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Contact Lens Solution Recalled

18 lots of Complete (R) MoisturePLUS multipurpose contact lens care solution and Active Packs have been recalled by the FDA. The solution has been discovered to be contaminated with bacteria that can cause eye infections and microbial keratitis. Consumers are advised to stop using the solution immediately.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Silicone Breast Implants Extremely Dangerous?

The director of the Public Citizen's Health Research Group has criticized the FDA's decision to allow silicone to be used in breast implants once again. Dr Sidney Wolfe says: "Public Citizen has opposed the use of silicone gel breast implants since the fall of 1988, when we petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban them after receiving numerous documents from FDA scientists concerned about their safety. "In terms of adverse safety and health information known at the time of approval “ such as high rates of rupture, the need for repeat surgery and clear evidence of lymph node infiltration and damage by leaked silicone – silicone gel breast implants are the most defective medical device ever approved by the FDA. The approval makes a mockery of the legal standard that requires “reasonable assurance of safety. "It is a terrible reminder of the double standard for women versus men that the FDA has not approved silicone gel testicular implants because of the inadequacy of clinical trials on these devices. (Saline breast implants and testicular implants have been approved by the FDA.) "This approval of such a defective medical device raises again the larger issue of the poor leadership and dangerously poor performance of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). Recent examples of this include the large number of defibrillator and pacemaker recalls, primarily the fault of manufacturers such as Guidant but abetted by the lack of FDA promptness, and the approval of the vagus nerve stimulator for depression despite the opposition of dozens of FDA staffers because it lacked evidence of effectiveness. "We will certainly be urging thorough congressional investigations and hearings on this lack of assertion of regulatory authority by the FDA’s CDRH."

Monday, November 13, 2006

Woman Sues Merck for Causing Pulmonary Embolism

A woman has filed suit against pharmaceutical company Merck in what is the latest in a long line of personal injury lawsuits concerning drug Vioxx. Dessie Nichols alleges that Vioxx was responsible for caused her pulmonary embolism four years ago and is seeking punitive damages. The suit filed at Kanawha Circuit Court accuses Merck with negligence, products liability, fraud, breach of express and implied warranties, negligent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment. The complaint says, "Despite the efforts of numerous healthcare professionals, Merck managed to hide the fact that Vioxx significantly increased the risk of thromboembolic adverse events, such as heart attacks and strokes, until it recalled the drug in Sept. 2004. "Had Plaintiff been aware of any of the now-apparent risks and dangers of Vioxx, Plaintiff would not have taken the drug."

11 Million Acetaminophen Bottles Recalled

Perrigo Co. (PRGO), a major manufacturer of store-brand acetaminophen, have issued a recall for 11 million bottles of the painkiller after the discovery that hundreds of bottles may be contaminated with metal fragments (09NOV06). The metal fragments were discovered when the company was performing quality control checks. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 200 caplets were found, ranging from extremely tiny to a third of an inch in size. There have been no reports of injuries or illness at this time.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Hospital Worker Causes $116 Million Malpractice Verdict

A jury has awarded $116 million in medical malpractice suit to a man who was left a paraplegic after being misdiagnosed by an unlicensed hospital worker. Allan Navarro was admitted to University Community Hospital Carrollwood campus in 2000 (09AUG00) after suffering nausea, double vision, headaches and unsteadiness. After being examined by what turned out to be an unlicensed hospital worker, he was diagnosed as having sinusitis and sent home. Navarro continued to suffer from brain swelling before being admitted to the emergency room 20 hours later to be treated for a stroke. The ruling may be the largest medical malpractice verdict in Florida's history.