Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Nissan Recall 80,000 Vehicles

Car company Nissan is recalling 70,000 Murano SUVs and 10,000 Maxima sedans in North America because of an ignition key defect. The rods which connect ignition to parts that start the car engine are too long, resulting in cars not starting properly or engines starting when the steering wheel is moved, despite the car ignition being off. The recalls are only relevant to models using Nissan's "intelligent keys" with integrated circuit chips inside, which allows drivers to open their car doors with the keys still inside their pocket.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Supplement Recall

There has been an announcement of an immediate recall of another defective supplement by the FDA. Balanced Health Products, Inc. is expanding an urgent nationwide recall of its Starcaps Dietary Supplement Capsules because the supplement was found to contain an undeclared drug ingredient, Bumetanide. Bumetanide, which is not listed on the Starcaps Dietary Supplement Capsules label is a prescription-only diuretic indicated for the treatment of edema associated with congestive heart failure, hepatic, and renal disease including nephrotic syndrome, alerts the FDA.Potential risks associated with the use of Bumetanide include serious and significant fluid and electrolyte loss and an elevation in uric acid concentrations. Retail stores are being notified by fax or registered mail to immediately stop all sales and return the recalled Starcaps Dietary Supplement Capsules to Balanced Health Products.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Jury Rules Duragesic Pain Patch Killed Woman

38-year-old Jerry DiCosolo died in 2004 while using a Duragesic Pain Patch to treat pain she suffered as a result of a neurological problem. A jury has found the makers of the Duragesic Pain Patch liable for DiCosolo’s death and has ordered Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries, Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. and ALZA Corp, to pay the woman’s family $16.6 million. Fentanyl-containing Duragesic Pain Patches and similar products are meant to treat persistent, moderate to severe chronic pain in opioid-tolerant patients 2 years of age or older. Fentanyl is a highly addictive opiate that is 80 times more potent than morphine. Over the past several years, problems with Duragesic patches have resulted in several recalls. Last February, about 32 million Duragesic Pain Patches were recalled because of concerns that they could be defective. According to the recall notice, there was a chance that some 25-microgram-per-hour patches might have had a sliced edge in the pouch that contains the fentanyl gel, which could result in the gel leaking. It was estimated that the defect could have affected 2 out of every one million patches.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sony Laptop Battery Recall

Sometimes due to manufacturer faulty parts our electronics can be dangerous. Sony has put out a laptop battery recall for the concern that they may be able to burn and start a fire if left on too long. Sony has asked anyone with Lenovo, HP, Acer, and Compaq notebooks from 2004 and 2005 to turn them in for battery replacement. What started as a recall of 35,000 batteries last week has now hit at least 100,000 (75,000 of which are HP-related) and now includes Li-ion batteries used in some Lenovo and Acer laptops as well as the original list of Dells, HPs, and Toshibas.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Supplement Recall

There has been an announcement of an immediate recall of another defective supplement by the FDA. Balanced Health Products, Inc. is expanding an urgent nationwide recall of its Starcaps Dietary Supplement Capsules because the supplement was found to contain an undeclared drug ingredient, Bumetanide. Bumetanide, which is not listed on the Starcaps Dietary Supplement Capsules label is a prescription-only diuretic indicated for the treatment of edema associated with congestive heart failure, hepatic, and renal disease including nephrotic syndrome, alerts the FDA.

Potential risks associated with the use of Bumetanide include serious and significant fluid and electrolyte loss and an elevation in uric acid concentrations. Retail stores are being notified by fax or registered mail to immediately stop all sales and return the recalled Starcaps Dietary Supplement Capsules to Balanced Health Products.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Salmon Recall Implemented

Interior Alaska Fish Processors, Inc. of Fairbanks, Alaska has announced a recall of a limited amount of its Santa’s Smokehouse brand salmon.
The salmon recall was implemented due to contamination concern. The fish may be contaminated with an organism known as "Listeria monocytogenes." This particular organism can pose a serious threat to individuals with compromised immune systems, such as children, the elderly and individuals who may be ill.

Batch number '637' is the only batch being recalled at this time. The distribution took place between December 2007 and July 2008. A sampling by the Alaska Department of Evnironmental Conservation brought the problem to light recently. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Zimmer Durum Cup Replacements Recalled Due to Injuries

In 2006 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Zimmer Durum Cup for use in complete hip replacement surgery. In July 2008 Durum Cup hip replacement parts were recalled by the FDA after patients who received the new hips complained that the parts did not work properly. Some patients experienced lingering pain in the area, while others noticed a clicking sound or grinding sensation coming from their new hip. Others complained that their new artificial hips caused persistent pain and discomfort that required additional surgeries to replace the Durum Cups with other hip replacements. Prominent Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Dorr issued a public advisory about his findings and within months, the hip replacements were taken off the market.

Friday, May 30, 2008

FDA Announces Product Recall

International Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. has announced that they are conducting a voluntary product recall of their dietary supplement product known as Viril-Ity-Power (VIP) Tabs. The recall was announced as a result of the company being notified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a potentially harmful undeclared ingredient known as hydroxyhomosildenafil. The FDA believes that hydroxyhomosildenafil is an analog of sildenafil, which is an active ingredient for Erictile Dysfunction (ED). One concern is that there could be a harmful drug interaction with this product and the active ingredients in some prescription drugs. The VIP Tabs were sold nationwide. If you are using this product, you should discontinue immediately and contact a medical professional. The Company has advised that any unused portions of this product be returned to CB Distributors in Benoit, Wisconsin, (800)-273-4137, Ext. 3. Additional Information Pertaining to Defective and Dangerous Products

Friday, May 9, 2008

Medtronic Announces Recall

Medtronic, Inc. recently announced that they are initiating a recall. The recall is a voluntary one that is being taken as a precautionary measure relative to selected products that have the Carmeda BioActive surface. These particular devices are used for heart surgeries. Several different products have the Carmeda BioActive surface and are affected including oxygenators, reservoirs, pumps, cannulae, and tubing packs. Patent risk is unknown at the present time. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have received a substantial amount of reports of injury and deaths in patients who have been administered injectable heparin products containing high levels of OSCS. For further details, see full article.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Toy Company Sued for Recalled Aqua Dots

Eddie and Summer Gerrald have filed a lawsuit against toy distributors Target Corporation and Spin Master Inc. This came about after their 1-year-old son became ill from swallowing a recalled toy that produces the date rapedrug when ingested. Aqua Dots is a craft toy kit that contains small, colored liquid-filled beads that when sprayed with water become adhesive and fuse together in a plastic tray. In November 2007 and in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Spin Master recalled 4.2 million Aqua Dots sets. According to the complaint, this toxin can cause "depression of the central nervous system, respiratory depression, unconsciousness, seizures, comas, and even death." The parents state that since ingestion, the toddler continues to suffer from sleeplessness, fevers and vomiting.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Recall of Fire Alarm Panels

Due to safety hazards the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of about 3,000 Gamewell-brand fire alarm control panels. The CPSC said the U.S.-manufactured FCI-7100 series control panels manufactured by Gamewell-FCI of Northford, Conn., might have defective alarms that could fail to operate when a malfunction occurs. The panels provide control, display and annunciation information. The recalled panels were sold to commercial end users in facilities such as hotels and office buildings nationwide between May and November for between $900 and $1,800.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Drug Recall of Heparin

The product recall of Heparin was initiated due to a notification received from the supplier, Scientific Protein Laboratories, disclosing that one lot of Heparin Sodium acquired by B. Braun Medical Inc. has a heparin-like contaminant. The Food and Drug Administration has received reports of serious injuries and/or deaths in patients who have been administered Heparin injectable products of other companies containing this contaminant. As indicated in the notification issued by the supplier SPL, typical symptoms include anaphylactic-like reactions such as low blood pressure, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Customers who have product in their possession from the recalled product lots should discontinue use immediately.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Blood Thinner Drug, Heparin, Recalled

On February 28th the Food and Drug Administration recalled the drug heparin. U.S. health officials identified a contaminant in batches of the blood thinner heparin associated with 19 deaths. “Dr. Janet Woodcock, head of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said the contaminant is oversulfated condroitin sulfate, a chemical that does not occur naturally. Condroitin sulfate is a natural compound that occurs widely and is used as a dietary supplement but the oversulfated version has not been widely studied. Heparin is derived from pig intestines, and China is the world's leading supplier. Tiny family-run workshops near slaughterhouses send batches of raw ingredients to larger middlemen before they reach factories.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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ATV Accidents (All Terrain Vehicles)

Honda designed the first all terrain vehicle (ATV) in the late 1960’s as a three wheel tricycle configuration. The industry standard adopted this three wheeled design through 1987. In 1971 the first United States’ ATV sale was consummated and thus began the ATV popularity. Soon Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki and others joined the ATV manufacturing band wagon. With the increase in popularity of ATVs, so came a tremendous amount of ATV accidents and injuries. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) launched an investigation into ATV safety, noting that 2.4 million ATVs were in use in the United States. Alarmingly, 239,000 injuries and almost 600 deaths were associated with the popular ATV. Based on the CPSC report, the United States Justice Department filed suit, contending the ATVs violated the Consumer Product Safety Act. ATV manufacturers soon agreed to cease production of the three wheel ATV cited by experts as flawed in design due to its instability. Unfortunately, many of the three-wheel designed ATVs remain in use because no recall was issued for the 2.4 million produced before the 1987 agreement to stop future production. The four wheel model ATV produced currently helps stabilize the vehicle and therefore is considered far safer. Manufacturers of dangerous products must be held accountable in order to be swayed that consumer safety is always more important than profits. Designing vehicles without noting safety defects is unacceptable. If you believe you received injuries from a faulty designed product, such as a three-wheeled ATV, contact an Owen, Patterson & Owen attorney. We help victims receive just compensation for their injuries and property damage.
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