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Tainted coffee recalled after consumer dies

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Caverflo.com is recalling all lots of Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee because a consumer died after drinking the coffee, and laboratory testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that the product was laced with sildenafil and tadalafil, the active drug ingredients in the erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra and Cialis. The analysis also revealed that the coffee contained undeclared milk. Viagra and Cialis can interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. People who have an allergy ... Read More

McNeil settles lawsuits over OTC medicines

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Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil PPC has agreed to pay $33 million to 42 states to resolve claims that the company sold contaminated over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to consumers, the New Jersey Law Journal reports. The settlement stems from an investigation by the Attorneys General of Texas and Pennsylvania following multiple recalls from 2009 to 2011 involving McNeil medicines manufactured at the company’s Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, plant. The recalls involved issues such as unusual odors and strange particles in bottles of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph Aspirin, Sudafed, Pepcid, Mylanta, Rolaids, Zyrtec and Zyrtec Eye Drops. Medicines affected also involved pediatric ... Read More

Drug companies race to get FDA approval of alopecia treatment

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Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. Hair loss for both men and women comes with not only the obvious physical repercussions, but also often emotional consequences as well, with sufferers wrestling with issues of identity and self-confidence as their appearance is sometimes dramatically altered. The most common type of alopecia, which is very well known is hereditary. Called androgenetic alopecia, also known as pattern hair loss, it affects 80 million men and women in the United States. Another form of alopecia that is very familiar is drug-induced, often by chemotherapy. Under normal circumstances, this is a temporary hair ... Read More

Dietary supplement maker warned by FDA

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) slapped Brandon M. Smith, owner and president of Formulife Inc., with a warning letter over health claims the company made involving its dietary supplements. The FDA said the claims rendered them unapproved new drugs, misbranded drugs, and adulterated dietary supplements under federal law. The FDA said it uncovered the violations after inspecting the company’s Dallas, Texas, manufacturing facility and after conducting a review of the Purus Labs Inc. website. Among the issues identified by the FDA was the company promoting some of its supplements “for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease,” ... Read More

Pilot Dies in Fiery Medical Helicopter Crash

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A PennSTAR medical helicopter fatally crashed on Thursday at 11:55 a.m. in New Castle, Delaware, ABC affiliate WPVI reported. The pilot, 37-year-old Michael R. Murphy from Franklinville, New Jersey, was the only person on board when the helicopter crashed. The Eurocopter EC135, registered with University of Pennsylvania Health System’s PennSTAR air transportation service, was conducting a training exercise and was not engaged in any life-saving operations when it crashed. The aircraft went down in an area behind a U.S. Post office, which is about a mile south of the New Castle County Airport. Murphy, according to NBC Philadelphia, was flying ... Read More

Deadly Car Crashes Leave Nine Dead in Blount County, Alabama

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Another deadly car crash in north-central Alabama claimed the lives of a Locust Fork woman and two children Wednesday, May 24 – the latest car crash victims in a series of collisions that have occurred in Blount County in a span of 10 days. According to AL.com, Alabama State Troopers said that a 2007 Jeep Cherokee driven by a 16-year-old Blountsville teenage boy left its lane on Alabama 79 at 9:33 a.m. and veered into the path of a Cadillac SRX. The head-on collision killed 47-year-old Locust Fork resident Deanna Whitfield and two of her granddaughters. One of the granddaughters, ... Read More

Tainted dietary supplements recalled

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MusclMasster LLC is recalling all bottles of its dietary supplement Al-Er-G Capsules because they contain ephedra herb, an ingredient that is banned in the U.S. after it was linked to serious side effects including heart attack, stroke and death. Al-Er-G Capsules were distributed from Colorado through MusclMasster’s well center and retail store. Some bottles were also shipped to Wyoming, South Carolina and Washington between 2016 and 2017. The capsules were not sold online. The company says that some of the capsules may have been offered in six-capsule packs from its wellness center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. “But no records were ... Read More

Xarelto lawsuits mount before second trial

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The number of Xarelto lawsuits alleging bleeding injuries are nearing 19,000 with the majority of cases pending in a massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) currently underway in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. Other litigation has been established in state courts in Pennsylvania, Delaware, California and Missouri. Canada has its own class action filed against the company as well. Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer, makers of the blockbuster blood thinner, will face plaintiffs again at the second Xarelto bellwether trial in the MDL in New Orleans. Those suing over Xarelto side effects claim that Janssen and Bayer ... Read More

Fidget spinners causing injuries

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Fidget spinners may be entertaining for kids, helpful for those with attention-deficit issues, and annoying to parents, but they are also becoming a health hazard for some. Just days after a 10-year-old Texas girl was sent to the hospital after swallowing a bearing that popped off her fidget spinner, requiring doctors to go down her throat and retrieve it, a 5-year-old boy gulped a loose part of his spinner and suffered the same fate. Joheley Morelos said she was terrified when she saw her son Cayden vomiting blood as doctors pushed a tube down his throat in search of the ... Read More

Nearly 320,000 Pounds of Meat, Poultry Recalled

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An Olympia, Washington-based food production operation is recalling nearly 320,000 pounds of frozen meat and poultry products because they were made with contaminated water. The operation, Correctional Industries, supplies the Washington state Department of Corrections and various senior citizen nutritional programs. Groundwater testing at nearby Fairchild Air Force Base indicated Perfluorooctanesulfonic (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOA) concentrations above Environmental Protection Agency lifetime Health Advisory (HA) levels, a press release issued by the Air Force base explained. The base tested samples from two wells that supply water to Airway Heights, which was the water supply used by Correctional Industries to make ... Read More