Yearly Archives: 2009

Toyota recalls the most vehicles for first time ever

December 31, 2009 Product Liability

For the first time ever, Toyota took top spot in the U.S. auto industry for the total number of vehicles recalled within a year. Toyota’s most recent recall of 4.3 million vehicles for sudden, unintended acceleration problems hurdled the company ... Read More

Surgeons discuss characteristics of chondrolysis caused by pain pumps

December 31, 2009 Pharmaceutical

Characteristics of chondrolysis associated with intra-articular pain pumps after shoulder surgery was among the topics at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/ the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The discussion included Drs. Peter Thomas Scheffel, ... Read More

EPA says coal ash regulations will not come in 2009

December 31, 2009 Environmental

Environmental groups and coal-firing operations will have to wait even longer for federal regulations to ensure the protection of public health and the environment regarding the storage of coal ash, according to a statement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ... Read More

Blood pressure med receives black box warning

December 31, 2009 Product Liability

Tekturna (aliskiren) tablets, a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure, has updated its safety label to include a new black box warning about the risk of injury and death to developing fetuses when taken by women who are ... Read More

American toy maker settles lead paint violations for $1.5 million

December 30, 2009 Product Liability

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced yesterday that RC2 Corp. of Oak Brook, Illinois has agreed to pay a $1.25 million civic penalty for importing toys to the United States that violated the federal lead paint ban. RC2 is ... Read More

Kentucky teen dies in Christmas day ATV crash

December 29, 2009 Product Liability

Christmas day may forever be tinged with sadness for the family and friends of 18-year-old Andy Case, a resident of Sidney, Kentucky, who died after losing control of the all-terrain vehicle he was driving. ... Read More

Former CDC director to head Merck’s vaccine division, Gardasil

December 29, 2009 Pharmaceutical

Merck and Co. announced yesterday that Dr. Julie Gerberding, the former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will head the pharmaceutical giant’s vaccine division. Dr. Gerberding served as the CDC director from 2002 to 2009, stepping ... Read More

MRI injury leads to thermal blanket recall

December 29, 2009 Product Liability

Products from the Thermoflect line, which includes blankets used to treat hypothermia, are being recalled so that labels can be placed on the products with instructions to remind health care professionals that the products should not be used in the ... Read More

Tenn. coal ash spill among worst man-made environmental disasters

December 29, 2009 Environmental

Last year, when a coal ash impoundment pond at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) fossil fuel plant in east Tennessee breached, sending a wave of toxic material on to a neighboring rural community, the event made headlines worldwide as one ... Read More

Tylenol Arthritis Caplets recalled due to consumer reports of odor, illness

December 29, 2009 Recalls

All product lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100-count bottles with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP are being recalled after reports from consumers of an unusual moldy, musty or mildew-like odor that was associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recall follows a similar recall in November 2009 of only five lots of the product due to similar consumer reports. ... Read More