Monthly Archives: April 2009

Preemption language must be removed from railroad regulations

April 30, 2009 Business

The American Association for Justice is calling for a review of Bush administration regulations that it believes compromise the safety and rights of consumers who are injured in railroad accidents. The request was prompted by the Senate Commerce, Science, and ... Read More

Cancer drug’s prescribing information to include warning of SJS

April 30, 2009 Pharmaceutical

A cancer treatment drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma just last year has been linked to a serious adverse reaction known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome, or SJS, when used ... Read More

C.B. Fleet issues recall of its OTC phosphate products

April 30, 2009 Recalls

In response to the Food and Drug Administration's stern safety warning last December about the risk of a rare form of kidney failure associated with two oral sodium phosphate medicines prescribed to cleanse the colon prior to a colonoscopy, C.B. Fleet Company Inc. announced a voluntary recall of its over-the-counter Fleet Phospho-soda and Fleet Phospho-soda EZ-Prep Bowel Cleansing System. ... Read More

Use caution with OTC products for colon cleansing

April 30, 2009 Recalls

Colon cleansing. It's a popular health trend. But a recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement urges cleansers to steer clear of OTC laxatives as a way to bowel cleanse. ... Read More

FDA issues warning on Oral Sodium Phosphate products

April 30, 2009 Recalls

On December 11, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a "black box warning" to consumers and health care professionals that a rare but serious form of kidney failure, acute phosphate nephropathy, had been associated with the use of prescription oral sodium phosphate (OSP) products Visicol and Osmo Prep, both made by Salix Pharmaceuticals. The FDA expressed equal concern about the risks associated with over-the-counter (OTC) bowel clearing products such as Fleet Phospho-soda and Fleet Accu-Prep solutions. ... Read More

FDA meeting could compromise Medical Device Safety Act

April 29, 2009 Pharmaceutical

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has planned an internal meeting today to discuss the strategic direction of the agency’s medical device center, adding fuel to concerns that the government agency carelessly approved medical devices and as a result put ... Read More

Pharmacists warn against use of anti-virals amid swine flu scare

April 29, 2009 Pharmaceutical

Researchers are reportedly saying that antiviral medications Tamiflu and Relenza could help curb the intensity and effects of the swine flu for those who appear to becoming ill, however some doctors are warning that the antiviral drugs should only be ... Read More

Public urgently needs better bus and trucking regulations

April 29, 2009 Product Liability

After analyzing the events surrounding a 2008 Utah bus rollover in which nine people died and 43 were injured, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that two situations fundamentally contributed to the deadly accident: driver fatigue and the lack ... Read More

FDA told pain pump manufacturers ‘no,’ but they refused to listen

April 29, 2009 Pharmaceutical

Manufacturers of pain pumps were denied approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use the devices in a different manner than what had been previously approved by the FDA for shoulder surgery. But that didn’t stop the manufacturers ... Read More

OSHA, Congress mark Workers Memorial Day

April 28, 2009 Personal Injury

Companies throughout the United States need to do a better job of providing safe working environments for their employees … or else. That’s the message the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is sounding this week in honor of Workers ... Read More