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Preemption language must be removed from railroad regulations

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 Transportation Committee’s nomination hearing of Joseph Szabo as the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) new administrator. Though Szabo’s nomination is not controversial, many lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled Congress believe the regulations and policies put forth by the previous administration favor big business at an enormous expense to the consumer. Preemption is the problem. Preemption is the legal premise that federal law ... Read More

Cancer drug’s prescribing information to include warning of SJS

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 in conjunction with another medication. Cephalon, makers of Treanda, has filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week stating it will update its prescribing information for the Treanda drug to include a warning of the possibility of SJS when used with allopurinol, a medication used to treat excess uric acid in the blood plasma, according to the Philadelphia ... Read More

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

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

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

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

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 patients’ health and safety at risk, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ). The meeting, which includes all scientists within the medical device evaluation office, is a rare gathering and likely to establish a plan for how the agency will handle a slurry of controversial issues including a Congress-initiated investigation of the device division by the Institute of Medicine, ... Read More

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

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 taken if prescribed by a physician otherwise other serious conditions may arrise, according to The Standard. Common side effects of Tamiflu and Relenza include dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea. Other, more serious adverse reactions are rare but can occur, including Stevens Johnson Syndrome, or SJS. SJS is a rare reaction to medication that begins with rashes on the skin that blister ... Read More

Public urgently needs better bus and trucking regulations

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 of federal regulations to protect bus passengers. The American Association of Justice (AAJ) responded to the report by calling for a close review – and a possible revision – of federal transportation safety regulations proposed during the Bush Administration and currently pending. The AAJ released a statement saying that it supports opening “new rulemaking proceedings to enhance commercial transportation safety ... Read More

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

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 from advising physicians to use the devices improperly. That improper use has lead to a painful and debilitating condition in many shoulder surgery patients. Pain pumps are devices that hold pain medication that is gradually released into the shoulder tissue through a catheter implanted in the surgical site. Once the pain medication has been released into the joint, the catheter ... Read More

OSHA, Congress mark Workers Memorial Day

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 Memorial Day today. To mark the occasion, Congress will be spending the day conducting hearings on OSHA’s performance in enforcing the law. Many lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled Congress think that OSHA’s enforcement of workplace standards and regulations was too lax under the Bush Administration, allowing corporations to compromise the health and safety of its workers. Safety experts and union members ... Read More