Yearly Archives: 2010

How to safely discard your old Darvon, Darvocet pills

December 31, 2010 Pharmaceutical

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has voted to remove Darvocet, Darvon and other drugs containing the active ingredient propoxyphene from the market due to a risk of users developing dangerous abnormal heart rhythms. Pharmacies and health care professionals have ... Read More

LOLs that kill: the life and death of texting-while-driving crash victims portrayed in new video

December 31, 2010 Personal Injury

A young woman named Mandi sends a brief text message to her sister Ashley, who is driving her truck. Ashley receives the message — “yeah” — then clips the median on the left side and loses control of the vehicle. ... Read More

Bayer’s ‘four sisters’ of birth control pills have same bad reputation

December 30, 2010 Pharmaceutical

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals is a leader in the development and manufacturing of medications worldwide, but not all of its drugs appear to have the consumer’s best interest in mind. Consider the company’s lineup of birth control pills. All “four sisters” ... Read More

Artificial hip parts aren’t tested for safety

December 30, 2010 Pharmaceutical

It sounds almost too crazy to believe. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) puts new drugs through rigorous clinical trials before approving them, but when it comes to new medical devices, ones implanted inside the body through invasive surgery, the ... Read More

FDA to consider abuse-resistant oxycodone, Remoxy

December 30, 2010 Product Liability

King Pharmaceuticals Inc., in partnership with Pain Therapeutics Inc., has resubmitted its application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its painkiller Remoxy, touted by the manufacturer as being an abuse-resistant version of OxyContin. The FDA had previously delayed ... Read More

Why did it take so long to ban Darvon, Darvocet?

December 30, 2010 Pharmaceutical

In a study on dogs conducted by researchers at Lilly, the company that discovered the now-banned prescription painkiller propoxyphene, researchers determined that “cardiac conduction depression may be a factor in some of the (human) cardiac toxicities associated with propoxyphene overdose.” ... Read More

Proposed HOS changes draw fire from all sides

December 29, 2010 Personal Injury

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s latest Hours-of-Service revisions, which the agency hopes will drive down the numbers of fatigue-related commercial truck and bus crashes, have been criticized by industry professionals and safety advocates alike. ... Read More

Young artist makes miraculous recovery after being hit by 18-wheeler

December 29, 2010 Personal Injury

On October 8, 2010, 21-year-old Emilie Gossiaux’s life changed in an instant. A painter and sculptor whose life was filled with light and color, Ms. Gossiaux’s world plunged into darkness and silence after she was struck by an 18-wheel semi ... Read More

Watchdog group blasts FDA for taking too long to ban Darvocet, Darvon

December 29, 2010 Pharmaceutical

At least 2,000 people or more may have needlessly died because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not act fast enough to remove the popular painkillers Darvon and Darvocet, and their equivalent generics, from the market, according to the ... Read More

Toyota settles notorious sudden unintended acceleration case for $10 million

December 28, 2010 Consumer Fraud

Toyota quietly agreed to pay $10 million on December 23 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Mark Saylor, the California Highway Patrol officer who was killed in a horrifying crash along with his wife, daughter, and brother-in-law, ... Read More