Monthly Archives: April 2011

Unsafe needle practices infect thousands of U.S. patients annually

Syringe - Insulin - Diabetis
April 30, 2011 Pharmaceutical

In a nation with highly advanced medical technology and high safety standards such as the United States, you might not expect that a simple threat like unsafe needle use and injection practices would be a problem within the healthcare industry, ... Read More

Popular weight-loss supplements pose injury and death risks, consumer group warns

April 29, 2011 Pharmaceutical

The over-the-counter weight-loss drug Alli and its prescription form Xenical should be removed from the market immediately, warns Public Citizen, a national non-profit consumer advocacy group based in Washington D.C. The group has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ... Read More

Consumer group calls FDA’s unwillingness to ban latex “reckless”

April 28, 2011 Pharmaceutical

Surgical and patient examination gloves that have cornstarch powder on them or are made of natural latex rubber pose a serious threat to patients and health care workers and must be banned said Public Citizen, a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy ... Read More

Attorneys investigating claims against Darvon, Darvocet

April 27, 2011 Pharmaceutical

An estimated 10 million people have used the painkiller propoxyphene, sold under the brand names Darvon and Darvoset by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, since 1957, when the medication was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Potentially hundreds of thousands of ... Read More

Public Citizen takes aim at diet pills Alli, Xenical

April 27, 2011 Product Liability

The consumer watchdog group that nearly four decades ago first warned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the painkiller Darvocet should be banned from the market because it was killing people, has taken aim at a diet pill. Public ... Read More

Atlanta-area school bus crash ignites debate about seat belts and driver safety

School Buses
April 27, 2011 Personal Injury

Two school buses collided in Gwinnett County, Georgia, Monday morning, injuring several students who were on their way to take the Georgia State Criterion-Referenced Competency Test and sparking a local debate on the need for safety belts on school buses ... Read More

CSPC outlines new guidelines for crib manufacturers, consumers

baby - blue eyes - under green blanket
April 27, 2011 Product Liability

Bombarded with questions about new safety standards for cribs, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a flyer outlining the new, more stringent requirements for crib manufacturers and answering some of the most frequently asked questions from consumers. Most ... Read More

Public Citizen raised flags about Darvocet, now warns of Alli, Xenical

April 26, 2011 Pharmaceutical

Consumer watchdog group Public Citizen was the first to raise concerns about the safety of propoxyphene, the active ingredient in the brand-name drugs Darvocet and Darvon. The group petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) twice since the prescription painkiller ... Read More

Bayer dismisses new studies showing higher blood clot risk with Yaz, Yasmin

blood cells
April 26, 2011 Pharmaceutical

Bayer isn’t backing down. The pharmaceutical giant that is making billions off sales of it’s popular birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin, says two new studies that suggest the company’s oral contraceptives put women at greater risk for blood clots ... Read More

Amid sea of recalls, J and J considers takeover of medical device company

April 26, 2011 Pharmaceutical

Johnson & Johnson is reportedly in talks with device maker Synthes Inc. about a possible takeover, potentially the biggest deal in Johnson & Johnson’s 125-year history. Synthes has a market value of about $19 billion, and a takeover of the ... Read More