Yearly Archives: 2012

Infant ventilator for critically ill babies recalled due to dangerous defect

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December 31, 2012 Pharmaceutical

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning medical staff of a deadly defect affecting a high-frequency ventilator used for ventilating critically ill infants. ... Read More

Unwashed hands can affect blood sugar readings

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December 31, 2012 Pharmaceutical

Handling fruit before checking your blood sugar can result in too-high blood glucose level readings, according to a new report in Diabetes Care. ... Read More

Diabetics at greater risk for fractures

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December 30, 2012 Pharmaceutical

People with type 2 diabetes are at a significantly greater risk for fracture-related hospitalization, according to a large study published online in Diabetes Care. ... Read More

Defective resuscitators recalled, could cause life-threatening consequences

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December 30, 2012 Pharmaceutical

Manual resuscitators used to help pediatric and adult patients breathe when they are unable to do so on their own, are being recalled because of a valve leak that prevents the flow of air and may be hard to detect. ... Read More

New blood thinner Eliquis wins approval in Japan, but FDA has yet give clearance

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December 30, 2012 Pharmaceutical

Japanese drug regulators have approved the new blood thinner Eliquis from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer to prevent strokes in patients with a type of heart rhythm abnormality known as atrial fibrillation. The drug has already been approved in the European ... Read More

Complaints allege Fresenius withheld information about deaths to minimize legal risks, keep market share

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December 29, 2012 Pharmaceutical

Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s largest provider of dialysis services and products, is facing numerous wrongful death lawsuits claiming one of its products caused the deaths of dialysis patients. The company is fighting back, claiming it was not at fault. ... Read More

CPSC Gains Assistance From Four Major Retailers To Recall Nap Nanny® Recliners After More Infant Deaths

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December 29, 2012 Recalls

After five infant deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and four major retailers, including Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Toys R Us/Babies R Us, are announcing a voluntary recall to consumers who own Nap Nanny® recliners.  This ... Read More

FDA chief pushes for new laws to govern compounding pharmacies

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December 29, 2012 Pharmaceutical

Federal and state inspectors should work together more closely to oversee compounding pharmacies in order to prevent the distribution of contaminated medications like the ones that caused the deadly multi-state outbreak of rare fungal meningitis, said Food and Drug Administration ... Read More

$1 billion Toyota settlement provides economic damages, safety upgrades to vehicle owners

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December 28, 2012 Consumer Fraud

A settlement to resolve economic damages stemming from sudden unintended acceleration in millions of Toyota and Lexus vehicles will provide some relief to car-owners who claim the ongoing controversy caused a significant decline in the value of their vehicles.   ... Read More

Abbott’s new testosterone test gets FDA clearance

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December 28, 2012 Pharmaceutical

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new method of analyzing testosterone levels in men and women. The new chemical analysis is made by Abbott Laboratories, the drug maker whose sales of Androgel testosterone-replacement gel achieved blockbuster ... Read More