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Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

Tainted coffee recalled after consumer dies

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Caverflo.com is recalling all lots of Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee because a consumer died after drinking the coffee, and laboratory testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that the product was laced with sildenafil and tadalafil, the active drug ingredients in the erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra and Cialis. The analysis also revealed that the coffee contained undeclared milk. Viagra and Cialis can interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. People who have an allergy ... Read More

McNeil settles lawsuits over OTC medicines

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Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil PPC has agreed to pay $33 million to 42 states to resolve claims that the company sold contaminated over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to consumers, the New Jersey Law Journal reports. The settlement stems from an investigation by the Attorneys General of Texas and Pennsylvania following multiple recalls from 2009 to 2011 involving McNeil medicines manufactured at the company’s Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, plant. The recalls involved issues such as unusual odors and strange particles in bottles of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph Aspirin, Sudafed, Pepcid, Mylanta, Rolaids, Zyrtec and Zyrtec Eye Drops. Medicines affected also involved pediatric ... Read More

Dietary supplement maker warned by FDA

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) slapped Brandon M. Smith, owner and president of Formulife Inc., with a warning letter over health claims the company made involving its dietary supplements. The FDA said the claims rendered them unapproved new drugs, misbranded drugs, and adulterated dietary supplements under federal law. The FDA said it uncovered the violations after inspecting the company’s Dallas, Texas, manufacturing facility and after conducting a review of the Purus Labs Inc. website. Among the issues identified by the FDA was the company promoting some of its supplements “for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease,” ... Read More

Tainted dietary supplements recalled

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MusclMasster LLC is recalling all bottles of its dietary supplement Al-Er-G Capsules because they contain ephedra herb, an ingredient that is banned in the U.S. after it was linked to serious side effects including heart attack, stroke and death. Al-Er-G Capsules were distributed from Colorado through MusclMasster’s well center and retail store. Some bottles were also shipped to Wyoming, South Carolina and Washington between 2016 and 2017. The capsules were not sold online. The company says that some of the capsules may have been offered in six-capsule packs from its wellness center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. “But no records were ... Read More

Xarelto lawsuits mount before second trial

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The number of Xarelto lawsuits alleging bleeding injuries are nearing 19,000 with the majority of cases pending in a massive multidistrict litigation (MDL) currently underway in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. Other litigation has been established in state courts in Pennsylvania, Delaware, California and Missouri. Canada has its own class action filed against the company as well. Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer, makers of the blockbuster blood thinner, will face plaintiffs again at the second Xarelto bellwether trial in the MDL in New Orleans. Those suing over Xarelto side effects claim that Janssen and Bayer ... Read More

Fidget spinners causing injuries

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Fidget spinners may be entertaining for kids, helpful for those with attention-deficit issues, and annoying to parents, but they are also becoming a health hazard for some. Just days after a 10-year-old Texas girl was sent to the hospital after swallowing a bearing that popped off her fidget spinner, requiring doctors to go down her throat and retrieve it, a 5-year-old boy gulped a loose part of his spinner and suffered the same fate. Joheley Morelos said she was terrified when she saw her son Cayden vomiting blood as doctors pushed a tube down his throat in search of the ... Read More

Companies face fraud claims over dietary supplements

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Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart must face the majority of claims in a consumer-led multidistrict litigation over issues that they sold herbal supplements made by NBTY Inc., that did not contain the ingredients listed on the label, U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve ordered, striking down the companies’ motions to dismiss the complaint. The consumers are basing their claims on a study conducted by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office. The investigation involved DNA testing of NBTY dietary supplement samples purchased at Target, Walgreens, and Wal-Mart stores. Schneiderman’s 2015 investigation revealed that the majority of dietary supplements tested did not contain ... Read More

Defective Respironics ventilators recalled

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Respironics California is recalling the V60 Non-Invasive Ventilator because faulty cable pins may cause the device to shut down unexpectedly and stop ventilation therapy to a patient, which may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death. The pins within the internal cable that connects the ventilator’s motor to the control board may become loose over time due to low frequency vibration, Respironics said in a recall notice. Affected devices were distributed to medical facilities between April 4, 2009, and Sept. 15, 2015. A total of 20,690 units were distributed nationwide. A full list serial numbers of the recalled Respironics ventilators ... Read More

Basil seeds contaminated with Salmonella

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L.A. Lucky Import & Export Inc., is recalling its L.A. Lucky Brand Basil Seeds in 2.1-ounce packages because laboratory testing found Salmonella in packets of the product. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals who become infected with salmonella often experience symptoms such as fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., ... Read More

Heart device controller recalled after injury, death reports

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Abbott-Thoratec is recalling the Pocket System Controller, a power supply that connects to its implanted HeartMate II LVAS pump through a lead under the skin, after receiving a total of 70 reports of incidents in which its heart device controller had malfunctioned including 19 injuries and 26 deaths. The controller helps power the LVAS system, a mechanical device that circulates blood throughout the body when the heart is too weak to pump blood adequately on its own. The controller is powered by batteries or connected to a main power supply. The HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller is intended for ... Read More