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Class of antipsychotics now includes warning about use during pregnancy

A class of antipsychotic medications has a newly updated safety label that includes a warning for pregnant women and women of childbearing age to avoid use of the drugs because of a risk of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) and withdrawal symptoms in newborn babies, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monthly safety labeling updates report. Extrapyramidal symptoms include a variety of movement disorders such as those that cause the inability to initiate movement and the inability to remain motionless. The new warning labels stress that the products should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the ... Read More

More commercial truck and bus drivers buckling up than ever, survey finds

More commercial truck and bus drivers in Missouri are buckling up behind the wheel, a new survey found, reflecting a larger national trend in safety belt awareness and usage amongst professional drivers. The Missouri Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Survey, which was conducted by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and released Tuesday, found that 80.6 percent of commercial drivers in Missouri used their seatbelts in 2010 – a dramatic increase from 2008 when just 73.4 percent of commercial drivers buckled up. Only 65 percent of commercial drivers used their safety belts in 2007, according to the Federal Motor Carrier ... Read More

Birth control pills do not cause weight gain, but can cause blood clots

Contrary to popular belief, birth control pills do not cause weight gain, according to a study conducted at the Oregon National Primate Research Center at Oregon Health and Science University. The question has long been debated by health care professionals and users of oral contraceptives. But the new study provides evidence that may finally put the question to rest. Researchers collected data by studying a group of rhesus macaque monkeys at the OHSU Oregon National Primate Research Center for eight months. The specific breed of monkeys were used because their reproductive system is nearly identical to humans’. But unlike studies ... Read More

Recalls of medicines, devices continue to tarnish J & J’s image

The hits keep coming for Johnson & Johnson. The pharmaceutical giant announced Friday that it was recalling even more of its popular over-the-counter drugs from wholesalers because of lax manufacturing practices. This latest recall involves 43 million packages of Tylenol, Benadryl, Sudafed and Sinutab, and another four million packages of Rolaids Multi-Symptom Berry tablets, all of which were manufactured at J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare plant. That is the same facility that has been plagued with quality-control problems and the primary reason why, since last year, more than 330 million OTC medicine bottles, blister packs, vials, boxes and other objects manufactured ... Read More

Teething rings recalled due to ingestion hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in connection with Calisson Inc., has announced the recall of the Cool-It Soother pacifier product. The manufacturer says there is a danger that the teething ring could be punctured, allowing bacteria and mold to grow inside the teether's untreated liquid center. ... Read More

Workplace deaths leave wake of devastated families

“He kissed me goodbye. He told me he’d call me at work later. He kissed Jennifer goodbye. And that was it. He never came home.” The story of Karen Lubanty and her daughter Jennifer, featured in a video produced by the Machinists News Network, is one that is repeated in different variations throughout the United States 14 times every day. That’s because 14 Americans leave for work every day but never come home, according to the Department of Labor. In October 2006, Walter Lubanty was one of those people who never came home from work because he was crushed to ... Read More

First Toyota sudden unintended acceleration cases will be tried in 2013

The first lawsuits filed in federal courts against Toyota will be tried as belwether cases sometime during the first quarter of 2013, Judge James Selna of U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California, announced yesterday. Judge Selna asked plaintiffs’ lawyers to be prepared to select the belwether cases, which will serve as test cases to determine how the rest of the litigation will proceed. More than 100 lawsuits against Toyota filed in federal courts across the country were consolidated last April for pretrial proceedings and assigned to Judge Selna, whose courtroom is located near Toyota’s North American headquarters in Torrance. ... Read More

NHTSA finally proposes speed limiters in heavy trucks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is moving forward on rulemaking procedures that would require speed limiters in nearly all heavy trucks. Speed limiters restrict commercial trucks and buses from exceeding a predetermined speed and are widely employed around the world to enhance traffic safety. However, the United States has been slow to follow. That may soon change because besides cost there is little keeping the proposed legislation from becoming law. It is widely backed by trucking interests, safety advocates, and private individuals alike. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and Road Safe America (RSA) both petitioned NHTSA in 2006 to consider ... Read More

Oklahoma teacher suspects Darvocet caused two debilitating strokes

A report published today by The Oklahoman describes one woman’s suspicions that the painkiller Darvocet caused her physical harm not just once but twice. According to the report, the 61-year-old Oklahoma resident and former school teacher was involved in a car crash in 1996. Four or five days after the accident, her doctor prescribed Darvocet to help with her pain and discomfort. The woman suffered a major stroke shortly after she began taking the medicine and lost her ability to speak. She also developed high blood pressure and lapses in her memory. Rehabilitation taught her how to speak again, but ... Read More

FDA warns of severe liver damage with heart medication

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning doctors and their patients taking Multaq (dronedarone) to treat abnormal heart rhythms that the medication may put users at risk of liver injury. Since the drug was approved by the agency in July 2009, the FDA has received several reports of liver damage with Multaq tablets, including two cases in which patients had to have their livers removed. In both cases, patients were women around the age of 70. One had been on the drug for 4.5 months and the other for 6. Dronedarone was approved by the FDA to treat abnormal ... Read More