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Infusion sets recalled due to risk of serious injury or death

Needles and infusion sets used to access ports implanted under the skin of chronically ill patients for repeated access to veins for blood withdrawal or infusion of medication, nutritional solutions, blood products and imaging solutions, are being recalled by the manufacturer because the needles may "core" causing silicone slivers to dislodge from the ports, posing a risk of serious injury or death to the patient. ... Read More

Alzheimer’s drug may treat Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal cancer

A team of researchers renowned for their work in colon cancer believe they may have found a better treatment for Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer based on findings from their colon cancer research, according to Science Daily. Cancer of the esophagus is one of the 10 most common cancers, yet there is no good treatment for the disease. Most people who have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer also have a long history of heartburn. Heartburn occurs when toxic acid from the stomach splashes up into the esophagus. Over time, if left untreated, this constant bathing of stomach acid can damage ... Read More

Coal ash classification could affect TVA customers’ bills

If the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that coal ash waste from utility plants should be classified as a hazardous material, the ripple effect could hit Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) customers right in the wallet. TVA has already said that the billion-dollar cleanup is being footed by customers through their utility bills. That hike is hidden by a recent drop in fuel costs that has helped keep customers’ bills somewhat steady. If and when fuel prices creep back up, customers will see the change. But if coal ash, which contains arsenic and carcinogenic heavy metals, is reclassified as hazardous, it ... Read More

Million-plus pounds of Italian sausage, salami recalled due to salmonella risk

A massive recall of more than a million pounds of ready-to-eat varieties of Italian sausage products including salami is underway because of salmonella concerns, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The recall was first announced on January 24 after Daniele Inc., a Rhode Island gourmet foods producer, received 11 reports of people who had consumed salami products contained in Daniele Italian Brand Gourmet Packs and gotten ill. Since then, the meat products have been linked to salmonella poisonings in 187 people in 38 states. ... Read More

Toyota will expand latest recall to include European vehicles

Last week, Toyota announced a recall of approximately 2.3 million cars and trucks in the United States because of faulty throttle assemblies that could wear over time, causing the accelerator pedal to stick or return to idle too slowly. This week, Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reports that Toyota is expanding that recall to include about 2 million vehicles in Europe. The 4.3 million vehicles expected to be included in both the American and European recalls amount to 55 percent of the 7.81 million vehicles that Toyota sold in 2009, the Wall Street Journal says. The number does not include the 4.2 ... Read More

Southern Illinois district court to handle Yaz lawsuits

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in Washington D.C. has chosen the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis to handle multidistrict litigation for what could be as many as 25,000 Yaz lawsuits. Chief Judge David Herndon will preside over the pre-trial proceedings, which have been filed by plaintiffs in all parts of the country against Bayer, the manufacturer of the popular oral contraceptive. Yaz incorporates a unique progestin, drospirenone, with ethinyl estradiol, a more common ingredient used in birth control drugs. Many women who have been injured after starting a Yaz regimen allege ... Read More

Jury awards man $5.5 million for shoulder injury caused by pain pump

Matthew Beale of Portland, Oregon, routinely participated in football, racquetball and golf, and he enjoyed coaching his son’s baseball teams. But a minor tear in his bicep tendon caused by throwing a football benched the 38-year-old father of four. His doctor recommended routine arthroscopic surgery during which he was prescribed an I-Flow pain pump to deliver pain medication directly to the wound site for up to 72 hours. However, the anesthetic that dripped from the pain pump into Beale’s shoulder joint killed the cells that create cartilage. Within months, Beale’s cartilage was completely destroyed, causing him so much pain he ... Read More

Insulin syringes recalled because of potential injury to patients

Nipro Medical Corporation, makers of diabetic syringes, is initiating a nationwide recall of all GlucoPro Insulin Syringes because the syringes have needles that detach from the syringe. If the needle becomes detached during use, it can become stuck in the insulin vial, push back into the syringe, or remain in the skin after injection. ... Read More

More studies show link between Meridia and life-threatening cardiovascular events

Following a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Safety Review first announced last November about a possible link between life-threatening cardiovascular events and the use of the weight loss drug Meridia, the agency says more studies back up the warning that the drug's active ingredient, sibutramine hydrochloride, is dangerous to people with a history of cardiovascular disease. The agency has requested that the manufacturer add a new contraindication to the Meridia label to state that sibutramine is not to be used in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease. ... Read More

FDA update: Counterfeit Alli contains potentially life-threatening amount of stimulant

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its warning to the public about a counterfeit version of the over-the-counter weight loss drug Alli 60 mg capsules (120-count refill pack) that is being sold over the Internet, particularly at online auction sites. The new warning includes information from additional laboratory tests that shows that some capsules contain as much as three times the usual daily dose (or twice the recommended maximum dose) of sibutramine, an FDA-approved ingredient for weight loss that can be life-threatening to some populations. ... Read More