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Behavior more than anything determines safety on ski slopes

A skiing accident claimed the lives of a 5-year-old girl and a 23-year-old man at Hogadon Ski Area in Casper Wyoming on Christmas Eve, prompting a debate amongst sporting enthusiasts and safety advocates over the effectiveness of helmets on the slopes. According to an ABC News report, Elsie Johnson and her mother Kelli were stopped on a trail at the ski area when Craig Shirley zipped down the slope at a high speed and collided with them. All three were rushed to a local hospital, where both Shirley and Elsie were pronounced dead. Kelli Johnson remained in stable condition with ... Read More

VW recalls 2006-2010 model Jetta, Beetle and Rabbit vehicles

Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2006-2010 Jetta, New Beetle, New Beetle Convertible, model year 2009 Jetta Sportwagen and model year 2007-2009 Rabbit vehicles equipped with 2.5L engines.Defective or improperly placed parts may result in damage to the fuel lines, posing a fire risk. ... Read More

CPSC mandates new crib safety standards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted unanimously to implement new mandatory standards for full-size and non-full-size baby cribs, effective June 2011. These new standards are mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Federal crib standards had not previously been updated in nearly 30 years. The new rules are expected to “usher in a safer generation of cribs,” according to a CPSC news release. Already, on Dec. 15, the CPSC voted unanimously to ban the manufacture and sale of drop-side cribs in the United States. These new safety standards enhance that decision. In addition ... Read More

Consumer database for reporting product safety to launch March 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that a publicly available consumer product safety information database will be officially launched in March 2011. The site will be a part of the SaferProducts.gov website. The CPSC approved by a vote of 3-2 the rules that will establish how the agency will work with consumers and manufacturers or private labelers to process and post incident reports to the database. The database was a requirement of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, and will allow consumers to go online to SaferProducts.gov and file a report about any incidents with unsafe ... Read More

Nausea drug can cause abnormal heartbeats in cancer patients

A contraindication is being added to the prescribing information for Anzemet (dolasetron mesylate) advising that the injection form of the drug not be used to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy (CINV) in pediatric and adults patients as studies suggest the drug can cause dangerous abnormal heart rhythms. The oral tablet version of Anzemet may still be used to prevent CINV because the risk of developing an abnormal heart rhythm is less than seen with the injection, however a stronger warning is being added to the tablet’s Warnings and Precautions sections of its safety label.New data shows that ... Read More

Alert your friends to the dangers of Yaz, Yasmin

When Yaz and Yasmin hit the market, they were touted to be different than other birth control pills because they could curb the annoying symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and even clear up unsightly acne. The marketing campaign worked quite well for Bayer HealthCare. The pills became the No. 1 selling oral contraceptives in the United States, with many of its users being young women and teenagers who asked their doctors for the pills by name. But the honeymoon would soon end for Bayer, as reports of potentially fatal side effects from Yaz and Yasmin began to surface. Bayer was ... Read More

Tell Facebook, Twitter followers about Darvon, Darvocet ban

Nearly 23 million prescriptions were written for Darvocet, Darvon, and their generic equivalents under the name propoxyphene in 2010 before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pulled the drugs off the market because of the risk of potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythms. Many of the people who filled those prescriptions are being notified by their pharmacies, but others may not even be aware that the treatment for mild-to-moderate pain was banned. Therefore, the public is encouraged to notify friends and family and tell them about the recall, if not in person or on the phone, then by using social media ... Read More

FDA approves Gardasil for use in preventing anal cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of the Gardasil vaccine for the prevention of anal cancer. Previously, the drug was approved only for use in girls and young women, for the prevention of cervical cancer. Gardasil targets the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer. Recent studies have also show the virus can cause anal cancer. The approval expands the audience for the Merck & Col. manufactured drug to include all people – boys and girls – ages 9 through 26. Gardasil protects against four kinds of HPV – 6, ... Read More

Bayer launches second birth control pill with folic acid

Bayer HealthCare has launched another birth control pill packed with the hormone ethinyl estradiol, the diuretic drospirenone, and the B vitamin folic acid. The new oral contraceptive, called SAFYRAL, follows by three months the introduction of Beyaz, a near-identical pill packed with the same active ingredients. Folic acid has been shown to protect unborn babies against neural tube defects if the vitamin is taken regularly by women before and during the first three months of pregnancy. “SAFYRAL and Beyaz are part of Bayer’s growing women’s health franchise, and these new products reinforce our commitment to providing women with various contraceptive ... Read More

Guilty to the max: Toyota closes 2010 with 2 more maximum federal fines

Once again, Toyota is pushing the limits and surpassing other car manufacturers, but not in a good way. The company has agreed to pay an additional $32.425 million in civil penalties after two separate investigations into its handling of auto recalls found the automaker failed to comply with federal law, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Monday. The two fines are the maximum allowable by law. Toyota will pay $16.375 million in one case involving floor mat entrapment and sudden unintended acceleration issues, and $16.050 million in the other case for withholding critical safety information from U.S. authorities, apparently to avoid ... Read More