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Grief Spurs Senate

Since his son Tyler’s death, Kevin Moody has been on a mission to get the roof strength standard, FMVSS 216, upgraded and convince Congress to pass new legislation regulating and mandating a new and adequate roof strength standard beyond what NHTSA, (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) has proposed. WASHINGTON, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Kevin Moody, a grieving father who lost his son Tyler on January 16, 2003 due to injuries from ‘roof crush’ has that day forever etched in his memory: “Five and a half years ago, my son, Tyler, was killed in a single vehicle rollover accident in his ... Read More

Abuse Records Reopened

A decision from Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s office on May 27 reverses an earlier decision to keep secret the names of people fired from care facilities for abusing elderly and disabled clients. According to The Des Moines Register, the new decision comes nine months after the state first began to limit access to the information. The Register reports that records with names of caregivers fired for abuse were sealed beginning last August based on a new interpretation of a state law that has been on the books for 17 years, which specifies that judges are obligated to keep “unspecified ... Read More

FEMA Trailers Toxic

On May 25, MSNBC reported that investigation continues in cases of illness resulting from FEMA trailers provided to evacuees from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Formaldehyde was detected in the travel trailers and mobile homes in unusually high levels, and about 17,000 people are claiming the homes caused illnesses for themselves or loved ones. This report was written by MSNBC’s Spencer S. Hsu. WASHINGTON – Within days of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in August 2005, frantic officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency ordered nearly $2.7 billion worth of trailers and mobile homes to house the storm’s victims, many of them using a ... Read More

Report Outlines Danger

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, ATVs killed more than 500 people in 2006 and of those victims nearly 1 on in 5 was a child. In addition to ATV deaths, accidents involving such popular vehicles as the Polaris ATV and the Yamaha Rhino ATV sent 146,600 people to hospital emergency rooms that same year. Some 75 percent of the ATV accidents result in serious damage to the head or spinal cord of the accident victim. Head injuries are a major cause of serious life threatening or lifelong physical problems and ailments. Injury to the spinal cord can result ... Read More

FDA announces withdrawal of remaining Trasylol

The FDA announced today that Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corp. will begin removing all remaining supplies of the drug Trasylol (aprotinin) from warehouses and other medical stock. The decision comes following the preliminary results of a test that showed the drug greatly increased the risk of death. Trasylol is administered to patients undergoing heart surgery to slow bleeding and reduce or eliminate the need for blood transfusions. Beginning immediately, Trasylol will belong to a class of drugs that require a special protocol for use. Patients who are at a high risk for blood loss during coronary artery bypass graft surgery may receive ... Read More

Alabama Among Worst

A review of the nation’s nursing home inspection reports by the Congressional Government Accountability Office (GAO) lists Alabama among nine states with the worst records of nursing home inspection accuracy, saying inspectors missed serious problems in more than 25 percent of all inspections from 2002-2007. The report said most states still fared dismally, missing at least one serious deficiency in 15 percent of all inspections. Other states on the “worst reporting” list are Arizona, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and South Dakota. Results of the report were published in the New York Times May 15, which says the study ... Read More

FAA Bans Chantix

The Wall Street Journal reported in its Health Blog on May 21 that the Federal Aviation Administration has banned the stop-smoking drug Chantix for pilots and air traffic controllers. According to the report, Pfizer’s smoking-cessation drug Chantix came in for a bit more trouble as a research group cited reports of physical side effects associated with the drug. The FAA, which reviewed the report, barred pilots and air traffic controllers from taking the drug, the WSJ reports. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices examined adverse-event reports turned into the FDA in the fourth quarter of last year, and found 988 ... Read More

More than 3,000 side effect reports

According to an article published by Bloomberg news service, a recent review of voluntary adverse event reports associated with Pfizer’s stop-smoking drug Chantix reveals more than 3,000 reports of serious side effects in the U.S. alone. Among problems cited by the nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices, which conducted the study, are suicide, heart trouble and aggression. As a result of its study, the ISMP is recommending the FDA strengthen warnings on the drug, which has been prescribed to more than 3 million people since it was approved in May 2006. Also as a result of the report, the Federal ... Read More

2 million elderly victims

“Every day, American families face difficult decisions about whether to move a loved one into a nursing home. There are nearly 17,000 nursing homes in the United States that currently care for 1.6 million residents — a figure expected to quadruple to 6.6 million residents by 2050. The quality of care provided by these nursing homes has been the subject of much scrutiny in recent years.” – U.S. Congress Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Chairman Henry A. Waxman, 110th Congress According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), no one knows precisely how many older Americans are being ... Read More

Vytorin scandals evoke mistrust

Is Schering-Plough’s motto, “To Earn Trust, Every Day,” laced with a little irony these days? What about Merck’s maxim “Where patients come first?” Does it evoke feelings of warmth and trust or does it just induce rolling eyeballs? To be completely fair, pharmaceutical companies continually develop vaccines and medicines that improve the quality of life for millions of people throughout the world. Many modern pharmaceuticals also extend and save lives. In the western world, we can’t imagine life without these modern medicines. However, events surrounding the drug Vytorin have cast into doubt the intentions – and the integrity – of ... Read More