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Rhino’s fundamental design flaws form basis of more lawsuits

Two more lawsuits have been filed against Yamaha Motor Co. for injuries sustained in Rhino rollovers. One lawsuit was filed by a woman on behalf of her son, a minor who was injured in March 2008 when the Rhino he was riding in flipped. The other suit was filed by a man who received serious injuries when the Rhino he was driving rolled over in May 2007. Both plaintiffs are residents of West Virginia. Both lawsuits allege that Yamaha Rhinos have fundamental design flaws such as a high center of gravity, narrow track width, and narrow wheels, which make the ... Read More

Salix bowel cleaning products selling well despite FDA black box warning

Salix Pharmaceuticals, makers of gastrointestinal drugs, is reporting a first-quarter loss, however sales of the company's products used to clean the bowel prior to colonoscopies enjoyed a 23 percent increase compared to first quarter 2008, according to The News & Observer. ... Read More

Obama's pick for FDA commissioner wants to restore trust in agency

President Barack Obama’s top pick for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, Bioterrorsim expert and former New York City health commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, says that she wants to restore public confidence in the FDA, according to She already has Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s support. “Her expertise is valuable for problems we now face, such as combating food-borne illness, cooperating with other agencies to address the new flu outbreak and drug-resistant diseases, and protecting our food and drug supplies,” Sen. Kennedy said in a statement for the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing. If confirmed, one of Dr. ... Read More

Hamburg hopes to create a culture in FDA where concerns are heard

President Barack Obama’s top pick for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, Bioterrorsim expert and former New York City health commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, says if confirmed she would “create a culture (at the agency) that would enable all voices to be heard,” according to Thompson, a human resources Web site. The comment was made during a question-and-answer exchange with Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md) during the 1 ½-hour confirmation hearing. Mikulski asked Dr. Hamburg if she would heed concerns made by whistleblowers, such as those made by a group of employees at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health that ... Read More

Nursing home staff fired for taking inappropriate photos of residents

Several staff members at a Kentucky nursing home were fired recently after an investigation found that employees had taken inappropriate photos and made audio recordings of residents at the facility, attached them to songs with sexual lyrics, and circulated them to other employees at the nursing home, according to the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader. Interviews with Bluegrass Care and Rehabilitation Center in Lexington Kentucky staff including aides, licensed staff and housekeepers revealed that no one recognized the photos and recordings as abuse and as a result did not report the incident to management. The nursing home received a Type A citation ... Read More

FDA approval for marketing generic Lovenox expected

The expiration of exclusivity period for Sanofi Aventis’ blood thinner Lovenox has expired, moving Momenta Pharmaceutical Inc. one step closer to gaining approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manufacture and market is generic Lovenox, M-Enoxaparin, according to Momenta’s first quarter 2009 Earnings Call. Anticoagulants are often administered to patients before undergoing some surgeries and medical procedures to reduce the risk of life-threatening blood clots. Lovenox has been touted as an effective replacement for the blood thinner heparin in patients undergoing abdominal surgery. Heparin carries a laundry list of side effects such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea ... Read More

Beasley Allen attorney warns public of serious adverse drug reactions

Consumers are urged to take a close look at the labels of both over-the-counter and prescription medications and be aware of the potential side effects, according to Frank Woodson, shareholder with Beasley Allen Law Firm. Woodson was quoted in a recent issue of, warning consumers about Stevens Johnson Syndrome, or SJS, a rare but life-threatening reaction to many frequently used medications. SJS is a serious condition. It is most identified by a rash on the skin. The rash can blister and peel away, giving victims the appearance of having fourth degree burns. Many are treated in burn units. Blisters ... Read More

FDA approves antiepileptic drug label update to include risk of suicidality

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has approved updated labeling for antieplieptic drugs used in the treatment of epilepsy, psychiatric disorders and other conditions including migraine and neuropathic pain syndromes, to include warning in the labeling of the risks of suicidal thoughts or actions. The labeling follows an FDA analysis of reports of suicidality (suicidal behavior or ideation) from controlled clinical trials of drugs used to treat the above mentioned conditions, which indicated a relative risk for suicidality was higher in patients with epilepsy compared to patients who were given the drugs in the class for psychiatric ... Read More

Poll finds American voters oppose forced arbitration in contracts

“Americans are sick and tired of a system that so strongly favors big corporations over consumers and … robs them of their constitutional right to their day in court,” Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) said in a statement concerning the proposed Arbitration Fairness Act. The act seeks to preserve our constitutionally guaranteed right to a jury trial should we ever need to settle a grievance in court with a company or an employer. These days, according to the American Association for Justice, “just by taking a job or buying a product or service, consumers and employees are forced to give up ... Read More

Breast milk-increasing medication linked to neurological disorder

Nursing mothers who have difficulty establishing or maintaining breast milk production may be prescribed medication to increase the amount of breast milk they produce. One popular choice has been metoclopramide, most commonly known as Reglan. The drug is primarily used in infants to treat gastroesophageal reflux and in children and adults to treat heartburn or nausea and vomiting caused by other medications. But Reglan has a side effect of increasing the prolactin in the brain. Prolactin is the milk-making hormone. Coupled with frequent and regular breast pumping, Reglan has been shown to increase breast milk production. A small amount of ... Read More