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FDA warns of link between anti-epilepsy drugs and SJS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the possibility that phenytoin and fosphenytoin sodium increase the risk of serious skin reactions, such as Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), according to FDA MedWatch. Phenytoin and fosphenytoin are used to control tonic-clonic (grand mal) and complex-partial seizures in epilepsy. In a recent Information for Healthcare Professionals sheet, the FDA described the increased risk of SJS/TEN with another antiepileptic drug, carbamazepine, in patients of Asian ancestry with the HLA-B*1502 allele. HLA-B is a human gene that provides instruction for making a protein that plays a critical role in ... Read More

Pain pump malfunction saves officer’s right shoulder

When a 37-year-old canine officer injured both of her shoulders after a fall at work, she sought shoulder surgery to fix her injuries and to relieve the pain she suffered. Multiple procedures were performed on both shoulders, most of which I can’t even pronounce, and postoperative pain pumps were administered to both shoulders following the surgery.  The problems she suffered in the future were not something she had bargained for. After both pain pumps were implanted in the shoulders, the right sided pump did not function properly, causing the device to leak outside of her shoulder until it was removed. ... Read More

Actavis comments on lawsuit

The Department of Justice, on behalf of the FDA, has filed a compliant against Actavis and is asking for a permanent injunction against its subsidiary. Actavis claims that it has been dedicated to ensuring the value and integrity of its manufacturing since May 2008, which is after the FDA inspected Actavis because the company manufactured Digitek pills that were twice as thick as they ought to have been. According to Market Watch, “The company views the filing of this complaint as one step in a long regulatory process, and is fully committed to working collaboratively and openly with the FDA ... Read More

BBC investigates Chantix suicides in the UK

An investigative report aired by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) tells the stories of two people who became suicidal after taking Chantix (marketed by Pfizer as Champix in Europe and the UK). Chantix became available in the UK in December of 2006. Since then, nearly 400,000 prescriptions for the drug have been written. Karen McGhee, a resident of Greenock on Scotland’s western shore, was one of those Chantix users. McGhee had been taking Chantix only a few days when she attempted to kill herself. The McGhee’s daughter found Karen and ran to get her father’s help, shouting that her mother ... Read More

Doctor warns of inadequate care at D.C. nursing home

A Washington, D.C.-area emergency room doctor fed up with seeing so many patients from one area nursing home sick from obvious neglect, spoke to ABC 7/News Channel 8 to warn others of the poor care offered at the home. The doctor said he routinely sees patients from Grand Park Care Center on the verge of death with serious conditions ranging from acute kidney problems, severe pneumonia and malnutrition. He said the conditions indicate neglect by caregivers. Inspection reports obtained by the television station from the D.C. Department of Health from February and May 2008, reveal numerous deficiencies including failure of ... Read More

IKEA pays large civil penalty to CPSC

IKEA North America Services, LLC of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, has agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty for its failure to follow procedures issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC announced that Swedish retail giant inadvertently sold some potentially dangerous outdoor candles and failed to immediately report incidents connected to use of the defective candles. The CPSC says that the hazardous candles can flare up unexpectedly when consumers attempt to blow the fames out, potentially causing burn injuries. The candles are also a fire hazard because they are capable of flaring when lit according to the ... Read More

Low auto roof standards are often deadly in rollovers

The American standard for automobile roof strength, which has been in effect since the 1970s, has been “a total, ineffective disaster,” according to automobile expert Byron Bloch in an investigative report by WBNS TV of Columbus, Ohio. Bloch, whose knowledge of automobile roofs has played a role in court testimonials throughout the country, is not alone in his opinion. The report uncovered other automotive industry professionals who echoed similar thoughts. Why the chorus of disapproval? First is the number of fatalities. According to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 273,000 rollover crashes occur every year, killing ... Read More

FL woman suffers head injuries in ATV wreck

A 38-year-Florida old woman suffered severe injuries, including a skull fracture and broken hand, when the Yamaha Rhino Utility Terrain Vehicle she was riding in rolled over. Rachel A. Jollimore was a passenger in the vehicle when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a tree, causing the Rhino to roll over on its side. Jollimore was pinned underneath the UTV, the website Ocala.com reported. Jollimore and the driver were riding the UTV through a field in Silver Springs when the accident occurred. Jollimore says that she has been considerably impaired since the July 2007 accident. “I have to watch what ... Read More

Baxter International spent thousands on lobbying efforts

Drug maker Baxter International Inc., shelled out more than $720,000 in the third quarter of the year lobbying on health care issues including government reimbursement for kidney dialysis treatment and increased funding for kidney disease education, according to Forbes/Associated Press. Baxter International makes heparin, the blood thinner that is routinely used before treatment for kidney dialysis to prevent blood clots as well as during many surgeries. Several lots of heparin manufactured in Baxter International’s China plant were recalled by the FDA earlier this year after they were found to have been contaminated during manufacturing. The tainted heparin ultimately killed more ... Read More

Steps to prevent shoulder injuries

Imagine a 16-year–old athlete being told that a shoulder surgery that was supposed to relieve his shoulder problems has caused permanent damage to his shoulder, and it will never be the same. Any hopes of being normal again, or pursuing an athletic career, are gone. The damage is done. This sort of story is happening to more and more young athletes due to the pain pumps used after shoulder surgeries. Shoulder problems are occurring in young athletes, causing them to look to surgery to relieve the pain and get back into the game. Little did they know that after the surgery, ... Read More