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Anti-abuse drug sickens hundreds of children each year

Medical safety specialists are concerned at the growing number of young children who are sickened or die from accidentally swallowing a relative’s prescription for a medication used to treat opioid drug addiction. For every 100,000 patients who are prescribed buprenorphine, 200 children are hospitalized – a rate more than four times higher than the second-most accidentally ingested medication, blood pressure mediation. The research is published in the current issue of the journal Pediatrics. Buprenorphine is a narcotic much like the drugs it is designed to help patients wean off, such as heroin or prescription painkillers. While it can produce typical ... Read More

FDA to consider new single-dose anti-viral drug to fight seasonal flu

Peramivir, a new once-daily injectable drug, appears to be a safe and effective at alleviating most flu symptoms if taken within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, according to Dr. Rich Whitley, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researcher who led the study on the new drug. “If we don’t get immunized and we get influenza or if we get immunized and we still get influenza, we need to have anti-viral drugs available for the purposes of therapy and the goal is to keep people out of the hospital and to keep people from dying,” Whitley said. Each year ... Read More

Drug company fights AAP guidelines to cut back on respiratory treatment for babies

MedImmune is fighting new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)  that recommend scaling back on the use of the drug company’s costly respiratory drug Synagis because the physicians group says medical evidence shows the drug doesn’t offer the same benefit to children and older preemies as it does very young preemies. This is the second time in two years that the AAP has recommended narrowing the use of Synagis. This time, however, MedImmune is fighting back with full-page newspaper ads that say the new guidelines put “our most vulnerable babies” at risk. Synagis is used to prevent respiratory syncytial ... Read More

Jury selection begins for trial of employees of peanut processing plant at center of deadly Salmonella outbreak

Jury selection is underway for the trial of three people, employees and associates with a peanut processing plant blamed for the deadliest Salmonella outbreak in U.S. history, which killed nine people and sickened more than 700 in 2009. Former Peanut Company of America owner Stewart Parnell, his brother and food broker Michael Parnell, and the peanut plant’s quality control manager Mary Wilkerson were indicted last year on 76 criminal counts that allege the three shipped peanuts contaminated with Salmonella to industrial food customers – including nursing homes, schools and food suppliers – and covered up lab tests that showed some batches ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh lawsuits continue three years after FDA warning

It has been three years since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication warning the public that complications with transvaginal mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence were not uncommon and could be chronic or life threatening. Since then, lawsuits against manufacturers of the devices have grown exponentially. Trasvaginal mesh, also known as vaginal mesh, pelvic mesh, or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh that is inserted through the vagina to support organs that have dropped due to age, childbirth, obesity or other conditions. The mesh is ... Read More

Hospira recalls intravenous fluid replacement due to mold contamination

Hospira Inc. is issuing a nationwide recall of one lot of Lactated Ringers and 5 % Dextrose Injection because a bag of the intravenous fluid replacement was found to be contaminated with mold. One customer reported seeing particulate within the solution of the primary flexible container of Lactated Ringers and 5% Dextrose Injection. “The particulate was identified as a filamentous-like structured particulate indicative of mold,” according to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety communication. “Analysis of the primary container and overwrap indicated a puncture in the same physical location, causing the primary container to leak.” If a patient is ... Read More

Foster Farms chicken plant issues first recall in salmonella outbreak

Foster Farms, the poultry processing plant that distributed chicken contaminated with salmonella that has sickened hundreds of people in the past 16 months, has issued its first recall of the products. Packages of Foster Farms chicken affected by the recall have a “use or freeze by” date ranging from March 21 to March 29, and are imprinted with plant codes P-6137, P-6137A and P-7632. Though the meat has sickened more than 500 people across 25 states and Puerto Rico, the recall was initiated because of one single illness – that of a 10-year-old California boy who had to be hospitalized. Salmonella ... Read More

FDA sends strong warning against using lidocaine anesthetic for teething pain in infants, children

Prescription oral viscous lidocaine 2% anesthetic solution should not be used to treat teething pain in infants or children because it can cause serious injuries, including death, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. The agency is ordering a new black box warning be added to the safety label of lidocaine products to alert health care professionals, providers and caregivers of this risk. Topical pain relieves and medications that are rubbed on the gums to relieve pain are not necessary or even useful because they wash off the baby’s mouth within minutes, the agency warned. When too much viscous lidocaine is ... Read More

FDA approves Bayer Inserter for Skyla, Mirena IUDs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new inserter device by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals designed to aid in the insertion of the company’s own intrauterine devices, the Mirena IUD and Skyla IUD. Both the Mirena and Skyla IUDs are flexible, T-shaped devices that are inserted into the cervix where they release the hormone levonorgestrel. Skyla prevents pregnancy for up to thee years, while Mirena is considered effective for up to five years. Mirena is also indicated to treat heavy bleeding in women who choose to use an IUD as their method of contraception. Mirena is designed for women ... Read More

Chia seeds recalled after the health food was linked to salmonella poisonings

At least 21 people have been infected with salmonella bacteria after eating chia seed powder, prompting a product recall and a multistate health investigation. Chia seeds are a health food product commonly blended into smoothies or into snacks to enhance diets with added nutrients and curb appetite for weight loss. The seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico, and are the same seeds used to sprout grass-like “fur” on clay figurines called Chia Pets. These illnesses are the first to link the food borne illness salmonella to chia seed powder. The salmonella bacteria is most often found ... Read More