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Kratom linked to reports of Salmonella infections

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing its crackdown on the herbal supplement kratom announcing this week that it, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other state and local officials are investigating a multi-state breakout of Salmonella infections linked to products reportedly containing kratom. Because of this health risk, the FDA is advising consumers to avoid kratom and kratom-containing products. Salmonella infections cause symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people recover without treatment, but the diarrhea may be so severe for some people that they need to be hospitalized. In some ... Read More

Several companies named in Taxotere side effects lawsuit

Several companies who had a hand in the chemotherapy drug Taxotere were hit by a lawsuit filed by several people for alleged breach of implied warranty, design defect and product liability. They allege the breast cancer treatment caused them to permanently lose their hair. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, names Sanofi U.S. Services Inc.; Winthrop U.S.; Hospira Worldwide LLC; McKesson Packaging; Sandoz Inc.; Accord Healthcare Ltd.; and Does Inc. The lawsuit was filed by Linda and Robert Rice, Antoinette and Vernon R. Clark, Sonia and Earnest Collins, Bianca and John Conklin, Lynell and Michael Daggs, Madeleine Dwolakowski, ... Read More

Shell Chemical To Reduce Benzene, Other Pollutants at Louisiana Facility

Toxic benzene and other harmful emissions will be drastically reduced in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, thanks to a $10 million settlement between Shell Chemical LP and federal and state authorities who accused the chemical corporation of illegally discharging tons of air pollutants. The settlement comes in the form of a consent decree requiring Shell Chemical to invest $10 million in the installation and operation of air pollution control and monitoring technology at the company’s Norco, Louisiana chemical plant. The equipment is expected to reduce annual benzene emissions by about 18 tons per year and other environmentally harmful volatile organic compounds ... Read More

Pennsylvania woman files Taxotere side effects lawsuit

Kathleen Stajduhar knew in 2010 that the chemotherapy she was receiving to treat breast cancer might cause “temporary” hair loss. What she didn’t expect was for her hair never to grow back. Following treatment with the drug Taxotere, Stajduhar was diagnosed with alopecia, or complete and permanent hair loss. Attempts to remedy the condition proved expensive and unsuccessful. In July 2016 – six years after going bald – Stajduhar saw a television commercial notifying her that Taxotere had been linked to cases of permanent hair loss, that the company failed to warn consumers of this risk, and that patients who ... Read More

Second Cook IVC filter bellwether trial scheduled

The second IVC filter bellwether trial against Cook Medical is scheduled to start late April 2018, one of thousands of cases pending in a multi district litigation in the Southern District of Indiana. IVC filters are tiny, cage-like devices that are implanted in the inferior vena cava (IVC), a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood to the heart. They are intended as a short-term treatment to capture blood clots before they reach the heart. IVC filters have been linked to serious and sometimes fatal complications. The metal legs of the filter can perforate the vena cava and even break off ... Read More

Several people file lawsuit alleging Taxotere hair loss

Several people have filed lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies for their hand in the manufacturing of a breast cancer drug that they allege caused them to permanently lose their hair. The lawsuit accueses Sanofi U.S. Services Inc.; Winthrop U.S.; Hospira Worldwide LLC, McKesson Packaging; Sandoz Inc.; Accord Healthcare; and Does Inc., of alleged breach of implied warranty, design defect and product liability. Those suing the companies are Linda Rice, Robert Rice, Antoinette Clark, Vernon R. Clark, Sonia Collins, Earnest Collins, Bianca Conklin, John Conklin, Lynell Daggs, Michael Daggs, Madeleine Dwolakowski, Victor H. Musmanno, Karen Gilyard, David A. Gilyard, Nicole C. Gorman, ... Read More

T. Marzetti Recalls Frozen Biscuits Over Listeria Concerns

T. Marzetti Company, the manufacturer of biscuits and other baked goods sold under various brand names, said on Tuesday that it is recalling a number of products because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. So far no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products, which are not ready to eat and require cooking, which reduces the risk of causing illness. Still, if the baking instructions are not properly followed or the product is mishandled, the risk of contracting listeriosis remains. Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in young children, elderly people, and others with ... Read More

Chemotherapy maker faces lawsuits over permanent hair loss claims

Hair loss can be expected with many chemotherapies, with regrowth returning after treatment has stopped. But, many women who received the chemotherapy drug Taxotere for at least six months say they have been unable to grow new hair, a condition called alopecia. Taxotere is used to treat a variety of cancers including cancer of the breast, prostate, lung, head and neck, and stomach. It contains the active ingredient Docetaxel and is a member of a family of drugs called taxanes. Taxotere works by slowing cell growth. The medication promises to shorten the length of treatment when combined with other therapies. ... Read More

Taxotere linked to fatal intestinal inflammation

The chemotherapy drug Taxotere has been linked to five fatal cases of neutropenic enterocolitis, an inflammation of the mucosa of the small intestines and colon, the French National Drug and Health Product Safety Agency (ANSM) reports. As a result, the Institut Curie in Paris has stopped using the drug in favor of paclitaxel. Neutropenic enterocolitis is also known as typhlitis, an inflammation that affects the cecum, a part of the large intestine near the appendix. It is associated with a low level of neutrophil granulocytes, the most common form of white blood cells. Taxotere targets and kills these types of ... Read More

Honda Confirms 20th Takata Airbag Death

Honda has confirmed that a Takata airbag in a 2004 Honda Civic exploded and killed a person in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, making it the 20th death worldwide linked to defective Takata airbag inflators. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials examined the Honda Civic on Tuesday, Dec. 19 and confirmed that the drivers-side Takata airbag blew apart and caused the person’s death. Neither Honda nor NHTSA released much specific information about the latest deadly Takata airbag explosion. The details they did provide are that the crash occurred on July 10, 2017 and that the airbag at fault had been salvaged ... Read More