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F.D.A. Weighs Penalties in Drug Recall

The Johnson & Johnson unit that recalled millions of bottles of liquid children's Tylenol and other pediatric medicines last month may face criminal penalties, product seizures or other sanctions, an official from the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The agency is considering further actions against McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the Johnson & Johnson unit, after a pattern of violations in manufacturing and quality control practices led to a number of recent recalls, Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, the F.D.A.'s principal deputy commissioner, said at a Congressional hearing on Thursday. ... Read More

Questions for Makers on Defects in Drugs

For consumers who turned to drugstore house brands after the recall last month of liquid children's Tylenol and other medicines made by a unit of Johnson & Johnson, there is yet more unsettling news. The recall included more than 40 varieties of liquid pediatric Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec that may have contained metal particles, too much of the active drug ingredient or inactive ingredients that did not meet testing requirements. At the time, the Food and Drug Administration recommended that consumers look for generic alternatives to these brand-name over-the-counter drugs. ... Read More

Big Lots stores announces recall on bunk beds

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in conjunction with Big Lots Stores, Inc., has announced a recall on about 20,000 units of wooden bunk beds sold in Big Lots stores nationwide from May 2008 through February 2009. The beds are being recalled because the mattress support slats and side support railings can break, posing a risk of the bunk bed collapsing. ... Read More

Wal-Mart announces recall expansion on DVD players

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced an expanded recall of Durabrand DVD players, sold at Wal-Mart. This is an expansion of an earlier recall issued Aug. 20. While the expanded recall still involves a single DVD player with remote control, the expanded warning covers all three colors in which this product is available, silver, pink and purple. The product can overheat, causing a fire hazard. ... Read More

CPSC Alert – Stadium light poles should be immediately inspected

The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is alerting the public, school officials, facilities managers, and municipal and public safety officials that outdoor steel stadium light poles manufactured by Whitco Co. LP, of Fort Worth, Texas can fracture or crack and fall over, posing a risk of serious injury and death to patrons and bystanders from being hit or crushed. To reduce the risk of injury, Whitco Co. LP outdoor steel stadium light poles should be inspected immediately. ... Read More