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FDA recalls supplements containing illegal prescription drugs

Shoreside Enterprises Inc., is recalling two dietary supplements promoted for male sexual enhancement after an analysis conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed the products contained undeclared pharmaceutical drugs. The affected supplements – 7K and Poseidon 4500/Extreme 1000 mg  – contain sildenafil and/or tadalafil, the active ingredients in the prescription erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra and Cialis, respectively. Not only does the presence of these drugs in the dietary supplements render them unapproved drugs for which the safety and efficacy cannot be established, they also pose health risks to some people. Sildenafil and tadalfil may interact with nitrates found ... Read More

Lawmaker Questions FDA’s Handling of Egg Recall

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella poisoning linked to eggs and the weak response of federal regulators has Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) concerned and full of questions. On May 21, Rep. DeLauro sent a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Administrator Scott Gottlieb seeking more information about what steps the agency has taken in response to the Salmonella outbreak, which has sickened at least 35 people in 11 states. Eleven of the sickened people have been hospitalized with more severe infections. The problem first came to light on April 13, when the FDA announced a recall of more than ... Read More

Insys sued for bribing doctors to prescribe powerful opioid Subsys

Drug company Insys Therapeutics bribed doctors to prescribe its powerful fentanyl spray Subsys for conditions in which it was not approved, allegedly costing the federal government millions of dollars, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and six states. The whistleblower litigation involves allegations that Insys used deceptive practices to market its cancer pain treatment, including funneling money to doctors and nurse practitioners through fake speaking events in exchange for them writing prescriptions; finding jobs for family and friends of those who prescribed the drug; and funding strip club visits. Numerous Insys sales representatives have ... Read More

Six states sue OxyContin maker for exacerbating opioid epidemic

Six states have filed new lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, accusing the company of using deceptive marketing to increase sales, causing overdose deaths and economic damages while fanning the flames of the nation’s opioid epidemic. The lawsuits were filed by the attorneys general of Texas, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Tennessee, and accuse Purdue – makers of the powerful opioid OxyContin – of overstating the benefits of the drug while downplaying the risks, including its high addiction potential. The states seek significant penalties and measures to stop future harm to citizens and communities. “My office is holding Purdue Pharma ... Read More

Dräger Medical recalls anesthesia machines

Dräger Medical is recalling its Fabius Anesthesia machines because they may have excessive oil that was not removed during production of the machines. This oil may interfere with the position detector of the ventilation motor during operation and cause the ventilation to fail, which can lead to serious patient injury or death. The recall affects several lots of Fabius Anesthesia machines including Fabius GS Premium, Fabius Tiro, Fabius Tiro M, and Fabius MRI. A total of 62 machines are being recalled from the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, ... Read More

Salmonella Infections Linked to Eggs Continue To Rise

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella infection tied to eggs continues to grow, triggering an expansion of a recall on eggs originating from Rose Acre Farms. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contaminated eggs from Rose Acre, which were packaged and sold under a variety of brand names, have sickened at least 35 people, resulting in 11 hospitalizations. The recalled eggs were distributed to stores and restaurants in nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the original recall ... Read More

Worker Safety Group Names 12 Most Unsafe Employers

A national worker safety watchdog group has announced its annual list naming the companies it says put workers and communities in danger with their unsafe workplace practices. The list, compiled by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) in observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, names 12 employers that the group calls “The Dirty Dozen” for exposing their workers to injury, illness, and death. “It’s heartbreaking to see workers lose their lives when we know these tragedies could have been prevented,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSH. “Time and again, employers are warned about unsafe conditions. ... Read More

Dozens of Rare Ocular Melanoma Cases Have Auburn University Link

Statistically, cities the size of Auburn, Alabama; and Huntersville, North Carolina, shouldn’t have any cases of ocular melanoma among their population, yet more than 50 people in just those two cities have been diagnosed with the rare form of eye cancer, baffling physicians. Auburn University graduate Juleigh Green told CBS News that she was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2001 when she was 27 years old. Then two of her college friends, Allyson Allred and Ashley McCrary, received the same diagnosis. Another Auburn grad, Lori Lee, didn’t know the others in her college days, but she, too, was diagnosed with ... Read More

Widow Alleges Amtrak Caused Husband’s Cancer Death

The widow of a deceased Amtrak machinist and conductor is suing the railroad, alleging her late spouse died from bladder cancer as a result of years of toxic exposures on the job. Bernice Fulwood of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, filed the wrongful death lawsuit in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas May 3 against National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). The lawsuit alleges the railroad violated the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) by routinely exposing her husband, Marel Fulwood, to substances known to be hazardous to human health, PennRecord reports. According to the lawsuit, Mr. Fulwood worked for Amtrak from 1972 ... Read More

206.7 Million Eggs Recalled for Salmonella Risk

A multistate outbreak of salmonella poisoning has prompted the largest egg recall in nearly a decade. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday said the recall of 206,749,248 eggs (more than 17 million dozen) follows 22 reports of illness linked to consumption of salmonella-contaminated eggs. Food Safety News says the egg recall is the largest of its kind since 2010. The affected eggs were distributed to stores and restaurants in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. They were sold under several brand names to grocery chains and distributed in ... Read More