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Family of grandmother sickened by tainted IV fluids files lawsuit

Grandma Since childhood you have given me So much strength within And this has been a precious gift That’s seen me through thick and thin. The poem and a few personal items are all Lunna Powell’s family has to remember her. The 94-year-old woman died recently after receiving a tainted dose of an intravenous nutritional supplement. The IV fluids, known as total parenteral nutrition, or TPN, are intended to help sustain the lives of the sickest patients. But Lunna’s IV bag was contaminated with a bacteria known as Serratia marcescens. The organism can cause infection in several sites of the body ... Read More

Proposed bill seeks to reduce risk of concussion and brain injury in young athletes

Last January, New Mexico Senator Tom Udall asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a football helmet manufacturer for making “misleading marketing claims” overstating the safety its helmets provided. This month, Senator Udall and New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell introduced legislation that would ensure new and reconditioned football helmets for high school and younger players meet safety standards governing concussion risk in youth sports. The Children’s Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act, which the Senators submitted to mark Brain Injury Awareness Day on March 18, also introduces tougher penalties to manufacturers that make false or misleading injury prevention claims about their ... Read More

Consent decree filed against McNeil for substandard OTC drugs

A consent decree of permanent injunction has been filed against McNeil-PPC and two of its officers for failing to comply with current good manufacturing practice requirements established by federal law. McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, will not be allowed to manufacture or distribute drugs from its Fort Washington, Penn., facility until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deems its operations comply with the law. Millions of over-the-counter medicines made at the facility have been recalled over the past year because of problems that were traced back to substandard quality control measures at the plant. McNeil’s Consumer Healthcare Division ... Read More

Lawmakers use budget cuts in attempt to kill new consumer safety database

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s first public database of consumer product safety complaints, scheduled to launch this month, could be killed by federal budget cuts before it gets off the ground. Part of the www.SaferProducts.gov website, the new database is to offer American consumers an easier way to look up safety information on thousands of consumer products as well as facilitate filing reports and complaints about potentially dangerous products with the CPSC. But like so many other things intended to help consumers, the database has been criticized as anti-business by some legislators because, they assert, it would be filled ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson announces another recall

Another day, another Johnson & Johnson recall. This time, the pharmaceutical giant is recalling 70,000 syringes filled with the schizophrenia drug Invega because of cracks in the syringes. The issue was discovered during routine testing at a Belgium manufacturing plant. The problem was resolved and production has resumed. The company says there have been no adverse events, infections or leakages due to the cracked syringes. The recall only affects the 234-milligram-strength injections. This is just the latest in a string of recalls of Johnson & Johnson products over the past several months ranging from over-the-counter drugs to medical devices because ... Read More

CPSC tightens baby sleeping products regulations

Spurred in part by waves of potentially dangerous and defective products flooding the U.S. market from China, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has announced that it will take a deeper look at crib bumpers – the padding that lines the interior of a crib – to determine whether better regulation is needed to prevent future infant deaths. The move is part of a broader effort by the CPSC to crack down on baby sleep products that parents and safety advocates have long criticized for posing the risk of injury and death. Research conducted by Dr. Bradley Thach, professor of ... Read More

Regulating China: CPSC’s first overseas office to halt dangerous U.S.-bound products

If anything good has come out of all the toxic Chinese drywall that severely damaged thousands of U.S. homes and rendered them unlivable, it’s that this extensive, costly, ill-timed disaster has underscored the need for better U.S. regulation and oversight at the source. Hoping to ebb the flow of defective and dangerous consumer products to the United States, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is on its way to opening its first overseas office in China. Last year alone, the CPSC announced recalls of 220 Chinese-made products ranging from toys containing dangerous levels of lead paint or small parts that ... Read More

U.S. signs consumer product safety agreements with Australia and Hong Kong

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced this week the signing of “memorandums of understanding” (MOUs) between the U.S. agency and equivalent agencies in Australia and Hong Kong. The broad purpose of the agreements is to improve product safety between the U.S. and its trading partners. In an increasingly global economy, one of the biggest challenges the CPSC faces is ensuring that products made in other countries meet American standards for product safety. As we have seen so often in the past, cheaply made products like toys and jewelry made in countries such as China often contain unsafe levels of lead, ... Read More

FDA limits acetaminophen levels, adds warning to prescription drugs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking the manufacturers of prescription drugs that contain acetaminophen to limit the amount of acetaminophen to no more than 325 milligrams (mg) in each tablet or capsule, and to update their safety labels to include a black box warning for the risk of severe liver injury. Boxed warnings are the FDA’s strongest warning for prescription drugs and include situations where there is a significant risk for serious or even life-threatening reactions. Acetaminophen is found in both over-the-counter and prescription medicines and is used to relieve pain and fever. Over-the-counter products that contain acetaminophen ... Read More

FTC investigates football helmet company for false safety and marketing claims

Football helmet manufacturers have been making fraudulent claims about the ability of their products to keep players safe on the field, New Mexico Senator Tom Udall asserted in a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month. Udall’s letter took aim at Riddell and Schutt Sports for their “misleading marketing claims,” and requested the FTC investigate the company’s claims. Riddell supplies the official helmet for the National Football League, but is also a leading helmet manufacturer of football helmets for high school players and younger. The company’s helmets are in use by athletes of all ages and ability ... Read More