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Class of antipsychotics now includes warning about use during pregnancy

A class of antipsychotic medications has a newly updated safety label that includes a warning for pregnant women and women of childbearing age to avoid use of the drugs because of a risk of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) and withdrawal symptoms in newborn babies, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monthly safety labeling updates report. Extrapyramidal symptoms include a variety of movement disorders such as those that cause the inability to initiate movement and the inability to remain motionless. The new warning labels stress that the products should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the ... Read More

Recalls of medicines, devices continue to tarnish J & J’s image

The hits keep coming for Johnson & Johnson. The pharmaceutical giant announced Friday that it was recalling even more of its popular over-the-counter drugs from wholesalers because of lax manufacturing practices. This latest recall involves 43 million packages of Tylenol, Benadryl, Sudafed and Sinutab, and another four million packages of Rolaids Multi-Symptom Berry tablets, all of which were manufactured at J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare plant. That is the same facility that has been plagued with quality-control problems and the primary reason why, since last year, more than 330 million OTC medicine bottles, blister packs, vials, boxes and other objects manufactured ... Read More

Consumer safety complaints to go public in March

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission is on schedule to go public with a new online database of consumer complaints in March, facilitating consumer access to the thousands of safety complaints and concerns it receives every year. The http://www.saferproducts.gov/ database will encompass the 15,000 types of consumer products regulated by the CPSC and will not include products such as automobiles, tires, food, cosmetics, tobacco, prescription drugs, and medical devices regulated by other federal agencies. Consumers who have purchased defective and potentially dangerous products can file a complaint with the CPSC. Under the current system, these complaints are shielded from public ... Read More

Mitsubishi may pay couple $11 million for defective seatbelt death

A Florida appeals court reversed its own decision last month when it cleared the way for a Maine couple to collect $11 million from Mitsubishi Motors for the death of their son in 2004 as the result of a defective seatbelt. In 2008, a West Palm Beach County jury found Mitsubishi responsible for 25-year-old Scott Laliberte’s death because the safety belt failed when the 2000 Montero Sport SUV he was riding in flipped. However, the Fourth District Court of Appeal threw out that verdict on a technicality, saying the Circuit judge had abused her discretion by denying Mitsubishi the opportunity ... Read More

FDA warns of dangerous dietary supplement, weight loss pills

Those who have weight loss on their New Year’s resolutions list should be wary of dietary supplements sold over-the-counter at retail stores and online that claim they can help. These supplements may contain ingredients that can be dangerous and even deadly. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued multiple warnings this year about dietary supplements that were found to contain the undeclared controlled substance sibutramine. Sold under the brand name Meridia, sibutramine was pulled from the market in October 2010 because of serious health risks. Sibutramine is a centrally acting serotinin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor structurally related to amphetamines. It is known ... Read More

Concerns about safety of products from recalled Rolaids producer

A company that makes more than four billion over-the-counter chewable medicines and candies, including antacids and calcium supplements, has been revealed to be the third-party producer of the Rolaids soft chews that were recalled earlier this month because the products may have been contaminated with metal and wood particles during production. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, has been rife with errors resulting in millions of recalls of over-the-counter medicines including adult and children’s versions of Tylenol, Motrin and Benadry. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in a letter to the Food and Drug ... Read More

Customers, safety experts say Ford downplayed Windstar van recall

The family of a young man killed October 15, 2010, when the rear axle of his 2001 Ford Windstar minivan broke in half, causing the vehicle to crash into a wall, is accusing the auto maker of downplaying the urgency of a recall on the van. The family says they did not receive any notice of the recall, which says the rear axle should be checked due to danger of corrosion and breakage, until one week after the accident, too late for Sean Bowman, the victim. Ford announced a recall of 1998-2003 model year Ford Windstar minivans in August, saying ... Read More

Parents warned about dangerous toys this holiday season

With the 2010 holiday gift buying season in full swing, consumer groups are reminding parents to select gifts for their young children carefully as hazardous and potentially deadly toys continue to show up on the store shelves, posing risks of choking and strangulation, and toxic chemical and metal poisoning. According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), more than 83,000 industrial chemicals are used regularly in manufacturing consumer goods, most of which little is known. Nearly half of these chemicals have never even been studied for their effects on human health. “As their minds and bodies grow and develop, children ... Read More

Historical food safety bill passes Senate

The U.S. Senate today passed a sweeping overhaul of the country’s food safety system, a move triggered by the steadily growing number of food-borne illness outbreaks occurring throughout the country. If signed into law, the Food Safety Modernization Act will strengthen the Food and Drug Administration’s powers to prevent contaminated foods from entering the nation’s food supply. Consumer advocates, safety experts, and a number of bipartisan legislators pushed for the overhaul, which will affect about 80 percent of the nation’s food supply, including fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, dairy products and processed foods that do not contain meat. Meat supplies ... Read More

Darvocet, Darvon pulled from market, causes abnormal heart beat

The painkillers Darvocet and Darvon and generic versions of propoxyphene are being pulled from the market because they can be toxic to the heart and cause serious health problems, according to a warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Propoxyphene is in a class of painkillers known as opioids, or narcotic pain relievers, and were approved for the treatment of mild to moderate pain. It is sold under various names as a single-ingredient product, such as Darvon, and as part of a combination product with acetaminophen, such as Darvocet. Data from a new study shows that even in ... Read More