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Contaminated lot of Zicam nasal spray recalled

One lot of Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief nasal gel, an over-the-counter medicine used to treat nasal congestion and sinus pressure, is being recalled because an organism was found in a single sample during a routine review at the manufacturing plant where the medicine is produced. The contaminant, known as Burkholderia cepacia, poses no risk to healthy individuals but in a nasal spray could cause upper airway colonization and secondarily lead to respiratory infections in people with a compromised immune system or people with chronic lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis. Burkholderia cepia is also resistant to many antibiotics and may ... Read More

Common antibiotics could cause serious eye emergency

Commonly prescribed antibiotics used to everything from respiratory illnesses to urinary tract infections have been linked to a higher risk of retinal detachment, a medical emergency that without rapid treatment could cause vision loss and blindness. Compared to people without retinal detachment, patients who were treated by ophthalmologists for retinal detachment were five times more likely to be taking a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones, which include ciprofloxacin, marketed under the names Zoxan, Proquin and Cipro, and levofloxacin, marketed as Levaquin and Cravit. The Canadian study was based on a hunch by lead author Mahyar Etminan, with Child and ... Read More

Non-sterile eye, nose sprays promoted as cough, cold relief recalled

Eye and nasal sprays made by Dallas, Texas-based Wholistic Herbs Inc., are being recalled because the solutions may not be sterile and could lead to infections. The recall includes all quantities of Wholistic Herbs “Koff & Kold” spray with herbal extract and “Kold Sore” spray with liquid sea mineral in 1 fl. oz. sprays distributed from March 2009 through February 2012. “Koff & Kold” is intended to be sprayed into the nose and throat for treatment of colds, flu, cough, stuffy nose, and sinus infection. “Kold Sore” spray is intended to be sprayed into the eyes for the treatment of ... Read More