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Tots in Mind crib tents pulled from market after death, serious brain injury reports

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and five retailers have announced a voluntary recall to provide refunds to consumers who own crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc. CPSC is warning parents and caregivers who own these products that infants and toddlers are at risk of serious injury or death due to strangulation and entrapment hazards posed by these products. The CPSC is aware of one death and one catastrophic brain injury linked to these products. ... Read More

Study: Cardiac defibrillators not widely used, and often fail

Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, used to shock the heart of someone in cardiac arrest, can be found in many public places. They are designed to be readily available in order to save lives. But a new study presented this month at the annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine in Chicago shows that if the devices are to serve the purpose for which they were made, people must use them – and fast. Unfortunately, they are rarely used. And when they are put to use, they often fail. When a person experiences cardiac arrest, a shock from an ... Read More

Button battery injuries rising among kids, new study finds

Household batteries, especially the little button batteries that are powering more and more toys, remote controls, and other common devices, are sending nearly twice as many children to the Emergency Room than they did 20 years ago, according to a new study. The small coin and pill-shaped batteries present multiple serious risks to the children who swallow them, but the most dangerous scenario is when the battery becomes trapped in the esophagus and creates an electrical current through the tissue. Even batteries that are too spent to power their intended devices are a serious health risk to children, medical experts ... Read More

Blood pressure drug labels now warn of fetal toxicity

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced changes to the safety labels of some medications used to treat high blood pressure to include a black box warning that using the drugs while pregnant may cause serious injury or death to the developing fetus. A boxed warning is the strongest warning that the FDA requires, and signifies that medical studies indicate the drug carries a significant risk of serious or even life-threatening adverse effects. Hypertension drugs whose labels will carry the new warnings include Atacand HCT (candesartan cilextetil/hydrochlorothiazide) tablets, Benicar (olmesatan medoxomil) tablets, Twynsta (telmisartan/amlodipine) tablets, Zestoretic (lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide) tablets, and ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson sold unapproved transvaginal mesh for years, report claims

Johnson & Johnson sold its Gynecare Prolift vaginal mesh for three years without obtaining approval for the product, according to a March 21 report by Bloomberg. The Prolift mesh, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) eventually approved for use in 2008, is now the source of about 550 personal injury lawsuits in the U.S., filed by women who allege the product malfunctioned and harmed them. To gain FDA approval, manufacturers of medical devices such as surgical mesh and bladder slings must demonstrate that the products either have passed required clinical tests for safety and efficacy or are sufficiently ... Read More

Defibrillator recall reinforces need for tougher quality standards

A nationwide recall is underway for a type of automated external defibrillator (AED) manufactured by Cardiac Science. The device, designed to resuscitate patients who are in cardiac arrest, has a defect that may cause it not to deliver adequate defibrillator therapy, which could lead to serious injury or death. This recall is listed as a Class 1, which is the most serious type of recall and involves situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products may cause serious adverse health consequences or death. AEDs by various manufacturers have been plagued by defects over the years, ... Read More

Bayer settles a small fraction of Yaz, Yasmin lawsuits

Bayer has agreed to settle about 70 of the approximately 11,300 lawsuits against the drug giant involving its blockbuster birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin, according to the company’s 2011 annual report. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but Bayer reportedly said the conditions were reasonable. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of plaintiffs who allege that using the oral contraceptives, as well as their generic equivalents Ocella and Gianvi, caused them or a loved one serious injury or death. The birth control pills contain the hormone drospirenone which recent studies have found put women at greater risk ... Read More

FDA rejects Merck’s new combo cholesterol drug

Merck & Co. will have to provide more data on its experimental cholesterol-lowering drug cocktail before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will allow it to be sold in the United States. The drug, known only as MK-0653C, is designed to fight high cholesterol in two different ways to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Merck’s new drug contains a generic version of the statin Lipitor, the top selling drug of all time. Known chemically as atorvastatin, Lipitor works to reduce the amount of cholesterol naturally produced in the liver. MK-0653C also contains Zetia, known as simvastatin, a ... Read More

Mine superintendent charged in deadly West Virginia blast

The superintendent in charge of Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia at the time it exploded, killing 29 workers, was charged Wednesday with conspiracy for his central role in deceiving federal regulators who were trying to carry out safety inspections and impeding their efforts to enforce requirements that could have prevented the disaster. Gary May, 43, of Bloomingrose, West Virginia, is now the highest-ranking Massey Energy employee to be charged in the deadly explosion, which occurred on April 5, 2010 after mining equipment created a spark that ignited an accumulation of coal dust and methane gas. ... Read More