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Anti-abuse drug sickens hundreds of children each year

Medical safety specialists are concerned at the growing number of young children who are sickened or die from accidentally swallowing a relative’s prescription for a medication used to treat opioid drug addiction. For every 100,000 patients who are prescribed buprenorphine, 200 children are hospitalized – a rate more than four times higher than the second-most accidentally ingested medication, blood pressure mediation. The research is published in the current issue of the journal Pediatrics. Buprenorphine is a narcotic much like the drugs it is designed to help patients wean off, such as heroin or prescription painkillers. While it can produce typical ... Read More

Judge allows suit to move forward against cleanup companies for improper chemical dumping following West Virginia spill

Two West Virginia waste management companies charged with cleanup of a chemical spill that polluted the Elk River lost their bid to have an environmental lawsuit filed against them in a West Virginia federal court thrown out. The City of Hurricane, W.V., and the Putnam County Commission filed the lawsuit in May, alleging that Waste Management Inc. and Disposal Service Inc. improperly disposed to toxic chemicals it collected from the January 9 spill caused by a Freedom Industries coal-cleaning plant. The plaintiffs accuse the two companies of dumping propylene glycol phenyl ether, dipropylene glycol phenyl ether, and crude MCHM containing ... Read More

Chia seeds recalled after the health food was linked to salmonella poisonings

At least 21 people have been infected with salmonella bacteria after eating chia seed powder, prompting a product recall and a multistate health investigation. Chia seeds are a health food product commonly blended into smoothies or into snacks to enhance diets with added nutrients and curb appetite for weight loss. The seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico, and are the same seeds used to sprout grass-like “fur” on clay figurines called Chia Pets. These illnesses are the first to link the food borne illness salmonella to chia seed powder. The salmonella bacteria is most often found ... Read More

Bayer files motion to dismiss some of its Mirena IUD lawsuits

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals is hoping to ditch some of the 450 lawsuits it faces over inadequate warnings for possible complications with its Mirena intrauterine device on the grounds that the cases have exceeded the statute of limitations. The Mirena IUD is a flexible, T-shaped device that is inserted into the cervix to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel asked attorneys on both sides of the issue to select a dozen cases to serve as an initial disposition pool with a goal of going to trial. The lawsuits allege that the Mirena IUD can migrate from ... Read More

Study questions safety, effectiveness of anti-viral drug Tamiflu

Tamiflu, the medication given to treat and prevent the influenza virus, has little effect on complications of the flu, such as pneumonia, and is now known to cause psychiatric symptoms, kidney problems, diarrhea and vomiting, according to a new report published this week by the global not-for-profit organization Cochrane Collaboration. What is even more concerning is that countries including the United States and Europe purchased massive quantities of the drug to stockpile in the event of an epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends on its website that Tamiflu be used as a first-line defense against the ... Read More

Benicar lawsuits claim blood pressure drug caused intestinal problems, severe diarrhea

Several lawsuits have been filed over the blood pressure-lowering drug Benicar, representing what some legal experts say is just the “tip of the iceberg.” The lawsuits claim the drug caused patients to develop intestinal problems resulting in chronic diarrhea and dramatic weight loss. Benicar is manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo and marketed in the United States by Forest Laboratories. It contains the drug ingredient olmesartan medoxomil, which is also found in the blood pressure drugs Benicar HCT, Azor and Tribenzor, as well as generics. Olmesartan medoxomil is known as a angiotensin II receptor blocker, or ARB. It is either used alone ... Read More

Autopsy finds baby boy poisoned after accidentally eating laundry detergent pods

An autopsy of a 7-month-old Florida boy has confirmed that his death was the result of poisoning after ingesting a laundry detergent packet, the Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner’s office announced. The infant, Michael Williams, was coughing when paramedics arrived at the battered woman’s shelter where the boy was staying with his mother last August. Distraught, the mother claimed she had stepped away from the baby while he slept in bed. When she returned, he was eating laundry detergent packets provided by the shelter, which she had placed in a laundry basket in the bed next to the boy. Shelter staff helped remove ... Read More

West Virginia chemical spill continues to taint water supply, sicken residents

Private water sampling in homes affected by the Freedom Industries chemical spill in West Virginia found traces of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) in 40 percent of homes a month after more than 10,000 gallons of chemicals spilled into the Elk River upstream of a major municipal water treatment facility. Evan Hansen of Downstream Strategies, the environmental consulting firm that conducted the tests, told Think Progress that all of the homes sampled had flushed their plumbing as recommended by West Virginia American Water, which supplies water to residents of nine counties and Charleston, the state’s largest city. Some of the homes had flushed ... Read More

Federal Grand jury investigating Freedom Industries chemical spill in West Virginia

A federal grand jury has launched a criminal investigation into the West Virginia chemical spill that contaminated a river and water supply for the state’s largest city, leaving 300,000 people without water. According to CNN, subpoenas requiring testimony have been issued to those who may have knowledge of the Jan. 9 spill, which occurred at a Freedom Industries facility when an aging above-ground tank on the banks of the Elk River leaked 10,000 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) and about 300 gallons of polyglycol ethers (PPH), toxic chemicals the company used in its coal-washing processes. The chemicals also spilled past a secondary containment area ... Read More

Freedom Industries admits additional chemical was involved in West Virginia spill

The company responsible for a chemical leak that contaminated the tap water for hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia initially failed to disclose all of the chemicals involved the spill, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection said. The state agency gave Freedom Industries until 4 p.m. Wednesday to report all of the contents of an above-ground storage tank that leaked January 9, spilling thousands of gallons of  crude 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) into the Elk River, just one mile upriver from the water treatment plant that provides water to the state’s largest city, Charleston, and nine counties. However, on ... Read More