Product News and Recalls

IKEA Announces Repairs Required for “MALM” Dressers after 5 Deaths

ikea advises securing MALM chests to walls after child deathsAccording to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), IKEA North America is providing free repair kits to consumers who bought certain chests and drawers. The affected furniture is prone to tipping over if not anchored to a wall, and has already resulted in the deaths of two children.

Specifically, wall-anchoring kits are being offered to customers who bought MALM three- and four-drawer chests, two types ...

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Patients Discovering that Testosterone Therapy Only Solves Half the Problem

Watch any testosterone therapy commercial and you are left with the impression that the men taking the supplements have the most satisfying lives imaginable. Salt and peppered hair, perfectly shaped of course, sits atop the head of a man who has taken the world by storm. His convertible sports car takes him to work and to the country club. He plays tennis and golf. And, he comes home to a beautiful lover every night.

As he walks into his oversized house ...

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Bard Failed to Submit IVC Filter Reports

bard failed to submit IVC filter reportsIn a July 13 letter, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called out IVC filter maker C. R. Bard on medical device reporting violations. Inspection of the Bard Peripheral Vascular facility in Tempe, Arizona, in late 2014 revealed that Bard failed or refused to submit reports regarding the safety of its IVC Denali Filter Delivery System.

Bard is already in hot water for its allegedly defective inferior vena ...

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FDA Cracks Down on Unapproved Bard IVC Filter Recovery Devices

fda targets bard in quality system violation investigationIn addition to warning IVC filter maker C. R. Bard about medical device reporting and quality system violations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also cracked down on two Bard IVC filter recovery devices that have not been cleared for market. In its July 13 letter, the FDA held Bard accountable for adulteration/misbranding violations at its Tempe, Arizona, facility. The charges concern Bard’s Recovery Cone Removal ...

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Patients Implanted with “Fake” Medical Hardware

patients implanted with fake spinal hardwareNot too long ago we brought you the story of OtisMed and their now-imprisoned ex-CEO Charlie Chi. OtisMed lied about the approval and FDA classification of their OtisKnee knee implant system; claiming it to be a device requiring no FDA approval when, in fact, it required some of the highest degrees of FDA approval.

Selling unapproved and misrepresented medical hardware is an egregious offense and may be one of the worst ...

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Exxon Denied Climate Change Despite Early Knowledge, E-Mail Says

whistleblower claims exxon hid climate change evidenceA newly publicized e-mail from a former Exxon scientist reveals that the world’s biggest oil company knew about climate change as early as 1981, yet continued to promote anti–climate change research until 2009. According to the Guardian, Exxon not only was informed of the risks of carbon emissions, but lent the science enough credence as to factor it into its decision on whether to drill the Natuna field, ...

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