Product News and Recalls

Opioid Industry Spends More Than Gun Lobby to Influence Government

opioid industry lobby spends more than gun industryLove them or hate them; agree with their views or find them abhorrent, there is no denying the lobbying might of the firearm industry in America. Comparatively speaking, they are outnumbered in almost every way. Yet their record, as well as their treatment in the highest levels of government is almost one of deference. Taking on the gun lobby is seen as an act of bravery; the power of ...

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Numbers Emphasize Scope of Heater-Cooler Risks

600,000 surgeries may have occured with heater-cooler in roomThe warnings had been increasing in their severity since the first infections hit. When the FDA initially noted a link between heater-cooler systems and nontuberculous mycobacterium, or NTM, infections, the agency started with a generalized list of precautions to follow to reduce the risk of those infections. Eight months later, an additional Safety Communication was released. And then, four months after that, the FDA named a ...

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St. Jude Medical Inc Tells Doctors to Stop Implanting Its Devices

st. jude medical advises doctors to stop implanting monitorsShortly after warning patients that their implanted heart defibrillators were having battery problems and may not work when needed, St. Jude Medical Inc. (no relation to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital) has advised doctors to stop implanting their devices for a separate and unrelated reason.

Concerns over St. Jude defibrillators initially focused on the units’ batteries depleting faster than they should. This would result in a needed ...

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Texas Airbag Suit Settled Without Trial

takata airbag suit ends in settlementWhen 17-year old Huma Hanif accidentally rear-ended the car in front of her in Fort Bend County, Texas earlier this year, she should have been able to walk away from it. There should have been an exchange of records and information and she should have been able to carry on with her day, ever so slightly worse for the wear.

Instead, she’d become the 10th person in America believed to die because ...

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Could Your Defibrillator Get Hacked?

company alleges heart defibrillator vulnerable to hackingIt sounds like something out of a movie plot.

The computer genius sits in a dark room illuminated only by the glow of a computer monitor. His fingers fly across a keyboard, writing code for an unknown reason. He sits back once his program is complete and inspects his handiwork. It’s a work of art. As he clicks his mouse to upload the code into the ether, he sighs and smiles.

Moments ...

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At Least One Airbag Rupture Went Unreported by Takata

takata failed to report at least one airbag ruptureAs the Takata airbag scandal started picking up steam, at least one explosion event went unreported by the manufacturing giant. It occurred in Switzerland in 2003 and, according to Takata’s own records, was never reported to the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The claim may seem outrageous at first glance, but is just one part of a long string of deceptions perpetrated by a company ...

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