Product News and Recalls

The nationwide outbreak of salmonella linked to peanuts and peanut projects could have been prevented.

JANUARY 29, 2009 – According to the Food and Drug Administration, the Peanut Corporation of America found salmonella in its plant in Blakely, Georgia, but shipped the tainted product anyway. The Peanut Corporation of America found strains of salmonella during twelve tests it conducted in 2007 and 2008 at its Blakely, Georgia, plant. In January of 2009, FDA inspectors visited the plant and found still more salmonella contamination. Federal inspectors reported having found roaches, mold, a leaking roof, and ...

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Eli Lilly and Co pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud claims based on off-label promotion of Zyprexa.

JANUARY 15, 2009 – Eli Lilly and Co, under criminal and civil investigation concerning the drug Zyprexa, has pleaded guilty to violation of federal law and settled Medicaid fraud claims based on off-label promotion of Zyprexa. The drug was approved for the treatment of schizophrenia but was promoted by Eli Lilly for unapproved uses, including dementia—especially in the elderly. Due to the drug’s propensity to cause diabetes, this led to many patients unnecessarily taking Zyprexa and suffering serious ...

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Drywall made in China found to emit harmful chemicals

January 13, 2009 – Knauf Plasterboard is a German-based company and an international supplier of building materials. Recently, drywall made by Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. Ltd. of China has been reported to emit a foul-smelling sulfur compound that blackens and corrodes metals such as chrome, brass and silver. This can affect everything from appliances to silverware to plumbing; more importantly, it can cause a health hazard. Although the problem originated in Florida, complaints have begun appearing in ...

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Litigation over contact lens solution

January 6, 2009 – Attorney Jason Ochs was interviewed by the Lawyers USA publication concerning the ongoing litigation over Complete MoisturePlus contact lens solution manufactured by American Medical Optics, Inc.  More than 150 persons have filed lawsuits based on infections caused by the contact lens solution, and many have suffered partial or complete loss of vision, as well as the need for corneal transplants.  The complete article can be found here.

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Mentor ObTape Vaginal Sling causes pain and scarring

December 8, 2008 – The Mentor ObTape Vaginal Sling is a medical device used to treat female stress urinary incontinence. The device replaces eroded or weakened muscles in the urethra to support the bladder and reinforces the muscles that control the flow of urine from the body. Many women have had adverse reactions to this device, including impaired healing, vaginal extrusion, and urinary tract erosion. Women who have undergone implanting and removal of the device have suffered ...

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Medication for gout causes death and illness.

November 24, 2008 – Earlier this year, the FDA issued a warning to companies selling a drug called colchicine in injectsble form. Colchicine is an anti-inflammatory commonly used to treat gout and prevent gout attacks. It is approved by the FDA in its oral tablet form. However, some manufacturers have created an injectable version for the treatment of acute cases of gout. Injectable, intravenous colchicine is highly toxic and there is a very narrow margin between a safe ...

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