Product News and Recalls

Good News: PA Sets All-time Low for Road Deaths

Pennsylvania sets record low for roadway deaths2019 marked the lowest number of road deaths in Pennsylvania since the commonwealth started collecting such data. It is also worth recalling that 2019 was pre-COVID, meaning that the record was set independent of the drop in travel on the nation’s roadways ushered in by the onset of the global novel coronavirus pandemic.

The year brought just 1,059 deaths on the state’s roadways. And, while a four-figure ...

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BASF Agrees to Talc Asbestos Settlement

BASF settles talc asbestos lawsuitWith close to 20,000 cases pending against it, Johnson & Johnson may be the first wrong-doer to come to mind when it comes to the risk of asbestos contamination of the nation’s talc-based products. It is, however, far from the only culprit.

One of the others, German chemical company BASF, recently agreed to pay $72.5 million in its own settlement while simultaneously avoiding the admission of any wrongdoing whatsoever ...

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Decades Later, Concern Over Breast Implant Safety Intensifies

breast cancer concerns rise for textured and smooth breast implantsAfter millions upon millions of procedures performed over the span of several decades, the safety of the implants used in breast augmentation and reconstructive surgeries have been thrust to the forefront of thought for both the medical community and the women who underwent the operations. For most women exploring the idea of implants in the late-20th to early-21st centuries, concerns over the procedure were limited to the ...

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Elmiron Gets New Language Added to Label

Elmiron patients warned over eye diseasePatients taking Elmiron to treat interstitial cystitis should be aware that the medication recently received updated language to its label reflecting an enhanced risk of and link to a form of eye disease. Known as pigmentary maculopathy, the condition causes the patient’s eyes to create additional excess blood capillaries or spots on the retina. This, in turn, leads to losses in vision in the central areas of ...

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Multibillion Dollar Talc Award Cut, but Verdict Stands

verdict stands in J&J appealIt was the sixth largest financial award in the history of the country’s legal system. And while it has been cut in half by a Missouri appeals court, its implications for ongoing talc litigation are significant.

When a St. Louis jury awarded 22 women over $4.5 billion after finding that asbestos present in Johnson & Johnson talc-based hygiene products like Shower to Shower was responsible for their development of ovarian cancer, the ...

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FDA Cautions on Dozens of Toxic Hand Sanitizers

toxic hand sanitizers draw fda attentionFor the vast majority of Americans that are heeding the advice and warnings of the scientific and medical communities, proper hand sanitization is just as much a part of trying to keep themselves and those around them safe as wearing a mask while out in public. As the novel coronavirus made its initial impacts on the country, hand sanitizer was one of the first commodities to become scarce. Small bottles of ...

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