Product News and Recalls

Winter Driving Brings Unique Challenges

winter driving can challenge drivers of all skill levelsIn most cases, a vehicle failure like engine trouble or a flat tire generally poses a minor inconvenience. It might make you late to your destination or cost money you weren’t planning on spending that month, but it’s not usually something that comes with long-term or life-threatening implications.

Winter, however, is the one season that can show us just how fragile we are. When a minor vehicle difficulty forces us ...

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What Exactly is a Hernia Mesh and Why Have Some Been Recalled?

what is a hernia mesh - hernia mesh recallLike so many other medical terms, hernia is a word that gets used frequently without the specifics of the term’s definition being widely known. This, in turn, makes it difficult to understand and explain one of the methods used to repair a hernia; the hernia mesh surgical implant, and some of the problems that have been associated with it.

To best understand the hernia mesh, we first need to ...

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Roundup Cancer Victim Pens Powerful Piece for Time Magazine

roundup cancer victim Dewayne Johnson writes piece for time magazineDewayne Anthony Lee Johnson, or Lee as he likes to go by, remembers the day of the accident like it happened yesterday. That was the day a sprayer broke that he was using to apply Roundup to the grounds of the California school grounds he maintained.

The Roundup – or the “juice” as Johnson called it – went everywhere; drenching both him and his clothes. It wasn’t long ...

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Valsartan Recall Extends to Sixth Drug

teva latest to recall valsartan drugs over contamination concernsThe recall of valsartan batches contaminated with a chemical classified as a probable human carcinogen has extended to a sixth drug. As a result, Teva Pharmaceuticals has recalled a variety of valsartan-based medications manufactured by Mylan India.

The recall includes amlodipine-valsartan and amlodipine-valsartan-hydrochlorothiazide combination tablets. Like the other valsartan medications pulled off of shelves in recent recalls, the contamination appears to come from a compound known ...

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For Docs, Losing License Doesn’t Mean Losing the Ability to Practice

doctors can still practice in states after losing their license to practice in others like Dr. Larry Mitchell IsaacsWhen most hear about bad doctors losing their licenses to practice, they rest assured in the knowledge that the doctor in question can no longer cause harm to patients. They take solace in the idea of a body of accrediting agencies working to keep the patient population safe and saying to this person “you are unworthy of practicing ...

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Valsartan Contamination and Cancer: What are the Risks?

valsartan recalled over contamination cancer concernsRecent news stories regarding certain heart medications also came with a startling warning: patients taking medications using the ingredient valsartan may have been unknowingly ingesting chemicals that could be carcinogenic. The issue stems from contamination of valsartan batches with chemicals that are generally used in a wide variety of industrial applications from making rocket fuel to processing fish.

The chemical at the center of the story, NDMA or N-nitrosodimethylamine, was discovered ...

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