Product News and Recalls

FDA Cautions Against Excessive Anesthesia for Young Children

fda warns on anesthetics in childrenThe FDA is now requiring 11 anesthetic and sedation drugs to carry additional warnings on their labels because their extended use in young children might lead to brain damage. The warnings will apply to children aged three years and younger, as well as pregnant women in their third trimester.

Concern has slowly grown over using anesthetics during critical periods of brain development. Repeated use, as well as single sessions lasting longer than ...

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FDA Warns on Hyland’s Homeopathic Teething Products

fda urges caution on hyland's teething gelsThe inconsistencies in belladonna levels found in homeopathic teething products continue to put babies at risk.

Late last year, the FDA began investigating inconsistent levels of belladonna – also known as nightshade – in homeopathic remedies for infant teething pain. As a homeopathic remedy, these so called ‘natural’ products are not subject to FDA verification or regulation. They are not tested for safety before being unleashed on an unwitting public and ...

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For Some Risperdal Users, Side Effect Reminder is as Close as Nearest Mirror

gynocomastia lawsuits continue over risperdalFormer users of Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ antipsychotic drug Risperdal continue to feel the impact of a long-undisclosed potential side effect of the medication. The drug is intended to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, however, since its release, multiple misrepresentations about Risperdal have been made to patients and their doctors. In perhaps the most glaring example, some males who have used the drug have developed a disorder called gynecomastia. The condition causes them to ...

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Data Appears to Negate Key GOP Healthcare Argument

data proves GOP anti-healthcare argument wrongIt’s no secret that health care, and access to that health care, is a key focal point in the current American political landscape. And while each side works overtime to put the spotlight on the data that best illustrates its respective points, one side seems to continue clinging to an argument that data suggests simply is not true.

Tapping into a common theme, Republicans have repeatedly villainized medical malpractice laws, lawyers, and ...

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Pressure Stays on Takata as New Deadlines Set

new deadlines set in takata recallAny hope that disgraced airbag manufacturer Takata might have had of an easing of pressure by lawmakers and regulators to see its airbag recall through evaporated recently when deadlines to complete the monumental task were actually moved up.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an order last month that sets new, accelerated deadlines for when replacement airbag systems must be available to auto manufacturers. It also increased the responsibility of ...

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E-Cigarettes Could Pose Unexpected Dangers

faulty e-cigarettes are exploding and injuring usersWhile the dangers of smoking have been apparent and well-documented for quite some time, the risks associated with cigarettes’ new electronic cousins are just now becoming more widely known. And, unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes don’t even need to be smoked in order to cause harm.

A growing number of e-cigarettes are malfunctioning and raising concerns about the safety of the devices. The Food and Drug Administration has recorded 66 ...

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