Product News and Recalls

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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Drug used for prevention of epileptic seizures can cause cardiac failure

October 30, 2008 – Propofol is an intravenous drug manufactured by AstraZeneca under the brand name Diprivan. It was originally designed for use as a general anesthetic during surgery or other procedures like intubation or ventilation. However, for years it has also been prescribed to prevent epileptic seizures in people who suffer from refractory status epilepticus (RSE). A recently completed study by the Mayo Clinic indicated that long-term use of the drug can cause propofol infusion syndrome, ...

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Chantix, designed to help quit smoking, found to cause mental problems, including thoughts of suicide.

October 10, 2008 – The drug Chantix is a medication used to help people stop smoking, but side effects have included anxiety, depression, hallucinations, loss of consciousness, and thoughts of or attempts at suicide. Between late 2006 and late 2007, there were 988 Chantix-related adverse events reported in the United States, more than any other drug during that period of time. Many of these adverse events involved diabetes, seizures, and heart problems. The Federal Aviation Administration has banned pilots ...

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