Product News and Recalls

Johnson & Johnson Loses $2.2 Billion Talc Asbestos Appeal

johnson & johnson loses 2 billion dollar talc asbestos appealThe Missouri Supreme Court declined to overturn a June 23 state appeals court decision that itself had allowed a July 2018 multi-billion dollar verdict to stand against Johnson & Johnson. The company was found liable for 22 women’s development of ovarian cancer. The diagnoses were argued to be the result of the presence of asbestos fibers in talc powder; an allegation long-since denied ...

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Medtronic Heart Catheter Recalled After Injuries, Deaths

recall issued for Medtronic heart cathetersA recall has been issued for the Medtronic Rashkind balloon septostomy catheter. 142 of the devices are covered under the federal recall action and were distributed throughout the United States between May 2018 and August 2020.

According to the FDA, the recall was issued because “quality issues…may lead to the device breaking, separating or failing during use.” The agency goes on to say that “if this occurs, use ...

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Clinical Drug Trial Inspections Lacking Under Trump Administration

trump administration responsible for drastic drop in corrective action by FDAIn the first three years of the Trump administration, a grand total of 12 letters were sent by the FDA to drug makers warning them over violations found in their clinical drug trials. The agency’s warning letters are sent when the FDA notes violations of practice, procedure, or in some cases, law. In contrast, the first three years of the Obama presidency saw 99 such letters sent, ...

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Let’s Talk About Falls

Leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, autumn is definitely here. Fall, on the other hand, is something we want to avoid entirely.

Statistics and data on falls are stunning, especially when discussing senior populations. According to the CDC, death rates among older populations from falls rose 30% from 2007 to 2016. The agency extrapolated that data and has found that if current trends continue, we could see seven deaths from falls every hour by ...

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$10 Million Verdict Awarded to Passenger Injured in 2017 Train Derailment

$10 million verdict in 501 derailmentWhen Donnell Linton boarded Amtrak Cascades 501, all he could think about was getting himself and his son to Oregon to go see his new grandchild. Instead, both he and his son would wind up ejected from the train during a derailment that killed three and injured dozens. The subsequent investigation into the incident would yield a host of troubling facts about Amtrak and the way it had developed its new ...

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Ikea Agrees to $46 Million Settlement in Dresser Tip-over Accident

ikea agrees to $46 million settlement in toddler dresser deathWhen Joleen and Craig Dudek bought their Malm dresser from Ikea in 2008, they never thought they were bringing the thing into their home that would eventually take their son’s life. Such was the case for the family, however. And they are not alone.

At least five other children have been crushed to death by the popular model of dresser since 2011 along with ...

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