- $750,000 Pennsylvania Fracking Settlement Made Public
Overruling a fracking company’s request to keep the details private, a Pennsylvania judge has unsealed records related to a $750,000 settlement of a suit alleged water contamination near Marcellus shale fracking in southwestern Pennsylvania.
- Jury Awards $8.35M in DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Lawsuit
A jury in Los Angeles on Friday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $8.3 million in damages to a Montana man in the first of more than 10,000 lawsuits pending against the medical products maker in connection with a now-recalled artificial hip.
- Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants: Safety Communication - Updated Safety Recommendations
FDA notified healthcare professionals that it is providing updated safety information and recommendations to patients and health care providers, based on the FDA’s current assessment of metal-on-metal hip implants, including the benefits and risks, the evaluation of the published literature, and the results of the June 2012 Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Devices Advisory Panel meeting.
- FDA Statement on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Additional Patient Notification Advised - Update [Update 10/18/2012] CDC and FDA have confirmed the presence of a fungus known as Exserohilum rostratum in unopened medication vials of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) from one of the three implicated lots from NECC. The laboratory confirmation further links steroid injections from these lots from NECC to the multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and joint infections. Testing on the other two implicated lots of methylprednisolone acetate and other NECC injectables continues.CDC and state health departments estimate that approximately 14,000 patients may have received injections with medication from three implicated lots of methylprednisolone and nearly 97% of these patients have been contacted for further follow-up.
- Massachusetts Pharmacy Linked to Meningitis Outbreak: A rare form of fungal meningitis has killed five people and sickened 30 across six states, and more are expected, health officials said. The steroid came from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., a specialty pharmacy that has recalled three lots of the drug and shut down operations. Twenty-five of the meningitis cases -- three of them lethal -- have been in Tennessee, where more than 900 residents received the drug in the past three months.
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Patient Safety News
- Recalls and Safety Alerts: Update on Femur Fracture Risk with Bisphosphonates
- Recalls and Safety Alerts: Recall of Actavis Fentanyl Patches
- Recalls and Safety Alerts: New Precaution when Calculating Carboplatin Doses
- Recalls and Safety Alerts: Update on Radiation Overdoses from CT Perfusion
- Recalls and Safety Alerts: Diabetes/Cardiovascular Risk with Prostate Cancer Drugs
Food and Drug Administration--Recalls/Safety Alerts
- Golden Glen Creamery Issues Voluntary Recall Of Red Pepper Onion & Garlic Cheddar Because Of Potential Health Risk
- Unilever Issues Allergy Alert On Pints Of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Nougat Crunch Ice Cream:Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Fudge Covered Wafer Cookies & a Chocolate Nougat Swirl
- Best Maid Cookie Company Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Walnut In Product
- Voluntary Recall Of Pasta Mix Products
- Botanical Laboratories Inc. Recalls Wellesse Digestive 3 in 1 Health® Because of Possible Health Risk
FDA Consumer Health Information Updates
- Children and Asthma: The Goal Is Control Though asthma in children is being diagnosed more frequently, FDA-approved drugs and devices used to treat it, as well as awareness of the conditions that trigger symptoms, can help kids with asthma to lead more active, independent lives.
- MedWatch Safety Alerts, May 2012 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces safety alerts and reviews for some widely used medications. A counterfeit ADHD drug has the wrong active ingredients, some hepatitis C and HIV drugs are less effective when used together, one manufacturer’s dietary supplements have been recalled due to an undeclared ingredient, and FDA is reviewing cases involving possible deaths from an antibiotic and a drug for multiple sclerosis.
- Benzocaine and Babies: Not a Good Mix Parents should avoid using benzocaine products to relieve teething pain for children under 2. They are at risk for the disease methemoglobinemia.
- Consumer Update Analytics This page contains links to all past Consumer Update Analytics web pages.
- Database Is One-Stop Resource on Kids' Medications A new FDA database pulls the science on drug labels for kids into one place.
MedWatch Safety Alert RSS Feed
- Digestive 3 in 1 Health Liquid Dietary Supplement: Recall - Potential for Contamination With Salmonella Risk of serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
- Introvale (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol) Tablets: Recall - Packaging Flaw Risk of an unintended pregnancy for a patient taking the wrong tablet over several days.
- Reumofan Plus: Recall - Undeclared Drug Ingredient Product contains potentially harmful active pharmaceutical ingredients that may interact with other medications and result in serious adverse events.
- MOOG Medical Devices Group, Curlin Infusion Administration Sets: Class I Recall - Potential for Reverse Flow of Fluid Device malfunction may cause blood loss, an under-delivery of prescribed medicines or fluids, or a potential delay in therapy, leading to serious adverse health consequences, including death.
- Other-Sonic Generic Ultrasound Transmission Gel: Safety Communication - Risk of Bacterial Contamination UPDATED 05/30/2012. Class I Recall issued. Exposure to contaminated product may lead to serious infections.
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