Posted On: December 30, 2008

Tennessee Sludge Spill Over 1 Billion Gallons

As you probably have seen and heard in the news over the last week, sometime last Monday, December 22, 2008, a retention wall at a Kingston, Tennessee power plant breached, spilling hazardous waste and sludge from the impoundment into the surrounding area.

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Posted On: December 24, 2008

Hallmark, Inc. Recalls Jumbo Snow-Globes --- Risk of Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (UCPSC) is reporting Hallmark, Inc.’s recall of Jumbo Snowman Snow Globes.

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Posted On: December 16, 2008

Black Box Warning added on Visicol and OsmoPrep for Effects on Kidneys

Before having a colonoscopy, patients have to go through the process of flushing out their bowels. However, new information indicating that this may be the most dangerous part of the procedure, as the drugs products that assist in the flushing may pose a risk of acute kidney injury.

The Food and Drug Administration has mandated Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd., the manufacturer of two of the most commonly used prescription flushing products, Visicol and OsmoPrep, to put a "black box" warning on its labels. A "black box" warning is the most severe warning that the FDA issues on prescription medications. The agency further directed the drug manufacturer to conduct a clinical trial to specifically assess the risk of the products, especially to the kidneys.

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Posted On: December 12, 2008

Websites Like Myiqquiz.com Continue to Ensnare Unsuspecting Consumers

Last week we blogged about the latest in consumer deception – auto-renewing text message subscriptions that bill customers who fall prey to certain gimmick websites (e.g., http://www.myiqquiz.com, http://www.yourcrushrevealed.com, and http://www.swamipredicts.net). And even though the auto-subscription scam that is being run by the owners of these types of websites is not new, complaint blogs like http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-800-416-6129/5 continue to buzz with complaints from people who have been billed for services they didn’t even realize they had been signed up for.

If you used a website, including any of the above or any website run by a company called National Telephone Advisory, and you were signed up for a monthly charge that you did not find out about until after you paid it once or twice, call us at (610) 941-4204 or visit our website at http://www.pbmattorneys.com. We are committed to protecting consumers like you from schemes like this, and we want to know your story. You have rights, and you may have grounds for a lawsuit.

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Posted On: December 8, 2008

Asthma Drugs (Advair, Foradil, Serevent and Symbicort) -- FDA Reports a Mixed Bag

After reviewing clinical trial data for four asthma related medications, including Advair, Foradil, Serevent and Symbicort, the FDA has released the results of its findings, including that "Serevent, had a significantly higher rate of serious complications, and even deaths."

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Posted On: December 3, 2008

Text Message Auto-Subscriptions: Have You Been a Victim?

Recently, those seeking to make a quick and sneaky buck from the unsuspecting consumer have found a fresh avenue for their scamming: text messaging. If you are one of the approximately 85% of Americans who own and use a cell phone, and one of the many cell phone users who practices the art of text messaging, you may have fallen prey to a text-messaging bill that you did not intend to incur.

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Posted On: December 1, 2008

The Withholding of Therapeutic Hypothermia ='s Malpractice?

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), whom has has finally endorsed Therapeutic Hypothermia as the standard treatment for unconscious survivors of sudden cardiac arrest, the answer may be "YES" especially in situations where a hospital continues to avoid this now proven treatment.

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