Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration and AS Medications Solutions LLC (a repackaging company) announced a nationwide recall of all lots of Caraco brand digoxin distributed prior to March 31, 2009. There is uncertainy over the actual amount of the active ingredient present in each pill, with some tablets containing more or less than the intended .25mg. Digoxin is a drug used in the treatment of heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and abnormal heart rhythms. Accordingly, any unintended dosage can have serious consequences. An overdose of digixin can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, low blood pressure, cardiac instability, slow heart rate, and even death in extreme cases. Meanwhile, a patient getting a lower dose than expected is at risk for heart failure or abnormal heart rhythms.
Pet Flea Treatment Class Action --- Risk of Chemical Burns, Seizure, and Central Nervous System Side Effects
The Wall Street Journal today is reporting new data compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), concerning a significant increase in the number of “incidents stemming from so-called spot-on flea and tick treatments.” According to the latest statistics, the number of adverse incidents involving pets and the use of such treatments “increased 53% to 44,263 in 2008 from the previous year.” Thus, the EPA is “intensifying an evaluation of spot-on products.”
Three days ago, on May 20, 2009, President Barack Obama, through the White House Office of the Press Secretary, released a “Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies” regarding preemption. White House Preemption Memo (May 20, 2009)
Several months ago, we blogged about the auto-renewing text-message subscription scams being run by companies like National Telephone Advisory (NTA). See Dec. 12, 2008 Blog, Dec. 3, 2008 Blog. Unsuspecting consumers have been trapped into taking seemingly harmless IQ quizzes, like the one that NTA operates on http://www.myiqquiz.com, only to have an automatically renewing $9.95 monthly charge billed to them by their cellular service carrier.
In a recent study published in the Journal Clinical Pediatrics by researchers at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, injuries involving children and “heavy or unstable furniture” has increased 41 percent since 1990.