Product Liability: 23andMe Genetic Testing Stopped by FDA

By JohnProduct Liability, Product Recall

23andMe is well known for their personalized genetic test kits. These test kits are advertised as being able to pinpoint your vulnerability to various diseases, how you metabolize different foods, and even information about your ancestry and lineage. It works when a customer sends in a sample of their DNA (saliva) and 23andMe will run the series of tests. As …

Product Recall: Baby Monitors Recalled after 2 Deaths

By JohnProduct Recall

Angelcare Monitors Inc. of Quebec is voluntarily recalling 600,000 baby monitors for a strangulation hazard. Ironically the device that boasts child protection and safety has been the cause of death for two baby girls over the last 10 years. The baby monitoring sensors have a pad that is set under the mattress that senses when the child moves or shifts. …

Product Liability: Chemical in Lotion May Cause Premature Birth

By JohnProduct Liability

In a recent study published in the medical journal ‘JAMA Pediatrics’, the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found a link between premature birth and common chemicals known as phthalates. Phthalates can commonly be found in lotions, perfumes, deodorants, and contaminated food or water. The study has revealed that pregnant women who …

Medical Recall: FDA Bans Heart Stress Test Drug for Death and Cardiac Arrest

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned cardiologists and physicians last Wednesday of the dangers of Lexiscan and Adenoscan. Both are injectable compounds marketed by Astellas Pharma US Inc. that aid in testing for cardiac disorders. They work by stressing the heart, allowing doctors to take photos of problematic areas due to low blood flow or damaged heart muscle. These …

Product Recall: Supplement Linked to Liver Failure and Hepatitis

By JohnProduct Recall

A recent Food and Drug Administration test has found that an exercise supplement has been linked to liver failure and a non-viral form of hepatitis. A supplement that was advertised to aid in fat burning and muscle growth, VERSA-1 is now being attached to multiple cases of liver failure and non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii. The Center for Disease Control and …

Food Poisoning: FDA Warns of Drugs that May Make E. Coli Infections Worse

As you may recall, I blogged about Glass Onion Catering based out of Richmond, California who reported that 181,620 pounds of their product had been tainted by E. Coli. The affected foods were a series of ready-to-eat salads and lettuce wrap supplies that included fully-cooked, grilled chicken and ham. The specific strain of E. Coli is called O157:H7, and the …

Princeton Meningitis May Spark Hurried FDA Vaccine Approval

By JohnPersonal Injury, Product Liability

Upon entrance to a university, students are expected to have a series of vaccinations to protect themselves and others from various communicable diseases. Meningitis is included on this list of preventable ailments. However, meningitis B isn’t covered by Princeton’s, or any university for that matter, vaccination protocol. Seven Princeton students have been infected by the affliction since March of this …

Product Liability: Flamin’ Hot Snacks May Lead to Health Risk

By JohnProduct Liability

We’ve all experienced it, a food so deliciously spicy that you can’t stop eating it. Your eyes are full of tears and your hands are freshly dusted with red residue; you can’t help but continue eating to delay the onset of the spicy pain and joy. Some products proudly advertise their tear-worthy knack for spice, but these products and similarly …

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