USAToday is reporting that #salmonella is linked to ‘backyard’ chicken ranchers in suburbia. While #salmonella is common in young chicks - which are not typically eaten - it is not something you want in your food chain if you can avoid it. In “#Salmonella Traced to Backyard Chicken Farms” USAToday highlights the potential for salmonella being in your neighbors backyard if they keep chickens. While this is not linked to recent outbreak of #salmonella in ground turkey (#Cargill) it provides some insight into the potential dangers posed by keeping your own roost at home.
Over the counter medicines can kill you, it is that plain and simple. In prior posts we have discussed #Acetaminophen, #NSAIDS, #BENZOCAINE, #MOTRIN and related products that continued to draw scrutiny from the #FDA and medical community, as well as consumers and injured victims. How are they victims ? Well, if you were not warned about risks and may have altered your decision making you are potential victim. You cannot make informed decisions about ingesting a product if you are not provided necessary disclosure or information. Unfortunately, the combination of an over the counter (#OTC) product and a prescription product can also prove fatal.
A recent USAToday story, “Read the Drug Labels, Avoid Dangerous Side Effects”, is one of a series of stories on the dangers of the popular Extra Strength Tylenol pills that contain acetaminophen. It also touches upon the dangers of too much #IBUPROFEN (#ADVIL, #MOTRIN) and #NAPROXEN (#ALEVE).
While the past few months have revealed efforts by the FDA, and manufacturers, to change dosing and warnings, how long manufacturers have known of the need to place stronger warnings on their over the counter products remains to be seen. The last year was marked by an unprecedented number of recalls of J&J’s McNeil unit(s) products for both adults and children, Congressional hearings and a recently concluded internal investigation of corporate conduct, one has to wonder if where there is smoke there is fire. Prior posts address these #recalls and related products, but you are always welcome to contact me directly for additional information.
Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is investigating cases of personal injuries, liver failure and death from Acetaminophen, NSAIDs and other drugs. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is the sponsor of this blog and commentary.
#ATV use continues to rise in recreational activities throughout the US. American Suzuki Motor Corporation #recalled the pictured ATV due to a crash hazard, as announced by the CPSC during March 2011. The #SUZUKI #QuadSport ATV #recall affects about 1,400 ATV’s that were deemed potentially hazardous as a result of a regulator/certifier circuit board that could fail and cause engine failure during operation, thus creating the risk for a crash. According to the CPSC, the subject ATV’s were sold between September 2008 and February 2011 nationwide. Additional information on this recall is available at this link: “American Suzuki Motor Corp. Recalls QuadSport ATVs Due to Crash Hazard”
Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is the sponsor of this blog and commentary. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is investigating cases involving death, catastrophic injuries, amputations, or serious personal injuries from the use of ATV products. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is not affiliated with the CPSC, but is posting this in an effort to continue to raise awareness and further promote a public safety message regarding the dangers of ATVs.
#ATV have made a comeback as part of outdoor lifestyles and activities. This video from the #CPSC provides some information and a link to additional free information on safety. Here is the link to the CPSC Additional free information from the CPSC is available through their website and URL noted at the end of the video.
Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is investigating cases of catastrophic injuries, or serious personal injuries, from ATV rollovers or accidents. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A. is the sponsor of this commentary and blog. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is not associated or affiliated with the CPSC, but is posting this in conjunction with investigative efforts to raise awareness of ATV safety.
Phil & Teds Me Too Clip on Chair was the subject of a CPSC Use Warning. Here is a video they promoted for safe use.
#Bravo Sports has #recalled 159,000 #Pogo #Sticks. These items were ‘branded’ with #Disney themes. The photo above appeared in a story by Consumer Reports that is available at “Bravo Sports Recalls 159,000 Disney Branded Pogo Sticks”.
Our investigation indicates that these popular Pogo Sticks were sold at:
- Burlington Coat Factory
- Toys R Us
Popular themes include the following:
- Hannah Montana
- Disney/Pixar Toy Story
- Disney/Pixar Cars
- Disney Princesses
- Disney Fairies
The Pogo Sticks were sold from February 2009-June 2011. Bravo and the #CPSC have received reports of at least 82 instances where the bottom tip of the pogo stick has worn out. Of these, at least 5 include reports of serious injuries to children, which included at least 1 child that suffered a skull fracture and chipped tooth. Notably, end caps in the “T” handlebar area have also reportedly come off and exposed sharp edges that can cut riders or handlers.
Bravo is providing a full refund and should be contacted at BRAVO SPORTS (855) 469-3429. If you own or are in possession of one of these pogo sticks you should stop using it immediately and not permit children to use it any longer.
Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is investigating cases involving serious injuries from use of the BRAVO SPORTS Pogo Sticks prior to the #recall. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A. is the sponsor of this commentary and blog.
Phil & Teds, a popular manufacturer of baby strollers, has #recalled their #Hammerhead & #Explorer models for a problem with the brakes. Consumers who own these products are advised to immediately stop using the product. Contact Phil & Teds for support and information. Explorer owners will receive a new frame with an upgraded brake. Hammerhead owners will receive a container to ship back their product and have it upgraded/repaired free of charge. Please repost.
CPSC #Recall Round Up video highlights #recalls from May 2011. Please repost. Also visit, http://www.saferproducts.gov to check on products or updates from the CPSC.
Watch the CSPC Recall Round Up for April 2011. This update from the CPSC provides info on the #Infantino #recalls, box fan #recall and #Arms Reach sleeper. Please repost. Visit the CPSC here http://www.saferproducts.gov
On April 14, 2011, the WSJBlog, in a story “J&J Recall Watch: Topamax Pulled Because of Bad Odor“ provided the following list of what J&J related products have been the subject of a #recall and why. This list in not exhaustive, at the time, April 2011, it was current and related to a #TOPAMAX #TOPIRMATE #recall. Here it is in case you do not follow the link back to the WSJ story, “J&J Recall Watch: Topamax Pulled Because of Bad Odor”
“We’ve been keeping tabs on J&J’s string of recalls, which cost it about $900 million in sales last year. Here’s a running list:
- In late March, McNeil Consumer Healthcare pulled about 34,000 bottles of Tylenol 8-Hour Extended Release caplets because of a musty odor. Separately, it widened a wholesale-level recall of Tylenol, Benadryl and Sudafed products.
- Also in March, J&J’s Ethicon unit recalled about 360,000 units of surgical-wound draining products on concerns that the package’s sterility could be compromised.
- Earlier that month, J&J’s Animas unit recalled more than 384,000 insulin-pump cartridges in the U.S. and France, saying they have the potential to leak and give a too-low dose, as Dow Jones Newswires reported.
- As Dow Jones Newswires reported recently, J&J’s Ethicon unit issued a late-December alert in the U.K. that it was recalling about 585,000 surgical sutures. The sutures were mostly sold in Europe.
- In late February, J&J recalled more than 667,000 Sudafed packages at the wholesale level after a typo on the packaging (“do not not divide, crush, chew, or dissolve the tablet”) was discovered. Customers don’t need to return the products, which have the correct wording on the blister packs that hold the tablets. No adverse events have been reported as a result of the typo, J&J says.
- Earlier in February, J&J said it was pulling at least 395 injection pens preloaded with rheumatoid-arthritis drug Simponi because they may not deliver a full dose of the drug.
- Days before, Dow Jones Newswires reported that the company’s Ethicon unit recently recalled 700,000 vials of a liquid wound sealant and also a hernia-treatment product.
- Earlier that same week, J&J said it was recalling 70,000 syringes preloaded with its Invega injectable anti-psychotic drug because cracks have been found in the syringes that could theoretically lead to infections or under-dosing in users.
- In January J&J said it would pull 43 million bottles of certain Tylenol, Benadryl, Sinutab and Sudafed products because they were made at the company’s Ft. Washington, Pa., plant at a time when equipment may not have been properly cleaned. J&J also said it would pull almost 4 million units of Rolaids due to a labeling problem.
- In December the company said it was recalling all lots of Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews, Rolaids Extra Strength Plus Gas Softchews and Rolaids Multi-Symptom Plus Anti-Gas Softchews following consumer reports of foreign-particle contamination.
- A few weeks earlier J&J recalled a dozen different Mylanta liquid products and one AlternaGEL product because they were mislabeled to omit the presence of small amount of alcohol. (Consumers don’t need to stop using the products or return them to stores.) And it separately widened a recall of daily-use contact lenses in Japan and elsewhere due to traces of an acid that can cause stinging. Contacts made in the U.S. aren’t affected.
- In November the company recalled three Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom products, also pulled from retailers and wholesalers due to an alcohol labeling issue. Consumers can keep taking the meds, J&J says.
- Also in November the company also recalled children’s Benadryl and Motrin products. Again, J&J said they weren’t dangerous and consumers didn’t have to stop taking them.
- In October, there was a recall of 127,000 bottles of Tylenol 8-Hour caplets due to a musty odor.
- In August, J&J’s DePuy Orthopedics unit pulled two hip implants off the market because of an unusually high rate of replacement surgeries.
- Also in August there was a recall — the one that was recently widened — of about 100,000 boxes of 1-Day Acuvue TruEye contact lenses.
- Some OTC medicines were pulled in July, including varieties of Benadryl, Tylenol and Motrin. This was a follow-up to a recall of musty-smelling products made at a plant in Puerto Rico.
- In June, the company widened the recall of drugs made at the Puerto Rican plant by five lots.
- The largest batch of children’s medicines were pulled in the spring.
- In late 2009 there were recalls of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets due to that musty odor issue.
- J&J officially recalled batches of Motrin in July 2009, but has come under fire for an earlier so-called “phantom recall” of the product.”
Wonder if any other manufacturer can put together such an impressive list of #recalled items in such a short period of time? This article does not touch on the fact that #TOPAMAX has been linked to #oral #cleft injuries in babies of women that took #TOPAMAX or #TOPIRAMATE while pregnant.
Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is investigating cases of injuries and adverse events from #recalled products listed above, including #cleft #palate injuries from #TOPAMAX or #TOPIRAMATE; #DePuy #ASR Metal on Metal #MoM hip implants; #McNeil Children’s Liquid medicines, as well as deaths, liver failure, or liver injuries requiring transplants from #acetaminophen overdose. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is the sponsor of this blog and post.