NPR reports on WALMART pulling ENFAMIL NEWBORN, in 12.5 ounce cans, after a death is reportedly suspected in the death of a Missouri boy. The manufacturer, is quoted as claiming the product tested negative for bacterium prior to shipping. An investigation is ongoing following the death of 10 Day Old Newborn. At least WALMART is not taking any chances. Whether a link to the formula and death can be established remains under investigation.
LittleLife Baby Carriers #Recalled by #Lifemarque Due to Fall Hazard http://1.usa.gov/qG0988 #Recalls
Cooper Vision has #recalled 8 Million #Avaira #Toric contact lenses because of problems. This recall was announced in August 2011 and the FDA has asked that they step up efforts to alert consumers in the U.S.. Reportedly, only about 600,000 contact lenses were affected in the U.S. market. Regardless, this USAToday story -CooperVision Steps Up Contact Lense Recall Effort- highlights efforts to communicate the recall and the companies efforts. Have they done enough? That is apparently open to some debate. The #recalls involve reports of hazy vision, discomfort and raise issues about the manufacturing process of 8 Million contact lenses. Are they putting consumers at risk by not being more aggressive in their efforts and focusing on the providers? Is that a strategy to shift the burden, and ultimately some blame, upon treaters and pitting them against their patients? Wonder.
Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is the author of this blog and commentary. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is investigating potential cases involving serious injuries or complications from use of the recalled #CooperVision #Avaira #Toric lenses.
Recently, a massive #recall of 36 Million pounds of #Turkey, which was followed by a 36,000 pound #recall of beef, drew attention to the fact that acting quickly in #recalling a product can save lives and limit the scope of damage done by contaminated product.
Reports relating to the #recalls of #Cargill’s ground turkey have revealed the fact that concerns were first raised about #Salmonella as early as March 2011. By the time the turkey was openly #recalled it was reported that the strain of #salmonella, #Heidelberg #Salmonella, was resistant to first line defenses and antibiotics. Several deaths have been linked to this recall with nearly 100 falling ill during close to half of 2011.
In contrast, a recent recall of ground beef, predominantly in the Southeastern US, involved 36, 000 pounds and #e-coli. That recall was announced on a Friday and was slowly picked up by news media outlets over the weekend. In my opinion, it was underreported regardless of scope given it came on the heels of the deadly turkey recall that proved to be a pandemic even in the US. Some remain unaware of either recall even today.
Both recalls have drawn attention to the need for improved reporting and monitoring. Another growing concern, as outlined in the NPR Blog story (pictured above) focuses on the fact that antibiotics are used to feed poultry and may contribute to antibiotic resistant strains of food borne illness. Wonder if we will see more ‘Super’ versions of food born Salmonella or E-Coli? It is certainly possible if the lessons of August 2011 are left unchecked. How governmental regulatory authorities will modify, if at all, existing regulatory monitoring remains unclear. However, this summer demonstrates that a potential need does exist and the ongoing debate is justified because lives are at stake.
#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.
#Acetaminophen remains in the news for both children and adults. See prior posts below. Overdosing on #acetaminophen #APAP is the leading cause of liver failure in the US. Dosing for children remains confusing to many consumers because of packaging and varying dosing instructions or dispensers. Please consult with your medical professional or pharmacist with questions. There are over 600 different over the counter products that contain acetaminophen, they literally come in different shapes, sizes and color.
Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A. is the sponsor of this post and commentary. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A. is actively investigating cases involving #recalled acetaminophen products, injuries from overdose, including death or liver failure.
This video is from September 2010 and explains how infant positioners pose a risk to small children and newborns. While once popular and well received both the FDA & CPSC combined to warn parents about how infants were at risk from use of these positioners in cribs. Please repost. These are still potentially in use by unknowing parents.
Last year, DePuy Orthopaedics #recalled their flagship Metal on Metal (#MoM) hip implant - the #ASR. The NYTimes published a story: The Implants Loophole, by B. Meier, that highlighted information, as of December 16, 2010, that explained the troubled history of this MoM implant and how it passed muster or closer scrutiny by the FDA.
Regrettably, some patients that received the #ASR are now suffering from potentially permanent injuries. Damage to bone, muscle and nerves is noted in the story, as well as the potential for particles of metal being introduced into the body and bloodstream. The Implants Loophole also mentions Zimmer’s Durom cup that has also been the subject of litigation regarding failure and design issues. DePuy’s ASR has now become the subject of litigation in the US following a worldwide recall, leaving recepients wondering what future risks they face.
Wonder when DePuy knew about problems and the alleged increased failure rate of their ASR? The Implants Loophole article cites a Dr. Nargol, from Britain, as indicating that he advised DePuy of an issue and met with resistance. In fact, his surgical technique was called into question - this has become a common response by manufacturers in defending novel products - despite his once being a proponent of their product.
The sponsor of this blog and commentary, Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is investigating cases involving the DePuy’s recalled ASR Metal on Metal hip joints. Additional investigations include other Metal on Metal #MoM hip implants from: Zimmer, DePuy, Smith & Nephew and Biomet. Information specific to the ASRRecalls sponsored by Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A. is available at this link: ASRRecalls Information pertaining to other joints, recalls and news is available here JointRecall