Product Safety Recalls Involving Children’s Products Down

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The number of safety recalls involving defective children’s products is down, but safety advocates still fear that safety alerts involving these dangerous products are often ignored. According to a news report in USA Today, children’s product safety recalls dropped 24 percent in 2011, but injuries and other incidents associated with these recalls increased by 7 percent. Among the tragic fatalities were two strangulation deaths that prompted the recall of the Summer Infant video baby monitors with cords and one involving a defective bunk bed. The report, released by Kids in Danger stated that this drop may be due to companies’ adherence to new children’s product safety laws.

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Federal Officials Investigate Bus Defects That May Have Caused Fatal Crashes

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Investigators with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have launched a probe into buses made by Motor Coach Industries Inc. over drive shaft issues, which may have led to two fatal bus accidents. According to an Associated Press news report, the buses, which have been manufactured over the last 20 years, have defective drive shafts that can fall out and cause drivers to lose control. The problem reportedly caused two crashes that killed two people and injured 50 others. The investigation covers 4,000 MCI D-Series buses with a steerable rear axle made from 1992 until 2012.

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Honda CR-V Vehicles Recalled for Suspension Problems

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Honda has issued an auto defect recall for 2006 model-year CR-V crossover vehicles for a flaw in the suspension system, which could potentially cause a crash. According to a news report in The Car Connection, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s bulletin states that that strength of the weld that holds two parts of the CR-V’s suspension in place – the sub-frame brushing collar and the passenger-side front lower arm – are defective.

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AOG-Whistleblower Lawsuit Confirms Actos Manufacturer Concealed Health Risks

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Actos manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals has been struggling to contain allegations that it was aware of the numerous health risks associated with the anti-type II diabetes drug.  A new whistleblower lawsuit against the company is not likely to help matters.

The lawsuit filed by a former employee of the company alleges that Takeda Pharmaceuticals failed to report a number of incidents involving patients who used the drug, and went on to suffer heart problems.  Takeda Pharmaceuticals was required to report these incidents to the Food and Drug Administration’s Adverse Event Reporting System.  However, according to the whistleblower, Takeda Pharmaceuticals failed to include those incidents in which patients suffered heart failure, but did not require hospitalization, and did not die.

The lawsuit alleges that medical reviewers at the company were coerced to modify their professional opinion about the health concerns of Actos.  Takeda wanted to downplay any concerns about the health risks from Actos, and therefore, reviewers of the company were encouraged to blunt study findings. More

General Motors Recalls Vehicles for Steering Problems

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General Motors has issued an auto defect recall for more than 6,000 15-passenger vans and SUVs for steering defects. According to a news report in Bloomberg Businessweek, the recall affects 2012 Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana 15-passenger vans, Chevrolet Suburbans and GMC Yukon XL SUVs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the gear shaft in some of these vehicles can break resulting in a loss of steering. So far, no crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of these auto defects.

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Aog- Yasmin Contraceptive Pills Linked to Risk of Blood Clots

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The oral contraceptive pill Yasmin belongs to a new generation of contraceptive pills, which also includes Yasmin’s predecessor, Yaz.  Currently, there are more than 11,000 lawsuits filed by Yasmin injury lawyers across the country, all alleging that women suffered a variety of injuries, especially blood clots, from the use of the pill.

Yasmin is an oral contraceptive pill that is manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals.  It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2004. Yasmin differs from earlier, older contraceptive pills because it contains a combination of drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, which is a form of estrogen.

The drug was a blockbuster from the moment it hit the market.  It was used not just as a contraceptive pill, but also to treat symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder.  Teenagers also began using it to treat acne. More

BMW Recalls 1.3 Million Cars for Fire Hazards

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BMW is issuing an auto defect recall for 1.3 million 5- and 6-series cars because of fire hazards. According to an Associated Press news report, the recall involves vehicles from the 2003 to 2010 model years. The company states that a battery cable covering in the trunk was incorrectly installed. This could prevent the car from starting and in extreme cases could lead to a fire. The automaker has not received any reports of accidents or injuries as a result of this defect. Owners will be notified by mail. When the recall begins, vehicle owners can take it to their BMW dealer for repairs. The recall affects 290,000 cars in Germany and 1.3 million vehicles worldwide.

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Aog – Acid Reflux Drug Reglan Linked to Neurological Disorder

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Reglan, a prescription drug which has been used for years for the treatment of acid reflux and other gastrointestinal problems, also comes with the Food and Drug Administration’s most serious warning against any drug.

Reglan contains metoclopramide, which helps to enhance muscular contractions in the upper digestive tract, thereby increasing the rate at which the stomach evacuates into the intestine, and preventing the stomach acids from backing up.  Symptoms of acid reflux include heartburn and nausea.

In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration required that the manufacturer of Reglan include a black box morning, which warns consumers about the risks of a serious neurological disorder called tardive dyskinesia. This is a disorder which is characterized by symptoms found in a number of other neurological disorders, including Tourette’s syndrome, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s chorea. More

Aog -Study Confirms Higher Failure Rates for DePuy, Other Metal-on-Metal Implants

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A new study confirms that metal-on-metal hip implants like the ASR Resurfacing devices manufacture by DePuy have much higher failure rates, sparking more calls by DePuy hip implant lawyers for a ban on these devices.

The study, which has been published in The Lancet medical Journal, analyzed data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales.  The data included more than 400,000 hip replacements, including 31,171 all-metal hip implants.

The researchers say there is no confusion in the findings.  The all metal implants simply have a much failure rate compared to other devices. More

Aog – What Every Woman Must Know about Transvaginal Mesh Implants

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Thousands of women around the country, who have suffered severe and chronic pain, infections and other complications from the use of transvaginal mesh implants, are speaking with transvaginal mesh defect lawyers to explore their legal options.  The worst part is that many of these women did not even need the transvaginal mesh implants, and could have been treated through noninvasive methods.

A vaginal mesh is a device that is used to treat several conditions like pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.  Transvaginal mesh devices have been around since the 1970s, when doctors began using mesh to hold a woman’s organs in place.   The uterus and other organs can shift from their location after pregnancy and delivery, causing the organs to protrude vaginally.  In the 1990s, doctors began implanting surgical mesh that was especially designed to prevent pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. More

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