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Britax Child Safety, Inc. recalled over 700,000 strollers yesterday due to a fall hazard. The recalled strollers were equipped with Click & Go receiver mounts that allow the car seat component to connect to the stroller frame. The company has received 33 reports of the car seats disconnecting from the stroller frames and falling to the ground. To date, there have been 26 reported injuries to children caused by the fall hazard. Britax also has 1,337 reports of units whose Click & Go mounts are damaged.
Due to a recent, and frankly overdue, change to a law covering divorce and domestic violence cases, Alaskan pets get legal protection that elevates them from being considered as mere property in such instances. Alaska is the first state to pass a law requiring judges to take “into consideration the well-being of the animal.” Hopefully, this is the beginning of a trend.
A recall of the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder device was recently issued due to a higher rate of fractures than is described on the label. The FDA has stated that this is a Class I recall. This level...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall of the Bard Halo One Thin-Walled Guiding Sheath, a device used to place interventional and diagnostic devices into patients’ arteries and veins via an incision in the leg. The recall has been listed as Class I, which is the most serious recall class possible. Class I recalls are issued only when the use of the recalled device may cause serious injuries, including death.
Another Takata airbag recall has hit the news. This time, BMW is recalling 230,117 late model cars and SUVs, adding to the 900,000 it recalled in 2015. The recalled vehicles may have defective Takata driver side airbag inflators that were installed as part of a previous recall or as replacements after the vehicles were involved in accidents in which the airbags deployed.
Monsanto is unhappy over a recent California ruling that could allow state regulators to add glyphosate, the principal ingredient in the Big Ag giant’s Roundup® weed killer, to the state’s list of carcinogenic chemicals. Judge Kristi Culver Kapetan of the Fresno County Superior Court issued a tentative ruling against Monsanto in the company’s bid to keep glyphosate off that list. The judge said the formal ruling would be forthcoming soon. Once issued, California can not only add the chemical to its list of carcinogens, but it can add warning labels to Monsanto’s products. It would be the first state to do so.
Plaintiffs affected by the Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler system have filed a motion with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to consolidate their cases under one South Carolina judge. The motion was filed on January 26 and, if approved, will bring all lawsuits regarding the Sorin 3T heater-cooler unit (HCU) together for pre-trial issues such as discovery and expert testimony. The JPML meets again on March 30 and the motion will likely be considered at that time. As of now, South Carolina is already home to 10 of the 15 pending HCU suits.
Trump met with some of the world’s biggest Big Pharma executives Tuesday of this week. His message was pretty clear: lower drug prices, bring jobs back to the U.S., and he’ll gut the already weakened FDA, doing away with those pesky regulations that barely keep the American people safe now.
It must be the day for news about potentially harmful things one can put in one’s mouth. First, it was teething products, now it’s smokeless tobacco. A voluntary recall hit the news regarding metal objects, some of them sharp, found in cans and pouches of dip. U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) issued the recall yesterday, based on eight customer complaints of metal contaminated chew. Fortunately, none of the customers were injured. Apparently, the pieces reported thus far were visible to customers.
This article doesn’t discuss the merits of homeopathic remedies (some of which the author finds helpful) versus allopathic treatments (drugs, etc., some of which the author also finds helpful). Instead, the point is to inform the public about a potential problem with some homeopathic remedies. Specifically, the FDA is concerned about excessive levels of belladonna in homeopathic teething products.