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Testosterone Supplements To Receive FDA Safety Investigation

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 14, 2014

A couple weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration announced its intention to revisit testosterone supplement therapy.  This was due to recent research that called into question whether or not the users of such products could be susceptible to heightened injury risks in the form of heart issues.  Persons who use these products in order to boost their own testosterone should understand the situation currently playing out.

The first study that called into question the safety of the testosterone therapy was featured this past November in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  That research discovered that the study participants, who already had a history of heart issues, had their susceptibility increased even further if brought into contact with the testosterone products.  Heart attacks, strokes, and fatalities resulting from the same were 30% more likely to occur.

That’s not all.  Another study analyzed the propensity for heart attacks in the initial three months following the start of exposure to the testosterone supplements.  Depending on the person’s age and history of heart issues, the risk of heart attacks could either double or triple.

All of this has prompted the FDA to reevaluate whether or not these products could be deemed safe.  Currently, persons are only supposed to use these items if their testosterone levels are so low that they contribute to subsequent medical issues.

Warning Issued By Safe Kids In Regard To Television Tipovers

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 13, 2014

Many homes across the country are now chockful of televisions.  Wheres the television used to be the focal point of the living room, the relative low cost of even flat screen models compared to years past means that it’s not uncommon to see a screen in every room of the home.

This can be dangerous if those televisions are placed on unstable surfaces, especially if you have children that could be tempted to climb furniture and send a television tumbling off its perch.  Safe Kids Worldwide has released a safety bulletin in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Association, and you would do well to understand some of the insights available.

First off, if you ever upgrade a television to a newer unit, think long and hard about recycling the older tv rather than placing it in another room.  The concern is that most older televisions get relegated to something like a dresser that was not designed to hold a television that could easily tip.  Recycling can help improve safety, as can making sure that every tv in the home is properly anchored or fastened to the wall.

The lower you keep the television, the better, especially if there’s plenty of surface area that would prevent the tv from falling off its ledge.  That way, if a child pulls on it, it will fall a short distance.  If the tv is placed up high, make sure there’s nothing around that a kid could climb on.

Arth-Q Supplement Receives FDA Advisory Over Ibuprofen Presence

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 13, 2014

A dietary supplement has received a safety advisory from the Food and Drug Administration because of the potential for the items to contain ibuprofen.  Any item containing ibuprofen needs to go through the approval process because of the substance’s classification as an NSAID, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.  Arth-Q, the arthritis supplement in question, may contain ibuprofen and thus would be considered an unapproved drug.  Persons who don’t realize they’re coming into contact with ibuprofen could be exposed to such side effects as ulcerations, intestinal perforations, heart attacks, and adverse interactions with other drugs they may be taking.  These products should not be used and any suspected adversity should prompt a user to seek out prompt medical assistance.

Follow this link for the full warning.

Consumers Union Seeks Additional Protections For Implant Recipients

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 5, 2014

Perhaps you’ve heard of California’s Lemon Law for automobiles.  How this works is fairly straightforward.  When a vehicle suffers from an issue, especially if that issue is related to a defect that led to a recall, the consumer brings the automobile in to a dealer to get the necessary repairs.

When all goes is planned, the driver is on their way and the hope is that safety will be assured.  However, if the issue continues to present itself, the driver has certain rights afforded to them.  They are protected from the exorbitant costs of additional repairs or of the purchase of an entirely new vehicle by the Lemon Law.

It’s a vital protection for California drivers, but unfortunately, this protection does not extend to the owners of medical devices.  This is particularly disheartening when you consider the plight that certain recipients of knee and hip implants have gone through.  When these items fail, people usually don’t have the same protections that the Lemon Law could provide.

Revision surgeries typically may require the patient or their insurance agent to foot the bill.  The only recourse in such situations is to file a lawsuit (something that the recipients of the DePuy ASR metal on metal hip implant know a thing or two about).

Consumer Reports and their policy arm Consumers Union want to see things change.  They believe that consumers could benefit greatly from a Lemon Law-type rule for medical implants.  That way, if the device fails before a given timeframe outlined by a doctor prior to a procedure, the recipient of the device would not be on the hook for the expenses that the new implant would create.

These expenses aren’t exactly minor either.  As Consumers Union notes in an editorial on the matter, the complicated nature of revision surgeries means that they’re going to be costlier than the initial operation.  Patients tend to take longer to recuperate from the surgery, and even if all goes well, there are certain risks in the ensuing years.  This isn’t a minor problem either.  The article linked to above points out that almost one in five hip replacement surgeries and one in ten knee replacement surgeries are a revision of an already-implanted product.

Because of all this, Consumers Union has called for a warranty that provides protections for hip and knee implants over the course of two decades.  Should a given device fail before that time, the company behind the device would foot the bill for all expenses accrued in the process of seeking out a revision surgery.  They want patients to be able to track the status of a claim, and they also believe that patients should still be entitled to filing a lawsuit during that timeframe if they feel it is deserved.

Protect Others By Not Giving Away Older Children’s Products

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 24, 2014

When it comes to getting the right crib, car seat, or high chair for your child, it’s important to buy a new unit so that you can be reasonably sure there are no inherent safety issues associated with the products.  That said, you also want to make sure that you’re not endangering others by handing over the same to friends or family.

Oftentimes you may have the best intentions in doing so, i.e. you’re just trying to save someone you care about some money.  But as a response to a reader query on Philly.com explains, you can actually be doing more harm than good by “helping out” in this manner.

There are simply too many potential drawbacks to letting someone else take a given children’s product off of your hands.  Safety innovations and regulations change substantially on a fairly regular basis.  Researchers are constantly discovering new oversights that need to be corrected, and by handing your products over to others, their children may become susceptible to product issues that have since gone corrected in newer models.

Cribs, for instance, have benefitted from new construction that deemphasizes the types of dropsides that can cause a child to become entrapped or have a finger or toe pinched.  Older high chairs may not have the appropriate straps to keep a child in place.  Issues like these have led to important recalls, and you don’t want someone you care about getting ahold of a product shown to be defective after you used it.

Undeclared Sibutramine Prompts Warning About Dream Body Supplement

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 22, 2014

A dietary supplement should not be used because of the possible presence of an undeclared drug, a trend that has troubled the Food and Drug Administration in recent years as more and more products get recalled or receive a warning for the very same reason.  This particular alert affects a weight loss item known as Dream Body Slimming Capsule.  The product uses sibutramine as an ingredient.  Not only does this bring it into the realm of an unapproved pharmaceutical, but sibutramine hasn’t been allowed onto the market for nearly four years due to the danger it poses.  Persons that suffer from heart issues are particularly at risk due to the pulse quickening and heightened blood pressure effects of the substance.  Owners are being asked to immediately get rid of the supplement.

Follow this link for more about the recall.

14,000 Glacier Bay Medicine Cabinets Recalled By Anaheim Company

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 17, 2014

The Anaheim, California-based RSI Home Products has announced the recall of bathroom medicine cabinets under the Glacier Bay brand.  There are four different models of cabinet impacted by the recall, adding up to a total of 14,000 affected products.  The back panel or the mirror can be dislodged from the cabinets, and when they come apart, they could fall and injure persons in the vicinity.  No such injurious incidents have come to the fore yet, although there have been two detachments reported.  The cabinets should be uninstalled and brought back to the Home Depot, the sole retailer.  A refund will be handed out at that time.  The products were available across the country this past August, September, and October.

Click here for more about the recall.

Acetaminophen Warning Issued In Light Of Perceived Risk At High Levels

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 16, 2014

Most people probably think nothing of popping a couple Tylenol when they’re suffering from a headache, and in small doses, there shouldn’t be a problem for most consumers.  However, the Food and Drug Administration has grown increasingly concerned about what could occur if people take too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient, at any one time, and they want to make sure that danger will be averted in the future.

To that end, they are calling upon persons in the medical field to cease advising patients to take dosages of acetaminophen-based products that go beyond 325 milligrams.  The FDA is making this distinction based on evidence that pain reduction tends to plateau at that point, so a person receiving more than 325 mg is taking more medication but not reaping any rewards.

What they could be reaping, though, is liver damage.  When taken at high levels, acetaminophen can cause such damage, and many consumers may not realize when they’re reaching this point.  That’s because they could be taking multiple medications that contain the drug, with each adding up to a level that exceeds the aforementioned level.

The FDA notes that, of those companies they’ve been in touch with over the past few years about reducing acetaminophen levels, over 50% have agreed.  The FDA is further asking that pharmacists contact doctors to see about reducing acetaminophen levels if they’re asked to provide more than 325 mg doses to patients.

FDA Urges Caution When Removing Warts

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 16, 2014

Have you had a pesky wart that you wanted to remove but didn’t want to have to go in to the doctor to do so?  If so, then you might set your sights on the kind of over the counter products that are readily available in stores around the country.  Unfortunately, these items could prove hazardous under the right circumstances.

Such is the takeaway from a new consumer health update put out by the Food and Drug Administration.  In it, the agency delves into how wart removers available for use in an at-home setting can actually prompt a fire under the right circumstances.

Many people may not realize that these products are flammable, but indeed they are, as a quick check of the labels should be able to confirm.  The items consist of a dispenser  containing a substance that may be applied to the wart at regular intervals until that wart disappears.

The nature of this substance is such that it could catch fire when exposed to some type of open flame.  This would pose an injury hazard to the user.

14 reports have been sent to the FDA relating instances of adversity in the past five years, allegedly leading to minor injuries and fires affecting property in the vicinity.  If you’re ever using one of the aforementioned products, please make sure that you’re following the label instructions and staying clear of open flames during usage.

Honda and Columbia Lawnmowers Recalled Over Safety Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 16, 2014

Honda and Columbia Lawnmowers are being recalled by the Torrance, California-based American Honda Motor Company.  There are far more Honda lawnmowers (at 20,800) than Columbia lawnmowers (at 48) affected by the recall, and in addition to the United States, there are 3,000 Columbia lawnmowers in Canada being recalled.  An issue with the engine stop switch could pose a hazard in that, when the user removes pressure from the handlebar blade lever, that blade could continue to twirl without the user’s knowledge.  He or she may then be injured.  11 instances of this hazard have been reported, but thankfully, those did not lead to any injuries.  Free repairs can be sought from Honda dealers, and until that is accomplished, the 21-inch mowers should not be used.  The items were sold all throughout last year.

For more about the recall, follow this link.

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