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FDA Advice on Stem Cell Therapies

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 10, 2012

According to news sources, a patients hope to find a cure that may not yet exist could potentially entice them to believe untrue stem cell claims made by unscrupulous providers, the Food and Drug Administration warns.

Stem cells behave like the body’s “master cells”, with enormous potential in treating medical conditions with no existing treatments available today. However, therapies utilizing stem cells can potentially cause harm to patients if they have not been approved or are being considered under a clinical investigation conducted by the FDA.

The FDA already regulates approved cord blood procedures, with all cord blood banks having to follow the requirements set forth by the FDA. Therefore, patients interested in stem cell treatments in the U.S. are urged to check for the necessary FDA approval or clinical study backing before considering treatment.

No other stem cell product, other than certain blood cord procedures, have been approved by the FDA to date.

As a Los Angeles product liability lawyer, I appreciate all efforts being made to ensure increased healthcare safety standards for those interested in new and effective treatments. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this medical practice and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a personal injury lawyer Los Angeles to learn about the legal options available to you.

FDA Clarifies Issues Relating To Liquid Acetaminophen For Children

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 28, 2011

According to news sources, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is attempting to clarify issues surrounding the use and administration of liquid acetaminophen medicines for children as the introduction of a children version of the popular medicine is expected to hit the stores.

A less concentrated version of the liquid acetaminophen medicine made for children is currently being introduced to the market, and the FDA is reminding caregivers to check the label on the product to ensure that the dosage they give to children is neither too little or too much.

Therefore, the FDA is urging caregivers to know if they have the newer, less concentrated form of the medicine or the older more concentrated one before administering it to children.

Too small a dosage can be ineffective, while a dosage that is too large can cause serious side effects, including possibly death.

Consultation with your pediatrician to ensure that the dosage given to children is suitable is encouraged.

As a personal injury attorney Los Angeles, I appreciate all efforts being made to ensure increased drug safety standards for everyone . I hope this information can help raise awareness about this product and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a Los Angeles product liability lawyer to learn about the legal options available to you.

HIV Drug Isentress Gains Expanded FDA Approval

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 27, 2011

According to news sources, the drug Isentress (raitegravir) has been given expanded approval by The Food and Drug Administration to begin being used by those between 2-18 years of age.

The drug was first approved for adult usage back in October 2007 under the agency’s accelerated approval program, which aims to make the introduction of new drugs aimed at treating serious diseases to the market faster.

The drug was expanded for use by children and adolescents after a clinical trial including 96 children found that after 24 weeks of Isentress treatment, about 53 percent of patients showed no detectable amount of the virus in their blood.

The drug does not cure the HIV infection and should reportedly be used with other antiretroviral drugs to control illnesses associated with HIV.

As a Los Angeles product liability lawyer, I appreciate all efforts being made to ensure increased drug safety standards for everyone . I hope this information can help raise awareness about this product and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a personal injury lawyer Los Angeles to learn about the legal options available to you.

Pampered Chef Ice Cream Scoops Recalled

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 20, 2011

According to news sources, a recall has been issued for Pampered Chef ice cream scoops after reports that the product can cause impact injury to consumers due to seals and caps that can potentially “fly off with substantial force”.

The recalled product is an ice cream dipper that is filled with a non-toxic liquid that is intended to conduct heat from the hand to the handle to create easier ice cream scooping. The scoopers however have caps and seals that can “fly off” and cause impact injury to consumers. There have already been six reports of injury resulting from the use of the product. The recalled scoopers have “Pampered Chef” printed on them. They have a retail price of about $15.

The recalled product has been sold online through the company website from July 2010 through September 2010

Consumers with the recalled product should stop using it immediately and contact at 877 917-2433 the company at for a full refund.

As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I’ve seen recalls of this kind in the past and know the severity of the hazards they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a Los Angeles product liability lawyer to learn about the legal options available to you. Please, continue to visit our blog for regular updates about unsafe and dangerous consumer products.

FDA Safety Warning For Multaq, A Heart Rhythm Drug

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 20, 2011

According to news sources, the drug Multaq is getting a new safety warning after a study found increased risks of heart attack, stroke and death associated with the drug with a subset of patients that took part in the study.

The heart rhythm drug controls the heart’s chambers by allowing them to pump in sync for patients with atrial fibrillation. The new warning would allow the drug to remain on the market but would stress to doctors and patients that it be used only for treatment of the short-term variant of the condition. People with permanent atrial fibrillation were shown to double their risks of heart-related complications by using the drug.

The Food and Drug Administration has written the warning label with the drug-maker, Sanofli, urging doctors to check their patients heart rhythms once every three months to ensure that no adverse effects are taking place. As for patients who have the long term variant of the condition, the FDA is recommending that they discontinue the drugs use.

The FDA also said that the drug continues to be beneficial to patients.

As a personal injury lawyer Los Angeles, I appreciate all efforts being made to ensure increased drug safety standards for everyone . I hope this information can help raise awareness about this product and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a Los Angeles product liability lawyer to learn about the legal options available to you.

E&B Girftware Agrees To $550,000 Civil Penalty For Defective Product

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 20, 2011

According to news sources, the company E&B Giftware has reached a settlement agreement with The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in which the former has agreed to pay a civil penalty totaling $550,000 for failing to report a defective fitness ball product.

The company subsidiary, EB Brands, reportedly knew of about 25 incidents starting in 2007 that were related to its defective fitness balls. The fitness balls would reportedly burst when overinflated by a consumer, posing a potential bruise and injury hazard. Only by October 2008 did the company report the incidents to the CPSC, with the total number of incidents by then reaching 44 cases, with some resulting in injuries to consumers.

The defective product was recalled from the market in April 2009, with the company selling about three million of the fitness balls in the period between March 2000 through February 2009.

Companies are required under federal law to report any information pertaining to a defective product to the CPSC within 24 hours of acquiring the information.

As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I understand the inherent dangers of defective products and the risks they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a Los Angeles product liability lawyer to learn about the legal options available to you.

Bill Strengthening Fines For Delaying Recalls

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 19, 2011

According to news sources, a bill proposing the strengthening of fines for delaying car recalls is about to be considered by the Senate Commerce Committee tomorrow and is reportedly facing stiff opposition from automakers.

The main point of contention in the Motor Vehicle Safety Act bill relates to the maximum fine that an automaker must pay in cases where a proven delayed recall announcement was taken. Currently the maximum fine stands at $17 million. The proposed fine would replace that maximum fine amount to $250 million instead.

The bills advocates point to documents that reportedly show that Toyota was able to save about $100 by delaying two recalls relating to sudden acceleration. The company was forced to pay a $32.4 million fine for both delayed recalls. The bill has been reportedly called “unfair” and “out of proportion” by certain auto industry groups.

The bill also includes a provision to prohibit car rental companies from renting out recalled vehicles to unknowing consumers.

As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I understand the inherent dangers of defective products and the risks they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about recalled products and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a Los Angeles product liability lawyer to learn about the legal options available to you.

Toy Chair Maker Build-A-Bear Agrees to $600,000 Penalty

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 19, 2011

According to news sources, the maker of Toy Beach Chairs, Build-A-Bear, has agreed to pay a $600,000 civil penalty in a settlement reached with The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission after allegations that it failed to report a product defect in one of its toy chair models that resulted in injuries to consumers.

The toy bear beach chair has been reported to have sharp edges that can cause lacerations while being folded. A child’s fingertip could potentially be lodged between the frame as it is being folded. There were 10 reports of injury arising from the product between July 2007 through January 2009. The company reportedly told the Commission about the incidents sometime in March 2009. Federal law requires companies to report any injuries arising from a defective product within 24 hours.

The company reportedly denied allegations that a defective product existed or that it violated the law.

As a personal injury lawyer Los Angeles, I understand the inherent dangers of defective products and the risks they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a Los Angeles product liability lawyer to learn about the legal options available to you.

About 28,000 Nissan Juke Vehicles Recalled

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 16, 2011

According to recent news from Consumer Reports, about 28,000 Nissan Juke vehicles have been recalled due to a faulty boost sensor bracket problem that can cause it to break off.

The recall affects only the 2011 Nissan Juke SUV models that are equipped with turbocharger engines. The engines were reportedly made from April 2010 through May 2011. The faulty sensor brackets could potentially break, which would subsequently increase the chances of collision since the vehicle may then unexpectedly stall as a result, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

Nissan will be expected to contact vehicle owners starting January, 9. 2012. Vehicle owners can bring in the car to their local dealers for an inspection and free replacement of the faulty part.

Consumers can contact the company at 800-647-7261 for additional information.

As a personal injury attorney Los Angeles, I understand the inherent dangers of defective products and the risks they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a Los Angeles product liability lawyer to learn about the legal options available to you.

Allergy Alert: Velvet Creme Popocorn Includes Undeclared Ingredients

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 15, 2011

According to news sources, an allergy alert has been issued to alert consumers about possible allergens included in certain Velvet Creme Popcorn Co. products after milk, soy and wheat were confirmed to have been discovered.

The products included in the allergy alert are the Velvet Creme Peanut Brittle, the Velvet Creme Tail Gate Crunch and the Velvet Creme Sweet Cajun Heat. Only the Peanut Brittle packages contain milk allergens, while the other two products contain soy and wheat. There are no lot codes for these products however the affected packages would have been purchased before December 13, 2011.

There have been no illnesses reported to date.

Consumers interested in returning the product can return it to the point of purchase. For additional information contact the company at 1-888-553-6708.

As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I’ve seen recalls of this kind in the past and know the severity of the hazards they entail. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a Los Angeles product liability lawyer to learn about the legal options available to you. Please, continue to visit our blog for regular updates about unsafe and dangerous consumer products.

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