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FDA Requires New Labels on Popular Hepatitis C Treatment

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 26, 2012

A label change being issued by the Food and Drug Administration could hurt sales of a widely used Hepatitis C treatment.

The drug whose label will need to be changed is called Victrelis, which the FDA approved last May.  It is produced by Merck & Company.  New findings have shown that Victrelis could prevent various human immunodeficiency virus medicines from working properly if the two are taken in conjunction with each other.  The new label will state this potential danger.

Hepatitis C can over time cause liver failure or some other liver disease, and Victrelis is meant to prevent that. And HIV drugs block a blood enzyme known as protease, which the HIV virus needs to replicate.  But during a drug interaction study in February, researchers determined that the levels of HIV-treating drugs dropped when the user was taking Victrelis at the same time.  This puts the user at risk.

Many are saying that this could hurt the sales of Victrelis.  The reason is because so many people who have Hepatitis also have HIV.  In fact, some estimate that sales of the drug could be reduced by as much as 25%.

I’m sorry to see these dangers as a personal injury attorney in Ventura.  When a new drug hits the market that could potentially save lives, one hopes that there won’t be any complications with that drug.  I’m optimistic that researchers can work it out, and as a Long Beach personal injury lawyer, I hope that persons affected with these viruses can get the treatment they need.

Japanese Soap Company Faces Lawsuit Following Severe Reactions

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 25, 2012

A class action lawsuit has been brought against a Japanese soap manufacturer because of the danger the item posed to consumers.

In May 2011, Yuuka Cosmetics was forced to recall a soap called Cha no Shizuku, which translates to “a drop of tea.”  This came after more than 500 people claimed to have a severe allergic reaction upon repeated usage of the soap, despite the fact that the people did not have any reported sensitivity to food products prior to that time.  70 people even had to receive treatment at a hospital.

The soap contained a wheat known as Glupal 19-S as one of its ingredients, and Japanese scientists believe that repeatedly using the product may have in fact caused previously non-allergic people to develop a wheat allergy.  The Glupal 19-S may have a tendency to pile up in the mucous membranes of a user’s facial cavities such as the nose and eyes.

Because of the recall and ensuing class action suits, ten other companies have recalled cosmetics with wheat.  In the March 2012 issue of the Journal of University of Occupational and Environmental Health, scientists from Japan advised people allergic to gluten to stay away from wheat-containing cosmetics.

Even though this is happening in Japan, I feel the subject is still important to a Long Beach personal injury lawyer like me.  Products have a tendency to make their way overseas, and even if they don’t, one country’s safety hazard today could become another country’s tomorrow.  I will be paying attention to this story as a personal injury attorney in Ventura.

FDA Issues Warning About Counterfeit Avastin

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on April 4, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration is doing its part to warn consumers of a counterfeit drug that made its way to the United States.

A batch of counterfeit drugs purporting to be a popular cancer combating drug called Avastin has arrived in the US, and the FDA is worried about the drug making its way to the public.

A distributor known as Richards Pharma was responsible for selling the counterfeits to doctors.  The FDA is warning medical professionals not to accept any drugs from this business, which also goes by the names Warwick Healthcare Solutions, Ban Dune Marketing, and Richards Services.

The items themselves come in vials and have been labeled as Altuzan, which is billed as a Turkish version of the more popular Avastin.  However, this item is not approved in America, and in fact the counterfeit versions of Avastin do not even contain the active ingredient present in the American drug.

This isn’t the first time that the FDA has had to warn consumers about counterfeits of Avastin.  In February, the agency investigated another instance of a fake version of the item that had been distributed to doctors.  No word on if the two counterfeit operations are connected.

Drugs can be dangerous enough without having to worry about ripoffs of drugs.  As a personal injury attorney in Ventura, I think we all need to be aware of potential problems associated with such products.  That’s why I try to spread the word about this kind of news as a San Jose personal injury lawyer.

Recall: Nissan 2012 Altima and Vera Vehicles Due to Air Bag Issues

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 21, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has been recently issued for Nissan 2012 Altima and Versa cars due to air bag problems affecting the vehicle models.

The recall was announced by Nissan North America in cooperation with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after it was discovered that the incorrect mixture of propellants was used in the air bag initiators. The issue reportedly affects the side curtain air bags of the recalled vehicle models. In case of collision, the side air bag curtain could potentially fail to deploy.

Vehicle owners will be notified by the company beginning Feb. 27 to bring in their recalled vehicles to their local dealer for a free inspection and replacement of the faulty airbags if necessary.

As a San Bernardino 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 personal injury attorney Ventura to learn about the legal options available to you. Please, continue to visit our blog for regular updates about unsafe and dangerous consumer products.

Tassimo Coffeemakers Recalled Due to Burn Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 9, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has been issued for about 2 million Tassimo coffeemakers due to a burn hazard arising from the home appliances bursting during the brewing process, posing a potential burn hazard to consumers.

The recall affects both Bosch-brand and Tassimo coffeemakers with model numbers that start with TAS100, TAS200, TAS451, TAS46, TAS651, and TAS6512CUL. The coffeemakers were recalled after about 140 incidents involving them spraying hot liquid onto consumers were reported. In those cases, about 37 incidents resulted in second degree burns, with one 10-year-old girl reportedly sustaining the burns to her face and neck. A recent recall involving about 4 million Tassimo T Disks used to brew espresso has also been issued.

Consumers with the recalled coffeemaker machines are advised to stop using them immediately and contact Tassimo at for additional information.

As a personal injury attorney Ventura, 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 Long Beach personal injury attorney to learn about the legal options available to you.

Recall: Bumbleride Indie & Indie Twin Strollers Due to Fall Risks

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on February 7, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has been issued for about 28,000 units of Bumbleride Indie & Indie Twin Strollers after it was found that the front wheels could possibly break and therefore cause the stroller to tip.

The company, Bumbleride Inc., announced the recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission after the problem with the front wheels breaking at the axle hub was discovered. The recalled stroller models include I-107, I-110 and I-205, all of which were manufactured between January 2009 through August 2011.

There have been two reports of minor injuries to date, with about 36 incidents involving the front wheel breaking in total.

Consumers with the recalled strollers should stop using them and contact the company at (800) 530-3930 to receive a free retrofit kit for the front wheel.

As a personal injury lawyer San Bernardino, I’ve seen recalls of this kind in the past and understand the risks they entail for unsuspecting consumers. I hope that by supplying this information consumers will have an opportunity to learn more 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 personal injury attorney Ventura to learn about the legal options available to you.

Children’s WeePlay Bodysuits Recalled Over Choking Hazard

By PSB Admin on February 3, 2012

Children rely on their parents to keep them safe, and in turn, parents rely on companies to make products that don’t pose a threat to their babies.

WeePlay Kids has announced a recall involving Carter’s Watch the Wear bodysuits and Sleep ‘n Play one-pieces.  The items, which come in multiple colors, were sold at various stores across the country between November 2010 and August 2011.  They retailed for between $4 and $9.

The problem with the item concerns tiny snaps that are used to close up the clothing.  These snaps can detach from the bodysuits and one-pieces, creating a choking hazard to the young children for whom the clothes are designed for.

Thankfully, no injuries have occurred in conjunction with this product, but the company has received word of more than 30 incidents in which the snaps have fallen off of the item.  People who purchased the product are asked to cease putting them on their children and return the clothing for a free replacement.

As a personal injury attorney in Ventura, I hate to see defective products of any kind, but a recall on children’s products is particularly frightening.  Children should be safe in the knowledge that their parents are looking out for them, and in turn, parents should know that a Los Angeles personal injury attorney is watching their backs and bringing them the latest safety news.

HP Recalls Over A Million Fax Machines Due to Fire Danger

By PSB Admin on February 2, 2012

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that Hewlett Packard has recalled over one million fax machines due to a fire hazard.

The problem involves the failure of defective internal components.  This failure causes the fax machines to overheat and subsequently catch fire.

Already seven reports have reached HP of fires breaking out in the fax machines.  Of these reports, one resulted in a large amount of damage to surrounding property and another left a person’s finger with minor burns.

The affected units are the HP Fax 1040 and HP Fax 1050 machines.  They were sold all across the country at various electronics stores between November 2004 and December 2011.  They retailed anywhere from $90 to $120.  Ironically, some of these items were replacements for a previous recall of a similar product that occurred in June 2008.  Consumers can contact the company for a rebate that’s good for a replacement fax.

As a personal injury attorney in Ventura, I think it’s a shame that a handful of these fires broke out before the recall could be announced, especially considering the nature of that similar recall in 2008.  I hope that consumers take my advice as a San Bernardino personal injury lawyer and heed the recall.

Toys ‘R Us Program Helps Get Unsafe Baby Products Off Streets

By PSB Admin on January 25, 2012

With so many products out there, it can sometimes be quite difficult to keep up with product recalls and safety information.  That’s why I was glad this morning to see a company working hard to help get dangerous products off the streets.

Toys ‘R Us is once again promoting a program called the “Great Trade-In” event.  What this program basically does is allow consumers to bring old, used, and potentially unsafe products in to a local Toys ‘R Us store and exchange them for a new item of a similar make.  The program was first introduced in 2009 as a way to curtail the danger posed by various hand-me-down products that may have been recalled or no longer comply with federal safety guidelines.

Since the first event, around 600,000 products have been traded in for a safer alternative.  For the upcoming promotion, which beginss on January 27, consumers can bring in items such as cribs, high chairs, and strollers in exchange for a 25% discount on a similar item from selected manufacturers.

As a Ventura personal injury attorney, I can tell you how important product recalls are, but I also know that it’s often hard to keep track of a seemingly endless amount of safety information, especially if money is an issue.  Events like the one described above do a great service to consumers across the country, and as a personal injury attorney in Ventura, I urge everyone out there to take part in this event if you think it could help make your household safer.

Recall: Giant Bicycle Due To Fall Hazard

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on January 18, 2012

According to news sources, a recall has been issued for about 900 units of 2012 Model Year Giant Defy Advanced and Avail Advanced Bicycles after it was discovered that the fork can crack, resulting in a potential fall hazard for unsuspecting riders.

The recall was announced by the company, Giant Bicycle, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission after it was found that the fork can crack and potentially pose a fall hazard. The recalled bicycle models include the Giant Defy Advanced with model number 0, 1 and 2, as well as Giant Avail Advanced bicycles with models  0, 1, and 2.

There have been no reports of injury to date.

The recalled bicycles will receive a replacement of the fork and free inspection once brought into a Giant Bicycle dealer. To contact the company, call (866) 458-2555.

As a Ventura personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen recalls of this kind in the past and understand the risks they entail for unsuspecting consumers. I hope that by supplying this information consumers will have an opportunity to learn more 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 personal injury attorney Ventura to learn about the legal options available to you.

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