Year: 2017

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Last week, we published a blog on the dangerous type 2 diabetes drug Invokana. Once the FDA has evidence that an FDA approved product has serious or life-threatening risks, it can receive a black box warning. The FDA required a black box warning for Invokana after receiving evidence that it increases…

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The Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA) of 1953 created flammability standards for consumer clothing products. When the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was created in 1972, it became responsible for issuing flammability standards under this law. The CPSC has flammability standards for all children’s sleepwear products above size 9 months and…

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Invokana is an SGLT2 inhibitor that also goes by the names Invokamet, Invokamet XR and canagliflozin. In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Invokana to treat adults with type 2 diabetes. More than four years after its approval, it has become clear that Invokana is a defective and unreasonably dangerous…

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Multiple fatalities and injuries were reported after an Amtrak train derailed above an overpass in DuPont, Washington. According to Pierce County officials, Amtrak Train 501 was travelling along a new route when it derailed above an overpass on Interstate 5. Railcars fell off the overpass and crushed vehicles below. Photos…

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Consumer advocates with the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) have called on Chrysler to issue a recall for 2017 Pacifica minivans. More than 156,000 of these vehicles have been sold in the US. CAS claims the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received 50 reports from consumers who claim…

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Statistics published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show that 21.4 percent of workplace fatalities in private industry during 2015 were in construction. However, construction workers are not always responsible for dangerous workplace conditions in this industry. Despite the many ways that construction workers can be harmed on the job,…

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More than 180 women claim they were sexually assaulted while receiving treatments at Massage Envy, a national chain of day-spas. Massage Envy has grown into a multibillion-dollar business that operates more than 1,170 franchise locations in 49 states. The claims were uncovered by a BuzzFeed News investigation, which gathered information…

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If you read last week’s blog, then you know that cerebral palsy refers to a group of neurological disorders that may be caused by a brain injury or malformation while the brain is still developing. You would also know that medical mistakes before, during and shortly after birth can lead to the development of…

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Inferior vena cava filters (IVC filters) are implantable medical devices that are used to prevent pulmonary embolisms. These are blood clots that can travel from the lower body to the arteries in the lungs. IVC filters are spider-like medical devices are placed in the inferior vena cava to break up…

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EpiPens are pocket-sized medical devices that can treat symptoms of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. Anaphylaxis can be triggered in individuals with allergies to certain foods, insect stings, medications and materials. An individual experiencing anaphylaxis only has moments to use an EpiPen to inject epinephrine (adrenaline). In some cases, bystanders…