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FDA Warning Letter Blasts Company for Failing to Investigate EpiPen Malfunctions

Are you one of the 3.5 million Americans who carries an EpiPen? Imagine if your EpiPen had defects that kept it from working during an emergency. If your EpiPen no longer worked, you could find yourself in a potentially fatal situation if you were to experience anaphylaxis. A new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter to Meridian Medical Technologies, a US EpiPen manufacturer, suggests some EpiPens on the market were defective. The FDA sent the warning letter to Meridian for multiple violations. In the letter, the FDA argued that Meridian failed to investigate more than 170 adverse event reports involving malfunctioning EpiPens. Meridian received 171 EpiPens to investigate related to these complaints, but only did so in a small number of these devices. According to these complaints, the EpiPens failed to deliver epinephrine dosages during emergencies. Complaints also suggest that EpiPens delivered dosages prematurely. Epinephrine would not be available…
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Are Patients Being Misled About the Safety of Hospitals?

An article published by the Wall Street Journal has questioned the integrity of the Joint Commission’s accreditation system. According to the article, the Joint Commission rarely revokes its seal of approval for hospitals who are not in compliance with federal safety rules. The Joint Commission is a nonprofit organization that accredits an estimated 80 percent of US hospitals. Hospitals even use Joint Commission accreditation as a marketing tactic to attract patients. The Wall Street Journal obtained reports from federal and state inspections that took place between 2014 and 2016. These were inspections carried out by state regulators or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). According to the data, 350 hospitals were in violation of CMS safety standards during 2014. One-third of these 350 hospitals accumulated more violations in 2015 and 2016. Data from the inspection reports shows that 30 hospitals had violations that caused or could have caused…
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Target Room Essentials Dressers Recalled for Tip-Over Accident Risk

Target has issued a recall for 175,000 dressers that were sold in its US stores for three years. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), these dressers may tip-over and injure or kill small children. The CPSC has urged parents to stop using Target’s Room Essentials Four-Drawer dressers. These dressers have different model numbers that vary by color. Black dressers have the model number 249-05-0103 Espresso dresser have the model number 249-05-0106 Maple dressers have the model number 249-05-0109 As of last week, there were no reported injuries. However, Target has received 12 reports of the dressers falling. Target’s Room Essentials Four-Drawer was sold in stores from January 2013 through April 2016. If you own one of these dressers, then you can bring it into any Target store to receive a full refund. What Are Tip-Over Accidents? Target’s dressers are only part of a much larger safety problem…
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