Month: January 2012

Plavix Product Liability Lawsuit Alleges Safety Issues

The popular blood thinner Plavix is the subject of another pharmaceutical liability lawsuit. Filed in Illinois against the drug’s manufacturers Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanoli Aventis, the new suit alleges that the manufacturers of the well-known cardiac drug knowingly misrepresented its effectiveness and safety, causing plaintiffs to suffer personal injuries, economic loss and medical expenses. Plavix […]

Written by on January 31, 2012

Replacement Lawnmower Blade Recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Blount International Inc., of Kansas City, Missouri announced a voluntary recall of the Oregon® Replacement Lawnmower Blades for Ariens 48-inch lawnmowers. The recalled item has part number “91-003” and “PA” or “PJ” printed on the surface of the recalled blades. These replacement lawnmower blades can break […]

Written by on January 27, 2012

Infant Rattle Recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Lee Carter Co. have issued a recall of roughly 25,000 infant rattles for handles that pose a choking hazard to children. According to the CPSC, the handles are small enough to fit inside a child’s throat and violate federal safety standards designed to protect children from choking […]

Written by on January 26, 2012

Certain Antidepressants Linked to Birth Defects

Every year an estimated 120,000 U.S. babies — one in every 33 births — are born with birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Birth defects can have a life-changing impact on an infant’s physical and mental development and function and are a leading cause of infant deaths. Children born with birth defects […]

Written by on January 26, 2012

Lunch Box Recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced a recall of the Ci Sport  insulated lunch box set which included a freezer gel pack.  The Ci Sport lunch box was sold at Cost U Less, Leon Korol and Costco from May, 2007 to September, 2008.  The lunch box was available in four colors: denim blue, red, […]

Written by on January 24, 2012

Patient Deaths Prompt Recall of Thoracic Staples

Three deaths and 13 serious personal injuries have led to the voluntary recall of endoscopic surgical staples used in thoracic surgery. Last week, Covidien, a global manufacturer of medical devices and healthcare products, issued a voluntary recall of Duet TRS Universal Straight and Articulating Single Use Loading Units (surgical staples), advising against their use in thoracic […]

Written by on January 24, 2012

Postal Worker Bit by German Shepherd

Mail Carrier Sues Dog Owner Over Bite A mail carrier has filed suit against the owner of a dog that bit her after breaking through a screen door at a home where she was delivering mail, according to court documents. The lawsuit was filed by a former U.S. Postal Service employee who says a German […]

Written by on January 20, 2012

St. Louis Workplace Accidents Kill 2 in January

The first month of the year has barely started and two men have already died in St. Louis workplace accidents. A Butler Merchandising Solutions employee died when he became trapped in machinery. City Museum founder Robert Cassilly was killed at the construction site of his latest attraction, Cementland, when the bulldozer he was driving flipped […]

Written by on January 19, 2012

Federal Cellphone Ban Could Dial Down Truck Accidents

A new federal ban on cellphone use by interstate truckers and bus drivers is aimed at dialing down truck accidents caused by distracted driving. Issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the ban is limited to interstate commercial drivers and only restricts the use of handheld devices. The ban does not apply to Bluetooth […]

Written by on January 17, 2012

Serious Complications Associated with Transvaginal Placement of Surgical Mesh for Organ Prolapse

Surgical mesh is a medical device that is generally used to repair weakened or damaged tissue. It is made from porous absorbable or non-absorbable synthetic material or absorbable biologic material. Surgical mesh can be used for urogynecologic procedures, including repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It is permanently implanted to […]

Written by on January 16, 2012