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Clothing Recalls and the Danger of Drawstrings on Children's Clothing

While the earliest guidelines regarding drawstrings in children's clothing date back more than 15 years, new recalls are still necessary every year. The guidelines for the makers of children's clothing are voluntary, so non-conforming items are still regularly sold to unsuspecting parents. Parents and guardians must be aware of the products they make available to their children.

Pharmacy Mistake Switches Breast Cancer Meds and Fluoride Tablets

Countless children are prescribed chewable fluoride tablets to help prevent tooth decay every year. A product mix-up at a pharmacy in New Jersey led to several children receiving the drug Tamoxifen, a breast cancer treatment, rather than the fluoride pills they had been prescribed. The error may have affected up to 50 families over nearly three months' time. CVS Caremark acknowledged the mistake, but has not explained how such a mistake could occur or why it went undetected for so long. Fortunately, at least one pharmaceutical expert is on record saying that it is unlikely that the ingestion of Tamoxifen would cause adverse health effects in the children who accidentally took the drug.

In-Flight Meal Leaves One Passenger Dead

A 73-year-old man ordered the chicken on an American Airlines flight from Barcelona to New York. The meal was allegedly contaminated with deadly bacteria. He became ill and his condition worsened on the next leg of his flight from New York to Miami. The man died shortly after the flight emergency landed in Virginia. The surviving family members have filed a lawsuit naming the airline and the catering company used by the airline to supply its meals. The wrongful death suit is seeking more than $1 million in damages from the two companies.

Defective Drug Manufacturer Settles Vioxx Case

In 2007, the drug maker Merck agreed to a $4.85 billion settlement with the individuals who suffered heart attacks, strokes or other injuries associated with the use of Vioxx, as well as with the families of those who died as a result of using the drug. The makers of this defective drug have now settled their case with the U.S. Justice Department for their illegal marketing of an off-label use for the medication. Despite the heavy financial toll, the company was quick to point out that the settlements do not indicate an admission of liability or wrongdoing.

Baby Shampoo Contains Carcinogen

The cancer causing agent formaldehyde can be found in an unlikely product, Johnson & Johnson's baby shampoo. Johnson & Johnson has promised to remove the preservative responsible for releasing the carcinogen, though no plan has been announced for how to deal with the contaminated products still on the shelves. Consumer groups are calling the decision a victory, though they have called for a specific timeline by which J & J will commit to ending the use of the offending preservative.

The Hypocrisy of Tort Reform Advocates

Caterpillar is a well-known maker of industrial equipment, including construction vehicles, mining equipment, engines and more. As a board member of the Institute for Legal Reform, they are a leader in the movement to restrict the ability of individuals to sue after suffering a personal injury at the hands of a negligent corporation. This movement, under the misleading name "tort reform," is not aimed at reducing frivolous lawsuits. Its goal is to protect corporations from being held accountable for the consequences of their actions. The evidence of this is clear; recently, Caterpillar sued Disney for depicting bulldozers as overly villainous in the video release of George of the Jungle 2.

Salmonella scare leads to turkey product recall

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to search for the source of a salmonella outbreak that has killed one person and left more than 70 others seriously ill. After an internal investigation, Cargill has decided to recall 36 million pounds of potentially contaminated products made from fresh and frozen ground turkey. In addition, the company has stopped all production of ground turkey at the Arkansas facility suspected to be the source of the salmonella outbreak.

FDA medical device approval process under fire

A series of high profile recalls led the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to seek recommendations for how the medical device approval system could be improved. Recently, defective product recalls involving Medtronic defibrillators and DuPuy artificial hips have drawn significant attention to how the FDA grants approval for medical devices. These and many other medical devices were approved under a fast-track process known as 510(k). According to at least one group, the process is inherently flawed.

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