FDA to Review Rules for Over-the-Counter Drugs

The FDA has launched a review of the way it determines the safety of over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen. Current regulations allow the manufacturers of over-the-counter medications to drag their feet when it comes to updating warning labels. The process of increasing the warning on a potentially dangerous drug can take years, during which time hundreds, if not thousands, of people can suffer serious and fatal injury due to misuse. The scope of the review is…

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Honda Recalling Nearly 900,000 Odyssey Minivans

In the wake of the GM recall, smaller vehicle recalls may go underreported. This does not mean, however, that they are any less dangerous. For example, Honda has just announced a recall for nearly 900,000 Odyssey minivans manufactured between 2005 and 2010. According to the company, the recall involves a fuel pump that can prematurely deteriorate, resulting in fire. Honda will begin issuing notices to known owners this month, but the company states the part…

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Generic Drug Manufacturers Oppose FDA Label Proposal

The FDA has proposed label changes that would require generic drug manufacturers to update warning labels when new safety concerns come to light, even if those label changes have not first been made by the original manufacturer of the medication. The Generic Pharmaceutical Association, a trade group representing generic drug manufacturers, claims the proposed changes would raise the cost of medication and expose off-brand producers to more dangerous medication lawsuits. The FDA claims these changes would…

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New Dog Bite Case Presents Interesting Hurdles dog attack injury

A nationally reported dog bite case is showing just how complex these types of accidents can be. A four-year-old boy, mauled by a neighbor’s dog after wandering into its yard, needs tens of thousands of dollars of reconstructive surgery and has endured untold pain and suffering. Nonetheless, thousands have rallied around the dog, claiming it was simply doing what dogs do and neither the animal nor its owner should be held accountable for the child’s disfigurement. An…

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Liquid Nicotine Increases Risks of Poisoning

According to the National Poison Data Center, accidental poisonings from nicotine have jumped in recent years. In 2013, 1,351 poisonings were linked directly to e-liquid, the liquid form of nicotine used in e-cigarettes. This was a 300 percent increase of accidental poisonings from the year before. Of the poisonings reported in 2013, nearly 400 resulted in hospitalization, three-times the number as the year prior. Many of the victims of nicotine poisoning are children who have…

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