Red Rice Yeast Capsules Recalled After FDA Discovers the Presence of Undeclared Cholesterol Lowering Drug

Vitamin supplement manufacturer Doctor’s Best is recalling 7,379 bottles of its 600 mg. Red Rice Yeast supplement capsules because U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing found the product contained lovastatin (known as Mevacor), a cholesterol-lowering drug.

Rice Yeast is a traditional Chinese culinary and medicinal product which can contain substantial amounts of monacolin K. The substance is nearly chemically identical to the active ingredient in lovastatin. Continue reading Red Rice Yeast Capsules Recalled After FDA Discovers the Presence of Undeclared Cholesterol Lowering Drug

VA Whistleblowers Face Harsh Retaliation for Bringing Injustices at VA Hospitals to Light

Hundreds of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees have reported the lies and indignities that go on inside VA hospital walls to federal watchdogs, unions, lawmakers, and outside whistleblower groups, only to face harsh discipline and even firings.

In recent interviews with The New York Times (Times), four doctors, a nurse, and an office manager from Delaware, Pennsylvania and Alaska spoke of the retaliation they faced for speaking out against the VA’s negligence. Their stories, often corroborated by internal documents, detailed blatant intimidation tactics used to keep employees quiet, according to Dispatch.com. Continue reading VA Whistleblowers Face Harsh Retaliation for Bringing Injustices at VA Hospitals to Light

Over-the-Counter Topical Acne Drugs May Cause Severe Allergic Reactions, FDA Warns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety communication yesterday warning that certain topical over-the-counter (OTC) acne drugs, including Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, and the products’ generic store brands, could cause rare but potentially life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation.

The FDA was not able to determine whether the reactions were caused by the acne products’ active ingredients, benzyol peroxide or salicylic acid, the inactive ingredients or both, but the agency said the topical medications could cause throat tightness; difficulty breathing; lightheadedness; or swelling of the eyes, lips, face or tongue. The FDA said in the safety communication that consumers who experience any of these symptoms should stop using the products immediately and seek emergency medical treatment. Consumers were also urged to stop using the medications if they develop hives or itching.

A severe allergic reaction differs from a minor localized reaction, which typically includes symptoms like redness, burning, dryness, itching, peeling, or slight swelling.

The products are typically sold in the forms of gels, lotions, face washes, solutions, cleansing scrubs, toners, face scrubs and other products. Many OTC topical acne drugs include label directions for new users to test for hypersensitivity reactions. The directions instruct users to apply a small amount of the product to one or two small affected areas of the skin for three days. If at the end of those three days no irritation has occurred, then the product can be used according to the directions on the Drug Facts label.

The FDA also called on OTC acne drug manufacturers to include these directions in all of their product labels to reduce the risk of hypersensitivity reactions. The health watchdog said it is continuing to monitor and evaluate the safety issue and will work with manufacturers regarding any future label changes that may need to be made.

“There is currently no mention of the possibility of these very severe allergic reactions on the product labels,” Dr. Mona Khurana of the FDA said in a statement obtained by Time.com. “It’s important that consumers know about them, and that they know what to do if they occur.”

The FDA has received 131 reports of adverse reactions in consumers using OTC acne products since 1969. Forty percent of those reactions included hroat tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing, low blood pressure, fainting or collapse, FDA says. Some users also reported hives, itchy faces or bodies, swollen eyes and swollen lips. Some of the patients had to be hospitalized.

Key Ignition Switch Problems Prompt New GM Recall

General Motors (GM) launched another recall of several models of cars this week because of problems with the vehicles’ key ignition switches.

About 3.6 million midsize and large cars are being recalled to modify their ignition keys in an effort to prevent critical safety issues like the ones that prompted a recall of 2.9 million U.S. small cars in February and March after 13 deaths and 54 accidents, according to USAToday.com. Continue reading Key Ignition Switch Problems Prompt New GM Recall

Ford Slashes MPG Ratings for Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

Ford is ‘fessing up about the true economy ratings of some of the automaker’s vehicles, namely its hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. The true picture of the C-Max Hybrid, Fusion Hybrid, MKZ Hybrid, C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi is quite a bit different than the one Ford originally painted of the vehicles.

The C-Max Hybrid was advertised as getting 45 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city, 40 on the highway and 43 combined. Ford has revised those numbers to 42/37/40. Take a look at the original and revised numbers for the author models provided by DailyTech.com: Continue reading Ford Slashes MPG Ratings for Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

Mission Archery Recalls 9,500 MXB Crossbows Following 3 Reports of the Crossbows Firing Without the User Pulling the Trigger

Approximately 9,500 MXB crossbows have been recalled by Mission Archery of Sparta, Wisconsin. The crossbow can unexpectedly fire an arrow without the user pulling the trigger, posing a risk of injury to the user and others.

Mission Archery pulled the MXB crossbows from the market after receiving three reports of the crossbows shooting unintentionally. The recall involves crossbows that have the automatic safety located behind the trigger at rear of scope mount, models MXB 320, MXB Dagger, MXB 400 and MXB 360; and serial numbers ranging from XB04879 to XB16555. Continue reading Mission Archery Recalls 9,500 MXB Crossbows Following 3 Reports of the Crossbows Firing Without the User Pulling the Trigger

Recalled Nap Nanny Recliners are Still Claiming Young Lives, Despite Recall

A Hopatcong, New Jersey infant is the sixth child in the U.S. to die in a Nap Nanny Recliner, despite it having been recalled in June 2013 after 92 incidents, including five infant deaths dating back to 2009.

The 8-month-old child was found partly hanging over the side of a Nap Nanny Recliner, trapped between the recliner and a crib bumper. The infant suffocated to death, according to Newsmax.com. Continue reading Recalled Nap Nanny Recliners are Still Claiming Young Lives, Despite Recall

Watchdog Wants Permanent Ban on Adult Portable Bed Handles

One of the leading consumer watchdog groups, The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, is renewing its call for a ban of adult portable bed rails in long-term care settings.

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care’s plea comes after last week’s Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall of bed handles linked to three deaths, McKnight’s reported. According to the recall notice, one of the deaths occurred in an assisted living community and another in a managed care facility. Continue reading Watchdog Wants Permanent Ban on Adult Portable Bed Handles