Archive for June, 2014

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

Filed June 30th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

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. […]

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

Filed June 26th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

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, […]

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

Filed June 26th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

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 […]

Key Ignition Switch Problems Prompt New GM Recall

Filed June 18th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

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 […]

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

Filed June 17th, 2014 Cynthia Diaz-Shephard

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 […]

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

Filed June 4th, 2014 Julie Ann Fidler

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 […]

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

Filed June 3rd, 2014 Cynthia Diaz-Shephard

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 […]

Watchdog Wants Permanent Ban on Adult Portable Bed Handles

Filed June 2nd, 2014 Cynthia Diaz-Shephard

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 […]