Think Twice Before Giving Your Child Probiotic Medicine!! Infant Death Linked to Probiotic ABC Dophilus Powder

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The FDA issued a warning to parents and medical personnel that the probiotic ABC Dophilus Powder has been linked to the death of an infant. The FDA warning states, in part, that:

“A premature infant administered a dietary supplement, ABC Dophilus® Powder (Solgar®), as part of in-hospital course of treatment, developed gastrointestinal mucormycosis caused by the moldRhizopus oryzae and died.”

The FDA further cautions parents and medical personnel about the use of dietary supplements containing live bacteria or yeast in infants and adults that have a compromised immune system. Parents should be aware that the FDA does not monitor these types of drugs in the same manner as most pharmaceuticals. The FDA also does not ensure that these types of drugs do what the manufacturer claims.

I know that my wife and I frequently gave our children probiotic medicines when they were infants. I also know that I would have never done this had I known the risks associated.

Want to read the FDA’s warning letter? Click on this link:

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/UCM426233.pdf

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J&J’s Pinnacle Hips Face First Trial on Poisoned Patients – Bloomberg

Bloomberg news just reported that Johnson & Johnson’s first trial concerning its “Pinnacle” hip replacements will begin today.  There are a total of approximately 6,000 cases alleging that the Pinnacle hip replacements were defectively designed causing metal debris to be absorb into patient’s blood stream.

We are currently handling both these cases and other similar cases involving J&J’s “ASR” hip replacements. Please let us know if you have received either hip implant, as you may be unknowingly suffering from metal poisoning.  If you or a loved one has received a hip replacement between the years of 2005 – 2013, I would strongly advise you to contact your doctor to determine the exact make and model of the implant. Let us know if you need help finding this out. All initial consultations are free.

Johnson & Johnson JNJ, which set aside $2.5 billion last year to resolve claims that 8,000 of its artificial hips were defective, faces a new round of lawsuits over another line of hip implants blamed for poisoning patients.J&J’s DePuy unit is starting its first trial of allegations that the metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip was defectively designed and caused metal debris to leech into patients’ bloodstreams. The cobalt-and-chromium material caused an infection that forced Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli to have her artificial hips surgically removed, she said in court filings.

via J&J’s Pinnacle Hips Face First Trial on Poisoned Patients – Bloomberg.

Hysterectomy Device Tied to Spreading Cancer Recalled by Johnson & Johnson

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J&J just announced that it is voluntarily pulling its power morcellators globally. J&J’s decision comes in the wake of the FDA’s April 2014 warning to doctors that this device may spread, and consequently accelerate, the growth of undetected cancer cells in women. The FDA found that as many as 1 in 350 woman who undergo this procedure may have cancer that this machine could spread outside the uterus.

Power morcellators are robots that are used to preform minimally invasive robotic hysterectomies. The American Medical Association estimates that as many as 20,000 woman have these types of procedures preformed on an annual basis.

Our firm is currently reviewing cases where woman have had robotic hysterectomies and experienced injuries or the spread of cancer.

Bloomberg News published a good article on this: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-31/j-j-withdraws-hysterectomy-device-tied-to-cancer-spread.html

Some Weight Loss Drugs Contain “Hidden Drugs” that Can Lead to Death, FDA Warns

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FDA has identified an emerging trend where over-the-counter products, frequently represented as dietary supplements, contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful. Consumers may unknowingly take products laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients. These deceptive products can harm you! Hidden ingredients are increasingly becoming a problem in products promoted for weight loss.

Cleveland.com [http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2014/07/fda_warns_of_prescription_drug.html] reported that the FDA has warned consumers NOT to use the following weight loss supplements due to them containing a dangerous drug known to cause heart attacks and strokes:

1. Mix Fruit Slimming sold on Amazon

2. Lingzhi Cleansed Slim Tea sold on Amazon

3. Trim Fast

4. 24 ince

5. Sliming (sic) Diet by Pretty White sold on ebay

6. Lipo

FDA’s List of additional products just for 2014 with “hidden drugs:”

You can watch the FDA’s video on “Tainted Weight Loss Products” here: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/MedicationHealthFraud/ucm234592.htm.

 

FDA to Parents – DON’T Use Lidocaine Viscous on Infants to Treat Teething Pain

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The FDA just notified health professionals and caregivers of infants that prescription oral viscous lidocaine (2% solution) should not be used to treat infants and children with teething pain.  The FDA will now require a “Boxed Warning” to the drug labeling that will highlight this warning.

This year the FDA reviewed 22 case reports of serious adverse reactions in infants and children. The adverse reactions noted were seizures, severe brain damage, heart problems, and even death. The age range for the reviews was 5 months to 3.5 years old.

The FDA further advised that viscous lidocaine should NOT be prescribed by doctors, and warned parents that even over-the-counter topical medications should not be used due to potential harmful side effects.

You can find the FDA’s Drug Safety Communication Notice here: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm402240.htm

You can find the FDA’s Consumer Update Notice here: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm385817.htm

Diet Drug Suprenza Fails to Disclose Adverse Reactions

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On June 6, 2014, the FDA dropped its hammer on both the maker (Akrimax Pharmaceuticals) and the marketing company (Citius Pharmaceuticals) of the diet drug Suprenza.  The website for Suprenza apparently completely failed to list ANY of the contraindications or adverse reactions.  The FDA’s letter states that the website “fails to disclose any of the other warnings and precautions associated with the drug. By omitting serious and frequently occurring risks associated with Suprenza, the webpage misleadingly suggests that Suprenza is safer than has been demonstrated.”

The FDA letter further admonishes the website for implying that people taking Suprenza will become “lean.”  The FDA states that it  “is not aware of substantial evidence or substantial clinical experience to support this implication…”  The FDA stated that such implication is misleading absent substantial proof, which apparently doesn’t exist for this drug.

This information was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, and can be found here: http://blogs.wsj.com/pharmalot/2014/06/16/a-diet-drug-website-is-lean-on-important-information-fda-says/.

You can read a complete copy of the FDA’s letter here: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/EnforcementActivitiesbyFDA/WarningLettersandNoticeofViolationLetterstoPharmaceuticalCompanies/UCM400708.pdf

If you are considering taking Suprenza – Ask yourself why a manufacture would fail to disclose any of the known contraindications and adverse reactions and why it would attempt to mislead you. Then ask yourself is this really something I want to put in my body.

Death Suspected in Recalled Lots of NaturaLyte Liquid Bicarbonate Concentrate

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Fresenius Medical Care North America issued a recall for certain lots of NaturaLyte Liquid Bicarbonate Concentrate, 6.4 liters.  NaturaLyte is drug used in hemodialysis machines.  Laboratory test identified a Gram Negative bacteria (Halomonas).  The FDA issued recall notices on May 21 and May 28th of this year.  The FDA has received one report of death and two reports of injuries suspected to be related to the infected drug.  The FDA further stated that the affected product could cause serious adverse health consequences, including sepsis, bacteremia, and death.

You can find the FDA recall notices here:

http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/ListofRecalls/ucm399124.htm

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm398488.htm

Nathan T. Williams

TheWilliamsLitigationGroup.com

574 People Sick in 27 States from Chicken

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The CDC just reported that 574 people in 27 states have reported salmonella relating to chicken from Foster Farms (http://www.fosterfarms.com/).  One of these has been linked to a man in Georgia.  Thirty-seven (37) percent have been reportedly hospitalized and 13% have developed blood infections.  No deaths have been reported thus far.

Whats strange about this incident is the fact that the original outbreak was reported over a year ago – March 1, 2013 – and that many of the people interviewed said that they had gotten sick from newly purchased chicken – not chicken that had been previously purchased and frozen.

You can read a good article on this at http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2014/05/cdc-50-new-cases-of-salmonella-linked-to-foster-farms/#.U4Xf4pRdWzu.  Food Safety News is an excellent site to monitor similar incidents.

Please let us know if you believe you have suffered an illness relating to Foster Farms.

TheWilliamsLitigationGroup.com