Bayer Warned by FDA for YAZ Testing Problems

The birth control Yasmin or Yaz has caused much controversy and concerns since it was first brought on the market back in March. Many people are concerned about the serious side effects of the pill and how Bayer seemed to have made these side effects not seem as serious as they are. Another thing that Bayer was warned about by the Food and Drug Administration or the FDA that they did not think was a serious problem was the testing of the quality of the pills. It measured the quality of its ingredients based on an average of several samples instead of reporting the individual test results of each sample like they should. Bayer then continued … [Read more...]

Chamber of Commerce Attacking Legal System through Radio Ads

In this country, we all have the right to hold another person or party, or even corporation responsible for their acts of negligence, malpractice and other cases of harm. Recently, the Chamber of Commerce has entered the radio advertisement arena in an attempt to protect its high standing members from these lawsuits and claims of negligence. They claim that this is to protect people from meaningless lawsuits, but these ad campaigns are supported by the same people that the Chamber of Commerce is trying to protect, including oil, tobacco, and insurance companies. It seems to like the Chamber of Commerce does not really care about proper care … [Read more...]

Bathtub Safety Tips that may save Your Child’s Life

Every summer parents and guardians sit by the pool and watch over their children as they swim because they are worried about the possibility of drowning. Not many of us consider that the same thing can happen indoors in bathtubs, bath seats and even buckets every year. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in 2003-2005, about ninety children younger than five years old drowned in bathtubs, bath seats, buckets, pails, and other landscaping and yard products.  In 2005-2007 there was an average of thirty-nine submersion incidents with the same products involving children less than two years of age. It is important that we … [Read more...]

Child Accidents Raise Concern Over Automobile Safety

According to a global study performed by the World Health Organization and Unicef, it has been found that around the globe, accidents kill 830,000 children each year.  Over all, although 95 percent of all injuries to children occur in poor and middle-income countries, injuries account for 40 percent of all child deaths in rich ones – Including the United States. Dr. Étienne Krug, director of injuries and violence prevention at the World Health Organization, believes this is because wealthier nations tend to not have much better child health care, but do not attempt to remedy the causes of childhood accidents.  In a recent article in the New … [Read more...]

Insurance Company “frivolous defense” Tactics Add to American Economic Woes

For years, the insurance companies and their paid lobbyists have spent millions of dollars on public relations campaigns to make the phrase “frivolous lawsuit” a part of our vocabulary.As a result of the insurance industry’s systematic public relations campaign, potential jurors view every personal injury lawsuit as “frivolous”; the injured people who file a lawsuit– “cheats or scammers”; and the trial lawyers who represent them – “greedy” or “ambulance chasers.”Never before has our country seen an industry spend so much money so effectively to destroy a right that was guaranteed by our Founding Fathers. That is the right to have our civil … [Read more...]

YAMAHA RHINO AT CENTER OF FEDERAL REGULATION CRITICISM

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is probing the design of so-called recreational off- highway vehicles after reports of fatal accidents involving the new, unregulated products.” – Alan Ohnsman The CPSC review, although covering many brands, focuses primarily on the Yamaha Rhino.The Rhino has caught the attention of the CPSC after over 30 fatalities and many more injuries were reported. The probe spotlights gaps in oversight of the vehicles, which have been produced for about five years.For the past five years, these vehicles have been categorized as All-Terrain Vehicles, or ATV’s.There are several key differences between … [Read more...]

Are your tires expired? The following information may save your life.

Aged tires have been linked to hundreds of vehicle deaths across the country. You may be thinking, “My tires are brand new…this doesn’t apply to me.” Unfortunately, that may not be the case.  Those “brand new” tires may have sat on the shelf for up to 10 years before they were put on your car. However, for each year a tire sits on a shelf, it becomes less elastic and prone to tread separation on the road.  Tire experts claim that any tire over six years of age is expired and should not be sold to consumers. I always recommend these winter tires reviewed by carbibles. They are great. A recent ABC investigative report shows the … [Read more...]

Study Reveals Worst Insurance Companies for Consumers

The American Association for Justice issued a report this Wednesday naming the worst insurance companies for consumers in the US.  According to the report, “the rankings show a distinct pattern of insurance industry greed amongst 10 companies that refuse to pay just claims, employ hardball tactics against policyholders, reward executives with extravagant salaries, and raise premiums while hoarding excessive profits.” The following companies were selected after a six-month review of information from court documents, SEC records, FBI records, state insurance department investigations/complaints, nationwide news accounts and testimony of … [Read more...]

Heart Device Makers Plan Enhanced Safety Reviews

In an attempt to improve patient safety, national heart device manufacturers have committed to better research and evaluation of their products before they hit the market. This safety plan comes after the release of several defective heart products, ranging from difibulators to deadly St. Jude Silzone heart valves. The decision was influenced by a Heart Rhythm Society report, which called on device makers to create, among other things, independent panels of doctors and other specialists to review product safety. In response to the Heart Rhythm Society’s request, Medtronic Inc. and St. Jude both announced plans to involve a greater … [Read more...]

Practical Summer Safety Tips from the “Kids and Cars” Foundation

It’s that time of year again when children are outside, unsuspectingly playing near cars in the driveway or street.  Surprisingly, parked or slow moving cars are two of the greatest dangers facing our children in the summer months.  In 2007 alone, 725 children were injured or killed as a result of non-traffic or non-crash car accidents. To prevent your child from sustaining a car related injury, I would encourage you to discuss the following safety precautions with your children and their friends: KIDS AND CARS recommendations to keep children safe include: Walk around and behind a vehicle prior to moving it. Know where your kids … [Read more...]