Yasmin: Are the Benefits worth the Serious Risks?

There have been many concerns and about the birth control pill Yasmin or Yaz.  Reports claim that it has many other benefits in addition to helping to prevent pregnancy.  Those benefits include claims that it helps with the symptoms of PMDD or premenstrual dysphoric disorder, helps with moderate acne and has been effective for Premenstrual Disorder or PMS, ovarian cysts, and ovarian cancer. What Yaz's commercials and website apparently failed to disclose and understated were the serious potential side effects that can occure with this birth control pill. These risks and potential side effects include: blood clots, stroke, heart attack, weight … [Read more...]

Toyota Owners: Check your Floor Mats. It Could Save Your Life

Many of you might be wondering why checking your floor mats could save your life. After all the idea of a floor mat being dangerous seems a bit silly at first. That however, was not the case for a family driving on a California highway with a stuck accelerator and no brakes. This is what happened to passengers in San Diego in August and has now promoted Toyota to recall 3.8 million vehicles the biggest U.S. recall due to floor mat hazard. Apparently the removable floor mats found in many Toyota vehicles have the potential to cause accelerators to get stuck, leading to crashes. Toyota is working with the National Highway Safety Administration … [Read more...]

Tylenol voluntarily recalls Some Medications due to Possible Contamination

Tylenol has recently decided to voluntarily recall more than a dozen infant and children’s medications due to possible contamination.  Bacteria was detected in one of the inactive ingredients and though it was not detected in the finished product, Tylenol decided to recall the products after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration as just a precaution.  B cepacia bacteria was detected in a portion of raw material that was not used in the finished product, but as a precaution Tylenol decided to pull any product containing this raw material from the shelves and recall it. These recalls were made between April and June of 2008 and … [Read more...]

Is that Bed your Child is sleeping in Safe Enough?

Products get recalled everyday due to broken or breaking pieces, but we trust the products that we buy to keep us safe and to protect us. As parents we also expect the bed we tuck our kids into to be safe and to protect them. The sad truth is that may not always be the case. On Wednesday September 23, 2009, the U.S. Product Safety Commission recalled Bunk Beds due to collapse and fall hazards.  They are wooden bunk beds and about 20,000 of them are being recalled due to these hazards.  The bunk bed mattress support slats can break possibly causing the bed to collapse and the consumer to fall. Big Lots Inc received fourteen reports of the … [Read more...]

No Such thing as a "nice bike ride in the park," with Dangerous Bike Chain

On Tuesday September 8th 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and SRAM of Chicago, IL recalled defective bicycle chains and chain connectors because they can crack while in use and cause a fall hazard to the rider of the defective bicycle. One incident has been reported in the U.S. and three incidents outside of the U.S. with these Powerlock connector links, but no injuries have been reported. The recall is specifically on defective SRAM PowerLock connector links on 10 speed bicycle chains sold individually and on some bicycles as part of the original equipment. If you may have one of these defective chains, play it safe and … [Read more...]

CONSUMER ALERT – State Farm Recalls “Good Neigh Bears” Due to Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced a voluntary recall by State Farm concerning a children’s toy bear. The bear figures, manufactured in China, were handed out by State Farm agents and given away at State Farm sponsored events over from 2005 on to the present. The eyes on the toy bear can be removed, posing a possible choking hazard to children. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that consumers should immediately take these toys away from children and discard them. For additional information, contact State Farm toll free at (877) 226-8079. Contact an Attorney in PA Contact … [Read more...]

DRUG ALERT : Ethex Corporation Recalls Overdosed Propafenone Tablets

As first reported on November 11th, there has been a Propafenone recall by the ETHEX Corporation because the pills may have been oversized, which could result in overdose of the drug Propafenone. Three different strengths were recalled, all of them Propafenone HCI tablets made by the ETHEX Corporation. They were 150mg, 225mg and 300mg pills from any of the following lots with expiration dates ranging from 6/2009 to 3/2011. Below are the recalled lot numbers: 150 mg - 73761, 78184, 79373, 81240, 81241, 81242, 83470, 84357, 90525, 90526 225 mg - 71720, 74831, 76014-15, 81243-45, 89731, 90527-29, 90657 300mg - 72834, 76016-18, 81246, 89092, … [Read more...]

Surge in Reported Crib Dangers Call for Increased Regulation

Recent surges in federal recalls of defective cribs have renewed the discussion of crib and child product safety standards. “Less than a month ago, the federal government recalled nearly 1.6 million cribs sold by the Delta Corporation - the world's largest distributor of baby beds. But parents who asked Delta Enterprise for a kit to fix the cribs' hazardous drop rails may have a false sense of confidence, according to a Tribune investigation. Government documents reviewed by the newspaper reveal at least 19 instances of an entirely different hazard on the Delta cribs—mattress platforms that drop and create a gap that can entrap and strangle … [Read more...]

FDA Alert: Infant Formula Recall

The FDA issued an alert today regarding Calcilo XC Low Calcium/Vitamin D-Free Infant Formula with iron powder.  The alert states as follows: Abbott notified consumers and healthcare professionals of the recall of two lots of Calcilo XD Low-Calcium/Vitamin D-Free Infant Formula with Iron powder, a low-calcium and Vitamin D-free infant formula specifically designed for the nutritional support of infants and children with hypercalcemia. The product, distributed in the United States between 06/06/06 and 04/17/08, is being recalled because small amounts of air may have entered the can, resulting in product oxidation. Consumption of highly … [Read more...]