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FDA Delays May Have Cost Lives

Posted November 23, 2010 | 12:14:50 (EST)

When the FDA pulled from the market the sometimes-deadly prescription painkiller propoxyphene (sold under the brand names Darvon and Darvocet in the U.S.), the agency was acting finally -- if belatedly -- in the public interest.

The medical community has expressed serious concerns over the drug for...

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Reglan Lawsuits Continue to Drive Debate Over Corporate Immunity, Generic Preemption

Posted June 23, 2010 | 11:59:03 (EST)

As the Supreme Court awaits word from the Obama administration regarding its position on generic drug manufacturers' claims that federal regulation of prescription drugs grants them immunity from lawsuits in state courts, a panel of judges from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has submitted the...

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Studies Show Popular Reflux Drug Reglan Dangerous, Ineffective

Posted June 9, 2010 | 13:17:00 (EST)

Last year, the Food & Drug Administration issued a black box warning, the strongest of its kind, for the drug Reglan and its generic forms metoclopramide, stating that the medication had "been linked to tardive dyskinesia." In fact, Reglan and metoclopramide use has been identified as...

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Scope of BP Disaster Reevaluated, Worst in History

Posted May 28, 2010 | 12:23:27 (EST)

As reports surface that BP's most recent attempt to plug the leak at its Deepwater Horizon well has been successful, the public is taking a step back and attempting to grasp the full scope of the damage. New figures regarding the amount of oil spewing from the well suggest that...

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Reglan Lawsuits Spark Debate Over Generic Preemption, Corporate Immunity

Posted May 27, 2010 | 13:11:08 (EST)

The U.S. Supreme Court asked the Obama administration this week for its position on an appeal filed by generic drug manufacturers who argue that federal law provides them complete immunity from state lawsuits, even when their products cause serious harm to patients.

The request stems from an appeal...

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BP Thumbs Its Nose At The EPA, Continues Dumping Toxic Dispersants Into Gulf

Posted May 25, 2010 | 12:20:14 (EST)

In an attempt to salvage BP's crumbling reputation, Doug Suttles, the company's chief operating officer, appeared on several talk shows this week claiming that BP is doing everything in its power to cap the oil leaking into the Gulf from April's Deepwater Horizon explosion. But BP representatives have...

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As Task Force Works to Verify Extent of Oil Leak, Workers Feel Effects of Toxic Dispersants

Posted May 21, 2010 | 12:08:47 (EST)

Over a month after the Deepwater Horizon explosion that sparked the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and following increased public outrage, a task force named the "Flow Rate Technical Team" has finally been created to investigate just how much oil is spilling into our seas. The group,...

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BP Attempts to Block Media From Filming Extent of Oil Spill Disaster

Posted May 20, 2010 | 12:32:15 (EST)

As concerns about the growing devastation the BP oil spill has inflicted on Gulf Cost communities increase, reports have surfaced that BP is blocking members of the press from filming the extent of the damage. A CBS news crew attempted to film a beach in South Pass, Louisiana,...

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BP Officials Downplay Impact of Massive Oil Spill

Posted May 19, 2010 | 12:57:29 (EST)

As environmental agencies and government officials become increasingly concerned about the remnants of the BP oil spill reaching the Florida Keys and the east coast the United States, federal authorities, yesterday, increased the no fishing zone. The area closed now encompasses 45,728 square miles and 19% of the Gulf of...

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BP Subcontractor Warned of Safety Violations At Other BP Off-Shore Oil Rigs

Posted May 18, 2010 | 11:42:38 (EST)

As environmentalists grow increasingly alarmed by the possibility that the massive oil spill in the Gulf could be moved by currents as far south at the Florida Keys and as far west as Houston, new details are emerging that raise even more questions about the safety of BP's off-shore drilling...

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BP and Transocean Try to Skip Out on Oil Spill Tab

Posted May 14, 2010 | 15:41:01 (EST)

As lawsuits continue to mount against oil giant, BP, and drilling contractor, Transocean, both companies are engaging in full scale efforts to limit their liability for the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20th that has claimed the lives of several workers, injured many others and left unknown...

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Once the Oil Stops, the Real Clean-Up Begins

Posted May 13, 2010 | 14:29:27 (EST)

On April 20th, 2010, the semi-submersible oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, exploded -- causing one of the most catastrophic oil spills in history. The rig was owned by Transocean, a large offshore drilling contractor and leased by British Petroleum, the oil and gas giant, otherwise known as "BP." The Deepwater Horizon...

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The Generic Problem with Health Care Reform

Posted April 14, 2010 | 15:12:33 (EST)

Among the first benefits to reach consumers of the sweeping new health care reform bill is a $250 rebate for seniors to purchase prescription drugs. The rebate will help fill the "doughnut hole" in Medicare's prescription drug coverage, a gap that amounted to about $3,600 per person this year, and...

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Proctor & Gamble Adds Zinc Warning to Fixodent Website

Posted March 24, 2010 | 15:47:03 (EST)

Recently, Proctor & Gamble, manufacturer of popular Fixodent denture adhesives, added a warning to their website alerting consumers of the dangers associated with the zinc in its products. While the potential for zinc poisoning via one's denture cream has been making news lately, Proctor & Gamble has so...

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Denture Wearers' Double Whammy: First They're Poisoned, then They're Blamed

Posted March 4, 2010 | 10:40:43 (EST)

On February 18, GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of popular denture cream products such as Super Poligrip, announced that it would remove zinc from all of its denture products. The company cited consumer safety concerns as the impetus for its decision and in a letter to doctors wrote that "long-term excessive use...

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Admitting Guilt on Deadly Denture Cream

Posted February 19, 2010 | 13:11:19 (EST)

In 2008, Rodney Urbanek, a healthy 63-year-old Miami man began having trouble walking. Within months, he was paralyzed below the waist and confined to a wheelchair. Rodney was unable to move his limbs and, eventually, unable to get out of bed. His condition worsened and his paralysis extended...

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Is Your Medicine Cabinet Poisoning You?

Posted February 9, 2010 | 10:54:37 (EST)

American consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of the products they use.  And with good reason.  Just this month, Toyota announced one of the largest vehicle recalls in our nation's history.  And it seems a new recall of tainted food -- from spinach, to peanut butter, to ground...

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