Product Liability | Georgia Personal Injury Blog - Part 2
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), on July 18, Macy’s recalled approximately 8,700 Infants’ First Impressions Varsity Jackets, which were sold at Macy’s stores nationwide, on the company’s website www.macys.com, and at Military Exchanges between the months of September and November in 2012. They cost between $25 and $52.
The snap-up jackets are hooded and come in two different color sets: navy blue with green and turquoise trim, or gray with yellow sleeves and navy and yellow trim. The product’s style number, 1300, is located on the label sewn into the inside of the jacket. The jackets were sold in multiple sizes and can be identified by their corresponding UPC codes, all of which are listed on the CPSC website.
According to a report by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Masterbuilt Manufacturing Inc., a company based in Columbus, Georgia, has recalled around 11,000 smokers on July 18.
The official name of the product is “Electric Smokehouse Smoker.” The smoker is upright, powered through electric means, accompanied by a remote control, and can be described as rectangular with a black matte color. Its door is stainless steel, and one can see the inside of the smoker through a sizeable glass window. A control panel can be found on the top front of the unit.
All injectable sterile products with the Balanced Solutions Compounding Pharmacy name have been recalled. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that Balanced Solutions Compounding Pharmacy LLC has voluntarily recalled its sterile products because of concerns that they might be contaminated. Individuals can visit the company’s official website to view the complete list of the 53 recalled products.
While inspecting the Balanced Solutions facilities, FDA inspectors say they found “poor practices and conditions,” which may have resulted in microbial contamination. According to a news report in Medscape, there was a lack of sterility assurance, which was confirmed through further analysis. Inspectors were particularly concerned with a chromium chloride injection that contained gram-negative bacteria. That form of bacteria can cause disease and infection, but there have not been any reports of injury or illness associated with the recalled products to date.
A new anemia treatment drug for people going through kidney dialysis has been officially recalled. As reported by The New York Times, Affymax and Takeda Pharmaceutical have recalled all lots of Omontys, or peginesatide, because of the severe allergic reactions it can cause.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that there have been 19 reports of anaphylaxis, a very serious allergic reaction. Three of those victims died and the remaining 16 required prompt medical intervention or hospitalization. The companies say that two out of every 1,000 patients had a hypersensitivity reaction.
A federal judicial panel has officially ruled that dozens of cases involving nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak will be consolidated before a federal judge. According to a news report in The Tennessean, the U.S. Judicial Panel ruled in favor of consolidating the cases in Boston because the company blamed for the outbreak is located in Massachusetts. Officials hope that centralization will eliminate duplication of discovery. It is possible that this move to consolidate the cases could bring about a speedier resolution for the many suffering victims and their families. Once the initial discovery phase is complete, the cases may return to the states where the individual victims reside.
The meningitis-contaminated steroids produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) have been linked to 46 fatalities and 704 illnesses. This tragic fungal meningitis outbreak has affected individuals in 20 states, including Georgia. The pharmacy voluntarily recalled all of its products on October 6, 2012 and on October 31, 2012. Ameridose, LLC voluntarily recalled all of its unexpired products in circulation.
There have been three cases of counterfeit versions of the cancer drug Avastin making it into the marketplace. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one of the counterfeit versions is packaged as Altuzan and it does not contain the active ingredient of the “real” Avastin. Officials with the FDA have asked doctors to stop using any products from Medical Device King, Pharmalogical, or Taranis Medical.
According to The Associated Press, Altuzan labeled with the lot numbers B6022B01 and B6024B01 may be counterfeit. The FDA has reviewed Avastin but it has not approved Altuzan for use in the United States.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled Magnet Balls because of the potentially fatal injuries they can cause if swallowed. Officials say that if two of the high-powered magnet balls are swallowed, they can link together inside a child’s intestines. This can cause intestinal obstructions, sepsis, tissue perforations, or even death.
According to a 2012 news report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, there have been reported incidents of children swallowing these small magnets dating as far back as 2002. Between 2008 and 2012, CPSC recorded more than 200 such reports, including instances involving emergency surgery. A 20-month-old baby also reportedly died from his injuries after ingesting the magnets. Consumers are being told to immediately stop using the products and to return them for a $20 store credit.
Subpoenas are being issued to people who worked at the pharmaceutical company linked to the current meningitis outbreak that has killed 39 people nationwide. According to a news report in The Boston Globe, a federal grand jury has begun investigating the New England Compounding Center (NECC), a Framingham compounding pharmacy responsible for making the tainted steroid injections. The report states that federal prosecutors are considering criminal charges against the companies or people who were responsible for the outbreak.
According to the data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the current meningitis outbreak has resulted in 39 fatalities. The ongoing fungal infection has resulted in 620 cases across 37 states. Of the estimated 14,000 patients who may have received the tainted injections, nearly 97 percent have been contacted for further follow-up. According to the most recent statistics, only one person in Georgia has been diagnosed with meningitis. It is unclear how many more people may suffer symptoms because of the three recalled lots of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate.
It is a common mistake for parents to assume that a product is safe simply because it is sold at a reputable store. The truth is that there are many potentially dangerous toys that make it into the marketplace. An annual report released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) states that there are still a number of toys for sale in stores today that can prove hazardous. For example, there are toys marketed for children under 3 years of age that have parts which can come apart and pose choking hazards. There are even toys that have small magnets, which can be lethal if ingested.
When purchasing toys this holiday season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your child. It is important to read the label and to ensure that you are only buying age-appropriate products. Many toys have parts that break apart that can cause substantial harm to a young child. It is also wise to read reviews of the toy online before making a purchase. Consumers may have already posted about their safety concerns with the product.
Methylprednisolone acetate steroid injections manufactured by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) have caused 105 infections, eight of which have become fatal, as of October 8 due to being contaminated by fungal meningitis. As reported by USA Today, the contaminated injections were distributed to medical facilities in 23 states, including Georgia. The steroids were injected into patients’ spinal cords for treatment of pain and inflammation and were distributed to 76 clinics across the United States.
The full list of affected facilities can be found at www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-facilities-map.html. The Forsyth Street Ambulatory Surg. Center in Macon is the only facility in Georgia. Meningitis is a virus, bacteria, or fungus infection that causes inflammation of the protective membrane around the brain and spinal cord. If not treated quickly and properly, the infection can easily worsen and become fatal. Although fungal meningitis is not contagious, such cases are commonly very serious.
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