FDA Lifts Salmonella Warning On Tomatoes as Outbreak Eases - WSJ.com

July 17, 2008 by RecallAware · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Food, Health 

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FDA Lifts Salmonella Warning On Tomatoes as Outbreak Eases - WSJ.com
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government said it is safe to eat tomatoes again, lifting its salmonella warning amid signs that the outbreak — while not over — may finally be slowing.

Officials reiterated earlier warnings that the people most at risk of salmonella should avoid hot peppers — jalapenos and serranos.

Salmonella outbreak: FDA looks at tomatoes, serrano, jalapeno peppers, cilantro — chicagotribune.com

July 6, 2008 by RecallAware · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Food, Health 

Salmonella outbreak: FDA looks at tomatoes, serrano, jalapeno peppers, cilantro — chicagotribune.com
The government on Saturday increased to 943 the number of people reported being sickened in a record salmonella outbreak, in which tomatoes are the leading suspect.

The Food and Drug Administration also said it had begun looking at serrano and jalapeno peppers and cilantro —ingredients used to make salsa—as possible causes of the outbreak. Tomatoes continue to be investigated as well, spokeswoman Stephanie Kwisnek said.

The 943 reported cases are nationwide, requiring at least 130 hospitalizations since mid-April after the first salmonella illnesses appeared, the FDA said Saturday. That compares with 922 cases two days earlier and 869 reported in the previous week. There have been 225 cases reported since June 1—evidence that the source likely has not been contained.

FDA to Hire Additional Scientists To Expand Drug Safety Operations - WSJ.com

April 30, 2008 by RecallAware · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Drugs, Food, Health 

FDA to Hire Additional Scientists To Expand Drug Safety Operations - WSJ.com
A series of recalls of pharmaceutical and food products and revelations about the suppression of safety concerns within the agency over certain popular drugs have kept the FDA under scrutiny on Capitol Hill. The 1,300 hires will add to the agencys 10,000 employees and nearly triples the number of people hired by the FDA from 2005-2007.

About 700 of the additions will be funded by increased user fees levied on companies the FDA regulates. The surge is driven by the FDA Amendments Act of 2007 and the Import Safety Plan.

Johnson & Johnson’s Cordis Unit Issues Recall of Balloon Catheters - WSJ.com

January 26, 2008 by RecallAware · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Health, Medicine 

Johnson & Johnson’s Cordis Unit Issues Recall of Balloon Catheters - WSJ.com
CHICAGO — Johnson & Johnson’s Cordis subsidiary has issued a world-wide recall for about 132,000 balloon catheters used to expand blood vessels after it was determined problems with the devices could cause injury or death.

There have been no reported deaths thus far associated with the problem “Dura Star RX” and “Fire Star RX PTCA” balloon catheters, according to Cordis spokesman Christopher Allman. The recall affected about 57,000 devices in the U.S., but isn’t a material financial issue for the company, Mr. Allman said.

Pfizer Heightens Chantix Warning - WSJ.com

January 18, 2008 by RecallAware · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Health 

Pfizer Heightens Chantix Warning - WSJ.com
Depressed mood, agitation, suicidal thinking and suicidal behavior have been reported among some users of the pill. Today Chantix is getting a warning on its U.S. label that asks doctors to monitor for these behaviors. Pfizer points out that people giving up smoking, or people who are smokers in the first place, tend more toward depression than their nonsmoking peers. While Pfizer says a causal link between behavioral symptoms and its drug hasnt been proved, the seriousness of some of the events prompted the stronger label.

Merck Recalls Common Childrens Vaccine - New York Times

December 12, 2007 by RecallAware · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Child, Health 

Merck Recalls Common Childrens Vaccine - New York Times
The recall announced Wednesday covers roughly 1.2 million doses of the vaccine against Hib, which causes meningitis, pneumonia and other serious infections, and a combination vaccine for Hib and hepatitis B. The Hib vaccine is recommended for all children under 5 and is usually given in a three-shot series, starting at 2 months old.

Alaris SE Pump Recalled by Cardinal Health

November 27, 2007 by RecallAware · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Health 


The latest recall information dated Nov 5th does not seem readily available on Cardinal Health web site in the News releases section but this news story via Dow Jones/CNN has more details on the latest recall issued on Nov 5, 2007

Previous Alaris® SE Pump Recall Information from Cardinal Health

FDA Proposes to Update Tamiflu, Relenza Drug Labels

November 23, 2007 by RecallAware · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Health, Medicine 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed new labeling language on influenza drugs Tamiflu and Relenza to discuss neuropsychiatric events seen among some users of the medications.

Tamiflu, by Roche Holdings AG, and Relenza by GlaxoSmithKline PLC, are drugs approved to treat influenza.  A safety review of the drugs was posted to the U.S. FDA site in advance of a Nov. 27 meeting of the agency’s pediatric advisory committee.

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