Are You Aware Paxil and Zoloft Can Cause Birth Injuries?

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 23rd, 2009

If you are a woman who has taken or is currently taking anti-depressant medication and are of childbearing age, you need to know the risks. Drugs such as Paxil and Zoloft have been shown to increase risk of birth defects in children whose mothers take the drugs during pregnancy. It can be a tough decision for a mother-to-be to make; does she go off of her depression medication and risk a difficult relapse or does she take a chance of her baby having a birth injury caused by the dangerous drugs?

People may now become more aware of these issues due to the recent outcome that involved just such a case. reports that GlaxoSmithKline, the makers of Paxil, have been ordered to pay a $2.5 million dollar settlement to a family who have a son affected by heart defects brought about by his mother’s use of Paxil during pregnancy. This is the first of 600 cases. The judgement was made based on findings that the drug makers failed to properly warn doctors and patients of the possible birth defect threat.

ALERT: Slim-Fast Recalls Can Drink due to Bacteria Contamination

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 23rd, 2009
Chances are, you probably have tried Slim-Fast at least once in your life. If not to lose weight then to at least taste what all the fuss is about! However, it may concern you to know that Slim-Fast (or Slimfast) recently found itself in a precarious situation because of possible bacterial contamination in its products. 
Slim-Fast voluntarily ordered a product recall of all its “ready-to-drink” canned shakes effective December 3. This product recall included all cans regardless of flavor or even “best-by” date. The company urged its customers to continue using snack and meal bars as well as powdered shake mixes as replacements.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, there was a possibility that cans were contaminated with Bacillus cereus. This bacterium is known to be harmful and could cause painful and dangerous symptoms of infection like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Though this infection isn’t believed to be life threatening, it is unknown how it can affect consumers with sensitive digestive or immune systems.

ALERT: Non Child Resistant Packaging Sparks Vicks DayQuil Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 22nd, 2009

It is something that parents often fear. The possibility of a child getting into the medicine cabinet and being able to open medication packaging is a terrifying thought. The packaging of such products has improved dramatically over the years. Child resistant caps and tougher blister pack backing has improved safety. Trans World News is reporting that the Proctor and Gamble Company has just issued a voluntary product recall of Vicks DayQuil Cold & Flu 24 packs.


ALERT: Boys’ Hoodies Cause a Potential Strangulation Hazard

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 22nd, 2009

It is not something that we often think of as potentially threatening, but clothing can be added to the seemingly endless list of possible threats to children. According to a story on the New York Injury News, a certain style of hooded flannel and fleece sweatshirts sold exclusively through Burlington Coat Factoryhas recently been recalled. The shirts in question have been shown to present a strangulation hazard, though there have been no reports of injury thus far. The drawstring on the hoodie is at the root of the voluntary product recall.

ALERT: More Toxic Toys Found on Store Shelves

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 22nd, 2009

In a story that is reminiscent of two years ago, just in time for the holidays, there is a new report of toxic toys on the market. MSNBC is reporting that some toys carrying the Barbie and Disney logos have been found to have high levels of lead. The Center for Environmental Health, a consumer advocacy group, ran tests on approximately 250 toys and found that seven of them violated federal standards for lead levels. These findings are extremely concerning as higher concentrations of lead can cause permanent brain damage. 

ALERT: Roman Blind Recall Issued due to Strangulation Risk

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 17th, 2009

If you are a parent there are so many household dangers to be aware of, especially when you have small children. One such hazard to be conscious of is an all encompassing, voluntary recall of Roman shades and roll-up blinds that has just been issued due to their involvement in several deaths and injuries of children over the past few years. These products carry with them a product liability due to the risk of strangulation because of their easily accessible cords. This is a fairly wide reaching threat as, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission press release, approximately 5 million Roman shades and 3 million roll-up blinds are sold every year.

Are Zhu Zhu Pets Harmless Fun or Dangerous Toys?

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 11th, 2009

As with every year, this year there is another hot toy on the market that all of the kids (and their parents) are desperate to get their hands on. This year’s most coveted toy is the Zhu Zhu pet. These robotic hamsters, which simulate many activities of the real pet, have been become enormously popular and have been flying off the shelves. Recently though, according to an Associated Press story, consumer group, GoodGuide, ran safety tests on the popular product and found it to have unsafe levels of the dangerous metal antimony. In one of the models known as “Mr. Squiggles”, the levels of 93 parts per million found in the toy’s fur and 106 parts per million in its nose were well above the permissible level of 60 parts per million.

Are You Aware of the Risks Associated with Premarin?

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 11th, 2009
Menopause is a part of life that many women dread, and with good reason. Almost all women have grown up hearing tales of hot flashes, mood-swings and emotional outbursts. While some women breeze through “the change” with little to no discomfort or inconveniences, menopause can come with a host of troubling changes, but sometimes the dangerous drugs prescribed to combat these issues can be even more harmful than the original problems. 
At the root of many of the unwelcome symptoms of menopause is the rapid drop off in estrogen that occurs after menopause. According to an article on Wikipedia, estrogen plays a part in a great number of roles in women’s health. Not only does it prepare the uterus for pregnancy, but it also aids in metabolism, skin and blood vessel health, protein synthesis, blood coagulation, fluid balance, gastrointestinal health, lung function, mental health and many other roles. When estrogen levels decline, according to, menopausal and peri-menopausal women can experience a range of symptoms including, hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, vaginal changes, loss of bone density, mood swings, urinary problems, lack of concentration, low libido, weight changes and hair thinning.

ALERT: Stork Craft Recalls more than 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 24th, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada, today announced the voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including about 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. The recall involves approximately 1,213,000 units distributed in the United States and 968,000 units distributed in Canada.


CPSC, Health Canada, and Stork Craft are aware of 67 drop-side detachment incidents occurred in the United States and 43 in Canada. The incidents include 12 entrapments in the U.S. and three in Canada. Four of the entrapments resulted in suffocation: a 7 month old in Gouverneur, N.Y.; a 7 month old in New Iberia, La.; a 6 month old in Summersville, W.Va.; and a 9 month old in Bronx, N.Y. Included in these incidents are 12 falls from cribs in the U.S. and eight in Canada. Fall injuries ranged from concussion to bumps and bruises. The cribs involved in these incidents had plastic drop-side hardware that had broken, missing, or deformed claws, connectors, tracks, or flexible tab stops; loose or missing metal spring clips; stripped screws and/or drop-sides installed upside-down.


ALERT: Strollers Recalled for Fingertip Amputation Hazard

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 20th, 2009

About a million Maclaren strollers sold by Target and Babies "R" Us were recalled Monday, after 12 reports of children having their fingertips amputated by a hinge mechanism.

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