Two Million Dangerous Toys, Children’s Products Seized in 2012

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Federal agencies have announced that more than 2 million units of dangerous toys as well as other children’s products have been seized and prevented from reaching American consumers this year.

Federal agencies have announced that more than 2 million units of dangerous toys as well as other children’s products have been seized and prevented from reaching American consumers this year.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, millions of dangerous children’s products were seized this year alone, ensuring that these products do not find their way into the hands of American children.  These efforts to block defective and dangerous toys from entering the country, and keeping consumers safe, have been going on for several years now.

In fact, over the past 4 alone years alone, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agencies have jointly managed to stop more than 8.5 million units of dangerous toys and other children’s products from entering the country.  In fact, during this period of time, more than 2400 different varieties of toys and children’s products have been prevented from entering the country during the spirit of time.

However, in spite of all these efforts, product liability attorneys find that dangerous and defective toys do find their way into the American marketplace.  In fiscal 2012 alone, the Consumer Product Safety Commission initiated recalls of 38 toys.  However, those numbers of toy recalls have been declining at least since 2008, since the passing of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.  That piece of legislation was enacted in order to protect American children from the risks of defective toys manufactured overseas.

One of the provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Implement Act of 2008 is the setting is stricter lead standards for children’s toys.  However in 2012, at least 3 of the toys were recalled were placed on the recall list because of lead violations.  This means that dangerous and defective toys continue to be imported into U.S. market.

 

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Older Patients at Risk from Harmful Medications

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Older patients are more likely to be on more than one medication to deal with a number of medical conditions.

Older patients are more likely to be on more than one medication to deal with a number of medical conditions.  Unfortunately, they may be at risk not just from the medical conditions that they suffer from, but also the potentially dangerous medications that they are often prescribed.  A new study indicates to product liability attorneys that American doctors often prescribe potentially dangerous medications to seniors.

The researchers published their study in The Journal of Gen. Internal Medicine recently.  As part of their analysis, the researchers referred to a list of medications that are recommended as to be avoided for use in the elderly.  The list has been compiled by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Even though many of these drugs are included in the list, many of these medications are also widely used by younger adults.  In younger persons, these drugs may pose no significant side effects, but there are potentially serious or fatal side effects when used by the elderly.

The list contains antianxiety medications like Valium that older patients may find hard to metabolize.  This results in the medications remaining in the system for a longer time, resulting in prolonged sedation, which can even be deadly.  Persons who continue to retain valium in the system may feel dizzy and disoriented, and may suffer a fall accident.  These drugs are typically not recommended for the elderly, and are typically recommended only as a very last resort.  Other drugs like muscle relaxants also remain in the system for a very long time.

However, in the analysis of the data, which included more than 6 million senior citizens, the researchers found one out of every 5 citizens were prescribed at least one of these medications in the year 2009.  That works out to about 1.3 million senior citizens, who were prescribed medications that were probably dangerous for them, even though there was a substitute for these drugs.

 

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Children’s Product Recalls Due to Entanglement, Choking Hazards

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A number of children’s products have been recently recalled because they pose an entanglement and choking hazard to children. The products include toys, and clothing.

A number of children’s products have been recently recalled because they pose an entanglement and choking hazard to children.  The products include toys, and clothing.

The first recall has been announced by a New York-based company Children’s Apparel Network, which has recalled approximately 9,200 pieces of clothing.  These involve three-piece-clothing sets made for girls.  The reason for the recall is a possible entanglement hazard in the vest.  The vest that comes with the sets comes with a waist belt that could possibly get caught on doors and other areas.  A child could be at a serious risk of entanglement.

There are been no incidents of injuries linked to this recall.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations require that designers design clothes that prevent any risk of entanglement of the neck or any strangulation hazard from outerwear.

Another company based in Illinois is recalling 2500 plush dolls, because there is a possible risk of a choking hazard.  The risk comes from the hands of the dolls, which can come loose and detach.  A child who places this little dolls hand inside the mouth, could be at risk of choking

According to the company, it has received at least one report in which the hand of the doll became loose and detached.  However, there have been no reports of choking linked to this recall.  There have been no injuries reported with these defects either.

The recall involves the Clara, Eleanor, Hanna, Lilah and Rose plush dolls that come with in yellow, light blue, green, dark blue and red colors.  Product liability attorneys recommend that customers who own these dolls, take away the recalled dolls from their children and return them to the company for a credit.

 

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FDA Proposes Stronger Rules for Emergency Defibrillators

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Emergency defibrillators are among a category of medical devices that has seen strong failure rates with as many as 45,000 of these medical devices believed to have failed over the past 7 years.

Emergency defibrillators are among a category of medical devices that has seen strong failure rates with as many as 45,000 of these medical devices believed to have failed over the past 7 years.  Understandably, the Food and Drug Administration and product liability attorneys continue to remain very concerned about the safety of these devices which are found in hundreds of public facilities, including shopping malls, restaurants and airports across the country.  The Food and Drug Administration is considering tightening the rules for cardiac defibrillators in order to improve the safety and reliability of these devices.

Many of the problems that have been reported with these emergency defibrillators have involved the design and manufacture of the defibrillator.  In other cases, there have been problems with poor control over components that were supplied by other companies.  The Food and Drug Administration is likely to consider these issues as well as a number of other aspects when it reviews the marketing of these defibrillators.  These emergency defibrillators are manufactured by a number of companies that include Royal Philips Electronics NV and Physio–Control Inc.

Under the Food and Drug Administration proposals, manufacturers would be required to provide strong clinical data that clearly shows that their devices are safe for use.  Such proof would be necessary before the devices are approved, or allowed to remain in the market in the case of a device that’s already available.  The Food and Drug Administration proposals would also require companies that manufacture these devices to provide regular inspection reports to the Food and Drug Administration.  Companies would be required to submit information about any changes that have been made to the device to the Food and Drug Administration.

Between 2005 and 2012, there have been as many as 88 recalls of emergency defibrillators reported from around the country.  There have also been thousands of cases of defibrillator malfunctioning.

 

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Johnson & Johnson Records Show Company Expected Implants to Fail within 5 Years

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Johnson & Johnson records show company expected implants to fail within 5 Years

Internal company records by Johnson & Johnson indicate that the company was aware through an internal analysis conducted back in 2011, that the all-metal hip implants distributed by the company’s subsidiary Depuy Orthopedic, were likely to fail within 5 years in close to 40% of the patients implanted with these devices.  However, the company never made those projections public.

The implants in question are the Articular Surface Replacement ASR implant devices.  In mid-2010, Depuy Orthopedic was forced to recall the ASR XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement system.  The recall came after the federal administration received a number of complaints about failure of the metal hip implants.

What was really damaging to Johnson & Johnson was a finding from a British implant Registry, that the device had very high early failure rates.  Persons with implanted with these devices were forced to undergo another surgery to replace the hip implant.  Revision surgery rates were high, the British analysis found.  However, Johnson & Johnson vehemently denied those allegations.

New internal company records show that at the time Johnson & Johnson was denying those allegations, it was conducting an analysis, which clearly showed that in 40 % of these cases, the all-metal hip implants would fail within 5 years of being implanted in the patient.

The analysis indicates the worst possible news for product liability attorneys and persons who already have hip implants.  The analysis indicates that people who continue to have these DePuy implants are likely to experience failure of the implants over the next few years.  Thousands of patients are likely to suffer from hip implant failures, necessitating further complicated revision surgeries.

More internal Johnson & Johnson documents are expected to be released as the lawsuits against the company by patients who suffered injuries from hip implant failures, proceed.  Many of these lawsuits will soon go to trial.

 

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FDA Warns about Risks of Codeine Use after Surgery

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When children have undergone tonsil and adenoid surgery, they’re typically given codeine to help deal with the pain and inflammation after the operation.

When children have undergone tonsil and adenoid surgery, they’re typically given codeine to help deal with the pain and inflammation after the operation.  However, the practice may not be safe.  According to the Food and Drug Administration, there may be risks involved when codeine is given to children to help deal with pain after surgery.  In fact, the agency recommends that codeine not be given to children post surgery at all.

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will soon add its strongest warning, a black box warning, on the label of the drug in order to warn parents and caregivers about the strong risks of complications when codeine is given to certain patients.  Those patients include children who have just undergone tonsil and adenoid surgery.  The Food and Drug Administration warns that in such cases, codeine should not be given to the patient at all.

Product liability attorneys recommend that health care providers and doctors recommend an alternative to codeine when medication is required to deal with the pain and inflammation.  Children who have undergone a tonsillectomy or an adenoidectomy should absolutely not be given codeine.

The Food and Drug Administration’s announcement comes after investigations that the agency conducted in the deaths of 3 children last year.  In all of the 3 cases, the children died after getting their tonsils and adenoids removed during surgery, and in all of the 3 cases, the children had been given codeine to deal with pain post surgery.  When a child takes codeine, the liver converts it into morphine, and morphine has been found to suppress respiration.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, there have also been numerous reports of adverse events, involving children who underwent tonsil and adenoid surgery, and were given codeine.  The drug actually caused obstructive sleep apnea in these children.

 

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Toyota to Pay More Than $17 Million to Settle Allegations It Delayed Auto Recall

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Toyota has decided to once again settle with the federal administration to resolve charges that it delayed a recall to the detriment of customer safety.

Toyota has decided to once again settle with the federal administration to resolve charges that it delayed a recall to the detriment of customer safety.  It is the 4th time that the Japanese automaker has agreed to settle similar charges with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Toyota Motor Corp., will pay the agency $17.35 million to settle allegations that the automaker delayed a safety recall.  However, the automaker is not admitting to any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

The recall that the agency is referring to involved more than 154,000 sports utility vehicles.  These included the 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h.  The recall was triggered after concerns that the floor mat could get stuck in the gas pedal, causing unintended acceleration incidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration insists that these vehicles also should have been included in an earlier recall announced in October 2009.  That recall involved 3.8 million vehicles for similar sudden and unintended acceleration problems.

However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it was only earlier in 2012 that the automaker agreed that these vehicles should also be included in the recall.  Even that agreement came only after the agency contacted Toyota to inform the company that there were several consumer complaints about floor mat problems on the 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h.

Product liability attorneys have always found these penalties levied on companies like Toyota that count their profits in the billions, too meager to have any effect.  The federal administration needs to make these penalties heavier, so that automakers that flout the rules do not find it as easy to shrug off their actions and resolve with the NHTSA.

 

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