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August 2013 Archives

Many "natural" supplements in Ohio, elsewhere are tainted

About 150 million people in the U.S., nearly half the total population, take dietary supplements, vitamins, herbal remedies or weight-loss compounds. About 450 companies that produce these items enjoy their share of a $28 billion industry. Under law, these supplements are categorized as "food," so they are not subject to the strict regulations that govern pharmaceuticals.

Lead paint manufacturers may be held liable

After decades of federal action and numerous published studies, the general public in Ohio is well-aware of the dangers of lead paint. Litigation targeted against the major paint manufacturers has been compared to the wave of lawsuits filed against the tobacco and asbestos industries. Many see litigation against the paint industry as a way to tame or punish irresponsible manufacturers of toxic materials.

More recalls for compounding pharmacies

The FDA has announced a recall of sterile products produced by Specialty Compounding and possibly used by patients in Ohio and nationwide. Patients received toxic materials from injectable calcium gluconate mixed at the facility. The product is generally used to lower high potassium levels, cardiac arrest and low calcium levels. At this point, 15 patients have developed a bacterial blood stream infection from the injections, according to the FDA.

Pfizer pays for improper marketing by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

When drug giant Pfizer acquired Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in 2009, they also acquired a very large criminal and civil liability. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Wyeth improperly marketed and mis-branded their drug Rapamune, approved in 2009 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use by kidney transplant patients in Ohio and across the nation.

Workplace fracking sites found to exceed OSHA limits

Workers in Cleveland, take note: A recent alert published jointly by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) warned of high levels of silica dust at oil and gas fracking sites. Hazardous materials like silica dust discovered at these workplaces have been linked to lung disease and lung cancer, as well as to other conditions like tuberculosis.

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