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Food and drug administration announces another drug recall

The last couple of years have been challenging ones for people here in Ohio and elsewhere who suffer from high blood pressure. Numerous medications for this condition are under recall, and the Food and Drug Administration recently announced yet another one. This recall comes from Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging, LLC. 

The recall consists of three lots of the company's 30-count bottles of 50 mg Losartan Potassium USP tablets. Doctors across the country, including here in Ohio, prescribe this medication for congestive heart failure and high blood pressure. Trace amounts of N-Nitroso N-Methyl 4-amino butyric acid, a human carcinogen, were detected in one of the medication's active ingredients, which is manufactured by another company, Hetero Labs Limited.

Getting to victims of car accidents isn't always easy

First responders here in Ohio and elsewhere have one of the most difficult jobs in the country. They arrive when people are probably having the worst day of their lives, and it is the job of firefighters, police and emergency medical personnel to do what they can to make it better. When it comes to car accidents, this often means getting people to the medical care they need. However, that could be a problem if they cannot get the victims out of their vehicles.

An Ohio fire chief recently commented that he hopes he never has to use mechanized tools such as the Jaws of Life to get to the people they need to help. Even so, they were recently used in a crash involving an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper. He had pulled over a vehicle and put the driver into the back of his patrol car.

Company could face product liability claims after recalls

More and more people here in Ohio and elsewhere are trying to live healthier lives. As part of that quest, they may attempt to lose weight, which may involve making sure that their metabolisms are working properly and in balance. A company that used to sell a product to help with that endeavor recently closed its doors after recalls that could result in numerous product liability claims.

Within a month, McDaniel Life-Line issued two recalls of its All Life Line Water after federal regulators discovered contamination in the company's product. The bacteria found, called pseudomonas aeruginosa, presents a serious danger to people with compromised immune systems. Not only could this bacteria cause potentially life-threatening blood infections, but other ingredients could burn skin badly enough to cause disfigurement.

Prescription drugs lead to car accidents, too

Some of the medications prescribed to Ohio residents have side effects that could impair their ability to drive safely. Of course, just because a drug is prescribed by a doctor does not mean that car accidents cannot occur while taking them. It is even possible for drivers to face criminal charges such as OVI and worse if a collision occurs due to a driver taking a prescribed medication.

On a recent Wednesday night, troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol were called to the scene of a crash. The driver believed to have caused it was taking methadone prescribed to treat an addiction to opioids. Troopers report that the driver fell asleep while driving on State Route 79.

Toxic materials in AFFF could lead to significant health issues

What is AFFF or aqueous film forming foam? It is a synthetic fire suppressant foam created in the 1970s that contains toxic materials. If you work or worked as a member of the Armed Forces or as a fire fighter here in Ohio or elsewhere, you may have been exposed to AFFF and could experience significant health problems as a result.

AFFF is primarily used on petroleum-based fires because of its effectiveness. While this may be good for putting out a dangerous fire, it presents its own dangers to those exposed to it. Even if you live in an area where it was used and drank the water, you could suffer from exposure to the toxic chemicals that make up the foam. 

Mutliple car accidents increase the chances of fatalities

When Ohio's roadways are busy, motor vehicle crashes could easily involve more than two vehicles. The traffic traveling with the vehicles involved may not have the opportunity to avoid becoming part of the wreckage. Under these circumstances, car accidents could easily lead to fatalities.

On a recent Friday night, three vehicles ended up involved in a crash that led to three fatalities on Ohio State Route 117. Preliminary reports indicate that, as it traveled south, the first vehicle crossed the centerline directly into the path of the second vehicle. The two collided first, and then a third vehicle struck the second vehicle. A fourth vehicle managed to avoid the collision.

Don't believe that asbestos litigation is a thing of the past

State and federal government agencies are tasked with continuously monitoring environmental factors across all industries. Over the years, this has resulted in the prohibition of most uses of certain chemicals and substances such as asbestos in order to protect human life, the environment and ecosystems. For this reason, Ohio residents may believe, just as most everyone around the country does, that harm from those substances goes away. However, sources want everyone to know that issues such as asbestos litigation will not be going away anytime soon.

Ohio residents only have to look at the recent litigation involving the use of asbestos in talcum powder to know this is true. Even so, this is not the only source of the toxic material that remains in use across the country. Whether it remains from materials produced or constructed prior to new regulations or results from a still allowable use, the material can still be found and cause significant harm to anyone who comes into contact with airborne dust or fibers.

Renewed hope for mesothelioma victims in new drug trial

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Malignant mesothelioma is aggressive and resistant to most cancer treatments. However, a new drug trial could bring hope to victims. This experimental drug, CA-170, targets an immune system suppressor protein known as VISTA. This trial is the first to target the production of VISTA.

What is VISTA?

Car accidents don't discriminate when it comes to victims

Ohio adults assume a certain amount of risk voluntarily when they get into their vehicles, but children often have no choice. Their parents, guardians or those watching them for the day assume the risk on behalf of the children in their charge. The problem is that car accidents do not discriminate. Even the youngest passengers can suffer serious injuries or lose their lives due to circumstances out of their control.

In a crash that took place on a recent Monday night, a mother put her 14-month-old child into a vehicle and set off for their destination. By approximately 9:30 p.m. that night, they both lost their lives on Ohio 134 South. According to the preliminary report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 16-year-old driver attempted to pass a second vehicle driven by a 63-year-old man. 

Product liability news: Raw turkey products making people sick

In Ohio and across the country, many people use turkey as a healthier protein in their meals. The problem is that right now, it may not be as healthy as many people believe. In fact, raw turkey processing companies could face product liability claims in the aftermath of an outbreak of salmonella connected with some of these products.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the outbreak has so far affected people in 24 states and the nation's capital. On Dec. 21, 2018, the number was around 63 people, but as of Feb. 13, 2019, that number has grown to approximately 279 people. Of that number, one person on the west coast died and 107 ended up requiring hospitalization.

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