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June 2020 Archives

The FDA says this hand sanitizer could make you seriously ill

Right now, nearly everyone here in Ohio and elsewhere is probably using hand sanitizer more often than ever. Of course, due to demand, it has been in short supply, so people are using brands they have not seen on the shelves just to make sure they have some available in order to comply with rules set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and other federal and state agencies. The problem is that the FDA recently discovered that one of the previously unknown brands could make users seriously ill.

Asbestos is still a threat for many, including auto mechanics

Cuts, burns, falling objects, slip-and-fall accidents and more all risks to people in many industries, and auto mechanics are no exception whether they work here in Ohio or elsewhere. Another risk they face is exposure to toxic chemicals and materials. Workers may forget about or not realize they can still be exposed to asbestos.

Metformin recalls announced by the Food and Drug Administration

Along with others across the country, Ohio residents may be wondering just how many commonly and abundantly used medications will end up containing N-Nitrosodimethylamine? So far, NDMA has been found in blood pressure medications and heartburn medications. Now, the Food and Drug Administration has announced that some pharmaceutical companies are recalling lots of extended release Metformin -- prescribed for type 2 diabetes -- due to the presence of this same probable human carcinogen.

Asbestos exposure concerns can arise during fires

When a building is on fire, it releases gases, fumes and debris into the air. One of the substances that could end up in the air is asbestos. As most people know, exposure to this particular substance is toxic and can cause untreatable diseases such as mesothelioma over time. This makes fires on older buildings here in Ohio and elsewhere much more dangerous than many thought.

The Food and Drug Administration can ban a medical device

Occasionally, the potential harm of a medical device far outweighs any benefits patients here in Ohio or elsewhere receive from it. In these cases, the Food and Drug Administration can ban such devices, but it does not use this power very often. When it does use this option, what happens?

Food and Drug Administration takes action regarding Singulair

Asthma and allergy sufferers here in Ohio and elsewhere often rely on medications to control their conditions. One of them is Singulair. Evidence suggests that this medication could cause serious mood-related and behavior changes that can actually put the lives of patients in jeopardy. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration issued a safety concern regarding this medication and its possible dire side effects.

3 tips for patients who are scrambling after Nizatidine recall

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a voluntary nationwide recall of Nizatidine Oral Solution, a heartburn medication. The federal agency published the voluntary recall announcement in April of 2020. The announcement was the result of the discovery of potentially dangerous levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). This is concerning, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies NDMA as a "probable human carcinogen."

New pesticide approved by EPA admits Roundup litigation

Even as the debate surrounding glysophate continues across the country and here in Ohio, the Environmental Protection Agency recently approved a new product that could end up being just as bad, if not worse. Bayer, the company currently involved in numerous cases of Roundup litigation, sold the new herbicide to BASF when it purchased Monsanto back in 2018. The problem is that the new product may also cause cancer and can travel some distance through the air.

IVC filters remain a danger to Ohio patients

Anyone here in Ohio or elsewhere who has suffered from a pulmonary embolism, which is a blood clot in the lung, knows just how scary it can be. This condition is considered life threatening, and once the danger has passed, some doctors will want to take aggressive measures to prevent future occurrences by implanting IVC filters in their patients. The problem is that this medical device can cause substantial harm and even death.

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