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Frontier Natural Products Co-op Initiates Voluntary Recall Due To Possible Health Risk From Nutmeg

NORWAY, IOWA (November 30, 2010) – – In response to a recall commenced by its supplier (Mincing Overseas Spice Company, Dayton, New Jersey), Frontier Natural Products Co-op, is voluntarily recalling two products manufactured with non-organic nutmeg that were sold under the Frontier brand and under the Whole Foods Market brand listed below that contain nutmeg […]

Medicare Finalizes New Rules: Requires Equal Visitation Rights For All Hospital Patients

A patient in a hospital bed

New requirements empower patients to designate their own visitors, including a same-sex domestic partner The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new rules for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating hospitals that protect patients’ right to choose their own visitors during a hospital stay, including a visitor who is a same-sex domestic partner. “Basic human […]

FDA Seeking Public Comments On Proposed Cigarette Product Warning Labels

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) requires that cigarette packages and advertisements have larger and more visible graphic health warnings. FDA issued a proposed rule, Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements, proposing to modify the required warnings that appear on cigarette packages and in cigarette advertisements.  These new required […]

FDA Approves Xgeva To Help Prevent Cancer-related Bone Injury

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Xgeva (denosumab) on Thursday to help prevent skeletal-related events (SREs) in patients with cancer that has spread (metastasized) and damaged the bone. Skeletal-related events include bone fractures from cancer and bone pain requiring radiation. Xgeva is a monoclonal antibody that targets a protein involved in cancer-related bone destruction […]

Mauri Gorgonzola Cheese Sold In Colorado Costco Stores Positive For E. Coli

Mauri Gorgonzola cheese

Mauri Gorgonzola cheese with sell-by dates of 01/13/11 and 01/14/11 is being recalled because of a positive test for E. coli O157:H7. DPI Specialty Foods of Tualatin, Ore., cut, packaged and distributed the cheese to Costco Wholesale Corporation (Costco) stores in Colorado. Consumers who have any of this cheese should not eat it. They should […]

St. Joseph Medical Center in Maryland to Pay U.S. $22 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

St. Joseph Medical Center in Maryland

BALTIMORE – St. Joseph Medical Center (SJMC) in Towson, Md., has agreed to pay the United States $22 million to settle allegations under the False Claims Act that it paid unlawful remuneration under the Anti-Kickback Act and violated the Stark Law when it entered into a series of professional services contracts with the Pikesville, Md., […]

FDA Issues Apple Cider Warning

Apple Cider

FDA, state of Maryland, and Baugher Enterprise warn consumers to avoid Baugher’s Apple Cider Cider may be related to outbreak of  E. coli infections Fast Facts • Baugher’s Apple Cider in half gallon and gallon containers, offered for sale in Maryland and Pennsylvania, is preliminarily linked with an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections. • Consumers who […]

FDA to streamline process for pain-relieving drugs

Needle full of glowing liquid

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced a partnership agreement with the University of Rochester to form the Analgesic Clinical Trial Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks (ACTION) Initiative. The initiative is aligned with the FDA’s recently launched Initiative for the Advancement of Regulatory Science, and is designed to streamline the discovery and development process for […]

bioMérieux, Inc. Issues Urgent Product Correction for VITEK® Cards

Brian Hades of Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy recieves a thank you card

October 27, 2010 – DURHAM, N.C. – bioMérieux, Inc. on September 16, 2010, initiated a worldwide voluntary product correction of VITEK® 2 Gram Negative Susceptibility Cards containing the antibiotic Piperacillin/Tazobactam (TZPv). These cards, manufactured after March 10, 2009, are used in clinical laboratories to perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing as part of the VITEK® System. Clinical […]

Sandoz Inc. Announces Voluntary Methotrexate Recall

Hand holding a needle

October 27, 2010 –  Sandoz Inc. announced today it has initiated a voluntary recall in the US of all 50mg/2mL and 250mg/10mL vials of Sandoz and Parenta brand Methotrexate Injection, USP product (“methotrexate”) to the consumer/user level. Consistent with its commitment to quality and patient safety, Sandoz is initiating this voluntary recall of all 24 […]

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