September 6, 2012

Choking, Poison Hazard

1 Detergent Tablets Pose Health Risk for Kids

Liquid detergent tablets pose a choking and poison risk for kids, warn experts who say there’s been an uptick in hospitalizations and calls to poison hotlines related to kids who’ve swallowed the colorful packets. The tablets “can look like candy,” says the American Association of Poison Control Centers, but contain strong alkaline cleaning agents that can cause children to become very ill. Some children have experienced excessive vomiting and wheezing and have required hospitalization. The concentrated detergents are “basically brand new to the market and once they started hitting the market is when we started seeing (reports of exposures),” says Health Department spokesperson Chanel Caraway. To date, US poison hotlines received 2,950 calls regarding exposures to children 5 and under.

More at Cnn.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Accidental Poisoning of Kids from Meds Rises

Tags: American Association of Poison Control Centers, Liquid Detergent Tablets, Chanel Carroway, US Health Department, Household Poisons, Household Dangers

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Consumer Group Says Pull It

2 FDA Sued over Safety of Alzheimer’s Drug

A consumer group is suing the Food and Drug Administration for not moving quickly enough to remove high-dose Aricept from the market due to the drug’s dangerous and potentially deadly side effects. Aricept is commonly used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. The group, Public Citizen, filed a petition with the FDA in 2011 urging the agency to halt sales of the 23-milligram dose of the drug which they say does not work more effectively than two lower doses. They also asked that the agency put safety warnings about the higher dose Aricept on bottles of the lower dose and generic versions of the drug. To date, the FDA has yet to act says Public Citizen; the agency doesn’t comment on litigation, says an FDA spokesperson.

More at MSNBC.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Cognitive Exercises Don't Prevent Alzheimer's

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Food and Drug Administration, Aricept, Public Citizen, Drug Side Effects

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Let's Go SkyCycling!

3 Architect Wants Elevated Bike Lane in London

SkyCycle, an elevated system of bike lanes separated from traffic, is the proposal of landscape architect Sam Martin, who gave up riding his bike in London because of safety concerns. Martin contends that SkyCycle is the next logical step in a city that will run out of room to build bike lanes. Users of the network of futuristic glass tunnels would pay a fee to travel inside SkyCycle, but the cost would be cheaper than public transportation. London Mayor Boris Johnson is considering Martin's proposal, and SkyCycle may be a reality by 2015.

More at TreeHugger | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Bike Safety, Elevated Bike Lanes, Bike Lanes London, SkyCycle, Sam Martin

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Compounding of Drug Can Continue

4 Lawsuit to Ban "Fake" Makena Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit filed against the U.S. government by K-V Pharmaceutical Co in hopes of banning cheaper, unapproved versions of Makena which is used to prevent premature birth in women with a prior history and is the only one approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Makena contains the active ingredient hydroxyprogesterone which is readily available without the FDA’s approval and pharmacies have been compounding it for years. K-V says that has not allowed Makena to generate enough sales revenue to pay its creditors and stay afloat financially and argues that the FDA is putting insurance companies cost ahead of patients’ needs but District Judge Amy Berman Jackson disagreed, saying that the FDA was within its rights under the law not to ban the other versions.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Drug for Preventing Preemies Costs More Next Week, Cheaper Version of Makena Still Available, Price Drops for Makena Preemie Prevention Drug

Tags: FDA Approval, Food and Drug Administration, Makena, Hydroxyprogesterone, KV Pharmaceutical Co

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