Archive for February, 2009

FDA slaps warning on heartburn drug tied to spasms

Reglan metoclopramide side effectsFederal health officials are adding their sternest warning to a heartburn drug that has been linked to muscle spasms. The Food and Drug Administration said the drug, widely known as Reglan, has been shown to cause spasms and tics when used for long periods of time or at high doses. The problems include uncontrollable movement of the limbs, face and tongue, and are usually irreversible, even after patients stop taking the drug, according to the FDA’s warning.

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Hissey Kientz, LLP Announces the Launch of Mesothelioma Lawyers Help Web Site

The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP has announced the launch of its new website, Mesothelioma Lawyers Help. The site will serve as a news and information resource for individuals who have developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease after being exposed to asbestos fibers on the job, in the home or from another source.

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Criminal Asbestos Trial Set to Begin in Montana

Asbestos exposure at LIbby, Montana mineA fascinating federal criminal trial is slated to begin on Thursday out in Missoula, Mont., where five former executives of W.R. Grace & Company stand accused of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and violations of the Clean Air Act. Federal prosecutors allege that the executives knew that workers at a Grace-owned vermiculite mine in Libby, Mont., were exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos, but continued to release it into the air and misrepresented the danger.

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FDA: Peanut plant knew product was tainted with salmonella

The Georgia company whose peanut products have been blamed for a nationwide salmonella outbreak shipped some products even though they had tested positive for the bacteria and no other tests indicated they were safe, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

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Obama: FDA too slow in tracking tainted food

President Barack Obama has called on the FDA to improve its regulation of food safety.

President Barack Obama, speaking as the nation’s chief executive and a father, wants the nation’s food safety agency to do a better job. Concerned about a salmonella outbreak involving peanut products that has sickened 550 people and is blamed for at least eight deaths, Obama says he wants to review how the Food and Drug Administration operates.

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