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Category Archives: Product Defect

FDA Warns Consumers To Stay Away From Ear Candles

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has warned three large manufacturers to stop marketing ear candles and has posted a consumer warning on its web site.  The warning page states that during the past decade, the FDA has received reports of burns, punctured eardrums, and blockage of the ear canal that required outpatient surgery. An… Continue Reading

Accutane Users Have Won Verdicts Worth More Than $56 million Alleging That Roche Failed To Warn Of The Drug’s Risk

A Birmingham-area man won a $25.16 million verdict this month against Switzerland-based Roche Holding AG ("Roche") after claiming its acne medicine led to inflammatory bowel disease.  Andrew McCarrell, 38, won the verdict against Roche after a retrial in state court in New Jersey, where a company unit that produced the drug Accutane is based. McCarrell is… Continue Reading

Beware Of Dangerous Cribs And Strollers

The continuing dangers posed to infants by certain products has been highlighted by the recall announced this month by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) of approximately 635,000 cribs manufactured by Dorel Asia SRL of Barbados.  The recall was announced after the reported death of a 6 month old child who became entrapped and… Continue Reading

Public Citizen Warns Of The Dangers Of Savella

A few months ago, we published blog posts on the dangers of Yaz birth control pills.  We also pointed out that Public Citizen, a consumer rights group based in Washington, D.C., had petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) to remove the medication from sale.  According to another recent petition the consumer group sent the FDA,… Continue Reading

Parkers Farm Recalls Products Contaminated With Listeria

Parkers Farm of Coon Rapids, Minnesota is recalling products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache,… Continue Reading

Are You Driving On “New” Tires That Can Kill You?

Would it surprise you that purchasing “new” tires for your car or truck from major retailers, like Sears and Wal-Mart, may place you and your family in danger?  It shouldn’t, because even if a tire looks new and has good tread depth it may in fact have been manufactured many years prior to your purchase. … Continue Reading

Drugs Used In Preparation For A Colonoscopy Alleged To Cause Kidney Damage

A lawsuit has been filed against pharmaceutical company Salix Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“Salix”) alleging that its OsmoPrep medication, used to cleanse the intestines in preparation for a colonoscopy, causes kidney damage.  The lawsuit filed on behalf of four individuals alleges that the plaintiffs sustained a variety of serious kidney injuries, including acute phosphate nephropathy, and that… Continue Reading

Does Fosamax Cause Jaw Damage?

At least 900 lawsuits have been filed against pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. (“Merck”) alleging that its Fosamax medication used to treat osteoporosis causes jaw damage.  Fosamax belongs to the bisphosphonate family of osteoporosis drugs that also include the branded drugs Actonel and Boniva.  Merck claims that Fosamax prevents bone fractures, particularly in post-menopausal women, by… Continue Reading

Accuracy Of Home Glucose Monitors In Doubt

U.S. health regulators are considering tougher standards for home glucose monitors.  Home glucose monitors are used by diabetics, as well as people with hypoglycemia to keep tabs on the level of glucose in the blood.  According to a report in The New York Times, the use of home glucose meters is on the rise, even… Continue Reading

The FDA Warns Illegal Marketers Of Topical Ibuprofen

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has issued warning letters to 8 companies who are illegally marketing over-the-counter ("OTC") products that contain topical ibuprofen.  The FDA warning letter states:  “Orally administered ibuprofen has been approved as a safe and effective treatment for pain and inflammation. There are no approved applications for topical ibuprofen products. Although… Continue Reading

Call For Ban Of Yaz, Yasmin And Ocella Birth Control

Health and consumer advocates are calling for the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") to ban Yasmin, Yaz and Ocella — brand names under which the birth control drug combination drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol are sold — because of the pill’s potential to cause blood clots, heart attack and stroke.  Yasmin, for example, was introduced in… Continue Reading

FDA Issues Warning Regarding Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (“ISMP”) recently reported that consumers were swallowing Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel, an over-the-counter (“OTC”) product that must be used topically.  Orally ingesting the product can cause serious adverse reactions, including death, burning of the mouth and throat, nausea and vomiting, irritability, confusion,… Continue Reading

Chinese Drywall Causing Problems For Homeowners

If you live in a home that was built or remodeled in the last few years and smells like rotten eggs, you may have a Chinese Drywall problem. Since around 2004, more than 500 million pounds of drywall has been imported from China, and much of it is defective.  According to the Wall Street Journal,… Continue Reading

FDA Warns Consumers To Stop Using Intranasal Zicam Products

In past posts, this blog warned consumers of potentially dangerous ingredients that may be harmful to you or your child’s health.  Recent events have shown the warnings to be justified. The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has warned consumers to stop using zinc-based intranasal Zicam cold products and discard them or return them to stores… Continue Reading

FDA Issues Recall Regarding Children’s Face Paint

On May 12, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued a consumer alert advising consumers to stop using certain cosmetic “Face Paint” items labeled as distributed by Oriental Trading Co., due to adverse event reports of skin reactions in children. Adverse reactions included rashes, itchiness, burning sensation, and swelling where the face paints were… Continue Reading

FDA To Require New Boxed Warning For Topical Testosterone Gel Products

On May 7, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued an advisory notifying healthcare professionals that it will require two prescription topical testosterone gel products, AndroGel 1% and Testim 1%, to include a boxed warning on the products’ labels after receiving reports of adverse effects in children who were inadvertently exposed to testosterone through… Continue Reading

Defective Energy Saving Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Not Saving The Planet Or Consumers Any Money

When Congress mandated last year that all consumers (and businesses) begin replacing their traditional light bulbs with new energy saving bulbs, primarily manufactured by Feit Electric and General Electric, most jumped at the chance. After all — albeit for more money — you could purchase bulbs that lasted purportedly ten times longer than traditional bulbs and… Continue Reading

Class Action Against Apple For Defective iMac Computer Displays

Meisleman, Packman, Carton & Eberz, P.C. is investigating a potential class action complaint on behalf of consumers and all others similarly situated (the “Class”) alleging that Apple’s iMac computers, specifically iMacs with 20” and 24” displays, have a widespread and commonplace characteristic screen defect and design flaw. The problem manifests as a change of colors from… Continue Reading

Class Action Filed Against Apple For Defective PowerBook Computers

In October, 2008, Meisleman, Packman, Carton & Eberz P.C. filed a class action complaint in federal court in California on behalf of Giorgio Gomelsky and all others similarly situated (the “Class”) alleging that Apple’s PowerBook G4 computers have a widespread and commonplace characteristic defect and design flaw which renders one or more of the PowerBook… Continue Reading