USDA Issues Warning to Stay Food Safe on Independence Day

  The United States Department of Agriculture reminds Americans every year of the importance of food safety during Independence Day Weekend. Although celebrations across America will be different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, abiding by food safety suggestions is as important as ever. The USDA recognizes that there is an increase in foodborne illness during the summer due to warmer temperatures and extended time spent outside. In addition, this year in particular could have many first-time cooks who may not know important food safety practices. The USDA provided the following food safety tips in their recent press release:…

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Doctor Contends 15 Dead in NECC Medication Contamination was Preventible and Predictable | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law

According to Dr. Michael Carome, of Public Citizen, the fungal meningitis outbreak associated with 15 recent deaths and over 200 serious illnesses was completely preventable. In an article released by CNN, Dr. Carome contends that, “(T)he injectable steroid medication produced at the center was never approved by the FDA and was not manufactured in accordance with the FDA’s rigorous manufacturing standards designed to ensure that drugs are sterile and uncontaminated with such germs as bacteria or fungi before being sold and distributed. As a result, as many as 14,000 patients in 23 states were exposed to potentially contaminated steroids and…

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Shoulder Pain Pumps Destroy Shoulder Joints | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Recognized medical studies show that pain pumps that inject pain medicine right into shoulder joints after surgical procedures are a very likely cause of severe cartilage damage.  The FDA, in November 2009 and again in February 2010 issued a warning about this device.  At the heart of the shoulder pain pump litigation is the fact that continuous infusion pumps were not approved by the FDA for this use. The pain medication essentially eats away the cartilage in the shoulder joint which is critical to allowing the shoulder to move smoothly without pain and grinding. The research shows that this permanent…

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FDA WARNING: QUE SHE WEIGHT LOSS SUPPLEMENT CONTAINS DRUGS | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

The FDA warned consumers and healthcare professionals today of the dangers of Que She, a capsule which was marketed as an herbal weight loss supplement but actually also “contains unlisted and active pharmaceutical ingredients that could harm consumers, especially those with cardiovascular conditions.” The FDA recommends that people who have purchased Que She should stop taking the product immediately and consult a health care professional. Below is an excerpt from the full FDA Public Health alert including the unlisted drugs within the “herbal supplement”: Que She, advertised as “Slimming Factor Capsule” and as “an all-natural blend of Chinese herbs,” has…

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