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Chrissie Cole

Raptiva Linked To Deaths

The FDA has issued a public health advisory concerning progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) and the psoriasis drug efalizumab (Raptiva).
PML is a rare but serious progressive…

Ryan Scott

Confusing Allergy Warnings May Do More Harm Than Good

Do the phrases "may contain traces of" or "made in the same factory as" help you decide if the food is safe for your allergy?
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) these warnings may…

Drew Dixon

228 Cases of Salmonella Now Linked to Tainted Tomatoes

Last week I blogged about the outbreak of Salmonella in several types of raw tomatoes. Today I was made aware of a recent update from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attributing the number of illnesses attributed to Salmonella tainted tomatoes to be 228. Infections have been reported in at least twenty-three states since mid-April, with the last 61 cases found in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, and Vermont.

Drew Dixon

Red Tomatoes May Contain Salmonella

The Food and Drug Administration released an alert earlier this week warning consumers in Mexico and Texas that a Salmonella outbreak may be related to the consumption of certain types of raw red tomatoes and products containing raw red tomatoes. The bacteria, Salmonella serotype Saintpaul, is an uncommon type of Salmonella.

Frank Bailey

Heparin Recall Continues

The FDA has asked for help to spread the word about recalls of injectable heparin products and heparin flush solutions that may be contaminated with oversulfated chondroitin sulfate.
There have…

Frank Bailey

Heprin Contamination Deliberate

An article in the New York Times outlines how LeRoy Hubley lost his wife and son from an allergic reaction to contaminated heparin. The FDA believes the contamination was deliberate but they have…