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The intravenous iron replacement product, Feraheme, has been linked to serious, sometimes fatal, allergic reactions in certain patients. As a result, the warnings and instructions that accompany the anemia drug Feraheme are being strengthened.   The FDA changed the prescribing instructions and approved a Boxed Warning, commonly referred to as a “Black Box” warning. The Boxed warning is the FDA’s strongest type of warning. The FDA also added a new Contraindication, a strong recommendation against using Feraheme in patients who have had an allergic reaction to any intravenous (IV) iron replacement product.

Feraheme is used to treat iron-deficiency anemia. Iron-deficiency anemia is a condition where the oxygen-carrying red blood cells are reduced because of too little iron.
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Medical literature has suggested a link between the use of the prescription drug Zofran (or its generic ondansetron) during pregnancy for nausea or vomiting, and birth defects, particularly cleft palate and heart defects.   Approximately 1 million pregnant American women are exposed to ondansetron every year.

An estimated 80% of pregnant women suffer from nausea and vomiting caused by pregnancy.   Zofran, and its generic ondansetron, are frequently prescribed “off label” by physicians for pregnancy-induced nausea and vomiting even though the drug is not classified as safe in pregnancy by the FDA, and the drug is not labeled for use for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
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Leiomyosarcoma (“LMS”) is an aggressive soft tissue sarcoma (cancer) derived from smooth muscle cells in the uterus. Women undergoing laparoscopic (small incision) hysterectomies using a power morcellator are at risk for the spread of LMS. The power morcellator is used to remove the uterus by cutting it into small pieces, risking the spread of unknown LMS tumors in the uterus to other parts of the abdomen.   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found significant increased risk of sarcoma cancer after use of the morcellator device during hysterectomy. Power morcellators were used in over 50,000 hysterectomies in a single year, risking the spread of any unknown cancer cells in the uterus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety communication notice announcing that the use of power morcellators for removal of the uterus creates the risk of spreading undetected cancerous tissue in women with previously unsuspected cancer. The largest manufacturer of the power morcellator device withdrew the surgical tool from the market in July 2014. The company issued a world-wide letter to return the devices.
Caustic and toxic chemicals in the workplace pose serious risks of significant injury and even death. Proper training, maintenance of accurate Material Safety Data Sheets that are clearly accessible and understandable to the work force and maintenance of eye washes and showers, along with proper personal protective equipment are important to maintaining a safe work place. Recently OSHA proposed a significant fine for an insulation company that failed to maintain proper eye wash and shower facilities for its employees. Caustic chemicals can cause blindness, poisoning, burns, dermatitis and systemic diseases like cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains useful information on chemical hazards in the workplace, and offers tips to prevent them at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/chemical-safety/.

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OSHA found a number of safety issues at a Cleveland based stamping company which included failing to have adequate machine guarding to protect workers from amputation. Multiple mechanical power press, machine guarding and electrical violations were found.  For more information regarding workplace injuries, visit  www.houstontexaspersonalinjurylawyers.com/workplace-hazards.  For more information regarding unguarded machine hazards, visit www.houstontexaspersonalinjurylawyers.com/crush-injuries.

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