The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a medical device that was withdrawn from the market in 2014 after it was found to spread cancer in women. According to a news report in the Wall Street Journal, investigators are looking into what Johnson & Johnson, the largest manufacturer of the device known as laparoscopic power morcellator, knew about the problems.
The Problem with Morcellators
The morcellators were apparently used by surgeons during certain minimally-invasive hysterectomy procedures or to remove uterine fibroids. The morcellator ground up tissue so it could be easily removed through tiny incisions. However, when the device was used on women who had undiscovered uterine sarcoma cancer, it had the effect of spreading the cancerous tissue through the abdomen and pelvis.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the cancer risk in April 2014 saying that morcellation could worsen the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival. In November, the FDA required a strong new warning on the product label. Ethicon, the division of Johnson & Johnson that made the devices, advised doctors to stop using them and pulled them off the market.
However, models made by other medical device makers still remain available. Tens of thousands of women have undergone these procedures. One patient who was interviewed by the FBI said she underwent a hysterectomy with a morcellator and follow-up testing showed she had cancer that had spread through her abdomen. …Read the rest »
Hundreds of women have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson alleging that the company’s popular Shower to Shower brand of talcum powder products for feminine hygiene gave them ovarian cancer. According to a news report on PRI.org, the company markets Shower to Shower as: “Just a sprinkle a day helps keep the odor away.” Now at least 700 lawsuits have been filed arguing that talc in this and other products led to their ovarian cancers and that the company should have warned them of the risk. Some studies beginning in 1982 have indicated that women who used talcum powder products for feminine hygiene have a higher risk of ovarian cancer than those who do not use them. …Read the rest »
Whole Foods Market stores have issued a safety recall for raw macadamia nuts due to salmonella contamination.
According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, routine testing determined that the nuts were tested positive for salmonella.
Officials explained that the recalled items were packaged in 11-ounce plastic tubs and were marked as “Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts.”
The affected products include a best-by date of Feb. 4, 2016 and a UPC code that reads …Read the rest »
The California Department of Public Health has released video advertisements calling electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes toxic, warning that they are being marketed to children.
According to a news report in the Sacramento Bee, e-cigarettes have emerged recently as a popular alternative to regular cigarettes.
Vaping lounges where customers can sample different flavors of liquid in vaping devices have sprung all over California.
Orange and Los Angeles counties are no exception. …Read the rest »
Trader Joe’s is recalling raw walnuts due to potential danger of food poisoning.
According to an alert issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the walnuts could possibly be contaminated with salmonella.
The recalled Trader Joe’s Raw Walnuts were distributed to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide.
The products are packaged in …Read the rest »
Kraft Food Group is issuing a defective product recall for about 242,000 cases of its popular Macaroni and Cheese because some boxes may contain small pieces of metal.
According to a press release issued by Kraft, the recalled product is limited to the 7.25-oz size of the Original flavor of boxed dinner with the “best by” dates of September 18 through October 11.
The recalled products have the code C2 directly below the date on each box and were shipped to customers in the U.S. and several other countries including Canada.
So far, Kraft has received eight …Read the rest »