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Recalls in History: The Tylenol Murders

Recalls in History: The Tylenol Murders

On September 29th, 1982, a twelve-year-old girl named Mary Kellerman took an extra-strength Tylenol capsule. Shortly after, she died. She was the first victim of the Tylenol murderer, and her death heralded the beginning of the modern era of recalls that exists today. The story of people dying mysteriously after …

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Recalls in History: Vioxx Scandal

Recalls in History: Vioxx Scandal

One of the most major recalls in recent memory occurred in 2004, when drug manufacturer Merck issued a recall for Vioxx. Vioxx was a drug created to combat arthritis, though it turned out to have incredibly dangerous side effects. A class action suit levied against Merck turned up rather damning …

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FDA Announces Recall of Generic Xanax Brand

FDA Announces Recall of Generic Xanax Brand

The FDA has announced a recall of Mylan Pharmaceuticals-made alprazolam tablets. This recall is voluntary on the part of Mylan, who have stated that there is a potential contamination in their generic-brand version of Xanax. If you use generic alprazolam tablets, you should check to see if your medicine is …

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Global Zantac Recall Over Carcinogen Concerns

Global Zantac Recall Over Carcinogen Concerns

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling all of its Zantac heartburn medication globally. This recall comes only days after the FDA announced that it had detected unacceptable levels of cancer-causing impurities in Zantac. This recall also affects the generic version of Zantac, ranitidine. Not All Versions Are Affected Zantac isn’t just being recalled …

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Confirmed Carcinogen Contamination Triggers Another Medication Recall

Confirmed Carcinogen Contamination Triggers Another Medication Recall

An ulcer and reflux medication is the newest to join the ever-growing recall list of medicines tainted with a possible carcinogen. Sandoz Inc., a leading generic pharmaceuticals company, is voluntarily recalling 14 lots of Ranitidine Hydrochloride capsules for containing a possible carcinogen, a substance that could cause cancer. Recall Affects …

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Blood Pressure Medication Recalled Over Cancer Concerns

Blood Pressure Medication Recalled Over Cancer Concerns

The Food and Drug Administration has expanded a recall on high blood pressure medications due to potential cancer risk. This time, Torrent Pharmaceutical Limited is recalling additional lots of Losartan Potassium tablets, which is used to treat hypertension, as well as hypertensive patients with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy and nephropathy in …

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Breast Implants Recalled for Cancer Risk

Breast Implants Recalled for Cancer Risk

The FDA has recently determined that textured breast implants manufactured by Allergan Biocell should be removed from the U.S. market completely. Patients who have received implants from Allergan Biocell are at a greater risk of breast cancer. Of the 573 cases of BIA-ALCL, 84% of them are linked to Allergan …

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Massive Recall of Eye Drops Impacts Major Drug Store Chains

Massive Recall of Eye Drops Impacts Major Drug Store Chains

The FDA has issued a warning that eye drops manufactured by Altaire Pharmaceuticals may not be sterile. Although Altaire Pharmaceuticals insists that no adverse events have been reported, they are voluntarily recalling all products currently on shelves as a cautionary approach. The eye drop recalls will affect the following stores: …

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Bad Medicine: The Worst Medicine Recalls Ever

Bad Medicine: The Worst Medicine Recalls Ever

The sedative, Thalidomide was responsible for 10,000 deformities in children. In 1982, more than 31 million tablets of Tylenol were recalled for being linked to potassium cyanide. Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) was removed from the market in 2000 since it contributed to bleeding in the brain. Over 6 million doses of medicine …

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