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2012-02-17 09:14:36

A consumer alert for a brand of electronic toothbrush found to chip teeth, cut gums and wreak havoc on your face was announced by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday. The toothbrush in question: Arm & Hammer and Crest (pre-2009) Spinbrush. Injuries have been reported to the teeth, gums and eyes because of the toothbrush breaking. There also has been cases of choking due to broken pieces. An FDA consumer safety officer said reports indicate that parts of the...

2012-02-15 17:27:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently issued alerts or other safety information about a number of products, including hair regrowth products that may cause a rapid or irregular heartbeat popular over-the-counter medications that may contain the wrong tablets in the pill bottles vaginal products sold as cosmetics that contain an anesthetic drug ingredient and harmful bacteria (Logo:...

2012-02-15 10:51:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When young children need medicine it isn't always easy to get them to take it, especially when they're feeling sick and cranky. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) And when your kids are older, they may be ready to take medications themselves under adult supervision. In two new videos available in English and Spanish, Benjamin Ortiz, a pediatrician at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),...

2012-01-25 12:41:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently issued alerts or other safety information about a number of products, including dietary supplements that could be contaminated with Salmonella a blood thinner that may lead to bleeding problems A drug for abnormal heart rhythm that carries a risk of stroke, heart failure and death when used by certain people ADHD drugs that showed no evidence of an increased risk of stroke or...

2012-01-12 15:10:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From morning until night--styling our hair for work to showering before bed--Americans depend upon personal care products. Most are safe, but some may cause problems, and that's when FDA gets involved. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) FDA collects information about consumers' bad reactions to products it regulates. If you have a reaction to a beauty, personal hygiene or makeup product, FDA wants to...

2012-01-06 18:13:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stem cells therapies offer the potential to treat diseases or conditions that are currently incurable or for which few treatments exist. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned that the hope that patients have for elusive cures may leave them vulnerable to unscrupulous providers of certain stem cell treatments that are illegal and potentially harmful....

2011-12-28 11:31:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Some medical devices are reused many times in surgical and exploratory procedures. They include instruments used in surgery (like clamps and forceps), and endoscopes (like bronchoscopes and colonoscopes) used to visualize areas inside the body. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO ) FDA has received reports of patient exposure to microscopic amounts of blood, body fluids, and tissue from other patients that...

2011-12-27 12:00:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers are warned not to use the ShoulderFlex Massager--a home massager that has caused a death and a near-strangulation when a necklace and clothing became caught in the device. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) Other alerts or safety information issued by the Food and Drug Administration in November includes the following products: TNF blocker drugs that may be associated with a possible cancer...

2011-12-22 15:08:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Food and Drug Administration is urging consumers to carefully read the labels of liquid acetaminophen marketed for infants to avoid giving the wrong dose to their infants. Giving more than the recommended dose of acetaminophen can cause serious side effects and, possibly, death. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) The agency is especially concerned about parents and caregivers administering the proper...

2011-12-13 12:41:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ready to be the next weight-loss success story? Let your new life begin! I lost 90 pounds with the Lap-Band! Sounds tempting, doesn't it? FDA has seen many claims similar to the ones above, but there's a catch. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fda-consumer-health-information---fda-targets-gastric-band-weight-loss-claims-135517858.html (Logo:...