British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline pleaded guilty in court recently to charges stemming from accusations that the company did not report safety concerns about a diabetes medication, improperly marketed drugs and promoted an antidepressant drug for uses that are unapproved. The drugs Avandia, Paxil and Wellbutrin were among those listed in the case.
Maryland residents purchase millions of different products each year, including food, medical devices, pharmaceutical products and general consumer goods. Some have been on the market for decades, while there are countless new products introduced each year. With an increasing number of products inevitably comes a growing number of warnings about defects, malfunctions and instances of contamination. When producers discover these problems, they usually announce a recall or a warning to consumers about the potentially dangerous product.
Women who take antidepressants while pregnant may want to reconsider doing so, according to a recent study reported in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The study's findings linked antidepressant use to pregnancy complications including premature birth and smaller birth weight. Experts have stopped short of saying the medications themselves are dangerous, but say the safest option is to stop using antidepressants during pregnancy.
Consumers need to be aware of dangerous beauty products containing hazardous substances that can be detrimental to your health. In some instances, hair styling products, skin creams and makeup have been found to contain bacteria, heavy metals or hazardous chemicals.
A recently released report indicates that kitchen appliances make up the bulk of product complaints listed in a government database. More than 30 percent of product safety complaints listed on SaferProducts.gov relate to kitchen appliances. This category is comprised of electric ovens, ranges, dishwashers, refrigerators and microwaves. Other high-ranking items include nursery equipment, shoes and toys.
A warning for women who wear lipstick: A study by the Food and Drug Administration found 400 lipsticks on the market that tested positive for lead. Although the FDA says the amounts of lead are at a low enough level to not cause a serious health risk, they might cause some to think twice about what they're putting on their lips.
What price would you pay to get in better physical shape without even trying? The cost of a pair of shoes? How about the cost of treatment for injuries you suffered from wearing those shoes?
As any parent can attest, kids come in all sizes. Some are small for their age, and others are, yes, overweight. No matter what size they are, they deserve to be protected from harm, and parents expect that from products designed for safety. That includes child car seats.
Are turkey fryers dangerous products? Fire safety experts seem to think so. Deep fried turkey tastes so delicious that people risk their homes by cooking it every Thanksgiving. This completely disregards the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) adamant counsel against it. The NFPA maintains that many propane-fired turkey fryers are dangerous products, regardless of caution.
The smoking-cessation drug Chantix appears to be a dangerous product, with risks that outweigh its benefits, according to Dr. Curt Furberg of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He is the co-author of a new study that shows people taking Chantix are far more likely to attempt suicide and experience serious depression than people using other types of smoking-cessation treatments.