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Unique Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. – A Voluntary Nationwide Recall of all Sterile Compounded Preparations Have Been Recalled

Unique Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. – A Voluntary Nationwide Recall of all Sterile Compounded Preparations Have Been Recalled

Unique Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., has announced a voluntary nationwide recall of all sterile drug preparations associated with the outsourcing facility and that have not reached the expiration date listed on the products. Unique is initiating the recall due to FDA’s concerns associated with Unique’s compounding facilities and compounding processes. The FDA contends they present a lack of sterility assurance observed during recent FDA inspections.

The recalled products include lot 86513, N-Acetyl Cysteine 20%, and all other non-expired, purportedly sterile drug products.

When sterile products are compromised, patients are at risk for serious and possible life-threatening infections. Unique has received no reports of injury or illness associated with the use of its sterile preparations. Patient safety is Unique’s highest priority, and Unique has proceeded with this voluntary action out of an act of caution.

The recall includes all sterile compounded preparations that Unique has supplied to its customers within expiry dates. Non-sterile preparations are not affected by this recall. The affected products were distributed in syringes, vials, and bags.

The preparations covered under this recall were distributed nationwide. Health care providers should stop using all lots of sterile products prepared by Unique until further notice and return unexpired products to the Company.

  • Unique will be contacting customers by phone, fax, mail, or personal visits informing them to return the products to the Company.
  • Consumers or Health Care Providers with questions regarding this recall may contact Unique Pharmaceuticals via telephone at 888-339-0874, from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Central Time, Monday through Friday. They can also be contacted using the following e-mail address: recall@upisolutions.com
  • Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm
  • Mail or Fax: Download form www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.
  • This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Parrish Law Firm Defective Drug Attorney works with northern Virginia citizens who have suffered from defective drugs and are looking for fair compensation for their suffering. Contact us today for a free case consultation, or call us at 703-906-4229.

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Buying A Used Car Online? Make Sure It’s Not Defective

Are you looking to buy a used car online? You better make sure that there’s not an open recall on it, reports Dayton Daily News.

A study by the Virginia-based company Carfax has revealed that around 2.7 million of the used motor vehicles that were placed for sale online in 2011 had open recalls

Often, sellers don’t mention that the vehicle has been recalled and buyers don’t know that they’re buying defective vehicles that need necessary repairs to maintain safety, performance and resale value.

Chris Basso, the public relations manager at Carfax, says that, “people need to realize these are safety issues… By not getting them fixed, you are putting your family and other people who you are on the road with at-risk.”

According to Basso, sellers have no legal obligation to tell the potential buyer of the recall issue, nor is it illegal to sell a vehicle that is under recall and has defects. Sellers often take advantage of both of these facts, meaning that it’s up to the consumer to know whether or not the vehicle they are purchasing is defective.

After buying a used vehicle, it’s wise to take it to a dealership that carries your brand and see if there are any recalls in effect.

If you have been injured by a defective product, you need the professional attorneys at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC to help protect your rights as a consumer. Please contact us now for a free case consultation, or call us at 703-906-4229.

GM Recalls Almost 250,000 SUV’s For Fire Risk In Power Locks/Windows

Another week, another recall by General Motors Co. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that GM has plans to recall almost 250,000 SUVs for a potential fire risk.

GM says that the recall with affect a total of 249, 260 Chevrolet Trailblazer (2006-2007) and GMC Envoy SUVs, along with selective 2006-2007 Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7X and Isuzu Ascender SUVs. The recall was filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week.

The potential fire hazard stems from defective wiring in the power door locks and windows that can short circuit. The NHTSA explained the hazard: “Fluid may enter the driver’s door module, causing corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board. A short may cause the power door lock and power window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative. The short may also cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke or a fire.”

General Motors Co. plans to replace the driver-side power window switch on Buick, Chevrolet and GMC vehicle models.

Have you been negatively impacted by a defective product in Virginia? Our product liability lawyers are here to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today or call us at 703-906-4229.

Over 50,000 2012 Honda Civics Recalled Due To Defective Drive Shafts

Around 50,000 Honda Civics have been recalled due to defective drive shafts that weren’t installed to completion during assembly, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Honda Motor Co. announced the recall of certain models of their 2012 Honda Civic model year because of a problem with the car’s drive shaft, which wasn’t installed completely during assembly. This could lead to the drive shaft separating, which posses the risk of the car losing power unexpectedly or rolling away while the car is parked if the emergency brake isn’t applied.

The recall affects 50,190 2012 Honda Civics. Honda’s popular car dealt with production delays and is struggling to maintain its hold on dominancy in the compact-car market, facing strengthening competition from automakers like Hyundai, Ford and Chevrolet.

The recall is expected to start later in June, and owners of defective vehicles will be able to bring their car into any Honda dealer and have their drive shaft inspected and replaced if necessary with no charge. To contact Honda customer service, call 800-999-1009.

If you have suffered because of a defective product in northern Virginia, you need the experienced product liability attorneys at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC who can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Contact us now for a free case consultation, or call us at 703-906-4229.

NHTSA Upgrades Investigation Into Chevrolet Trailblazer Electrical Fires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is upgrading an investigation into 340,000 Chevrolet Trailblazer in connection to electrical fires in driver-side doors, reports The Detroit News.

The NHTSA’s investigation was sparked by reports of 28 door fires connected to a defect in the Trailblazer’s driver’s-side power master switch. Some of the fires occurred while the SUV was uninhabited with no key in the ignition.

General Motors Co. has agreed to cooperate fully in the investigation, and will expand its examination into the Trailblazer’s sister models.

NHTSA has collected a total of 83 complaints, 66 in which the owner claimed that the door module had burned or melted, and 17 in which the window switches performed erratically or were not working.

We will keep you updated as the investigation continues.

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Kolcraft Stroller Recalled After Reports of Severed Fingers – VA Recalls

A popular baby stroller sold across the United States has been recalled due to a defective hinge that has caused several incidents of crushed and severed fingers in children and adults, reports CNN.com.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled around 36,000 of Kolcraft Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers after reports of both children and adults catching their fingers in an opening that is created when locking and unlocking the hinge apparatus on the stroller. Three children have had their fingers amputated by the defective hinge, while two adults suffered smashed fingers.

The strollers, manufactured in China, were sold in Canada and the U.S. at children’s stores and online retailers from January 2006 to June 2012 for around $150 or $160.

The model numbers included in the recall start with ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015 and ZL018. For complete details on the models affected, click here.

If you own a recalled Kolcraft stroller, you are urged to stop its use immediately and contact Kolcraft for information on receiving a free repair kit.

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Folding Chairs Recalled Due To Weight Capacity Defect – VA Recalls

A voluntary recall is underway of defective folding deck chairs made by West Marine that do not hold the stated weight capacity, reports UPI.com.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission publicized the recall of around 1,200 folding deck chairs, sold for approximately $70 across the U.S. from February 2012-May 2012. West Marine Products Inc. imported the defective products from China.

West Marine was alerted to six incidents of their deck chairs collapsing, but no one has yet to be injured by the defect.

The recalled models are part of West Marine Deluxe Deck Chairs brand, and have light-colored wooden armrests and metal legs.

The model number of the defective chairs is “13110341,” printed on a paper tag connected to the frame.

If you own this defective product, you are advised to stop using it immediately and call West Marine at 800-262-8464 to receive store credit or a full refund, or return the chair to any West Marine outlet for credit or a refund.

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC is here to protect you from defective products. If you have been injured by a defective product in Virginia, contact us now at 703-906-4229 or email us today for a free case consultation.

Kia Recalls 73,000 Rio Models For Air Bag Defect – Virginia Recalls

The automaker Kia has announced a recall of around 73,000 of its 2006-2008 Rio models due to a defect in the passenger airbag that allows it to deploy in a crash even when a small child is seated in the front passenger seat, reports The New York Times.

To view the announcement on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, click here.

The defect is a result of a sensor mat located in the passenger seat that is designed to discern whether an adult or a child is seated, and if it’s a child, the passenger airbag will not deploy in an accident.

However, over time, with continues flexing as the seat is used, the sensor can fail, resulting in the air bag deploying in a crash even when a child is seated in the seat and possibly causing injury.

While Kia is calling the recall of their Rio model voluntary, it is in fact legally required to notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration within a five business day period of its planned recall once it knows about the safety issue.

If you have been injured in a car accident or by a defective product in Northern Virginia, please contact the qualified attorneys at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC to set up your free case consultation. You can also call us now at 703-906-4229.

Egg Producers Knew Eggs Were Tainted Prior to 2010 Salmonella Outbreak

Scientists at Iowa State University found that infected hens at farms managed and owned by an egg producer in Iowa were extremely likely to have been laying eggs that were contaminated with salmonella many months prior to the August 2010 recall, one of the largest food-borne illness outbreaks in the United States, reports The New York Times.

ISU scientists found traces of salmonella in the manure and internal organs of birds at many Iowa egg producing plants approximately 4 months prior to the recall of 550 million eggs in August 2010. At that time, the egg-producing plants had abnormally high death rates of birds.

While the scientists who made the discovery were obligated to inform the egg producer who had ordered the tests, they had neither legal nor moral obligations to report their disturbing findings to regulators or the public.

The results of the 2010 tests have come to light because of a civil lawsuit to determine whether the executives at egg companies who sold infected eggs lied to the public by marketing their products as safe despite the possible knowledge of salmonella contamination.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates that around 62,000 Americans were made sick by eggs tainted with salmonella, a bacterial type of food poisoning that causes abdominal pain, diarrhea and fever, and can possibly be life-threatening. No deaths were reported in the 2010 outbreak however.

Rodger Main, lab operations director, said that this specific strain of salmonella associated with the outbreak, called salmonella enteritidis, does not have to be disclosed to the federal or state governments, and in doing so, one would violate certain confidentiality agreements between the lab conducting the tests and the food producers who pay for the voluntary tests and who make the decisions as to how to deal with the results.

We will keep you updated as this civil lawsuit unfolds.

If you have been sickened or injured by a defective product, you need the experienced lawyers at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC to protect your rights as a consumer. Call us now at 703-906-4229 or email us today for a free case consultation.

Organic Baby Spinach Recalled For Salmonella – Virginia Recalls

A recall of organic baby spinach is underway after a finished package of spinach was found to have salmonella contamination, reports CNN Health.

The recall was posted on the FDA’s website on Tuesday, May 29th.

The finished package spinach sample was taken from a shipping center in Texas through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s agreement with individual states to conduct random and regular tests on vegetables and fruits.

The spinach samples were sent to the Ohio Department of Agriculture laboratory, and while they tested positive for salmonella, a characterization of what kind of salmonella it is has yet to be announced.

The contaminated spinach came from Taylor Farms in Salinas, California, which began the recall as a cautionary measure even though no illnesses have be connected to their product. Their organic baby spinach is sold under the brand names Marketside and Private Selections.

For the specifications on the exact products recalled, click here.

The FDA gives the following Salmonella warning on their website:

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may experience fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), and abdominal pain. In rare cases the organism can get into the bloodstream and cause more serious complications.

If you have been affected negatively by a defective product, you need the veteran lawyers at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC to protect the rights that you have as a consumer. Contact us now for a free case consultation, or call us at 703-906-4229.

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