Tag Archives: FDA recalls

Dole Salad Salmonella Alert

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling over 750 cases of DOLE® Seven Lettuces salad with Use-by Date of April 11, 2012. While no illness has yet been associated with eating the salads, a random sample collected by the State of New York found contamination with Salmonella. The recalled packages have a UPC code of 71430 01057 and Product Codes 0577N089112A and 0577N089112B. Consumers should check the codes and the use-by date and throw out any suspicious salads. Retailers are being told to check shelves for any remaining Dole Seven Lettuce salads and remove them. If you have questions, you can call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800)

Warfarin Recall Expanded

The recall of Jantoven®  warfarin 3 mg tablets issued on February 16th has been expanded to include more dosages and additional medicines. Jantoven and other medications that were packaged on the same Upsher-Smith Laboratories packaging line between May and November of 2010 are all being recalled as a precaution after 10 mg Jantoven tablets were found in a bottle labeled 3 mg. Since warfarin is used to prevent blood clots in many people with cancer, it is critical that you check your medicine to be sure that it isn’t part of the  Upsher-Smith recall. A complete description of the recalled pills is available on the FDA website including the tablet

Check Your Warfarin

If you take warfarin to prevent blood clots, check your supply to be sure it is safe. A mixup in dosages has prompted a recall of Jantoven® Warfarin.  A single bottle was found to contain 10 mg pills, rather than the 3 mg tablets on the label. Upsher-Smith Laboratories is voluntarily recalling one lot  (lot #284081) of Jantoven® Warfarin Sodium, 3 mg, to protect patients from getting an overdose. The pills are very different:  The 3 mg tablets are tan and labeled with a 3 below the line, while the 10 mg ones are white with a 10 below the line.  Both have the number 832 on the reverse side.

Rolaids Recall

If you use Rolaids for occasional heartburn or gas, watch out for the Extra Strength Softchews. McNeil Consumer Healthcare has voluntarily recalled all lots of ROLAIDS® Extra Strength Softchews, ROLAIDS® Extra Strength Plus Gas Softchews, and ROLAIDS® Multi-Symptom Plus Anti-Gas Softchews being sold in the United States and Canada. Consumers have reported bits foreign material in the Extra Strength Softchews, including metal and woodchips.  While McNeil investigates the problem, they have suspended production of these products and issued a recall.

Check Your Pain Patches

Eighteen lots of Fentanyl transdermal patches distributed in the United States have been recalled by Actavis, Inc. The 25 mcg/hour patches may have a fold-over defect that allows active drug to be released faster than intended.  In one lot of the recalled patches, one patch was found leaking gel.  The remaining lots are being voluntarily recalled as a precaution. Fentanyl is a strong opioid.  The patch releases a measured amount of the drug each hour which is absorbed by skin.  Damaged patches may release too much medicine, potentially causing slowed or stopped breathing that can lead to death. Caregivers who handle damaged patches and get gel on their own skin

McNeil Expands Recalls

The FDA has announced that McNeil Consumer Healthcare has expanded its voluntary over-the-counter drug recalls to include additional types of Tylenol, as well as certain formulations of Motrin, Rolaids, Benedryl, Simply Sleep, and St. Joseph’s aspirin.  The recall includes Children’s Tylenol Meltaways and Children’s Motrin caplets and chewables. A full list of recalled products and the lots has been posted on the FDA site. Consumers have noticed a moldy, musty, or mildew-like smell when opening the medicines that has sometimes been associated with nausea, vomiting, stomach pain or diarrhea.  Effects have been temporary and not serious.

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: December 21

Briefly It’s been tested, and it hurts less to rip a bandaid off fast. NCCN has updated their guidelines for colon and rectal cancer to include testing for BRAF mutations in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. FDA announced a recall of some lots of Alka-Seltzer Plus Day and Night Cold Formula, and an aggressive program to manage respiratory infections at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has kept patients there from getting H1N1 flu.

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: July 10

Research this week finds FDG/PET able to predict response to chemotherapy even after one treatment, and chemotherapy before surgery for liver mets makes CT scan evaluation less accurate. Finding the best imaging methods to diagnosis and monitor cancer and comparing new colorectal cancer screening technologies to current standards are among recommended priorities for comparative effectiveness research (CER).  The FDA reports new egg safety rules and the recall of a powdered dietary supplement. Videos of cancer patients are now online discussing the emotional impact of their diagnosis in The Day I Found Out.

Nestle's Refrigerator Cookie Dough Recalled: Risk of E.Coli

Throw out that refrigerated Nestles TOLL HOUSE Cookie Dough!  And don’t eat it raw or bake it. The Food and Drug Administration has announced a voluntary recall of all varieties of Nestle® TOLL HOUSE® refrigerator cookie dough.  While no e. coli bacteria have been actually found in the dough, there have been a number of reports of consumers becoming ill after eating the raw dough. Baking the cookies may not eliminate the risk of contamination because cooks may get bacteria on their hands or on other kitchen surfaces. Nestle and the FDA emphasize that people should never eat raw cookie dough or other foods that are intended to be baked or