Every time the Food and Drug Administration announces a recall on oral contraceptives, sexually active women of child-bearing age collectively catch their breath. This time, Sandoz is recalling 10 lots of Introvale generic oral contraceptives due to a packaging flaw that may affect the fertility cycle of thousands of women.
The white placebo pills were mistakenly placed in row 9 instead of row 13, possibly altering the hormonal cycle among users. There have been no adverse reports, but the recall is an effort to minimize any possible patient impact. According to the FDA, “the risk of an unintended pregnancy for a patient taking the wrong tablet over several days cannot be excluded. Patients who find the white placebo pills in any other position than the 13th row should discontinue taking the pills and begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception.
The lot numbers involved in the recall include: LF00478C, LF00479C, LF00551C, LF00552C, LF00687C, LF00688C, LF00763C, LF00764C, LF00765C and LF01261C. These lots were distributed only in the U.S. between January 2011 and May 2012. Introvale users should contact their healthcare professional and Sandoz for more information at 800-525-2492.
For those who already have children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission warns parents to check the safety of their high chairs, particularly Evenflo convertible high chairs, 35,000 of which have been recalled due to a fall hazard. Evenflo has received 18 reports of trays that detached, including eight reports of children who fell from the high chair and sustained bumps and bruises.
The recall applies to high chairs that convert from a high chair to toddler-size table and chair including Dottie Lime 29111259, Dottie Rose 29111271, and Marianna 29111234. The chairs were sold at Toys ‘R’ Us and Walmart stores. Consumers should contact Evenflo for a replacement activity tray at 800-233-5921.
In the event that a child fell out of his or her high chair, parents might treat a bump on the head with an ice pack, but not so fast. More than 880,000 Cryofreeze ice/hot packs and Arctic Zone ice packs have been recalled because they can leak gel that could contain diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol, which can cause illness if ingested in large amounts. There have been no reports of incidents or injuries.
The gel packs were sold separately and with a variety of lunch boxes, coolers and thermal carriers. Read the full descriptions of recalled gel packs.
Consumers should immediately stop using the gel packs and contact California Innovations at 800-722-2545 to receive a $6 cash refund for large (8.5-inch x 8-inch) Cryofreeze gel packs or a $5 cash refund for all other gel packs.
Say it ain’t so, Chuck Norris! Chuck is said to be invincible, but his endorsed Bowflex products are sadly not. Nautilus Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 17,000 of its Bowflex SelectTech 1090 dumbbells. Users may get injured when the weight selector dial on the black steel dumbbells can fail, causing weight plates to fall when the dumbbell is lifted from its cradle. There have been three reports of injuries, and 16 reported weight selector dial failures.
The dumbbells were sold for about $600 at sporting goods stores, on Nautilus’ website, and at other online retailers from May 2011 through August 2011.
The dumbbells, which have the word “Bowflex” written in grey along each handle’s top, are sold in pairs and can have a weight capacity of 10 to 90 pounds. The recall applies to dumbbells with a date-of-manufacture code in the serial number in the range of 1111 through 1136. The date code is the four-digit code following the letters “MAG” in the serial number. Consumers should immediately stop using the dumbbells and contact Nautilus at 800-416-7271 for a free repair kit.
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