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Risperdal comes with serious, life-changing risks

Risperdal is a drug that has pros and cons. It is sometimes used to treat severe behavior problems in children. For example, it may be used to treat Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or autism if the children are aggressive or highly irritable. It can be used for psychosis as well.

The drug itself can be a life-saver for some, but it is not without risk. It can have serious, life-changing side effects.

Can strobe lights reduce rear-end truck crash rates?

An Oklahoma-based transportation company, Groendyke Transport, Inc., spent the last few years exploring ways to reduce tanker-truck incident rates. One idea that they came up with was equipping their trucks with relatively inexpensive flashing amber-colored strobe lights. Their fleet's crash rate went down significantly after they did this. The transportation company chronicled their in-house research in a Fleet Owner article on June 1.Company owners have long been disappointed at their crash rates and wanted to find ways to reduce them. They started installing strobe lights on the rear portion of their tanker trucks approximately three years ago. They hoped that this would reduce the number of rear-end crashes that their drivers were having.

Its drivers immediately noticed how motorists were much more responsive to the tankers once they installed the strobe lights. They would slow down faster than they had in the past and even switch lanes to avoid coming close to them.

Truck drivers aren't the only ones susceptible to drowsy driving

Without a doubt, truck drivers do get fatigued after concentrating on controlling a vehicle that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds for hours at a time on all kinds of roads, traffic patterns and weather. Just the size of these vehicles may make you wary around them, and when you add in possible errors by the driver, you may pay even closer attention when you must share the roads with them.

However, what alerts you about potential mistakes by drivers of passenger vehicles? Truck drivers are not the only ones whose work and/or lifestyle make them susceptible to drowsy driving. To increase your safety, you will need to maintain the same vigilance you do with 18-wheelers with the other vehicles you share the road with, since you never know who is driving the car, truck or SUV on the road with you, let alone whether he or she slept well last night.

Beware: Your breast implants may be killing you

Breast implants remain one of the most popular forms of elective surgery in the United States despite the many health-related concerns that have emerged regarding them in recent years.

The drug and medical device manufacturer Allergan recalled its texturized breast implants during July 2019 after researchers discovered that they were potentially linked to a rare form of cancer. The implants had been banned since 2018 after researchers made similar discoveries regarding them.

Can vaccines be recalled?

Recalls happen for items such as food products, toys and cars all the time. Medical device or drug recalls for medications are quite common as well. Perhaps even more surprising is that vaccines can even be recalled due to there being a bad lot or batch.

Vaccines are generally recalled by their manufacturers after quality control tests show that there have been some irregularities in some of the vials. Individuals can search the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) to see if anyone has reported any potential negative side effects from receiving the same shot.

The dangers that are associated with a trucker having a blowout

Truck drivers travel many more miles per year than the average motorist. This is perhaps why tire blowouts are much more likely to happen to tractor-trailer operators more so than any other type of driver.

Tire blowouts are very dangerous. They happen far less often than flats though. These usually take place while a motorist is driving their vehicle at a high rate of speed. Tire stress can increase dramatically when trucks exceed 75 miles per hour (MPH).

Hold your medical device manufacturer accountable!

Last year was marked by a significant number of medical device recalls according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The number of recalled units in 2019 was higher than its been during the previous four years. Technological failures can be blamed for much of the medical device recalls that happened in 2019.

FDA data shows that there were some 50 medical devices recalled in 2019. There were recalls for at least 32 devices in both 2017 and 2018. There were 39 in 2016, 32 in 2015 and an alarming 60 in 2014.

Novartis recalls the immunosuppresants Sandimmune and Neoral

The drug manufacturer Novartis recalled both its Neoral capsules and its Sandimmune immunosuppressants last week because of their potentially hazardous packaging. In their recall announcement, Novartis pointed out that they believe that the blister packs that the medications come in may be too easy for children to get into.

Both of the medications that have been recalled are immunodepressants. They are most commonly prescribed to transplant recipients to help reduce their risk of suffering an organ rejection post-surgery.

How the accelerated approval process for drugs works

The path for prescription drugs to get approved and introduced on the market here in the United States is a multi-level process. Its manufacturer must generally get the preliminary go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) before they can move forward with the critical testing stage. Some drugs get fast-tracked though thus bypassing stringent analysis of it though.

FDA guidelines allow for the introduction of some drugs to the market to be expedited. A manufacturer may apply for Accelerated Approval if they can show that the drug may have potential life-saving benefits. This is especially the case if it can help those suffering life-threatening conditions.

The feds say that the weight loss drug lorcaserin causes cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of a popularly prescribed weight loss medication last week. The federal agency did so after discovering that lorcaserin, a drug that is more commonly known by its brand name Belviq, may put patients who take it at a higher risk for developing cancer.

Lorcaserin was originally introduced on the market here in the U.S. in 2012. It was touted as a drug that could help obese individuals curb their appetites. It wasn't long after it was made available to patients that the FDA demanded that drug manufacturer conduct clinical trials for the drug.

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