Thursday, May 20, 2010

Product recall: Miley Cyrus jewelry

Just yesterday, Wal-Mart announced that it was recalling its entire line of the popular Miley Cyrus brand of jewelry following reports that the jewelry contains a high level of cadmium – a toxic metal.

Long-term exposure to this metal is dangerous because it can cause bone softening and kidney failure and because it can hinder brain development. There is no danger in wearing the jewelry; however, it can be very dangerous if the metal is ingested. For example, many children place their jewelry/pendants in their mouth and suck and chew on them. This particular jewelry line, when exposed to a chemical similar to stomach acid, very easily released the toxic metal.

Exposure to this chemical is especially hazardous to girls ages 6-11. This may be because girls in this age range tend to have iron deficiencies and their bodies substitute cadmium instead.

Wal-Mart has also recalled some of its Disney pendants.

Claire’s and Dollar N More stores have also recalled some of the charm bracelets sold at their stores.

If you or anyone you know has been injured by a product such as this or any other defective product, contact us for a free consultation about your potential case.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Product recall: "Auto Fire" toy target set

The below-pictured toy dart gun set has been recalled by Family Dollar Store in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) following the deaths of two children. The suction cups, which are smaller than the size of a penny, present an asphyxiation hazard. These defective toys can cause children to suffocate and suffer brain injuries and even death. The two children’s deaths were caused when the children placed the soft, pliable plastic toy dart in their mouths and breathed them into their airways.

The dart guns were manufactured in China and sold exclusively by Family Dollar Stores. Family Dollar Stores began selling the toy in September 2005 and stopped selling it in January 2009. The recall was just announced on May 17, 2010.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gardasil marketed towards boys as well as girls

Much controversy has surrounded the use of the new Gardasil vaccination in girls and young women. Now the drug is also being marketed towards boys and young men. Gardasil is a vaccine which aids in the protection against HPV (human papillomavirus), a sexually-transmitted disease which can cause genital warts in both males and females. The drug is administered to individuals between the ages of 9 and 26.

Of course, this drug was only introduced in 2006 and little is known about the long-term effects this drug can cause. Some possible serious side effects that have been experienced recently include:

- Gastroenteritis;
- Appendicitis;
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID);
- Asthma or bronchospasms (airway spasms);
- Blood clots in the legs or lungs;
- Seizures; and
- Guillain-Barré syndrome.

There have also been 49 reported deaths connected with the use of Gardasil according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

While Merck insists its products are safe for use by individuals between the ages of 9 and 26, we at the Studstill Firm, LLP encourage you to discuss the risks with your doctor or child’s doctor prior to using this product. If you or anyone you know has been injured by this or any other pharmaceutical product, contact us for a free consultation about your potential case.