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Why are medical product recalls constantly increasing?

When your health care provider treats you with a drug or medical device, you expect it to be safe. Unfortunately, there are many dangerous medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. In fact, the number of recalls for medical products is steadily increasing. In 2013, the number of recalls was 2,303, compared to 3,202 in 2017.

Half-a-million pacemakers with hazardous software errors and contaminated valsartan blood pressure drugs exposed thousands of people to impurities that cause cancer. Dangerous medical products are not only life-threatening, but they also cost millions of dollars for the health care industry. Here are some of the main contributing factors to the steady increase in recalls reported to the FDA.

Asbestos faces new restrictions under EPA ban

After mounting criticism regarding its asbestos policy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tightened the rules on the importation and use of products containing asbestos in the United States.

The new rule stops just short of a complete ban on all asbestos products and is the most restrictive in the EPA's history. It closes a loophole that had been widely considered dangerous and irresponsible. Under the agency's Significant New Use Rule, which was proposed last year, the prohibitions on asbestos were very narrowly defined, and it would have been fairly easy for manufacturers and importers to find ways to obtain an EPA permit for their products.

Misdiagnosis is the major cause of malpractice involving children

When you're a parent, you hate it when your child is sick. You turn to a doctor you trust to make sure that your child gets whatever they need to get better.

Unfortunately, doctors seem to have a particularly difficult time diagnosing illnesses in young children with accuracy. In fact, the younger the patient, the more likely it is that your doctor will make a diagnostic mistake that could lead to a serious injury.

Why your electronic health care records aren't making you safer

The odds are very high that you haven't seen a physician with a paper chart in a very long time.

Back in 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) pressured physicians and hospitals to adopt electronic health records. The idea was partially to move patient care into the digital age.

Could electronic medical records be killing patients?

When you visit your doctor's office or you end up in the emergency room, do you want the doctor looking at you or a computer screen?

Unfortunately, the question is irrelevant for most patients because the computer screen won out when the majority of hospitals and offices moved to electronic health records. They're supposed to make things easier for doctors and nurses, and the care delivered to patients more consistent overall.

Supreme Court extends rules on asbestos warnings

What happens when a company makes a product that is, in itself, asbestos-free -- but requires a part made from asbestos in order to function?

Well, in the past, the people using those products mostly had no idea that they were in danger from the asbestos fibers coming from the added parts. Those people were, largely, in the Navy.

Retailer recalls makeup after testing finds asbestos

Many people think that asbestos is only found in older building materials like drywall and insulation. However, it's been identified in everything from crayons to baby powder. It's also been found in some makeup products -- at least according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This month, the FDA issued a consumer warning regarding specific makeup products sold by Claire's stores. The warning to consumers not to purchase the products follows test results that the agency says indicated the presence of asbestos fibers.

Birth control pills recalled due to mistakes in packaging

If you're a woman on birth control, it might be wise to take a look at your latest prescription and make sure that it hasn't been recalled.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a national recall on March 4, 2019, of birth control tablets produced by Apotex. Apotex voluntarily recalled four lots of Ethinyl Estradiol tables and Drospirenone tablets because of missing or incorrectly arranged pills.

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