Tag: Recalls and Bans of Products

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Asbestos-Tainted Baby Powder

Johnson & Johnson is recalling a shipment of baby powder after the Food and Drug Administration discovered evidence of asbestos, the company said on Friday, after months spent denying the presence of the carcinogen in its talc-based products. In a test, the regulator found trace levels of chrysotile asbestos in samples from a bottle of […]

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Zantac Sales Halted by Walgreens and CVS Over Carcinogen Fears

The pharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS have stopped selling the heartburn medicine Zantac and its generic versions after the Food and Drug Administration warned this month that it had detected low levels of a cancer-causing chemical in samples of the drug. A Walgreens spokesman said in a statement on Monday that the company had pulled […]

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Massachusetts Orders 4-Month Ban on Sale of All Vaping Products

Massachusetts on Tuesday went further than any other state in trying to keep e-cigarettes out of consumers’ hands, with its governor declaring a public health emergency and ordering a four-month prohibition on the sale of all vaping products. Hours later, Juul Labs, the e-cigarette company that has become synonymous with vaping, said that it had […]

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Walmart to End Sales of E-Cigarettes

Walmart said on Friday that it would end sales of e-cigarettes at its locations in the United States, as medical concerns about the effects of vaping rise along with sicknesses and deaths seemingly linked to the habit. “Given the growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes, we plan to discontinue the […]

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Should You Keep Taking Zantac for Your Heartburn?

The heartburn drug Zantac has been on the market for decades, and was considered safe enough to be sold over the counter and regularly given to infants. But last week, the Food and Drug Administration said that it had detected low levels of a cancer-causing chemical in samples of the drug, which is also known […]

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1 in 4 Youths Has Vaped. Will State Bans Do Anything?

After a spate of illnesses linked to vaping, states are rushing to push through bans on e-cigarettes for anyone under 21. Governors are calling for prohibitions on flavors like bubble gum, cotton candy and banana split, which critics say are meant to entice young people into trying vaping. And in some states, lawmakers are contemplating […]

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A Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes Would Sharply Cut Sales

A ban on flavored e-cigarettes would not only severely dent sales of Juul Labs’ popular vaping products, but also have a chilling effect on the little regulated $2.6 billion industry of roughly 20,000 vape and smoke shops that sprung up across the country in the past few years. But a day after Alex M. Azar […]

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Trump Administration Weighs Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials said on Wednesday they would move toward a ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, at a time when hundreds of people have been sickened by mysterious vaping-related illnesses. Sitting in the Oval Office with Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Ned […]

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An Off-Road Thrill That Can End in Flames

For almost two years, James Bingham’s off-road vehicle had provided endless fun on camping and hunting trips in Idaho. The vehicle, a four-seat Polaris RZR, could zip across the sand hills at up to 80 miles an hour. He expected the same kind of thrill on a weekend outing with friends in May. But minutes […]

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When Big Tobacco Invoked Eric Garner to Fight a Menthol Cigarette Ban

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] With San Francisco banning menthol cigarettes last year, and the Food and Drug Administration considering a nationwide ban, it seemed like the time was ripe for New York to follow suit. Then Reynolds American, the tobacco giant, got to […]

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Arsenic in Bottled Water Prompts a Product Removal: How Much Is Safe?

Keurig Dr Pepper said it was withdrawing its Peñafiel brand unflavored mineral spring water products after reports that they contained high levels of arsenic. The announcement, which was made on Friday, came three days after the Center for Environmental Health notified the company that tests showed the amount of arsenic in the water exceeded the […]

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12 Ways the Progressive Takeover Is Transforming New York

ALBANY — At 7:20 a.m., after an all-night marathon marked by the passage of dozens of bills and a rubber-band fight on the floor of the chamber, the Legislature on Friday finally ended a 2019 session that was nothing short of groundbreaking. During the six-month session, lawmakers approved a raft of legislation, large and small. […]

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