May 5, 2006 |
Bausch & Lomb Inc., under pressure since authorities said its contact lens care products might be linked to a spate of serious eye infections in Asia and the United States, said a handful of cases of the infection had also been confirmed in Europe. But the company, whose shares fell 6.3% to hit an almost three-year low, denied analysts' suggestions that a large debt buyback announced Wednesday could leave it strapped for cash.
June 14, 1996 |
The cows may be mad, but the French are furious: They may have unknowingly imported vast amounts of animal feed banned in Britain for fear it might carry mad cow disease. The science magazine Nature, citing British government statistics, reported Thursday that Britain sold France thousands of tons of potentially contaminated feed from 1989 to 1991 that it could not sell at home. France reacted angrily to the British weekly's report.
March 26, 2008 |
French, Danish and Italian authorities began recalling batches of heparin or its active ingredient that may be contaminated, becoming the latest countries to remove from shelves a blood thinner associated with at least 19 deaths. "It's a precautionary measure right now," Martin Harvey-Allchurch, a spokesman for the European Medicines Agency, said. The suspect ingredients were reportedly from China, he said. There have been no reports of related fatalities in Denmark or Italy, he said.
March 9, 2000 |
Researchers have halted two gene therapy experiments at a hospital in Memphis, Tenn., because of fears that genetically engineered cells being injected into children with cancer might be contaminated with the AIDS and hepatitis viruses. The self-imposed shutdown at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital extends beyond a previous federal research suspension there, imposed by the Food and Drug Administration last month.
October 13, 2006 |
Police plan to investigate workers at a government laboratory in Panama after 21 people died from taking cough and allergy syrups tainted with a chemical used in brake fluid, a senior official said. The deaths of mostly elderly men, who suffered kidney failure, puzzled medical authorities in the last month until U.S. experts traced the cause this week to generic sugar-free cough syrups made by Panama's social security system. The medicines were adulterated with diethylene glycol.
April 22, 2006 |
U.S. health officials said they were investigating an additional 67 cases of a potentially blinding eye infection that's been linked to a Bausch & Lomb Inc. cleaner for contact lenses withdrawn from stores last week. The cases now range over 29 states, said a spokesman for the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A probe into the Greenville, S.C., plant where the solution is produced may take a month longer, the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration said.
August 27, 2004 |
The United States' supply of vaccine for the impending flu season took a hit Thursday when Chiron Corp. said it had found tainted doses in its factory. Chiron said it would delay shipment of nearly 50 million shots -- about half the supply health officials had hoped to have on hand this year. Chief Executive Howard Pien said the company hoped to ship 46 million to 48 million doses by early October, about a month later than usual, pending the results of an internal investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1991 |
California issued a health warning Wednesday and ordered a Los Angeles company to stop selling or distributing dried rattlesnake products found to contain deadly salmonella bacteria. Laboratory tests of the dried rattlesnake powder and capsules produced by Herbs of Mexico detected heavy concentrations of the bacteria, which are common in reptiles, said state Health Director Molly Joel Coye. The bacteria apparently survived because the product was inadequately pasteurized, Coye said.
December 16, 2005 |
An E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least eight children has been traced to unpasteurized milk from a dairy that had been ordered last summer to stop distributing the product, health authorities said in Woodland. The dairy was shut down. People who drank unpasteurized, or raw, milk from the Dee Creek Farm were asked to contact their health department, whether they were sick or not.