Kenneth J. Allen & Associates - Injury Attorneys
Illinois and Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers and Attorneys Trial and Civil Litigation Law Firm.
Passion. Commitment. Excellence.
Those three words best describe the driving forces behind Kenneth J. Allen & Associates. Our firm is devoted exclusively to the practice of Accident and Injury Law, and exclusively to the people - not corporations - seriously hurt or killed in incidents as varied as on-the-job accidents, semi-truck crashes, injuries from a defective product, or loss of life because of a doctor's medical malpractice.
As the only multi-state law firm in Valparaiso Indiana, Merrillville Indiana, Indianapolis Indiana, Northwest Indiana, Chicagoland, Joliet Illinois, Tinley Park Illinois, Chicago Illinois accepting serious injury and wrongful death cases, exclusively, Kenneth J. Allen & Associates is experienced and knowledgeable in the details and procedures that can make or break a case.
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The Food & Drug Administration just issued a huge recall of medications designed to help those with suffering from cough, cold, or allergies. The FDA has yanked over 500 different prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) products as being unapproved by the agency and therefore not legally available to the American consumer.
According to the FDA, these “… unapproved prescription cough, cold, and allergy drug products have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, and quality. People may be at greater risk when using these products than when using FDA-approved prescription drugs or drugs that are appropriately marketed over-the-counter (OTC). “
What’s the problem here? Apparently, the FDA has three main concerns that encompass all these medications:
Some of these drugs are inappropriately labeled for use in infants and children.
- Some products may be manufactured incorrectly, which could result in consumers receiving an inappropriately large or an ineffective dose.
- Some of these products may have potentially risky combinations of ingredients.
The manufacturers have 90 days to stop making these products. They have six months to discontinue distribution.
What Cold, Cough, or Allergy Medications Are Being Recalled? Have You or Your Loved Ones Been Harmed?
If you believe that you or your loved ones (spouse, parents, kids) have been harmed by a medication you bought at the store or got from the doctor (or pharmacist) for a cough, cold, or allergy, then the first thing to do is seek medical treatment, of course. It’s also important to keep the container, to stop using the medication (after discussing discontinued use with your health care provider), and to write down your recollection as best you can of what has transpired. Symptoms before the medication, symptoms after, etc. If you have questions about pursuing a claim for damages sustained, you can contact the FDA or your local legal counsel.
List of Cold, Cough, and Allergy Drugs Recalled by FDA on March 2, 2011
Unsure if your medication is subject to the recall? The list is much too long to provide in this post; however you can review the long list of recalled products here, at the FDA site.
In our continued monitoring of the federal government’s introduction of its new safety measuring standards of Complaince, Safety, Accountablity (CSA 2010) upon the trucking industry, the latest news is the revelation of how truck drivers are being tracked under the new system as opposed to SafeStats, the old school version. SafeStats measured trucking safety under three categories (the three Safety Evaluation Areas, or “SEAs”) whereas the new CSA 2010 analyzes seven different issues, or the its Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (“BASIC”).
A study performed by TransCore’s CarrierWatch of approximately 166,000 for-hire interstate trucking companies has just been released (read the entire report, or white paper, here), using the data provided in December 2010 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Among its findings:
- truckers can get CSA Alerts although their CSA scores are good;
- more truckers are getting CSA Alerts than those that got ’deficient’ ratings under the old SafeStat measuring system;
- there is no national cohesion in the CSA results, the BASIC scores as well as the number of CSA Alerts different, state by state; and
- Fatigued Driving, representing HOS violations,was the most common failure, with13% of freight carriers receiving an alert in that category.
Bringing the study’s results home, how did Illinois and Indiana fare? Not too well.
According to the new report, both Illinois and Indiana were among the eight Midwestern states receiving the most CSA Alerts for Unsafe Driving. Moreover, Indiana was one of only five states across the country to get at least 50% more CSA Alerts than SafeStat deficiencies. In other words, Indiana safety alerts jumped up over half again from the old school tracking system. That’s a big jump.
Be careful out there – especially when you are sharing the roadway with a commercial truck, 18-wheeler, big rig, tractor-trailer, or semi.
Drug distributors are forecasting industry growth in this recessionary climate, theIndyStar reports today. Indiana, take note: here’s a market with good economic predictions. Something our part of the country could really use right now, right?
Read the story, and you’ll find the drug marketing gurus are almost gleeful in their descriptions of rising “prescription volume” and the dependable strength of both ” generic dispensing” and “mail-order volume.” 2011 is going to be a good year for these guys.
Which makes this week’s news release by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention even more important – and disturbing. According to the CDC (read the report here), drugs are the cause of more deaths in the United States today than guns or alcohol. And by drugs, the CDC isn’t referencing solely illegal drugs like cocaine or crystal meth. No. Drugs like prescription drugs and over the counter medicines are responsible for a shocking number of human fatalities in this country.
The danger of drug induced deaths aren’t new to Indiana’s state government. In March 2008, the Indiana Center for Policy released its own report on the dangers of drug-related deaths (read the report here). This hits home, folks.
People in our community are at risk for serious injury or death from drugs that are purchased over the counter at WalMart or CVS or any other store as well as those that are prescription drugs given by a trusted health care professional. Of particular concern: pain medications like Oxycodone.
Meanwhile, the drug companies are looking to make bigger and bigger profits now and in the future. Remember, Big Pharma is a for-profit industry: its goal is monetary growth. These are not entities built to serve charitable purposes and many of us tend to forget this – to our detriment.
Remember: drugs aren’t safe. Drugs can kill you or a loved one. Be careful and be sure to get help if you believe that you or a loved one may be having a detrimental reaction to any drug or medication. Get medical care. And if a tragedy happens, consider the laws on the books of Indiana and the federal government that exist to protect against defective products and wrongful death.