E. coli Outbreak: Romain Lettuce

E.coli outbreak-romain lettuceRomaine lettuce, which was grown in the Salinas, California region, has been linked to at least sixty-seven patients from 19 states, and all are infected with a strain of E. coli. No deaths have been reported at this time, although several patients have experienced a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

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Ranitidine Recalls

Ranitidine Tablets, 150mg and 300mg, and Ranitidine Syrup (Oral Solution), 15 mg/mL by Amneal Pharmaceuticals:

Recall – Due to Possible Presence of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) Impurity.

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Up2 by Med Man Distribution: Recall

up2_by_med_manMed Man Distribution is voluntarily recalling its supplement, UP2. The dietary supplement, advertised for its lebido enhancing abilities in men and women, has been found to contain amounts of Sildenafil, which is an FDA-approved prescription drug for erectile dysfunction. Med Man Distribution does not have approval to distribute Sildenafil, thus warranting a full recall of all UP2.

The affected Up2 Dietary supplement lots include:

  • 240 ten count units upc is 85606300322
  • 480 four count packages upc 856063006315
  • 960 singlepack units upc 856063006308.

Up2 was distributed in the USA to Regal Labs and to their nationwide retailers. To date, Med Man has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

Health professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

Vitamin E Acetate Common Denominator in Vaping Injuries & Deaths

fatal_lung_injuryThe CDC announced today that Vitamin E Acetate is the common denominator in vaping injuries. Fluid samples were taken from the lungs of 29 patients.

Of the 29 patients, THC was identified in 82% of the samples and nicotine was identified in 62% of the samples, yet vitamin e acetate was found in ALL samples.

Vitamin E is a vitamin found in many foods, including vegetable oils, cereals, meat, fruits, and vegetables. It is also available as a dietary supplement and in many cosmetic products, like skin creams. Vitamin E acetate usually does not cause harm when ingested as a vitamin supplement or applied to the skin.

However, previous research suggests when vitamin E acetate is inhaled, it may interfere with the way the lungs function normally. Vitamin E acetate is used as an additive in the production of e-cigarette or vaping products because it resembles THC oil. Vitamin E acetate is also used as a thickening ingredient in e-liquids.

Be sure to stay up to date on the stats here, and more at CDC.gov