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December 2005 Archives

Asbestos Contamination of a Vermiculite Mine in Libby, Montana

Asbestos-Contaminated Vermiculite Was Shipped Throughout the Nation, Endangering Workers and the Public WASHINGTON, DC -- December 30, 2005 -- Two hundred thirty-six manufacturing plants throughout the nation received more than 5.8 million tons of asbestos-contaminated vermiculite from a mine in Libby, Montana. Vermiculite is an ore that can be "popped"...

Vioxx®, Bextra® and Celebrex® Are COX-2 Inhibitors

Merck Failed to Disclose Heart Attack Data About Vioxx®, Medical Journal Charges WALTHAM, MA -- December 16, 2005 -- Researchers in a study involving the arthritis drug Vioxx® failed to disclose that three patients suffered heart attacks while taking the drug, the New England Journal of Medicine has charged (Editorial,...

Heart Device Fails to Prevent Pulmonary Embolism

Boston Scientific Pulls Its Heart Device Off the Market NATICK, MA -- December 9, 2005 -- Boston Scientific is recalling its vena cava filter, a heart device designed to prevent pulmonary embolism or blood clots that travel to the lungs (Press Release, December 2, 2005). The device can malfunction when...

New Auto Roof Rule Would Override State Auto Safety Standards

Consumer Group Denounces Proposed Auto Roof Standard WASHINGTON, DC -- December 9, 2005 -- A proposed change in the rule about automobile roof strength fails to protect drivers and passengers involved in rollover accidents, according to the consumer organization Public Citizen (Press Release, November 21, 2005). The group charges that...