Mislabeling leads to recall of popular blood pressure medicine
Health news Mislabeling leads to recall of popular blood pressure medicine Accord Healthcare recalled its hydrochlorothiazide after a lot of the product was found to actually contain a heart failure drug, the FDA said. by Shamard Charles, MD / Aug.29.2018 / 8:53 PM ET Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE
A pharmaceutical company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of a popular blood pressure medication, hydrochlorothiazide, after a lot of the company’s product was found to be mislabeled, the Food and Drug Administration said this week.
The labels of the Accord Healthcare bottles say they contain 100 12.5-milligram tablets of hydrochlorothiazide, but they actually contain 100 25-milligram tablets of spironolactone, a drug used to treat heart, liver and kidney failure, the FDA said in a statement issued Monday . Accord Healthcare’s hydrochlorothiazide tablets. Accord Healthcare
Accord does not believe that other lots of hydrochlorothiazide are involved in the mix-up, the FDA said, adding that Accord learned of the error after a pharmacy alerted the company. The recall does not affect hydrochlorothiazide sold by other drug companies.
Spironolactone is commonly used to treat fluid retention, or edema, in patients with heart, liver and kidney failure. The drug is also frequently used to help control high blood pressure and increase potassium in the blood. Common side effects are mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, leg cramps, headache, and difficulty having an erection.
The FDA said spironolactone could increase potassium levels in some patients, potentially leading to life-threatening situations. Taken in large doses, spironolactone, sold under the brand names Aldactone and CaroSpir, can cause arrhythmia. Patients who experience racing heart or chest pain are encouraged to see their doctors immediately. Related Health Many U.S. drugs are made far from home. That scares these experts.
No injuries have been reported, the FDA said.
Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5-milligram tablets are light orange to peach-colored, round and printed with an H on one side and a 1 on the other.
Patients whose pills do not match that description should return them to the pharmacy or doctor who issued them, the FDA said. Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE
Panasonic to move Europe headquarters from UK to Amsterdam – BBC News
Panasonic to move Europe headquarters from UK to Amsterdam 30 August 2018 Share this with Whatsapp Image copyright Getty Images Panasonic will move its European headquarters from the UK to Amsterdam in October as Brexit approaches. The aim is to avoid potential tax issues linked to the UK’s decision to leave the EU, said Panasonic Europe’s chief executive Laurent Abadie. In the run-up to March 2019, a number of multinational firms have said they plan to move jobs out of the UK. Several Japanese financial companies have said they intend to move their main EU bases away from London. Panasonic’s decision was driven by a fear that Japan could start considering the UK a tax haven if it cuts corporate tax rates to attract business, Mr Abadie told the Nikkei Asian Review newspaper. If Panasonic ends up paying less tax in the UK, that could render it liable for a bigger tax bill in Japan. At-a-glance: the UK’s four Brexit options Mr Abadie told the Nikkei Asian Review that Panasonic had been considering the move for 15 months, because of Brexit-related concerns such as access to free flow of goods and people. Panasonic Europe later issued a statement confirming that it was transferring its regional headquarters from Bracknell in the UK to Amsterdam from 1 October. It said it was doing so for several reasons, including “improved efficiency and cost competitiveness”. It said “fewer than approximately 10” people would be affected out of a staff of 30. “No Panasonic UK business operations will be affected by the EU headquarters move,” the statement added. In 2016, the UK government pledged to cut corporation tax to encourage businesses to continue investing in the UK after the Brexit referendum. Britain voted to leave the EU in 2016, but with less than a year to go, the UK and the EU are struggling to reach consensus on the terms of the exit. Japan is a major investor in the UK, where more than 800 Japanese companies employ more than 100,000 people. However, financial firms including Nomura, Sumitomo Mitsui and Daiwa have already said they will no longer maintain their EU headquarters in London. More on this story
Why a village in New Zealand is trying to ban all cats – BBC News
Why a village in New Zealand is trying to ban all cats By Kelly-Leigh Cooper BBC News 29 August 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some local residents in Omaui are complaining about the ban and vowing to defy it A small village on the southern coast of New Zealand is planning to implement a radical plan to protect its native wildlife: ban all domestic cats.
Under the initiative, proposed by Environment Southland, cat owners in Omaui will have to neuter, microchip and register their moggies with local authorities.
After their pet dies, cat lovers in the community will then not be allowed to get any more.
It sounds extreme, but it may be something more communities should be considering: after all, cats are responsible for the death of billions of birds and mammals each year – and, according to some, it is all our fault.
Dr Peter Marra, the head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre, has authored journals and books on the issue.
Contrary to preconceptions about him, he insists he is not anti-cat or against cat ownership.
“Cats make wonderful pets – they’re spectacular pets! But they shouldn’t be allowed to roam outside – it’s a really obvious solution,” he told the BBC.
“We would never let dogs do that. It’s about time we treat cats like dogs.”
In Omaui, officials say the measure is justified because cameras have shown roaming cats preying on birds, insects and reptiles in the area. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New Zealand and Australia have linked certain extinctions with prolific hunting by cats
“So your cat can live out its natural life at Omaui happily doing what it’s doing. But then when it dies, you wouldn’t be able to replace it,” bio-security operations manager Ali Meade explained .
Under the plan, anyone not complying would receive a notice, before officials would remove the pets – but only as an “absolute last resort”.
The initiative is part of the regional council’s proposed regional pest management plan, which was opened for consultation on Tuesday. ‘Rarest kittens on earth’ rescued
John Collins, chairman of the Omaui Landcare Charitable Trust, championed the ban to protect “high-value” nature reserves there.
‘We’re not cat haters, but we want our environment to be wildlife-rich,” he said, the Otago Daily Times reports . How big a problem are cats?
The debate about cat populations and local eco-systems is not unique to Omaui.
Conservation scientists have long warned about the impact of feral and outdoor cats on the global eco system – and they’ve been ranked among the 100 worst non-native invasive species in the world. Image copyright Tim Romano/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Instit Image caption Dr Marra believes cat-owners need to take more responsibility for their animals
Dr Marra says 63 species extinctions around the world are now linked to the booming cat populations. The problem is exacerbated in areas with very sensitive eco-systems, like New Zealand.
“It sounds extreme,” he says. “But the situation has got out of control.”
He believes cat-lovers around the world need to embrace a “different mind-set” toward the animals. He believes they should be adopted where possible, then neutered and exercised at home using toys, or in a controlled environment – for example, on a leash.
“This predicament is not the fault of cats – it’s humans’ fault,” he insists.
Because of their popularity on social media and in memes, the global pet population shows no sign of abating.
“They are just cute – everything about them, which makes this whole thing more difficult.”
Accurate estimates are hard to ascertain, but in the US there are about 86 million pet cats – roughly one in every three households. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Picture-perfect pusses dominate memes and social media – but are also predators when outside
Unquantifiable amounts live stray or feral, meaning huge casualties in the environment.
It is estimated that as many as four billion birds and 22 billion mammals are killed by cats in the US every year.
Even in the UK, populations are on the decline, and experts blame cats. The Mammal Society says that about 55 million birds are falling casualty each year. ‘Natural-born killers’
It’s not the first time cats have been painted as a menace in New Zealand – a country boasting a feline in almost half its households.
They’re a hot issue in Australia too, where feral and outdoor cats are blamed for millions of native species’ deaths every night.
The nation has been funding grassroots culling initiatives since 2015 , boasts the world’s largest cat-proof fence and has even considered introducing a national curfew for domestic cats.
Councils and state governments have been taking the cat problem into their own hands – forcing cats to stay indoors at night, implementing household quotas and mandatory identification and neutering.
Nevertheless, initiatives against felines remain controversial. Last year animal rights groups laid particular scorn at one Queensland local council who were offering $10 bounties for feral cat scalps. Image copyright PETA Image caption PETA Australia paid for billboards to warn of the risks after the local bounties were announced
In Omaui, residents told local media they were “shocked” and “hoodwinked” by the proposed ban and have vowed to resist it.
Nico Jarvis, a local resident who says her three cats help combat rodents in her house, compared the proposal to a “police state”.
”It’s not even regulating people’s ability to have a cat. It’s saying you can’t have a cat,” she told the Otago Daily Times .
Paw Justice, a New Zealand-based non-profit that focuses on animal abuse, posted about the plan on Facebook, questioning the evidence behind it.
Cat-lovers on the group’s Facebook page reacted angrily to the news and pointing out that poisons, cars and humans also damage native species.
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Asian Games: Gold for rickshaw-puller’s daughter in heptathlon | Asian Games 2018 News – Times of India
JAKARTA/KOLKATA: All night, her jaw throbbed with pain. It was so excruciating that Swapna Barman considered pulling out on the final day of the Asian Games heptathlon , where she trailed Wang Qingling of China. The gum infection — too many chocolates, she said — made the task of 32 points seem a mighty ordeal.
On Wednesday, the 21-year-old daughter of a rickshaw-puller and a tea-picker won India’s first heptathlon gold in the Asian Games, working her way through the seven events spread out over two days. Barman, with a bandage on her jaw and her now-famous 12 toes encased in special shoes, took on the pain and Qingling during the last three events of the heptathlon — long jump , javelin and 800m.
She had completed the other four events — 100m hurdles, high jump , shot put and 200m — on Tuesday. For the Rajbongshi girl from Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, winning has always been a journey through pain.
Her feet would not fit into regular shoes, but she had to squash her toes in, the pain exacerbated when she landed after jumps. The family struggled to fund her sports training, until scouts spotted her and she picked up scholarships, including sponsorship from Rahul Dravid .
Cricket physio Gloster had helped Swapna
Swapna’s father Panchanan Barman has been bedridden after suffering two strokes, and her mother works as a maid and a tea-picker. Barman herself has battled injures, chronic back pain, physiotherapy sessions, and the aching jaw in Jakarta.
But injury remained a part and parcel of her career. Swapna at one stage even thought of leaving the sport after being down with severe back pain. In October last year, Swapna had consulted John Gloster, the physiotherapist who worked with the Indian cricket team and who played a major part in helping Sachin Tendulkar recover from his back pain. Although Gloster suggested surgery, Swapan decided to delay it and aim for her much-cherished Asian Games medal.
The pain had struck early. As a youngster, her rickshaw-puller father Panchanan Barman father bought her a sports shoe for the first time after she was selected for her school team (Kaliaganj High School) in Kaliaganj outside Jalpaiguri. But that caused her a lot of discomfort as her toes would get pinched. Later she opted for a bigger-sized shoe and slowly got used to that.
Nolte: Someone Tell Carl Bernstein the Cover Up’s Worse than the Crime
Breitbart: Nolte: Someone Tell Carl Bernstein the Cover-Up Is Worse than the Crime Nolte: Someone Tell Carl Bernstein the Cover-Up Is Worse than the Crime Brad Barket/Getty Images for The New Yorker 28 Aug 2018 CNN’s Carl Bernstein, the man made co-famous through his historic Watergate reporting, lied to us — to all of us. And he is now engaged in a cover up to protect this lie. I am not even talking about his fake news about the Trump Tower meeting, which I will get to in a bit — I am talking about a flat-out, provable lie.
In a July 27 piece of very fake news Bernstein co-wrote with CNN anchor (and former Obama official) Jim Sciutto and researcher Marshall Cohen, Bernstein declaratively informs us , “Contacted by CNN, one of Cohen’s attorneys, Lanny Davis, declined to comment.”
That statement is a lie, a proven lie, a bald-faced lie, because we now know for a fact that Lanny Davis did NOT decline to comment. What’s more, Davis was a CNN source for that steaming pile of very fake news.
In other words… the anti-Trump Carl Bernstein did not only spread fake news, the anti-Trump Carl Bernstein published a straight-up lie in his fake news, reported something he knew was not true.
Let’s back up a bit…
On July 27, Bernstein and his two CNN co-conspirators dropped the bombshell that President Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, would testify that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
If true, this of course would be a very big deal because the president has denied any foreknowledge of the meeting involving his son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, various campaign officials, and some Russians (one of whom has deep ties to high-level Democrats with names that rhyme with Mobama, Fillary, and Heinz Ketchup).
Nevertheless, even to those of us who see the Trump Tower story as the golden snipe in the snipe hunt that is the Russian collusion hoax, Trump lying about such a thing would still be a pretty big deal.
And Bernstein and Co. were certain Trump lied, and Bernstein wanted you to be certain, because Bernstein now had Trump right where he wanted him after sources-sources-sources with knowledge told Berstein…
By Cohen’s account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, according to sources.
And then Bernstein’s sources-sources-sources with knowledge told Bernstein…
Cohen is willing to make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller, the sources said.
And Bernstein swears on a stack of Bob Woodward’s best-sellers that those sources-sources-sources were not Lanny Davis…
Contacted by CNN, one of Cohen’s attorneys, Lanny Davis, declined to comment.
Lanny Davis was CNN’s source, and we know this because Davis burned himself and admitted he was the source.
Which begs the question: Why did Bernstein lie? Why Did Bernstein tell us Davis was not the source when Davis was the source?
Personally, and this is just one man’s informed opinion, I think CNN just gets off on lying, on hoaxing the public. After all, it was a pretty dumb thing to lie about, unless you are just into lying, and CNN seems to enjoy lying, well, just because.
Anyway, we also know Bernstein’s Trump Tower story is fake news because Bernstein’s source himself — the aforementioned Lanny Davis — has admitted the story is not true , and since the entire story is about what Michael Cohen says Trump knew and Lanny Davis is Michael Cohen’s attorney, there is simply no way for Bernstein and CNN to defend the story. (And this is why Bernstein and CNN cannot hide behind the shield that other sources back up the story, as CNN’s chief conspiracy theorist Brian Stetler is attempting to do .)
If that is not enough to convince you the story is fake news, while under oath, Cohen told congress he knew nothing about Trump’s foreknowledge of the Trump Tower meeting.
This seems like a good time to recap:
1) Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame told us sources told him Michael Cohen would testify that Trump knew in advance of the Trump Tower meeting.
2) Carl Bernstein, who was played by Dustin Hoffman in the movie (which had to be a tad humiliating when the other guy is played by Robert Redford), told us Lanny Davis was NOT his source.
3) NONE of this is true (except the Dustin Hoffman being humiliating thing).
4) And now, just like a certain president who dug in and denied all wrongdoing, even as all the president’s men were exposed and publicly shamed, Bernstein is standing by his story.
As Breitbart’s Matt Boyle reports , CNN’s refusal to retract this very fake news, even after their own source (who is also the horse’s mouthpiece) has admitted it’s not true, is having a very damaging effect on CNN’s morale.
How could it not?
CNN blew this story bigly, CNN’s own source has recanted, the defenses have all crumbed, and CNN’s still stands by it ?
Meanwhile, one of my sources (who is not Lanny Davis) informs me that ever since his story fell apart, the 74-year-old Bernstein sits in a dark corner of the CNN break room swilling soy milk and muttering “I am not a fake news crook.”
RETRACTION: That stuff about Bernstein in the break room is a lie ( I do, however, stand by my reporting that Lanny Davis was not my source).
See how easy it is to issue a retraction when you are not a fake news crook with an enemies list filled with the name TRUMP?
Does no one love Tricky Carl enough to explain to him that the cover up is always worse than the fake news crime?
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