Earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled its baby powder after FDA testing found traces of asbestos in a sample purchased online. In October, the pharmaceutical company released a statement claiming that 15 tests of the same sample the FDA examined, completed by third-party agencies, contained no asbestos.
Monsanto first introduced Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide, in 1974 as a solution for weed control. The innovative, less-toxic products were geared toward growing commercial crops, but also could be used by the at-home gardener. In the 1990s, the company capitalized on this need by adding a line of crop seeds for corn, soybeans and canola, immune to Roundup’s effects.
Cities with high numbers of opioid overdoses are suing drug manufacturers for downplaying the serious side effects of this drug class. On this subject, the Justice Department’s Inspector General released a critical assessment at the beginning of October 2019. The lengthy document indicates the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) did not step in as overdoses increased and painkillers flooded the black market. The Inspector General claims their practices, many with loopholes and insufficient monitoring, are partially to blame.
Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the drug OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy after reaching a tentative settlement with several state and local governments suing it in connection with addiction and deaths that have resulted from the drug’s use. From 1999 to 2017, it’s estimated 218,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids.
Since early September 2019, the FDA and CDC have been looking into a vaping-related illness that has appeared in 46 states and is responsible for at least 12 deaths. Although both organizations continue to search for a source, no single factor across e-cigarette usage appears to be directly responsible for pneumonia-like symptoms of severe lung damage.