What was done about the inadequate Vioxx warnings?

Written by Michael Monheit, Esquire, Monheit Law, PC

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On its own, Merck issued only a luke warm Vioxx warning.

In some cases, experts say, such warnings on Vioxx's official labeling aren't sufficient. Since 2002, Merck's Vioxx warning mentioned increased cardiac risks based on results of its own post-approval study, but disputed its own findings andrepparttar drug remained onrepparttar 119251 market despiterepparttar 119252 Vioxx warning. Merck undertookrepparttar 119253 latest study because less-rigorous experiments indicated Vioxx could prevent recurrence of potentially cancerous colon polyps, said company spokesman Tony Plohoros.

Dr. Alastair Wood, professor of pharmacology and associate dean at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said it should not have taken so long forrepparttar 119254 heart risks to come to light. Had they come to light sooner, proper Vioxx warnings would have been issued.

People were hurt byrepparttar 119255 inadequate Vioxx warnings "A helluva lot of people gotrepparttar 119256 drug between 2000 and 2004, and a very quick, very cheap study would have determined that risk" hadrepparttar 119257 FDA taken a tougher stance afterrepparttar 119258 first sign of trouble, Wood said. If better studies were performed, Vioxx warnings would have been more stringent -- orrepparttar 119259 drug would not have been onrepparttar 119260 market at all.

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What is being done about welding fumes

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"In addition torepparttar health hazards of metal welding fumes and toxic gases, welding operations involverepparttar 119250 hazard of burns from flame, arc, molten metal, heated surfaces and also that of metal splatter. ...When personal respiratory protection is required, this may be provided by a supplied-air welding hood or, whenrepparttar 119251 components and concentration ofrepparttar 119252 fume are known, by a filter-type respirator with filter for protection against welding fumes. It is preferable, of course, that adequate ventilation be provided so as to makerepparttar 119253 use of respirators unnecessary.

"When sampling for welding fumes,repparttar 119254 inspector will use a filter cassette placed onrepparttar 119255 collar or shoulder so that it is beneathrepparttar 119256 helmet whenrepparttar 119257 helmet is placed down. The sampling pump is fastened torepparttar 119258 belt. Samples [for welding fumes] may be full shift or short-term. Short-term samples may be taken to evaluate toxic [welding fume] components which have short-term limits. In addition,repparttar 119259 inspector may sample for toxic gases such as ozone, nitrogen oxides or phosgene. It is important thatrepparttar 119260 welder carry outrepparttar 119261 welding operation in a normal way, so that an accurate evaluation ofrepparttar 119262 exposure can be made. The inspector will attach and removerepparttar 119263 filter cassette and pump as required.

"Normally, good local or general ventilation is required to control exposures torepparttar 119264 metal welding fumes and gases of welding operations. The most effective control is local exhaust ventilation in which an exhaust hood is placed nearrepparttar 119265 welding arc or flame, andrepparttar 119266 ‘welding fume contaminants’ are drawn away fromrepparttar 119267 welder's breathing zone. The system may consist of moveable exhaust hoods, flexible and stationary ducts, a powered fan, and a welding fume or dust collector. Exhausted air containing welding fumes should be discharged torepparttar 119268 outdoors, if possible. It is important that, duringrepparttar 119269 welding operation,repparttar 119270 exhaust hoods are placed or set so that welding fumes are not drawn acrossrepparttar 119271 worker's face or intorepparttar 119272 breathing zone. Good general ventilation should be provided. Welding in confined spaces, such as tanks, cabs of mobile equipment and large shovels, may be especially hazardous and require additional ventilation to reduce welding fumes.”

http://www.msha.gov/S&HINFO/HHICM10.HTMCitation as of 11-15-2004.

Michael Monheit, Esquire is the managing attorney for Monheit Law, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Monheit Law, P.C. concentrates its practice in the field of plaintiff personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. They can be found at http://www.monheit.com

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