FDA warning to Vicks products : Quit that foolishness

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a nastygram to Procter & Gamble today, telling them that Vicks DayQuil Plus Vitamin C and Vicks Nyquil Plus Vitamin C are… “illegally marketed combinations of drug ingredients and a dietary ingredient…. single dosage form combinations of drug ingredients and dietary ingredients legally cannot be marketed because they have not been proven safe and effective, and… the agency previously determined that there are insufficient data to show that vitamin C is safe and effective in preventing or treating the common cold.”

This isn’t so much a current recall as it is a pending recall. I would bet that Procter & Gamble is going to yank these Vicks products off the shelves ASAP so as not to tick off the FDA. So if you like your DayQuil or Vicks pre mixed with Vitamin C, go buy them now. Or you can do it the hard way and just chase your next plain dose of Vicks with a giant glass of OJ.

Here’s the link to the official FDA notice.

Recall : Pointe Scientific, Inc Liquid Glucose Hexokinase Reagent (G7517)

Earlier today, Pointe Scientific, Inc issued a big nationwide recall of their Liquid Glucose Hexokinase Reagent with catalog number G7517.

The notice on the FDA site says “the reagents have been found to fail linearity at >200mg/dL that results in inaccurate glucose values above this range. Distributors and testing laboratories who have received the Pointe Scientific, Inc Liquid Glucose Hexokinase Reagent (G7517) which is being recalled should destroy remaining inventory.”

“The recall includes the following lot numbers: Lot # 823901 (all batches) Expiration:  2010-02  : Lot # 826801 (all batches) Expiration:  2010-03 : Lot # 829401 (all batches) Expiration:  2010-04 : Lot # 831502 (all batches) Expiration:  2010-05: Catalog #s:  G7517-120 (97 kits), G7517-500(129 kits), G7517-1L (31), 8-G7517-120 (15 vials), 8-G7517-500 (21vials), 3-G7517-L (28L), 7-G7517-500 (5 vials). 7-G7517-1000 (3bottles)”

No injuries or problems have been reported yet, but better safe than sorry.

Trash ’em if you got ’em!

Here’s a link to the FDA recall notice.

FDA’s latest recall and a real PTOO! moment

So there I was, going home for lunch today. I made myself a nice roast beef and horseradish sandwich on wheat, some Flamin’ Hot Cheetos with Tabasco sauce, and a freezing cold bottle of Evian water. As an indulgence, I grabbed one macadamia nut cookie from an unopened Sam’s cookie box I got a few weeks ago.

I had finished lunch watching some stuff on the Tivo, and was nomming on my cookie when I started to open the mail. First up – a letter from Sam’s.

Cookie bite number four was in progress when I read…

“Dear Sam’s Club Member: Today we were notified that Countryside Backing Co Inc in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has initiated a Recall of cookies made with Macadamia Nuts because the nuts may be contaminated with Salmonella. Our records reflect you may have purchased one of more of the following: Assorted 24ct Cookies (choc chunk, oatmeal, mac nut) Item # 68503 UPC #: 0022193700000”



Here’s the actual letter with more detail…

Sams Cookie Recall

Sam's Cookie Recall

The bad thing is I took two of those cookie sets to a recent birthday party. Not funny.

It’s great and very commendable that Sam’s sent out this letter directly to its’ customers who made the actual purchase. Sam’s definitely stopped one possible infection. Well done ya’ll. But I still can’t find the official FDA notice about this tie-in with Sam’s.

So until the FDA notice comes out, take this letter as a basic guideline on the UPC codes. The items affected are Item # 68503 with UPC # 0022193700000, Item # 6850 with UPC # 0022193900000 and Item # 929830 with UPC # 0022201900000.

Facebook attack

If you are a user of Facebook and get an email saying “your password has been reset” with a attachment to open, just delete the email. A new scam/trojan attack is making the rounds, and this one is specifically targeting users of Facebook.

According to the tech site Neowin, Facebook users may get an email saying… “their password has been reset, and that the attached zip archive contains their new password. Instead of a new password, users will find a trojan downloader.”

Once the trojan is opened, it will go out over the internet and grab more viruses and malware to download to the infected PC. The article says there are “around 735,000 of the phony Facebook messages since Monday”, so this thing is only getting bigger.

Make sure to update your antivirus definitions this weekend, and it would be a good idea to set your antivirus application to run a full scan while you are out for Halloween.