Recall : The entire “Thermoflect” product line used in MR environments

The Encompass Group announced they are voluntarily recalling the entire Thermoflect product line. This product was used in MR (Magnetic Resonance) environments, but is being pulled back for “relabeling”.

Encompass Group Corporate Compliance Officer Jea R. Gackowski said “”We are requesting that the Thermoflect blankets and other products not be used in MR conditional or MR compatible environments. We are in the process of sending labels to our customers to be attached per instructions to remind the hospitals that the product line should not be used in the MR environment.”

Wait… what? Thermoflect blankets and covers were used in MR (Magnetic Resonance) environments before, and now they’re suddenly not?

Gackowski said that in the past they stated their Thermoflect product was indeed OK to use in MR environments, and their product is still great for treating hypothermia, but “…we have been advised by the FDA that a report has been filed of an injury to an (MRI) patient.  Several items are under consideration, including all of the blankets used in the MRI environment, of which Thermoflect is one.  There is no evidence that the Thermoflect blanket caused the injury but as a precautionary measure we are voluntarily recalling the product line for relabeling.”

Yikes. I smell a lawsuit. A big, nasty one too. And the Encompass Group is implementing plan “CYA”.

Here’s the link to the FDA notice.

200th post!

Just a little personal milestone here… this is the 200th post in this blog!

I remember as a kid that “issue 200” of my favorite comics usually meant something spectacular was about to happen. Some crazy new adventure would begin, some major character would get added or taken out of the storyline, or most thrilling and terrifying of all… a new writer and/or artist would start work on the next issue of the comic.

I’m still messing around with what goes where in this blog, but things are finally settling into a somewhat stable pattern. My sincere thanks to everyone who has been reading along this whole time!

And now, thanks to, some “200th issue!” eye candy from my childhood…

Recall : Tylenol Arthritis Pain 100 Count With Ez-Open Cap

Fortunately, this is not a medical-emergency recall.

“McNeil Consumer Healthcare… is expanding its voluntary recall to include all available product lots of TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP.”

Some of the Tylenol Arthritis Pain 100 Count With Ez-Open Cap shipments were pulled back earlier because some customers said that when they opened the bottle, they got… “an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that was associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea.”

But it’s not the capsules that are causing the cookie-tossing side effects.

“The uncharacteristic smell is caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called  2,4,6-tribromoanisole.  The source of 2,4,6-tribromoanisole is believed to be the breakdown of a chemical used to treat wooden pallets that transport and store packaging materials. The health effects of this compound have not been well studied, and to date all of the observed events reported to McNeil were temporary and non-serious.”

But still, the last thing you want when you have a headache or body ache is to add nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea to the mix.

Only Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the red ez-open cap are affected.

UPC # : 0045-0838-21
NDC Code: 8382100
Lot # : 07CMC011, 07DMC022, 07DMC024, 07FMC032, 07FMC033, 07GMC038, 07GMC039, 07HMC045, 07HMC051, 07HMC053, 07JMC064,  07JMC069, 07JMC070, 07JMC071, 07XMC055, 07XMC058, 07XMC062, 08AMC002, 08AMC005, 08CMC026, 08DMC029, 08EMC037, 08EMC039, 08FMC044, 08FMC045, 08GMC050, 08GMC053, 08GMC063, 08GMC065, 08JMC103, 08JMC109, 08JMC110, 08JMC111, 08KMC124, 08KMC127, 08KMC131, 08KMC132, 08XMC093, 08XMC094, 08XMC095, 09AMC010, 09CMC041, 09EMC075, 09EMC079, 09EMC076, 09GMC096, 09GMC097, 09GMC099, 09JMC118, 09JMC126, 09KMC133, 09KMC134, 09XMC114, 09XMC116

Here’s the link to the official FDA recall.