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Recalled Supplements Are Being Sold

Author Brigitte Barrera

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that recalled supplements are being sold and are dangerous to consumers.

About The Supplement Study

In the research, 27 supplements were found to be available for sale online during the summer of 2013.  All 27 supplements had been recalled sometime between 2009 and 2012.

The majority of supplements were for the purpose of sexual enhancement, weightloss, or athletic ability enhancement.

9 of the 27 supplements were found not to have any type of pharmaceuticals; however, approximately 67% of the supplements had one or more pharmaceuticals. Such chemicals were found to be closely related to those used in drugs such as Viagra or Meridia. Meridia was recalled due to heart attack and stroke risks.

85% of the supplements fell under the category of sport enhancement or bodybuilding supplements. Some of these contained anabolic steroids and other dangerous compounds.

Athletic performance supplements sold included Novedex XT, which was recalled in 2010 due to an anti-estrogen and anabolic steroid compound, and both M-Drol and Massdrol, which were both 2009 recalls due to a steroid or steroid like compound.

The majority of recalled supplements still being sold can be hazardous to consumers.

Protection Against Supplements

"Consumers need to avoid the categories of supplements that these drugs are found in: weight-loss, sports supplements and sexual enhancement supplements." – Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and one of the authors of the study as published by the Detroit Free Press

Weight-loss, sports, and sexual enhancement supplements are the ones most commonly sold online, even after being recalled, and are most likely to be recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The supplement industry is approximately worth $30 billion and the FDA is under scrutiny for their handling of approving supplements.

Many experts agree the FDA needs to have better enforcement policies.

Many supplements are being marketed as all-natural, but in reality contain pharmaceuticals.

The FDA "faces the challenge of providing effective deterrents to prevent unscrupulous firms from fraudulently marketing and importing these products." However, the industry is "extremely fragmented" and this makes it more challenging to identify and locate the policy breakers.

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Man Injured in Houston County Drilling Accident

Author Jarod Cassidy

A man was hospitalized Thursday following an accident at a drilling well site in Houston County, Texas.

About the Houston County Accident

According to KTRE, the man was working at a drilling well on the property of Eastham prison when the accident occurred.

Houston County Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator David Lamb stated the worker suffered chemical burns when he was sprayed with gases after opening a valve at the site.

The man was airlifted to a hospital in Tyler, Texas for treatment. His condition was not immediately available.

Oil and Gas Industry Injury Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • Between 2003 and 2010, 823 oil and gas extraction workers were killed on the job.
  • The fatality rate in the oil and gas industry is seven times greater than the rate for all other U.S. industries.
  • The most common causes of death in the oil and gas industry include:
    • Vehicle accidents
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Caught-in/between
    • Chemical exposure
    • Explosion and fires

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2 Killed in Accident at Texas Water Treatment Plant

Author Jarod Cassidy

Two men are dead following an accident at an El Paso wastewater treatment plant.

Fire Crews Work to Recover Bodies

A release from the Associated Press states that emergency crews have recovered the body of one of the men and were working on recovering the second body Wednesday morning.

Officials did not provide details on how the men became trapped at the Roberto Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant, nor did they confirm whether the men had died from drowning.

A spokesperson from the El Paso Fire Department, Carlos Briano, did state that the men contractors and were not employees of the El Paso Water Utility.

Crews had originally been called to rescue the two men, but found the men were dead upon their arrival.

Workplace Injury Statistics

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recorded 4,405 workplace fatalities in 2013.
  • That averages to 85 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths every day.
  • 3,929 deaths were recorded in the private industry with 796 deaths being linked to construction accidents.
  • Common causes of workplace fatalities included:
    • Falls
    • Struck by Object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-in/between

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