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AstraZeneca Recalls One Lot of BRILINTA 90-mg Professional Sample Bottles

Friday

AstraZeneca plc. said that it is notifying physicians and consumers that it is voluntarily recalling one lot of professional (physician) sample bottles containing eight tablets of BRILINTA or ticagrelor 90-mg tablets as a precautionary measure. This voluntary recall follows a report that a professional sample bottle containing eight tablets of BRILINTA 90-mg also contained another medicine called ZURAMPIC or lesinurad 200-mg tablets which is also manufactured by AstraZeneca. This precautionary measure is limited to one lot



Hobby Lobby Recalls Easter and July 4th Light-Up Spinner Toys Due to Choking and Ingestion Hazards

Friday

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the following recall alert on Easter and July 4th-themed Light-Up Spinner Toys: Name of product: Easter and July 4th-themed Light-Up Spinner Toys. Hazard: The battery cover can detach and expose the small coin cell batteries, posing choking and ingestion hazards to young children. Remedy: Refund. Recall number: 17-166. Consumer Contact: Hobby Lobby Stores at 800-326-7931 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.hobbylobby.com and click on the Recall



AstraZeneca Recalls One Lot of BRILINTA 90-mg Professional Sample Bottles

Thursday

AstraZeneca plc. said that it is notifying physicians and consumers that it is voluntarily recalling one lot of professional (physician) sample bottles containing eight tablets of BRILINTA or ticagrelor 90-mg tablets as a precautionary measure. This voluntary recall follows a report that a professional sample bottle containing eight tablets of BRILINTA 90-mg also contained another medicine called ZURAMPIC or lesinurad 200-mg tablets which is also manufactured by AstraZeneca. This precautionary measure is limited to one lot



AstraZeneca Recalls One Lot of BRILINTA 90-mg Professional Sample Bottles

Thursday

AstraZeneca plc. said that it is notifying physicians and consumers that it is voluntarily recalling one lot of professional (physician) sample bottles containing eight tablets of BRILINTA or ticagrelor 90-mg tablets as a precautionary measure. This voluntary recall follows a report that a professional sample bottle containing eight tablets of BRILINTA 90-mg also contained another medicine called ZURAMPIC or lesinurad 200-mg tablets which is also manufactured by AstraZeneca. This precautionary measure is limited to one lot



Armour Eckrich Meats, LLC Recalls Ready-to-Eat Sausage Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Friday

Armour Eckrich Meats, LLC, a Junction City, Kan. establishment, is recalling approximately 90,978 pounds of ready-to-eat sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The food service fully-cooked pork, turkey and beef breakfast sausage items were produced and packaged from April 26 through April 28, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: 8,769 cases of 16.6-oz. vacuumed



Pier 1 Imports Recalls Temani Wicker Furniture Due to Violation of Federal Lead Paint Standard

Friday

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the following recall alert on Temani ivory wicker chair, settee and ottoman: Name of product: Temani ivory wicker chair, settee and ottoman. Hazard: The paint used on the wicker furniture can contain excessive levels of lead, which is a violation of the federal lead paint standard. Remedy: Refund. Recall number: 17-164. Consumer Contact: Pier 1 Imports toll-free at 855-513-5140 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Ford Issues Safety Compliance Recalls of Certain F-150, F-250 to F-550, Explorer, Super Duty Vehicles

Friday

Ford has announced two safety compliance recalls of certain 2015-17 model-year vehicles. According to the company statement, the first recall involves certain 2017 F-150, Explorer and Super Duty vehicles to address an inadequate weld between the driver’s seatback and the manually operated seatback recliner mechanism. “In the affected vehicles, a driver seat back frame that has been improperly welded may fail to comply with certain federal motor vehicle safety standards, and may not adequately restrain



Researchers Design Moisture-responsive Workout Suit

Thursday

A team of MIT researchers has designed a breathable workout suit with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to an athlete’s body heat and sweat. These flaps, which range from thumbnail- to finger-sized, are lined with live microbial cells that shrink and expand in response to changes in humidity. The cells act as tiny sensors and actuators, driving the flaps to open when an athlete works up a sweat, and pulling them closed



Meeting Supply Chain Sustainability Goals With Reusable Packaging

Thursday

IFCO, a provider of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh food packaging, is collaborating with the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) to offer a series of online educational sessions, Just the Facts: How Reusable Assets Can Help Retailers and Growers Achieve their Zero Waste Goals. A session in mid-May focused on the key role shared and reusable assets play in helping retailers and growers create a more sustainable supply chain. “IFCO is committed to the vision of



Dynacraft Recalls Ride-on Toys Due to Fall and Crash Hazards

Thursday

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the following recall alert on Surge and Tonka battery-operated ride-on toys: Name of product: Surge and Tonka battery operated ride-on toys. Hazard: The acceleration pedal on the ride-on toys can stick, posing fall and crash hazards. Remedy: Repair. Recall number: 17-162. Consumer Contact: Dynacraft at 800-551-0032 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.dynacraftwheels.com and click on “Product Recalls” for more information. Recall Details Description: This recall involves three models



Soon, Wearable Device to Monitor and Manage Asthma

Thursday

In a major step towards a Fitbit-like wearable device to monitor and manage asthma, researchers have created a graphene-based sensor that can detect inflammation in lungs. The researchers believe that the sensor could lead to earlier detection of looming asthma attacks and improve the management of asthma and other respiratory diseases, preventing hospitalization and death. “Our vision is to develop a device that someone with asthma or another respiratory disease can wear around their neck



Graco Recalls More Than 25,000 Car Seats

Thursday

Graco is recalling more than 25,000 car seats that might not adequately restrain children during a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Wednesday that the webbing in the Graco My Ride 65 car seat failed to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The agency found that children who are not appropriately restrained are at an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash. The 25,494 Graco My Ride 65 seats recalled were produced



FDA to Drug Manufacturers: Beware Water-Borne Contaminants

Wednesday

With a crop of recent product recalls due to Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC) contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday warned drug manufacturers of non-sterile, water-based drug products of the dangers that BCC and other water-borne opportunistic pathogens pose. “BCC can survive or multiply in a variety of non-sterile and water-based products because it is resistant to certain preservatives and antimicrobial agents,” the FDA said in a statement. “Detecting BCC bacteria is also



Hail Merry Issues Voluntary Recall Due to Labeling Error

Wednesday

Hail Merry, a plant-based snack food company, voluntarily recalls its Meyer Lemon Mini Miracle Tarts Party Pack of 6 from the market due to a labeling error. The products contain cashews as listed on the “Ingredients” label, however the “Contains” allergen warning statement does not specifically identify “cashews.” People who have an allergy to cashews run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they do not read both the “Ingredients” label and the



Google Rolls Out Punishment for Poorly Made Apps in Play Store

Wednesday

Watch out faulty apps, the Play Store is coming for you Google has been encouraging its users to encourage developers to create high quality apps for the longest time, but has not always been successful. However, the giant now has a plan to punish those apps that don’t reach up to the mark. While Apple keeps a tight rein on the apps that can be made available on the App Store, it’s not something that applies to



Toyota Pushes into Blockchain Tech to Enable the Next Generation of Cars

Wednesday

On the same day that Ford officially ousted its chief executive in a bid to remake itself as future-focused vehicle manufacturer, Toyota announced its own steps to embrace technology’s next wave. And while Ford is looking to catch up to the leaders in autonomous and electric vehicle manufacturing, Toyota (through the Toyota Research Institute) appears to be taking the next fork in the road toward enabling that autonomous and electric future. Together with MIT’s Media Lab, Toyota



New Way to Test Self-Driving Cars Could Cut 99.9% of Validation Costs

Wednesday

Mobility researchers at the University of Michigan have devised a new way to test autonomous vehicles that bypasses the billions of miles they would need to log for consumers to consider them road-ready. The process, which was developed using data from more than 25 million miles of real-world driving, can cut the time required to evaluate robotic vehicles’ handling of potentially dangerous situations by 300 to 100,000 times. And it could save 99.9% of testing time



FDA OKs First Drug to Specifically Treat Giant Cell Arteritis

Tuesday

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the approved use of subcutaneous Actemra (tocilizumab) to treat adults with giant cell arteritis. This new indication provides the first FDA-approved therapy, specific to this type of vasculitis. Giant cell arteritis is a form of vasculitis, a group of disorders that results in inflammation of blood vessels. This inflammation causes the arteries to narrow or become irregular, impeding adequate blood flow. In giant cell arteritis, the vessels most



U.S. Considers Banning Laptops, iPads From All International Flights

Tuesday

U.S. aviation-security officials appear determined to ban large electronic devices in the cabin of flights from Europe and may expand the ban worldwide. Business travelers are worried about lost productivity, laptops in checked baggage being stolen or damaged, or even leaving the machine home if their employer won’t let them check it on a plane. Parents are pondering how to keep children occupied. On Wednesday, U.S. and European Union officials exchanged information about threats to aviation, believed



Sensors Detect Disease Markers in Breath

Tuesday

A small, thin square of an organic plastic that can detect disease markers in breath or toxins in a building’s air could soon be the basis of portable, disposable sensor devices. By riddling the thin plastic films with pores, University of Illinois researchers made the devices sensitive enough to detect at levels that are far too low to smell, yet are important to human health. In a new study in the journal Advanced Functional Materials, professor



Chatbots Driving Down Costs in Customer Service

Tuesday

Chatbots will redefine the customer service industry, with healthcare and banking sectors set to benefit the most, according to a study by Juniper Research. The new research forecasts that chatbots will be responsible for cost savings of more than $8 billion per year by 2022, up from $20 million this year. Juniper expects dramatic cost savings to be made in the healthcare and banking sectors, as issue resolution times are reduced and cost savings boosted. “We believe



Ford Using First Over-the-Air Software Updates to its 2016 Cars

Tuesday

Ford Motor Co. said on Friday it would delve into the growing arena of “over-the-air” software updates, adding Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its Sync 3-equipped 2016 vehicles for the first time via a wireless software update. The latest upgrade to Sync 3, Ford’s interactive touch-screen system, will be accomplished through an over-the-air (OTA) update using Wi-Fi, not unlike how new software gets uploaded to smartphones by manufacturers. After Tesla Inc.’s early lead in 2015



Bayer Gets FDA Priority Review for Blood Cancer Drug

Monday

German drug maker Bayer won the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) priority review status for an experimental drug for a difficult to treat type of blood cancer, bolstering its development pipeline. Based on results of a Phase II study, the FDA plans to review Bayer’s copanlisib within six months instead of the usual 10 for use against follicular lymphoma which has returned or persisted despite at least two prior therapies, the company said in a



Fiat Chrysler to Modify 104,000 U.S. Diesel Vehicles

Monday

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV plans to update software that it expects will resolve the concerns of U.S. regulators about excess emissions in 104,000 older diesels, the Italian-American automaker said on Friday. The company also said on Friday that it had formally sought approval to sell two 2017 diesel models after months of talks and testing. The software update would begin rolling out once the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board approved, Fiat Chrysler



Virtual Reality Stroke Rehab Platform Gets FDA Clearance

Monday

The MindMotion Pro platform features both motion capture technology and virtual 3-D environments to help stroke patients regain the use of affected upper-body limbs. Patients are presented with a scenario that challenges them to perform simple functions such as pointing, reaching or grasping using a virtual representation of their non-functional limb. This virtual limb is controlled using the functional limb, for example, a patient who has lost the use of their left arm will use their right



Uber Officially Enters Trucking Business

Monday

Uber Freight is a new app that connects professional truckers with those looking to move goods. Uber is getting into the trucking game. The embattled ride-hailing company announced Thursday that it is launching Uber Freight, an app that connects professional truck drivers with shippers looking to transport big loads over long distances. “We’ve been in stealth since late last year, moving loads in Texas and a few other places,” said Eric Berdinis, senior product manager for Uber Freight.



More than 100 Tons of Hot Dogs Containing Metal Pieces Recalled

Monday

More than 200,000 pounds of Nathan’s and Curtis hot dogs are being recalled after complaints the meat products contained metal pieces. The recall of 210,606 pounds of hot dogs includes the 14-ounce packages of “Nathan’s Skinless 8 Beef Franks,” with a use by date of Aug. 19, 2017, and 16-ounce packages of “Curtis Beef Master Beef Franks,” with a use by date of June 15, 2017. The nationwide recall includes beef franks produced on January 26, 2017,



Pharmadax Wins U.S. FDA Approval for Generic Seroquel XR to Treat Schizophrenia

Friday

Chinese pharmaceutical company Pharmadax Inc. disclosed on Tuesday the receipt of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for generic equivalent of its first controlled-release product Seroquel XR (quetiapine fumarate) ER tablets, 50 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg and 400 mg. This U.S.FDA approval was also awarded to the company’s subsidiary Pharmadax USA Inc., based in Irvine, California. Pharmadax has launched the generic Seroquel XR along with its marketing partner, TruPharma LLC. According to the company, Seroquel



BlackBerry Working with Automakers on Anti-Hack Tool

Friday

BlackBerry Ltd. is working with at least two automakers to develop a security service that would remotely scan vehicles for computer viruses and tell drivers to pull over if they were in critical danger, according to a financial analyst. The service, which would also be able to install security patches to an idle car, is being tested by luxury automakers Aston Martin and Range Rover, Macquarie analyst Gus Papageorgiou said in a note to clients sent



Robots on the March in China’s Plastics Industry

Friday

Robotization is gaining steam in China’s plastics industry, driven both by companies seeking refuge from rising costs, and, increasingly, by demands for more efficiency and quality control in their manufacturing. Robots are becoming big business in a country historically known more for its low wages. According to the Frankfurt-based International Federation of Robotics, China snapped up 68,600 robots in 2015, easily making it the world’s leading robot market. In contrast, Europe bought 50,100 in the same year. True