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CDC Releases Info: Vaping Illnesses Caused By Vitamin E Acetate
A form of vitamin E has been identified as a “very strong culprit” in lung injuries related to vaping THC, health officials reported on Friday, November 8th, 2019. It is a major advance in a frightening outbreak that has killed 40 people and sickened 2,051. You can read more here about the latest development. The CDC continues to update their page with information as well, and can be found here.
FDA Expands Ranitidine Recall To Even More Manufacturers
The FDA announced that four other pharmaceutical companies were voluntarily recalling various ranitidine-containing products in addition to those that have previously recalled for unsafe levels of NDMA. You can read the timeline and details of the recall here. If you are unsure if a product you are using contains NDMA, contact your pharmacist or provider.
Ranitidine Recall Expanded
Ranitidine, more commonly known by brand names like Zantac, Rani 2, and Ausran, was voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer (Sandoz Inc.). The lots of Ranitidine Hydrochloride Capsules were recalled in the U.S. because of confirmed contamination with N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) above levels established by the FDA. To check whether a batch is part of the recall, you can check the FDA website or call your pharmacist or provider for information.
UPDATE: This week, the recall was widened- you can find more details here.
Vaping Illness Reported In 49 States
Concerns over vaping and the lung injury caused by it continue to grow. Now named EVALI, the vaping related illness has spread to over 1,300 people in 49 states. You can read the latest from the Centers for Disease Control, here.
Flu Season Kicks Off- Here’s What To Know
A flu vaccination is important not only for those that receive the immunization, but for all those around them. People with compromised immune systems, the elderly, and very young are especially at risk for complications and may not be able to receive the immunization; but if those around them are immunized, it can offer a layer of protection. You can read more about why immunizations are important, here. The 2019 flu season has officially started- here is some important information about this flu season .