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FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: January 2010


The risk: A packaging defect could cause contamination with bacteria, possibly leading to illness.


  • To find out if a specific product is part of this recall, examine the product packaging for expiration date codes between October 2010 and January 2011. These date codes are printed as the first seven characters of a 15-character string.
  • If anyone in your family has become sick after eating these products, call your health care professional immediately and report the illness to FDA's Consumer Complaint Coordinator for your geographic area8 and to the company, Nurture Inc., at 212-374-2779.
  • If you see swelling, leaking, or packaging problems in any HAPPYTOT Stage 4 or HAPPYBABY Stage 1 or Stage 2 pouched baby food product, throw it out in a way that will keep children and pets from getting into it. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the packages.

Meridia Risky for People With Heart Disease

The label of the weight-loss drug Meridia (sibutramine) will include new information stating that the drug is not to be used in people with a history of disease involving the heart or blood vessels (cardiovascular disease), including

  • coronary artery disease (for example, heart attack or angina)
  • stroke or mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack, or TIA)
  • slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia)
  • congestive heart failure
  • plaque build-up in the arteries (peripheral arterial disease)
  • uncontrolled high blood pressure (for example, greater than 145/90 mmHg)

Meridia is only recommended for obese people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, or BMI of 27 or greater with other risk factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or controlled high blood pressure. (To determine your BMI, see the BMI calculator9.)

The risk: FDA’s review of data indicates an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in people using Meridia who have a history of cardiovascular disease.

Recommendation: Talk to your health care professional about whether Meridia is right for you.

For more information about topics for your health, visit the FDA Consumer Information Center (

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