Archive for February, 2011

Skechers Sued for Shape-Up Shoe Injury

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Holly Ward, a 38-year-old Ohio woman, has filed a class action lawsuit against Skechers, claiming that their popular brand of toning shoes called Shape-Ups caused stress fractures in both her hips.

Ward, a waitress, said that because of the hip fractures, she now has to endure physical therapy and has had pins inserted into both hips. She believes the cause is extended use of the Sketcher’s Shape-Ups while waitressing. She developed pain in her hips after wearing the shoes for approximately five months.

Ward’s lawyer, Ronald Johnson, pointed out in a statement, “We do not know of any testing or safety studies that Skechers did to determine safety. If they’re going to invent a whole new way for a human being to walk, the very first thing they should do is studies to make sure that’s not going to harm their customers.”

Salt Lake City chiropractor Mark Dudley, in addition to many other orthopedic doctors contacted by ABC News, has been quoted as saying that while a stress fracture in both hips is possible, it would be highly unlikely. Dudley said, “When people wear these shoes, their biomechanics do change, and they’re told to step differently with those shoes.” He suggested that women wanting to wear the shoes should ease into wearing them gradually. Dudley also said other health factors such as slips, falls, or body alignment issues could have been factors in Ward’s his fractures. Dudley did have positive things to say about the shoes, “I think these shoes are good, I think exercising is fantastic.” He added, “Any excuse to help motivate people and get out and start moving is good, as long as your body can handle and adapt to it.”

While Johnson says he has heard from other women with similar problems, Skechers issued a statement saying, “Since this lawsuit is brand new, Skechers has not had an opportunity to thoroughly review the plaintiff’s allegations, claims, or medical records. Millions of people wear Shape-ups without experiencing what the plaintiff alleges.”

Recall issued for Alcohol Pads, Swabs, and Swabsticks

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall of alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs, and alcohol swabsticks manufactured by the Triad Group. The FDA has cautioned both consumers and health care professionals to stop using these products immediately because of possible concerns about Bacillus cereus.

If these products are contaminated with Bacillus cereus, use of them could cause life threatening infections. This is especially true of patients who have recently had surgery or have weakened immune systems.

Recalled products were sold in the U.S., Canada, and Europe in boxes of 100 individual packets under the names of Triad Groups as well as Cardinal Health, PSS Select, VersaPro, Boca/Utilet, Moore Medical, Walgreens, CVS or Conzellin. This includes products marked both “STERILE” and those that are non-sterile.

If you have these products, immediately stop using them. Call the Triad Group Customer Service number at (262) 538-2900 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for instructions on how to return the product. The FDA is also asking health care professionals to report any adverse affects of patients who have used the products.