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Nasal spray recall highlights risks caused by packaging failures

When you go to the store to purchase something, you expect that the items available for sale are safe for consumer use. Most products are generally safe, but problems do occur that can put consumers at risk. Supply materials, e.g., ingredients, could wind up contaminated with something that could make people sick. Issues with machinery can result in sub-standard production runs. There are infinite possible ways that products can create liabilities for consumers.

There are practices that can nearly eliminate the risk to consumers. Having professional testers and inspectors watch for serious issues is one. Routine chemical testing of raw materials and end products can ensure there are no issues with contamination. Sadly, some businesses choose to prioritize profits over customer safety, and they cut corners when it comes to safety-testing and product inspection.

Nasal spray recalled over glass in the formula

People regularly buy and use products packaged in glass bottles. Glass is a safe material for product containers, but its use does create some risks for injuries. On May 31, the drug-maker Apotex Corp. issued a recall of a nasal spray over concerns about contamination from glass particles. The drug, Fluticasone Propionate, has small glass particles inside the liquid itself.

The glass particles may cause a blockage in the container or injury to patients when used. Only one lot, NJ4501, is part of the recall. Though the company reports no injuries at the time of the announced recall, the potential for serious injuries in cases like this can't be ignored.

Companies should do their best to ensure safe products

Mistakes and accidents happen everyday. Sometimes, they happen in a work setting, and the result can be a negative impact on public safety. Companies that make consumer products of any kind should have safety precautions in place to avoid defects in any and all production runs of their products. When establishing safety practices, companies should address everything from packaging failures to employee mistakes.

Customers should be able to trust that they can safely use a product as intended. When a customer ends up hurt because of a manufacturing mistake or defect, the company may be responsible for those injuries. Consumers can sometimes file personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits related to defective products. If successful, these lawsuits can help injured consumers recover lost wages, medical and funeral expenses and property damages.

When companies focus more on their bottom lines than on providing safe products, the customers are the ones who suffer.

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