Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New Requirements for Indoor Tanning Facilities Designed to Help Reduce Hazards


For Immediate Release: Dec. 22, 2010Media Inquiries: Erica Jefferson, 301-796-4988, erica.jefferson@fda.hhs.govConsumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA
FDA announces recall of Abbott glucose test stripsStrips sold in retail stores, online and used in health care facilities
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the agency is working with Abbott Diabetes Care to recall 359 different lots of glucose test strips marketed under the following brand names:
Precision Xceed Pro;
Precision Xtra;
Medisense Optium;
OptiumEZ; and
ReliOn UltimaThese strips are used with Abbott’s Precision Xtra, Precision Xceed Pro, MediSense Optium, Optium, Optium EZ and ReliOn Ultima blood glucose monitoring systems. As many as 359 million strips may be affected by the recall. The blood glucose monitoring systems are not affected by this recall.
The recall pertains to certain lots of these test strips distributed in the United States and Puerto Rico. Other Abbott Diabetes Care products are not affected by the recall.
The test strips being recalled may give falsely low blood glucose results. False results may lead patients to try to raise their blood glucose unnecessarily, or they may fail to treat elevated blood glucose because of a false, low reading. Both scenarios pose risks to a patient’s health.
The recall is related to the test strips’ inability to absorb enough blood for monitoring. Strips exposed to warm weather or prolonged storage may be more likely to provide a false result.
The test strips were manufactured between January and September 2010 and are sold both in retail and online settings directly to consumers, but are also used in health care facilities.

Pfizer Adds Another Lot to October Lipitor Recall

December 21, 2010 (New York, New York) — Pfizer announced the recall of another lot--approximately 19 000 bottles--of atorvastatin (Lipitor) 40-mg tablets from the US market due to reports of the same "uncharacteristic odor" that prompted the recall of 191 000 bottles of Lipitor earlier this year [1]. The recalled lot is 0836050.
The company says that a medical assessment concluded that the risk of health consequences from taking drugs from this lot are minimal, but it is advising patients who have tablets from the recalled lot to return them to their pharmacist in exchange for a new bottle. Pfizer does not anticipate a shortage resulting from the recall.
After the first recall, the company found the odor was most likely coming from very low levels of tribromoanisole in the pill bottles supplied by an outside vendor. Tribromoanisole comes from a wood preservative used in pallets to transport and ship a variety of products. Pfizer prohibits its suppliers from using tribromoanisole-treated pallets to ship its products.
This is the fourth recall of this product for "odor" reasons.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Delaware County Public Health to hold Flu Clinic

Delaware County Public Health will be holding its last flu clinic on Friday November 12, 2010 from 9:30am to 11:30am, at Public Health 99 Main St, Delhi, NY 13753. Flu shots are available for ages 3 and above. The cost is $25.00 cash or Medicare Part B. No appointments needed just walk in. For more information call Delaware County Public Health at 832-5200.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Free Cancer Screenings in Stamford

The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie counties will offer free cancer screenings to women 40 years of age and older, and men 50 years of age and older, who are uninsured. In partnership with the Bassett Cancer Institute's mobile screening coach, cancer screenings will be available on Monday November 8 in Stamford, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the parking lot at the office of Robert J. Connelly, optometrist, 22 Harper Street, Stamford.

Screenings include pelvic exams, Pap tests, clinical breast exams, mammograms and take home colorectal screening kits. Call toll free 1-888-345-0225 for your appointment.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Public Health Flu Clinic

It's not too late to get a flu shot.

  • Delaware County Public Health, 99 Main St, Delhi, NY 13753
  • Friday November 5th, 2010
  • 9:30-12Noon
  • Ages 3 and up
  • $25.00 or Medicare Part B
  • No Appointment needed, just walk in.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Similac Formula Recall

Abbott Voluntarily Recalls Certain Similac® Brand Powder Infant Formulas That Did Not Meet Its Quality Standards
Contact:Consumer Hotline(800) 986-8850
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Sept. 22, 2010 - ABBOTT PARK, Ill. - Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of certain Similac-brand, powder infant formulas in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean.
Abbott is recalling these products following an internal quality review, which detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that while the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae, could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted.
The recall of these powder infant formulas includes:
Certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers.
Certain Similac powder product lines offered in sizes such as 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.
To immediately find out if the product in your possession is included in this recall, parents and caregivers should visit, and type in their lot number to determine if their product is affected, or call (800) 986-8850.
No Abbott liquid infant formulas are impacted. Products not involved in the recall include all Abbott Nutrition liquid ready-to-feed and concentrated infant formulas and all powder and liquid specialty formulas, such as Similac Expert Care™ Alimentum®, Elecare®, Similac Expert Care™ Neosure®, Similac® Human Milk Fortifier, and metabolic formulas for inherited disorders.
About the Recall
The company is implementing a plan to address this matter in the affected manufacturing facility, which is expected to be completed shortly. No other facilities or products are involved in this recall.
Abbott has consulted with the U.S. FDA regarding this recall.
Information for Parents and Caregivers
Products with affected lot numbers should be returned to Abbott at no cost to the consumer.
Parents and caregivers can go to or call Abbott's consumer hotline, (800) 986-8850, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Both the website and the consumer hotline have specific details on how to complete the return process.
Holger Liepmann, executive vice president, Abbott Nutrition said:
"Abbott understands that parents expect to feed their children only the highest quality product. We are taking this action so that parents know that the infant formula products they provide unquestionably meet the highest quality standards for which they are known. We regret any inconvenience this situation poses to parents and consumers."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Booster Seats Preventing Childhood Injuries

ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 10, 2010) - A New York State Department of Health (DOH) study, "Effects of Upgraded Child Restraint Law Designed to Increase Booster Seat Use in New York," published yesterday in the 2010 September issue of Pediatrics found that the injury rate for motor vehicle crashes decreased by 18 percent for children 4 to 6 years of age after the state law requiring booster seats was implemented in 2005.
"Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children in this age group," said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "This is the first state study comparing traffic injury rates for children before and after implementation of New York's booster seat law. It is clear from this study that booster seats are playing an integral role in preventing serious injuries to young children and saving lives."
The study, funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, was conducted by Kainan Sun, Ph.D., Michael Bauer, M.S., and Susan Hardman, B.S., from DOH's Bureau of Injury Prevention. It compares the traffic injury rate for booster-seat aged children before and after the implementation of the state law enacted in March 2005 by using the State Department of Motor Vehicle's Accident Information System. The decrease in child injuries was primarily attributed to a 72 percent increase in the use of child restraints as required by state law.
New York law requires the use of booster seats or other child restraint systems for children 4 to 6 years old when riding in motor vehicles. In November 2009, the state child restraint law was expanded to include all children until their 8th birthday.
"One of the most important actions a parent can take when transporting a child in a motor vehicle is buckling them properly into a car seat or booster seat that is appropriate for their child's age and weight," Dr. Daines said. "Children grow very quickly, so it is important for parents to monitor this growth and ensure that their children are in booster seats when they no longer fit traditional, forward-facing child safety seats."
The American Academy of Pediatrics and NHTSA recommend the use of belt-positioning booster seats to prevent injury when children outgrow forward-facing child safety seats, usually at 4 years of age or 40 pounds, but are still too young and too small to properly fit into the seat belt alone.
More information about child passenger safety is available on DOH's Web site at

Friday, July 16, 2010

Free Food Distribution

Delaware Opportunities will be conducting a distribution of surplus donated food to Delaware County residents on Friday, July 23rd fro 11am-4pm or until all available food is distributed. The distribution will take place in the parking lot behind Delaware Opportunities headquarters located at 35430 State Highway 10 Hamden, NY. The food will be provided by the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The type of food available will not be known until the day of distribution. Proof of income is not required for this distribution; however, information on the number of children and adults in each household receiving donated food will be requested. People partcipating should bring their own boxes and/or bags and dress for the weather as there is no indoor space is available for those waiting for food. For more information, contact Tammy Clark, nutrition advocate at (607)-746-1670 or Linda Vausse, Food Bank coordiator at (607)-746-1685.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Crib Recall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJuly 14, 2010Release #10-302
Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 804-3847CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Pottery Barn Kids Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Pottery Barn Kids drop-side cribs
Units: About 82,000
Retailer: Pottery Barn Kids, a division of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., of San Francisco, Calif.
Hazard: The cribs’ drop-sides can detach when hardware breaks, creating a space into which a young child can become entrapped, which can lead to suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop side incidents also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Pottery Barn Kids have received 36 reports of drop sides that have malfunctioned or detached, resulting in seven minor injuries when children fell out of the cribs or got their legs caught between the mattress and the drop side. One child became entrapped at the head between the drop side and crib mattress but was freed without injury.
Description: This recall involves all Pottery Barn Kids drop-side cribs regardless of the model number. Pottery Barn Kids is printed on a label attached to the crib headboard or footboard.
Sold at: Exclusively through the Pottery Barn Kids catalog, , and at Pottery Barn Kids retail stores nationwide from January 1999 through March 2010 for between $300 and $600.
Manufactured in: Canada, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Italy
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs, inspect the hardware to make sure it is not broken, and contact Pottery Barn Kids to receive a free fixed-gate conversion kit that will immobilize the drop side.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Pottery Barn Kids at (877) 804-3847 between 7 a.m. and midnight 7 days a week or visit the firm’s website at
NOTE: Photos above do NOT include all models involved in recall. For a complete list of all models included in the recall go to the firm’s web site at
Important Message from CPSC: CPSC reminds parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Age is factor in the safety of any crib. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years. Many older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety problems.
CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC's Web site at

Friday, June 18, 2010


A parents of preemies support group,
Here in the Southern Tier.

Formed to support parents of preemies in the womb, in the NICU, just coming home, toddling, starting school, or facing issues.

Online discussion board at:
Facebook us at: Preemie Voices
Meetings monthly, Wednesday nights at PALS Center, Binghamton
Email Kathryn to inquire or become a member:

Monday, June 14, 2010

Always Ask Before Petting Fido

Every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. seeks medical attention for a dog bite-related injury. Each year in NYS, more than 16,000 people receive a dog bite serious enough to require treatment at a hospital. That’s nearly 50 people every day! These dog bites result in nearly $20 million in hospital charges.
In NYS, the number of dog bites shows a marked increase during the warm weather months; over 40% of dog bite injuries serious enough to require hospital treatment occur between May 1 and August 31.
Most dog bites occur at home or in a familiar place and the vast majority of biting dogs belong to the victim's family, a friend, or neighbor. In NYS, the rate of dog bite-related injuries is highest among children under age 15 who account for approximately one-third of all hospital visits for these injuries.
Tips for Safely Enjoying Fido:
Do not approach an unfamiliar dog. If confronted by an unfamiliar dog:
Avoid direct eye contact.
Do not pet the dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first. When you pet the dog, avoid the head and tail.
Remain motionless.
Do not run from the dog or scream.
Reacting to dogs you meet:
Always ask an owner's permission before petting his or her dog.
Approach a dog by calmly walking up to it; running can scare and startle a dog leading to a bite.
Put food, sticks, balls and other items in your hands aside and out of the way before petting a dog; a dog may grab for an item in a person's hand leading to an accidental bite.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lead found in Vita Breath Supplement Products

FDA NEWS RELEASEFor Immediate Release: May 1, 2010Media Inquiries: Pat El-Hinnawy, 301-796-4763 or 202-557-6531, Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDAFDA Warns Consumers to Avoid Vita Breath Dietary SupplementProducts may contain high levels of leadThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to purchase nor consume Vita Breath, a dietary supplement manufactured by American Herbal Lab Inc. of Rosemead, Calif., and marketed at health fairs and on the Internet, because the product may contain hazardous levels of lead.The FDA was notified by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene about a patient with lead poisoning who reported taking Vita Breath and two other herbal products. The department analyzed a sample of Vita Breath and reported it contained 1,100 parts per million of lead. This level is more than 10,000 times higher than FDA’s maximum recommended level for lead in candy.The FDA has collected and is currently analyzing its own samples of Vita Breath.People with high blood levels of lead may show no symptoms, but the condition may cause damage to the nervous system and internal organs. Acute lead poisoning may cause a wide range of symptoms, including abdominal pain, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and bloody or decreased urinary output. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can be diagnosed through clinical testing, and individuals who have taken Vita Breath should talk to their health care providers about testing.The FDA is working with state officials in New York and California to further investigate Vita Breath.

Monday, May 3, 2010

New Website Design!!

Hi all -

We have just launched a new, redesigned website.
Head on over to and check out the new design! Also, if you have a smartphone, be sure to visit our website and check out our new mobile webpage!

Be sure to let us know what you think!!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Free Rabies Clinics in March

Free Rabies vaccination clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets on:
Friday March 12th, 2010
Delhi Town Garage
3 Depot St
Delhi, NY
4:00PM to 6:00PM

Friday, March 19th, 2010
Treadwell Fire Station
9209 Cty Hwy 16
Treadwell, NY
5:00Pm to 7:00PM

  • It's the law! Every dog and cat must be vaccinated against rabies
  • Cats and dogs can get their first rabies vaccine at 3 months of age.
  • Proof of previous rabies vaccination must be present to receive a 3 year booster.
  • Dogs must be on a leash and under proper control. Cats and ferrets should be in a carrying case.
  • Local organizations have volunteered their facilities for your convenience. It is your responsability to clean up after your pet.

For questions or more information call (607)-832-5200 or see our website

Friday, February 26, 2010

Delaware County Public Health Closed

Delaware County Public Health office is closed for Friday February 26, 2010, due to weather. To get a hold of a nurse people should call the Delaware County Sheriff Department at 607-746-2336 and ask to speak to the on call supervisor.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Clinic Canceled for Friday

The H1N1 and Seasonal flu clinics scheduled for Friday February 26, 2010 from 10am-11am at Delaware County Public Health is canceled due to weather.
There will be a H1N1 and Seasonal flu clinic on Friday March 5 from 10am-11am at Delaware County Public Health, 99 Main St Delhi, Ny 13753. There is no cost for H1N1 and Seasonal flu vaccine. People must call to make an appointment at (607)-832-5200, ask for Becky.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Amanda Law

On February 22, 2010, new legislation took effect in New York State requiring the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Under “Amanda’ Law,” all new and existing one and two-family homes, multifamily homes and rentals with a fuel-burning appliance, system, or attached garage must have CO alarms. This legislation expands upon the previous law which only required CO alarms in new homes or when a home was sold and is intended to help save lives from a silent, odorless, and colorless killer.

This revised law requires homes built prior to 2008 to have a CO alarm installed on the lowest story having a sleeping area, while those built after 2008 must have a CO alarm on each story with a sleeping area or where a source of CO is located. Homes built prior to 2008 will be permitted to have battery-powered alarms, but homes constructed after January 1, 2008 will need to have the alarms hard-wired with battery-backup.

CO is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the U.S. Each year more than 400 people die from accidental, non-fire-related CO poisoning and over 20,000 people visit emergency departments for CO-related health effects. In New York State between 2000 and 2006, 870 residents were hospitalized for unintentional non-fire-related CO poisoning.

A recent NYSDOH survey estimates that over 70% of NYS residents already have at least one CO alarm. However, a separate survey of NYS residents conducted for Kidde, a manufacturer of CO alarms, suggests households may not have enough alarms for the size of their home and some people may not be aware of the need to periodically replace a CO alarm. Results from the Kidde survey can be accessed at:,8070,pageId%3D20077%26siteId%3D384,00.html.

CO alarms should be properly installed and operated on each floor and near sleeping areas and should be replaced every five years unless the manufacturer specifies a different time period.

More information is available on the New York State Department of Health website: DOH has a good supply of CO hazard awareness materials. Publications and fact sheets may be downloaded or ordered directly from the distribution center using the order form on the web page.

The NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) website also offers a variety of CO safety information and resources, including the latest CO building code text, on their website:

Friday Rabies Clinic Canceled

The rabies clinic scheduled for Friday February 26, 2010 from 4pm-6pm at the Delhi Town Garage is canceled, due to the weather forecast. The rabies clinic will rescheduled in March. To keep updated on clinic dates go to or we can be reached at 607-832-5200.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Public Health to Hold Seasonal Flu Clinic

Delware County Public Health will be holding a Seasonal Flu clinic on Thursday January 21, 2009 from 1pm-3pm at Delaware Opportunties Rt 10 Hamden, NY. The seasonal flu clinic is open to ages 3 and up. The cost is $15.00 or bring your bring your Medicare Part B card. No appointments, walk-ins only. For more information call Delaware County Public Health at 607-832-5200.