Health Highlights: June 3, 2016
FDA Resumes Egg Facility Inspections in 21 States Battery-Powered Migraine Patch May Pose Burn Threat: FDA
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
FDA Resumes Egg Facility Inspections in 21 States
Inspections of egg-handling facilities in 21 states resumed Wednesday after being halted in May 2015 due to the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history, the Food and Drug Administration says.
The inspections, done mainly to prevent the spread of salmonella, were suspended because the FDA believed the risk of spreading the H5N2 bird flu virus outweighed the threat of salmonella, the Associated Press reported.
The FDA inspects egg processors with 3,000 or more birds, while smaller facilities are inspected by state agents.
FDA spokeswoman Lauren Sucher said there have been no egg-related salmonella outbreaks or recalls since last summer, the AP reported.
Battery-Powered Migraine Patch May Pose Burn Threat: FDA
Consumer complaints that a battery-powered migraine treatment patch can cause severe burns are being investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The Zecuity patch uses an electric current to deliver the migraine drug sumatriptan through the skin. Previously, some patients reported a blistering allergic reaction to the patch, and now the FDA has received reports that it could also cause burns, according to NBC News.
"A large number of patients have reported they experienced burns or scars on the skin where the patch was worn. The reports included descriptions of severe redness, pain, skin discoloration, blistering, and cracked skin," the FDA said.
"We are investigating the cause and extent of these serious side effects and will update the public with new information when our review is complete," the agency added, NBC News reported.
The patch may need to carry additional safety warnings, according to the FDA.
"Patients who experience moderate to severe pain at the Zecuity patch site should immediately remove it to avoid possible burns or scarring, regardless of how long the patch has been worn, and contact your health care professional. Do not bathe, shower, or swim while wearing the patch," the FDA said.