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Zantac recalled for carcinogen levels above FDA standards

Nov. 27, 2019—The popular heartburn drug ranitidine, commonly known as Zantac, was voluntarily recalled due to the contamination of a human carcinogen that could potentially cause cancer. The recall includes oral tablets, capsules, and syrup.

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Tennessee Poison Center celebrates 30th anniversary

Feb. 12, 2018—The Tennessee Poison Center (TPC) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month, following a year in which it received more than 50,000 emergency calls from residents, healthcare professionals, emergency departments and intensive care units.

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Tennessee Poison Center urges care at Thanksgiving

Nov. 22, 2016—Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with family, friends, football and feasting. Unfortunately, it is also a day of hidden hazards. The staff at the Tennessee Poison Center (TPC), housed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, anticipates receiving about 135 to 145 poison exposure calls and five to 10 information calls this Thanksgiving season. Cheri Wessels, clinical...

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Tennessee Poison Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center saved an estimated $8 million in taxpayer Emergency Department costs, study says

Nov. 2, 2016—The Tennessee Poison Center, housed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, saved taxpayers of Tennessee an estimated $8 million last year by preventing unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits, according to a survey conducted by the Center. The survey asked people who phoned the Poison Center in July, “Would you have gone to the ED if Tennessee...

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Academy lauds Seger’s achievements in toxicology

Sep. 15, 2016—Donna Seger, M.D., professor of Clinical Medicine and Emergency Medicine and medical and executive director of the Tennessee Poison Center, has received the Career Achievement Award from the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) for her contributions to the organization and achievements in the field of toxicology.

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Tennessee Poison Center at Vanderbilt warns about hazards of fuels at backyard barbecues

Jun. 1, 2016—As summer heats up along with grills at backyard barbecues, health officials are stressing safety when using common fuels and accelerants.

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Tennessee Poison Center warns about dangers of ‘dewshine’

Jan. 29, 2016—A lethal concoction of racing fuel and Mountain Dew claimed the lives of two Tennessee teens and has sparked the Tennessee Poison Center (TPC) to warn about the lethality of what has been called “Dewshine.” The Tennessee Poison Center, housed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was involved in the care of four Robertson County teenagers...

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Tennessee Poison Center names its “top five” poisons of the year and offers safety tips

Dec. 23, 2015—The leading cause of injury death in Tennessee is not motor vehicle crashes, gunshot wounds or drowning—it is poisoning. And the main source of that poisoning is not the furniture polish or drain cleaner stored under the kitchen sink (dangerous as those are)—the main source of poisoning is analgesic drugs, according to Donna Seger, M.D.,...

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Tennessee Poison Center offers a quick summary on the dangers of holiday plants

Dec. 16, 2015—Along with the hustle and bustle of the season come the displays of the seasonal foliage. How toxic are our holiday plants?  Donna Seger, M.D., Medical Director of the Tennessee Poison Center, housed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, offers this summary of some of the dangers of holiday plants. Poinsettia, contrary to popular perceptions, is...

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Tennessee Poison Center warns of Thanksgiving hazards

Nov. 24, 2015—Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with family, friends, football and feasting. Unfortunately, it is also a day of hidden hazards.  The staff at the Tennessee Poison Center (TPC), housed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, anticipates receiving about 135 to 145 poison exposure calls and five to 10 information calls this Thanksgiving season. Cheri Wessels, clinical...

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Tips for avoiding or treating poison ivy from the Tennessee Poison Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Jun. 3, 2015—It’s the time of year when backyards attract children, trails beckon hikers, and poison ivy attacks the unwary. This itch-causing plant pest, along with its cohorts poison oak and poison sumac, cause more common allergic reactions than any other source, said Renee Miller, R.N., a certified specialist in poison information at the Tennessee Poison Center...

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Tennessee Poison Center warns against designer drug “N-bomb”

Apr. 9, 2015—The relatively new synthetic drug 25I-NBOMe, or “N-bomb,” has been associated with the deaths of at least 17 people in the United States since 2010, when it first became available over the Internet, often marketed as “legal” or “natural” LSD. “The recreational use of synthetic (designer) psychoactive substances with stimulant, euphoric and/or hallucinogenic properties has...

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