It’s “Tuesday Newsday,” the day when Dean Burnetti Law brings you news of recalls, legal or political events, or other important happenings… Today it’s other (not so important) happenings…
Another Blood Pressure Medication Recall!
The worldwide recall of a common blood pressure medication has expanded to yet another manufacturer. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is voluntarily recalling 14 lots of Valsartan/Amlodipine/HCTZ tablets because of trace amounts of an impurity in an ingredient.
The impurity is N-nitrosodimethylamine, which occurs naturally in some foods, drinking water, air pollution, and industrial processes. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies NDMA as a “probable human carcinogen.”
The FDA said that patients should contact their physician to advise them about an alternative treatment prior to returning their medication. They said that the risk of harm to the patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.
When we searched for the recent recall news for today’s Tuesday Newsday, we found yet another blood pressure medicine recall! While this news is important to the millions of people worldwide who rely on this medication to keep their tickers in check, it’s sad that so many of them are taking a potentially lethal life-saver! So we looked for something to bring a smile to our faces. When we searched for “funny” news or “strange” news, it was all news that left us feeling depressed at the state of the world. So, we searched and searched for “uplifting news,” and though it took a while to find something purely uplifting that was not cloaked in doom (such as the man who rescued a dying dog from a locked car! — Good that the man saved him, but depressing that the owner locked him in the car in the first place!). Finally, we found something sure to make your heart smile!
105-year-old veteran gets his college diploma after 83 years!
Bill Vogt, 105, who graduated from San Diego State University in 1935, finally received his diploma last week.
Vogt started classes in 1931, studying “commerce.” He says he wasn’t the greatest student, as he and his fraternity brothers spent much of their time looking for alcohol during the Prohibition era.
During Vogt’s final semester, a professor felt he didn’t deserve credit for a class which left Vogt a few credits short. He made up the credits in the middle of the following year, but the graduation ceremony was months later. At the time, he was trying to find work and was unable to pick up his diploma.
In the meantime, Vogt served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He then worked at the Pentagon until 1970, and then went on to work as a school administrator.
Over the years (or rather decades), Vogt kept up with the school’s activities and sports teams. Then a few months ago, he joined the alumni association after being drawn to a free wooden diploma frame for members. School officials searched their records and discovered that Vogt had earned a bachelor of arts degree, but never received his actual diploma. The school then duplicated the 1935 diplomas to so that Mr. Vogt could finally have his certificate to display.
Mr. Vogt said with a smile, “I’m going to hang it on the wall with pride. I went to a fine school.”
Now, tell us the truth… Don’t you wish ALL news could be as uplifting as this?