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FDA Announces Valsartan Recall In July 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of a number pharmaceutical drugs containing valsartan used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart failure due to the increased risk of certain cancers associated with NDMA. Not all drugs containing valsartan were named in the recall. The following were named in the recall: Major Pharmaceuticals valsartan products Solco Healthcare valsartan products Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. valsartan…
Pride Mobility, the maker of electric wheelchairs, has come under strict scrutiny as a result of reports of their wheelchairs causing fires. The fires, in at least one case, was alleged to have burned to death the man occupying the wheelchair in a lawsuit brought by his wife after his death. The cause of the fires is thought to be electrical, however the exact pin  point of how and why continues to be debated. Kathy…
We have previously reported on the link between anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) and Allergan’s textured breast implants (read the previous post here). In December, the European Market withdrew the implants from use after it was reported that nine US women had died from the cancer.  The US Food and Drug Administration announced that the total number of women diagnosed with ALCL in the United States had increased to 457, up from 414 cases. According…
Roughly 5% of the population suffers from a thyroid problem. The thyroid gland is an essential part of the endocrine system and controls many bodily functions, ranging from body temperature to heart rate. The most common diagnosis is hyperthyroidism, where one’s thyroid produces too many hormones. The less-common counter to this is hypothyroidism, where one’s gland, of course, does not produce enough hormones. Common symptoms of this condition are hair loss and chronic fatigue. Either…
In July of this past year, Minnesota-based 3M Company resolved a whistle blower lawsuit brought against them by a former employee that alleged 3M had contracted with the US Military selling the military ear plugs, of which they knew were defective but chose not to disclose to the military. 3M agreed to a $9 million settlement in the whistle-blower case, with the whistle-blower receiving nearly $2 million (Federal law allows for any whistle-blower to recover…
The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), concluded its 18-month investigation into opioid distributors and wholesalers in West Virginia just before Christmas, 2018. The committee’s bipartisan report, to say the least, is shocking. (Read it [HERE].) WV is the state struck hardest by the opioid crisis that has gripped the nation for the last several years. While the source of the problem could only be speculated before now,…
         The vaping, or e-cigarette, trends has grown at a rapid pace over the last several years. This was mainly brought on by the brand Juul, which looks like a small USB stick and dominates a whopping 75% of vaping’s market share. And how could it have not? Toted as the healthier alternative to traditional smoking, Juul offers many customizable options that allow one to make their experience more enjoyable. The fact…
Mesothelioma has been known for decades to be the signature lethal disease caused by inhaling microscopic asbestos fibers into the lungs.  In fact, it has been well documented in Navy shipyard workers, underground miners, building construction and other such endeavors.  But now, with the discovery of asbestos in talculm powder, the very thing that women and babies use to keep themselves feeling fresh and clean is now the subject of the deadly disease.  And at…
So implies Monsanto in the ongoing In RE Roundup litigation venued before Judge Chhabria in San Francisco, as well as a state-court consolidated filings in St. Louis, Missouri. To date, only one case has been tried and the case resulted in a $289 million verdict, which included a large punitive damages award for what the jury believed to be Monsanto’s punitive conduct regarding their knowledge of the carcinogenic potential when exposed to their Roundup…
            On a September afternoon in 2016, Benjamin and Kristi Reavis of Dallas, Texas were traveling south on North Central Expressway with their 3-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter in the sedan’s back seat. While stopped in traffic, they were hit from behind by a motorist in a Honda Pilot and within seconds their children, safely belted in child safety seats in the back, suffered life-long and permanent head, brain and…