Dangerous Products

Court to Decide on Takata Airbag Case Consolidation

Chris Welsh, Esq. www.welsh-law.com Later this month, there will be a hearing to decide whether federally-filed Takata Airbag cases should be consolidated for one district court and, if so, which in particular. Takata, a Japanese auto supplier, has struggled with airbag ruptures for nearly two decades (NY Times). The cause is believe to be an unstable compound that blows up in response to pressure or temperature changes. The explosion may be due to the fact that Takata is reportedly the only supplier to use ammonium nitrate, an explosive chemical, to inflate airbags rapidly. The faulty airbag has been linked to …

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FDA Calls for Black Box Warning for Power Morcellators

Chris Welsh, Esq. The FDA now demands a ‘Black Box Warning’ for power morcellators, a device used in performing hysterectomies and to remove fibroid tumors. The warning is the most serious that the agency issues. The warning for power morcellators will state the following: “Uterine tissue may contain contain unsuspected cancer. The use of laparoscopic power morcellators during fibroid surgery may spread cancer and decrease the long-term survival of patients. This information should be shared with patients when considering surgery with the use of these devices.” Reportedly, the device has been available for two decades to break up tissue into …

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Judge Urges Transvaginal Mesh Supplier to Settle

Chris Welsh, Esq. The tide in transvaginal mesh litigation took an unusual move last month. A federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation urged defendant supplier, C.R. Bard, to settle the thousands of lawsuits or face the likelihood of billion dollar rewards by juries. “I base that billions of dollars business on some of the rather large verdicts we’ve had,” he said at the hearing. Reportedly, there are roughly 10,000 cases pending against C.R. Bard in that particular multidistrict litigation, which is taking place in West Virginia. The litigation follows big decisions against suppliers of defective transvaginal devices, including C.R. Bard, Boston …

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Popular Malaria Drug Poses Risk of Aggression, Delirium, and Violence in Soldiers

Chris Nace, Esq. http://paulsonandnace.com/ One of the most widely prescribed malaria drugs may pose serious risk to military personnel (Alternet). Lariam (mefloquine) is the least expensive and most convenient of malaria treatment. Patients only have to take it once a week, instead of everyday. So, what makes Lariam so dangerous? Lariam has effects similar to the drug PCP, including delirium and hallucinations. These neurotoxic effects can stay in one’s system for weeks or years. Travelers taking it report vivid nightmares and memory loss, but the real issue lies in a more particular demographic: soldiers and veterans. Medical and military authorities warn …

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Communities, Health Advocates Rally for End of Toxic Tire Playgrounds and Turf Fields

Brian Nettles, Esq. In today’s world, recycling is without a doubt important to protecting the planet and the lives of our children. But is recycling always the best idea? For certain products, the answer is no. Roughly 25 years ago, landfills were piled high with old tires. Needless to say, this was toxic and dangerous, posing risk of fire, air pollution, stagnate water, and breeding grounds for mosquitoes. In response this issue, today more than 90 percent of the 230 million used tires in the United States are recycled. They’re burned as fuel, used for asphalt roads, and used for …

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