Dangerous Products

New Reports Show Big Pharma, the FDA Behind Pain Killer Epidemic

Chris Nace, Esq. http://paulsonandnace.com/ Narcotic painkillers were once limited to patients with terminal illness, victims of accidents, and events like invasive surgery. Today, millions of Americans are on narcotic painkillers for other reasons, including recreational use. Reportedly, poisonings from legal and illegal drugs now exceed car accidents in injury deaths. Emergency room visits for non-heroin opioids have risen from 299,000 in 2001 to 885,000 in 2011. What’s behind this troubling trend? Big Pharma, according to a report by Martha Rosenberg. Put simply, it pays well and they’ve rigged the game to keep it that way. More specifically, a cozy alliance …

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Jury Finds Boston Scientific Liable for Transvaginal Mesh Device, Awards $18.5 Million to Injured Women

Chris Welsh, Esq. welsh-law.com Medical device developer and manufacturer Boston Scientific has been found liable for the second time this month for its sale of defective vaginal mesh implants. The devices, commonly called “TVM” devices, are mesh implants used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. They have been widely defective and harmful, causing serious health problems and pain after eroding in the body. Complications include organ perforation, intense pain, infection, inability to have sexual intercouse, and multiple revision surgeries. Boston Scientific faces thousands of claims, 14,000 of which have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. Most recently, …

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Toyo and Nitto Brand Tires Recalled for Safety Hazard

Chris Welsh, Esq. welsh-law.com Another auto recall is in effect. Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. is recalling approximately 175,000 Toyo Tires and Nitto brand tires for potential risk of tread/belt separation and loss of pressure, causing tire failure and accidents. The tires are made for light trucks, SUVs, and vans (including commercial). Issues during production may have created conditions that put undue stress on the belt edge of the tire. Tires potentially affected include select Toyo® Open Country® H/T Nitto® Dura Grappler® Highway Terrain tires manufactured in Japan between November 2008 and June 2013. Tires can be identified by …

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Hobby Lobby Candles Recalled After 29 Incident Reports, Fire Hazard Risk

Chris Welsh, Esq. CoScentrix is recalling DD brand candles sold exclusively at Hobby Lobby from July to October of this year. The candle’s high flame can ignite the surface of the candle and cause a fire. The company has received 29 reports o f the candle’s surface igniting, nine reports of property damage, and one injury. Approximately 256,000 candles were sold in 5 oz, 10 oz, and 13 oz scents. For a list of scents and sizes, click here. Consumers should stop using the candles immediately and return them to the nearest Hobby Lobby. Buyers with receipts will be refunded, …

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Silent Epidemic’ From Herbal and Dietary Supplements?

Mark Zamora, a lawyer in Georgia: A good read about how supplements affect the liver: A 10-year study by investigators tasked with tracking the primary causes of liver injury has found that although conventional medications continue to be a major contributing factor, the proportion of cases tied to herbal and dietary supplements (HDS) is growing at a nearly threefold faster pace. Products marketed for bodybuilding were a common type of HDS causing liver abnormalities, the investigators reported (Hepatology 2014;60:1399-1408). But the most severe outcomes—liver transplantation and death—were seen in patients who ingested non-bodybuilding formulations. Middle-aged women were among the most …

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