Eliquis Lawsuit

March 16th, 2016

In February, 2016 a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky against the makers of Eliquis (Bristol-Meyers Squibb and Pfizer Inc.). Wilma Lewis, the plaintiff, accuses the company of claiming the drug was safe and effective but neglected to warn patients and doctors of the serious side effects that can happen while taking the drug.

Eliquis is a prescription blood thinning medicine designed to prevent blood clots that cause strokes. It is often prescribed to individuals who experience a medical condition called AFIB (atrial fibrillation) that causes a quivering or irregular heartbeat.

Older blood thinning drugs (i.e. Warfarin) have an antidote that can be administered if a patient begins bleeding. A doctor can administer Vitamin K to counteract the effects of Warfarin. If bleeding is caused by taking Eliquis, there is no known similar antidote. Doctors often struggle to reverse the effects of Eliquis if a patent begins bleeding. The bleeding risks that exist when taking Eliquis include internal bleeding (such as gastrointestinal bleeding or cerebral hemorrhage), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and pulmonary embolism.

Cymbalta withdrawal

March 14th, 2016

Cymbalta is a prescription medicine manufactured by Eli Lilly that is used to treat the medical conditions of depression and anxiety. It has also been prescribed to help relieve nerve pain that people with diabetes, fibromyalgia, arthritis or chronic back pain experience. It is estimated that more than 25 lawsuits have been filed against Eli Lilly that state the manufacturer did not make it clear that users can experience severe withdrawal symptoms when discontinuing the medicine. A class action lawsuit was also filed in October 2012 and amended in January 2013 (Saavedra v. Eli Lilly and Company).

Many individuals experience withdrawal symptoms when discontinuing an antidepressant drug such as Cymbalta. However, the plaintiffs in these lawsuits have experienced withdrawal symptoms above and beyond the normal ones. The symptoms that can occur with Cymbalta withdrawal include changes in sleep and mood, nausea and vomiting, nightmares and brain “zaps” (electric shock-like sensations felt in the brain).

In 2009 the FDA issued a report that stated the withdrawal symptoms experienced by users of Cymbalta “can be severe” and can last for weeks, or even months.

Claims that have been made against the manufacturer in lawsuits include that the company deceived users by saying only 1% experienced severe withdrawal while in reality the number is closer to 45%; the company downplayed or failed to state the true effects of withdrawal of the drug; and that Eli Lilly failed to warn patients about the risks of the drug.

Xarelto lawsuits

February 5th, 2016

Xarelto (also known as rivaroxaban) is a prescription blood thinning medicine. It is prescribed for people to lower the risk of stroke, pulmonary embolisms or deep vein thrombosis, among other conditions. Patients who experience atrial fibrillation are also often prescribed Xarelto. The drug was approved for use in 2011.

There have been lawsuits in the news regarding negative side effects from Xarelto. Because the drug is a blood thinner, there is a risk that the drug can cause unintended internal bleeding, such as gastrointestinal bleeding or bleeding in the brain. The lawsuits that are being filed against this drug stem from the fact that the plaintiffs claim the drug company either did not adequately warn them about the potential for internal bleeding while taking the medicine or continued to sell the drug even while knowing the risks.

One major problem with Xarelto is that there is no known antidote to stop uncontrolled bleeding. Warfarin, a blood thinner that has been in existence since the 1950’s does have a known antidote if uncontrolled bleeding happens.

Other side effects that can happen while taking Xarelto include difficulty breathing and swelling of the lower limbs.

Talcum Powder Lawsuit

February 5th, 2016

Talcum powder seems like an innocent product. After all, it is marketed as a product for infants. However, there have been class action lawsuits in the past few years stating that talcum powder can cause cancer.

In 2014 Johnson & Johnson was the defendant in two class action lawsuits. The lawsuits claimed that the company did not warn omen that the use of their products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower could increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Studies have been done about the link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer and in 2003 an analysis of 16 of these studies found that women who use talcum powder had an increased risk (33% more likely) of developing ovarian cancer at some point in their lives. In fact the first study that linked talcum powder to cancer was done in 1971.

Women who use talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product might have a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer at some point in their lives.

The American Cancer Society on its website lists talcum powder use near the genital area as possibly a risk factor for ovarian cancer. However, the website makes a distinction between talcum powder that has asbestos and those products without. In the 1970’s laws were enacted that required talcum powder to be asbestos free.

EOS Lip Balm Lawsuit

January 15th, 2016

Many people have been using the EOS brand of Lip Balm, those cute ones that come in an egg shape and have yummy flavors. However, news of a class action lawsuit against EOS has many people questioning their use of the product.

Rachel Cronin filed the class action lawsuit on January 12, 2016 against the very popular EOS lip balm. The suit claims damages to the lips and skin around the mouth when people have used it. Ms. Cronin said the Summer Fruit flavor version of the lip balm made her lips feel like sand paper, and that she had such a severe case of blisters and rashes around her lips that she had to seek medical attention. The lawsuit also states that after Ms. Cronin shared pictures of the damage on social media sites other individuals who experienced similar negative reactions after using EOS lip balm reached out to her.

The lawsuit, filed in the United States District court for the Central District of California, alleges that “A substantial number of consumers, upon information and belief in the tens of thousands, and potentially in excess of hundreds of thousands, who have purchased and used the product –spanning all gender, ages, and race, have experienced devastating adverse reactions to the product, consisting of mild to severe rashes, dryness, bleeding, blistering, cracking, and loss of pigmentation, lasting from a few days, to a few months, and some consumers with long lasting and perhaps permanent symptoms.”

EOS made the following statement:

“Some of you may have seen reports of a lawsuit filed against our company. We wanted to be sure that you, our valued customers and fans, know that the health and well-being of our customers is our top priority,” the company posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday, January 13. “Our products are safe to use, are made with the highest-quality ingredients and they all meet or exceed all safety and quality standards set out by our industry. An independent laboratory puts each of our products through a battery of rigorous testing to ensure this is the case. For these reasons, we firmly believe this lawsuit is without merit, and we will continue to create new and exciting products that delight our customers. Thank you. EOS.”

Toy Trucks Recalled

April 5th, 2011

Infantino LLC has issued a recall of its Troy the Activity Truck toy after 28 people reported plastic beads breaking off. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said there were two reports of young children gagging on the pieces. Health Canada received reports of 15 children putting the beads in their mouths and three of the toys breaking, but no injuries.

Around 40,500 of the trucks are involved in the recall. They were sold in both the U.S. and Canada at such stores as Meijer, TJ Maxx and Marshalls between September 2009 and February 2011 for around $15 each. The model numbers are 153-210, 206-110, and 506-110C. The model number can be found on the underside of the truck. The trucks, which have faces, are blue, red, and yellow with a star, circle, and heart beads on the runners of the truck bed. Intantino is printed on the front of the toy.

If you have this truck, take it away from your child and call Infantino at (888) 808-3111 Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET for a replacement.

Consumers should take the recalled toy away from children and contact Infantino for a replacement. Call the company at (888) 808-3111 weekdays between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

Skippy Recalls Peanut Butter

March 8th, 2011

Unilever United States Inc. has recalled some jars of its reduced-fat Skippy peanut butter for fear of salmonella contamination.

So far, no one has reported an illness due to eating the peanut butter. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, nausea, stomach pain, and vomiting and salmonella can be fatal in children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

Included in the recall are Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread. The jars are all 16.0-ounces and contain the UPC code of 048001006812 or 048001006782 on the side of the label below the bar code. The recalled jars also have a “best if used by” date of MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1 on the lid of the jar.

The potentially tainted jars were sold in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

If you have one of these jars, throw it away and call Unilever at (800) 453-3432 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. ET for a replacement coupon.

Skechers Sued for Shape-Up Shoe Injury

February 21st, 2011

Holly Ward, a 38-year-old Ohio woman, has filed a class action lawsuit against Skechers, claiming that their popular brand of toning shoes called Shape-Ups caused stress fractures in both her hips.

Ward, a waitress, said that because of the hip fractures, she now has to endure physical therapy and has had pins inserted into both hips. She believes the cause is extended use of the Sketcher’s Shape-Ups while waitressing. She developed pain in her hips after wearing the shoes for approximately five months.

Ward’s lawyer, Ronald Johnson, pointed out in a statement, “We do not know of any testing or safety studies that Skechers did to determine safety. If they’re going to invent a whole new way for a human being to walk, the very first thing they should do is studies to make sure that’s not going to harm their customers.”

Salt Lake City chiropractor Mark Dudley, in addition to many other orthopedic doctors contacted by ABC News, has been quoted as saying that while a stress fracture in both hips is possible, it would be highly unlikely. Dudley said, “When people wear these shoes, their biomechanics do change, and they’re told to step differently with those shoes.” He suggested that women wanting to wear the shoes should ease into wearing them gradually. Dudley also said other health factors such as slips, falls, or body alignment issues could have been factors in Ward’s his fractures. Dudley did have positive things to say about the shoes, “I think these shoes are good, I think exercising is fantastic.” He added, “Any excuse to help motivate people and get out and start moving is good, as long as your body can handle and adapt to it.”

While Johnson says he has heard from other women with similar problems, Skechers issued a statement saying, “Since this lawsuit is brand new, Skechers has not had an opportunity to thoroughly review the plaintiff’s allegations, claims, or medical records. Millions of people wear Shape-ups without experiencing what the plaintiff alleges.”

Recall issued for Alcohol Pads, Swabs, and Swabsticks

February 15th, 2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall of alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs, and alcohol swabsticks manufactured by the Triad Group. The FDA has cautioned both consumers and health care professionals to stop using these products immediately because of possible concerns about Bacillus cereus.

If these products are contaminated with Bacillus cereus, use of them could cause life threatening infections. This is especially true of patients who have recently had surgery or have weakened immune systems.

Recalled products were sold in the U.S., Canada, and Europe in boxes of 100 individual packets under the names of Triad Groups as well as Cardinal Health, PSS Select, VersaPro, Boca/Utilet, Moore Medical, Walgreens, CVS or Conzellin. This includes products marked both “STERILE” and those that are non-sterile.

If you have these products, immediately stop using them. Call the Triad Group Customer Service number at (262) 538-2900 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for instructions on how to return the product. The FDA is also asking health care professionals to report any adverse affects of patients who have used the products.

Class Action Lawsuit over Taco Bell’s Beef

January 26th, 2011

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Taco Bell in the federal court in California on behalf of Amanda Obney. The lawsuit claims that Taco Bell’s beef is anything but. Obney is suing the company for false advertising for calling the filling they use in their products “beef.”

Taco Bell calls the product “seasoned ground beef” or “seasoned beef.” But, it actually contains only 35 percent beef, for a total of 15 percent protein overall claims the lawyer who filed the suit, W. Daniel “Dee” Miles III of the Montgomery, Ala. Law firm Beasley Allen. The lawsuit claims the rest of Taco Bell’s ground “beef” is made with such items as water, isolated oat product, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate.

Miles states, “Taco Bell’s definition of ‘seasoned beef’ does not conform to consumers’ reasonable expectation or ordinary meaning of seasoned beef, which is beef and seasonings.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines beef as “flesh of cattle.”

While Taco Bell uses real chicken and carne asada steak in other products, the lawsuit claims the beef is “not beef.” The lawsuit also contends that within the industry, Taco Bell officials refer to the beef as “taco meat filling.” The lawsuit is not asking for any monetary damages, simply that the company stop advertising the filling as beef.

Taco Bell has said the lawsuit is “absolutely wrong” and plans its own legal action. A statement was released which said, “We start with 100 percent USDA-inspected beef. Then we simmer it in our proprietary blend of seasonings and spices to give our seasoned beef its signature Taco Bell taste and texture.”