BAD DRUGS & MEDICAL DEVICES.
At Robert J. DeBry & Associates, we strive to help all members of the community. In our community, there are common cases that people may not be aware of. Learn about each common case and contact us if you or a loved one are seeking settlement.
Do you or a loved one take Zantac or a generic ranitidine for heartburn? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has detected that this drug contains a cancer-causing chemical called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). You or your loved one may be entitled to compensation.
Recent lawsuits against Sanofi, the manufacturer of Zantac, claim that Zantac’s levels of NDMA are over 26,000 times the allowed amount under FDA regulation.
Tobacco use is still a widespread issue, especially amongst teens in the United States. Although traditional smoking rates have dropped, tobacco consumption has shifted from cigarettes to e-cigarettes and vapes.
In Utah, E-cigarette use and experimentation in teens keeps on climbing and is more than double that of adult use. Between the years of 2011 and 2017, Utah’s youth e-cigarette use rate grew to 11.1 percent, which is only 2.3 percent shy of the national 13.4 average for high school students in the U.S.
A worldwide recall issued by Allergen has raised concern amongst women who have received BIOCELL® textured breast implants and tissue expanders. The recall came after it was found that these implants have been linked to a rare cancer known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested that the manufacturer remove the recalled products immediately.
For a seven-year period spanning from January 1, 2011 to March 31, 2018, the FDA conducted extensive research on surgical staplers and staples for internal use and ended up finding some devastating numbers. From 41,000 medical device reports, there were over 32,000 malfunctions with 9,000+ serious injuries and 366 deaths reported. Further, the FDA identified that the primary causation stemmed from surgical staplers used for internal purposes.
There are over 4,000 cases around the nation in which plaintiffs with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma are pressing charges against the Roundup weed killer company, Monsanto. Dewayne Johnson, a former groundskeeper at a school in the San Francisco area, took Monsanto (now acquired by Bayer) to trial and won. This case set the precedent for all others who feel they have a case against Monsanto for their non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Talcum powder is used regularly by women to maintain their feminine hygiene, but recent studies and lawsuits might compel them to stop. In August 2017, Eva Echeverria, a hospitalized woman, claimed that her use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Echeverria ultimately won the case and the court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record sum of $417 million. However, she is not the only woman to file a claim for the link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder.
Medical alert for people that have had hernia repair surgery using a hernia mesh implant, regardless of the brand of mesh used. If you or a loved one have had a hernia mesh implant you may be entitled to compensation due to complications with all brands of hernia mesh implants.READ MORE
Concern is growing due to the potential risks associated with the Stryker LFIT V40 cobalt chrome femoral head. Stryker sent out an “Urgent Medical Device Recall” after receiving many complaints dealing with hip replacement failure and the femoral heads. Subsequently, patients using the Stryker LFIT V40 may be at risk of causing further damage.
At the end of July 2018, The 3M Company, a manufacturing entity based out of Saint Paul, Minnesota, agreed to pay $9.1 million in order to resolve allegations made against their defective Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2). The company knowingly sold defective earplugs to the U.S. military without any forewarning of the earplugs’ decreased effectiveness. Without earplugs that properly and safely protect the deafening sounds of weapons and other military equipment, many members of the military who used these earplugs are left with hearing problems. Through the enforcement of the False Claims Act, soldiers who used the CAEv2 on active duty that are suffering various hearing issues can file a lawsuit against 3M.
Prescribed drugs used for the treatment of high blood pressure and heart failure with confirmed high levels of NDMA (nitrosodimethylamine) and NDEA (Nitrosodiethylamine) from valsartan are being recalled. The FDA researched valsartan and other ARBs (angiotensin II receptor blockers) and found impurities exceeding acceptable limits. As a result, allegations have been made against generic drug companies, stating that some of these companies have known about the issue since 2012 but have done nothing to prevent the problems.