There Could be Lead in Your Baby’s Food

A report recently conducted by the  Environmental Defense Fund, a not for profit, nonpartisan advocacy group, shows that twenty percent of baby food samples taken in their studies were positive for lead that is higher than the incidence of lead being in regular food.  A vegetable and beef baby food was found to be the highest in lead, but it is unfortunate that the study did not name names for the brands of baby food.  The study showed that fruit juices, root vegetables, and cookies were the baby foods containing lead most often. Unfortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other government agencies are very slow in responding to science that shows no amounts of lead are safe in baby food, so lead positive baby foods currently meet current government standards.   While the FDA is said to be working with baby food manufacturers to see what might work to limit the amount of lead found in foods frequently given to children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated way back in 2012 that there are no safe levels of lead for children.  The food manufacturers are working to play this down and point fingers to lead being “naturally” in soil and water all over the world.  Researchers counter this argument by stating that lead in soil is often not “naturally” occurring and instead from pesticides, leaded gasoline, industrial sources, and processing in food handling equipment. The Environmental Defense Fund is aware that perhaps lead cannot be limited altogether, but they are working to push food manufacturers to test more during processing and voluntarily set a 1 ppb of lead in baby food limit.

Why should consumers be concerned about lead in their child’s food?  Research has found that children with higher lead in their blood are more likely to suffer from lower IQ’s that are associated with difficulties in school and learning, as well as cognitive and speech problems.  While the fight continues with advocacy groups trying to get the government to tighten food/lead standards, and push the food manufacturers themselves, parents must ask themselves what to do about their own baby’s diet.  Fortunately, in this age of health consciousness many parents have gone to making their own baby food out of organic ingredients to better now what is going into their baby’s nutrition.  All parents must weigh out the pros and cons of using manufactured baby foods, versus homemade foods and make decisions for what will be safest for their family.        

Inserra Kelley Sewell, Personal Injury Attorneys, strives to keep its readership aware of potential dangers to themselves and their loved ones in a world full of product dangers and recalls.  If you or one of your loved one has been ill-impacted by a product do not hesitate to contact the firm to inquire as to whether you might have a claim.

Mibelas Nationwide Birth Control Recall

Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has voluntarily recalled some of its birth control pills, called Mibelas 24 Fe (Lot L600518, Expiration Date 05/18).  A packaging error occurred, in at least one market reported complaint, in which the blister pack the pills are housed in was rotated 180 degrees so that the weekly tablet schedule was reversed and the wrong pills were taken at the wrong time.  The first four days taken by the consumer were the placebos rather than the active pills.  The result of such a mistake in manufacturing can be pregnancy.   In addition to causing an unwanted pregnancy by such an error, the stakes could go even higher if an individual should become pregnant when pregnancy is contraindicated and even life threatening. 

Customers with possible lot number of L600518 birth control pills, in a wallet of 28 tablets or carton of 3 wallets, are supposed to receive a recall letter.  If in doubt, check the lot number on prescribed Mibelas pills to be safe.  If you do find you have the affected lot, contact your personal doctor and take the pack back to your pharmacy immediately.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a MedWatch program to which adverse events from such a product can be reported.  The online version can be obtained at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm, and the version to be downloaded can be obtained at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm.   

If you or a loved one has already been adversely affected by Lupin’s Mibelas, or any medical device, drug, or other product, consult your medical provider immediately, and do not hesitate to contact Inserra Kelley Sewell, Personal Injury Attorneys, to discuss your possible claim and entitlement to compensation for your damages.     

Fidget Spinner Choking Hazards

2017 has netted a new, perhaps somewhat controversial, product fad in the fidget spinner.  This toy was at first looked to by parents as a possible aid to kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or autism spectrum disorders.  The popularity then spread like wildfire to the mainstream masses, perhaps looked to by harried parents to occupy their kids for a little while.  The fidget spinner, in addition to not being as loved by teachers in the classroom as parents might think, now is found to be a choking hazard.  A firefighter’s young daughter reportedly came close to choking on a metal piece that came flying off the spinner and into her mouth.  The firefighter, schooled in rescues, reported performing five minutes’ worth of back blows to get the metal piece out of his own little one’s esophagus.  The metal piece, unfortunately, then went into the girl’s stomach so she had to be hospitalized.  This young girl’s story turned out okay in the end, but this girl is not the only story and the fidget spinners pose future risks for other users.  A girl in Texas also had a part from her fidget spinner lodge in her throat and after the mother could not get it to dislodge by Heimlich maneuver, surgeons had to remove it endoscopically.   

If you or a loved one has already been injured by a fidget spinner, or another product, do not hesitate to contact Inserra | Kelley | Sewell  for compassionate expertise concerning whether there may be a claim to compensation. 

25,000 Graco Convertible Child Car Seats Recalled

The big news of the day for parents of infants and young children is that the popular brand, Graco Children’s Products, has had to recall 25,494 of its convertible child car seats.  The Graco My Ride 65 model poses the risk of injury, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advising that occupants of the car seats may not be restrained properly by the seat webbing.  Because of the problems, Graco will be giving their customers a free replacement harness for the seats.

There are specific models of the Graco My Ride 65 affected, including models 1871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015, and 1794334.  These modes were made from May 16, 2014 to August 1, 2014.  The number that consumers may contact to get their free replacement harness is 1-800-345-4109.   

If you or a loved one owns one of the subject Graco car seats and a child has been injured due to the faulty seat harness, do not hesitate to contact Inserra | Kelley | Sewell  for compassionate expertise concerning whether you may be entitled to compensation for injuries. 

Fiat Chrysler Pickup Recall

The latest in automobile recalls just announced is out from Fiat Chrysler.  The auto giant has put out the word it is recalling  a million North American pickup trucks with a problem in the software that is keeping the side air bags and seat belts from deploying in rollover motor vehicle incidents.  So far, Fiat Chrysler knows that one person has been killed and two people injured because of this glitch in its Dodge Ram Pickups. 

The recall includes 2013 to 2016 Ram 1500 and 2500 pickup trucks, as well as 2014 to 2016 Ram 3500 pickup trucks.  In Canada, there are around 216,007 pickups affected; in Mexico, there are about 21,668 pickups affected; and in regions outside the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) region, there are about 21,530 pickups affected. 

The software glitches occur with underbody damage/impact, so that the side air bags and seat belt pretensioner are disabled temporarily.  The vehicles can be turned off, then back on, and the restraints work again.  If you own one of these pickup trucks, fortunately Fiat Chrysler will be reprogramming your truck’s software at no charge to you.  Call your local Fiat Chrysler servicer, go to Fiat Chrysler’s website, or check with any recall letter you have received for more information on the logistics of getting your vehicle fixed.   

We urge vehicle owners who may possibly own any of the subject Fiat Chrysler pickup trucks to immediately take steps to get the matter remedied, as not doing so could prove fatal or life-changing to you and/or your loved ones. If you or a loved one has already been injured or worse due to an auto defect, do not hesitate to contact the professionals at Inserra | Kelley | Sewell Law Offices to see if you may be entitled to compensation. 

Johnson & Johnson Will Pay Millions for Talc – Ovarian Cancer Verdicts

This firm has given the information and updates on talcum powder and its realized link to deadly ovarian cancer in women.  The latest news in the world of verdicts against talcum powder makers involves a verdict against Johnson & Johnson by a by a jury in the great state of Missouri to pay $110 million to a woman from Virginia who used Johnson & Johnson talc-based products for decades of her life and then was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  There are lawsuits pending against Johnson & Johnson in about 2,400 lawsuits, but this Missouri verdict was the largest one to come down the pike yet.  Johnson & Johnson did not properly warn customers of its talc-based products that there were cancer risks with their use for feminine hygiene.  The lady from Virginia, Lois Slemp, is unfortunately having to undergo chemotherapy treatment at the time of this giant verdict, because the cancer has spread from her ovaries to her liver.  She began using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Johnson & Johnson Shower to Shower Powder more than forty years prior to her 2012 ovarian cancer diagnosis.   

As we have stated in the past, research has found a startling connection between the use of talcum powder by women as intimate personal hygiene and a 24% higher chance of being stricken with ovarian cancer (Deadly female cancer), according to research doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.   Others have made claims in lawsuits that the risk is even higher at 33% (Suit against talcum powder maker Johnson & Johnson).  Experts warn that particles from the powder can enter a woman’s body and leading to inflammation.  Areas of inflammation are welcome homes for cancer cells to thrive.

As also stated in the past, it is recommended that the use of talc-based powders by reconsidered by females of all ages.  Be a well-informed consumer and ask your doctor about these specific findings if you are concerned your health could be affected.  If you or a loved one has already been diagnosed with ovarian cancer possibly linked to use of talc-based powder, do not hesitate to bring questions regarding your personal situation and possible claim to the caring legal experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell, where your health and safety is priority one. 

Contaminated Devices by LivaNova (fka Sorin) Dangerous for Heart Surgery Patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have put out warnings about contaminated devices used in open heart surgery made with LivaNova PLC (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH).  The device is a the 3T heater-cooler devices that are used during open heart surgeries for keeping the blood circulating and the organs at set temperatures while the patient is undergoing cardiothoracic surgery.  The devices have been found to cause infections that can be dangerous and even deadly, so patients who have undergone open heart surgery are warned to look for symptoms of infection.  These include symptoms such as fever, fatigue, muscular aching, weight loss, and night sweats. 

It is vital for patients to be evaluated immediately if they fit the categories of cardiothoracic surgery patients and have experienced any of the above symptoms.  Medical providers should be contacted so that evaluation and necessary interventions can begin right away.  The CDC and FDA both made initial announcements regarding the 3T heater-coolers back in 2015 and since then have been able to make matches to bacteria from the devices to bacteria found in actual patients.  The bacteria are Mycobacterium chimaera, which come from the nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) species found in soil and water at times.  When it is contacted in the environment, it does not often cause sickness in humans, but when the bacterium is introduced in the surgical environment, it can cause infections that can be missed or difficult to treat.  The bacterium grow very slowly, so cultures are required and it can be months before an infection is confirmed or ruled out.  Therefore, it is important to reiterate that the medical provider should be contacted at the first hints or signs of infection, since the old adage is often true that it is better to be safe than sorry. 

If you or a loved one has experienced problems with an infection from a 3T heater-cooler device being used during cardiothoracic surgery, or any medical device, drug, or other product, consult your medical provider and please contact  Inserra Kelley Sewell, Personal Injury Attorneys to discuss your possible claim and entitlement to compensation for your damages.     

Erectile Dysfunction Medications Linked to Blindness

Erectile dysfunction drugs have become big sellers since the first one, Viagra, was approved in 1998.  Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra are enormous money makers for the drug companies that manufacture them.  What many people may not realize is that Dr. Howard Pomeranz, a neuroopthalmologist and associate professor at  Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in New York is speaking out about the drugs’ side effects of blindness.  Dr. Pomeranz has been letting the public know that he had a patient who used the drug and found that within an hour he was did not have vision in one of his eyes and that he has been hearing of similar patient cases and published reports of people experiencing blindness after Viagra back in 2005.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) became involved and warnings were put on labels for Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, while at the same time the drug companies downplayed the risk of permanent vision loss from the optic nerve having its blood flow shut off.  The official name for the disease is anterior ischemic optic neuropathy and it had always been linked to diseases in the body that compromised circulation, such as blood pressure problems, diabetes, and other issues.  Dr. Pomeranz reports that the FDA then required that the three major manufacturers of the drugs do in depth studies, but as of 2017 only Pfizer, the maker of Viagra, had complied.  That Pfizer study proved that those taking Viagra were at risk of developing ischemic optic neuropathy within 24 hours of taking the drug or other such erectile dysfunction drugs, which was two times the risk of those not taking these drugs.  Pfizer did update its labels but still contends that it is really not scientifically possible to state that the blindness is caused by the erectile dysfunction drugs versus other reasons and conditions, but Dr. Pomeranz contends that this eye disease is likely greatly under reported beyond the 40 or so cases Pfizer reports and the hundreds of cases on the FDA reporting database, so he is getting the word out to his fellow ophthalmologists since they are not the doctors who prescribe the drugs.  While Dr. Pomeranz does not say that patients should not use the erectile dysfunction drugs, he is contending that it is very necessary for patients and medical providers to know the risks and weigh them against the benefits.  

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a problem related to erectile dysfunction drugs, or any medical device, drug, or other product, consult your medical provider and please contact Inserra Kelley Sewell, Personal Injury Attorneys to discuss your possible claim and entitlement to compensation for your damages.     

Monsanto’s Roundup Weed Killer Danger Assertions

Monsanto, the maker of Roundup Weed Killer is in a fight regarding its use of glyphosate in its products after the California EPA is pushing and moving forward to declare the ingredient a carcinogen.  After 40 years of Monsanto marketing the product as being just as “safer than table salt” and stronger than the possibility of weeds developing resistance to it, the ingredient is showing up in foods and California wines.  Both of Monsanto’s claims have been proven untrue but the manufacturing giant keeps fighting and pushing the ingredient as good.  The more the weeds resist the pesticide product, the more pesticides are needed in a never-ending circular problem that makes big bucks for Monsanto.  Monsanto tried to get the Courts to accept its argument that it’s not lawful for the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer having any say in our Courts since it’s not elected in the United States and a foreign body.  The Courts shot that argument down and the fight continues.  Meanwhile, even organic brands of food are finding traces of the possible carcinogen, glyphosate in their products.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a product such as Monsanto’s Roundup Weed Killer, consult your medical provider and please contact Inserra Kelley Sewell, Personal Injury Attorneys to discuss your possible claim and entitlement to compensation for your damages.

Zimmer Biomet Class I Recall of Shoulder Replacement Systems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes that a Class I recall has been issued on the  Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder with a product description of Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder System Humeral Tray Model 115340 distributed between October of 2008 and September of 2015.  The shoulder replacement systems are reported to have high fracture rates after being implanted for patients with rotator cuff tears with severe shoulder arthropathy.  The fractures that can occur with the product can cause the need for revision surgeries, permanent loss of shoulder function, infection, or even death in rare instances.  For contacts about the risks of your shoulder replacement system, consumers and medical providers can call (574)371-3071 or e-mail corporatequality.postmarket@zimmerbiomet.com.  Problems can be reported to the FDA at https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwatch/index.cfm.  

If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled Zimmer Biomet product, or any medical device, drug, or other product, consult your medical provider and please contact Inserra Kelley Sewell, Personal Injury Attorneys to discuss your possible claim and entitlement to compensation for your damages.