Zimmer Knee Recall

Zimmer, Inc. is a company that manufactures the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate Knee Implant for use in knee replacements.  The company has a negative history, first having done a voluntary recall of these knee replacement parts, as well as a metal-on-metal hip device (Durom Cup) and the Nex Gen MIS Tibial Components in recent years.  All of these parts were defective parts that caused problems for the unsuspecting consumers who became involved with them through their subject medical treatments. 

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Type 2 Diabetes Drugs FDA Warnings

The  U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put out warnings to consumers regarding several Type 2 Diabetes prescription drugs currently on the market, as they could cause problems with ketoacidosis, a condition in which the patient has high levels of the acid, ketone, in the bloodstream due to the body producing it in response to the drugs actions.  The subject drugs are SGLT2 inhibitors, designed to cause secretion of blood sugar in the urine, but the adverse consequences of the three subject drugs can send patients to the emergency room and hospitalization.  The drugs are Invokana by J&J, Farxiga from AstraZeneca, and Jardiance from Lilly and Boehringer.   Ketoacidosis is a dangerous condition and should not be ignored. 

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Problems Reported with Bayer’s Contraceptive Essure

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not done it yet, many women are begging the agency to withdraw Bayer’s Essure, a permanent birth control device.  Thousands of women thus far have complained that it has caused life-changing adverse side effects, including bleeding, chronic pain, and autoimmune disorders (i.e. lupus, psoriasis, etc.).  Facebook even has a site where women impacted by the implant have gone for support called “Essure Problems” and experts have been sought out, including a metals engineering consultant to analyze and speak out.  This expert has asserted his opinion that he analyzed the Essure device after it was removed from a number of women and found that he saw that there appears to be a manufacturing problem with the device that makes them unsafe.   Assertions have also been made that nickel or other metals in such devices can bring on problems with allergic reactivity so that women should at the very least be tested for sensitivity to the metals before the implants are performed. 

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Paxil and Teen Depression Can Be Dangerous

Has your teen been prescribed the drug, Paxil, to combat depression?  If so, you may want to read on, as a study has been reanalyzed with important information.  It is a fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and others have warned about the dangers associated with Paxil (aka paroxetine) for quite some time, but the reanalysis brings attention back to the adverse side effects for teens and young people up to around age 24 using the drug, such as increased suicidal ideation and behavior problems, as well as heart problems with a depression drug called Tofranil (aka imipramine).  Studies actually showed that neither of these drugs prescribed by doctors for depression were any better in combating depression than a placebo in a study on young people.  GlaxoSmithKline is the maker of Paxil and a few years ago paid out three billion dollars for healthcare fraud, due to the fact it misbranded drugs and did not report safety data for some of their products.  The subject GlaxoSmithKline products included the drug, Paxil. 

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Love of Caffeine has Become a Dangerous Thing

In addition to loving caffeine and its energy boosting properties, Americans have become more and more dependent upon it to help them in their ever increasingly demanding days.  People are overdoing things and turning to higher and higher concentrations of caffeine in convenient products.  Rather than having to drink many cups of coffee or tea, they are turning to products marketed as high energy drinks, gums, pills, or powders to get them started in their days and to keep them going until well after the sun has set.  The problems have arisen with too much of a supposedly good thing causing caffeine overdoses that are sending people to the Emergency Room and even the morgue due to nasty side effects from high doses and cardiac arrests.    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is sounding the alarms to the manufacturers and the American consumer of caffeine stimulants to beware of high doses.  For instance, 5-hour Energy has been the subject of an FDA investigation after 13 deaths were linked to it in 2012 and numerous warnings have been issued to other companies.  After all, a seemingly innocent consumption of two of those majorly hyped energy drinks in 24 hours led to the cardiac arrest of a 14 year old girl, while a high school wrestler died after trying to enhance performance with powdered caffeine.   Caffeine dependence has become such a problem in the United States that caffeine withdrawal has been officially classified as a mental health disorder and specialists in the medical field are needed in order to help patients with the significant withdrawal problems.     

Just because a product is manufactured and marketed to the American consumer, does not always make it healthy.   Inserra & Kelley Law Offices desires to warn you, the consumer, about the safety dangers lurking in all sorts of products marketed to be beneficial to you and your family. 

Lawsuits Have Begun for Zofran Birth Defect Links

The fervor over the drug Zofran being linked to birth defects has not died down as its maker, Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK), likely hoped.  The anti-nausea drug was promoted amongst the medical community as a great drug for use after anesthesia or chemotherapy treatment for nausea, but also in pregnant women to combat morning sickness. This marketing to the unsuspecting woman with child was done by GSK even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not approve it for that particular use.  Now the first of the Zofran lawsuits has been filed by a Massachusetts mom who gave birth in 2000 to a daughter with birth defects that have led to the need for ten surgeries throughout the girl’s life.  This mom was prescribed Zofran in her first trimester to combat morning sickness, but her daughter has thus suffered birth defects that have significantly kept her from normal development and a normal life.

If you or a loved one has suffered the consequences of Zofran side effects, the caring professionals at Inserra & Kelley Law Offices are here to help you determine whether you may be entitled to compensation. 

Autumn Driving Dangers

Another beautiful autumn season is fast approaching with the dog days of summer coming to an end soon.  For most people this brings to mind school, football, beautifully colored leaves, apple festivals, pumpkins, and much needed rain after a dry summer.  However, autumn can also bring dangers to the drivers out there, with its decreasing daylight hours and ever changing weather conditions and temperatures.  Heavy rain can bring hydroplane dangers and leaves on the roads can be deceptively slippery.  There can be fog and bright sun to interfere with drivers’ vision.  There can be weather conditions causing slippery roads and bridges, ranging from rain to frost to black ice. 

It is extremely important to be ready for the fall driving season by checking your tire tread and inflation, checking your headlights and fog lights, and by making sure your windows and mirrors are not fogged up before departing for your destination.  It is also important to educate your family in fall driving hazards and how to handle the vehicle when it is slipping or sliding due to these hazards.  Do not forget the hazard of an abundant deer population indiscriminately running onto the road in front of your vehicle at dusk.  If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident that was not fault of your own, do not hesitate to contact Inserra & Kelley Law Offices for assistance and to see whether you may be entitled to compensation. 

Starkist Lawsuit Loss Could Make You Money or Tuna

Starkist Tuna just lost a class action lawsuit originally brought over two years ago.  The claimant asserted that the tuna giant was purposely giving consumers a little less than the label says, so one might allege that would save the company a lot of money over the long run with a few tenths of an ounce less in each of millions of cans sold.  Starkist’s own PR people would likely say they did nothing wrong but settled the case out of goodwill.  Whatever the case may be, consumers can claim their prize, or rather their $25 refund or $50 in Starkist Tuna.  The only requirement is that the consumer had to have purchased one of four Starkist tunas, listed on the site, between February 19, 2009 and October 31, 2014 to make a claim.  The company has indicated they trust that consumers will pay attention to the Golden Rule not to lie when filing a claim under threat of committing perjury under penalty of law otherwise. 

Inserra & Kelley Law Offices deeply desires that all of you out there remain healthy and safe, while getting the most bang for your hard earned bucks.  We strive to keep the public informed when violations could hurt you, the consumer, in what can sometimes be a dog eat dog world out there.  Stay tuned for further alerts! 

Kraft Heinz Turkey Bacon Recall

Have you dutifully replaced full fat pork bacon with turkey bacon to improve your nutrition?  If so, that’s great, but you may want to be aware that Kraft Heinz Foods Company has had to recall 2,068,467 pounds of their turkey bacon because it can spoil before the label’s “Best When Used By” date.  The subject turkey back was the product made between May 31, 2015 and August 6, 2015 and consumers can go to this link to check out the labels that are part of the recall.   The establishment number on the products is P-9070 inside the mark of inspection of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

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Keyless Ignition Carbon Monoxide Deaths Linked to 10 Automakers

Keyless ignition vehicle owners beware!  Ten of the big automakers have been sued due to the fact that there are literally millions of Americans out there driving vehicles with defects that could dangerously sicken or kill them.  The carmakers involved in the class action lawsuit include Bentley, BMW, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen.  The danger comes from carbon monoxide deaths resulting from consumers unknowingly leaving their car running in their garage after taking their key fob in the home with them.  The automakers became aware of the problem and started putting an auto shutoff safety feature in newer models, but did not do anything about the estimated five million autos out there with the defective keyless ignition.  The lawsuit asserts that the fix for the defect is actually an inexpensive one that automakers did not do, leading to at least thirteen carbon monoxide deaths.

If you or someone you love has been sickened or worse by carbon monoxide poisoning due to the keyless ignition defect, do not hesitate to contact the professionals at Inserra & Kelley Law Offices to see if you may be entitled to compensation.