Weight Loss Drug Belviq (Locaserin) May Cause Cancer

The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that the prescription weight loss drug Belviq may cause cancer. A clinical trial showed an increased risk of cancer — and Eisai Inc., the manufacturer, has requested to voluntarily withdraw the drug from the market.

Belviq was approved by the FDA in 2012 to help overweight and obese adults lose weight. Belviq works by increasing feelings of fullness. Eisai, Inc., conducted a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to evaluate the risk of heart-related problems. The study showed that approximately 12,000 participants who took the medication over a period of 5 years, more patients taking Belviq (Locaserin) were diagnosed with cancer. Pancreatic, colorectal and lung cancer occurred more frequently among patients taking Belviq.  

If you or a loved one has suffered from cancer from taking Belviq, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.  

Medtronic Recalls MiniMed Insulin Pumps After Many Injuries and One Death

Medtronic is recalling over 322,000 if its insulin pumps because of a missing or faulty component that can lead to over or under delivery of insulin.  This can cause hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia in diabetics. The FDA has initiated a Class I Recall which means there may be significant or immediate danger of death or other serious injury from the product being recalled.

There have been over 26,000 complaints about the devices malfunctioning and one confirmed death.  Over 2,175 injuries to diabetics that have used the MiniMed pump have occurred since the recall.

The recalled products are:

  • MiniMed 600 Series Insulin Pumps
  • Model 630G(MMT-1715) – all lots before October 2019
  • Model 670G (MMT-1780) – all lots before August 2019

Consumers who have questions about this recall should call the 24-hour Medtronic hotline at 800-646-4633.  

If you or a loved one has suffered from symptoms and/or injuries from using the Medtronic MiniMed insulin pumps, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.  

Infant Deaths Have Fisher-Price Recalling Nearly 5 Million Rock’n Play Sleepers

Fisher-Price is recalling all models of Rock’n Play Sleepers after 32 infant fatalities occurred while using the product.  The fatalities occurred between 2011 and 2018 “after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances,” according to the (CPSC) Consumer Product Safety Commission.  

The cloth-covered cradle became a staple in many households for sleep-deprived parents as it vibrated, played music and positioned the baby at an incline.   

It is alleged that Fisher- Price and the CPSC knew about the deaths and danger of this product for years and could have taken steps to prevent this tragedy from happening.  

Fisher-Price is offering full cash refunds for Rock’n Plays purchased in the last six months.  Sleepers bought before that are eligible for a cash voucher toward a new Fisher-Price product.

If your infant has suffered from injuries from a Fisher-Price Rock’n Play Sleeper, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.  

NHTSA Launches Battery Investigation in Tesla Automobiles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wrote a letter to Tesla last week, saying it is investigating fires in Model S and Model X cars built from 2012 to 2019.  The investigation will involve certain battery management system software updates. Tesla has until November 29, 2019, to respond to the NHTSA or it could face civil penalties up to $22,329 a day, up to a maximum of $111,642,265. 

On several occasions, Tesla batteries caught fire for no apparent reason.  The fires occurred both in parked and moving vehicles. Various reliable sources have indicated that Tesla should have recalled over 2,000 of their defective vehicles.

NTHSA encourages the public to contact the agency with safety concerns relating to Tesla Model S or Model X vehicles by calling 888-327-4236.  

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a Tesla with a defective battery, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation. 

Truvada Medication May Be Causing Kidney Failure and Bone Injuries

Truvada is an antiretroviral drug that that is prescribed for patients that have have a high risk of developing HIV.  The medication does not cure HIV or AIDS. It was intended to help improve the patients’ quality of life.  

Many persons have been harmed by Truvada by suffering from broken bones and/or kidney failure while taking the medication.  

Gilead Sciences, Inc., is the maker of Truvada and the company is now being sued by hundreds of people suffering from the side effects of taking the medication.  It has been reported that Gilead knew since the year 2000 that there was a safer alternative drug that they could have marketed called TAF. Despite early indicators that TAF offered a safer alternative, Gilead officials chose not to pursue development of the drug; critics say the company held the drug until it was strategically advantageous to release it.  By delaying the development of the TAF by a decade, Gilead extended its patent and market dominance until 2032.

If you or a loved one suffered from osteoporosis, brittle or broken bones, or kidney failure by taking Truvada, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation. 

Zantac Heartburn Medication Contains Cancer Carcinogens

On September 30, 2019, the FDA announced that ranitidine (Zantac), a heartburn medication used by millions of Americans, may cause cancer.  Zantac has been found to contain a carcinogenic chemical 26,000 times the FDA-approved limit.  When one 150 mg tablet is ingested, it undergoes a chemical reaction in the stomach to create more than 3,100 times the FDA-approved limit of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a chemical which the FDA, EPA and World Health Organization classify as a dangerous carcinogen.

A newly filed class-action lawsuit accuses Sanofi, the maker of Zantac, of intentionally concealing risks of taking the medication to avoid sales and profit losses.  Zantac was first sold in starting in1983, and three years later it became the first drug to total $1 billion in annual sales. The Plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit are from all over the United States, and many of them took Zantac daily for years.

On October 1, 2019, Walgreens and CVS Pharmacies suspended sales of Zantac and removed the product from their store shelves.

INSERRA l KELLEY l SEWELL wants you and yours to know that if you are taking Zantac, please consult with your physician to find out if you should immediately start taking an alternative medication.

If you or a loved one suffered from severe side effects or cancer from Zantac, please call the great mass tort Team at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation. 

E-cigarettes, Vaping and Juuls Are Causing Addiction, Sickness and Death

Electronic cigarettes include “vapes”, hookah pens, or Juuls.  They are battery powered devices that heat an e-liquid sometimes called “e-juice” that contains nicotine.  One Juul pod contains as much nicotine as entire pack of cigarettes. The aerosol cloud produced by a JUUL may not look as thick as cigarette smoke, but it still contains harmful chemicals.  The aerosol inhaled from e-cigarettes may contain nicotine, formaldehyde and acrolein 

All brands of E-cigarettes are marketed to entice our teens and young adults to start this deadly habit with teen-enticing flavors such as mango, mint, cotton candy, gummy bear and cherry crush.  E-cigarettes are small and easy to hide, and they look like a sleek USB flash drive.  

In recent weeks, there has been reports about people ending up in the hospital with lung issues, seizures and other health concerns after vaping.  There have been six confirmed deaths connected to vaping across the United States in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota and Oregon. 

People with a history of vaping who experience lung injury symptoms should seek medical care.  Symptoms include shortness of breath, fever, cough, vomiting and diarrhea.

If you or a loved one suffered illness from any kind of vaping device, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation. 

Ford Knew Focus, Fiesta Models Had Faulty Transmissions, Sold Them Anyway

Ford knew they had problems with the dual-clutch transmission in their 2012-present Focus and 2010-present Fiesta sold in the past decade.  Ford was warned by engineers and lawyers to recall these vehicles and not sell anymore of them to the public due to potentially dangerous problems that have led to many reported injuries.

The gear boxes have many problems like sudden acceleration, sputtering and slipping into neutral at highway speeds.  Ford kept trying to find an inexpensive fix for the faulty transmissions in the Focus and Fiesta models for the past five years while complaints and costs piled up.  A South Carolina Man reported in 2017 that his 2011 Fiesta hesitated when the accelerator was pushed, leading to a collision that caused burns and a neck injury for his daughter.  A 2012 Fiesta owner in Florida said that in 2014 “while turning into a parking space at low speed, the car lurched forward, slamming into a brick wall…Major front-end damage totaling $6,127 in repairs and over $16,000 in hospital costs to myself.”  Hundreds of drivers reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that they feared for their lives as their cars sped up, stalled rolled backward or shook violently, often after having multiple repairs done at Ford dealerships.

Currently, Ford now faces a potential $4 billion in liability instead of a $35 million settlement negotiated in April of 2019 to resolve a class action lawsuit in Pasadena, California.

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries from driving a Ford Focus or Fiesta please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation. 

Owner of Ragu Recalls Pasta Sauce That May Contain Plastic Fragments

Ragu is owned by Mikzan Holdings a Japanese Company that took ownership of the company in 2014. The owner of the company is recalling some of the styles of sauces as a precautionary measure as there may be plastic fragments in them.

The recall has been launched voluntarily and the products that may have been affected by are:

  • Chunky Tomato, Garlic and Onion Sauce with a June 6, 2020, best used by date;
  • Old World Style Traditional Sauce with a June 4, 2020, best used by date;
  • Old World Style Meat Sauce with a June 5, 2020, best used by date.

Consumers that have purchased these products are urged not to consume them and either discard the sauce or return it to the store for a refund.

Customers can also contact Mizkan America, based in Illinois for a replacement coupon and/or have any product they purchased picked up for further examination. Mizkan America’s customer service hotline is 800-328-7248.

190,757 Pounds of Tyson Foods Chicken Products Recalled in Nebraska and Other States

Tyson Foods is recalling 190,757 ready-to-eat chicken fritters as some may contain hard plastic, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).

Health officials received consumer complaints from schools of a foreign material in the breaded chicken product.  

The 32.81-pound cases containing four 8.2-pound bags of fully cooked, whole grain golden crispy chicken chunk fritters were produced on February 28, 2019 and the case code on the bags are 0599NHL02.  The recalled chicken product was not sold for retail.

A major concern for FSIS is that some product may still be in food service freezers.  Food service providers that have purchased these products should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.

Anyone that has eaten the product and is concerned about injury or illness should contact a health care provider.

If you or a loved one suffered from side effects from Tyson ready-to-eat chicken fritters, please call the experts at Inserra Kelley Sewell to see whether you might be entitled to compensation.