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170,000 Packs of Allergan Birth Control Recalled, “Unintended Pregnancy”

Allergan has issued a nationwide recall for 170,000 sample packs of its birth control Taytulla, saying packaging errors could result in unintended pregnancies.

Details of the Taytulla Birth Control Recall

According to the Washington Post, botched packs of Taytulla contain pills that are placed in the wrong order.

The 28-pill packs should have 24 pink pills with hormones followed by four maroon placebo capsules; however, in the recalled packs, the placebos are placed at the beginning of the treatment. The reversing of the order may not be apparent to new users or previous users.

Mayo Clinic warns that for birth control pills to be effective, the must be taken in the correct order, every day, at the same time. Even missing one day of an oral contraceptive like Taytulla significanlty increases the chances of a woman getting pregnant.

The recalled packs were sent to health-care providers across the United States, and sample packs have been circulating since August 2017. Affected consumers will be notified of the recall by letter.

What Should I Do If I Received a Defective Pack of Taytulla?

Women who have received a faulty pack of Taytulla are urged to contact their physician. Your physician can advise additional step you may want to take as well as return the faulty product.

Adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

Consumers with questions may also contact Allergan by phone at 800-678-1605, 8am-8pm EST Monday through Friday.

Contact an Experienced Dangerous Drug Attorney

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dangerous pharmaceutical drug or medical device, you may be entitled to compensation. You deserve dynamic representation from a law firm with the resources necessary to take on the pharmaceutical companies. Thomas J. Henry has a track record of helping clients receive record-breaking verdicts, settlements, and judgments.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Honey Smacks Recalled; Kellogg’s, FDA Report Illnesses

Kellogg Co. has announced a major recall affecting an estimated 1.3 million cases of its Honey Smacks, citing concerns of Salmonella contamination. Illnesses have been reported across more than 30 states.

Details of the Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Recall

According to reports, the recall was issued Thursday after preliminary evidence linked the cereal to a Salmonella outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says there have been more than 70 injuries reported across 31 states, including 24 reports of hospitalization.

No deaths have been reported in connection with the recalled Honey Smacks cereal, but the FDA is working with Kellogg’s to get potentially contaminated cereal removed from the market immediately. The FDA is also inspecting the third-party manufacturer that produces Honey Smacks for other potential hazards.

The recall affects 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages of Honey Smacks with “use by” dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019. At this time, no other Kellogg products are impacted by the recall.

Salmonella Symptoms and Statistics

  • According to the CDC, Salmonella causes in one million food borne illnesses every year, resulting in 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.
  • Common symptoms include:
    • Diarrhea
    • Fever
    • Abdominal cramps
  • Symptoms appear 12 to 72 hours after infection and usually persist for four to seven days.
  • Infections and illness tend to be more serious in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or illness due to a defective or dangerous product, contact Thomas J. Henry. Over two decades of experience handling a multitude of defective product cases and extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation. Thomas J. Henry has a proven track record of achieving real results for clients devastated by recalled products.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

Five Deaths Linked to Intragastric Balloons for Obesity

 

According to an alert to healthcare providers issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday, five additional patient deaths have been linked to two liquid-filled intragastric-balloon systems used to treat obesity.

Latest Report Indicated 12 Deaths Linked to Intragastric-Balloon Systems

According to Medscape, the updated stated that four of the deaths, three using the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System by Apollo Endosurgery and one using the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System by ReShape Lifesciences, had occurred after the gastric perforation, from one day to three and a half weeks after the balloon placement. The fifth death report did not cite any gastric perforation, but the patient did have the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System.

There have been a report of a total of twelve deaths linked to intragastric-balloon systems, seven of which were patients in the United States. Just last week, the FDA had approved labeling changes to warn people about the possibilities of death with these particular devices.

The FDA is still continuing with their efforts to work with the companies that manufacture these products to better understand the complications associated with the devices and to ensure that proper labeling adequately addresses the risks.

FDA Issues New Guidelines for Intragastric-Balloon Systems

In light of the recent deaths of patients the FDA urges healthcare providers to do the following things in order to prevent this from happening:

  1. Educate patients regarding symptoms of complications that could be life-threatening, such as balloon deflation, gastrointestinal obstruction, ulceration, and gastric and esophageal perforation, and what to do if they experience them.
  2. Monitor patients closely during the entire term of treatment.
  3. Report any adverse events through MedWatch, the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting program.

Hurt By a Defective Medical Device? Contact Thomas J. Henry

Defective and faulty medical devices have the potential to cause long-lasting and permanent damage in patients seeking treatment for their injuries and illnesses. In some cases, defective medical devices have caused fatal injuries, causing devastation to the victim’s family. At Thomas J. Henry, we will fight vigorously on you and your family’s behalf. We have the legal and financial resources necessary to properly develop your case and take on the large pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a medical device, call us today — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

 

GMC Recalls 2018 Terrains for Airbag Failures

Damaged car with passenger door open and view of deployed airbags

GMC has issued a recall for more than 88,000 Terrain SUVs from the 2018 model year for faulty software that can prevent airbags from deploying in a crash.

About the GMC Terrain Airbag Recall

According to Consumer Reports, a defect in a software module can cause airbag sensors to not power down properly when the vehicle is shut off. As a result, the airbag may not function properly when the vehicle is restarted, possibly preventing airbags from deploying in the event of a collision.

GMC says they are not aware of any accidents, injuries, or deaths related to the defect.

GMC dealers will perform a software update free of charge and will provide a loaner to owners whose vehicles are still under warranty.

The recall is limited to 88,129 2018 GMC Terrain SUVs built between March 14, 2017 and May 22, 2018.

What Kinds Of Injuries Can Happen When an Airbag Fails?

Injuries caused by a defective airbag include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Blindness
  • Death

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 576 people were killed in automobile crashes where a front airbag did not deploy between 2001 and 2006. Of these victims, 360 would have benefited from frontal airbag protection.

Major Airbag Recalls in the United States

Over the past decade, there have been multiple widespread recalls on vehicles containing defective and dangerous airbags.

  • Takata Corp. (2013 – present) — 21 deaths have been attributed to airbags manufactured by Takata, which are present in 42 million vehicles across 19 different brands
  • Hyundai and Kia (2018 to present) — Four deaths have been linked to airbag failures in 425,000 Hyundai and Kia vehicles, including the popular Sonata and Forte models.
  • Fiat Chrysler (2016) — Several deaths and injuries were linked to a software defect, causing airbag deployment and seatbelt failure
  • GM Chevy Cruze (2014) — Thousands of vehicles were recalled due to a manufacturing flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying in an accident
  • GM SUV (2014) — More than one million GM SUVs were recalled after faulty wiring could keep side airbags from deploying in the event of a collision

Contact an Experienced Defective Airbag Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a defective or faulty airbag, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced vehicle recall lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review. If an airbag or vehicle manufacturer’s negligence caused your airbag injury, you may be entitled to recover damages to cover medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

5 Dead, 197 Ill in E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

On Friday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that an additional 25 people have become ill from eating romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli. Since the beginning of the E. coli outbreak in March of this year, five people have died and 197 people have been ill.

About the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

According to CNN, E. coli is a bacterium commonly found in the intestines of humans and other animals, where it usually causes no harm. Some strains can cause severe food poisoning, especially in old people and children.

The symptoms of E. coli generally occur about three to four days after a person first consumes the bacteria. The symptoms can include, but are not limited to watery or bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting. The CDC reports that people generally get better within five to seven days after their symptoms begin.

Although there were 197 reports, only 187 of them had any information on what happened to the patients while they were sick. 48 percent of those that fell ill had been hospitalized, including 26 individuals who had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

Symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome include, fever, abdominal pain, fatigue, small unexplained bruises or bleeding, and pallor. Most people recover within a few weeks, but some suffer permanent damage or die.

FDA Joins E. Coli Investigation

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have also been investigating this outbreak alongside the CDC, and they believe that the probable cause for these outbreaks came from the winter growing areas in and around Yuma, Arizona.

The FDA stated that “The traceback investigation indicates that the illnesses associated with this outbreak cannot be explained by a single grower, harvester, processor, or distributor. While traceback continues, the FDA will focus on trying to identify factors that contributed to contamination of romaine across multiple supply chains.” The lettuce from this area is no longer available in stores, or restaurants.

This E. coli outbreak is the largest of its kind since the E. coli outbreak of 2006 where 199 people were reported to have been sick from consuming spinach. However, unlike spinach which is often cooked, romaine and lettuce are more common culprits in E. coli outbreaks because it’s eaten raw.

Tips to avoid E. coli

Here are a few helpful tips to avoid E. coli infections.

  1. Thoroughly cook all of your food especially meat
  2. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products and juices
  3. Do not swallow the water when swimming
  4. Wash your hands regularly

Statistics on E. coli E. coli infections

  1. Anywhere from 11 to 28 percent of the U.S. population is estimated to consume ground beef raw or uncooked.
  2. CDC counted at least 75 outbreaks associated with beef over the five-year period between 2009 and 2013. Of those, 35 percent were caused by E. coli.
  3. E. coli O157:H7, the pathogen most commonly associated with ground beef, causes an estimated 96,000 illnesses, 3,200 hospitalizations and 31 deaths in the U.S. each year.
  4. CDC tracked 391 E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks in the 10 years between 2003 and 2012. Between those outbreaks, the agency confirmed 4,930 cases of illness, with 1,274 (26 percent) hospitalizations, 300 (6 percent) cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and 34 deaths.
  5. Food is by far the most common source of E. coli O157:H7, accounting for 65 percent of cases. The other major sources of E. coli are animal contact (10 percent) and person-to-person transmission (10 percent).
  6. The most common food source for E. coli turns out to be beef, which has been implicated in 55 percent of E. coli outbreaks.
  7. CDC also tracked more E. coli outbreaks from 2003-2012 than in the previous 20 years.

Contact an Experienced Food Recall Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or illness due to a defective or dangerous product, contact Thomas J. Henry. Over two decades of experience handling a multitude of defective product cases and extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation. Thomas J. Henry has a proven track record of achieving real results for clients devastated by recalled products.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

Hormel Recalls 220,000 Pounds of Spam for Metal Fragments, Injuries Reports

Hormel Food Corp. is recalling 228,614 pounds of canned meat products following reports of metal objects being found in the products and consumers suffering oral injuries from the fragments.

About the Spam Recall

According to Fortune, the recall affects canned meat products, including Spam, sold in the United States and Guam. Hormel has received multiple reports of consumers suffering tooth and oral injuries after eating meat containing metal objects.

Anyone who has suffered injuries or is concerned about possible injuries or illnesses resulting from consumption of the recalled products is urged to contact their healthcare provider.

Consumers should not eat the recalled products and should return the food items to their place of purchase.

Description of the Recalled Canned Meat Products

The recalled canned pork and chicken products were produced on February 8 through February 10, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 12-oz. metal cans containing “SPAM Classic” with a “Best By” February 2021 date.
  • Affected production codes include:
    • F020881
    • F020882
    • F020883
    • F020884
    • F020885
    • F020886
    • F020887
    • F020888
    • F020889
  • These products were shipped throughout the United States.
  • 12-oz. metal cans containing “Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf” with a “Best By” February 2021 date and production codes F02098 and F02108. These products were shipped to Guam only.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 199N” on the bottom of the can. These items were shipped throughout the United States and to Guam.

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or illness due to a defective or dangerous product, contact Thomas J. Henry. Over two decades of experience handling a multitude of defective product cases and extensive legal and financial resources allow us to provide our clients with truly dynamic legal representation. Thomas J. Henry has a proven track record of achieving real results for clients devastated by recalled products.

Let us help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce Vehicles Recalled for Fire Hazard

BMW of North America has issued a recall for nearly 50,000 BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce cars and SUVs after determining a manufacturer defect could lead to vehicle fires.

Details of the BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce Recalls

According to Consumer Reports, the recall affects 47,806 vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model-years.

Recall records indicate the auxiliary water pump in the recalled vehicles can fail and cause a circuit board to overheat. This overheating could in turn lead to a fire.

The automaker is recommending that owners of the recalled vehicles park the cars and SUVs outside until proper repairs can be made.

Affected owners can expect to be notified beginning June 11, 2018. A second notification will be sent when repair parts become available. Owners can also contact BMW, Mini, or Rolls-Royce directly.

Vehicles Affected by the Recall

The following vehicle models are among those listed in the BMW recall:

  • BMW 550i
  • BMW 550i xDrive
  • BMW 550i Gran Turismo
  • BMW 550i Gran Turismo xDrive
  • BMW 650i Coupe
  • BMW 650i xDrive Coupe
  • BMW 650i Convertible
  • BMW 650i xDrive Convertible
  • BMW 750i
  • BMW 750Li
  • BMW 750i xDrive
  • BMW 750Li xDrive
  • BMW 760Li
  • BMW X5 xDrive50i
  • BMW X5 M
  • BMW X6 xDrive50i
  • BMW X6 M
  • BMW X6 Hybrid
  • BMW ActiveHybrid7
  • MINI Cooper S Convertible
  • MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) Convertible
  • MINI Cooper S Countryman
  • MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4
  • MINI Cooper S
  • MINI JCW
  • MINI Cooper S Clubman
  • MINI JCW Clubman MINI Cooper S Roadster
  • MINI JCW Roadster
  • MINI Cooper S Coupe
  • MINI JCW Coupe
  • Rolls-Royce Ghost

Contact an Experienced Car Recall Attorney

Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

 

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 5 Million Vehicles; Cruise Control May Not Turn Off

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced a recall for roughly 4.8 million vehicles saying a defect could leave drivers unable to turn off their cruise control.

About the Fiat Chrysler Cruise Control Defect

According to Consumer Reports, the defect affects Fiat Chrysler’s most popular Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram models.

The automaker notes that a software glitch can cause the recalled vehicles’ main computer to misinterpret signals from other computer modules, causing sudden, unexpected acceleration while the vehicle is in cruise control. Additionally, while drivers could normally disengage cruise control by tapping the brakes or pushing a button, the vehicles in question may continue to accelerate despite driver action.

Drivers of affected vehicles are urged to discontinue use of their vehicles’ cruise control systems until repairs have been made.

Should a driver find themselves in a situation in which their vehicle’s cruise control is failing to deactivate, Consumer Reports suggest they avoid panicking and stop their vehicle as they normally would – by applying the brakes. Once safely stopped, drivers should be able to place their vehicle in park.

In a case where the vehicle will not stop, drivers can shift their vehicle into neutral.

Vehicles Affected by the Fiat Chrysler Cruise Control Recall

The following vehicles are covered by the Fiat Chrysler recall:

  • 2015-17 Chrysler 200 sedan
  • 2014-18 Chrysler 300 sedan
  • 2017-18 Chrysler Pacifica minivan
  • 2015-18 Dodge Challenger coupe
  • 2014-18 Dodge Charger sedan
  • 2014-18 Dodge Journey SUV
  • 2014-18 Dodge Durango SUV
  • 2014-18 Jeep Cherokee SUV
  • 2014-18 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV
  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler (select JK and JL versions)
  • 2014-19 Ram 1500 pickup
  • 2014-18 Ram 2500 pickup
  • 2014-18 Ram 3500 pickup
  • 2014-18 Ram 3500 cab chassis
  • 2014-18 Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis

Contact an Experienced Vehicle Recall Attorney

Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

 

Jury Recommends $25 Million in Johnson and Johnson Lawsuit

A woman was recently awarded $25 million in a lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson and other defendants. The woman claimed she developed cancer from using Johnson and Johnson baby powder.

Woman Developed Mesothelioma After Using J&J Baby Powder

According to NBC News, jurors recommended $4 million in punitive damage last Thursday, saying that the company acted with malice, oppression and fraud. The day before, the jury had called for $21.7 million in compensatory damages for the plaintiff who suffers from mesothelioma, a lung cancer linked to asbestos exposure.

Johnson and Johnson beared the brunt of the verdict and was assigned to pay 67% of the compensation. The remainder was distributed among other defendants.

Johnson and Johnson said that they will appeal the decision. In a recent statement, Johnson and Johnson stated “We will continue to defend the safety of our product because it does not contain asbestos or cause mesothelioma.”

Plaintiff’s Claims Extends Beyond Injuries

The plaintiff said that the company failed to warn her and other consumers that the product contained asbestos and could cause cancer. The plaintiff’s attorney stated that Johnson & Johnson “engaged in a multi-decade campaign wherein they hid testing data from regulators, altered reports to make them more favorable and lied to consumers.”

Similar allegations have been levied in other lawsuits against the New Jersey based company.

Last year, a judge in Los Angeles tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson baby powder for feminine hygiene. Still, the company denies any wrongdoing.

“Over the past 50 years, multiple independent, non-litigation driven scientific evaluations have been conducted by respected academic institutions and government bodies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and none have found that the talc in Johnson’s Baby Powder contains asbestos,” the company said Thursday

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

If you believe you believe exposure to talcum powder has contributed to a serious injury or illness, contact Thomas J. Henry. Defective product lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation.

Jané Recalls Stroller for Entrapment, Strangulation Hazard

Jané has issued a nationwide recall for 800 Muum strollers after determining the strollers pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants.

Details of the Jané Muum Stroller Recall

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a design defect can allow infants to pass through the opening between the stroller armrest and the seat bottom. Additionally, the infant’s head and neck can become entrapped by the armrest, creating a strangulation hazard.

Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled strollers and contact Jané for a free repair. In the meantime, consumers may continue using the strollers if they remove the armrest and properly harness their children.

The recalled strollers were sold at Albee Baby, Baby World, Kidsland, Toys R Us, Dainty Baby, USA Baby stores and other stores nationwide. They were also sold online at Amazon.com and other websites.

Description of the Recalled Jané Muum Strollers

The following information was provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):

  • The recalled strollers have a black frame and a reclining seat or hammock that is reversible and a hood.
  • The strollers were sold in several color combinations, including:
    • Dark gray and black
    • Light gray and black
    • Blue and black
    • Green and black
  • “Muum by Jane” is printed on the front bottom of the frame, and “Muum” is printed on the side of the frame and on the handle.
  • “Jané USA LLC,” “Muum US 5399US/S85” or “S47,” “S49,” “S46” are printed on a label on the leg of the stroller.

Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney

If your child was injured by a defective or unsafe stroller, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our child injury attorneys have represented children across the country who have been injured by toys, stroller, and products that are dangerous and unfit to be around children

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today if your child was hurt by an unsafe product — our lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim and provide you with a free case review.

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