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According to a new study recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, exposure to drugs found in the family fluoroquinolone increased the risk of aortic aneurysms and dissections. Fluoroquinolone drugs include Levaquin and Cipro.

What are fluoroquinolones?

aveloxFluoroquinolones are a family of antibacterial agents that are used primarily for respiratory and urinary tract infections. Drugs found in this family include Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox.

A team of researchers at University College London has developed a device known as a broadband near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) that uses light to detect brain damage in infants. They are now planning a clinical trial of the NIRS.

The first month of a baby’s life is critical.  If there is a brain bleed or oxygen deprivation, you want to know the extent and scope of that injury for early intervention.

Brain injuries during immediately after childbirth are life-altering. In recent year, cooling has made a big impact on lessening the impact of a brain injury.   So anything we can do to act sooner to mitigate damage can make a real difference.

On September 11th, James Jones, a Missouri man, filed an MDL class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. This Valsartan lawsuit was filed against several manufacturers of the drug Valsartan, which is used to treat heart failure and high blood pressure.

What does this mean?  It means that the Valsartan cases are now moving forward very quickly.

In a few short months, we could have a full-blown MDL class action lawsuit with thousands of potential plaintiffs.

Yesterday, I wrote an article noting a Danish study that concluded that there were no long-term cancer risks associated with NDMA-contaminated valsartan tablets. While NDMA might not have long-term cancer risk effects, it is not the only impurity found in valsartan.

On September 13, Health Canada announced that another impurity, N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), was found in valsartan that was manufactured by Zeijiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals (ZHP) in China.

The FDA has also discovered NDEA in some ZHP-manufactured valsartan through testing. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), NDEA has been found in valsartan made by ZHP since they changed its manufacturing process in 2012. NDEA, like NDMA, is classified as a possible human carcinogen.

Earlier this month the FDA announced a major recall of prescription blood pressure and heart drugs which contain the active ingredient valsartan.  You can expect a large number of valsartan lawsuits to follow.

Valsartan is an active ingredient that is widely used in a number of brand name and generic drugs used to treat hypertension and heart failure.  It was recently discovered that when valsartan is manufactured in a certain way it can contain a dangerous impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NMDA).

NMDA is a known human carcinogen.  The valsartan medications containing the dangerous NMDA impurity have been linked to a specific pharmaceutical ingredient distributed by a Chinese company — Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals.  Zhejiang Huahai was manufacturing the contaminated valsartan component and selling it to several U.S. pharmaceutical companies including Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Solco Healthcare.  Zhejiang Huahai discovered NMDA impurities in its product which eventually led to the FDA recall.

According to a study conducted by Danish scientists, there is seemingly no increased short-term risk of cancer in patients who use valsartan contaminated with the impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA. This study, published in the BMJ, may put into question how serious of a cancer risk NDMA-contaminated valsartan may have. The Food and Drug Administration has recently issued voluntary recalls on Valsartan because of this potential cancer risk NDMA contamination may have.

The question many lawyers and victims have is will this impact the Valsartan lawsuits?  We answer this below.

How was the study conducted?

While smoking is commonly known to be extremely harmful to one’s health, most people associate smoking with lung cancer, emphysema, or even heart disease. However, there are other long-term health effects associated with smoking that scientists are just starting to understand.

Researchers in South Korea concluded that cigarette smoking increases one’s likelihood of getting dementia, while quitting or even smoking less can decrease one’s likelihood. This was based on a study they conducted on the relationship between smoking cessation and dementia.

The Study

On August 30, 2018, General Motors announced a recall on 210,628 vehicles in the United States and 19,385 vehicles in Canada because of an issue involving brake pedals. This recall affects different 2018 and 2019 models including the Chevrolet Bolt, Cruze, Equinox, Impala, Malibu, and Volt. It also affects the 2018 and 2019 models of the Buick Cadillac XTS, LaCrosse, Regal, and GMC Terrain as well.  Let’s just say this is a huge recall that appears to have had an impact of GM’s stock. It has been heading south since the recall. Why?  Recalls cost a lot of money that should be in the pocket of shareholders.

Why the recall?

The cars recalled had rear-brake pistons that were improperly chromed and tempered during the manufacturing process. This can cause hydrogen gas to be trapped inside the piston. If the piston containing hydrogen gas contacts brake fluid, this gas can be released into the vehicle’s overall brake system. This can affect rear-brake performance and increase crash risk.

On September 6, 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) acknowledged a recall of the 2018 edition of Volkswagen’s Atlas SUV.

Why the recall?  Some Atlas’ airbags may deploy randomly, potentially injuring its occupants. According to Volkswagen, they received one report involving curtain airbags being deployed randomly. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is recalling about 9,600 vehicles. Each of them was manufactured at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant.

The cause of this error is because of improper part installation. During production, the air condition evaporator drain tube contorted into an irregular position. This resulted in water drain into the airbag control module rather than outside of the car. A wet airbag control module can result in an unintended airbag deployment. Random airbag deployment can increase the risk of both injury and accident. The twisted tube may also leak water into the passenger compartment, which can cause a foul smell or a wet carpet inside the car. A warning light may show up on the dashboard.

Bayer announced today that after thousands of reports of injuries from women and repeated safety restrictions by regulators said Friday that it will stop selling the device in the U.S.

What is the deal with these medical devices and what is happening with the lawsuits in these cases?

The Essure Permanent Birth Control System was to provide women a safer, less involved (and painful) tubal ligation alternative. This medical device was triumphantly marketed as the “[only] sickwomanFDA-approved permanent form of birth control with a procedure that can be performed in an office setting without general anesthesia.” Unfortunately for the 750,000 women who have used this system since the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved it in 2002, both new scientific research and anecdotal evidence suggest that Essure has caused substantial injuries to thousands of patients, motivating calls among consumer advocates for the drug’s recall and spurring legal action.

How Essure Works and Why the System Appeals to Women

The Essure system consists of two flexible coils that are inserted into the Fallopian tubes in order to produce permanent sterilization. Both patients and doctors have liked Essure, at least conceptually, because the system offers a less-invasive solution than tubal ligation and other birth control surgeries, ostensibly with shorter healing time and fewer side effects. Premarket studies tracked women’s pregnancies before and after Essure implantation, leading Bayer to assert that the device is 99.83 percent effective at preventing pregnancy and that “mild to moderate pain” and “spotting” are the most common side effects.

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