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New Reports Show Link Between Breast Implants and Rare Blood Cancer

Breast Implants Linked to Rare Blood Cancer

In March the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that a rare blood cancer first linked to breast implants in 2011 had also been associated with 9 deaths. More alarm was raised yesterday when an Australian report confirmed five more cases of blood cancer linked to breast implants, bringing the total to 51 women in the country, including three who have died.

Both the FDA and The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia have been monitoring the link between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma, known as ALCL, a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, since 2011 when warnings of an association were first raised.

Noticeable in the FDA report was that the problem is more likely to occur with textured implants than with smooth implants. Of the 359 reported cases, 231 included information about the implant surface: 203 were textured, and 28 smooth. The contents of the implants appeared less significant: Of 312 cases where the contents were known, 186 were filled with silicone gel, and 126 with saline.

The FDA is still collecting data and says, “All of the information to date suggests that women with breast implants have a very low but increased risk of developing anaplastic large-cell lymphoma compared to women who do not have breast implants,” However the Australian TGA appears more concerned and has estimated the risk of developing anaplastic large-cell lymphoma to be between 1-in-1,000 and 1-in-10,000 in women with breast implants.

While the FDA claims the risk is still too low to recommend women have their breast implants removed. It has also announced that women receiving implants should be aware of the potential problem and the increased risk with textured implants.

At Saunders & Walker we continue to represent consumers harmed by defective products and medical devices will continue to monitor developments in cancer cases linked to breast implants. If you feel you or a loved one might have suffered injury or death as a result of a defective medical device, please call us for a free consultation.

Target Recalls More than Half Million Easter Toys Due to Ingestion Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that Target has recalled 560,000 of its water-absorbing Easter and Dino toys.  If the small toy is ingested, it can expand inside a child’s body and cause intestinal obstructions, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration and could be life threatening. Surgery is required to remove the toy fromContinue Reading

Takata Pleads Guilty to Criminal Wire Fraud

Even though in February Takata plead guilty to criminal wire fraud for covering up engineering defects that have led to at least 17 deaths worldwide. Consumers shouldn’t get complacent. That guilty plea accompanies the biggest recall in automotive history. With it Takata agreed to a $1 billion settlement, including $850 million to compensate automakers for repairs,Continue Reading

Mylan EpiPens Recalled Over Potential Defect

Meridian Technologies has recalled 13 lots of Mylan Labs EpiPens and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector products used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the devices’ failure to activate. The recalled product was manufactured byContinue Reading

Popular Weed Killer, Roundup, Hides Evidence of Cancerous Affects

In March 2016 the World Health Organization issued a declaration that there was sufficient evidence to classify the weed killer glyphosate – better known by its commercial name Roundup – as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The WHO report sparked lawsuits against agrichemical giant Monsanto Co, the makers of Roundup, claiming the company’s herbicide caused cancerContinue Reading

Hernia Mesh Lawsuits May Be Consolidated in Florida

  Hernia patients who’ve been injured by Ethicon’s Physiomesh Composite medical device and have filed lawsuits against the medical device maker, have petitioned for their cases to be consolidated in the state of Florida. On March 9, 2017, plaintiffs filed a Motion for Transfer for 18 hernia mesh lawsuits filed in nine separate courts acrossContinue Reading

Red Light Running a Serious Problem in Tampa Bay

Late last year, American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the leading road safety camera provider in North America, compiled traffic statistics gathered from the red light cameras and found that the Miami-Dade area is the worst in Florida for violating red lights.  Unfortunately, Tampa Bay came in second. Almost 60,000 red light camera tickets were issued inContinue Reading

Diabetes Drugs Target of New Drug Lawsuits

A dangerous drug lawsuit has been filed in Texas against drug manufacturers AstraZeneca and Bristol- Myers Squibb after a man taking the drugs suffered congestive heart failure.  He’d been prescribed Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR (saxagliptin and metformin extended release) between 2010 and 2015 to treat his diabetes.  Onglyza and Kobiglyze XR belong to a classContinue Reading

The Latest Food Recalls in the United States in 2017

It happens all the time: a seemingly out-of-the-blue case of tummy trouble turns into a rash of illnesses linked to a specific restaurant, product, or manufacturer. The producer issues a product recall, and some individuals are compensated for their ordeal. This is the gist of what most Americans understand about the food product recall process.Continue Reading

New Studies Link PPI Drugs Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid to Increased Risk of Heart Problems and Kidney Disease

Two new studies published in 2017 have linked so-called proton pump inhibitor drugs such as Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid to a greater risk of serious cardiac problems and kidney disease.  The two new studies add to the growing list of studies linking this class of drugs with serious, sometimes fatal health risks. A 2017 studyContinue Reading

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