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FDA Issues a Class I Recall of Fresenius Medical Care Dialysis Drugs GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte®

August 16th, 2012

Following a string of troubling findings concerning the risks involved with the use of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte dialysis products, Seeger Weiss LLP is advising that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has opened up an inquiry into the parent company Fresenius Medical Care (FMC), combined with a Class I recall of both products.  The inquiry’s goal is to determine whether Fresenius violated federal regulations by omitting critical information concerning the potentially deadly risk associated with use of the products.

Dialysis TreatmentFMC, based in Germany, is the largest operator of hemodialysis centers in the United States, and processes more than a third of the nearly 400,000 Americans who receive dialysis treatment each year.  A memo that Fresenius issued in November of 2011 warns that the GranuFlo and NaturaLyte products could lead to a greater risk of cardiac arrest and other heart problems.

The issue was first brought to public attention after an internal memo was anonymously leaked to the FDA earlier this year. In the memo dated November 4th, 2011, FMC warned doctors operating in their dialysis centers that their products may be causing dangerously high biocarbonate levels that would put their patients at a risk of cardiac arrest up to six times higher than that of patients using competing products. The memo also stressed that “This issue needs to be addressed urgently.”

Despite the findings, it was only after the FDA opened an investigation into the matter that FMC issued a wider warning to other care centers, which it did in March of this year. In June, the FDA issued a Class I recall of all GranuFlo and NaturaLyte products from Fresenius.

As more information becomes public, patients who have suffered injuries are seeking redress and exploring their legal options. Chris Seeger, one of the partners of the law firm Seeger Weiss LLP, said that the decision Fresenius made not to inform the public of potential dangers reflects a failing on behalf of the company. “By not advising the FDA, the medical community and dialysis patients as soon as possible about the dangers of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, Fresenius made the decision to put profits ahead of patient safety. They aren’t the first pharmaceutical company to make that decision and, unfortunately, they won’t be the last.”

Additionally, Mr. Seeger says that the error is made all the more egregious due to the fact that much of the damage to patients was preventable if Fresenius had responded quickly and efficiently to initial reports of the problem. “You would not expect a company that makes millions of dollars a year from dialysis patients to knowingly put those patients at risk for serious injuries, including death, but that’s exactly what Fresenius did. Fresenius was in position to prevent these injuries but chose not to do so. They must be held accountable.”

Seeger Weiss LLP is offering free consultations to those that might have been affected by the products. If you suspect that you or someone you know has been injured after using GranuFlo and NaturaLyte products in dialysis, contact Seeger Weiss by visiting http://www.seegerweiss.com/ or by calling directly at 888.584.0411.

Seeger Weiss Gets $18 Million Verdict For Two Former Accutane Users

July 3rd, 2012

On Friday, June 29, 2012, counsel for the plaintiff in yet another Hoffman La-Roche Accutane trial, led by Seeger Weiss partner David Buchanan and Troy Rafferty of Levin Papantonio, PA were able to secure an $18 million verdict. The plaintiffs in the drug injury lawsuit were Katie Rossitto and Riley Wilkinson, two former Accutane users who took the prescription acne medication in the 1990s and developed ulcerative colitis as a result. Ulcerative colitis, a debilitating, permanent gastrointestinal disease, is among the reported side effects of Accutane use. The New Jersey jury ultimately sided with Mr. Buchanan and the plaintiffs, finding that Hoffman La-Roche, the defendants and makers of Accutane, withheld its knowledge and conclusions about the risk of ulcerative colitis from doctors and patients. In response to the verdict, Mr. Buchanan, of Seeger Weiss LLP stated: “We’re extremely pleased for Katie and Riley. They’ve suffered greatly at the hands of Roche’s drug, and the jury’s verdict provides a measure of justice for each of them.” Learn more about the verdict here.

Drug Injury Attorneys Investigate Deadly Sleeping Pills

April 9th, 2012

The lawyers of the drug injury practice of Seeger Weiss LLP announced a new investigation this week into a potential lawsuit against the manufacturers of several different sleeping pills. Dozens of recent studies of sleeping pills have indicated that popular sleeping pills like Ambien, Benadryl and Barbiturates carry high mortality risks that put the patients who use them to get to sleep in danger of never waking up. Among other disturbing figures, these sleep studies have uncovered the fact that patients who take sleeping pills die 4.6 times as often within 2.5 years as those who don’t. Additional data has demonstrated that sleeping pills are associated with several types of cancer. In fact, people who take over 132 sleeping pills per year have a 35% increased risk of developing cancer within the next 2.5 years.

Examples of Commonly Prescribed Sleeping Pills with Risks of Cancer and Death:

  • Zolpidem (Ambien, Stilnox)
  • Temazepam (Restoril)
  • Eszopiclone (Lunesta)
  • Zaleplon (Sonata)
  • Triazolam (Halcion)
  • Flurazepam (Dalmane, Dalmadorm)
  • Estazolam (ProSom)
  • Quazepam (Doral)
  • Barbiturates (especially Luminal)
  • Antihistamines, mainly diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

Seeger Weiss LLP, an award-winning, national plantiffs’ firm, is offering to review the case of anyone who has been harmed by a prescription sleeping pill. Visit their investigation page for more information.

Gronkowski Expected to Use Toradol in Super Bowl

January 31st, 2012

With Super Bowl XLVI around the corner, sports pages are abuzz with predictions for both contenders. One topic on many fans’ minds specifically, is the fate of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. After sustaining a high ankle injury during last Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, Gronkowski will almost certainly not be playing at his best this Sunday, doctors and players who have dealt with the injury in the past say. Doctors also expect that Gronkowski will be given the drug Toradol to manage the pain. However, even with the help of the anti-inflammatory, many in the league still have reservations about the effectiveness of Gronkowski’s playing and the long-term damage the big game could do to his ligaments. The Boston Herald reports, “‘It’s not a miracle drug,’ said former Patriots fullback Heath Evans, who indicated he used Toradol for neck trouble last season. ‘It’s not, “Oh I can’t play, and now I can.” This is just something that takes the edge off. That’s it.'”

The article also notes that the NFL has recently come under scrutiny for its excessive use of Toradol. While the drug helps to numb pain, it also makes it harder for players to recognize injuries – a side effect especially dangerous in a contact sport as rough as football. At least part of the heat on the NFL has come from Seeger Weiss LLP. In December, the law firm used its expertise in drug injury to file a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of 11 former professional players, who say they have suffered brain damage after being given Toradol to treat concussions. Those who have been harmed after receiving Toradol for a sports injury can contact Seeger Weiss LLP by phone or online. The firm’s drug injury lawyers will review any claim for free.

Couple Sues J&J Over Death of 2-year-old Son

January 12th, 2012

Last week, the Washington Post reported the story of a Washington state couple suing Tylenol manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson. According to the Post, Daniel and Katy Moore claim that their 2-year-old son River Moore died as a result of consuming a Children’s Tylenol product. The specific package in question had been recalled due to high levels of the active ingredient acetaminophen. Shortly after taking the over-the-counter medication for a slight fever, the young boy died of liver failure, a known effect of an acetaminophen overdose. “The lawsuit, filed…in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, accuses Johnson & Johnson of recklessness, negligence, breach of warranty, infliction of emotional distress, conspiracy and other offenses,” the story explains.

The article also notes that Johnson & Johnson’s 2009 recall of the product at the center of this lawsuit is “part of the company’s continuing string of recalls of drugs and medical devices.” In fact, the drug injury practice of Seeger Weiss LLP is currently investigating complaints of liver damage at the hands of Tylenol. If you or someone you know has suffered liver damage as a result of taking Tylenol, let Seeger Weiss help you seek justice. Our experienced drug injury attorneys have won billions of dollars for our clients and will review your Tylenol liver damage case for free.

NFL Players Discuss Concussion Culture

December 27th, 2011

Sports media outlets have been abuzz since the Associated Press published the results of an interview with 44 National Football League players on Sunday that seemed to confirm the existence of a league-wide “tough-it-out” attitude. The group of interviewees included at least one representative from each of the 32 teams, 33 starters, 11 reserves, 25 offensive players, and 19 defensive players.  Among the questions posed, one asked, “If you get what you think could be a concussion, do you think you would hide it and try to stay in the game or immediately pull yourself out?” 23 of the 44 players admitted that they would attempt to hide their injuries.

While the results of the survey are disturbing, they should not come as a shock to anyone following the recent case against the NFL that Seeger Weiss LLP has brought on behalf of 11 former players. The plaintiffs allege that they were regularly administered the drug Toradol, which can mask the symptoms of a concussion and cause cerebral bleeding. The case, and many others like it, have brought to light a brutal culture in the NFL, in which potentially life-threatening conditions are often left untreated. Another question in the AP’s interview asked if players believed an independent neurologist should be present at games to check for concussions. 31 of the 44 players answered “Yes.”

To learn more about Seeger Weiss’ investigation of the NFL’s use of Toradol, click here.

To read the full results of the Associated Press interview, click here.

NFL Concussion Controversy Continues

December 13th, 2011

Football fans across the nation are weighing in on the National Football League‘s medical practices since Colt McCoy of the Cleveland Browns was permitted to continue playing after enduring a helmet-on-helmet hit last week. McCoy was back in last Thursday’s game a mere two plays after colliding with linebacker James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers; and by the end of the fourth quarter, McCoy was experiencing classic concussion symptoms, including memory problems and sensitivity to light. It has since been revealed that the medical staff of the Cleveland Browns did not conduct a concussion test immediately following the tackle.


This controversial story comes just a few days after Seeger Weiss LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of 11 former NFL players who say they were given Toradol, a drug that minimized the warning signs of concussions. Many of these players continue to experience symptoms ranging from depression to frequent headaches. If you have been harmed by Toradol or another drug, our experienced drug injury and personal injury lawyers might be able to help you seek retribution. Our attorneys practice in a number of states across the country, and Seeger Weiss LLP was recently named to the top tier of New York City Mass Tort and Class Action firms by U.S. News and World Report.

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Video: CBS Philadelphia Reports on Defective DePuy Hip Implants

December 5th, 2011

A recent health report from CBS Philadelphia investigates DePuy Orthopaedics’ defective hip replacements, and asks, “Why were so many people being injured by implants that are FDA approved?” The  hip implants, which due to their design have been shown to lead to blood poisoning, were recalled in August 2010. Before they were however, they caused many of the patients who received them life-threatening conditions, toxic injuries and debilitating pain. Visit CBS Philadelphia to watch a video featuring two of these stories and read the entire report.

Seeger Weiss LLP is currently investigating the claims of those harmed by the DePuy ASR Hip Implant. If you or someone you know has suffered complications from the DePuy ASR Hip Implant, contact Seeger Weiss LLP today. An attorney with our award-winning drug injury class action practice will assist you in evaluating your claim. Attorney consultations incur no obligation on your part and all initial consultations are free of charge. Seeger Weiss LLP has office locations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California.

Information about the 2012 Stryker hip replacement recall.

Bloomberg: 10,000 Actos Cancer Claims in U.S.

December 1st, 2011

A major report published by Bloomberg Businessweek today found that Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturers of the drug Actos, could face as many as 10,000 drug injury lawsuits in the United States. The claimants allege that the diabetes medication caused them to develop bladder cancer. In fact, the number of drug injury suits involving Actos being brought to court has become so massive that a group of judges is being polled to decide whether or not to consolidate the litigation. Learn more about the link between Actos and bladder cancer.

In a legal environment like this one, victims of Actos drug injury need an experienced and dedicated law firm in their corners in order to ensure their claims receive the attention they deserve. If you or someone you know has suffered complications as a result of taking Actos, contact Seeger Weiss LLP today. An attorney with our award-winning drug injury class action practice will assist you in evaluating your claim. Attorney consultations incur no obligation on your part and all initial consultations are free of charge. Seeger Weiss LLP has office locations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California.

USA Today: “Acetaminophen can cause liver damage”

November 28th, 2011

A study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology last week confirmed that acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, can cause potentially fatal side effects. As USA Today reports, “Taking slightly too much of the pain reliever acetaminophen…over time can lead to an overdose that can cause liver failure and death…”

The experienced drug injury practice of Seeger Weiss LLP investigates claims of liver damage caused by acetaminophen. If you or someone you know has taken a drug containing acetaminophen and suffered liver damage or failure, contact us today. An experienced drug injury attorney with Seeger Weiss LLP will assist you in evaluating your claim. Attorney consultations incur no obligation on your part and all initial consultations are free of charge. Seeger Weiss LLP has office locations in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and California.