Judicial Panel Centralizes Sunscreen MDL Against Johnson & Johnson

Federal Judicial Panel Centralizes Sunscreen Litigation Against Johnson & Johnson

The federal JPML (Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation) granted an order that will centralize multidistrict litigation (MDL) filed against Johnson & Johnson over sunscreen contaminated with benzene.

The judicial panel ruled that the cases would be centralized before Judge Anuraag Singhal in the Southern District of Florida.

At the time the parties argued their motions before the judicial panel, there were at least eight class actions (and potentially at least nine others) pending in five districts around the country. The plaintiffs in these matters allege that Johnson & Johnson manufactured sunscreen products that were contaminated with benzene, a human carcinogen. The recalled sunscreen products included several batches of Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen spray.

Why Centralize Recalled Sunscreen Lawsuits?

The U.S. Judicial panel often consolidates complex consumer product liability or defective product claims. These lawsuits often involve products used by hundreds, thousands, and sometimes millions of consumers.

To avoid duplicating efforts, when so many cases exist against the same party – in this case, Johnson & Johnson – rest on similar facts, legal issues, and alleged injuries, it often makes sense to centralize them in one court, under the guidance of one judge.

For the purpose of pretrial discovery and motions, it avoids duplicating efforts and wasting time. Creating centralized multidistrict litigation also prevents inconsistent rulings from different judges about essentially the same facts and issues.

In these benzene contamination cases, the Plaintiffs supported moving the claims to the District of New Jersey, the Northern District of California, the Southern District of Florida, the Northern District of Alabama, and the Central District of California.

The defendants, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and Johnson & Johnson (collectively, J&J), and Costco Wholesale Corporation, supported centralization in the District of New Jersey or the Southern District of Florida.

The decision to move the claims to Florida was based on the fact that the lawsuits contained similar allegations and that doing so would “serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation.”

Johnson & Johnson Sunscreen Recall Leads to Lawsuits

When Johnson & Johnson issued its nationwide recall of several batches of Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreen, it was because of the presence of benzene. These sunscreens are some of the company’s most popular sun care brands.

After independent testing by the company Valisure detected benzene in dozens of sunscreen and sun care products, the FDA issued safety notices, warnings, and other information, eventually leading to the voluntary recall of the contaminated items.

Why is benzene dangerous? Benzene exposure means you are at an increased risk of cancer. What type of cancer?

  • Acute lymphocytic lymphoma
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Other blood and bone marrow cancer

Several plaintiffs contend that this recall was inadequate and should have included more sun care products.

If You Used Recalled Sunscreen, Call Alonso Krangle, LLP, To Find Out If You Are Eligible to File a Benzene Cancer Lawsuit

Litigation against the makers of dangerous sunscreen products is underway. Our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP are interviewing clients about their injuries and use of aerosol sunscreen and other sun care products that may lead to an increased risk of cancer.

Call us today at 800-403-6191 to schedule a free consultation with our dangerous drug and recalled sunscreen lawyers.



Bayer Recalls Lotrimin and Tinactin Because of Benzene Contamination

Bayer Recalls Lotrimin Spray and Tinactin Spray Because of Benzene Contamination

In an October 1, 2021 announcement, Bayer issued a voluntary recall of some of its products because of the presence of benzene. Bayer’s recall, one it calls strictly a precautionary measure, comes on the heels of other companies also pulling products because of the presence of benzene, a known human carcinogen.

Bayer’s announcement, which was posted by the US Food and Drug Administration, states:

“Bayer is voluntarily recalling all unexpired Lotrimin® AF and Tinactin® spray products with lot numbers beginning with TN, CV or NAA, distributed between September 2018 to September 2021, to the consumer level due to the presence of benzene in some samples of the products.”

As is the case with some other recently recalled products, benzene is not an ingredient in Lotrimin or Tinactin spray products, and levels detected are not considered dangerous. Bayer claims that benzene is also not an ingredient in any of its other Bayer consumer health products.

The pharmaceutical mogul has assured consumers that the decision to voluntarily recall these products is out of an abundance of caution and that levels of benzene that have been detected “are not expected” to cause any adverse health effects in users.

What Are Tinactin and Lotrimin Used For?

Tinactin and Lotrimin are over-the-counter anti-fungal medications that come in cream and spray forms. They are often used to treat tinea pedis (athlete’s foot) and other fungal infections such as ringworm and jock itch.

What Products Has Bayer Recalled?

The recall only applies to its products sold in aerosol spray cans, not the creams. The specific products that are the subject of the recall are:

  • Tinactin® Jock Itch (JI) Powder Spray
  • Tinactin® Athlete’s Foot Liquid Spray
  • Tinactin® Athlete’s Foot Powder Spray
  • Tinactin® Athlete’s Foot Deodorant Powder Spray
  • Lotrimin® Anti-Fungal Jock Itch (AFJI) Athlete’s Foot Powder Spray
  • Lotrimin® AF Athlete’s Foot Liquid Spray
  • Lotrimin® AF Athlete’s Foot Daily Prevention Deodorant Powder Spray
  • Lotrimin® Anti-Fungal (AF) Athlete’s Foot Powder Spray
  • Lotrimin® Anti-Fungal (AF) Athlete’s Foot Deodorant Powder Spray

What Is Benzene?

Benzene is a widely used industrial chemical, often used as a solvent to create other chemicals and products. Benzene also comes from various natural sources.

People are exposed to benzene in different ways- orally, through the skin, and through inhaling it. Depending on the amount you are exposed to and for how long, benzene can result in a variety of short-term adverse reactions and long-term illnesses, including blood disorders like anemia, severe nausea, headaches, and rashes.

Benzene is a carcinogen, meaning it is known to cause cancer in humans. It causes life-threatening blood cancer and bone marrow diseases, including leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.

Bayer claims that benzene is not an ingredient in these products and that it has received no reports of adverse events related to using the recalled foot sprays.

Still, Bayer has advised consumers using the recalled products to stop immediately and seek a refund directly from Bayer. The company also suggests contacting your health care provider about alternative treatments or any adverse health consequences you may have experienced while using Lotrimin or Tinactin spray products.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP, If You Have Been Injured By Recalled Anti-Fungal Spray

Lotrimin and Tinactin are not the only products recently recalled because of benzene. Bayer’s decision to recall these products was not made in a bubble. In recent weeks, various aerosol sunscreens have been pulled from the market because they also tested positive for this dangerous carcinogen.

If you have experienced adverse health consequences because of a recalled product, you might be entitled to collect compensation. Call our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP today to schedule a free evaluation of your claim.

Call 800-403-6191 to find out more about how we can help you collect damages when you are the victim of a dangerous drug or recalled product.



Coppertone Recalls Sunscreen Because of Benzene Contamination

Coppertone Recalls Sunscreen Contaminated With Benzene

On September 30, 2021, Coppertone issued a voluntary recall of some of its aerosol sunscreen products because they tested positive for benzene. Benzene is a known human carcinogen and is the reason for a recent string of sunscreen and other consumer product recalls.

In its announcement, Coppertone, which Beiersdorf owns, said that it was voluntarily recalling twelve lots of “five Coppertone aerosol sunscreen spray products manufactured between the dates of January 10, 2021 and June 15, 2021.”

Test samples from these particular lots contained benzene, which, according to Coppertone, is not an ingredient in sunscreen products.

The recall only applies to certain lots of spray sunscreens. These are the specific Coppertone sunscreen products impacted by this recall as posted on the website of the Food and Drug Administration:

Coppertone Pure Simple Baby SPF 50 SPRAY 5OZ 12S

Coppertone Pure Simple Baby SPF 50 SPRAY 5OZ 12S

Coppertone Pure Simple Kids SPF 50 SPRAY 5OZ 12S

Coppertone Pure Simple Kids SPF 50 SPRAY 5OZ 12S

Coppertone Sport Mineral SPF 50 SPRAY 5OZ 12S

CT Sport Mineral SPF 50 SPRAY 5OZ 12S

Coppertone Pure Simple SPF 50 SPRAY 5OZ 12S

Coppertone Pure Simple Baby SPF 50 SPRAY 5OZ 12S

Coppertone Pure simple Kids SPF 50 SPRAY 5OZ 12S

Coppertone Travel Size Sport Spray SPF 50 1.6OZ 24S

Coppertone Pure Simple SPF 50 SPRAY 5OZ 12S

Coppertone Pure Simple Kids SPF 50 SPRAY 5OZ 12S

In its recall notice, Coppertone has advised consumers to stop using these specific aerosol sunscreen products and to dispose of them. If anyone experienced adverse health consequences from using the recalled sunscreens, Coppertone suggests contacting your health care provider right away. Consumers can contact visit www.sunscreenrecall2021.com to request a refund and obtain additional information.

Why Should You Worry About Benzene in Sunscreen?

Benzene exposure or benzene contamination can cause immediate and long-term health problems. Exposure to high levels of benzene can cause dizziness, headaches, seizures, nausea, confusion, rashes, coughing, itching, and more.

Benzene is also a human carcinogen. This means that with repeated exposure or exposure over time, it can cause cancer. Specifically, benzene causes an increased risk of blood cancer and bone marrow cancer like lymphoma, myeloma, and leukemia. Benzene can also cause other adverse health consequences like anemia and respiratory problems.

Humans are exposed to benzene in different ways-it is a widely used chemical and also found in nature. Humans can inhale or ingest it, or we can absorb it through our skin. Our skin is the body’s largest organ. It would make sense that repeated use of a product containing benzene may cause dangerous and unwelcome illnesses that can become life-threatening.

Coppertone Insists Recall is Out of An Abundance of Caution

Coppertone’s statement makes it clear that recall of the aerosol sunscreens is entirely voluntary and out of an abundance of caution. It is a precautionary measure. The announcement states that “Daily exposure to benzene at the levels detected in these affected Coppertone aerosol sunscreen spray products would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences based on generally accepted exposure modeling by numerous regulatory agencies.”

Coppertone also states that as of the recall date, the company received no reports of adverse health effects related to the recalled products.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP, if You Were Injured by Recalled Coppertone Sunscreen

As with any product, manufacturers have responsibilities to the consumers who use sunscreen. Products must be safe for their intended use, and risks and warnings must be disclosed.
When the makers of consumer products, drugs, cosmetics, or sunscreen fail to disclose the risks and dangers or make an inherently dangerous product, consumers who suffer injuries might be entitled to collect compensation. This might be especially true if the product is the subject of a recall.

There are other sunscreens out there that have also been found to contain benzene. Some of the companies that make these other products have issued recall notices similar to the one issued by Coppertone. Consumers are starting to wonder who they can trust and what sunscreen products don’t increase a person’s risk of developing leukemia or other cancers.

If you used one of the five sunscreen products that have been recalled by Coppertone, find out if you are entitled to seek compensation by calling our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP. Call 800-403-6191 today to learn about your legal rights when you get injured by recalled products.



Class Action Lawsuits Over Recalled Neutrogena Sunscreen Against Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson Sunscreen Recall Results in Class Action Lawsuits

In the wake of July’s sunscreen recall, Johnson & Johnson now finds itself being sued by multiple defendants in nationwide class-action lawsuits. The lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. stem from the presence of the carcinogen benzene in some of Johnson & Johnson’s most trusted sunscreens, Neutrogena and Aveeno.

One of the lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson (J & J) was filed on July 14, 2021, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and names Johanna Dominguez and Sharron Meijer as lead plaintiffs. People from around the country are joining the class action, seeking damages from J & J.

Why Did Johnson & Johnson Recall Sunscreen?

In July, J & J recalled all lots of five of its aerosol sunscreen products sold under the Neutrogena and Aveeno labels-all SPF levels and all sizes. These products were recalled:

  • Neutrogena Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily defense aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer aerosol sunscreen
  • Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen

The recall came after Valisure issued a report that its testing revealed the presence of benzene, which is classified as a human carcinogen, in a long list of sunscreen products. J & J subsequently issued a voluntary recall of the products above out of an abundance of caution. J & J also began an internal investigation into the cause of the benzene contamination, as it is “not an ingredient in any” of their sunscreen products.

Why is Benzene Dangerous?

Benzene is a chemical found in gasoline and oil. It is often used as a solvent to make plastic, resin, rubber, drugs, dyes, detergents, and lubricants. Tobacco smoke also contains benzene.

The chemical can cause harm through inhalation, exposure to the skin, and ingestion. The effects of benzene can vary depending on the level of exposure and method of exposure.

Short-term symptoms of benzene exposure can include dizziness, shortness of breath, vomiting, confusion, unconsciousness, and even death. The potential long-term cancer-causing effects of benzene exposure are what has consumers angry at J & J.

Benzene is a known carcinogen with a proven link to blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Exposure to benzene can cause cancer, anemia and adversely affect your immune system because, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it causes your cells “not to work correctly.”

There is also evidence that women who inhale certain levels of benzene can experience irregular menstrual cycles and find their ovaries shrinking. Studies show that when pregnant animals inhale benzene, they give birth to fetuses with low birth rates, delayed bone formation, and damaged bone marrow.

Complaint Alleges Johnson & Johnson Should Have Told Consumers About Dangers of Benzene in Sunscreen

The plaintiffs in the lawsuits against J & J allege, among other things, that the company falsely advertised that the sunscreens were safe and effective, in violation of California and New York Laws. One of the complaints seeks certification of two classes- A nationwide sub-class and a New York sub-class. It is important to note that this class action EXCLUDES plaintiffs who allege the sunscreen caused them bodily harm/injury. There might be other lawsuits against J & J that seek damages for physical injuries allegedly caused by the benzene in their recalled sunscreen products.

J & J’s marketing campaigns, including commercials and labels for its Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen products, never mention the risk of benzene exposure from using them. J & J has. Instead, the complaint explains, gone out of their way to tell consumers these products are doctor recommended and are healthier, more effective options than other brands. The plaintiffs claim that, but for the marketing of these products, they would not have purchased the sunscreens which were recalled.

The complaint specifically alleges that J & J violated a slew of N.Y. and C.A. consumer laws against deceptive or false advertising and/or marketing, laws against unlawful business practices, and public policy.

Our Lawyers Are Reviewing Claims Related to Johnson & Johnson Recalled Sunscreen

If you have concerns about the safety of your sunscreen spray or lotion, you can learn more by visiting the website of the Food and Drug Administration. You can also speak to a medical professional about sun care products that do not contain high levels of benzene or high levels of other dangerous chemicals. Sunscreen can be critical to maintaining the overall health of your skin and preventing certain cancers.

At Alonso Krangle, LLP, our lawyers are reviewing injury claims related to J & J’s sunscreen recall. If you suffered personal injuries that might be the result of benzene exposure, call us to find out if you are eligible to file a lawsuit. You might be eligible to participate in the national class-action lawsuit or file an individual product liability claim.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP, at 800-403-6191 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced product recall lawyers. Find out about your legal rights to collect compensation from Johnson & Johnson because of sunscreen containing benzene.



J & J Recalls Contaminated Neutrogena and Aveeno Sunscreen

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Sunscreen After Finding Traces of Carcinogens

Johnson & Johnson (J & J) announced on July 14 that it is recalling some of its most popular sunscreens, advising consumers to stop using these products immediately. The company found traces of benzene in some of its aerosol sunscreens. Long-term exposure to benzene can cause blood cancer like leukemia.

What Products Are Included in The Johnson & Johnson Sunscreen Recall?

The sunscreens that are part of the J & J recall are aerosols or spray-on sunscreens. Lotions are not part of the recall. The recall includes all can sizes and SPFs of the following products:

  • Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense aerosol sunscreen

J & J advises consumers to dispose of these products and find alternative sunscreen products. The company stated that it is working with retailers to remove the five sunscreens from their inventories. J & J also stated that consumers can request refunds for the recalled sunscreens they purchased by calling their customer care center.

What is Benzene?

Benzene is a chemical that is classified as a known carcinogen. This means benzene causes cancer in humans.

People can manufacture benzene, but nature is also a source of benzene. For example, benzene is created and used widely to make other products like plastics, synthetic fibers, lubricants, drugs, pesticides, and detergents. Benzene is also a natural part of forest fires, crude oil, and gasoline. One of the most significant and most dangerous sources of benzene is cigarette smoke.

Why is Benzene Dangerous?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), short-term exposure to high levels of benzene can cause immediate, severe health problems. Inhaling high levels of benzene can immediately result in drowsiness, headaches, dizziness, tremors, unconsciousness, rapid heartbeat, confusion, and even death.

Ingesting something containing high levels of benzene can cause vomiting, convulsions, irritation of the stomach lining, and the conditions listed above.

Long-term exposure to benzene can cause various illnesses that affect the blood, including leukemia and anemia.

Studies have also shown that women who experience long-term exposure to benzene can have irregular menstrual cycles and shrunken ovaries.

Are Consumers in Danger Because of Benzene in Recalled Sunscreen?

J & J alleges that benzene is not an ingredient in the recalled sunscreens, although benzene is an ingredient permitted if certain requirements are met. J & J is conducting additional testing to determine how benzene got into the sunscreen products that were contaminated.

J & J urges consumers to remain calm, telling them that they are not in danger if they have used the products before the recall. In a statement, the company said, “Daily exposure to benzene in these aerosol sunscreen products at the levels detected in our testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.”

J & J insists that the recall of Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen is out of an “abundance of caution,” not because of any immediate threat to consumers.

Interestingly, this J & J recall comes in the wake of Valisure, an independent research company, filing a citizens petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the petition, Valisure requested the recall of many sunscreens and after-sun care products after it found unsafe levels of benzene in some samples. Valisure also asked the FDA to review policies about using benzene in drugs and cosmetics, suggesting that it should not be permitted at all.

About Alonso Krangle, LLP

Alonso Krangle, LLP, has lawyers with experience handling cases involving injuries from recalled products, drugs, and medical devices. When a manufacturer like J & J creates and sells products that are unsafe and can cause harm, injured victims might have the right to file lawsuits to collect damages.

Call us today at 800-403-6191 to determine if you are entitled to seek compensation if you suffered injuries because of dangerous drugs, defective products, or dangerous medical devices.


Cancer Caused by Benzene Poisoning and Exposure

Benzene: Substance in Sunscreen and Other Products Causes Cancer

Why are people suddenly talking about benzene? Because recently, the independent research company Valisure found this cancer-causing solvent in many sunscreens, the very products we slather all over bodies to prevent cancer. Valisure has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recall the benzene-containing products for two reasons:

  1. Because some of the sunscreens it tested contain more than allowable levels of benzene, and
  2. Because benzene is not necessary to making effective sunscreen, it should not be in there at all.

Let’s take a closer look at benzene and why it is dangerous to humans.

What is Benzene?

Benzene is a chemical solvent. According to the American Cancer Society (ACC), it is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet smell and evaporates quickly when exposed to air. Benzene is found in nature, forming after volcanoes or forest fires. Most human exposure to benzene, however, comes from its industrial use.

Benzene is a commonly used solvent in the US that is usually used to make other chemicals and substances. It is widely used to make plastics, rubber, lubricants, dyes, drugs, detergents, and pesticides. Benzene is also a byproduct of cigarette smoke, as well as crude oil and gasoline.
Benzene is, therefore, also part of car emissions or exhaust.

Many organizations have established that benzene causes cancer in humans. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Toxicology Program (NTP), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) all classify benzene as “carcinogenic to humans,” known to be a human carcinogen, and a “known human carcinogen,” respectively.

The FDA regulates the use of benzene when it is an ingredient in food, drugs, and cosmetics.
In a nutshell, the FDA allows benzene in drugs and cosmetics when it is unavoidable. However, when using benzene is unavoidable, it must be limited to 2 parts per million (ppm).

What Types of Cancer Does Benzene Cause?

Studies involving humans and animals conclude that benzene can cause cancer. Most research on the connection between benzene and cancer has focused on blood cancers.

Evidence shows a link between benzene exposure and the following cancers:

  • Leukemia
  • AML – acute myeloid leukemia
  • Childhood leukemia, childhood AML
  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Blood cancers caused by benzene can affect the lymphatic system, plasma system, and bone marrow. All blood cancers adversely affect your body’s ability to fight infections.

  • For people with leukemia, cancer in your bone marrow and blood causes a very fast increase in the production of abnormal white blood cells. This results in an inability to fight infection as well as an inability to produce platelets and red blood cells.
  • Lymphoma involves the growth of cancer cells in your lymphatic system. Abnormal white blood cells form, and healthy lymphocytes become lymphoma, pooling in your lymph nodes and other tissues.
  • Myeloma affects your white blood cells and prevents your body from producing needed antibodies.

According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), approximately 1.2 million people living in the US are either in remission or living with blood cancer. Unfortunately, someone in the US dies from blood cancer about every 9 minutes. Many blood cancers are caused by smoking, radiation, and exposure to chemicals like benzene.

Does Benzene Cause Other Health Problems?

Benzene has short and long-term effects in addition to cancer.

In the short term, breathing in benzene can cause dizziness, headaches, confusion, unconsciousness, drowsiness, and tremors. Ingesting food or water containing benzene can cause vomiting, convulsions, a rapid heartbeat, and even death. Skin exposure to benzene can result in blisters and redness. The presence of benzene in the air can also irritate the eyes and throat.

Long-term benzene exposure can cause blood disorders that are not cancerous but dangerous nonetheless.

Anemia, low platelets, and low white cell counts can occur. These can severely decrease your body’s ability to fight off infections and can lead to death.

There is also some evidence, although it is not conclusive, that long-term exposure to benzene can affect the reproductive organs of women. Research found that women exposed to benzene had irregular menstrual cycles and shrunken ovaries. It is unknown whether benzene affects a fetus or male fertility.

Can You Avoid Benzene?

Benzene is found in the air and many products, and it might be impossible to eliminate it from your life. For example, you might have a job that exposes you to benzene.

But, there are steps you can take to try to limit your exposure to benzene. For example, don’t smoke and avoid second-hand smoke as much as possible.

Try to avoid being around idling cars.

Avoid exposure to products containing benzene as much as you can. Know what is in the products you are using on your skin.

Call Our Benzene Cancer Lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, If You Think Benzene Exposure caused your Cancer

If you or someone you love was exposed to benzene and diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma, call our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP. You might have the legal right to collect compensation for your injuries.

Call us today at 800-403-6191 to schedule a free evaluation of your benzene cancer claim.

Research Connects Covid-19 and Protein Pump Inhibitors

Research Seeks and Finds Connections Between Protein Pump Inhibitors and Covid-19

Protein pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been the subject of many studies about their side effects and risks.

This should be no surprise given the fact that millions of Americans take these drugs either by prescription or in their over-the-counter versions. PPIs are sold under a variety of names, including Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid. They are used to treat acid reflux, heartburn, GERD, and more serious gastrointestinal ailments.

During the last several months, researchers sought and gathered information about a connection between the use of PPIs and Covid-19. Since stomach acid is one of the body’s most effective defenses against viruses and bacteria, what would it mean if stomach acid production was suppressed?

Can PPIs Make People More Susceptible to Covid-19? Can PPIs Make Covid-19 Worse?

Many studies have been conducted, and findings have been published. What do they say?

Initial results indicated that the current use of PPIs greatly increased the risk of severe Covid-19 “health outcomes.” According to one BMJ abstract, the risk among patients with Covid-19, “the current use of PPIs conferred a 79% greater risk of severe clinical outcomes. Those with current PPI use starting within the previous 30 days was associated with a 90% increased risk of severe clinical outcomes of COVID-19.”

The increased risk for those who reported past use of PPIs was deemed insignificant.

The severe health outcomes included things such as admission to the ICU, the need to be placed on a ventilator, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and death.

Initially, studies did not indicate a relationship between getting Covid-19 and PPIs, only the severity of illness. However, a recent nationwide survey indicates that “use of PPIs is associated with increased odds for reporting a positive Covid-19 test; the highest risk is seen among individuals taking PPIs” twice a day.

Why Can Taking PPIs Increase Your Risk of Covid-19 and Complications?

PPIs treat ailments and symptoms caused by stomach acid. They work by blocking or suppressing the production of acid. What does this have to do with Covid-19?

Stomach acid and your gut health in general can be significant factors in fighting off all viruses and infections. When you decrease the amount of acid, you are potentially limiting your body’s natural ability to fight off illnesses.

Scientists believe that one characteristic of Covid-19 is that it cannot thrive in acidic conditions. People with low amounts of stomach acid may be creating conditions that allow the Coronavirus to linger, giving it the opportunity to travel, replicate, and cause severe side effects.

Covid-19 replicates and invades the intestinal walls. With less acid protecting the intestinal walls, the greater the opportunity for Covid-19 to do damage.

What Does This Mean for You?

It means that if you take a PPI, consider speaking with your doctor about your need to do so and a safe dosage under the current circumstances. You and your doctor can weigh the benefits and risks and come to a conclusion you can all live with, keeping you as safe as possible in the process.

Contact Our Lawyers to Protect Your Legal Rights if You are Injured by a Dangerous or Defective Drug

At Alonso Krangle, LLP, our lawyers fight for the rights of victims injured by dangerous drugs. If you have been injured by over the counter or prescription drugs, call us at 800-403-6191 to find out how we can help protect your legal rights.



Carcinogen in Metformin Leads to Recall

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Metformin Is Latest Drug To Face Recall Because Excessive Levels Of Dangerous Carcinogen

The recent recall of metformin makes it the third popular drug to be pulled from shelves in recent months because it contains a dangerous carcinogen. Some companies have begun voluntary recalls of particular lots of metformin. Metformin has already been the subject of widespread recalls in Singapore and Canada.

Bloomberg reported that the FDA conducted testing on metformin and discovered unacceptable levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Sarah Peddicord, a spokeswoman from the FDA, told Bloomberg that the higher levels of NDMA were limited to some extended-release (XR) tablets.

Independent Testing Found Excessive NDMA in XR Metformin

Valisure, an online pharmacy that conducts independent testing of the drugs it sells, received metformin samples from people across the country. Its tests in March revealed contamination in the extended-release version of the pills. Valisure found “NDMA exceeding acceptable limits in versions made by Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC, Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., and Lupin Ltd., among other companies.”

NDMA Can Cause Cancer

NDMA is, according to the World Health Organization, a “probable human carcinogen.” NDMA might cause cancer to people. NDMA used to be a component of rocket fuel and is now found in small amounts in groundwater, soil, and water.

Recalled Drug is a Popular Choice for Treating Type 2 Diabetes

Doctors prescribe metformin to treat type 2 diabetes. According to Bloomberg, nearly 21 million prescriptions for the extended-release version of metformin were written in 2019. The extended-release version of metformin makes up ¼ of all metformin prescriptions. No one has found excessive NDMA levels in ordinary immediate-release tablets.

Other Drugs Containing NDMA Have Been Recalled

Metformin is one of several drugs found to contain unacceptable levels of NDMA.

Zantac and Valsartan were pulled from the market after the carcinogen was found in multiple lots of the drugs.

People around the country are filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of those drugs for failing to warn them about the risk of developing cancer.

“The presence of this carcinogen in metformin where multiple tablets can be taken daily and often for a lifetime diabetic condition, makes this finding particularly concerning,” stated Deanna Akinbajo, the chief pharmacist at Valisure.



Elmiron Lawyers

ICN Announces That Elmiron Now Has Warnings About Vision Loss

The Interstitial Cystitis Network (ICN) has reported on its website ic-netowork.com, that the label for Elmiron has a revised warning. The ICN stated that “After multiple research studies and peer-reviewed publications, an FDA citizens’ petition and patients sharing their stories, the label for ELMIRON has now been changed in the USA .” The new label provides a warning about the link between taking Elmiron and developing eye disease.

Doctors prescribe Elmiron to treat the symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis, also called “painful bladder syndrome.” Many of the patients who take Elmiron, do so for years. Some patients reported vision problems within the first year of taking the drug, but most vision problems occurred after three years. According to research studies, taking Elmiron can cause maculopathy, resulting in changes in vision, loss of vision, and blindness.

A number ofpatients who have experienced vision loss and other eye injuries have filed lawsuits against the makers of Elmiron, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. In these lawsuits, the victims allege that Janssen’s failure to warn that Elmiron could cause blindness was negligent. The victims are seeking compensation from the makers of this dangerous drug.

New Label Warns That Elmiron Might Cause Pigmentary Maculopathy

The label notifies patients that taking Elmiron might result in retinal changes that could lead to vision loss and changes. It also tells patients that the risk of developing problems might increase, the longer they take Elmiron.

Interestingly, the label also advises doctors to get patients’ “ophthalmologic history” before prescribing Elmiron. It also suggests conducting baseline retinal tests, and periodic follow up tests to determine if problems develop or worsen after starting Elmiron. The warning also lets patients know that vision problems can continue to progress after they stop taking Elmiron.

ICN Thanks Those Who Helped Link Elmiron to Blindness

ICN reported that getting the warning label changed was a victory for its organization and patients everywhere. Doctors across the nation played a role in sharing research data and test results that showed a clear link between Elmiron and the risk of maculopathy. Doctors at Emory Eye Institute, Harvard University Medical School, and Kaiser Permanente, along with many others, provided crucial information to the FDA as part of their efforts to get these changes made.

If You Took Elmiron and Suffered Vision Loss, Call Our Lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP

Our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, understand that drugs can have side effects and taking medication comes with some risks. You have the right to know what those side effects and risks are. Drug manufacturers must warn patients and doctors. When they don’t, and the drugs harm patients, it can result in legal liability.

Call us today to find out if you have an Elmiron blindness claim. You can reach our Elmiron lawyers at 800-403-6191.



Patient Zero Files Elmiron Lawsuit for Failure to Warn

Lawyers File Elmiron Lawsuit For Failure to Warn

On June 9, 2020, attorneys filed a product liability lawsuit in New Jersey against the makers of Elmiron. The suit alleges, among other things, that the manufacturers failed to warn their client, Valerie Hull, about the risk of developing severe eye injuries and vision problems, including macular degeneration.

The Elmiron lawsuit was filed in Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County. The complaint names several entities as defendants, each having a role in either the manufacturing, marketing, or distribution of Elmiron. Some of the defendants are Janssen Pharmaceuticals, other Johnson & Johnson entities, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Teva Branded Pharmaceutical Products R & D.

The Plaintiff in Elmiron Lawsuit is “Patient Zero” From Eye Study

Valerie Hull is a South Carolina Resident who took Elmiron from 2001-2018. Like many patients, Hull took Elmiron to relieve severe bladder pain associated with cystitis. Doctors also sometimes recommend Elmiron for osteoarthritis, but it is most often used to treat IC, Interstitial Cystitis.

Hull now suffers from loss of night vision, significant worsening of her vision, pigmentary maculopathy, and other injuries. She sought medical attention at the Emory Eye Center in Atlanta, GA.

The doctors at Emory Eye Center, including Hull’s ophthalmologist Dr. Nieraj Jain conducted a study with Hull being documented as “patient zero.” The study included five women who shared the same unique eye injuries. The common factor between the participants in the study is that they took Elmiron. Subsequent studies indicate that almost ¼ of Elmiron users suffer these same eye injuries.

People Are Filing Lawsuits For Failure to Warn of Elmiron’s Risks

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken Elmiron. Most of them are women. Yet, the manufacturers of Elmiron still do not warn patients of the risk of developing severe eye damage, macular degeneration, and blindness. Manufacturers of drugs have a duty to warn patients of the risks and dangers of taking their products. Failure to warn can result in legal liability and compensation for the patients who have been injured.

As news of the dangers of Elmiron continues to emerge, and the manufacturers continue to sit idly by, injured victims are beginning to file lawsuits. Elmiron still has no warning on its labels. Elmiron has not been the subject of a recall. Despite its dangers, doctors are still prescribing Elmiron to unsuspecting patients.

Are You Wondering: “Do I Have an Elmiron Lawsuit?” Call our Elmiron Lawyers to Find Out

Our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, are reviewing Elmiron lawsuits now. Please call us if you or a member of your family took Elmiron and developed any of the following:

  • Vision changes
  • Blindness
  • Night vision loss
  • Macular degeneration
  • Other eye injuries

We want to know the facts of your Elmiron eye injury. For a free evaluation of your Elmiron lawsuit, call our lawyers today at 800-403-6191.