Whether a company is selling a medication, product, or medical device, it is responsible for keeping people safe. This duty remains constant from design to manufacturing to the distribution of consumer-facing products. When they neglect this responsibility, those that have encountered the products may face serious consequences. We need to be clear, though. Consumers should not shoulder this burden when a company has shirked their legal and moral obligations. This is why there are lawsuits against the creators of talcum powder, IVC Filters, and Xarelto. We will explain the current situation on each of these cases.
Talcum Powder Lawsuit
Talc, a mineral found in nature, is composed of magnesium, oxygen, silicon, and hydrogen. On its own, medical and scientific communities don’t agree the substance is harmful; however, it is found close to asbestos in nature. Asbestos, on the other hand, is a substance the scientific community agrees, is a known carcinogen. Therefore, the problem isn’t with talc; it’s with the cross contamination. Nevertheless, the substance is used in baby powder, makeup, and other products to prevent rashes and excess moisture. If a woman has used talcum powder, also called baby powder, she has a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. There is much debate over whether talc is responsible for ovarian cancer, but thousands of women across the country are filing a talcum powder lawsuit against companies like Johnson & Johnson as reported by CNN for misleading them as to the safety.
IVC Filter Lawsuit
For patients at risk of a pulmonary embolism, filters are placed to prevent blood clots and blockages. One such product is called an IVC Filter. This IVC filter lawsuit is a result of a medical company allegedly hiding the results of safety studies which indicated health risks and then falsely marketing the filter. Many patients have experienced catastrophic repercussions after surgeons placed the filter. The poorly designed device breaks, then small shards move through the body and damage veins and organs.
One of the newest blood thinning medications, Xarelto, was initially seen as a better option than any other medication on the market. It appeared to have fewer side effects and was easier to prescribe for patients. Unfortunately, it soon showed increased risk of extremely severe internal bleeding. The heartbreaking truth is that serious hemorrhaging has no antidote and is usually fatal. For families whose loved ones were killed by this dangerous drug, it is imperative to contact a Xarelto lawyer for help.