Oregon Sues Johnson & Johnson over "Phantom Recall" of Children's Motrin
Johnson & Johnson is facing a lawsuit from the state of Oregon for issuing a "phantom recall" of Children's Motrin. A "phantom recall" is one in which the company doesn't tell consumers or authorities about the defective product, but instead hires fake shoppers to go to the stores where the good is being sold and buy it back.
It was more than a year before Johnson & Johnson issued an official recall of the good. The Children's Motrin was defective because it did not dissolve properly, rendering it ineffective.
Weight Loss Drug "Meridia" Recalled
Europe stopped allowing the popular weight loss drug, Meridia, on their shelves last January. Last week, officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they are recalling Meridia as well. It has been on the market for more than 10 years, even while some consumer watch groups advocated for its removal in 2002, the government is just now taking responsibility and responding.
Meridia is known to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes for those who use it. Young users of the drugs who had few or no other risks for heart attacks were the most obviously affected. It is also relatively ineffective as a weight loss drug.
Abbott, the pharmaceutical company that makes Meridia, disagrees with the FDA's estimation of Meridia as a dangerous drug, but will comply with the recall regardless.
The recall has also raised some questions about the efficacy of the internal departments of the FDA.
Four Supplements Recalled by FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently focused more of its attention on the safety of supplements and vitamins, which have so far been laxly regulated. Dangerous drugs can cause serious injury and illness when not properly tested.
Four supplements which contain Aromatase Inhibitors have been recalled. The supplements are:
- ArimaDex - This supplement was billed as a testosterone booster.
- Clomed - This supplement as promoted as a way to increase testosterone levels.
- Off Cycle II Hardcore - This supplement was reported to help muscle growth and muscle retention.
- Arom-X - Also marketed under the names Arom-X UTT, Arom-XL, Decavol, and 4-AD, this supplement claimed to increase libido and enhance testosterone production.
Although no injuries or illnesses concerning these supplements have been reported, they all contain Aromatase Inhibitors, which could cause decreased bone growth, infertility, increase aggression, kidney failure, and liver problems.
Birth Control Pills to Be Wary Of
Our firm currently represents women who have suffered side effects from taking the contraceptive Yasmin, Yaz, or its generic birth control Ocella. We are dedicated to helping families and individuals who have developed blood clots, gallbladder disease, or suffered from a stroke or heart attack due to taking these oral contraceptives.
Women who have suffered from Yasmin related issues have been reporting injuries which form the basis of a lawsuit for damages. Serious side effects of Yaz and Yasmin include blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks. Moreover, gall bladder disease and pancreatitis have been linked with women using the birth control. Consumer groups and members of the medical community are questioning Yaz side effects and the increased risk for blood clots and strokes.
Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella are considered "fourth generation" combination birth control pills. They contain a newer type of synthetic progestin called drospirenone. This contraceptive is one of the most popular contraceptives on the market and has been heavily marketed to women throughout the United States, promoting its use in treating premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Currently neither the FDA or the manufacturer has issued a Yaz recall, and the drug remains one of today's most popular birth control pills. If you feel you have suffered an injury, serious side effect or other forms of damages from taking Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella, please contact our office right awayto speak with an experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer so we can inform you of your rights and discuss your case.