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    Agony of the Feet

    Saturday, December 15th, 2018

    Last time we talked about burning feet. This time we’re tackling a similar theme, but from a different cause. While it isn’t battery acid, uric acid buildup can cause a similar feeling – like your feet are on fire. Gout is the disease when uric acid builds up and causes swelling in the joints. It’s related to arthritis and can be debilitatingly painful. 

    There are several treatments. One of the newer entrants is the prescription drug Uloric, or its generic name febuxostat. It was introduced by Takeda Pharmaceuticals in 2009 and was then the first new gout treatment in forty years. New treatments are welcome, but they need to be effective and safe. There is some debate on whether Uloric meets the latter criteria.

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    A former safety consultant for the company has filed a whistle-blower suit. The doctor has alleged that Takeda’s drug interacts with several other drugs and that there are significant side effects. These include an increase risk of heart attack and strokes, according to FDA’s study released in 2017.

    We’re all for new treatments and medications, but the treatment shouldn’t be worse than the disease. Even makers of gout medicines should toe that line. Doctors and consumers have a right and a need to know about possible interactions and/or side effects. If you are having issues related to a febuxostat prescription, step in and see us.

    Another Roundup with Monsanto

    Friday, September 14th, 2018

    A while back we talked about Monsanto and their use of glycophosphate (the principal ingredient in Roundup ™ ). We said it would be problematic and things will have to be determined. Well, it’s time that things start to get determined all right. And speaking of Time – you can check out their coverage of this right here.  

    Long story short, the jury unanimously awarded the victim 39 million dollars, and socked Monsanto with $250 million dollars in punitive damages in a judgment for failure to warn users of the pesticide of potential health hazards associated with their chemical. Monsanto was bought by Bayer in 2016. And, what a surprise, Bayer will be retiring the Monsanto name. They probably hope that their reputation as a medicine maker will offset the negative associate the Monsanto brand carries.

    But will that work? There are another five thousand cases already in the pipeline of the US’s legal system. Glycophosphates were found to be “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organization back in 2015. There is a correlation between farming with pesticides and incidences of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  Monsanto claims it is safe, yet they have a study from over 30 years ago that says otherwise. That study, entitled “A Chronic Feeding Study of Glycophosphate (Roundup Technical) in Mice,” found a statistical increase in tumors in mice exposed to glycophosphate. And in 1985 an EPA statistician wrote disagreeing with Monsanto stand on glycophosphate. He wrote, “Glycophosphate is suspect. Monsanto’s argument is unacceptable.”

    And yet here we are. We hope you aren’t having to deal with this terrible disease. But if you are, you need legal help. Talk to an attorney to find out how you can get that help. If you want to talk to us, you can contact us through the website or call us at 877-717-5342.    

    Pressure Cooking in Summer

    Friday, July 20th, 2018

    Pressure Cooking in Summer

    As the weather is hot, it’s a nice break now and then to think of winter and the holidays.  When I think of the winter holidays, I also think about the great food associated with it.  We all want something good to eat, and here’s a link to some appropriate music to go with it.  Don’t worry – I’m not sending  you to Christmas music in July.

    We all want to make something special for our loved ones, especially over the holidays. Alas, one company has made this challenging. Tristar Products makes a pressure cooker that they promoted as an “amazing, one-button kitchen miracle.” I probably wouldn’t use that word. That “kitchen miracle” has a habit of not being able to handle the pressure of the holidays – or any other time.

    The Power Pressure Cooker XL has a nasty habit of exploding. This has caused severe burns to a number of people.

    Pressure cookers can be tricky. Several companies that have made them and had problems over the years. But the problems with the Tristar model were so numerous that judges have approved a class action lawsuit to try to deal with the claims.

    No one likes to be sold a faulty product. No one likes to get burned – Sorry, but in this case, pun intended. If that happened to you, let us help.


    Sunday, July 8th, 2018

    Cars and trucks are a lot safer than they used to be. There have been numerous developments in safety over the years. In light of that though, the last thing we expect to be hurt by in a car accident is the so-called “safety” features.The Takata company made airbags for over 30 car makers. These airbags were used in both cars and trucks, work vehicles and luxury cars. Unfortunately over 70 million vehicles have been recalled because the airbags had serious problems.

    Yes, problems – plural. They didn’t have a problem that made them unsafe, but they had multiple problems. Not only did they suffer from manufacturing problems, but they used materials that degraded in humidity and used ammonium nitrate as a propellant for the inflation device, even after some of their employees pointed out that ammonium nitrate has the nasty habit of exploding.

    And explode they did. They have caused a number of deaths and injuries. Instead of just inflating the airbag to minimize injuries in the event of a car crash they threw fragments like a grenade. We hope you haven’t been injured because of an exploding airbag. If you have, give us a call.

    Even if you haven’t – check out the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administrations website here. to see if your car was on the recall list. If so, don’t blow it off. Your life may depend on it.

    Heartburn Keeping You Up Again?

    Tuesday, June 26th, 2018


    We spoke back in July about dangers of using prescription proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) for heartburn. As if the general problems weren’t enough to give you heartburn, how about this one? A medical study published by JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) in 2016 concluded that “Proton pump inhibitor use is associated with a higher risk of incident CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease).”  A new study published this past April appeared in the Journal of American Nephrology found that patients taking the PPI drugs had over 90 % probability of developing kidney failure, and almost a 30% increase in developing chronic kidney disease than those taking another type of medication.

    Many think that PPIs are over prescribed. While no one wants to suffer from heartburn, there are safer alternatives available that don’t have such high risks of kidney damage. It’s not worth causing a problem that may wind up being fatal.

    If you have been prescribed PPIs from the list below and have wound up with kidney problems, please give us a call. We can help -with the legal heartburn at least.

    Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium)  
    Aciphex (rabeprazole)
    Protonix (pantoprazole)
    Prevacid (lansoprazole)
    Zegerid (omeprazole / sodium bicarbonate)
    Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)
    Prilosec (omeprazole)
    Vimovo (esomeprazole and naproxen)

    Dicamba – Further Questions

    Friday, June 8th, 2018

    A couple months back we promised you some interesting questions regarding the dicamba controversy. Here are some interesting controversies this case brings up beyond just the damage to crops. None of them have simple answers.

    First, is Monsanto being held to an unfair standard? They make a product. The product comes with instructions. Is the manufacturer liable if the instructions are not adhered to?

    How do we know if the product instructions are followed? Who is going to police the actions of farmers to make sure the instructions are followed so not to damage a neighbor’s crops? Did the manufacturer make a product assuming that the instructions would not be followed close enough to prevent damage to neighboring crops?

    Next, with ever increasing technology, will farmers be forced to purchase Monsanto’s dicamba resistant products just to be able to bring their crops to market? Where does corporate R&D move from simple one-upmanship to deceptive trade practices?

    I promised you questions. I don’t have answers for these just yet. Several of these cases will be headed to court. Those cases might provide some of the answers.

    Or, they may just provoke even more questions. We’ll have to see.

    Meshy Business

    Saturday, May 26th, 2018

    You’ve heard the expression – always go with your gut feeling.  If your gut tells you something is wrong, even if you can’t figure out what it is, check it out.

    Back in June we talked about Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Ethicon and that they were withdrawing their Physiomesh product from the market. The Physiomesh is a fabric inserted into the body to help repair hernias. The Physiomesh was withdrawn for high revision rates. If you recall, the revision rate is measurement of how often a medical procedure such as surgery has to be redone. So if two out of every hundred procedure needed to be done the revision rate would be 2%.

    In defending itself in a Georgia lawsuit regarding the failure of the Physiomesh to do an adequate job, one of the defenses Ethicon is putting forth is the physician instructions.

    Let’s think about this.

    Let say I make 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, 100 each with three different brands of bread. If the jelly squirts out the sandwich needs to be remade – we’ll call that the revision rate. So if the jelly squirts out twice with brand A bread, brand A has a 2 % revision rate. If the jelly squirts out four times with brand B, brand B has a 4% revision rate. Let’s say that the jelly squirts out twenty times with brand C. 

    Now explain this to me – Did the instructions of how to make a PBJ really affect how often the jelly squirted out of the sandwich? Or was it the bread?

    I know this is oversimplifying things, but in this instance the jelly squirting out is someone’s innards and probably pretty darn painful. And redoing abdominal surgery is a lot more pain and expense than making a sandwich.

    Instructions? My gut says otherwise. How about yours?

    If you are having complications due to Physiomesh, give us a call.

    Let’s Not Make Kids Sicker

    Tuesday, February 20th, 2018


    No one likes to see their child suffer. When you kid is sick you want to comfort them and do anything you can to make them feel better.  And while the flu can be serious, it could be much worse.

    But the last thing you want to do as a parent is make it worse.  But inadvertently some parents and drug makers are doing just that.

    It’s one thing to have a kick sick with the flu, but psychosis and hallucinations?  Sometimes so bad that poor child wants to jump out a window?  That’s serious stuff.  I wish this wasn’t a  real example.  I’m usually a fan of a good flu pun, but I just didn’t think it appropriate this time.

    Unfortunately, these can be some of the side effects of the popular flu medicine Tamiflu (also known as Oseltamivir). These are common enough that the drug has been banned in Japan for use in children for over a decade. The flu can be serious, but would you prefer that to potentially permanent neuropsychiatric problems, brain infections, convulsions, delirium and delusions?

    We all want to relieve our children’s suffering. But parents and doctors need to be aware of the side effects that might be attached to the drugs given to relieve the suffering.

    Call If You Have Cancer After a Hysterectomy Due to Morcellation

    Thursday, July 28th, 2016


    If you have been diagnosed with upstaged uterine or abdominal sarcoma or leiomyosarcoma, call our law firm. At The Garmon Law Firm, we help women and their families after a devastating diagnosis has been delivered. You are an integral part of your family and getting sick can cause everything to stop while you receive ongoing medical care.  This can harm both you and your entire family emotionally, mentally, and financially.  Not being able to work or needing to hire someone to help you, can have a significant financial toll, but, there is hope.  You may not have come down with this condition for no reason. You could be suffering due to a medical procedure using the powered morcellator.  If so, you are entitled to financial compensation, something that we can help to recover as your injury attorney.

    Maximizing the Value of Your Claim

    You could be entitled to financial compensation, if your condition was caused by a faulty medical device or your doctor performing your hysterectomy without giving a proper warning of the risk associated with it.  In this case, we will evaluate what you have paid to-date in medical bills and what you are likely to pay in the future.  We will also analyze how your quality of life has been impacted and how much money you have either lost or had to pay due to your condition.  You could receive compensation for things like –

    • Diagnostic services
    • Procedures
    • Hospital stays
    • Hiring help for the house
    • Needing to secure child care
    • Being unable to work
    • A spouse needing to take time off to care for you
    • Pain and suffering
    • And more

    At The Garmon Law Firm, we account for all of the ways that your life has been negatively impacted through the use of the morcellator device and work to ensure that you receive as much compensation as possible.

    About the Morcellator Device

    The FDA issued a warning in November of 2014 which was an update of the original warning issued in April of that year. The warning went out to healthcare providers, cancer advocacy groups, manufacturers of devices used for minimally invasive surgeries, medical associations, etc. In other words, the medical community has been made aware of the dangers associated with this device and method of performing a hysterectomy. Typically, it has been used for women undergoing a hysterectomy or myomectomy.

    The problem is that one out of every three hundred and fifty women that undergo a hysterectomy, in order to remove fibroids, have a specific type of uterine sarcoma which can lead to uterine cancer. The problem is that when a laparoscopic power morcellation is completed, there is no way to tell if the cancer exists and, as a result, cancerous cells may spread.  If this has happened to you, you have the right to seek financial compensation and at the Garmon Law Firm, we can help you to do so.


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