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Johnson & Johnson Will Finally Stop Selling Talc-Based Baby Powder in U.S.

Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will finally stop selling its talc-based Baby Powder in the U.S  and Canada after thousands of lawsuits claimed that the product causes ovarian cancer. The company faces more than 19,000 lawsuits from cancer patients and their survivors claiming its talc was contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen, and that the company knew of the risks. “Johnson & Johnson did today what they should have done decades ago,” said Cory Watson attorney Beth Chambers. “Now, they should accept responsibility for so many women who are suffering or who have died as a result of ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder products.” The company has also faced lawsuits from consumers who claim their exposure to contaminated talcum powder caused them to develop mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Juries across the U.S. have hit the company with billions of dollars in damages on behalf of plaintiffs over their handling of the product. Johnson & Johnson Knew About Asbestos in Talcum Baby Powder for Decades Johnson & Johnson has faced intense scrutiny over the safety of its baby powder products following several investigative reports in 2018 that found the company knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its talc. These investigations revealed that J&J was aware of possible asbestos contamination in talc for at least 50 years, but did not warn consumers. In addition to the lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled 33,000 bottles of Baby Powder last year after the Food and Drug Administration uncovered traces of asbestos in samples of the product. J&J has also been the target of a federal criminal investigation into whether the company lied to the public about the possible cancer risks of its talcum powder, as well as an investigation into the health risks of asbestos in talc-containing consumer products by a Congressional subcommittee. Take Action with a Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Now, thousands of women and their families are coming forward to seek compensation for their pain and suffering – and it’s not too late to join them. Our firm continues to investigate these cases. If you or a loved one regularly used talcum powder and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the compassionate and determined advocates at Cory Watson Attorneys are ready to fight for you! Don’t wait to reach out – contact us today for a FREE initial case consultation. Call (877) 562-0000 now or fill out the online consultation form on this page. Related News: Law360 – J&J To Stop Talc Sales In North America Wall Street Journal – Johnson & Johnson to Stop Selling Talcum Baby Powder in U.S. Bloomberg Law – Johnson & Johnson Discontinues Talc Powder in U.S. CNBC – Johnson & Johnson discontinues talc-based baby powder in US Reuters – Johnson & Johnson to stop selling talc-based baby powder in U.S. New York Times – Johnson & Johnson to End Talc-Based Baby Powder Sales AL.com – Johnson & Johnson to stop selling talc-based baby powder in US

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Cory Watson Attorney Lauren S. Miller Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in Zantac Litigation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson attorney Lauren S. Miller has been named to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) for In Re: Zantac (Ranitidine) Products Liability Litigation, the multidistrict litigation involving Zantac medication linked to cancer. Ms. Miller is one of 20 attorneys appointed by U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg to the PSC out of 62 applicants. The PSC will continue to investigate and develop the Zantac (ranitidine) claims. The committee also oversees the coordination, preparation, and presentation of the cases. “I’m honored to be selected to work with this incredibly talented group of attorneys to lead this nationwide litigation,” said Ms. Miller. “It is a privilege to help lead the charge for justice on behalf of consumers who have been harmed by this defective drug.” The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation established MDL 2924 in February, consolidating defective drug liability cases involving Zantac in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Over 200 cases have been filed in the federal MDL, with thousands more expected to be filed against the manufacturers and distributors of Zantac and ranitidine. On April 1, 2020, the FDA ordered the removal of all Zantac (ranitidine) products from the market due to excessive levels of NDMA, a known probable human carcinogen. Exposure to NDMA has been linked to multiple cancers, including cancer of the stomach, colon, intestines, kidneys, and pancreas. “The manufacturers of Zantac have known for decades that the drug is unsafe for consumers,” said Ms. Miller. “Thousands of individuals have been diagnosed with cancer after taking this defective drug. I look forward to holding the drug manufacturers and distributors responsible on behalf of injured plaintiffs.” The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation established the MDL in February consolidating 140 lawsuits. The litigation is In Re: Zantac Ranitidine Products Liability Litigation, case number MDL 2924 and is located in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. About Lauren S. Miller Lauren S. Miller joined Cory Watson Attorneys in 2015 and is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of Alabama. Ms. Miller primarily focuses her practice on personal injury and represents plaintiffs in complex litigations involving dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and consumer products. In addition to her complex litigation practice, Ms. Miller represents clients in individual personal injury claims and pursues justice for sexual assault survivors. Ms. Miller’s experience includes serving on the discovery, expert, and Daubert committees in In Re: Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) and Cialis (Tadalafil) Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2691) where she was part of a six-attorney team from multiple law firms across the country that presented expert witnesses and scientific evidence in a four-day causation hearing in federal court in San Francisco, California. She was also recently part of a national team that favorably resolved over 500 cases against a well-known medical device manufacturer for individuals injured by the company’s defective device. About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than 3 Billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts.

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Eight Cory Watson Attorneys Recognized as Top Attorneys of Birmingham 2020

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys is proud to announce that eight of the firm’s lawyers were named 2020 Top Attorneys of Birmingham. Birmingham Magazine conducted its eleventh annual peer-reviewed survey, asking more than 4,000 local attorneys and registered members of the Birmingham Bar Association for their nominations. Attorneys were recognized for their experience and knowledge within 39 practice areas. The Cory Watson attorneys selected as Top Attorneys of Birmingham include: Ernest Cory (Legend) Elizabeth E. Chambers (Civil Litigation) Jon C. Conlin (Energy and Environmental, Personal Injury) Douglas A. Dellaccio, Jr. (Civil Litigation, Personal Injury) Adam W. Pittman (Mass Tort and Class Action) J. Curt Tanner (Personal Injury) Nina Towle Herring (Energy and Environmental) R. Andrew Jones (Mass Tort and Class Action) These leading lawyers are chosen for their high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, and we are proud to have them as a part of our team. On behalf of our thousands of clients nationwide, each of us at Cory Watson Attorneys congratulates this talented group for their outstanding achievement and well-deserved recognition. The complete list of Top Attorneys appears in the April 2020 issue of Birmingham Magazine. About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than 3 Billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts.

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Important Coronavirus Update

During this time of growing concern and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 virus, we want to assure our existing and future clients that there will be no disruption in legal services from our firm. Cory Watson is fully prepared to continue to provide the same superior customer service, expertise, and experience you would expect from your lawyers in the normal course of everyday business. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily as it evolves and are following recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, as well as state and local authorities. Our primary goal is to protect our employees, their families, and our clients. Our normal operations have not been impacted and we continue to be fully available to our clients. We will continue to provide free initial case consultations online and over the phone, while protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our community through this uncertain time. We are closely monitoring the various Court-mandated delays and restrictions and will continue to update our calendaring and strategies to best protect our clients’ interests. We have solid contingency plans in place, which includes plans to transition to a more widespread remote-work scenario, if necessary. In short, Cory Watson Attorneys remains committed to serving our thousands of clients across the country in the fashion they deserve. We appreciate your trust, patience, and support as we all face challenges posed by the virus. Our hearts are with you and your families in this difficult situation. Please stay safe and healthy. Resources: Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) from UAB Medicine

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Leila Watson Named Lifetime Fellow of the Birmingham Bar Foundation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys is proud to announce that firm Principal and Co-Founder Leila H. Watson has been named a Lifetime Fellow of the Birmingham Bar Foundation. The designation of Lifetime Fellow recognizes a lawyer who has made significant contributions to the legal profession, to the Birmingham Bar Foundation, and to their community. The Birmingham Bar Foundation Society of Fellows is a membership organization of select attorneys who are committed to giving back to the profession and supporting legal services in our city. Through their contributions, they support initiatives that make access to justice a reality for those in need. About Leila H. Watson Leila Watson has dedicated her life to helping people through the law. As a co-founder and principal of Cory Watson Attorneys, she has practiced with Ernest Cory for more than 38 years. She has provided unparalleled counsel to her clients and great servant leadership to the firm. As an attorney, Ms. Watson is truly dedicated to her profession. While she has led precedent-setting cases and is known for her legal skills and passion for studying the law, she has also dedicated her time to bring lasting change through community service here in Birmingham, Alabama. She is widely recognized among the legal community, serving as President of the Bar Association in 2017 and earning nationwide recognition from Best Lawyers as a 2018 “Birmingham Lawyer of the Year.” Fellows are invited each year to join the Society of Fellows by the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Bar Foundation. The new class was inducted at the Ninth Annual Fellows Dinner on February 28, 2020. On behalf of our thousands of clients in Alabama, Tennessee, and nationwide, the attorneys and staff at Cory Watson Attorneys congratulate Leila H. Watson for this well-deserved recognition. About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than 3 Billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability, and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts.

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Cory Watson Attorneys Wins $50 Million Verdict Against DuPont in PFOA Cancer Case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A Columbus, Ohio, jury has found DuPont responsible for cancer caused by PFOA (also known as C-8), awarding $50 million to a man and his wife after the man suffered two bouts of testicular cancer that he claimed were caused by water contaminated from the company’s decades of dumping these “forever chemicals” into the surrounding communities. Travis Abbott and his wife, Julie, of Pomeroy, Ohio, sought justice and compensation for damages after he lost both his testicles to cancer. Mr. Abbott’s cancer also metastasized, resulting in multiple invasive surgeries. Attorneys Jon C. Conlin, F. Jerome Tapley, Nina Towle Herring, Mitchell Theodore, Beth Chambers, and Brett Thompson represented the plaintiffs and secured a unanimous $50 million verdict on behalf of the Abbott family. “This was the largest verdict yet for these C-8 contamination cases,” said Jon Conlin, principal attorney at Cory Watson, a firm representing hundreds of people who were poisoned along the Ohio River. “The Abbotts can never have true justice, but the jury told DuPont that it could no longer escape responsibility for its decades of dumping C-8 — at least for these two victims,” Conlin said. The jury deadlocked for a second couple, Angie Swartz, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer, and her husband, Teddy, of Gallipolis, Ohio. The Swartz case was the top selected defense choice to bring to trial, and yet DuPont failed to convince the jury the company should prevail on even that claim. “While we are all disappointed that the jury deadlocked in the Swartz case, we are very thankful that they saw through all of DuPont’s excuses and held the company liable for the significant harm it caused the Abbott family,” said Jerome Tapley, principal attorney at Cory Watson. Because there was a hung jury in the Swartz case, the couple has the right to a new trial. “Having now seen DuPont’s often misleading trial tactics, we are confident that the re-trial will result in a plaintiffs’ verdict for the Swartz family,” Tapley said. While DuPont has been forced to admit the link between C-8 and certain health problems in these most recent lawsuits, it has largely continued – as it has before – to try to dodge responsibility for the harm caused to individual plaintiffs. “This verdict told DuPont it should get used to ever-increasing litigation costs and jury awards as long as it refuses to step-up and fairly compensate all the men and women it poisoned,” Conlin said. According to court records, DuPont improperly dumped C-8 into the air, drinking water, soil, and Ohio River for years from its Washington Works plant just outside Parkersburg, West Virginia. The dumping of this cancer-causing chemical ultimately resulted in a 2004 class action settlement that established special legal rights for approximately 80,000 affected people in six water districts next to, and downstream from, DuPont’s plant. C-8 (or PFOA) is in the family of PFAS chemicals that have been recently discovered at dangerous levels in communities across the country. These man-made chemicals are known for building up in the bodies of exposed people and persisting in the environment for up to a million years, giving them the label “forever chemicals.” The drinking water in the Mid-Ohio valley was contaminated with PFOA starting in the 1960’s while DuPont used it to make Teflon, as dramatized in the 2019 film Dark Waters and 2018 Netflix documentary, The Devil We Know. “Our firm is willing to fight for our clients until the very end,” said Conlin. “We look forward to bringing the Swartz case to a verdict, along with all the other new cancer cases arising from DuPont‘s decades of negligence and conscious disregard for the safety of those living and working around its plant.” The verdict was announced on March 2, 2020. The case is Swartz, et al. v. E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., S.D. Ohio, Case No. 2:18-cv-136, and Abbott v. E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., S.D. Ohio, Case No. 2:17-cv-998. About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury and environmental tort law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than 3 Billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability, and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts. Click here to download the full press release. Related News: Bloomberg Environment – DuPont Owes $50 Million in PFAS Cancer Cases, Jury Finds

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Cory Watson Attorneys Welcomes Associate Attorney Taylor A. Pruett

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys, a nationally-recognized personal injury law firm, is proud to welcome Taylor A. Pruett as a new associate attorney in the Birmingham office. Taylor A. Pruett earned her degree in Communication and Political Science from Auburn University before going on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Her devotion to seeking justice brought her to the Class Action practice group at Cory Watson, where she is currently handling cases involving product liability, mass torts, and consumer protection. “Taylor is a great addition to our team,” said principal and managing shareholder Ernest Cory. “She is a smart, capable attorney committed to providing exceptional service to our clients. We look forward to her success here at Cory Watson.” Click here to learn more about Taylor A. Pruett. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than 3 Billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson Attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability, and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts.

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Cory Watson Attorneys Elects Two New Principals Amid Strong Growth

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys, a personal injury law firm with offices in Alabama and Tennessee, announced today that it has elected two new principals to its nationally recognized practice — Adam W. Pittman and J. Curt Tanner. Adam Pittman brings expertise to the Class Action, Consumer Protection and Product Liability groups, while Curt Tanner will continue to lead the firm’s Motor Vehicle Accident practice group. “We are proud to announce Curt and Adam as principals in our firm,” said Ernest Cory, managing shareholder of Cory Watson Attorneys. “Their experience, expertise, and commitment to our clients is unparalleled, and we look forward to their continued success.” The move will further strengthen the firm’s ability to provide excellent legal representation to its clients across the country, and ensure long-term growth for the firm. “Curt and Adam both bring innovative service and skill sets to our firm that will guarantee our future growth,” said Leila H. Watson, co-founding principal of Cory Watson Attorneys. “We are thrilled to recognize their hard work.” About Adam W. Pittman An attorney with the firm since 2013, Adam W. Pittman is a lawyer with a passion for helping clients navigate the highly technical and complex legal issues that arise in product liability and class action cases. Admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 2011, he specializes in litigating automotive defects and fights to hold powerful corporations accountable for consumer fraud. Pittman handles complex litigation throughout the country, and was part of the successful trial team in Cruz v. Nissan North America, where a Los Angeles County jury awarded plaintiffs a $24.9 million verdict. He earned his law degree from The University of Alabama School of Law, where he was Senior Editor of the Alabama Law Review. Pittman serves as a junior board member for the Crisis Center of Birmingham, and is actively involved in the Emerging Leaders section of the Alabama Association for Justice. About J. Curt Tanner A driven advocate for his clients, J. Curt Tanner fights for justice in personal injury, civil litigation, motor vehicle accident and mass tort cases. A member of the firm since 2016, he represents personal injury clients across the state of Alabama as well as Tennessee. Tanner began his legal career by representing individuals against some of the largest banks and investment firms in the world. His dedication to securing justice allowed him to help obtain a seven-figure settlement in a Ponzi scheme case on behalf of his clients. A Birmingham native, Tanner holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and obtained his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where he volunteers his time by mentoring law students in the Moot Court program. Tanner is also involved in the legal community as a member of the Alabama Association for Justice and the Birmingham Bar Association. About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than 3 Billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson Attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability, and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts.

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Cory Watson Attorneys Announces New Shareholder Hirlye “Ryan” Lutz

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cory Watson Attorneys, a nationally-recognized personal injury law firm, is proud to announce principal attorney Hirlye “Ryan” Lutz as a firm shareholder. Ryan’s practice at Cory Watson is focused on Class Action and Complex Litigation, focused on helping those injured by large corporations who place profits over safety and fairness. “Ryan is an outstanding lawyer who has tirelessly served his clients and the firm” said Ernest Cory, Managing Shareholder of the firm. “We are proud of his accomplishments and know that he will continue to make significant contributions to both the firm and the community for years to come.” About Hirlye “Ryan” Lutz Raised in Birmingham, Ryan Lutz earned his undergraduate degree from Auburn University before returning to Birmingham to pursue his Juris Doctor at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Since joining Cory Watson in 2006, Ryan has served leading roles for the firm in Multi-District Litigation involving Medical Devices and Defective Products. One of his most important accomplishments was leading two nationwide class action cases against the makers of dangerous glass-front fireplaces causing third-degree burns to infants and toddlers. As a result of those cases, the fireplace industry changed its standards to require mandatory safety screens, preventing further harm to children. Most recently, he served as Co-Lead Counsel in a product liability case, Cruz v. Nissan North America, holding Nissan accountable for a dangerous product defect in their braking system. The successful Cory Watson Attorneys trial team helped secure a $25 million verdict for plaintiffs. Click here to learn more about Principal Attorney Hirlye “Ryan” Lutz. ABOUT CORY WATSON ATTORNEYS Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than 3 Billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson Attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving dangerous pharmaceuticals and product liability, and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts.

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Bloomberg Business: The FDA Recall System is Voluntary and Broken

Bloomberg Business recently published a comprehensive look at how patients suffer when drug manufacturers and regulators fail to protect them and effectively recall dangerous drugs from their medicine cabinets. For the past 25 years, the experienced drug injury lawyers at Cory Watson have helped thousands of victims hurt because of dangerous medical devices and unsafe drugs released without accurate testing. “If you think the FDA is a true watchdog over the safety of drugs put into the marketplace, you are wrong,” said Ernest Cory, managing shareholder of Cory Watson Attorneys. “The FDA only gets what the drug manufacturer wants them to see. And too often, they don’t get the whole story until the product has come onto the marketplace and injured many victims.” Contact us today for a free, confidential case review – Call (877) 562-0000 now or fill out the online consultation form on this page. Zantac Recalled for Carcinogen Contamination In September 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration received a 19-page document with startling claims about a popular medicine. Researchers at Valisure, a Connecticut lab that tests prescription drugs, found extremely high levels of a probable human carcinogen in the antacid ranitidine, best known under the brand name Zantac. Millions of people around the world use ranitidine; it’s available both with a prescription and over the counter. As for the carcinogen, NDMA, the FDA knew it well: For more than a year, the agency had been recalling batches of the blood pressure medication Valsartan contaminated with it. The FDA issued an alert that seemed to downplay the lab’s findings. The agency said it had learned that some ranitidine medicines contained low levels of NDMA, but it wasn’t advising people to stop taking the drug. Those with prescriptions could contact their doctors — if they were worried — and everyone else could consider alternatives on drugstore shelves. However, high levels of NDMA were found in every version of ranitidine tested, and labs concluded the problem was inherent to the molecule itself. In other words, there is no safe version of ranitidine. The FDA’s Limited Authority Over Recalls By mid-October, a month after the FDA’s alert, at least two dozen countries had pulled ranitidine from stores or halted its distribution. Numerous companies acted on their own to slow or stop the supply of the drug. The FDA continued to conduct tests. 43 jurisdictions and governments around the world took action before the United States did. Finally, on November 1, the agency announced that it had found higher-than-acceptable levels of NDMA in some ranitidine. The FDA then asked manufacturers to voluntarily recall some of the Zantac on the market. When the FDA finds that a drug’s quality is compromised, recalls are supposed to reverse the supply chain and remove the affected product from warehouses, pharmacy shelves, and patients’ medicine cabinets. But the agency’s authority over this system is limited. It can only request a pullback – the manufacturers can say no, and they often refuse. The FDA can’t contact patients directly; it relies on pharmacies for that. It also doesn’t control how the recall is conducted or how its effectiveness is assessed. A probable carcinogen in a medication taken by millions of people, manufactured in a factory that the FDA knew had problems, is a crisis for the agency. An effective recall system is crucial to prevent further injuries. How Do You Stop Taking a Recalled Medication If You Don’t Know It’s Been Recalled? Patients using Valsartan and Zantac were supposed to be notified by their pharmacies that their drugs could be dangerous. Those notifications didn’t always happen. Old mailing addresses, a switch in pharmacies or the use of more than one, and failure to distinguish a recall letter from junk mail can all interfere with alerting patients to dangerous drugs. There are also gaps in the flow of information, especially when drugs are recalled in batches identified by manufacturers’ lot numbers, as is common practice. Meanwhile, the number of anxious patients mounts. The failure of that system can be seen in the client base of plaintiffs’ attorney Ernest Cory of Cory Watson, a firm representing hundreds of people who took the potentially-tainted drugs. Many of his clients hadn’t been warned of the FDA recall, and only found out on through the news, social media, or through attorney advertising. Don’t Sit On Your Rights The experienced drug injury attorneys at Cory Watson are evaluating the claims of hundreds of people with cancer – liver, stomach, intestinal, colon, pancreatic, or kidney – who took these drugs. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Valsartan and Zantac drug manufacturers involved in the recalls. If you or a loved one developed cancer after taking these drugs, call today for your FREE case evaluation. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out the online case consultation form on this page.

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