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Lawsuits have been filed against Philips concerning its positive airway pressure therapy devices and mechanical ventilators. Plaintiffs claim injuries from exposure to chemicals and debris from defective PE-PUR foam within the devices, such as respiratory disease, cancer diagnoses, heart conditions, and other health issues.

Military personnel who suffer from tinnitus and/or hearing loss are suing 3M for manufacturing and selling defective, dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs, which were used during training and in combat. The lawsuit alleges the earplugs did not maintain a tight seal and allowed dangerously loud sounds to slip through, causing serious ear damage.

TDF drugs are linked to severe side-effects such as chronic kidney disease, bone density loss and fracturing. Biotechnology company Gilead Sciences, Inc. is being sued over accusations that it withheld a safer alternative to TDF to reap profits from booming sales.

Zantac (ranitidine) has been linked to several different types of cancer after long-term, high-dose exposure. Numerous lawsuits from around the country have been filed by injured plaintiffs alleging that manufacturers of Zantac concealed the cancer link from millions of people who took the drug.

Elmiron is a medication designed to alleviate a painful bladder condition known as interstitial cystitis (IC). However, long-term use of the drug has been linked to vision impairment and potentially permanent vision loss. Lawsuits have been filed by Elmiron patients concerning vision damage, and claiming Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to warn patients of these risks.

Paraquat is a toxic chemical herbicide that has been used worldwide to control weed and grass growth. Exposure to paraquat has been linked to Parkinson’s disease. Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of farmers and other workers who were exposed to paraquat and subsequently developed the central nervous system disorder. Plaintiffs claim that they were not warned of the alleged dangerous health risks associated with the herbicide.

Studies have shown that the use of talcum powder may increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. Often termed the “silent killer,” ovarian cancer is considered one of the most deadly cancers in women. Cases have been filed nationwide against talcum powder manufacturers as well as talc mining companies who have are alleged to have failed to warn female consumers of the risks of genital dusting.

Electronic cigarette use, known as vaping, has been linked to serious lung illnesses and even death in vape users nationwide. E-cigarette company Juul Labs is at the center of many lawsuits and federal investigations alleging that the company targeted young people, including minors, and failed to warn consumers that their vaping products contain nicotine.

It is estimated that over 500,000 people received metal-on-metal hip implants over the last 10 years in the U.S. alone. The dangers associated with these devices—which fail at an alarming rate—are well documented. The metal-on-metal movement inside the human body can cause the release of tiny metal particles, damaging the surrounding soft tissue and bone, and sometimes entering the bloodstream causing other systemic health issues. Failure often requires revision surgery to remove or replace the implant.

Taxotere (docetaxel) is an injectable chemotherapy drug approved in the treatment of breast cancer as well as other forms of cancer, including prostate, stomach, head and neck cancers, and non-small cell lung cancer. Taxotere has recently spawned a number of lawsuits claiming that Taxotere’s manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis knew, or should have known, that the drug may cause permanent hair loss, and that Sanofi failed to adequately warn of those risks.

Hernia mesh products such as Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh and C-QUR Mesh manufactured by Atrium Medical Corporation have been associated with dangerous side-effects such as infection, severe abdominal pain, intestinal blockage, migration, and perforation, as well as hernia reoccurrence and the need for reoperation or surgical removal of the product.

ProFemur hip implants manufactured by Wright Medical or MicroPort Orthopedics have been pulled from the market due to their unexpected propensity to fracture, leading to acute injury and even death. Patients who received one of these hip implants may experience a sudden onset of severe pain, difficulty or inability to walk, or tingling sensations or numbness in the leg.

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