Trader Joe’s says it’s recalling a brand of peanut butter as a precaution amid reports it may be linked to an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning.
But you don’t have to be an experienced Houston personal injury attorney, or to have a long memory to recall how devastating food poisoning outbreaks linked to peanut butter can be.
On September 22, 2012, officials with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said peanut butter from the store appeared to have been linked to at least 29 illnesses in 18 states.
The FDA is investigating Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter. The retailer has taken the product off its shelves.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said children under the age of 5 and the elderly face the greatest risk from this product. People with weak immune systems may also be in greater danger from the recalled peanut butter.
The agencies described a “fast-moving outbreak” of a strain called Salmonella Bredeney. Symptoms usually set in within 12 to 72 hours of eating the product. They include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.
Outbreaks of food poisoning in peanut butter were rare until a few years ago. However, in 2009, more than 500 people were struck ill with salmonella after eating contaminated peanut butter. Sadly there were nine deaths in that food poisoning outbreak, resulting in wrongful death lawsuits against a manufacturer in Lynchburg, Virginia.
If you are injured by a dangerous or defective product you have a case to seek compensation and should consult an experienced Houston injury lawyer.
A mass food poisoning outbreak almost inevitably follows some negligence or lapse in hygiene at a processing facility.
Every year hundreds of people die in Texas from overdoses of prescribed drugs, making legal drugs one of the biggest killers in the state.
In 2010 the Texas Tribune reported how deaths from accidental overdoses had risen in the state by more than 150 percent from 1999 to 2007, from 790 to 1,987, citing a report from the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug policy think tank, based in New York.
“The problem is particularly pronounced in Houston, where prescription drugs were identified in half of all accidental overdose deaths from 2005 to 2009, according to the report,” the article stated.
The figures make me wonder about the role of drug companies as well as the responsibilities of doctors and pharmacists toward patients.
This month the giant British drug companyGlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay $3 billion in fines after pleading guilty to pushing popular antidepressants such as Paxil and Wellbutrin on unapproved users.
The fine is likely to make little difference to a company that made about $44 billion in sales of drugs last year.
But as a Houston injury lawyer, it concerns me that Glaxo had been illegally marketing drugs to vulnerable people who may have been harmed by side effects.
Federal prosecutors accused the giant drug company of illegally promoting Paxil for treating depression in children from 1998 to 2003, when it wasn’t approved for anyone under age 18.
It seems the actions by Glaxo were designed to sell their drug to teenagers who were at greater risk from it. It prepared, published and distributing a misleading article in a medical journal that misreported a clinical trial of Paxil, saying it was effective in treating depression in patients under the age of 18.
In fact, the study had failed to demonstrate the drug’s effectiveness. At the same time, data from two other studies which failed to show the drug’s effectiveness in treating depression in minors was hidden.
“The company also promoted Wellbutrin from 1999 through 2003 for weight loss, sexual dysfunction, substance addictions and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, although it was only approved for treatment of major depression,” reported Fox News.
Two whistleblowers said Glaxo had given kickbacks to doctors and sales reps, encouraging them to promote drugs for unapproved uses
“For far too long, we have heard that the pharmaceutical industry views these settlements merely as the cost of doing business,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Stuart F. Delery, head of the Department of Justice’s civil division. “Today’s resolution seeks not only to punish wrongdoing and recover taxpayer dollars, but to ensure GSK’s future compliance with the law.”
Even when marketed to the people who are meant to take it, drugs such as Paxil, can have alarming side effects. Paxil has been linked to changes in mood behavior, anxiety, suicides and even homicides as well as lung problems in newborns.
Donald Schell shot and killed his family and himself after taking Paxil. A jury later found Glaxo liable in a massive lawsuit.
As a Houston dangerous drugs attorney I am alarmed by the behavior of drug companies such as Glaxo. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a prescription drug you should contact us.For a free case evaluation by anexperienced Houston injury attorney who could assist you with a potential personal injury case, please call our law firm at(713) 888-8888 or (281) 888-8888.
If you or someone you love ever find yourselves on the wrong side of a medical-related drug suit, you will do well to be sure that a good Avandia lawyer is on your side. This is because of the inherent complications of such cases, and also the powerful legal teams that pharmaceutical companies and medical practices have.
We never expect to have a negative experience with a drug that has been prescribed by a professional, but it does happen. And when it does, an experienced Avandia Lawyer can help you get through the trauma.
While it’s usually not a case of life or death, it can be. Sometimes a professional can make a simple oversight like not informing you fully of the side-effects or contraindications of a drug, in which case you could have been placed at great risk. An Avandia Lawyer helps you in these cases where the burden of proof is largely yours.
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With Halloween quickly approaching it’s important to realize the dangers involved with this holidays annual festivities. From a Houston Personal Injury Attorney’s perspective a weekend of laughs and frights can quickly turn into a ghoulish nightmare leaving you with costly medical bills or worse.
Before going out it is important to follow a few common sense practices that are usually forgotten when getting wrapped up in all of the Halloween fright, but by following them you can end up wrapped up in a mummy costume rather than bandages or a body bag. Always remember to use the buddy system, especially if you are sending your children out with peers for a night of fun and treats. Ask yourself, would you normally let your child go walk through neighborhoods by themselves at night? Don’t let Halloween be an exception. If you or your children are going out for Halloween, make sure you are in a group of well-known friends and or family.
In addition to not venturing out alone, you should keep in mind to check any and all candy that is received. Remember, you are accepting candy from random people. If you think you know every single person in your neighborhood or can trust the ones you don’t, just because of the area you live in, don’t kid yourself. Do a simple check on familywatchdog.us and I’m sure you will be in for a real legitimate scare. So, always remember to check every single piece of candy before consumption. Often time’s children and parents alike forget to do this one important thing and by having this one simple lapse in judgment can get food poisoning, which will definitely put a hamper on the rest of the holiday’s events and festivities.
Regardless of if you’ve got the flu or what is commonly called a “stomach bug” or food poisoning, you may be experiencing nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. Headache, stomach cramps, fever, muscle pain and other symptoms may also accompany either illness. The great news is that both sicknesses are treated in similar ways: rest, hydration and, in some cases, costly prescribed medications.
However, a diagnosis of one or the other illness may be helpful so that you know what to expect and what treatment to seek. The onsets of food poisoning normally appear within 2 to 24 hours after eating a contaminated food product. The flu may come on within one to ten days of exposure to another individual with the disease. Trying to find out if you’ve come in contact with another person with the flu, or if, alternatively, other people you’ve been sharing food with have the same symptoms you do can help in a determination of the cause of your particular illness.
Regardless of the cause, you should consult a doctor and a lawyer if your symptoms are moderate to severe and/or last for more than 24 hours and you feel that you were the victim of food poisoning. It may be difficult to determine what brought on a bout of gastroenteritis, but a healthcare professional also may be able to help you in that regard and a lawyer will help you recover any medical fees incurred while being sickened due to improper handling of food or food utensils as required by standard food safety practices.