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Traces of Roundup weed killer found in beer, wine

Glyphosate, the controversial ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, has been found in 19 out of 20 wine and beer brands tested by public interest group U.S. PRIG, including some brands that claim to be organic. “This chemical could prove a true risk to so many Americans’ health, and they should know that it is everywhere – including many of their favorite drinks,” study author and U.S. PRIG Toxic’s Director Kara Cook-Schultz told USA Today. Sutter Home Merlot had the highest concentration of glyphosate – 51.4 parts per billion (ppb). Tsingtao Beer was a close second with 49.7 ppb. WINE ... Read More

Glyphosate likely cause of high cancer death rate in Argentina farming town

In 2015, authorities in rural Monte Maiz, Argentina called on researchers from the University of Cordoba to study the people in the town and whether the environment was affecting their health. Researchers collected soil, air, water and blood samples from the locals and found agrochemicals like glyphosate in many of them. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killers that include the brand-names Roundup and Ranger Pro. For two decades, the herbicides have been used liberally on the 28 million hectares of crops in Argentina genetically modified to resist the effects of glyphosate, resulting in higher yields of crops ... Read More

FDA promises continued oversight of Essure despite its withdrawal from market

Bayer’s controversial permanent nonsurgical contraceptive device Essure will no longer be sold or distributed in the United States after the first of the year in response to thousands of complaints, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will continue its oversight of the device still implanted in thousands of women. Its manufacturer also is required to continue to study Essure side effects for the next five years and provide reports to the FDA. “When new safety concerns arise for particular devices, we’re committed to taking action to develop post-market information that can help patients and providers make more informed decisions ... Read More

Whistleblower Case Accusing Bayer of Baycol Fraud Moves Forward

A longstanding whistleblower lawsuit alleging Bayer AG cheated the U.S. Department of Defense by fraudulently representing its cholesterol drug Baycol as safe and effective will move forward after previously being dismissed. U.S. District Judge Michael J. Davis in Minnesota, who dismissed the case in 2015, found on Oct. 16 that whistleblower Laurie Simpson had presented sufficient proof that she had direct and original knowledge of the health risks associated with Baycol and Bayer’s downplaying of those risks. The Eighth Circuit sent the whistleblower lawsuit back to Judge Davis after finding on appeal that Ms. Simpson’s allegations satisfied the “who, what, ... Read More

Iowa man sues Roundup maker over cancer diagnosis

Just days after a California jury awarded a man $289 million after finding Monsanto’s Roundup caused his terminal cancer, an Iowa man filed a similar case against the herbicide manufacturer. Ray D. Harry,64, filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Sioux City, Iowa. He says he used Roundup for more than two decades on two different Iowa properties from 1988 to 2006 and 2011 to 2016. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in September 2017. “Monsanto assured the public that Roundup was harmless,” his suit claims. “In order to prove this, Monsanto has championed falsified data and has attacked ... Read More

NOLA councilman blames his cancer on Roundup exposure

There was rarely a time that Jefferson Parish (Louisiana) Councilman Chris Roberts wasn’t around Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. His father worked for a Monsanto supplier for more than three decades. Roberts often used the product around the house and always had a jug in his car, his garage and even his office. When he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin follicular lymphoma in April 2006 at the age of 29, his doctors were puzzled. Most people diagnosed with lymphoma are in their 60s or older, according to the American Cancer Society. Causes include exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. Roberts believes his regular exposure ... Read More

Monsanto faces 8,000 Roundup cases, Bayer CEO says

The number of lawsuits accusing Monsanto’s weed killers of causing cancer has jumped from 5,200 to 8,000. Shares of Bayer, which recently acquired the agro-chemicals company, have dropped 11 percent since a California jury earlier this month ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a school groundskeeper who claimed the glyphosate-based Roundup and Ranger Pro caused his terminal cancer. Bayer CEO Werner Baumann told investors during a conference call that when it bought Monsanto, the company “could not foresee the scope of the current lawsuits.” He said the company intends to vigorously fight the lawsuits and plans to ask the ... Read More

Bayer shares fall after landmark Roundup lymphoma verdict

Shares of Bayer plunged following a $289 million verdict by California jury in a landmark case alleging Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides contributed to a groundskeeper’s cancer diagnosis. Bayer successfully completed an acquisition of Monsanto in June. Monday morning in Europe, Bayer shares fell 11 percent. Monsanto introduced Roundup in 1974. The active ingredient in the weed killer is glyphosate. There are now dozens of varieties of Roundup. Monsanto also makes Ranger Pro, a generic version of Roundup, which also contains glyphosate. In a first-of-its-kind case against Monsanto, plaintiff DeWayne “Lee” Johnson claimed that he regularly used Roundup and ... Read More

Netflix documentary reveals dangers of medical devices

The Netflix documentary The Bleeding Edge, directed by Kirby Dick, casts a dim light on the $400 billion-dollar medical device industry and the regulatory agency charged with protecting consumers against dangerous drugs and medical devices. The documentary focuses on several people who received or were treated with a medical device – from vital devices like hip implants and blood clot catchers to elective ones like breasts implants and contraceptive devices. These patients trusted their devices were safe, but later found the products were never tested for safety and efficacy, learning they were essentially guinea pigs. One patient is an orthopedic ... Read More

Bayer halts sales, distribution of Essure birth control

Bayer’s permanent birth control device Essure will no longer be sold or distributed after Dec. 31, 2018, the company announced. The decision comes after a safety action by the Food in Drug Administration (FDA) in April during which the agency restricted the sale and distribution of the device. It was a unique type of restriction where the FDA used its authority to impose additional requirements to provide a reasonable assurance that Essure was safe and effective. This action resulted in a 70 percent decline of Essure sales in the U.S., Bayer reported. As a result, the company decided to stop ... Read More