Star of television and the silver screen Chuck Norris and his wife Gena are suing seven pharmaceutical and medical diagnostic companies along with their subsidiaries for failing to warn Gena or her healthcare providers of the risk of gadolinium. Gadolinium Deposition Disease (GDD) occurs in patients that have received injections containing gadolinium-based contrast agents that assist medical professionals in reviewing MRI readings. Some patients that have received the gadolinium have reportedly developed persistent symptoms like headaches, bone and joint pain and clouded mental activity.
Chuck and his wife Gena are seeking over $10 million from McKesson Corporation, Bracco Diagnostics as well as others.
According to a recent interview, Gena Norris brought to light the dangers and lack of warnings involved with gadolinium and the need for a lawsuit that will increase warnings concerning the chemical in the future. “Unfortunately, litigation is the only course of action we can take to hold the drug companies accountable for threatening the lives of so many innocent people who undergo MRIs,” Norris said in a statement. “These companies continue to say that there is no link between gadolinium and adverse events, even though the evidence is overwhelming that this heavy metal stays in the body for years, rather than hours.”
Gena claims that she suffered from gadolinium poisoning following a series of MRI scans that she received in 2012 to examine her rheumatoid arthritis. Gena claims that she had normal kidney function before the MRI scans, but she was soon hospitalized several times following the treatments due to debilitating bouts of pain and burning throughout her body that would follow the MRIs. Gena is certain that gadolinium poisoning was to blame for her illness and the Norris family is claiming that they have spent over $2 million in GDD treatments over the span of the last five years.
FDA Also To Blame
The Norrises lawsuit also points the finger of blame in part to the FDA and it’s “mixed messages” regarding gadolinium. In the past, the FDA has warned that patients with weak kidneys should avoid gadolinium, then extended the warning to patients without kidney problems. The FDA, earlier this year, stated that gadolinium is not harmful to healthy people. However, the lawsuit claims, the FDA “has still not approved the most common gadolinium removal treatment, chelation, which patients like Gena must pay out-of-pocket for.”
The Norrises are seeking damages for fraudulent misrepresentation, fraud by concealment, negligence, and loss of consortium. You can read the full lawsuit by CLICKING HERE.
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