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Blizzard & Nabers is a national pharmaceutical and personal injury law firm, specializing in handling cases for people who have been harmed by dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. Our advocacy for our clients has gained us attention in the national media. Below are a selection of articles featuring comments from our firm's lawyers.

Ed Blizzard Named to the Plaintiff's Steering Committee for Zoloft Lawsuits

In July of 2012, Edward Blizzard, a senior partner at Blizzard & Nabers was named to the Plaintiff's Steering Committee for the Zoloft multi-district litigation being heard in the United States District Court for the District of Eastern Pennsylvania. The Plaintiff's steering committee handles discovery, hearings, trial preparation, and procedural motions on issues common to all plaintiffs.
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The Dangers of Depuy Hip Implants

Ring of Fire
In this radio interview, Ring of Fire’s Sam Seder talks to attorney Ed Blizzard about the dangers of hip implants.
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Is More Government Regulation Needed to Prevent Future Recalls?

Huffington Post
Ed Blizzard, a tort attorney, is no stranger to large pharmaceutical cases, having represented 200,000 women injured by silicone breast implants, patients inured by diet drugs Ephedra and Fen-Phen and heart attack victims due to Merck's Vioxx. Blizzard knows the drug companies "didn't just uniformly decide to clean up their ways for the betterment of the public."
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More Government Regulation Needed to Prevent Future Recalls

Politic365
Patient Larry Barnett didn’t sign up for an oil spill inside his body when he agreed to hip implant surgery to relieve his pain. But, that’s exactly what he got, according to Houston Attorney Ed Blizzard, referring to the dark slime now found inside many patients. While the debate over government regulation rages on, the need for more government scrutiny is needed to protect and save lives. Today, there are over 93,000 persons who have these types of hip implants worldwide.
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After Five Hip Replacement Surgeries, Travis County Woman Sues Company

The Austin American Statesman
The lawsuit claims the hips failed prematurely, shedding metal debris in some patients. The debris contains chromium and cobalt, which could damage the surrounding bone and tissue and cause problems elsewhere in the body… "It's a question of whether the level of exposure is below the toxic level," said attorney Ed Blizzard of Houston, who represents Rogers and has filed 15 lawsuits against DePuy. "Nobody knows at this point." Blizzard negotiated large settlements in suits against the drug Vioxx and Sulzer Orthopedics of Austin, which faced 5,500 claims after oil residue on 40,000 hip implants and 1,600 artificial knees prompted recalls. Sulzer settled in 2002 for $1 billion, and the company eventually was sold.
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Is More Government Regulation Needed to Prevent Recalls?

OpEd News
The real failure for these hip implants may be due to corporate greed and a lack of government oversight on medical devices. Although DePuy recalled the product in August, 2010, lawsuits claim that the company was aware of the device's failure in 2008. One patient, Larry Barnett, who is represented by Texas attorney, Ed Blizzard, put off the surgery for 2 years and finally had the implant inserted in 2008, due to its claim to last 15 years or longer. Ed Blizzard, a tort attorney, is no stranger to large pharmaceutical cases, having represented 200,000 women injured by silicone breast implants, patients inured by diet drugs Ephedra and Fen-Phen and heart attack victims due to Merck's Vioxx. Blizzard knows the drug companies "didn't just uniformly decide to clean up their ways for the betterment of the public."
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How Much Is Enough for Big Pharma?

The Huffington Post
The chromium poisoning that is destroying victims' bone and muscle is nothing new, in fact, you may remember a town of people who got cancer due to its ill effects from the movie Erin Brockovich. Now, they have Depuy and Johnson & Johnson to thank for this honor… one of Ed Blizzard's clients, 58-year-old construction worker Larry Barnett of Modesto, Illinois, "suffered debilitating pain... he had trouble even walking or standing after receiving the part" and now is "at much greater risk for cancer."
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Big Pharma Strikes Again

The Nation
Houston-based attorney Ed Blizzard is now representing patients who suffered from defective hip implants and are suing DePuy for damages. “The company knew the risk and failed to warn physicians and patients about the risk,” said Blizzard. In 2007, Blizzard won a $4.85 billion settlement from Merck on behalf of 27,000 patients who suffered complications, including cardiac arrest, after taking its drug, Vioxx, for arthritis pain.
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Prescribed Pain By The Prescription Racket

The Smirking Chimp
Now, because a lack of any regulation, Americans are being poisoned by hip implants created by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Depuy Orthopaedics Inc., that are not only not tracked by any regulated registry, but in many cases were never even tested before being put into people’s bodies - so the inside of victims hips could come to resemble a post-Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico… As Blizzard has said, “nobody signed up for an oil spill in their body.” They did not sign up for cancer either.
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Area man among hundreds suing over defective hip implants

Illinois State Journal-Register
Larry Barnett, a 58-year-old construction worker from Modesto, would like to go back to work. He’d like to again ride a horse, even water ski. But after two hip replacements and a revision necessitated when one hip replacement system had to be replaced just two years after it was implanted, he’d settle for pain-free good health. Barnett is one of several hundred people suing DuPuy Orthopaedics Inc., alleging that the Warsaw, Ind. company knew its ASR hip replacement system was defective, but continued to sell it. “The company knew the risk and failed to warn physicians and patients about the risk,” said Ed Blizzard, a Houston-based attorney who is representing Barnett and his wife, Paula, in their suit. “They shut the plant down in late 2009 and continued to sell the implants.”
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Prescribed Pain By The Prescription Racket

Crooks and Liars
There is nowhere that greed is more pervasive than among those companies responsible for the health of roughly 300 million of Americans - Big Pharma…I can attest to their greed personally, from working with preeminent plaintiff’s lawyer Ed Blizzard, who has challenged the right of pharmaceutical companies to poison Americans, like it is part of their business model. It is Blizzard who made Vioxx drug-maker Merck pay dearly - to the tune of $4.85 billion - for the scores of Americans who lost mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, because Vioxx promised to help with arthritis and instead delivered sudden cardiac arrest.
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Government regulation — who needs it?

The Philadelphia Inquirer
The latest outrage from attorney Ed Blizzard's file: Thousands of patients who received toxic hip replacements — infecting patients, incredibly, with toxins like chromium, the same cancer-caujsing substance at the heart of the movie "Erin Brockavich." They were manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson a few miles up U.S. 1 from here in New Brunswick, N.J. DePuy has already recalled 93,000 of the devices and the president of the subsidiary has resigned — but none of this had to happen.
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His Hip Hell: Patient Says Surgical Implant Left Dark Slime, Toxins in Body

The Daily
The day after his surgery this week, Larry Barnett still didn't know the extent of the damage caused by the defective artificial hip joint that had been inside his body since 2008… Ed Blizzard, a lawyer representing Barnett and 14 others, has filed four lawsuits against Indiana-based DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
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Ed Blizzard Appointed to DePuy Hip Replacement MDL Steering Committee

Edward Blizzard, a senior partner at Blizzard & Nabers has been named to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR Hip Implant. Ed’s previous experience, along with his reputation as a national leader in pharmaceutical and defective medical device litigation were key factors in this appointment. The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee handles discovery, hearings, trial preparation, and procedural motions on issues common to all plaintiffs.
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FDA Delays May Have Cost Lives

When the FDA pulled from the market the sometimes-deadly prescription painkiller propoxyphene (sold under the brand names Darvon and Darvocet in the U.S.), the agency was acting finally - if belatedly - in the public interest, writes Ed Blizzard in the Huffington Post.
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National Pharmaceutical Law Firm Investigates Legal Action Against Biogen Idec and Elan, Makers of Tysabri

Blizzard & Nabers, LLC, one of the nation's leading pharmaceutical litigation firms, is investigating legal action against Biogen Idec and Elan, the makers of the dangerous drug Tysabri (natalizumab), a medication used to treat multiple sclerosis patients..."When you consider that Tysabri causes PML which results in either death or severe brain damage, and that the risk of contracting PML increases each month that a patient takes the drug, it is difficult to understand why the FDA allows it to remain on the market," said Ed Blizzard, “We will continue to investigate and may seek justice on behalf of these suffering patients.”
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Weak Rules on Toxins and Safety

New York Times
For 14 years until just last month, GlaxoSmithKline sold a denture cream called Super Poligrip that contained high levels of zinc. The zinc helped with adhesion and was probably safe so long as people used moderate amounts of cream. Indeed, the human body needs small amounts of zinc to function. But some people ended up using much larger amounts, and they began to develop the kind of nerve damage associated with excess zinc. Johnny Howell of Winston-Salem, N.C., who was using a tube of Poligrip a week, had to quit his job as a car mechanic and now needs a walker to get around his house. He is 53 years old ...Mr. Howell, the former mechanic, who is suing GlaxoSmithKline, said he was careful to apply the cream how the instructions showed. He was less careful, however, about dosage. One of his lawyers, Stephen McCarthy, told me the packaging did not previously contain specific instructions about how much to apply.
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Scores Sue Over Zinc in Denture Adhesives

Seattle Times
In the wake of news reports that the zinc found in many denture adhesives could lead to neurological problems, hundreds of denture wearers have been calling lawyers, hoping to join the growing number of suits filed against the makers of Super Poligrip and Fixodent ... Ed Blizzard, a Houston lawyer handling several cases, says a potential litigant's first visit should be to a doctor. "We have told the people they should get tested for zinc and copper."
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Lawsuits Claim Two Denture Creams are Making People Ill

Cleveland Live
Hundreds of people across the United States have developed serious health problems that researchers have tied to zinc in denture adhesives ...Those who've gotten sick have been as young as 26. Many are in their 40s and 50s. Their arms have gone numb, they've become incontinent, their legs have weakened so badly they need walkers and wheelchairs to get around. "These are people who are very seriously hurt," says Ed Blizzard, a Houston attorney suing two major denture-cream makers on behalf of people who've gotten sick. "A number of them can't work anymore. They need help around the house. It's dramatically affecting their lives."
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GlaxoSmithKline to Stop Manufacturing Denture Creams that Contain Zinc

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
The maker of a popular denture adhesive said Thursday that it will stop making the product and reformulate it to remove zinc, which has been linked to neurological problems ...GlaxoSmithKline has added the potentially hazardous material to its adhesive for decades, despite evidence that consuming large amounts of zinc over an extended period can cause serious neurological damage, said Houston lawyer Ed Blizzard.
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Super Poligrip to go Zinc-Free After Consumer Complaints

St. Petersburg Times
Facing scores of lawsuits from consumers who say denture adhesive caused them serious health problems, the maker of Super Poligrip announced Thursday that it will stop making and distributing all its denture products that contain zinc ...Ed Blizzard, a lawyer who has filed several suits, called the announcement "a responsible action for GSK to take and a victory for consumers," but said it came years too late.
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GSK to Halt Sales of Denture Adhesive Poligrip

News & Oberver
GlaxoSmithKline announced today it will stop making, selling and advertising its Super Poligrip brands of denture adhesives that contain zinc. The announcement comes after numerous people, including a Winston-Salem man, said they suffered permanent neurological damage when they ingested the mineral, which had been included as an adhesive. Many consumers used large amounts of the creams to keep ill-fitting dentures in place.
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Glaxo Pulling Some Poligrip From Market Over Zinc Risk

National Pubic Radio
Wearing dentures isn't anybody's idea of fun. But nobody expects that the glue used to hold the darn things in place could lead to nerve damage. Amid a rising tide of lawsuits that claim some denture adhesives containing zinc have caused serious nerve problems, drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is pulling some Poligrip products from the market while the company works on zinc-free formulas ...Ed Blizzard, a plaintiffs lawyer, praises Glaxo's action in a statement and called it "a victory for consumers." But, he says, "it comes far too late for the hundreds—if not thousands—of people who have been crippled by zinc poisoning."

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Lawsuits Blame Denture Adhesives for Neurological Damage

St. Petersburg Times
A Miami man in his 60s suddenly has trouble walking. A Colorado woman in her 40s starts losing the use of her legs. A Texas woman in her 20s feels tingling, then numbness that starts in her feet and crawls up to her thighs. All three blame an unlikely suspect: denture adhesives ...Denture adhesive manufacturers "didn't tell anybody the right amounts to use. They didn't warn people that if they didn't use the right amounts that they could be crippled," said attorney Ed Blizzard, who filed a suit in Miami in December against GlaxoSmithKline on behalf of the family of Rodney Urbanek.
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Unraveling a Mystery: Persistent Weakness, Nausea Traced to Zinc Overload

Minot Daily News
The cause of Karen Erickson's symptoms was unknown. All she knew was that she felt weak and nauseated, starting back in 2005. In October of 2005, she sought treatment from her primary physician. "They did some tests and they couldn't figure it out. I was just so weak. My day consisted of taking my daughter to school and staying in bed and then picking her up and coming back home," Erickson said ...Houston-based pharmaceutical attorney Ed Blizzard has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Erickson in Philadelphia, where the headquarters of Poligrip's maker, GlaxoSmithKline, are located.
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Suspected Culprit in Texas Woman's Debilitating Disorder: Denture Cream

Deseret News
An estimated 35 million Americans use adhesives to secure their dentures, and most have no health problems associated with the creams. But some have developed severe neurological problems, they say, caused by ingesting dangerously high levels of zinc ...Blizzard said denture wearers had no reason to cut back on denture cream because until recently there was no warning against using as much as they needed. "In fact, on the box, it said that if the amount you're using doesn't work, use more," he said.
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Denture Cream Suspected to have Caused Woman's Disorder

Sun-Sentinel
Gilley's suit against GlaxoSmithKline was recently filed in Philadelphia, where the manufacturer is located. About 20 other claimants have also filed suits in mass tort court in Pennsylvania ...dozens of people have been permanently disabled after using the cream for years, said Ed Blizzard of Houston, Gilley's attorney.
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A potential danger in denture cream?

Time
A previously healthy 26-year-old woman may now be permanently handicapped because long-term exposure to zinc in denture cream eroded her health ...Gilley, who is now unable to walk and must rely on a wheelchair, recently joined some 20 other people who have filed lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Poligrip and Super Poligrip denture cream.
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Suspected Culprit in Mineral Wells Woman's Debilitating Disorder: Denture Cream

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
It began with a tingling sensation, as if her foot was going to sleep.Then numbness set in. It crept up to Elizabeth Gilley's calf and onto her thigh.Over the next six months, the Mineral Wells woman grew weaker, her skin turned pale, and she could barely walk across the room without gasping for breath ...dozens of people have been permanently disabled after using the cream for years, and at least one person has died, said Ed Blizzard of Houston, Gilley's attorney. "I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg," he said. "I think a lot of people out there have neuropathy and don't know it could be connected to their dentures."
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Toxic Denture Cream Killed my Husband, Says Widow

The Scotsman
An American widow has launched a lawsuit alleging that her husband was killed by his dentures. The family of Rodney Urbanek, 64, claim he died from deadly levels of zinc ingested from a toxic denture adhesive that he used for 14 years. It is believed to be the first case in the United States of a death blamed on poisoning from denture cream. Mr Urbanek was healthy in early 2007, but became paralysed below the waist a few months later and confined to a wheelchair, according to the lawsuit filed against the US arm of GlaxoSmithKline. He died from pneumonia in a nursing home in 2008 ...Edward Blizzard, the lawyer representing Mr Urbanek's widow Gisela, 59, and daughter Deanne, 38, said: "The makers of these adhesives knew full well that high levels of zinc posed a serious threat to the health of their consumers, but did nothing."
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Lawsuit: Deadly Dentures Killed Miami Man

NBC Miami
The widow and daughter of a Miami man who died at a South Carolina nursing facility in 2008 have filed a lawsuit against the maker of his denture adhesive, claiming his paralysis and death were a result of toxic Poligrip ..."Rodney's case is a troubling example of what can happen when manufacturers fail to warn consumers about the risks associated with their products," said attorney Ed Blizzard, in a released statement. "The makers of these denture adhesives knew full well that high levels of zinc posed a serious threat to the health of their consumers, but did nothing."
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Zinc Dentures Risk: Adhesives Blamed For Nerve Damage

Huffington Post
Zinc in denture adhesives has been blamed in dozens of cases of nerve damage, including that of a North Carolina man who says 20 years of using the glues caused him to become disabled ...Ed Blizzard, a Houston lawyer who is representing Howell and dozens of other patients, said many of the people he represents have suffered permanent disabilities, and at least one person has died.
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Ed Blizzard quoted in the article, AstraZeneca Pays Millions to Settle Seroquel Cases

New York Times
The pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said Thursday that it had reached a $520 million agreement to settle two federal investigations and two whistle-blower lawsuits over the sale and marketing of its blockbuster psychiatric drug Seroquel ...Ed Blizzard, a lawyer for some of the people suing AstraZeneca, said Thursday that many patients have developed diabetes and other health problems because of misleading marketing.Mr. Blizzard said he did not know what clinical trials were part of the inquiry. But in one trial, known as Study 15, he noted, an e-mail message showed a company official saying “a great ‘smoke and mirrors’ job’ ” had been done on a “buried” study in 1997, the year the F.D.A. approved Seroquel.
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American Home to Settle Some 1,400 Fen-Phen Suits

New York Times
The American Home Products Corporation agreed late Tuesday to pay $350 million to settle 1,400 injury cases brought in Mississippi over its diet drug combination fen-phen, a liability that could endanger the company's proposed $70 billion merger with Warner-Lambert ..."In my view, American Home Products' global settlement is now dead," said Ed Blizzard, a plaintiffs' lawyer in Houston who is involved in many of the fen-phen cases. "A lot of people won't go into the national settlement. If you look at that $150 million award, it just shows you how angry ordinary citizens get when they hear about these charges."
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Fen-Phen Maker to Pay Billions In Settlement of Diet-Injury Cases

New York Times
The American Home Products Corporation agreed yesterday to pay $3.75 billion in total to thousands of people who contend they were injured by taking the popular diet pill combination fen-phen ..."The payments are not going to be large enough to cover medical expenses for a large number of people," said Ed Blizzard, a Houston lawyer who represents fen-phen users. "A large number of people only receive money for what they paid for the drugs."
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AstraZeneca Promoted Seroquel as 'Weight Neutral'

Bloomberg
AstraZeneca Plc advised its sales force to promote the antipsychotic drug Seroquel as “weight neutral” four years after company research found “clinically significant” weight gains in users, internal documents show ...“If 45 percent of patients gained significant weight in a year, how could that be weight-neutral?” patient attorney Ed Blizzard asked Patterson, citing a internal 1997 e-mail written by an AstraZeneca doctor.
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AstraZeneca Seroquel Studies 'Buried,' Papers Show

Bloomberg
AstraZeneca Plc “buried” unfavorable studies on its antipsychotic drug Seroquel, according to an internal e-mail unsealed as part of litigation over the medicine ...“We believe that Study 15 was buried because of the weight-gain findings,” Blizzard said.
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Attorneys Allege AstraZeneca Hid Info from Patients

ABC News
Did AstraZeneca hide studies that showed its popular anti-psychotic drug Seroquel could lead to large weight gain and diabetes? Did the company illegally try to promote off-label use of the drug? Those are the contentions of attorneys suing the company who Wednesday released dozens of documents that had previously been under court seal ...Houston attorney Ed Blizzard said the documents "show that Seroquel was not effective and had serious risks."
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Judge OKs $3.75 Billion Fen-Phen Payment

ABC News
A federal judge has approved a proposed $3.75 billion national settlement of health claims stemming from the diet drug combination fen-phen, which has been linked to potentially fatal heart valve damage ...Attorney Edward F. Blizzard of Houston had objected to the settlement in June on behalf of a group of diet-drug users, saying it would likely be reversed because of all the other lawsuits pending.
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AstraZeneca Papers Raise Seroquel Issues

Wall Street Journal
AstraZeneca PLC instructed its U.S. sales representatives to tell doctors that its powerful psychiatric drug, Seroquel, didn't cause diabetes even though a company physician had at one point stated years earlier that such a link was probable in some individuals, documents unsealed in a federal court case here show.
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Plaintiffs' Lawyers Fight Restrictions On Product-Liability Suits

Wall Street Journal
Since 2001, the Bush administration has steadily whittled away the ability of consumers and other groups to sue corporations for damages related to their products. Now plaintiffs' lawyers are fighting back by raising money to battle a Supreme Court case and to support candidates seen as sympathetic to their cause in the November congressional elections ..."It is a war," said Houston attorney Ed Blizzard.
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