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Chuck Norris suing drug companies for allegedly poisoning wife

Chuck Norris is suing 11 drug companies for allegedly poisoning his wife with a chemical used in MRI imaging scans.
The action star filed a suit in San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday (01Nov17), claiming that the gadolinium doctors injected into his wife Gena to improve the clarity of her scans has left her with gadolinium deposition disease, and she’s weak, tired, and suffering severe bouts of pain along with a burning sensation.
The Walker, Texas Ranger star is seeking $10 million (£7.5 million) in damages, claiming that he and Gena have had to spend over $2 million (£1.5 million) on health treatments for her.
Gadolinium has been used in patients since the late 1980, and helps to provide “crucial, life-saving medical information”, according to The American College of Radiology. However, studies have shown that gadolinium found in contrast agents is retained by organs such as the brain, bones and skin following scans.
An investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May found no evidence that the gadolinium retained by the body was harmful – a decision a European Union agency concurred with after their study in July. However, the European Union agency did recommend suspending the use of some gadolinium-based contrast agents as a precaution.
Norris is being represented by law firm Cutter Law, with his lawsuit acknowledging that there is no official link between gadolinium and the symptoms suffered by people who claim the metal has poisoned them. It adds that blood and urine testing for gadolinium has only recently become available and doctors are also unaware of any link between the chemical and conditions other than it can affect those who already suffer from kidney problems.
“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,” Gena 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.”

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