Merck HomeAgain Pet Microchip Lawsuit
“Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. has been served with a lawsuit over claims its HomeAgain® pet microchip induced cancer in a cat. Animal rights attorney Steven Wise seeks “reasonable compensatory damages” for a malignant tumor “likely” induced by a HomeAgain® ID chip implanted in his client’s cat, Bulkin.”
In February 2005, Bulkin a male mixed breed cat, was “implanted with a HomeAgain® microchip for identification purposes. Two years later, his owner detected a lump at the implant site. The lump was surgically removed in October 2007, and identified as a moderate grade fibrosarcoma (cancerous tumor). The microchip was found embedded within the tumor. Bulkin underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment for the cancer. He survived the ordeal.”
On October 4, 2010, Bulkin’s owner, filed a lawsuit against Merck & Co., and Digital Angel, alleging that the microchip caused the tumor. The plaintiff is requesting a trial by jury and reasonable compensatory damages.
“Based on the alarming number of microchip-linked cancers we’re discovering, I predict this lawsuit will be just the tip of the iceberg,” said Dr. Katherine Albrecht, a consumer advocate and expert on adverse reactions associated with implantable microchips.”
To learn more about the possible adverse effects of pet microchips, visit www.chipmenot.org
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