- MERCK SUED: HomeAgain® PET CHIP IMPLICATED IN CANCER
- New website, ChipMeNot.com, features details on cancer
case and other
- adverse reactions
- Nashua, NH -- 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
- damages" for a malignant tumor "likely"
induced by a HomeAgain® ID chip
- implanted in his client's cat, Bulkin.
- The complaint, "Andrea Rutherford v. Merck Sharp
& Dohme Corp. and
- Digital Angel, Inc." (case # 1052CV1147) was filed
last week in
- Cambridge (MA) District Court. The complaint named implant
- Angel Corporation as a co-defendant.
- "Based on the alarming number of microchip-linked
- 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.
- Bulkin's case is featured at www.ChipMeNot.com, a new
- by Albrecht's consumer group CASPIAN to bring attention
to the plight of
- animals who have developed cancer and other adverse reactions
- microchips. Albrecht documents several of these cases
- "Microchip-Induced Tumors in Laboratory Rodents
and Dogs: A Review of
- the Literature 19902006," a peer-reviewed academic
paper she presented
- at a June conference of the Institute of Electrical and
- Engineers devoted to concerns about implantable microchips.
- Albrecht's paper and a copy of the complaint are also
- at www.ChipMeNot.com. The site, co-developed with graduate
- Prorochuk, spotlights a growing number of adverse reactions
- microchips, including the chip-related cancer deaths
of two dogs within
- the past year. The site also features a form where pet
owners can report
- adverse microchip reactions, since there is currently
- registry in the US to collect such data.
- "Merck and organizations that advocate pet chipping
should take this
- lawsuit seriously and start warning pet owners of the
- microchip-induced cancer," Albrecht advised. "As
Andrea Rutherford and
- other pet owners can tell you, it's not a statistic when
it's your pet."
- About Katherine Albrecht and CASPIAN
- Dr. Katherine Albrecht is the founder and director of
- organization that educates consumers about the dangers
- and RFID microchip technology. She is also a syndicated
- bestselling author, and the VP of Marketing for www.Startpage.com,
- world's most private search engine. Katherine holds a
- Consumer Education from Harvard University.
- For further information, please contact:
- Dr. Katherine Albrecht
- Lidiya Prorochuk
- CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion
and Numbering) is a grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance
schemes since 1999 and irresponsible RFID use since 2002. With thousands
of members in all 50 U.S. states and over 30 countries worldwide, CASPIAN
seeks to educate consumers about marketing strategies that invade their
- privacy and encourage privacy-conscious shopping habits
across the retail spectrum.