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If you have suffered from a serious side effect after using one of the dangerous drugs listed below you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering with the help of a lawyer. Contact a skilled mass torts lawyer immediately to have your case evaluated
Medical malpractice claims have increased considerably over the past decade with the arrival of new drugs on the market. Allegations made against Pradaxa, a newly-developed heart medication, have resulted in a class action lawsuit against the drug manufacturer as well as lawsuits filed against attending physicians.
Despite its notable ability to control blood sugar levels, Invokana has some potentially serious side effects:
- Amputation – Clinical trials have found that Invokana users are twice as likely to suffer from lower limb amputation as compared to patients using a placebo. The risks are even higher for patients who have already suffered from a previous amputation. Invokana users should look for signs – infections in lower limbs, tenderness, sores – talk to a doctor right away if you experience any of these symptoms.
- Ketoacidosis – When the body is unable to produce enough insulin, ketoacidosis develops. Without enough insulin, the body breaks down fat as an alternative source of energy, which in turn produces a buildup of toxic acids in the bloodstream known as ketones. When untreated, excess ketones in the blood result in ketoacidosis, which can lead to diabetic coma, hospitalization, and death.
- Fournier’s Gangrene – A life-threatening, flesh-eating bacterial infection of the skin, the side effect of SGLT-2 inhibitors can be deadly if not treated immediately. Men are particularly at risk of developing the infection.
Starting in 2015, the FDA began to release multiple public safety announcements, warning the public of the links between Invokana/SGLT-2’s and these dangerous adverse effects. Contact usContact Us today to learn more.
Risperdal is a prescribed medication that was approved by the Federal Drug Administration to treat mental health issues. It is an antipsychotic medication that has been commonly used to treat manic depression, schizophrenia, and irritability caused by autism in adults and children.
Risperdal’s purpose is to balance the brain’s chemicals, which could act as a mood stabilizer and increase the daily functionality of its users. Risperdal, however, has side effects, some of which are common and may be expected, and others that are abnormal and may be life-changing.
Actos was originally developed as a solution for adult persons with type 2 diabetes or blood sugar control problems. Along with other medications, Actos works with diet and exercise to achieve positive results. Problems with Actos were noticed after patients had taken the drug for a period of 12 months or more; some patients had no problems while others developed cancerous tumors of the bladder.
Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Zofran (also known as Ondansetron) was approved for use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in 1991 to treat nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy. It has also been used off-label to treat morning sickness during pregnancy, even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) never approved the use of Zofran for morning sickness during pregnancy.
A study by the Food and Drug Administration found that over the three-year period that Vioxx was on the market, thousands of heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths could have been avoided if another competing drug had been prescribed. The heart-related problems seen in some patients using Vioxx are:
- Blood Clots
- Heart Attacks
Taxotere® (docetaxel), a chemotherapy drug used to treat breast cancer, has been linked to permanent hair loss, also known as permanent significant alopecia, or PSA. Lawsuits on behalf of breast cancer survivors are now being filed against Sanofi-Aventis, the maker of the drug, for failing to warn patients and the medical community about the risk of permanent baldness.
After people develop an addiction to the painless, euphoric sensation that opioids provide, it’s just as hard to break the addiction because going off the drug is often painful and unpleasant.
Withdrawal symptoms can set as soon as a few hours after the person stopped taking the drug. People in withdrawal can often feel:
- Gastrointestinal problems and vomiting
- Cold flashes
- Pain in their muscles or bones
- Trouble controlling leg movement
- Issues with sleeping
Truvada is a mixture of emtricitabine and tenofovir and is prescribed in combination with other therapies for HIV treatment. If HIV is left untreated, it can develop into AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). Truvada works by decreasing the level of virus present in the body to bolster the patient’s immune system. Truvada lowers the risk of developing complications associated with HIV, but there is currently no cure for HIV or AIDS. Truvada may also be used to prevent HIV in high-risk populations. When used to prevent exposure, Truvada is referred to a PrEP.
Pfizer’s arthritis drug Xeljanz® increases the risk of death and blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism) when it is prescribed at 10-mg twice-daily doses to patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Gout is an arthritis-related condition characterized by pain and swelling in affected joints due to excess levels of uric acid. Uloric was approved for treatment of gout by the FDA in 2009, and it’s designed to improve patients’ symptoms by reducing levels of uric acid in their bloodstreams.
The FDA urges people who take Uloric to seek emergency medical attention if they experience any of the following symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Numbness or weakness on one side of the body
Ironically potential Zostavax side effects includes shingles, the very same disease it is supposed to prevent, and chickenpox. Both of these illnesses can have serious health complications. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that Merck add “shingles” to the possible side effects from Zostavax. Zostavax injuries can be long-term and include stroke, lupus, meningitis, and other serious health conditions.
Proton Pump Inhibitors
Patients taking the blood thinner heart medication Plavix (clopidogrel) are at an increased risk of a recurrent heart attack when taking PPIs. The increased risk of another heart attack was 20 percent. Some experts believe the increased risk of a heart attack is not just in patients taking Plavix or have had a previous heart attack. PPIs inhibit the blood thinning properties of clopidogrel, which may lead to a serious or fatal blood clot.
If you have had a hernia mesh implant procedure anytime between 2007 and 2016, and have suffered one or more of the following complications, you may be entitled to compensation.
- Bowel obstruction
- Organ perforation
IVC filters are implanted just below the kidneys in the interior vena cafa and are designed to capture embolisms before they reach the pulmonary arteries in patients who have not responded well to traditional anticoagulation therapy. Intended for short-term use only, these devices are not supposed to interfere with normal blood flow, allowing instead the body to deal with an embolism over the course of a few days without placing the patient in additional danger. However, IVC filters pose risks of their own and some studies have called into questions their efficacy even when not defective
Unfortunately, surgical staplers fail all too often. The FDA recently reported that between 2011-2018, there were 109,997 reports of surgical stapler malfunctions, including 11,181 serious injuries and 412 deaths. To put those numbers in context, that is more than 4 serious injuries a day caused by surgical stapler malfunctions, and approximately one death per week.
In July of 2019, the Food and Drug Administration issued a notice requesting that pharmaceutical company Allergan recall its textured breast implants. The administration found that Allergan’s textured breast implants placed those who received them at a significantly higher risk of cancer known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma or
Textured Breast Implants
On July 24, 2019, the FDA released a statement requesting the global pharmaceutical company Allergan to recall their textured breast implants after an increased number of cancer reports. Cases have been surfacing in the last six years linking Allergan BIOCELL textured breast implants to breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. If you have certain breast implants manufactured by Allergan, you may be eligible to file an Allergan breast implant lawsuit.
Thousands of people implanted with Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant devices have filed hip lawsuits against the manufacturer after being injured from painful complications and problems. Pope McGlamry’s DePuy Hip Lawyers have obtained recoveries for patients injured by hip devices.
Stryker has shown a pattern of negligence with its hip replacement devices causing thousands of patients unnecessary pain and suffering. Their defective products were not properly tested before being released on the market and their malfunctioning design and failure to warn the public has led to lawsuits across the country.
Unfortunately, while having a metal-on-metal hip replacement have its advantages, it can be very dangerous as well. For some, the risk of side effects far outweighs the benefits. If you’re like the thousands of other people who have experienced adverse side effects from a Biomet hip replacement, you need to talk to a Biomet hip replacement lawsuit lawyer.
Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft
Unfortunately, over the years Medtronic encouraged doctors to use this drug for different purposes. Studies showed, however, that 80% of its usage was for “off-label” procedures. Off-label means that the drug is being used for something other than what the FDA has approved it for.
Smith & Nephew Hip
People have filed Smith & Nephew hip replacement lawsuits because the manufacturer’s metal-on-metal devices led to metallosis and other serious complications. Smith & Nephew recalled 4,000 R3 Acetabular Hip Systems in 2012 and 2,000 Modular SMF and Modular Redapt Revision Femoral Hip Systems in 2016 over issues that could result in more lawsuits.
Monsanto, a biochemical subsidiary of the pharmaceutical company Bayer, sells the world’s most commonly-used herbicide: Roundup. Recently, glyphosate, a toxic active ingredient in Roundup has led to a series of investigations and lawsuits. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, glyphosate has been deemed a probable cause of cancer.
A jury recently found consumer health care products manufacturer Johnson & Johnson knew of the cancer risks associated with its talc products but failed to warn consumers. For years women have used Johnson & Johnson baby powder for themselves and their infants. One of the main ingredients in the Johnson & Johnson baby powder is talc.
Individuals, including teens with no previous smoking experiences, that were led to believe that Juul was “better than smoking” or “a safer alternative to smoking” are finding themselves addicted to Juul and are now suffering serious health issues. Individuals who are fighting addiction and life-threatening health effects associated with Juul are currently hiring a Juul lawyer to file a Juul lawsuit in order to receive compensation for the damages that they have incurred as a result of Juul’s negligence and false marketing. The manufacturer failed to warn about Juul dangers, and now thousands of youth, adults, and individuals trying to quit smoking are suffering the consequences for Juul’s actions. If you have suffered an injury because of Juul, you may be eligible to participate in a Juul lawsuit or e-cigarette lawsuit.
If you or someone you know has experienced medical complications from takingone of these drugs or using one of thoes devices, knowing your rights under the law can help you get the compensation you deserve. By choosing to work with a Mass Tort attorney, you can more effectively assemble your personal injury claim in order to receive compensation for the injuries, pain, and suffering you have sustained as a result of these drugs’ negative side-effects.