Dangerous Drugs and Defective Medical Devices
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Consumers have a right to expect that any product they use is safe and effective, and that goes double for drugs and devices used to treat medical conditions. Pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment manufacturers have a responsibility to test their products thoroughly and disclose all potential risks of injury to both patients and medical professionals.
Unfortunately, those big companies don't always follow through on that obligation. When that happens, people get hurt.
Some defective drugs and medical devices just don't work. They may not cause any direct harm, but they leave users with untreated medical conditions, which can lead to serious future complications. Other products are simply dangerous - a medication may have serious side effects or a medical device may break apart and cause organ damage. In either case, these dangerous products can cause serious injury and death.
New medicines and medical devices hitting the market every day. That's why it's impossible to create an exhaustive list. If you've been hurt by any medical product, you need an experienced, passionate personal injury attorney on your side. You need Dean Waite.
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Liability claims involving dangerous drugs and defective medical devices fall under the legal category of product liability. In order to recover financial compensation, we'll help you prove that the company responsible for the medical product was negligent according to one or more of the following criteria:
- Design defects or shoddy manufacturing
- Inadequate testing before seeking FDA approval
- Failure to warn of dangers associated with the medication
- Making false claims or misrepresenting information
- Failure to monitor or follow up on claims of injury or adverse side effects
Taking on a major pharmaceutical company or drug distributor is no small task. Such multi-national companies often have teams of well-paid attorneys who know how to fight such claims. At Dean Waite & Associates, LLC, we're not afraid to stand up to big corporations. We have the resources, experience and knowledge of the legal system needed to build your case and get results.
Invokana, also known generically as canagliflozin, is a medication prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes. The first in a family of antidiabetic medications called SGLT2 medications, Invokana is manufactured and marketed in the United States by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
Lawsuits involving Invokana center on a serious medical risk associated with the drug: diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a potentially deadly medical condition that creates high levels of ketones in the bloodstream and causes the blood to become acidic. Symptoms of DKA include:
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Abdominal pain
- Fatigue and weakness
- Shortness of breath
- "Fruity" breath
- Dizziness or fainting
- Trouble breathing
Ketoacidosis can become life-threatening extremely quickly and warrants immediate medical attention. And because DKA is a rare condition in general, many may not recognize the symptoms until it is too late.
The original prescribing information for Invokana did not warn patients or prescribers that DKA was a side effect or risk of taking the medication, and lawsuits allege that Janssen did not do enough to warn patients of the risks associated with this dangerous drug. If you or a loved one developed DKA after taking Invokana, you need to talk to an attorney today.
An IVC filter is a small, cone-shaped device that is surgically inserted into the inferior vena cava (IVC), a major blood vessel that carries blood from the lower extremities back to the heart and lungs. When functioning properly, an IVC filter captures blood clots that break off in the deep veins in the legs and prevents them from reaching the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). While most patients at risk of PE can be effectively treated with anticoagulants (blood thinners), IVC filters are widely used for patients who cannot take blood thinners.
IVC filters are intended to be placed temporarily and then retrieved when the risk of an embolism has passed. However, research conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicates that in many cases, IVC filters are left implanted for longer than they should be. Under those circumstances, a defective IVC filter may break or migrate to a different part of the body, causing internal injuries, heart disease and death. Some medical conditions associated with malfunctioning IVC filters are:
- Internal bleeding
- Severe chest pain
- Nerve damage
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Pulmonary Embolism
At the center of many IVC filter lawsuits are two major manufacturers, Cook Medical and C.R. Bard. Five filters in particular are associated with deadly complications: Bard Recovery, Bard G2, Bard G2 Express, Cook Gunther Tulip and Cook Celect.
Several lawsuits have been filed against Cook and Bard alleging design and manufacturing defects, failure to warn consumers of the risk of injury and misrepresentation. If you've been hurt or lost a loved one to an IVC filter injury, contact Dean Waite for a free consultation.
In recent years, talcum powder, a common ingredient used in a number of hygiene products, has come under fire as a possible cause of ovarian cancer. While it has been well known for some time that talcum powder is dangerous for children to breathe, it's only recently that the link between talc and cancer has become known.
Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has faced multiple lawsuits related to two products containing talc: Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. Many women have used talc-based powders on their genitals, undergarments and sanitary pads. In some cases, talcum powder has entered the reproductive tract after being sprinkled on birth control products.
A significant amount of published research indicates that long-term exposure of the genital area to talc-based powders leads to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Some studies show that women who have used talc products are 33 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancers than those who have not.
According to several lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson knew of the health risks associated with powders containing talc and failed to warn consumers of the danger. Contact Dean Waite right away if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using products containing talc. We'll be happy to discuss your legal options.
Xarelto, one of the newest blood thinners available to patients, has been marketed by manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceutical as a safe and effective alternative to other blood thinners such as warfarin. However, several recent cases have linked Xarelto to dangerous and potentially fatal complications.
Like any anticoagulant, Xarelto can cause bleeding complications; after all, the very purpose of the drug is to prevent blood from clotting. However, unlike other blood thinners, Xarelto has no antidote, which means there is no effective way for doctors to stop a Xarelto patient from bleeding in the event of an emergency. Other anticoagulants can be effectively countered with high dosages of Vitamin K.
A patient taking Xarelto who suffers an internal injury is vulnerable to extreme or fatal blood loss due to internal bleeding. Other potential injuries associated with Xarelto include infection, decreased hemoglobin, bleeding in the brain, dyspnea (difficulty breathing) and peripheral edema (swelling of the lower limbs).
Because Xarelto is still a relatively new drug, investigations regarding its legal implications are still in their early stages. However, there is strong reason to believe that Janssen failed to disclose information about the drug's dangers and aggressively marketed their product as a safe and effective alternative despite being aware of the risk of serious complications. If you've taken Xarelto and suffered injury as a result, call Dean Waite & Associates today.