Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Injury Law Blog

Many Workout Supplement Remain Available Months After Being Recalled

by Keith Adkins | November 18th, 2014

It’s important to know that taking certain weight loss or muscle building products can lead to workout supplement health risks—and many of these dangerous products make their way back on to the market, even after being recalled.

An article from Food Safety News explains the study examined a total of 27 of the 274 workout and dietary supplements recalled between 2009-2012. They concluded eighteen products contained ingredients considered adulterants in the United States. These ingredients include:

  • Sibutramine
  • Anabolic Steroids
  • Phenolphthalein
  • Sildenafil

Despite these products containing undeclared ingredients, an estimated 68 percent of the products remained on the shelf six months after being recalled. Officials say the reason for the lack of action is the fact the law doesn’t properly regulate the dietary and workout supplement industries.

So what should you do if you’ve been harmed by a dietary or workout supplement? The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough suggest discussing your legal rights with an attorney. Our legal team is available to speak with you about your injuries anytime—just dial (866) 589-0257.

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What Causes Drug and Defective Medical Device Injuries?

by Keith Adkins | November 11th, 2014

As Americans, many of us are lucky to have access to some of the best drugs and medical devices in the world. Unfortunately, these items sometimes fail to work as intended, which can lead to drug or defective medical device injuries.

The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain some of the most regularly reported issues stem from:

  • Manufacturing Errors- Sometimes medications can be mixed with the wrong amount of ingredient or in some cases—the wrong ingredient altogether. On the other hand, medical devices may have flaws that weren’t caught during assembly or safety testing.
  • Contamination- Last year, a batch of steroid injections that contained a fungal mold led to a massive outbreak of fungal meningitis that killed dozens and sickened hundreds. Also. if medical devices aren’t sterile when they are implanted, infections can easily occur.
  • Lack of Safety Testing- The law allows medical devices and drugs to be approved without testing if they can be shown to have similar effects as drugs or products that have already been approved. Too often, the items that make it to the market this way harm consumers.

If you’ve been harmed by a defective medical device or dangerous drug, you may have questions about your legal rights. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’re here to help you get the answers you need. To learn more, call us at (866) 589-0257.

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Most Common Painkiller Overdoses

by Keith Adkins | November 4th, 2014

There are many medications currently on the market that can cause serious harm when not taken correctly. Many are used to alleviate pain, which is why the painkiller overdose lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to point out a few of the most common painkiller overdoses:

  • Acetaminophen- This over-the-counter drug can be purchased in hundreds of products, including Tylenol® and NyQuil®. It is also found in certain prescription drugs as well. Taking too much acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage, which can lead to death.
  • Fentanyl- Most commonly distributed in patches, this opioid medication is strong enough to pass into the bloodstream through contact with the skin. The strength of this medication is also an indication as to why it is involved in a large quantity of accidental overdose deaths.
  • Oxycodone- Typically prescribed to control moderate to severe chronic pain in patients, this medication is also one of the most commonly prescribed painkillers on the market. Due to the fact this drug is prescribed to patients with persistent pain, many build tolerance to the drug. This can lead to increases in dosage, which also increase the chances of overdose.

If you’ve been harmed as the result of taking a medication prescribed to you by a doctor, the team of drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough may be able to help. Learn more about what we can do for you by calling us at (866) 589-0257 anytime.

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Study Shows Drug Injuries Caused By Medication Errors Are Common

by Keith Adkins | October 28th, 2014

One of the most common causes for drug injuries in the United States today is medication errors, which occur when patients are given too much or too little of a drug—or the wrong medication altogether.

And according to new research, these types of drug injuries may be more common than you think, especially among children. An article from Time magazine features a new study showing that one in eight children will be victims of medication errors this year alone.

Researchers examined medical records collected over a decade and discovered more than 200,000 drug errors reported to poison control centers each year. The victims in roughly one-third of those cases were children under age 6. Almost 82 percent of the incidents involved liquid medications, while almost 15 percent of injuries were caused by tablets or capsules.

The research team that conducted the study suggested that drug makers improve the labeling and dosage directions for their products.

The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough have seen the devastating results that medication errors can have and are hopeful this study prompts action to better protect patients from harm.

 

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What You Can Do to Prevent a Painkiller Overdose

by Keith Adkins | October 22nd, 2014

The development of powerful narcotic painkillers is one of the most significant advancements in the history of medicine. But the United States is currently facing an epidemic of drug injuries caused by painkiller overdoses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report there were 41,502 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2012. Of those fatalities, 16,007 were the result of misuse and abuse of opioid analgesics.

These numbers have many citizens who use painkiller medications questioning what they can do to prevent drug injuries. The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough suggest taking the following steps to avoid unintentional overdoses:

  • Get Educated- Ask your doctor and pharmacist any questions you may have pertaining to medications you’re about to take.
  • Always Follow Instructions- Only take a medication as it has been prescribed. Also, keep the drug in the container it was dispensed in so no dosage issues arise.
  • Avoid Drug Interactions- Make sure other products you consume—such as over-the-counter medications or alcohol—will not cause injury when combined with the medications you’re taking.
  • Seek Treatment Immediately- If you begin to feel like you cannot properly function without taking a medication, you should speak with your doctor about the options available to you. The National Safety Council also provides a hotline if you suspect a loved one may be at risk of harming themselves with painkiller medications.

We hope these tips will help to keep you safe. But if you or a loved one is injured as the result of a drug injury while taking a painkiller, we may be able to help. You can get in touch with our legal team by calling (866) 589-0257 today.

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Drug Injuries: Common Causes and Prevention Methods

by Keith Adkins | October 14th, 2014

As Americans, we are privileged to have access to many medications to treat our illnesses and medical conditions. However, it’s important that we remember that taking certain medications can put us at risk of suffering drug injuries.

Estimates show there are as many as 700,000 people will be injured by drugs this year alone. Of those individuals, an estimated 120,000 will be hospitalized.

The Causes of Drug Injuries

Reports indicate that one of the leading causes for medication errors in the United States are miscommunications between medical staff, prescribing doctors, and patients. Hospital staffs have routinely caused drug injuries by dispensing the wrong medication or giving patients too much or too little of a drug.

We must also consider the high volume of medications distributed in the U.S. each year. As many as one in five citizens take at least one medication on a regular basis, and one in 20 take up to five drugs per day. This has led to approximately 4 billion prescriptions filled in our nation annually and where there is a high volume of people, errors can happen.

Protecting Yourself From Drug Injuries

These numbers leave many wondering how they can prevent drug injuries. Most experts attest to better communication being crucial in this situation. Patients should ask plenty of questions to their doctors and pharmacists prior to beginning to take a new medication. A list of questions that should be asked was published in a recent issue of The Bay State Banner.

If you or someone you love has suffered a drug injury, an experienced drug injury lawyer can help protect your rights to compensation. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’re here to answer any questions you may have. To get in touch with our legal staff today, just call (866) 589-0257.

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FDA to Hold Discussion on Protecting Cybersecurity of Medical Devices

by Keith Adkins | October 7th, 2014

Most of us are aware of the importance of cybersecurity—we protect our accounts with passwords and questions that are ensured to allow only those with permission to access our private data. But while we protect our homes, phones, and computers from being hacked, the medical devices that some people depend on to stay alive may be able to be compromised.

An article the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) points out agency officials are acknowledging the health and safety risks associated with security breaches attacking medical devices or the computer systems that run them. Furthermore, they are searching for solutions.

To address this problem, the FDA announced it will hold a workshop in the near future to brainstorm the best ways to improve medical device cybersecurity. Some of the topics that will be discussed during the event include how to create a safe way to share information, as well as what tools will be needed to prevent a security breaches from affecting medical devices.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we understand the importance of medical devices in thousands of patients’ lives. That’s why our team of defective medical device attorneys is hopeful the upcoming session is able to produce innovative ways to protect the medical devices that help improve our quality of life.

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Ruling Could Have Significant Impact on Drug Injury Cases

by Keith Adkins | September 23rd, 2014

Generic medications can be an affordable way to get the drugs you need, but loose regulations regarding their manufacturing can put users at risk of harm.

While brand name drug makers must abide to strict standards related to the amount of ingredients they use, generic drug manufacturers have much more lenient rules. Despite these differences, generic drug makers cannot be held liable for the harm their products cause. Only brand name drug makers can be held responsible for drug injuries.

birth control drug injury ruling recently handed down by the Alabama Supreme Court further supported this position. The decision stated generic drug manufacturers are not only free of liability for harm their products cause and set a precedent that brand name drug makers could face responsibility for injuries caused by generic products similar to their own.

According to Injury Lawyer News, the ruling has stirred quite a bit of controversy and could have a significant impact on the way companies who manufacture medications do business.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury attorneys have seen the devastating effects that can come from unsafe drugs on the market, and we’re here to help you if you’ve suffered severe side effects from a drug.

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$73 Million Awarded in Texas Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

by Keith Adkins | September 16th, 2014

Medical device manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the products they bring to the market. Failure to do so can result in costly legal action—including one Texas transvaginal mesh lawsuit that resulted in a $73 million award for the victim.

Court documents indicate the 42-year-old victim had transvaginal mesh implanted into her body four years ago to help relieve a urinary leak. But the device failed and led to the woman suffering permanent nerve damage and almost constant pain.

She filed a lawsuit claiming Boston Scientific, the company that created and distributed the Obtryx sling, had wrongfully marketed a faulty product. A jury agreed and awarded the victim $23 million in compensatory damages to cover pain and suffering and her medical and legal bills. Reuters explains the jury then awarded another $50 million in punitive damages.

This was the first of roughly 23,000 lawsuits against Boston Scientific related to their transvaginal mesh devices. Other trials are scheduled to begin in October.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our team of defective medical device attorneys are aware of how difficult it can be to overcome the harm caused by a faulty medical device. That’s why we’re hopeful the decision reached in this case will bring a sense of closure to the victim.

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FDA Warns About Risks of Using Workout Supplements To Treat Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Keith Adkins | September 9th, 2014

Football season is upon us again, and for many players, parents, and coaches, so is the concern over concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). While there are many actions that can be taken to prevent these injuries, the drug injury attorneys at the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to remind the public that taking a workout supplement is not one of them.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently stated some companies have begun marketing “untested, unproven, and possibly dangerous” products that are said to help prevent, treat, and even cure TBIs.

The problem came to light after the agency discovered a company marketing a product as an effective way to cut the recovery time after suffering a TBI. The product was even endorsed by a player in the National Football League. The FDA took action to prevent the company from continuing to market the product, but officials say preventing the use of these products comes down to public awareness about workout supplement health risks.

The FDA is asking athletes to avoid using supplements as a means of treating a TBI. Instead, the agency says seeking medical attention from a doctor and taking plenty of time to recuperate is the best way to treat a TBI. Athletes can also prevent TBIs by using proper technique when playing.

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