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Prozac and SSRI Antidepressant Birth Defect Risks

by Cary Graham | March 21st, 2017

Major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bulimia nervosa are just a few mental disorders that can devastate an individual and their families. For those who suffer from one of these disorders, medication can provide lifesaving relief from debilitating symptoms. Prozac is an antidepressant medication known as a SSRI, which has been used to treat these afflictions for several years. Although effective in subduing symptoms, SSRI drugs have come under increased scrutiny in recent years for their apparent link to serious birth defects.

In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that SSRI antidepressants may cause serious birth defects in newborns if their mothers took these medications while pregnant.

Birth defects linked to Prozac include:

  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)—a condition that causes blood vessels in the lungs to constrict, potentially requiring a lung transplant to survive.
  • Autism—a mental condition that limits communication and relationship capacities, as well as the ability to process language and abstract thoughts.
  • Septal Defect—a cardiac condition whereby holes in the walls of their heart develop, causing poor blood circulation. This condition requires open-heart surgery to correct.

If your child was born with a birth defect after you were prescribed a SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy, we want to help. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and more. Call the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today for a free evaluation of your claim.

Melanoma Risk After Taking Viagra

by Cary Graham | March 14th, 2017

Viagra has become one of the most widely prescribed medications to treat erectile dysfunction in men. Fueled by an extensive marketing campaign, Viagra has been tried by at least 25 million men in America since its inception in 1998. However, the medication has come under increased scrutiny over the past several years as studies have linked its use to an increased risk of developing melanoma.

Melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. A recent study suggests that men who have taken Viagra are nearly twice as likely to develop melanoma than those who have not. The study demonstrated the increased risk in question existed despite family histories, medical histories, and/or ultraviolet exposure. Many patients were not aware of that risk when first prescribed the drug, leading to a number of pending lawsuits.

If you developed melanoma after taking Viagra, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help. We’ve been fighting on behalf of drug injury victims for more than 30 years, and we’re ready to do the same for you. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Contact us today for your free claim evaluation. Let us put our experience to work for you.

Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler System Infections

by Cary Graham | March 7th, 2017

Cardiac surgery is one of the most complex and riskiest types of surgery, as it often requires the flow of blood to diverted while the heart is being operated on. Surgeons depend on devices such as the Stöckert 3T heater-cooler system to keep the body stable as the surgical staff works. The device is designed to monitor and adjust the temperature of the blood during surgery. However, it has recently come under increased scrutiny due to a risk associated with its use of fatal infections that can lie dormant for up to four years.

In 2015, the FDA issued a safety communication after receiving more than 30 reports of infection potentially linked to the Stöckert 3T heater-cooler system. Since then, even more cases have been reported. The infections in question are called nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections. Because these infections can lie dormant for an extended amount of time, it could be years before patients start to show symptoms. Even then, the infection can be mistaken for pulmonary disease, delaying vital treatment.

If you or someone you love developed a NTM infection after undergoing cardiac surgery, the medical device injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help. Give us a call for a free consultation. You and your family may be entitled to compensation for what you’ve been through, so contact us today.

Antibiotic Drugs Linked to Heart Conditions

by Cary Graham | February 28th, 2017

Antibiotic drugs can be lifesaving. They help us fight off deadly infections that would otherwise wreak havoc on our bodies. In recent years, there has been a growing concern over evidence that we may be building up immunities to antibiotics, rendering them essentially useless. Although a valid concern, a more immediate threat exists from taking certain antibiotics, and the consequences could be fatal.

Levaquin, Avelox, and Cipro are antibiotic drugs used to treat common ailments, such as sinus, skin, lungs, and urinary tract infections. Although effective in these treatments, these drugs have also been linked to serious heart and nervous system complications. These conditions include aortic dissection, aortic aneurism, and peripheral neuropathy.

If you’ve been prescribed Levaquin, Avelox, or Cipro and have developed any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately:

  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Slower reflexes
  • Weakness
  • Change in sensation to:
    • Light touch
    • Pain
    • Temperature
    • Body position

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’ve been helping drug injury victims for more than 30 years. Our drug injury lawyers are ready to hear your story and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. If you or someone you love was diagnosed with aortic dissection, aortic aneurism, and peripheral neuropathy after taking Levaquin, Avelox, or Cipro, contact us today for a free evaluation of your claim.

Depo-Provera® and Breast Cancer Risk

by Cary Graham | February 21st, 2017

Birth control has come a long way in the last 30 years. From oral medication to routine injections, women have a variety of options when it comes to contraception. However, not all forms of birth control are inherently safe. An injection-based birth control called Depo-Provera® has recently come under intense scrutiny due to a possible link between its extended use and breast cancer.

According to researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, women who used Depo-Provera for more than one year had a 2.2-fold increased risk of developing breast cancer, specifically Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) and Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ILC). Both forms of cancer can be fatal if undetected or left untreated.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know how devastating it can be to receive a cancer diagnosis. It immediately sends shockwaves throughout your life and the lives of those you love. It can make it worse knowing that a prescription drug, such as Depo-Provera, may have caused your cancer. That’s why we fight so hard to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the harmful medications they put on the market. For more than 30 year, we’ve been standing up for drug injury victims and fighting to get them the compensation they need to recover from their injuries.

If you or someone you love was diagnosed with breast cancer after taking Depo-Provera, call the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today for a free evaluation of your claim. We’re ready to put more than 30 years worth of experience to work for you. Contact us today.

Cancer Risk in Hysterectomies That Use Power Morcellators

by Cary Graham | February 14th, 2017

Thousands of women every year undergo a hysterectomy. Over the years, this procedure has become less and less invasive, reducing incision size and recovery time. One innovative technique involves the use of power morcellators to remove the patient’s uterus and uterine fibroids through a small incision. Although less invasive, this technique has come under scrutiny in recent years for its part in spreading slow-growing cancer cells throughout the abdominal cavity.

Power morcellators enable the surgeon to essentially slice the uterus into pieces and remove those pieces through a smaller incision than traditional hysterectomies. Although this generally makes the surgery less invasive, the multiple cuts within the abdominal cavity can spread liquidized cancer tissue. Patients with undetected uterine sarcoma—a type of cancer that includes uterine leiomyosarcoma (ULMS)—are especially at risk.

If you or someone you love underwent a laparoscopic hysterectomy and developed ULMS, abdominal cancer, or uterine cancer, we want to help. You may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more. Call our defective medical device attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim. We have more than 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of defective medical device victims, and we’re ready to put that experience to work for you.

Granuflo and NaturaLyte Health Complications

by Cary Graham | February 7th, 2017

Dialysis can be lifesaving. The process eliminates waste and excess water from the blood when the kidneys can no longer do so on their own. Without dialysis, thousands of patients around the world would suffer dire health complications.

However, dialysis doesn’t come without its own risks. Certain chemicals, such as Granuflo® and NaturaLyte®, are used during the process to help lower the acidity of the patient’s blood. These chemicals have been known to cause high levels of bicarbonate in the blood, possibly leading to heart attacks, cardiac arrhythmias, and even death. To make matters worse, the manufacturer of these chemicals were aware of the increased risks as early as 2011, yet failed to pull the potentially harmful products from the market. At the time of this writing, it’s impossible to know just how many patients sustained injuries or died due to the continued use of these products.

If you or someone you love suffered health complications after dialysis treatments that involved Granuflo or NaturaLyte, you may be eligible for damages from the manufacturer. Call our experienced drug injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We’re ready to investigate your claim and fight on your behalf. You’ve been through enough already. Contact us today.

Hernia Mesh Failures Lead to Serious Health Complications

by Cary Graham | January 31st, 2017

Hernia mesh is used in a variety of surgeries, including hernia repair, chest wall reconstruction, and wound treatment. It is a vital tool doctors use regularly to correct a trauma the patient has suffered. But all hernia mesh products aren’t created equal. In recent years, several hernia mesh models have been known to cause severe health complications after surgery. These complications include infection, allergic reactions, surgical mesh failures, and internal organ damage. If left untreated, many of these conditions could turn fatal.

If you’ve undergone a surgery that required a hernia mesh and have experienced any of the following complications, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergic reactions
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Intestinal fistulas
  • Mesh erosion or failure
  • Organ perforation
  • Renal failure
  • Ulcers

An experienced defective medical device attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim. You could be eligible for compensation for damages such as past, present, and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you’re not sure if your hernia mesh is the cause of your complications, we may be able to help. Our investigative team knows how to uncover the true causes of drug injuries, and we want to fight for you.

You’ve been through enough already. It’s time that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today.

$9 Billion Verdict for Actos Cancer Victims

by Cary Graham | January 24th, 2017

The diabetes drug Actos belongs to a class of medication called thiazolidinediones. These drugs were initially designed to treat the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, and have since been prescribed to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Although Actos and other medications in this drug class are effective in treating Type 2 diabetes, they’ve also been known to cause serious health complications to users, including an increased risk of developing bladder cancer or suffering heart failure.

In 2011, the FDA released a warning that linked the prolonged use of Actos to an increased risk of bladder cancer. That announcement also included a mandate for stronger warning label language to be used on Actos packaging. Despite the FDA warning, more and more patients were prescribed the drug, increasing the number of people at risk and resulting in a 2014 verdict ordering Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and Eli Lilly & Company to pay $9 billion in punitive damages for concealing these risks.

If you’ve suffered health complications after taking the diabetes drug Actos, you may be entitled to a substantial cash award from the drug manufacturer. Call our experienced drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. You deserve to be compensated for what you’ve been through, and we’re ready to fight for the money you deserve. Contact us today.

Essure Birth Control Health Complications

by Cary Graham | January 17th, 2017

For decades, major surgery was the only permanent birth control option for women. These surgeries were almost all invasive, requiring an extensive recovery time. In 2002, a less-invasive option was approved by the FDA that millions of women have since undertaken. It’s called Essure—a device that is placed in each fallopian tube that essentially blocks sperm and prevents fertilization. Although effective in preventing pregnancy, many Essure patients have reported severe health complications that require further surgeries to correct.

These complications include:

  • Puncturing of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and/or other organs
  • Movement of the device within the body
  • Breakage of the device within the body
  • Allergic reactions to nickel used in the implants
  • Development of lupus and certain other autoimmune diseases

Reports of complications are so widespread that the FDA is forcing Bayer to conduct further clinical studies to determine the risks to women. In addition, the FDA will include a black label warning on the device, which is the strictest warning the agency issues for a medical device or prescription drug.

If you or someone you love suffered health complications after having an Essure device implanted, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call our experienced defective medical device attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim.