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OpenFDA Now Includes Information About Recalled Products

by Keith Adkins | July 22nd, 2014

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a database to create better access to the agency’s plethora of data. Now, the FDA has stated they have expanded the system to include vital information about faulty products, such as defective medical devices and dangerous medications.

According to a press release from iHealthBeat, the OpenFDA system will now feature several million reports on product recalls and their related adverse health events. The hope of adding these files is to improve transparency of the data collected by the federal government to improve manufacturer accountability and reduce the number of injuries, illnesses, and deaths caused by faulty products.

So far, the OpenFDA is being hailed as a success and has already been accessed by as many as 18,000 mobile devices with more than 2.4 million API calls.

The new system has also sparked engagement with the public, spawning a new website dedicated to answering questions regarding defective products that are recalled.

The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are aware of the importance of the public having access to information about recalled products and are excited to see this new system give Americans the ability to retrieve such data at the touch of a button.

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FDA Warns of Children’s Numbing Agent Injury Risk

by Keith Adkins | July 15th, 2014

Many believe prescription drugs present a greater risk of drug injuries than over-the-counter medications, but both types of medications can be equally dangerous.

For instance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued warnings regarding the risks of giving a baby numbing agents when they are teething. Experts say these products—which can be purchased over the counter—contain anesthetic ingredients that can cause children to experience adverse health events.

Side effects of overdose associated with numbing agents in babies include:

  • Confusion
  • Jitters
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Vision Troubles
  • Sleeping too easily
  • Death

In response to these dangers, the FDA has suggested parents with teething children refrain from using numbing agents on their children and instead suggest using more traditional options for your child’s chewing, such as teething rings and cold, clean washcloths.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we understand that dangerous drugs come in many forms. That’s why we suggest seeking legal representation if you’ve been harmed by a medication.

Our team of drug injury attorneys is here to speak with you about your case 24/7 by  calling (866) 589-0257.

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Taking Xarelto Presents Numerous Health Risks

by Keith Adkins | July 8th, 2014

Blood thinners—like the drug Xarelto—can be effective at preventing blood clots from developing in patients who have suffered a cardiac event; however, taking such medications can pose certain risks.

Xarelto Side Effects

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that as many as 2,100 reports have been made of individuals suffering serious side effects after taking Xarelto since the medication was approved for use. The most commonly reported Xarelto drug injury is uncontrollable bleeding, but other health problems that have been linked to the drug include:

  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage
  • Hemoglobin Decrease
  • Hematoma
  • Dyspnea
  • Edema Peripheral

Xarelto Warnings

The FDA doesn’t require patients taking Xarelto to undergo regular monitoring of blood levels, which is required with many other blood thinners. This lack of vigilance can lead to patients having an increased risk of experiencing an adverse health event such as a stroke, blood clot, or heart attack.

It was because of these risks the FDA chose to not approve the drug for use in patients who had been diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome more than 90 days prior to beginning a regimen of the drug.

We Can Help

If you or a loved one have suffered an episode of uncontrolled bleeding or developed another health condition as the result of taking Xarelto, the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough can help. Our experienced drug injury lawyers are available to give you a free consultation of your case in order to help ensure you get the best possible compensation for your injuries. We can be reached by calling (866) 589-0257 anytime.

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Why Taking The Brand Name Version of a Drug Is So Important To Injury Prevention

by Keith Adkins | July 1st, 2014

While purchasing a generic version of a drug may be a cost effective way to get the medications you need, doing so may present some serious risks. This is because generic drugs are not held to the same manufacturing standards as brand name versions of medications.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a stringent set of rules brand name drug makers must follow when creating their products. These standards include precise measurements of ingredients as well as limits on fillers that can be placed into the product. This creates uniformity to the products that are manufactured.

Generic drugs are made under a different set of standards though, that allow makers to use small variations in the amount of active ingredient that is placed in the drug. This can cause serious hazards to the patient, including the risk of suffering a drug injury.

Take the case that has been brought to light by a doctor from the Cleveland Clinic. In an article from the New York Times Syndicate, the cardiologist explains he saw numerous patients taking a generic version of the drug, AstraZeneca, suffering chest pains. When patients were put back on the brand name version of the drug, the symptoms disappeared.

Now, the two Indian companies who make the generic versions of the drug have announced the voluntary recall of 100,000 units of product due to the medications failing to dissolve and absorb into the patients’ bodies properly.

Problems like these are why the drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough encourage patients to take the brand name version of medications they are prescribed. If you have suffered a drug injury after taking a generic version of a medication though, the firm encourages you to seek qualified legal representation to ensure your potential rights to compensation are protected under the law.

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FDA Proposes Social Media Rules For Drug And Medical Device Manufacturers

by Keith Adkins | June 17th, 2014

In order to protect United States consumers from the dangers of suffering a drug injury, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strictly regulates the way medications are marketed. Now, the FDA is stretching its coverage of this field of the medical industry by creating a set of guidelines drug manufacturers should adhere to when posting to social media websites.

The FDA is calling for drug and medical device manufacturers who promote their products via social media to be required to disclose all of the risks a drug or device poses along with its benefits. According to Reuters, companies may also be required to include a link that takes consumers to a webpage that provides a more detailed list of the risks a certain product may pose.

The FDA also provided a set of standards for companies to abide by when attempting to correct misinformation that is being passed along about a product. Companies would be allowed to correct such errors as long as the information that is provided is accurate and not misleading to consumers. A company can also not be held liable for misinformation spread by others.

At the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury attorneys want to know what the public’s view on these rules is. Tell us what you think about the proposed changes by posting to our Facebook or Twitter page.

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Johnson & Johnson Failed To Take Action Prior To DePuy Hip Replacement Recall

by Keith Adkins | June 10th, 2014

The companies who design and manufacture the medical devices we use in healthcare today must thoroughly test their products before they are released to ensure they are safe. Companies are sometimes aware of problems with a product and fail to take corrective action, leading to defective medical device claims that can spawn civil litigation.

One such case stems from the DePuy hip replacement recall that was launched several years ago. The claims state the makers of the products, Johnson & Johnson, released two versions of the device—with testing only being conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The other was approved for use based on the results of testing of the similar product.

Thousands of patients had the device implanted with many needing corrective surgery a short time later. It was determined the metals the product was made with were prematurely wearing, causing patients to suffer swelling, pain, and inflammation at the surgical site. Some patients even developed a condition known as Metalosis, in which the body absorbed toxic levels of heavy metal into the blood stream after it wore from the device inside the patient.

An article Yahoo News explains it has now been discovered that Johnson & Johnson was aware of certain faults with the product, but failed to take any action to correct the issues.

If a defective DePuy hip replacement device harmed you, you may be entitled to compensation. At the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our team of defective medical product attorneys is available anytime to assess your situation and discuss your needs for legal representation. Call us anytime to talk about your case.

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FDA Recalls Hemodialysis Drug Due To Deadly Contamination

by Keith Adkins | June 3rd, 2014

It’s important that certain safety and sanitation standards are practiced during the manufacturing process of medications in order to ensure the product will be safe for consumption. When and if these standards are not met, patients may be put at a serious risk of suffering a drug injury.

A fine example of the risks was made when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently recalled 49 lots of a Fresenius solution that is used in hemodialysis machines. According to documents from the recall, laboratory testing showed the medications contained a bacterium known as Halomonas.

This particular strain of bacteria thrives in water with a high salinity level and can result in serious adverse health events if it makes it’s way into the human body. In fact, a fatality and two injuries have so far been linked to the contaminated drugs.

Such recalls leave many wondering what they can do to stay aware of defective medications and what they should do if they are in possession of one. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our team of drug injury attorneys explain the FDA has created a smartphone app that can help keep you up to date on the latest drug recalls. If you find you are in possession of a recalled medication, the app will explain what steps to take next, including whom to contact to report the incident.

It may also behoove an individual who has been harmed by a contaminated drug to discuss their case with an attorney as to ensure their potential rights to compensation are protected.

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Low T Therapy Carries An Increased Risk of Heart Attacks

by Keith Adkins | May 27th, 2014

As some men begin to age, they may feel as though they are losing not only energy and drive, but also muscle mass. Many of these individuals are turning to Testosterone therapy as the solution to their woes, but experts are now saying doing so may be putting them at a significant risk of harm.

Recent studies have shown Testosterone therapy heart attack risks are a very real concern for those who are taking the hormone. In fact, one study showed the risk of the adverse health event doubled in patients within the first three months of beginning the therapy.

Forbes reports that in the examination of more than 55,000 men who were using Testosterone therapy, a majority of men over the age of 65-years-old with a history of heart disease were discovered to be at a significantly increased risk of suffering a heart attack while undergoing Testosterone therapy.

These findings have sparked a controversy regarding the safety of the therapy and have prompted calls for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to consider updating warning labels on such products to address these risks.

In the meantime, though, many of the victims of Testosterone therapy are questioning what action they can take to cover the costs associated with injuries the therapy and their heart attacks may have caused. The Drug Injury Lawyers at the law firm Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain that seeking legal representation may be the best option. Our legal staff is available anytime—day or night—to discuss questions regarding your Testosterone therapy injury by calling (866) 589-0257 or by completing a free online consultation form on our website.

 

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Risperdal Can Lead to Numerous Side Effects

by Keith Adkins | May 20th, 2014

Medications can be an extremely effective way to treat medical conditions, but sometimes side effects can lead to drug injuries. One drug that has been linked to a number of health conditions is Risperdal.

The medication is prescribed to treat certain mental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia, but the list of Risperdal side effects is extensive. Some patients have reported abnormal weight gain due to increased appetite caused by the drug and others have stated use of the medication has resulted in involuntary movements in their bodies and limbs.

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative says one of the more devastating results of using Risperdal is the development of a condition known as gynecomastia. This occurs when adolescent male patients develop abnormally large breasts because of hormonal changes the drug can cause.

Since the discovery of these side effects, warnings have been placed on the labels of the product, but many individuals were affected prior to the updates being made. These patients may be entitled to compensation for damages the drug caused.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury attorneys are here to answer your questions. If you or a loved one have been harmed by a medication, call us today at (866) 589-0257 or fill out a free online consultation form on our website to see what we can do for you.

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U.S. Patients Face Growing Number of Foreign Drug Recalls

by Keith Adkins | May 13th, 2014

Some of the drugs available to patients in the United States are made in laboratories overseas. While foreign drugs are required to meet the same rigorous safety standards as medications made in the U.S., many foreign facilities are falling under heavy scrutiny for manufacturing inferior products.

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported Sun Pharma is recalling roughly 400,000 bottles of antidepressant and antihistamine medications because the products failed to meet quality testing standards. The recall comes on the heels of a similar event, in which Indian drug maker, Lupin, was forced to recall 10,000 bottles of an antibiotic because the medications were contaminated and did not meet purity standards. Experts stated the medications could have resulted in patients suffering antibiotic drug injuries.

These incidents leave many curious as to what they can do to reduce their chances of drug injuries. The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough believe vigilance from both patients and doctors is key. Patients should always research the side effects and recall history of any new medications they take, and any questions or concerns that arise should be discussed with doctors or pharmacists.

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