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Drug Injury Risks Associated With NSAIDS and Acetaminophen

by Keith Adkins | July 28th, 2015

It’s estimated that more than 30 million Americans use over-the-counter pain relievers on a regular basis. That’s why the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough feel it’s so important for patients to know that taking these products may be putting their health at risk.

NSAIDs

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a class of pain relievers that work by blocking and reducing enzymes that promote pain and inflammation. NSAID drugs include ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, and Aleve.

Taking these drugs can increase a patient’s chances of suffering a stroke or heart attack. Because of these risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently called for more detailed warning labels to be placed on NSAID packaging.

Acetaminophen
Since some patients choose to avoid NSAIDs due to cardiac risks, acetaminophen is often used as an alternative. Our acetaminophen injury lawyers explain medications containing this drug can present risks to users too.

Research has shown that taking too much acetaminophen or using the drug while under the influence of alcohol can significantly increase the chances of liver damage.

Talk With Your Doctor

The best way to avoid an over-the-counter pain reliever injury is to speak with your physician about any concerns you may have before beginning to take the medication.

We hope this information can help to keep you and your loved ones happy and healthy.

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Antibiotic Side Effects Can Be Serious

by Keith Adkins | July 21st, 2015

Antibiotics are commonly used to treat bacterial and fungal infections. However, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough point out that certain antibiotics can put patients at risk of serious injury.

There are several different classes of antibiotics, and each presents a unique risk. The drug Diflucan® has been linked to physical abnormalities in children born to mothers who take the drug while pregnant. Levaquin® has been associated with tendonitis and tendon ruptures, and Zithromax® has been known to result in cardiovascular complications.

Perhaps one of the most recently discovered antibiotic side effect is the risk of a drug-induced liver injuries associated with a class of drugs known as a cephalosporin.

According to Healio, patients using cephalosporin medications can develop a drug-induced liver injury in as little as one dose.

Researchers from The Johns Hopkins University examined the cases of more than 1,200 patients who had suffered drug-induced liver injuries, and they found 41 of the injuries were linked with taking cephalosporin. A total of 19 of those individuals developed the condition after just one dose.

Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough encourages you to discuss the risks of any medication with your doctor or pharmacist prior to taking your first dose. Taking this step can save your life!

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The Risks of Blood Thinner Injuries

by Keith Adkins | July 14th, 2015

Abnormal heart rhythms can signal serious health risks. Patients suffering from this condition have an increased danger of developing blood clots, which can cause a heart attack, stroke, or even death.

Luckily, there are medications on the market—known as blood thinners—that can prevent blood clots. However, these drugs can present increased chances of uncontrollable bleeding events, which has led to blood thinner injury lawsuits. Some of the medications include:

  • Pradaxa®- The 88th best-selling drug in the United States is used to prevent blood clots and is typically prescribed to patients over age 60. More than 2,000 lawsuits have been filed in connection to excessive bleeding patients suffered while taking the drug.
  • Xarelto®- Xarelto is a popular oral prescription blood-thinning drug, but it has no antidote to prevent major bleeding events.
  • Coumadin®- While it is one of the most commonly used blood thinners in the United States, an article from The Washington Post says a large number of uncontrollable bleeding events associated with the drug occur in nursing homes each year.

If you’ve been harmed as the result of taking a blood thinner, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help. Our legal staff is here to answer your questions—call (866) 589-0257 now.

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Zoloft® Injury Lawyers Discuss Antidepressant Health Risks

by Keith Adkins | July 7th, 2015

Antidepressants, such as Zoloft®, can effectively treat a number of mental health disorders and diseases. However, the Zoloft injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain that patients on the medication should know it may pose serious health risks.

Birth Defects

Numerous studies have indicated that pregnant women should not take Zoloft because of the risks of certain birth defects, which can include cleft lips and palates, as well as a condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension. Children may also suffer from omphalocele, a condition in which organs grow outside of the body.

Cholesterol Buildup in Arteries

Unborn children aren’t the only ones who can be affected by taking Zoloft, though. According to Pharmaceutical Processing, new research indicates that taking Zoloft® may increase the buildup of plaque in a patient’s arteries by as much as six times more than someone who hasn’t taken the drug.

Get the Help You Need

If you or a loved one were harmed by Zoloft, our drug injury lawyers are here to help you understand your rights.

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Fentanyl Patch Side Effects Threaten Patient Safety

by Keith Adkins | June 30th, 2015

Painkiller overdoses are one of the leading causes of accidental drug injury and death in the United States today. One of the most common drugs involved in these incidents is a powerful narcotic painkiller known as Fentanyl. In fact, the painkiller is known to be involved in more than 1,000 U.S. deaths per year.

The drug is administered by placing a sticky patch containing the drug to the skin. The drug is then absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. The only way to determine the dosage is to adjust the size of the patch. Fentanyl patch side effects can include nausea, decreases in respiration, slowed heart rate, and death.

Despite these risks, drug manufacturers continue to market dosages of the drug. According to Pharmacy Times, one maker of the medication—Mylan, Inc.—recently announced it would begin distributing three new dosages of the drug. Currently, the drug is dispensed in 12 mcg/hr, 25 mcg/hr, 50 mcg/hr, 75 mcg/hr, and 100 mcg/hr dosages. Now, patients and doctors will have 37.5 mcg/hr, 62.5 mcg/hr, and 87.5 mcg/hr options as well.

With Fentanyl so readily available, some communities are experiencing an epidemic of drug overdoses linked to the medication. This has forced some Canadian cities to adopt policies that require patients taking Fentanyl to return used patches to their pharmacist before new ones can be distributed.

Our drug injury attorneys at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are aware of the serious dangers that Fentanyl can pose. That’s why we’re hopeful more steps are taken to keep patients safe.

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Defective Medical Device Attorneys Discuss Risks of Bone and Joint Replacement

by Keith Adkins | June 23rd, 2015

Bone and joint implants revolutionized the way many medical conditions are treated, but many of these devices can put a patient’s health in danger. That’s why the defective medical device attorneys at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to raise awareness about a few of the implants on the market today.

Knee Implants

As Americans live longer and exercise more later in life, cases of chronic knee pain have risen. This has led to a rise in the number of knee replacement surgeries performed in the U.S. each year. Patients may not realize that these devices have been known to fail in the past, resulting in the need for revision surgery. Some of the issues that have been reported include inflammation, swelling, chronic pain, and bowing.

Hip Replacement

The recall of millions of hip replacement devices is likely one of the highest profile defective medical device cases of the past decade. Many of the recalled devices were designed using metal parts that could rub together, causing heavy friction. This, in turn, resulted in metal being released into the patient’s body.

The side effects of hip replacement failure include pain, swelling, and a condition known as metallosis. Many patients harmed by these devices filed hip recall lawsuits to seek compensation for their injuries.

Counterfeit Spinal Implants

One of the latest cases of defective bone or joint replacement devices involves counterfeit spinal implants. An article from Al Jazeera America says the company that manufactured the faulty parts, Spinal Solutions, used both counterfeit and genuine parts to build the spinal implants. Now, doctors and hospitals across the nation are coming under fire for using the non-approved parts.

Get Help Now

If you’ve been harmed as the result of using a defective medical device, you have rights—contact our 24/7 legal staff to learn how you can protect them.

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American Medical Association Calls For Better Monitoring to Reduce Painkiller Overdoses

by Keith Adkins | June 16th, 2015

Painkillers can be vital to the care and treatment of those suffering from many injuries or diseases. However, the number of adverse health events involving these drugs continues to increase each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that painkiller overdoses accounted for more fatalities in 2013 than gunshot wounds and car accidents combined.

The painkiller overdose lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain the federal government is hoping that a better infrastructure of prescription drug monitoring programs will reduce the number of drug injuries that involve painkillers each year.

Reports from The Post and Courier explain the American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for states to improve and build on prescription drug monitoring programs by ensuring they can effectively collect and share patient data. The AMA is also encouraging each state to ensure funding is available for these programs.

The hope is that these measures will help doctors examine the risks and benefits of prescribing painkillers to patients.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we are aware of how dangerous prescription painkillers can be, and our drug injury lawyers are hopeful these new policies can help reduce the number of injuries and fatalities associated with this type of medication.

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Common Antibiotic Side Effects

by Keith Adkins | June 9th, 2015

Taking certain antibiotic medications can cause serious complications and side effects. That’s why the attorneys at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to let you know about some of the most common cases of antibiotics side effects we see today.

Azithromycin is marketed under the name Zithromax® and is often a first line antibiotic for those who are allergic to penicillin. While the drug boasts of a short, easy regimen, it has also been linked to cardiac abnormalities. Researchers have found that the drug can cause prolonged QT intervals, which can result in death. One study showed Zithromax users faced a two and a half times higher risk of a fatality caused by irregular heart rhythms than those who used other antibiotic treatments.

Levaquin® is another antibiotic that can cause serious side effects. While the drug is effective in eliminating serious infections from the body, it can also cause patients to experience Levaquin nervous system injuries. A story from WPXI News highlighted a few of these risks, including ruptured tendons, tendonitis, and changes in sensation.

While Zithromax and Levaquin are used to treat bacterial infections, Diflucan® is used to rid the body of fungal infections. However, studies have linked the drug to birth defects in children whose mothers take the drug during pregnancy. Our Diflucan injury lawyers discuss some of the birth defects in detail on our website.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we want to provide you with the legal help you need if you’ve been harmed by a prescription drug. Give us a call anytime at (866) 589-0257 to discuss your case.

 

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Drug Injury Lawyers Examine Risks of Taking Zofran® While Pregnant

by Keith Adkins | June 2nd, 2015

When pregnant women suffer from morning sickness, doctors often prescribe drugs that can help alleviate nausea and other symptoms. But studies show that almost 98 percent of the medications used to treat morning sickness are not approved for use during pregnancy.

One such drug is Zofran®. Often used to ease nausea in cancer patients, doctors sometimes prescribe the drug to women suffering morning sickness.

The Zofran birth defect lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain that pregnant women should refrain from using the drug due to the risks it can pose to unborn children, such as:

  • Cleft palates
  • Cleft lips
  • Heart defects
  • Kidney problems

A study released in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology showed a 30 percent increase in the risk of congenital cardiac malformations in children born to mothers who take Zofran while pregnant.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we understand the risks that come with certain medications. That’s why our drug injury lawyers urge you to speak with your doctor before taking any medications while pregnant.

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Tiger Paw System II Recalled Due to Risk of Heart Tissue Tears and Serious Bleeding

by Keith Adkins | May 26th, 2015

The Tiger Paw System II is a medical device used during open-heart surgery that is manufactured by Maquet Medical Systems. The device is used to obstruct the left atrial appendage during the procedure. But numerous reports of the Tiger Paw System II causing patients serious injury have surfaced recently, and the device is being recalled and added to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) list of defective medical products.

The Tiger Paw System II can tear the atrial appendage during open-heart surgery, which can lead serious bleeding. According to an FDA press release, these bleeding events have resulted in 51 reports of adverse health events and one fatality.

Facilities that use the Tiger Paw System II have been instructed to examine their inventory of devices to see if any are included in the recall. Any affected products should be removed from inventory, quarantined, and sent back to the manufacturer along with a completed recall form.

Anyone who has been harmed by the device during a surgical procedure should contact their surgeon and FDA officials to report the issue.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our personal injury lawyers are here to help protect the rights of defective medical device injury victims. If you believe you were injured by the Tiger Paw System II, contact us today.

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