March 4th, 2014
March 4, 2014
Opioid painkillers can be extremely beneficial in treating patients suffering from excruciating pain, but the potential for deadly dosage errors makes the use of these medications extremely risky. Now, experts are concerned a new, more powerful form of these drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may present a Painkiller Overdose risk.
An article from RT News stated the new drug, called Zohydro, is as much as 10 times stronger than Vicodin and packs more punch than Oxycontin, the strongest painkiller on the market today. Experts say patients who are not used to taking this type of medication and consume two capsules could die, while children could suffer fatal overdoses after taking just one pill.
Such a powerful narcotic medication may fuel the epidemic of painkiller overdoses the United States is currently experiencing. Studies have shown taking too much of an opioid medication is the number one drug injury reported in the United States today.
These findings have prompted a group of more than 40 doctors to call on the FDA to reconsider its approval of the drug. Several members of Congress and attorney generals from 28 states are also calling for the reconsideration.
The Drug Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough hope the FDA makes a decision that best protects patient safety and health.
February 25th, 2014
February 25, 2014
The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced the voluntary recall of a medication used to treat children suffering genetic disorders. The recall was initiated due to the medications containing the wrong ingredients.
An FDA Press Release stated drug manufacturer Medisca’s L-citrulline supplement can be used to treat children suffering from certain genetic disorders and has been shown to be effective in treating erectile dysfunction during trials. However, testing by FDA investigators showed several lots of the drug did not contain the active ingredient at all. Instead, the medications contained N-Acetyl-leucine, a compound that is used to treat patients afflicted with vertigo.
Experts say that such a mistake could not only cause a patient serious harm if the affected medications are taken, it may also result in death.
That is why the FDA is asking any doctors or medical facilities in possession of the affected medications to quarantine them immediately. Anyone harmed by the affected medications should report the incident to the FDA immediately.
The Drug Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would also encourage anyone who has been injured by the affected supplement to discuss their legal options with an attorney immediately in order to help protect any potential rights to compensation.
February 18th, 2014
February 18, 2014
Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of medications they release to the market. Failure to do so can result in patients suffering serious harm, which can lead to lawsuits being filed against the drug maker for damages.
Such a case has been filed in connection to patients suffering a specific Pradaxa Drug Injury, allegedly because the company who made the product failed to warn consumers of certain risks associated with the drug. Now, court documents are showing research that showed the dangers of Pradaxa may have been withheld due to the fact it could harm the marketability of the drug.
An article from the New York Times states the medication was one of several drugs looking to fill a gap in the market for medications used to prevent blood clots from forming in the body. The manufacturer stated it was a better blood clot treatment, as it did not require constant monitoring of blood levels to ensure proper levels of the drugs were being absorbed into the body.
The medication was distributed to 850,000 patients and resulted in an estimated 1,000 deaths due to a risk of uncontrollable bleeding associated with the drug. Lawsuits were filed in connection to the accidents.
Now, court documents are showing researchers may have knew about the dangers, but drug manufacturer executives may have hidden the results. The company has denied the allegations.
The Drug Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough recognize the dangers posed by drug manufacturers withholding vital information about a product and are here to help anyone who has been harmed as the result of taking a medication prescribed by a doctor.
February 11th, 2014
February 11, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with the job of evaluating drug safety and approving medications to be used by patients in the United States. The Drug Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain that some drugs are approved based on legal loopholes while more helpful medications may be overlooked.
This is an underlying theme in the film Dallas Buyers Club. The movie tells the true story of Ron Woodruff, an electrician living with AIDS/HIV during the mid-1980’s. The character is told by doctors he only has one month to live, which sets him on a course to find a medication that can save his life. He finds drugs and supplements that help alleviate the symptoms of his condition, but he is unable to get the products in the United States because they are not FDA approved. Woodruff smuggles the compounds back to the United States in bulk, so he can distribute them to other patients. Rather than sell the supplements and medications, he uses a membership system that grants free access to the drugs and allows him to avoid criminal prosecution.
The drugs and supplements were not approved by the FDA because of high costs and because drug manufacturing companies were attempting to push another medication through the approval process. In fact, the film shows where trials determine too much of the manufacturer’s drug is lethal to patients, unlike the medications supplied by Woodruff .
Unfortunately, the FDA’s failure to approve the treatment likely cost many lives, and the attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough feel action should be taken to ensure United States citizens have access to the safest and best drugs in the world.
February 4th, 2014
February 4, 2014
Acetaminophen can be a useful medication in the treatment of pain and inflammation; however, recent studies have shown taking too much of the drug may put users at risk of serious adverse health events. The Drug Injury Lawyers with the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain the discovery has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to call for the discontinuation of prescribing and dispensing certain medications containing high doses of the ingredient.
According to an FDA Press Release, medications containing more than 325 mg of Acetaminophen per dose may put users at risk of harm. Furthermore, studies have shown there are no further benefits in taking doses higher than this recommendation.
Some of the most common Acetaminophen Drug Injuries that have been reported include damage to organs such as the liver and dangerous skin reactions. In order to combat these issues, the FDA has called for doctors to stop prescribing more than 325 mg of Acetaminophen per dose, with patients not to exceed 4,000 mg of the ingredient per day. Pharmacists who receive prescriptions for dosages higher than the recommended amount should discuss the issue with the prescribing doctor.
The attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are aware of the serious dangers a drug overdose can pose, especially when there were no previous warnings of the harm that could be done. That is why the firm encourages anyone who has suffered an Acetaminophen drug injury to discuss their legal options with an attorney immediately.
January 28th, 2014
January 28, 2014
The medications available to citizens of the United States can help us overcome the conditions and ailments that afflict us; however, these products may also cause serious harm if not taken properly. The Drug Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough point out such dangers prompted warnings to be issued regarding the use of common laxatives containing the ingredient, Sodium Phosphate.
According to a press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), products containing the ingredient can be consumed orally or can be used as an enema rectally. Officials say that exceeding more than one dose of the drug within a 24-hour period can result in the user experiencing adverse health effects on organs like the kidneys and heart. These problems can result in death if left untreated.
Officials go on to say that some patients may be at an even greater risk of problems when taking too much of a drug containing sodium phosphate. These individuals include:
- Young Children
- Patients Older Than 55-Years-Old
- Those who are dehydrated
- Anyone suffering from kidney disease, bowel obstruction or inflammation
The law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough and their team of attorneys are aware of the difficulties a Drug Injury can pose to an individual. That’s why the firm encourages patients to only take the recommended dose of any medication they purchase or are prescribed.
January 21st, 2014
January 21, 2014
Advancements in the field of technology within the medical industry, such as the use of robotics in surgery, have gained significant ground in recent years.
The Defective Medical Device Attorneys with the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough point out though, new studies have shown using this new technology may be putting patients at a greater risk of harm than previously believed.
According to Bangor Daily News, researchers have found the instances of patients being injured during robotic surgery may be significantly underreported. The team found that incidents of injury and death are supposed to be reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but an examination of records showed numerous cases that were missing and others containing incomplete data.
A fine example of these problems was seen in the reporting associated with da Vinci Surgical Robot Injuries. The device has been used to perform roughly 350,000 procedures, which resulted in 3,697 reports of injuries or deaths associated with the device being reported. Experts have shown though, several documented cases were not included in these numbers.
Officials say the problem stems from a dependence on post-market studies to determine safety of a product, rather than putting devices through rigorous testing prior to public release to the market.
These issues are why those who have been harmed by a defective medical device should pursue holding manufacturers accountable and responsible for the harm their products cause.
January 15th, 2014
January 14, 2014
The medications used by healthcare professionals today can be life saving. However, certain drugs may cause adverse side effects in some users that constitute manufacturers having to place warning labels on the products.
The Drug Injury Lawyers with the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain the warning labels on the anti-malaria drug used by the U.S. military, Mefloquine, are undergoing some changes after reports of soldiers suffering hallucinations and brain injuries caused by the drug emerged.
According to a story from CBS News, A Navy veteran began using the medication three years ago. After taking the first dose, the victim stated he began to experience hallucinations. Now, two military doctors believe the veteran has suffered a brain injury due to taking the drug. Another soldier reported experiencing similar Mefloquine Side Effects after taking the drug while on a tour of duty in Afghanistan during 2002.
Such reports eventually became so widespread, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to change the drug’s warning label to include a clause informing patients of the risks of hallucinations while taking Mefloquine.
In response to the problems with the drug, the Pentagon has also launched orders to only dispense the medication as a “last resort” treatment.
The attorneys with the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are aware of how devastating the side effects of Mefloquine can be and encourage anyone who has been harmed by the drug to discuss their case with a qualified attorney immediately.
January 7th, 2014
January 7, 2014
In order to boost performance and health, athletes often use workout supplements. Using these products can sometimes result in consumers being harmed though. The Drug Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain one of the most common causes of injury to users is a product that contains undeclared ingredients.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a string of notifications regarding recalls that had been launched on approximately nine different products that contained unknown or undeclared ingredients. One of the press releases stated that a supposed all-natural sexual enhancement product actually contained undeclared forms of the drug Viagra®. Officials state that patients taking prescribed medications containing nitrates may experience Workout Supplement Health Risks caused by interactions with the undeclared ingredients in the sexual enhancement product. Adverse health events could include dangerous drops in blood pressure.
On the other end of the spectrum, an herbal weight loss product was found to actually contain a substance that was banned in 2010 due to patients suffering dangerous increases in blood pressure after taking a product containing the particular ingredient.
Such problems leave many individuals wondering how they should determine if a workout supplement is safe for use. The team of attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough suggest staying safe by discussing any new products you are considering consuming with your doctor first.
December 31st, 2013
December 31, 2013
There are numerous ways medications can cause harm to a patient’s health, but most drug injuries fall into one of three different categories. The Drug Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain the three most common types of drug injuries in the United States today include those caused by:
- Contamination- Medications can become adulterated by germs, debris, and other substances during the manufacturing and packaging processes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that most recently, such mistakes led to a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that claimed dozens of lives and left hundreds of others sickened.
- Inadequate Warning Labels- Manufacturers of the medications we use are required by law to thoroughly test new products before their release to ensure safety. When insufficient testing is done, warning labels on new products can fail to explain certain dangers associated with new medications to users. For example, numerous patients suffered an Actos® Drug Injury due to such failures.
- Prescription Errors- These mistakes can occur when a physician or medical professional administers the wrong drug to a patient. These errors can also include giving a patient too large or too small of a dosage of a needed medication.
The attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are aware of how dangerous drug injuries can be to patients and encourage anyone who has been harmed by a medication prescribed to them by a physician to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney immediately.