Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough | Injury Law Blog

Appetite Suppressants Linked to Rare Heart Disorder

by Cary Graham | September 27th, 2016

The intense pressure many Americans place on themselves to be thin has led some to undergo risky surgical procedures, as well as ingest a variety of pharmaceuticals claiming to be a quick diet fix. Unfortunately, some of these medications can cause severe side effects and even death, leaving thousands of patients searching for safer alternatives.

In recent years, appetite-suppressant drugs have become popular amongst those looking to lose significant weight, as they seem to carry less risk than medications such as Fen-Phen. However, a potential link has been found between those who take appetite-suppressant drugs and the development of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH), a rare, progressive disorder. PPH can lead to significant health complications if not recognized and treated.

Common symptoms of PPH include:

  • flushed color of the lips or skin
  • difficulty breathing
  • chest pain
  • coughing up blood
  • dizziness, fainting or fatigue
  • edema (swelling of feet or ankles)

If you or someone you love developed Primary Pulmonary Hypertension after taking appetite-suppressant drugs, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. Your time may be limited to bring a claim, so contact us today.

Fentanyl Pain Patch Linked to Fatal Overdoses

by Cary Graham | September 20th, 2016

Pain management is an important component of treating conditions that cause chronic pain. Most physicians take a multifaceted approach to pain management, prescribing a combination of non-prescription and prescription treatments. One common prescription treatment in recent years has been Fentanyl, an adhesive patch that releases narcotic-grade pain medication into a patient’s bloodstream over a 48-72-hour period. Although effective when manufactured correctly, defective Fentanyl patches can lead to overdose and even death.

Because Fentanyl is 80 times more potent than morphine, the FDA warns that patients who are wrongly prescribed the treatment could be at serious risk of overdose. However, some patients who were correctly prescribed Fentanyl are experiencing overdoses as well due to defective patches being released by the manufacturer. Due to this risk, Fentanyl patches have been recalled to reduce the number of impacted patients, but for many, it’s too late.

If you or a loved one suffered an overdose after using a Fentanyl pain patch, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our experienced drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. We’re ready to hear your story and fight for what you deserve. Don’t let the manufacturer profit off of your misfortune. Contact us today.

Legal Help for Diflucan Birth Defect Victims

by Cary Graham | September 13th, 2016

Diflucan is an antibiotic medication that’s used to treat and/or prevent certain types of fungal infections, such as yeast infections and fungal meningitis. In recent years, the medication has come under increased scrutiny for potential links to serious and severe birth defects. The FDA warned in 2011 that pregnant women who took or were given Diflucan while pregnant may have an increased risk of their children developing birth defects.

Types of birth defects that may be caused by prolonged use of Diflucan include:

  • Brachycephaly—a condition that causes premature fusion of bones at the top of the skull, leading to an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
  • Arthrogryposis—a condition that results in physical deformities due to shortened joints in the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and knees.

If you were given Diflucan during pregnancy and your child suffered birth injuries, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our experienced drug injury attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim. Your child and your family deserve justice for what you’ve gone through. Our attorneys will fight on your family’s behalf to hold the manufacturer accountable. Contact us today.

Granuflo and NaturaLyte Linked to Cardiac-Related Deaths

by Cary Graham | September 6th, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of people undergo dialysis treatments every year. These treatments help patients with kidney issues stay balanced by removing excess waste, salt, and water within the body. Medications, such as Granuflo and NaturaLyte, are used in conjunction with the treatment to lower the acidity in the patient’s blood. However, these medications have been linked in recent years to serious heart conditions, such as heart attacks, cardiac arrhythmias, and even death.

Since these drugs were released, it has been found that both Granuflo and NaturaLyte increase the levels of bicarbonate in the blood, which causes a host of cardiac-related health issues. In 2011, the manufacturer of the medications released an internal memo that stated they were aware of the adverse effects of the drugs, but instead of pulling the drugs, they continued to sell them, putting thousands of additional patients at risk.

If you or someone you love suffered from cardiac-related health conditions after taking Granuflo or NaturaLyte, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our experienced drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. We’ll fight to uphold your rights to compensation by holding the manufacturer accountable. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact us today.

Drug Manufacturers May Be Liable for Hydrocodone Overdoses

by Cary Graham | August 30th, 2016

Painkillers and other forms of pain management are an important component of many patients’ recoveries. They enable patients to keep their pain at bay long enough for their bodies to rebuild themselves. Unfortunately, many painkillers can be addictive, leading to an unhealthy dependence on the medication. As tolerance levels increase, the drug becomes less effective in smaller doses. And as the dosage increases, the risk of overdose increases as well, which can lead to serious health complications and even death.

Hydrocodone is one of the most often prescribed painkillers on the market. Many Hydrocodone combinations contain paracetamol, which can cause liver damage or failure in high dosages. Because of the significant risks associated with overdose, the FDA reclassified the drug in 2013 to make it harder for doctors and other medical professionals to prescribe it.

If you or someone you love suffered an overdose after being prescribed Hydrocodone, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Give our experienced drug injury lawyers a call today for a free evaluation of your claim. We’ll  investigate your case and help defend your right to compensation by holding the manufacturer accountable.

Infuse Bone Graft System Lead to Health Complications

by Cary Graham | August 23rd, 2016

Bone graft systems are used to promote new bone growth in patients undergoing neck and spinal surgeries. One popular option for doctors is the Medtronic Infuse bone graft system initially approved by the FDA in 2002. Since then, it’s been used to treat more than 50,000 patients. However, the product is being reevaluated due to increased risks of severe side effects and health complications after use in a surgical procedure.

Common injuries sustained from the use of the Medtronic Infuse bone graft system include:

  • compression of the airway and/or neurological structures in the neck
  • difficulty swallowing, breathing, or speaking
  • infection at the surgical site
  • irregular bone growth
  • nerve pain or damage
  • swollen neck and throat tissue

Due to these increased risks, the FDA has issued a public health notification that states that patients may experience complications between 2 and 14 days following their procedure. These complications can require immediate medical attention and/or corrective surgeries.

If you or someone you love suffered complications after a surgical procedure involving the use of the Medtronic Infuse bone graft system, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our experienced drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim.

Kidney Disease Risk from Heartburn Medication

by Cary Graham | August 16th, 2016

Heartburn and acid reflux are two of the most common ailments in the U.S. today. Millions take medication to relieve the symptoms associated with these conditions. Some of the most common types of medication are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are designed to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. However, recent studies have discovered a link between PPIs and chronic kidney disease.

According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, patients who took PPIs twice a day to treat heartburn or acid reflux face a 46 percent increase of risk for developing kidney disease. These findings were confirmed in another study that found that patients who took PPIs faced a 39 higher risk of developing kidney disease than those who took other types of treatment.

Common medications in this class of drugs are:

  • Nexium®
  • Prevacid®
  • Prilosec®
  • Losec®
  • Protonix®
  • Zegerid®

If you or someone you love suffered from chronic kidney disease after taking any of these medications, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. The drug injury attorneys at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are currently taking cases involving PPI-related injuries, but your window for bringing a lawsuit may be limited. Many victims have already brought lawsuits for their injuries, so don’t delay. Call us today for a free evaluation of your claim.

Antidepressant Linked to Serious Birth Defects

by Cary Graham | August 9th, 2016

Celexa® is an antidepressant medication known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), which works by releasing serotonin into the patient’s system to elicit a positive neurological response. Serotonin is the chemical that is associated with happiness and well-being. Celexa has been most often prescribed to combat major depressive disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, and more. However, there are significant risks of side effects that every expectant mother should be made aware of.

The FDA warns that women who take Celexa during pregnancy have a higher risk of their children developing life-threatening birth defects. These birth defects vary in severity and include:

  • Craniosynostosis—A condition when the brain doesn’t have enough room to develop, resulting in impaired vision and mental development.
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)—A potentially fatal condition when a newborn’s blood is directed away from the lungs due to circulatory system deficiencies.
  • Cleft Palate—A developing baby’s mouth fails to fully develop while in the womb, potentially resulting in psychological problems and physical discomfort.

If your child suffered birth defects after you were prescribed Celexa, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our experienced Celexa injury attorneys today for a free evaluation of your claim.

Eliquis Linked to Blood Clots and Stroke

by Cary Graham | August 2nd, 2016

Many prescription drugs are designed to reduce or prevent certain medical conditions that can lead to severe or fatal ailments. For instance, you might take a medication that lowers blood glucose levels to keep your diabetes in check. If there are side effects to these medications, they are usually not related to the problem they are intended to solve. However, every once in a while, a medication designed specifically to treat a condition actually makes that condition worse. That may be the case with a blood-thinning drug called Eliquis.

Eliquis is prescribed to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke. But in recent years, it has been linked to an increased risk of severe bleeding, stroke, or blood clots. Patients were prescribed this drug with the understanding that it would reduce the risks of these deadly conditions, when research shows it may make them worse. To compound the risk to users, there is currently no counteracting drug to stop Eliquis-related bleeding once it starts, putting patients at a high risk of suffering a major bleeding event.

If you or someone you love suffered from blood clots or a stroke after taking Eliquis, call our experienced drug injury attorneys immediately for a free evaluation of your claim. The manufacturer may be liable for significant damages, but your time may be limited to bring a claim, so contact us today.

Topamax Birth Defect Risks

by Cary Graham | July 26th, 2016

If you’ve ever experienced a migraine, you know it’s much more than a headache. They can be debilitating, and although several medications have been released over the years that subdue some of the discomfort, there’s not a lot that can be done to relieve the pain other than time. One popular medication is Topamax, also known as topiramate. Along with treating migraines, Topamax was also designed to treat epilepsy and has been prescribed to induce weight loss as well. Unfortunately, along with its many uses comes serious side effects that can change expectant mothers’ lives forever.

Topamax has been linked to an increased risk of serious birth defects, including:

  • Cleft Lip—the top lip fails to close while in the womb.
  • Cleft Palate—the roof of a child’s mouth fails to close.

Both of these birth defects make it difficult for the newborn child to breastfeed and can require extensive corrective surgery to fix.

If your child suffered birth defects after you took Topamax while pregnant, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. The simple fact is you would never have taken the medication if you had been warned of its potential impact to your child and you deserve justice for the damage it has done. Call our experienced Topamax injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim.