Drug Injury Lawsuits and Settlements
When you’re sick and injured, or taking care of a family member who is ill, you trust doctors to make the right decisions to help you or your loved one get better. But some medications prescribed by doctors have ingredients that may cause additional health problems or drug side effects. Many of these medications have been investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and require warning labels, but patients aren’t always aware of these risks.
If you or your loved one were injured or became sick after taking a prescription medication, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough can help you file a drug injury lawsuit to get compensated for your pain, suffering, and injury-related expenses. We can start working on your case today. Just call (800) 210-8503 or fill out a free initial consultation form to get the experienced help you deserve.
Injuries Caused by Dangerous Drugs
Our drug injury lawyers have years of experience helping people suffering from negative drug side effects, such as:
Several prescription drugs have been linked to an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer, including the diabetes drug Actos® and the birth control injection Depo-Provera®.
- Cardiovascular Injuries
Patients can experience severe cardiovascular side effects—such as blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes—from kidney dialysis drugs, low testosterone therapies, and birth control medications.
- Depression and suicide
Certain patients may experience severe depression and suicidal thoughts after taking popular prescription drugs.
The cholesterol drug Lipitor® can help reduce the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular issues. But it can also affect some patients’ blood glucose levels, leading to the development of Type 2 diabetes.
Consumer and FDA Alerts
The following widely used prescription medications have recently been linked to a variety of health complications and side effects.
Actos® is a prescription medication designed to treat diabetes, but it’s been linked to serious and even fatal health problems, including bladder cancer and congestive heart failure.
GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte® are both chemicals used in kidney dialysis machines at treatment centers around the country. These chemicals may cause decreased potassium levels, which have been linked to heart attacks, cardiac arrhythmias, and more.
Drug Side Effects
Many types of medications have dangerous side effects. Some common drugs with negative side effects include:
Antibiotics and antifungal medications like Diflucan® and Levaquin® have been linked to a variety of health conditions. These conditions include bone health issues and birth defects in the children of pregnant women who take these drugs.
Antidepressants belonging to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been linked to serious birth defects. These defects include a condition in babies called persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), which can lead to difficulty breathing, heart defects, and other physical abnormalities.
Birth control medications contain hormones such as progesterone and estrogen that help prevent pregnancy. Women who take these medications for long periods of time may develop serious health complications, including breast cancer and blood clots.
Diabetes drugs like Actos®, Byetta®, and Victoza® have been linked to severe organ damage, including renal failure, pancreatitis, bladder cancer, and pancreatic cancer, which has no known effective treatment and is often fatal.
Diet drugs such as Fen-Phen (a combination of stimulants called fenfluramine and phentermine) have been found to cause fatal pulmonary hypertension and heart valve problems. Many drugs containing Fen-Phen have been recalled, but some supplements still available for purchase contain the stimulant.
Kidney dialysis machines that use GranuFlo or NaturaLyte—chemicals designed to cleanse the blood—may be responsible for health complications. These chemicals are known to cause a condition called metabolic alkalosis, which can lead to cardiac arrest, low blood pressure, and sudden death.
Migraine drugs such as Depakote® and Topamax® have been linked to birth defects in the children of women who take the drugs while pregnant. These birth defects may include cleft lip and cleft palate, spina bifida, and autism.
Painkillers derived from opiods, such as hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone, can be dangerous when taken at high doses or when used for long periods of time. Patients who take these pain medications may develop a tolerance and require stronger doses to feel the same effects, which may lead to overdoses.
We’re Here for You
It’s devastating to suffer a serious injury or illness because of a medication that was supposed to help you get better. But when it’s the manufacturer’s fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for your medical bills and lost wages. Let the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough fight to help you get the money you deserve—call today.
Actos® is a registered trademark of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte® are registered trademarks of Fresenius Medical Care North America. Zyban® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline. Diflucan®, Depo-Provera®, and Lipitor® are registered trademarks of Pfizer Inc. Levaquin® and Topamax® are registered trademarks of Ortho-McNeil. Byetta® is a registered trademark of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Victoza® is a registered trademark of Novo Nordisk A/S. Depakote® is a registered trademark of Abbott Laboratories. Clomid® is a registered trademark of Sanofi-Aventis. Zocor® is a registered trademark of Merck & Co., Inc.
This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Fresenius Medical Care North America, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Inc., Ortho-McNeil, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Novo Nordisk A/S, Abbott Laboratories, Sanofi-Aventis, Merck & Co., Inc.