September 4th, 2018|
Painkillers, especially opioids, are both extremely common and extremely dangerous in the U.S. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that more than 115 people die in America every day after overdosing on opioid medications or drugs.
That may be because some pharmaceutical companies repeatedly told doctors, pharmacists, and other professionals in the medical community in the late 1990s that opioid-based painkillers weren’t addictive, leading to them being prescribed at higher rates. Since then, the number of opioid-related overdoses and deaths have skyrocketed throughout the country.
The NIDA says that between 21 and 29 percent of people who are prescribed prescription opioids for chronic pain misuse or abuse them, putting their health—and even their lives—at risk. In addition, between four and six percent of people who abuse prescription opioids transition to using heroin to satisfy their addictions.
Another startling statistic is that opioid overdoses increased 30 percent between July 2016 and September 2017 across 52 areas in 45 states. It’s clear that the opioid epidemic is growing and spreading, and it’s distributed in both small towns and big cities.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’re dedicated to holding pharmaceutical companies and negligent doctors accountable for the dangers associated with opioid addiction, abuse, and overdoses. If you or someone you love was hurt by an opioid medication, our drug injury lawyers want to help. Call us today for a free consultation.
August 28th, 2018|
Drugs for a wide variety of illnesses, injuries, and chronic diseases have the potential to cause serious and potentially life-threatening complications. But several medications used to treat the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are known to cause severe side effects and injuries, making it vital for patients with that disease to be cautious with their medications.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our diabetes drug injury lawyers have helped Type 2 diabetes patients who were injured by several popular prescription drugs, including:
- Invokana and Invokamet–Both of these drugs have the potential to cause ketoacidosis, which is the term for high levels of acid in the blood. They also may be linked to potential amputation of the leg or foot, coma, kidney failure, and stroke.
- Actos–This drug was released in the late 1990s and has been linked to a variety of health problems, including bladder cancer and heart failure. Patients who take Actos may experience other side effects such as liver disease, shortness of breath, stomach pain, and rapid weight gain.
- Onglyza and Kombiglyze—Part of a family of drugs known as incretin mimetics, these medications are prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes. However, research shows that they may increase the risk of developing heart failure and cancers, including pancreatic cancer and thyroid cancer.
- Byetta and Januvia—Designed to improve blood sugar levels, both of these medications are linked to pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer—an often-fatal cancer with poor treatment prognosis.
If you or someone you love was injured by a Type 2 diabetes medication, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.
August 14th, 2018|
Prescription medications are powerful substances that have the potential to treat serious illnesses and pain. But that power also means they have the potential to cause disabling and potentially life-threatening complications and injuries.
Drug injuries aren’t always obvious to patients, and it may take weeks, months, or even years for symptoms to become noticeable enough for patients to seek medical treatment. But patients and their doctors can sometimes spot early signs of drug injuries if they know what to look for.
Some of the most common symptoms of drug injuries include:
- Heart attacks, blood clots, and strokes—Many medications, including testosterone therapies and even birth control medications, can affect the cardiovascular system. That can cause patients to be at high risk of suffering potentially fatal cardiovascular events.
- Cancer—Some drugs are linked to increased risks of developing cancer, including blood pressure medications and Type 2 diabetes medications. The types of cancer that drugs are linked to can vary from medication to medication.
- Bleeding—Uncontrollable and heavy bleeding, whether internal or external, often indicates that a medication is interfering with the body’s ability to clot wounds. Drugs linked to heavy bleeding include blood thinners and pain medications.
If you suspect that you’ve suffered a drug injury, it’s important to consult your doctor right away and to get in touch with an experienced drug injury lawyer.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, it’s our job to evaluate the facts in claims like yours and to make sure victims like you get the representation they deserve. Call today for a free consultation.
August 7th, 2018|
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves many new medications every year after reviewing safety information provided by the drug manufacturers. However, FDA approval doesn’t always mean drugs are safe to use.
Over time, new side effects and drug injuries may become known to the FDA. They can then issue recalls of potentially dangerous medications. It’s important to note that FDA recalls are almost always voluntary, and drug manufacturers don’t have to immediately comply. That means medications that may be linked to serious health problems can remain on pharmacy and hospital shelves for weeks, months, or even years.
If the FDA issues a recall of a medication you’re taking, you may be concerned about how your health will be affected and what your next steps should be. If that happens, there are a few steps you can take to protect your health and your rights:
- Call your doctor—Not all recalls are the same. For example, Class III FDA recalls involve errors like labeling issues or container defects that are unlikely to result in adverse health reactions. Your doctor can determine if the recall is serious enough to warrant you stopping your medication.
- Call a lawyer—If it turns out that your medication is subject to a more serious Class I recall, it’s important to get in touch with an experienced drug injury lawyer right away. The medication may have caused you to suffer serious health problems, and the sooner a legal advocate can begin preparing a claim on your behalf, the better your chances will be of obtaining maximum compensation.
Don’t be a victim of the drug manufacturer’s negligence. Call Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today for a free consultation.
July 31st, 2018|
If you take prescription or over-the-counter medications, it’s important to bring them with you when you travel.
But traveling with medications requires taking a few extra precautions versus bringing your medications home from the pharmacy or storing them in your medicine cabinet.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we put together a few tips that you can follow to ensure that your medications will be safe and effective throughout the length of your travels:
- Pack medication in carry-on luggage or bags—Missing even a single dose of some medications can be dangerous. And if your medications are in a checked bag and it gets lost by the airline, you may have to wait several hours to replace your lost pills.
- Don’t leave medication in a hot car—Medication should be stored at or close to room temperature as often as possible. When medication is exposed to extreme heat or direct sunlight, it can breakdown and become less effective.
- Bring a list of the medications you take and their dosages—One of the most important things for medical providers is knowing which medications their patients are on and the dosages. Keeping a list of that information handy or with the people who are traveling with you can save your life.
- Remember time zone changes when taking daily or time-sensitive medications—If you’re traveling internationally or passing through several time zones, be sure to account for the time difference when taking daily or twice daily medications.
July 24th, 2018|
Although adults represent the majority of prescription drug users, children are also often prescribed medications to help them recover from illnesses and injuries.
When kids take prescription medications, it’s important for both their parents and their prescribing doctors to be cautious and attentive to potential side effects and injuries. Depending on their age, size, and weight, children are often given reduced dosages of prescription medications, but the dosages aren’t always exact. That means certain side effects may be more pronounced.
If your child was recently prescribed a new medication, you can help keep him or her safe by:
- Checking for recall information—When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues a recall recommendation, it doesn’t always mean the drug will be pulled from the market. You can find out if your child’s drug was recalled by checking the FDA’s database.
- Watching your child closely for signs of side effects or complications—Children may not tell their parents or their doctors about side effects or complications they’re experiencing after they’ve been prescribed a new medication. By making sure your child visits his or her doctor frequently for checkups and monitoring his or her health and wellness, you can catch potential problems early.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers are here to help anyone who was hurt by a prescription or over-the-counter medication, including children and their parents.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our legal team if you or someone you love was harmed by a drug that was supposed to make you feel better. We’ll do everything we can to get you maximum compensation. Call today for a free consultation.
July 18th, 2018|
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know that many of the most popular prescription medications can be recalled or subject to new warnings at any time.
That scenario played out last week when a generic blood pressure and heart failure medication called valsartan was recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to concerns that it may be tainted by a potentially carcinogenic compound called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).
The FDA issued the following information to patients and healthcare professionals concerning the usage of valsartan:
- Patients currently taking the medication should continue usage for now—Valsartan is used to treat potentially life-threatening conditions, so patients shouldn’t stop taking it without speaking to their healthcare providers or receiving alternative treatments.
- Affected medications are manufactured in China and distributed by three companies in the U.S.—Potentially tainted valsartan medications are manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. In China and are distributed in the U.S. by three companies: Major Pharmaceuticals; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd; and Solco Healthcare. Patients can check the drug and company names on their medication bottles or packaging to determine if their prescription is subject to the recall.
Our drug injury lawyers will be keeping a close eye on this recall and how both the drug manufacturer and its U.S.-based distributors move forward in the coming days and weeks.
If you or someone you love was injured by valsartan or another potentially dangerous medication, we want to speak with you. Call today for a free consultation to find out how we can put our years of experience to work for you.
July 10th, 2018|
You were just prescribed a new medication with the promise that it will help you heal from your injury or illness.
But after you started taking it, you’re feeling worse than ever. In fact, you may have even developed even worse health problems, including organ damage, heart attacks, strokes, and even cancer.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’ve helped many people just like you who were taken advantage of by big pharmaceutical corporations who care more about profits than the safety and well-being of vulnerable people like you.
Unfortunately, victims in this scenario are often left to fend for themselves, including paying for their own medical bills and dealing with lost wages if the medications they took caused them to become disabled and unable to work.
Drug companies and their insurers are out to protect their profits at all costs, and that means giving victims the runaround—if they give the time of day at all.
Our drug injury lawyers know the games that big corporations play when victims are harmed by their negligence, and we don’t stand for it. When you contact us for help with your drug injury claim, you’ll immediately level the playing field. The insurance company won’t be able to ignore you, bully you, or intimidate you, because they’ll have to go through us first.
Don’t give up, and don’t accept the devastating financial burden that drug injuries can have on you and your family. Contact us today for a free consultation.
July 3rd, 2018|
The pharmaceutical industry is big business on a global scale. In recent years, the combined revenues of prescription drug manufacturers exceeded one trillion dollars, making it one of the largest industries in the world.
While profits for drug companies are often immense, so too are the costs of researching, developing, manufacturing, and marketing their new medications. Pharmaceutical companies want to do everything in their power to make sure their new products are successful to recoup their huge investments.
However, despite rigorous testing processes and mandatory approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), dangerous drugs still make it to the marketplace every year. In some cases, drug companies are even aware of the dangers that their medications pose to patients, but they still release them anyway—often without disclosing the risks. They sometimes do that for two reasons:
- To protect their investments—Every new drug often represents billions of dollars in research and development costs. To remain profitable, drug companies must recoup that money many times over—and scrapping or recalling drugs that are already well into development can hurt their bottom line.
- To increase their profits—When drugs get FDA approval and hit pharmacy shelves, drug companies can start profiting from them right away. They also know that potential drug injuries may not be noticed or reported for years or even decades after release. That means the risks of patients suffering serious adverse health effects may not be as important to them as their own profits.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers are here to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for valuing profits over the safety of innocent victims like you. Call today for a free consultation.
June 20th, 2018|
When prescription and over-the-counter medications are released to the general public, most people assume they’re safe, because it means they’ve received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After all, the FDA is the governing body for all consumer and medical products in the U.S., and if it gives the green light to a new drug, that must mean it’s safe to use—especially if it’s prescribed by a doctor or other healthcare provider.
But as many people now know, FDA approval and doctor recommendations don’t always mean drugs are safe. There are two main reasons why that happens:
- Drug companies may hide information about potential drug injuries—Researching, developing, and releasing drugs costs pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars. To reduce their risk of that money going to waste, some drug companies will hide or fail to report knowledge of drug injuries to improve the chances of their products being approved by the FDA.
- Drug companies don’t always have to withdraw products from the market if the FDA recalls them—Even if the FDA becomes aware of the dangers associated with a drug and issues a recall, it’s may still be up to the drug company itself to pull the product from the market. That doesn’t always happen, and that means many potentially dangerous drugs can remain on pharmacy and hospital shelves.
It’s important to research any medications you’re prescribed and to bring up your concerns with your doctor. Never stop taking a medication without first speaking to your healthcare provider.