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Testosterone Replacement Therapy Can Have Fatal Complications

by Staff Blogger | May 22nd, 2018

After the age of 30, men begin to experience small declines in their testosterone levels every year. Over time, the levels can drop significantly, resulting in physical and cognitive problems, including reduced muscle mass, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.

Recent studies show that around one in four men over the age of 30 suffers from low testosterone. Because of the prevalence of this condition, more and more doctors are prescribing testosterone replacement therapy to their patients. The therapy works by administering testosterone in the form of patches, injections, gels, or pills.

While the therapy is effective at increasing detectable levels of testosterone in the blood, it’s linked to a variety of potentially fatal health conditions, including:

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Men with a history of heart disease are especially at risk. A scientific study published in Jan. 2014 revealed that men under the age of 65 with a history of heart disease were two times more likely to have heart attacks during their first three months of testosterone replacement therapy. In addition, men over the age of 65 faced double the risk as well, even if they had no history of heart disease or heart attacks.

If you or someone you love suffered a serious health complication after taking testosterone replacement therapy, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are here to help. Call us today for a free consultation, and let us start working hard on your behalf.

3 Reasons to Call Us for Your Drug or Medical Device Injury Claim

by Staff Blogger | May 8th, 2018

Prescription drugs and medical devices are supposed to make people suffering from illnesses and injuries feel better. But negligence on the part of healthcare providers and the companies that manufacture those devices can result in vulnerable patients developing serious complications—some of which can be life-threatening.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know all too well how devastating it can be for patients and their families when they’re victims of drug injuries or medical device injuries. We also know how helpless they often feel, as it may seem impossible to get adequate compensation from a big hospital or corporation.

Our drug injury lawyers have helped victims like you for many years, and we know what it takes to get successful outcomes for our clients. If you’re looking for a legal advocate during this difficult time, consider these three reasons to call us:

  1. We have more than 35 years of experience—Whether it’s holding medical professionals or big corporations accountable for their negligence, you can trust our experience. With 35 years of success under our belts, we can stay one step ahead of insurance companies—and that’s vital when it comes to getting our clients the money they deserve.
  2. We’ll fight to get you maximum compensation—Some law firms are happy with just getting any settlement for their clients after drug or medical device injuries. But we’ll keep pushing until you get full compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.
  3. We offer free initial consultations—You have nothing to lose when you contact us. We’ll review your claim and work with you to gather as many facts as possible about what happened. Whether we both agree to move forward or not, you won’t be charged for the consultation, so there’s no risk in finding out whether you have a case.

Be Cautious If You’re Taking a Newly Released Medication

by Staff Blogger | April 24th, 2018

In most years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves dozens of new medications to treat a variety of illnesses and health problems.

And while all of those medications are subject to testing and approval processes, they’re not always safe for patients to take—but that fact may not be discovered until a medication has been on pharmacy shelves for weeks, months, or even years.

Drug injuries are often separate from known side effects, as drug companies required to plainly list all side effects that they’re aware of from clinical trials and other tests. But in some cases, drug companies are aware of more serious medication-related complications, but they withhold that information in order to get their drugs approved by the FDA and released for usage by the general public.

If you were recently prescribed a newly released medication, you can protect yourself by:

  • Checking the FDA’s database of drug recalls—Doctors aren’t always aware of when drugs are recalled, and some recalled medications remain on pharmacy shelves for long periods of time. The FDA’s database can help you determine if your medication was recalled.
  • Discussing any health conditions or changes you experience with your doctor—It’s important to stay in frequent contact with your doctor, as he or she may be able to diagnosis a drug injury before it becomes life-threatening or disabling.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers are here to help anyone who was hurt by a prescription medication. Don’t suffer alone because of a drug company’s negligence. Call us today for a free consultation.

FDA Announces Restrictions, Increased Guidelines for Popular Birth Control Implant

by Staff Blogger | April 17th, 2018

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers are here to help women who were harmed by Essure® birth control implants. The implants are linked to a variety of health problems and conditions, including:

  • Intracranial hypertension
  • Uterine and fallopian tube punctures
  • Movement and breakage inside the body
  • Allergic reactions
  • Development of lupus and other autoimmune diseases

Early last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would begin taking additional steps to protect women from the dangers associated with Essure. Moving forward, women will only be able to obtain the implant by sitting down with their doctors, discussing its risks, and signing documents that indicate they’re aware of and understand the hazards associated with the device.

Since it was released in 2002, thousands of women have reported dangerous complications associated with its usage and implantation in their bodies. The FDA has received more than 25,000 adverse reports of Essure implantation, with 12,000 coming in 2017 alone.

In addition, more than 300 fetal deaths may have been caused by failed Essure implants as of 2016, per an independent study.

If you or someone you love was hurt by Essure or other birth control implants, it’s important that you get an experienced legal team on your side right away. You deserve compensation, but it can be uphill battle to win if you don’t have the right advocate. Call us today for a free consultation.

Why Do Drug Injuries Happen?

by Staff Blogger | April 10th, 2018

It seems unthinkable—you get a new prescription medication to treat your illness, but after you take it, you develop new health problems and may be in worse condition than before.

Unfortunately, drug injuries have affected countless people in the U.S. in recent years, and the number continues to grow every day. Drug injuries are different than side effects, even severe ones, as patients’ doctors or pharmacists make them aware of the risk of side effects when they begin taking new medications.

However, drug injuries often occur seemingly out of nowhere, and it’s only when patients or their loved ones begin researching prescription medications that they find out they’re linked to serious and even fatal health problems.

Drug injuries occur because of a few reasons, such as:

  • Drug manufacturers failing to thoroughly test medications – Many potential drug injuries can be detected with extensive testing, but sometimes drugs are released without proper oversights or thorough examinations of potential risks.
  • Drug manufacturers failing to warn doctors and patients – In other cases, drug manufacturers are aware of certain risks that their medications pose to patients, but they fail to publish proper warnings for doctors and other healthcare providers.

Ultimately, it’s up to the billion-dollar corporations that make many popular drugs to be aware of the potential risks associated with their products and to take the proper steps to mitigate those risks. But that doesn’t always happen, and innocent people like you suffer the consequences.

The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are here to help if you or someone you love was hurt by a medication. Call today for a free consultation.

Consult Your Doctor Right Away if You Suspect a Drug Injury

by Staff Blogger | April 3rd, 2018

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’re proud of our track record of helping people who were hurt by prescription medications. It’s our goal to get victims maximum compensation after they suffer serious complications, illnesses, and injuries caused by drugs, and we fight for people across the country every day.

However, we also know that not all health-related issues caused by medications are actual drug injuries, and it’s important to be able to differentiate between normal side effects, unrelated health problems, and abnormal health complications caused by prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

In some cases, stopping a medication due to a suspected drug injury can put patients’ lives at risk, as they may need their medications to control serious diseases and illnesses. Never stop taking a medication without first consulting your doctor.

If you or someone you love experiences a severe health problem that may be related to a medication, call 911 or go to a hospital immediately. After you’ve been treated, you can receive further testing to determine if the medication caused the symptoms you experienced.

Stopping a medication without speaking to your doctor can have serious and potentially life-threatening consequences, and it should never be done without getting prior approval.

If the medication you were taking did cause you to suffer a serious illness or injury, it’s important that you get experienced legal representation on your side. Our drug injury lawyers can collect evidence that proves you were harmed by a medication, and we’ll work hard to help you get maximum compensation. Call today for a free consultation.

Some Drug and Medical Device Injuries Are Life-Threatening Emergencies

by Staff Blogger | March 27th, 2018

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’re here to help anyone who was injured or became ill after taking a prescription or over-the-counter medication, or after receiving a medical device. Many drug and medical device injuries take time to show up, and sometimes the symptoms are initially mild. But sometimes, complications can be immediate and severe, and patients’ lives can be at risk if they don’t get prompt medical attention.

If you experience any of the following side effects after taking a medication or receiving a medical device, call 911 right away and get to a hospital as quickly as possible:

  • Difficulty breathing – Being unable to take a deep, full breath can be indicative of a potentially dangerous interaction with another medication or an allergic reaction. Both of those problems can worsen over time, so it’s important to get immediate medical attention.
  • Profuse bleeding – Whether you’re taking a new medication or you received a medical implant, always be on the lookout for signs of bleeding. Some patients experience life-threatening emergencies due to significant blood loss, as their bodies may be unable to produce clotting agents to stop the bleeding, resulting in a loss of consciousness and even death.

Your health is always your top priority, but after a drug or medical device injury, it’s vital that you find an advocate who can protect your rights. Our drug injury lawyers know how to hold drug companies and medical device manufacturers responsible for their errors. Call us today for a free consultation.

Type 2 Diabetes Drugs May Be Linked to Deadly Cancer

by Staff Blogger | March 20th, 2018

Byetta® and Januvia® are drugs designed to treat Type 2 diabetes by helping people with the condition control their blood sugar levels. All medications can cause side effects—some of which can be serious—but Byetta and Januvia may be linked to a deadly form of cancer.

In May 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety communication indicating that the drugs, which belong to a class of medication called incretin mimetics, were linked to diseases involving the pancreas. In addition, the FDA also released a statement to the public indicating that it was investigating a link between the drugs and the development of pancreatic cancer in patients who took them.

The manufacturer of the drugs may be held liable for several reasons, including:

  • The drugs are defective and capable of causing unreasonable and dangerous side effects.
  • The manufacturer failed to adequately test the drugs.
  • The manufacturer should have or did know about the risks, but didn’t warn doctors or patients.
  • The manufacturer concealed the risks of pancreatic cancer from healthcare providers and the public.

While both Byetta and Januvia contain warnings regarding their possible link to pancreatitis, they don’t contain warnings about their possible link to the development of pancreatic cancer.

If you or someone you love developed pancreatic cancer after taking a Type 2 diabetes drug, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help. Call us today for a free consultation.

Irregular Heartbeat Drug Linked to Multiple Health Complications

by Staff Blogger | March 13th, 2018

Arrhythmia is a condition where the heart doesn’t beat at a normal pace. People who suffer from arrhythmia may have heartbeats that are too fast, too slow, or irregular. The condition can be harmless for some patients, but it can also result in complications such as dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting. More serious types of arrhythmia can even be fatal.

A drug called Amiodarone is designed to treat the condition by regulating heartbeats, but its associated with several serious health conditions—some of which are potentially fatal. Those conditions include:

  • Pulmonary fibrosis – A progressive lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis is caused by scarring and stiffening of air sacs in the lungs.
  • Liver failure – Liver failure causes initial symptoms like nausea and fatigue, but as it progresses, suffers may experience jaundice, disorientation, coma, and death.
  • Thyroid failure – The thyroid is responsible for regulating many bodily functions. When it fails, patients may experience severe fatigue, weakness, cramps, and depression.

Other complications include visual impairments and blindness and worsened arrhythmias. The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are dedicated to fighting for the rights of people who were hurt by drugs, including arrhythmia patients who suffered complications after taking Amiodarone.

Call us today for a free consultation.

Cardiovascular Health Risks Associated With Popular Chemotherapy Drug

by Staff Blogger | March 6th, 2018

Chemotherapy drugs have become more and more effective in recent years, and many patients with a form of cancer called chronic myelogenous leukemia are now treated with a drug called Tasigna® (nilotinib), which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2007. The drug works by slowing or even stopping the growth of abnormal cells, but research indicates that the drug may be linked to a cardiovascular health condition called atherosclerosis, which involves a narrowing of veins and arteries.

People who experience this side effect are at risk for a variety of serious and potentially fatal health complications, such as:

  • Heart attacks – Heart attacks occur when there’s a blockage in a coronary artery. Atherosclerosis causes arteries to narrow, making it easier for blockages to occur due to plaque, cholesterol, and clots.
  • Strokes – Atherosclerosis can also cause blockages in arteries that carry blood to the brain. When those arteries are blocked, the brain receives less blood and oxygen than it requires, causing severe and permanent damage in the form of a stroke.

Although Tasigna® has been on the market for more than a decade, the FDA hasn’t released any warnings to patients or doctors concerning the drug’s cardiovascular risks.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, it’s our job to stand up for the rights of innocent victims who were injured by dangerous medications such as Tasigna. If you or someone you love was hurt by this drug, get in touch with our drug injury lawyers today for a free consultation.