Antibiotic Drug Injury

U.S. Patients Face Growing Number of Foreign Drug Recalls

by Staff Blogger | May 13th, 2014

Some of the drugs available to patients in the United States are made in laboratories overseas. While foreign drugs are required to meet the same rigorous safety standards as medications made in the U.S., many foreign facilities are falling under heavy scrutiny for manufacturing inferior products.

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported Sun Pharma is recalling roughly 400,000 bottles of antidepressant and antihistamine medications because the products failed to meet quality testing standards. The recall comes on the heels of a similar event, in which Indian drug maker, Lupin, was forced to recall 10,000 bottles of an antibiotic because the medications were contaminated and did not meet purity standards. Experts stated the medications could have resulted in patients suffering antibiotic drug injuries.

These incidents leave many curious as to what they can do to reduce their chances of drug injuries. The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough believe vigilance from both patients and doctors is key. Patients should always research the side effects and recall history of any new medications they take, and any questions or concerns that arise should be discussed with doctors or pharmacists.

10,000 Units of Antibiotic Drug Recalled Due to Contamination

by Staff Blogger | April 15th, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been working to improve the safety of medications in the U.S., but they have faced significant hurdles in regulating medications imported into the U.S. due to a lack of ability to enforce safe manufacturing practices.

This problem was highlighted by a massive recall of drugs manufactured in India due to a risk of patients suffering Antibiotic Drug Injuries due to contamination. Reports indicate the recall affected more than 10,000 bottles of the drug.

According to an article from The Economic Times, the medication Suprax is a third-generation antibiotic that is effective in treating many common infections. However, the drug’s manufacturer, Lupin, discovered the sterility of certain lots of the product may have been compromised during the manufacturing process.

The company has since launched a recall of affected medications and is asking anyone who has been harmed as a result of taking the faulty products to come forward to report the incident.

The Drug Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would also encourage anyone who has been harmed as the result of using a recalled product to discuss their legal options with an attorney as soon as possible.

Antibiotic Ceftriaxone Linked to Acute Renal Failure in Children

by Staff Blogger | April 1st, 2014

April 1, 2014

Antibiotics can help us overcome many illnesses, but some types of these drugs have been linked to adverse health events and Antibiotic Drug Injuries. Most recently, a study discovered that the use of Ceftriaxone in children could lead to acute renal failure.

The study was released in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Pediatrics, and examined the cases of 31 patients treated using Ceftriaxone between 2003 and 2011. The team of researchers found that acute renal failure could be caused in as little as 5.2 days. While many of the patients were able to recover with further treatment, some required catheters. Others needed hemodialysis in order to overcome health issues caused by the medication.

The study leaves many wondering what they can do to prevent harm if they take antibiotics. Researchers stated that anyone experiencing flank pain or the onset of anuria should seek medical treatment immediately.

The Drug Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot, and Wansbrough also encourage anyone harmed by a medication to discuss their legal rights with a qualified attorney.