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FDA Announces Safety Warning For Users Of Samsca

by Staff Blogger | May 7th, 2013

May 7, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently made an announcement regarding the safety of the drug Samsca. The statement explained that taking the medication for extended periods of time could result in a serious Drug Injury.

Samsca is a medication used in the treatment of a condition known as hyponatremia, in which a patient’s blood contains low levels of sodium. The medication is manufactured by Otsuka American Pharmaceutical, Inc. and has been on the market since May of 2009.

The problem with the medication was discovered while the company was preforming clinical trials on a new use of the drug in treating patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). During testing, researchers discovered that extended use of the medication could lead to serious liver damage.

In response to the discovery, the company has stated patients should not take the medication for longer than 30 days at a time. Patients who suffer from liver damage, such as cirrhosis of the liver, should not take the drug either. Doctors have been instructed to closely monitor patients for such liver damage if the drug is prescribed.

Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough and their team of Dallas Personal Injury Attorneys acknowledge how devastating an injury caused by taking a medication can be. The firm may be able to help a person who has suffered negative affects of taking a medication prescribed by a doctor.

FDA Announces Recall Of Defective Medical Device

by Staff Blogger | April 30th, 2013

April 30, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of the Zilver® PTX® Drug Eluting Stent manufactured by Cook Medical due to malfunctions that could compromise patient safety.

The device is a expanding metal mesh tube that is coated with a medication. The device is used to keep arteries in the body from narrowing and is commonly used in the treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease. The affected devices were sold worldwide between December of 2012 and April of 2013.

The product was declared a Defective Medical Device after the FDA received reports of two serious adverse events, including one death, related to the use of the product.

According to an FDA press release, the problem is that the catheter tip can separate from the rest of the device, which can cause the catheter tip to become lodged in the artery and block blood flow. This can result in numerous health problems including thrombosis and cardiac arrest.

Those who are in possession of the affected products have been instructed to halt use of the devices immediately and to quarantine any remaining stock of the product.

Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough and their team of Dallas Personal Injury Attorneys recognize the risks that can be posed through the use of certain medical devices. The firm encourages anyone who has been injured through the use of a recalled product to discuss their legal rights with an attorney.

 

 

Study Shows Significant Risks In Taking Certain Dietary Supplements

by Staff Blogger | April 23rd, 2013

April 23, 2012

While vitamins and dietary supplements we take may seem beneficial and harmless, a new study has shown the contrary to be true. In fact, Dietary Supplement Dangers accounted for more than half of the drug recalls that were made between 2004 and 2012 due to the risk of a “serious adverse health consequence or death”.

An article in Forbes magazine explained the result of the study showed a total of 465 dietary supplements being recalled during the time period. Sexual enhancement, body building, and weight loss supplements made up a majority of the affected products.

Several recent cases involving these types of medications showed the recalls were initiated due to undeclared active ingredients in the medications. Officials stated that individuals with certain medical conditions could be seriously harmed if they were to ingest the said ingredients.

Experts say officials are facing a difficult battle in eliminating these dangers because of how easily companies manufacturing these products throughout the world can make small changes that allow them to stay in business. Despite these setbacks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in leading the way on several initiatives aimed at eliminating products with undeclared ingredients.

The Dallas Personal Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough recognize the risks involved with certain dietary supplements. That’s why the firm encourages citizens to read the warning and ingredients listed on the packaging of a product before taking it.

 

 

FDA Raises The Status On Defective Insulin Pump Recall

by Staff Blogger | April 9th, 2013

April 9, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has bumped the voluntary recall on Animas 2020 Insulin infusion pumps to a Class I status. This means use of the Defective Medical Device could result in serious injury or death.

According to an article from Medpage Today, the recall affects all pumps that were manufactured between March 1 and November 30 of last year. The units are equipped with an alarm that sounds when insulin cannot be delivered to the patient’s blood stream for any reason. Unfortunately though, the devices have reportedly given false alarms that resulted in patients getting an unexpected dosage of the drug.

The product also has a problem with its programming that will prevent the unit from working past the end of the year 2015.

The FDA has stated a diabetic who receives too much insulin can experience a range of adverse health events, including hypoglycemia or even death.

Anyone in possession of an affected unit has been instructed to contact the product’s manufacturer to receive a free replacement device. Any adverse events associated with the use of the product should be reported to the FDA immediately.

The Dallas Personal Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would encourage anyone who has been harmed by the use of a defective medical device to also discuss their legal rights with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.

Report Shows Texas Ranks Poorly For Highway Safety

by Staff Blogger | February 5th, 2013

February 5, 2013

With Texas ranking among the worst states in the nation for highway safety, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety are continuing to push the state to adopt legislation that would make the state’s roadways less dangerous.

News Channel 10 explains that the group recently issued a report that concluded roughly 10 percent of the nation’s traffic fatalities occurred in Texas. This resulted in a seven percent increase in Texas Auto Accident fatalities from 2011 to 2012.

Experts believe the high number of deaths could be attributed to the state falling behind on implementing measures to promote highway safety. One of the examples given was the state adopting one of the highest speed limits in the nation on a portion of toll road that was recently opened. Drivers can now legally travel at speeds up to 80 mph.

The advocacy group also pointed out the state lacks several key components in the law books that would stiffen restrictions on teen drivers, and therefore, create a safer driving environment for these at-risk motorists. Officials added Texas should adopt a law requiring ignition interlock systems to be installed in the vehicle of anyone who is caught driving drunk.

The Dallas Personal Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are hopeful these conclusions will be used to promote improving the safety of the state’s roads through tougher legislation and better public education about dangerous behaviors behind the wheel.