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FDA Issues Warnings Regarding Testosterone Therapy Heart Attack Risks

by Staff Blogger | May 5th, 2015

Testosterone is a hormone that helps regulate energy levels, body mass, and sex drive in males. Several medications can raise a man’s testosterone levels, but it’s important to note the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved a majority of these drugs to treat certain medical conditions—not low testosterone levels resulting from aging.

Despite the FDA’s regulations, these treatments continue to be prescribed to patients considered unfit to take the drugs. Studies have shown men with a history of heart disease who use low testosterone therapy drugs have an increased Testosterone therapy heart attack risk.

These risks have prompted the FDA to issue a press release warning drug manufacturers and medical professionals about the drug injury risks. Furthermore, the agency issued a press release calling for updates to the labels of low testosterone therapy drugs that would clearly state a warnings to patients.

The FDA goes on to recommend that anyone using a low testosterone therapy drug who experiences symptoms of a heart attack should speak with a medical professional immediately.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers are hopeful these new warnings will be successful in reducing the amount of Low T treatment heart attacks.

Russ Abney Appointed to Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for Xarelto® Lawsuits

by Staff Blogger | March 10th, 2015

Reports indicate that the use of the drug Xarelto® to prevent blood clots from developing in the body can lead to uncontrollable bleeding which, in turn, has led to hundreds of Xarelto injury lawsuits being filed in federal courts.

To help relieve the increasing volume of the court’s caseload, many Xarelto injury lawsuits were consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL). This places special rules and regulations on the cases that help ensure the cases move efficiently through the system.

One of the first steps of beginning the MDL is the creation of a Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, and Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough is proud to announce that one of our own attorneys, Russ Abney, has been appointed to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for the Xarelto MDL in Louisiana.

Russ’ responsibilities as a member of the committee will include initiating, planning, and conducting numerous aspects of pretrial discovery, as well as coordinating and managing issues during hearings, meetings, and bellwether trials pertaining to the case.

Only 12 attorneys, including two leading co-counsels, were selected to join the committee.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’re proud of each and every accomplishment made by our team members. That’s why we would like to congratulate Russ Abney on his appointment and wish him the best in this very important role.

Most Common Painkiller Overdoses

by Staff Blogger | November 4th, 2014

There are many medications currently on the market that can cause serious harm when not taken correctly. Many are used to alleviate pain, which is why the painkiller overdose lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to point out a few of the most common painkiller overdoses:

  • Acetaminophen– This over-the-counter drug can be purchased in hundreds of products, including Tylenol® and NyQuil®. It is also found in certain prescription drugs as well. Taking too much acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage, which can lead to death.
  • Fentanyl– Most commonly distributed in patches, this opioid medication is strong enough to pass into the bloodstream through contact with the skin. The strength of this medication is also an indication as to why it is involved in a large quantity of accidental overdose deaths.
  • Oxycodone– Typically prescribed to control moderate to severe chronic pain in patients, this medication is also one of the most commonly prescribed painkillers on the market. Due to the fact this drug is prescribed to patients with persistent pain, many build tolerance to the drug. This can lead to increases in dosage, which also increase the chances of overdose.

If you’ve been harmed as the result of taking a medication prescribed to you by a doctor, the team of drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough may be able to help. Learn more about what we can do for you by calling us at (800) 210-8503 anytime.

What You Can Do to Prevent a Painkiller Overdose

by Staff Blogger | October 22nd, 2014

The development of powerful narcotic painkillers is one of the most significant advancements in the history of medicine. But the United States is currently facing an epidemic of drug injuries caused by painkiller overdoses.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report there were 41,502 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2012. Of those fatalities, 16,007 were the result of misuse and abuse of opioid analgesics.

These numbers have many citizens who use painkiller medications questioning what they can do to prevent drug injuries. The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough suggest taking the following steps to avoid unintentional overdoses:

  • Get Educated– Ask your doctor and pharmacist any questions you may have pertaining to medications you’re about to take.
  • Always Follow Instructions– Only take a medication as it has been prescribed. Also, keep the drug in the container it was dispensed in so no dosage issues arise.
  • Avoid Drug Interactions– Make sure other products you consume—such as over-the-counter medications or alcohol—will not cause injury when combined with the medications you’re taking.
  • Seek Treatment Immediately– If you begin to feel like you cannot properly function without taking a medication, you should speak with your doctor about the options available to you. The National Safety Council also provides a hotline if you suspect a loved one may be at risk of harming themselves with painkiller medications.

We hope these tips will help to keep you safe. But if you or a loved one is injured as the result of a drug injury while taking a painkiller, we may be able to help. You can get in touch with our legal team by calling (800) 210-8503 today.

Drug Injuries: Common Causes and Prevention Methods

by Staff Blogger | October 14th, 2014

As Americans, we are privileged to have access to many medications to treat our illnesses and medical conditions. However, it’s important that we remember that taking certain medications can put us at risk of suffering drug injuries.

Estimates show there are as many as 700,000 people will be injured by drugs this year alone. Of those individuals, an estimated 120,000 will be hospitalized.

The Causes of Drug Injuries

Reports indicate that one of the leading causes for medication errors in the United States are miscommunications between medical staff, prescribing doctors, and patients. Hospital staffs have routinely caused drug injuries by dispensing the wrong medication or giving patients too much or too little of a drug.

We must also consider the high volume of medications distributed in the U.S. each year. As many as one in five citizens take at least one medication on a regular basis, and one in 20 take up to five drugs per day. This has led to approximately 4 billion prescriptions filled in our nation annually and where there is a high volume of people, errors can happen.

Protecting Yourself From Drug Injuries

These numbers leave many wondering how they can prevent drug injuries. Most experts attest to better communication being crucial in this situation. Patients should ask plenty of questions to their doctors and pharmacists prior to beginning to take a new medication. A list of questions that should be asked was published in a recent issue of The Bay State Banner.

If you or someone you love has suffered a drug injury, an experienced drug injury lawyer can help protect your rights to compensation. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’re here to answer any questions you may have. To get in touch with our legal staff today, just call (800) 210-8503.

Investigation Into Link Between Viagra® and Skin Cancer Continues

by Staff Blogger | August 19th, 2014

Records indicate that as many as 25 million American men may have used a medication known as sildenafil citrate—better known as Viagra®—to treat conditions of erectile dysfunction or pulmonary hypertension. What they may not realize though is that using the drug could put them at risk of developing certain cancers.

A study released by The Journal of the American Medical Association examined the medical records of more than 25,000 men, including those who had used Viagra and those who had not. Other factors that were examined pertaining to Viagra skin cancer risks included sun exposure and family history. Researchers were able to conclude from their findings that users of Viagra were linked to an 84 percent increase in the chances of developing melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer.

If you’ve developed skin cancer after using Viagra, it may be wise to have a drug injury attorney examine your case.  The legal team at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough is currently conducting such investigations.

A press release from Market Wired explains we believe men who have developed cancer—even after taking just one dose of Viagra—may be entitled to compensation. We have more than 35 years of experience helping people injured by prescription medications, and we’re here to answer questions about your legal rights. Call (800) 210-8503 to learn more about how we can help.

 

FDA Warns of Children’s Numbing Agent Injury Risk

by Staff Blogger | July 15th, 2014

Many believe prescription drugs present a greater risk of drug injuries than over-the-counter medications, but both types of medications can be equally dangerous.

For instance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued warnings regarding the risks of giving a baby numbing agents when they are teething. Experts say these products—which can be purchased over the counter—contain anesthetic ingredients that can cause children to experience adverse health events.

Side effects of overdose associated with numbing agents in babies include:

  • Confusion
  • Jitters
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Vision Troubles
  • Sleeping too easily
  • Death

In response to these dangers, the FDA has suggested parents with teething children refrain from using numbing agents on their children and instead suggest using more traditional options for your child’s chewing, such as teething rings and cold, clean washcloths.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we understand that dangerous drugs come in many forms. That’s why we suggest seeking legal representation if you’ve been harmed by a medication.

Our team of drug injury attorneys is here to speak with you about your case 24/7 by  calling (800) 210-8503.

FDA Proposes Social Media Rules For Drug And Medical Device Manufacturers

by Staff Blogger | June 17th, 2014

In order to protect United States consumers from the dangers of suffering a drug injury, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strictly regulates the way medications are marketed. Now, the FDA is stretching its coverage of this field of the medical industry by creating a set of guidelines drug manufacturers should adhere to when posting to social media websites.

The FDA is calling for drug and medical device manufacturers who promote their products via social media to be required to disclose all of the risks a drug or device poses along with its benefits. According to Reuters, companies may also be required to include a link that takes consumers to a webpage that provides a more detailed list of the risks a certain product may pose.

The FDA also provided a set of standards for companies to abide by when attempting to correct misinformation that is being passed along about a product. Companies would be allowed to correct such errors as long as the information that is provided is accurate and not misleading to consumers. A company can also not be held liable for misinformation spread by others.

At the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury attorneys want to know what the public’s view on these rules is. Tell us what you think about the proposed changes by posting to our Facebook or Twitter page.

FDA Recalls Hemodialysis Drug Due To Deadly Contamination

by Staff Blogger | June 3rd, 2014

It’s important that certain safety and sanitation standards are practiced during the manufacturing process of medications in order to ensure the product will be safe for consumption. When and if these standards are not met, patients may be put at a serious risk of suffering a drug injury.

A fine example of the risks was made when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently recalled 49 lots of a Fresenius solution that is used in hemodialysis machines. According to documents from the recall, laboratory testing showed the medications contained a bacterium known as Halomonas.

This particular strain of bacteria thrives in water with a high salinity level and can result in serious adverse health events if it makes it’s way into the human body. In fact, a fatality and two injuries have so far been linked to the contaminated drugs.

Such recalls leave many wondering what they can do to stay aware of defective medications and what they should do if they are in possession of one. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our team of drug injury attorneys explain the FDA has created a smartphone app that can help keep you up to date on the latest drug recalls. If you find you are in possession of a recalled medication, the app will explain what steps to take next, including whom to contact to report the incident.

It may also behoove an individual who has been harmed by a contaminated drug to discuss their case with an attorney as to ensure their potential rights to compensation are protected.

Common Types of Paxil® Drug Injuries

by Staff Blogger | April 22nd, 2014

The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) family of antidepressants can treat a number of mental health conditions, but Paxil® and other SSRIs have been linked to a number of health problems.

Infant heart defects were the first Paxil® drug injuries discovered. The drug can cause holes in the walls of the chambers of the heart requiring surgery to repair.

A short time later, children being born with a condition known as anencephaly was linked to mothers who had taken Paxil while pregnant. Children born before the top of the skull and brain has completed growing characterize the condition.

While warning labels were later updated to make users aware of these risks, taking Paxil can still be dangerous. Earlier this month, FiercePharma Manufacturing reported drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline, was recalling certain lots of Paxil after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to the company regarding contamination of the medication. The FDA alleges the company failed to warn consumers about potential contamination of the product with a chemical from a waste storage tank.

The Drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough recognize the risks associated with the use of Paxil and encourage anyone who has been harmed as the result of using this drug to discuss their legal options with an attorney immediately.