November 17th, 2015|
Drug manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, has come under fire for failing to warn patients about the risks associated with their medication, Risperdal®. Now, the company has been ordered to pay millions of dollars to one patient who suffered adverse health effects as a result of taking the drug.
In 2004, Risperdal® was approved to treat a variety of mental disorders in adult patients. However, the maker of the drug began to market the medication to children shortly thereafter.
The results were that many young patients developed Gynecomastia—a condition in which males develop excessive amounts of breast tissue that can require corrective surgery. Many of the victims of Risperdal® side effects have now successfully filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson claiming they were not warned of the risks associated with the drug.
Court documents show Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $1.8 million to a 21-year-old Maryland man who developed Gynecomastia as a result of using Risperdal®. A report from Bloomberg News says this is the third verdict to come in favor of those who have lawsuits after suffering adverse side effects from taking Risperdal®. A filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission indicates the company could be facing as many as 5,400 similar suits in the future.
Taking legal action can be an effective way for citizens to hold drug manufacturers accountable for their products. The legal staff at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough is hopeful the drug injury lawsuits and settlements that have been filed in connection to Risperdal® and Gynecomastia will bring closure to those who have been harmed.
April 28th, 2015|
Acetaminophen can be used to effectively control and treat pain. However, taking too much of this drug can lead to serious harm. Some symptoms of an acetaminophen overdose can be:
- Abdominal pain
- Liver damage
To help reduce acetaminophen injuries, products containing the medication are labeled to display information such as safety warnings and proper dosages. Drugs with improper labeling are subject to recalls.
According to KSN News, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has initiated such a recall on Mucinex® products due to mislabeling, including certain lots of:
- MUCINEX® FAST-MAX® Night Time Cold & Flu
- MUCINEX® FAST-MAX® Cold & Sinus
- MUCINEX® FAST-MAX® Severe Congestion & Cough
- MUCINEX® FAST-MAX® Cold, Flu & Sore Throat
The drugs were recalled because information on the front labels of the products did not match the information found on the back labels of the product. Anyone in possession of the affected product has been instructed to mix the product with inedible items in a plastic bag before properly disposing of it.
If you’ve been harmed by a recalled drug, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to protect your rights. Call us 24/7 to get in touch with our legal staff—just dial (800) 210-8503.
April 14th, 2015|
After a deadly “superbug” contamination left hundreds of patients ill and fighting for their lives in numerous hospitals across the country, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced they’re taking action to prevent such incidents in the future.
The defective medical device lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain that hospitals are required to vigorously clean all devices and equipment used to perform procedures. Sometimes though, the sanitation steps that are taken just aren’t enough.
Officials have determined this lack of effective sanitation procedures is what allowed a drug-resistant strain of bacteria called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, to be spread through specialized endoscopes.
The devices were used to gather images from inside the bodies of patients to determine what was ailing them. However, when the devices were not being effectively cleaned, patients were exposed to the CRE superbug.
This lack of effective sanitation prompted the FDA to issue a press release with a new set of standards to be utilized when sterilizing medical devices that are reprocessed.
The new standards require more extensive safety testing before the device can be released to the public. Manufacturers of medical devices are also encouraged to take reprocessing into consideration when designing new products.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our personal injury attorneys are hopeful the new procedures being implemented will reduce the rates of hospital-acquired infections in patients after medical procedures.
February 3rd, 2015|
Each year, a large number of Americans suffer drug injuries as a result of taking medications prescribed by their doctors. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in charge of recording the incidents and developing plans of action to address dangerous drugs. However, a new study has found that reporting system may be heavily flawed.
An article from The Wall Street Journal explains that while the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FARS) allows anyone to file a report of a drug injury or defective medical device, drug manufacturers report 97 percent of incidents. Unfortunately, these reports are often lacking vital information that could prevent further injuries, such as dates and patients’ ages.
Additionally, changes in regulations governing the marketing of medical devices and drugs have occurred since the reporting system was last updated. This can also result in a lack of vital information in adverse event reports.
So what is being done to correct these issues? The FDA has launched it’s Sentinel Initiative to monitor drug safety, and the program is now ramping up.
The drug injury lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are aware of the dangers a drug injury can pose to a patient. That’s why we’re hopeful that the FDA is successful in improving the way drug and defective medical device injuries are reported.
January 13th, 2015|
As men become older, they can lose energy, body mass, and even their sex drive. Hormone replacement therapies have come onto the market in recent years, but it’s important that American men understand that certain versions of these products can present very serious health risks.
One of the more common hazards being reported today is a testosterone therapy heart attack. Men who have used products like Androgel® and Axiron® have reported suffering heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions at a much higher rate than those who didn’t use the products.
According to Reuters, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is also seeking additional data on the safety of another testosterone replacement product, known as QuickShot Testosterone. The study, which could take up to a year to complete, was requested after a patient using the drug had an allergic reaction to the product. Symptoms included hives, itching, and bumps on the skin.
While warnings about the dangers of testosterone replacement products are important, the cautions come too late for many. That’s why it’s important for those who are harmed as the result of using such a product know that help is available.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers have helped thousands of drug injury victims, and we want to do the same for you. Call us 24/7 at (800) 210-8503 for a free case consultation.
December 16th, 2014|
Each year thousands of patients are harmed as the result of being administered drugs that were contaminated due to poor handling or manufacturing processes.
One such case resulted in a drug injury lawsuit against the hospital responsible for allegedly giving the victim a dose of a contaminated drug that led to their development of serious health complications.
According to an article from CBS Miami News, the Brevard County hospital was sued after a bypass surgery patient was given a dose of blood thinner contaminated with bacteria. This led to an infection that ultimately resulted in the amputation of the patient’s legs. The victim contends the hospital was made aware of a recall of the contaminated drug, but failed to take action.
The hospital argued the claims should be handled as a medical malpractice case, but a panel of judges recently ruled the case should be heard as-is.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we are aware of the serious harm caused by contaminated patients. That’s why our drug injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in this case will help bring a sense of closure to the victim.
November 25th, 2014|
As Americans, we have access to some of the best medications in the world. But what many people fail to realize that taking certain drugs may put your life in danger.
Estimates show there are roughly 7,000 drug injury fatalities reported annually. That means at least one medication error occurs per hospital patient every day.
So, what are some of the best ways to reduce the number of drug injuries?
According to an article from American Nurse Today, medical professionals should be checking to make sure the “five rights” are being met each time they distribute a medication by:
- Ensuring the right drug is being distributed
- Making sure the right patient is receiving the drug using two identifiers
- Double checking that the right dosage is being administered
- Checking that the drug is given at the right time
- Administering the medication through the right route
Some doctors have expanded this list to include making sure the drug is being given for the right reason and that the right evaluation of the patient is conducted.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we recognize the importance of safety rules for the distribution of medications. That’s why our team of drug injury lawyers is here to help if you’ve been harmed by a prescription drug. We can help answer any legal questions you may have and help you file a claim for your injuries. Call us today at (800) 210-8503 to discuss your case.
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.
September 23rd, 2014|
Generic medications can be an affordable way to get the drugs you need, but loose regulations regarding their manufacturing can put users at risk of harm.
While brand name drug makers must abide to strict standards related to the amount of ingredients they use, generic drug manufacturers have much more lenient rules. Despite these differences, generic drug makers cannot be held liable for the harm their products cause. Only brand name drug makers can be held responsible for drug injuries.
A birth control drug injury ruling recently handed down by the Alabama Supreme Court further supported this position. The decision stated generic drug manufacturers are not only free of liability for harm their products cause and set a precedent that brand name drug makers could face responsibility for injuries caused by generic products similar to their own.
According to Injury Lawyer News, the ruling has stirred quite a bit of controversy and could have a significant impact on the way companies who manufacture medications do business.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury attorneys have seen the devastating effects that can come from unsafe drugs on the market, and we’re here to help you if you’ve suffered severe side effects from a drug.
July 29th, 2014|
There’s a stigma in the United States certain body types are less attractive. This leads many to use weight loss products and drugs to achieve their desired body shapes. Unfortunately, using these products can lead to adverse health events.
Studies link Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH) to the use of certain appetite suppressants. This condition can cause patients to experience high blood pressure in the main artery that runs to the lungs, leading to a variety of health problems and even death. There is no cure for the disease, and it gets worse with time.
The American Lung Association lists some of the most common symptoms associated with PPH as:
- Heavy Breathing
- Chest Pain
- Coughing Blood
Some of the medications linked to this condition include:
The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough have seen the devastating results of drug injuries caused by weight loss medications and encourage citizens to use caution and talk to their doctors before trying any new medications, drugs, or supplements.