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FDA Warns Invokana® Users of Bone Fracture Risks

by Staff Blogger | December 8th, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug Invokana® for the treatment of Type II diabetes in 2013. Since being approved, studies have shown the drug can cause serious health problems in some users.

The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain one of the most serious adverse effects Invokana can have on users is a condition known as Ketoacidosis. A patient develops Ketoacidosis when the medication causes the levels of certain acids in the blood to reach toxic levels. However, this isn’t the only health problem that has been associated with Invokana.

An article from Diabetes In Control says the FDA recently issued warnings regarding the use of Invokana and the increased risk of suffering bone fractures.

Researchers examined the cases of 714 patients who were taking Invokana during a two-year period. The study concluded that taking Invokana can result in a decrease of bone mineral density, which can lead to bones becoming brittle and more prone to breaking. The risks of bone fractures can increase within three-months of beginning to take the drug.

Since the risks of Invokana users suffering bone fractures came to light, the FDA has called for warning labels of the product to be updated with information regarding the effects Invokana use can have on a patient’s bones.

These warnings came too late for some Invokana users, and many of those victims have chosen to file Invokana® injury lawsuits seeking compensation for their losses.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we believe in holding the pharmaceutical industry accountable for the safety of the products they release to the market, which is why we’re hopeful resolutions to the lawsuits that have been filed in connection to Invokana drug injuries can bring peace to those who were allegedly harmed by the medication.

FDA Warns Patients About New Diabetes Drug Injury

by Staff Blogger | November 24th, 2015

More than 20 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes, a condition in which the body cannot regulate blood sugar levels. Medications can treat the disease, but the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough point out that patients should be aware that some of these drugs may cause serious side effects.

Januvia® and Janumet® are just a few of the drugs linked to health problems in diabetic patients. Studies have shown these medications may increased the risk of pancreatic cancer and acute pancreatitis. Both conditions can be difficult to treat and may require costly surgery or treatment.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warnings regarding another condition these drugs may cause. The agency stated Januvia and Janumet may play a role in some patients developing severe and disabling joint pain. Since the announcement, the agency has required the manufacturers of the drugs to update warning labels on the drugs.

If you’ve suffered a diabetes drug injury, you likely have many questions regarding your legal rights. That’s why we urge you to visit our website to learn more about the options available to you.

FDA Warns of Drug Injury Risk Associated With Two Hepatitis C Medications

by Staff Blogger | November 3rd, 2015

Companies that manufacture medications are required to thoroughly test their product to help reduce the risk of serious drug injuries. But sometimes, dangerous drugs are released to patients.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued warnings about the serious risks related to two different Hepatitis C drugs. Officials linked used of the medications to serious liver damage in some patients.

Viekira Pak and Technivie were both approved to treat the symptoms of the viral disease in Dec. 2014. Since that time, the FDA has received 26 reports of patients suffering serious liver damage. The Washington Post reports some patients died as the result of their injuries, while others had to undergo corrective treatments and procedures—including liver transplants.

The FDA is encouraging users to be on the lookout for signs of liver damage, such as loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and yellowing of the skin or eyes. Patients are also being urged to continue using the medications unless instructed otherwise by your physician.

If you’ve been harmed as the result of taking either Viekira Pak or Technivie, it’s important to know you may have a drug injury lawsuit. Learn more about the options and resources available to drug injury victims by visiting our website.

Officials Warning Consumers of Workout Supplement Health Risks

by Staff Blogger | October 27th, 2015

Workout supplements can be an effective way to enhance your athletic performance. However, consuming these types of products can also present serious health risks.

For instance, products containing a substance called dimethylamylamine (DMAA), otherwise known geranium extract, can present users with workout supplement health risks, such as adverse cardiac events and organ failure. Use of products containing DMAA has been linked to at least two deaths and several other serious injuries.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered products containing DMAA off the market several years ago, but new research shows this dangerous chemical is still found in many workout supplements available online today.

According to USA Today, investigators with the Defense Department’s Human Performance Resource Center found nearly 40 supplements containing DMAA that could be purchased online by Americans. A company based in Georgia, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, made roughly 25 percent of those products.

Officials are warning consumers of workout supplements to thoroughly check the labels on products to ensure they are safe and free of DMAA.

Protecting the health and safety of all citizens is just one of the goals at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough. That’s why our drug injury lawyers are here to help if you’ve been seriously harmed as the result of using a workout supplement that contained DMAA. We’re available to speak with you about your questions and case anytime by calling (800) 210-8503.

 

Zoloft® Side Effects Prompt FDA to Request Warning Label Changes

by Staff Blogger | September 29th, 2015

Warning labels on prescription medications  educate consumers about risks a drug may pose. The problem is, many drug side effects aren’t discovered until after many consumers have been exposed to them.

Recently, a controversy erupted over allegations that warning labels on the antidepressant, Zoloft®, failed to inform female patients of  the risk of congenital heart defects in children if the medication is taken during pregnancy.

Several Zoloft side effects studies showed that taking the drug while pregnant can lead to an increased risk of birth defects, such as persistent pulmonary hypertension or omphalocele.

The makers of Zoloft have maintained the drug is safe for pregnant women despite the findings.

An article from Bloomberg Business says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked Pfizer, Inc., the drug’s manufacturer, to change the warning labels to address the risk of birth defects.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury lawyers are hopeful changes are made to the warning labels on Zoloft to better protect patients and their families.

Drug Injury Risks Associated With NSAIDS and Acetaminophen

by Staff Blogger | July 28th, 2015

It’s estimated that more than 30 million Americans use over-the-counter pain relievers on a regular basis. That’s why the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough feel it’s so important for patients to know that taking these products may be putting their health at risk.

NSAIDs

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a class of pain relievers that work by blocking and reducing enzymes that promote pain and inflammation. NSAID drugs include ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, and Aleve.

Taking these drugs can increase a patient’s chances of suffering a stroke or heart attack. Because of these risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently called for more detailed warning labels to be placed on NSAID packaging.

Acetaminophen
Since some patients choose to avoid NSAIDs due to cardiac risks, acetaminophen is often used as an alternative. Our acetaminophen injury lawyers explain medications containing this drug can present risks to users too.

Research has shown that taking too much acetaminophen or using the drug while under the influence of alcohol can significantly increase the chances of liver damage.

Talk With Your Doctor

The best way to avoid an over-the-counter pain reliever injury is to speak with your physician about any concerns you may have before beginning to take the medication.

We hope this information can help to keep you and your loved ones happy and healthy.

Antibiotic Side Effects Can Be Serious

by Staff Blogger | July 21st, 2015

Antibiotics are commonly used to treat bacterial and fungal infections. However, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough point out that certain antibiotics can put patients at risk of serious injury.

There are several different classes of antibiotics, and each presents a unique risk. The drug Diflucan® has been linked to physical abnormalities in children born to mothers who take the drug while pregnant. Levaquin® has been associated with tendonitis and tendon ruptures, and Zithromax® has been known to result in cardiovascular complications.

Perhaps one of the most recently discovered antibiotic side effect is the risk of a drug-induced liver injuries associated with a class of drugs known as a cephalosporin.

According to Healio, patients using cephalosporin medications can develop a drug-induced liver injury in as little as one dose.

Researchers from The Johns Hopkins University examined the cases of more than 1,200 patients who had suffered drug-induced liver injuries, and they found 41 of the injuries were linked with taking cephalosporin. A total of 19 of those individuals developed the condition after just one dose.

Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough encourages you to discuss the risks of any medication with your doctor or pharmacist prior to taking your first dose. Taking this step can save your life!

The Risks of Blood Thinner Injuries

by Staff Blogger | July 14th, 2015

Abnormal heart rhythms can signal serious health risks. Patients suffering from this condition have an increased danger of developing blood clots, which can cause a heart attack, stroke, or even death.

Luckily, there are medications on the market—known as blood thinners—that can prevent blood clots. However, these drugs can present increased chances of uncontrollable bleeding events, which has led to blood thinner injury lawsuits. Some of the medications include:

  • Pradaxa®– The 88th best-selling drug in the United States is used to prevent blood clots and is typically prescribed to patients over age 60. More than 2,000 lawsuits have been filed in connection to excessive bleeding patients suffered while taking the drug.
  • Xarelto®– Xarelto is a popular oral prescription blood-thinning drug, but it has no antidote to prevent major bleeding events.
  • Coumadin®– While it is one of the most commonly used blood thinners in the United States, an article from The Washington Post says a large number of uncontrollable bleeding events associated with the drug occur in nursing homes each year.

If you’ve been harmed as the result of taking a blood thinner, the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help. Our legal staff is here to answer your questions—call (800) 210-8503 now.

Zoloft® Injury Lawyers Discuss Antidepressant Health Risks

by Staff Blogger | July 7th, 2015

Antidepressants, such as Zoloft®, can effectively treat a number of mental health disorders and diseases. However, the Zoloft injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain that patients on the medication should know it may pose serious health risks.

Birth Defects

Numerous studies have indicated that pregnant women should not take Zoloft because of the risks of certain birth defects, which can include cleft lips and palates, as well as a condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension. Children may also suffer from omphalocele, a condition in which organs grow outside of the body.

Cholesterol Buildup in Arteries

Unborn children aren’t the only ones who can be affected by taking Zoloft, though. According to Pharmaceutical Processing, new research indicates that taking Zoloft® may increase the buildup of plaque in a patient’s arteries by as much as six times more than someone who hasn’t taken the drug.

Get the Help You Need

If you or a loved one were harmed by Zoloft, our drug injury lawyers are here to help you understand your rights.

American Medical Association Calls For Better Monitoring to Reduce Painkiller Overdoses

by Staff Blogger | June 16th, 2015

Painkillers can be vital to the care and treatment of those suffering from many injuries or diseases. However, the number of adverse health events involving these drugs continues to increase each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that painkiller overdoses accounted for more fatalities in 2013 than gunshot wounds and car accidents combined.

The painkiller overdose lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain the federal government is hoping that a better infrastructure of prescription drug monitoring programs will reduce the number of drug injuries that involve painkillers each year.

Reports from The Post and Courier explain the American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for states to improve and build on prescription drug monitoring programs by ensuring they can effectively collect and share patient data. The AMA is also encouraging each state to ensure funding is available for these programs.

The hope is that these measures will help doctors examine the risks and benefits of prescribing painkillers to patients.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we are aware of how dangerous prescription painkillers can be, and our drug injury lawyers are hopeful these new policies can help reduce the number of injuries and fatalities associated with this type of medication.