Drug Injury

Problems Found With Drug Injury Reporting System

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Hospira Has Issued Dozens of Recent Drug and Defective Medical Device Recalls

by Staff Blogger | January 27th, 2015

A new report shows that certain manufacturers may be more likely to recall drugs and defective medical devices. One such company is Hospira. The manufacturer of both medications and medical devices are said to have initiated as many as 40 recalls in the last two and a half years due to problems found in their products.

According to In-PharmaTechnologist,com, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) points out that last year, 45 class I recalls were conducted by drug makers. Of those, almost one-third involved medications made by Hospira. Those aren’t the company’s only recalls, though.

In 2012, Hospira conducted 28 drug recalls, while an additional 11 recalls were initiated for a defective medical device manufactured by the company. Several of the company’s manufacturing facilities were given warning letters by the FDA.

The company’s most recent recall involved an injectable version of sodium chloride that was contaminated by human hair before being distributed to the public.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansborugh, we have seen the harm that caused by using unsafe drugs and defective medical devices. That’s why our defective medical device lawyers suggest checking the FDA’s website frequently to ensure your medical products have not been recalled recently.

What Can Be Done to Prevent Prescription Drug Errors?

by Staff Blogger | 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:

  1. Ensuring the right drug is being distributed
  2. Making sure the right patient is receiving the drug using two identifiers
  3. Double checking that the right dosage is being administered
  4. Checking that the drug is given at the right time
  5. 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.

What Causes Drug and Defective Medical Device Injuries?

by Staff Blogger | November 11th, 2014

As Americans, many of us are lucky to have access to some of the best drugs and medical devices in the world. Unfortunately, these items sometimes fail to work as intended, which can lead to drug or defective medical device injuries.

The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough explain some of the most regularly reported issues stem from:

  • Manufacturing Errors– Sometimes medications can be mixed with the wrong amount of ingredient or in some cases—the wrong ingredient altogether. On the other hand, medical devices may have flaws that weren’t caught during assembly or safety testing.
  • Contamination– Last year, a batch of steroid injections that contained a fungal mold led to a massive outbreak of fungal meningitis that killed dozens and sickened hundreds. Also. if medical devices aren’t sterile when they are implanted, infections can easily occur.
  • Lack of Safety Testing– The law allows medical devices and drugs to be approved without testing if they can be shown to have similar effects as drugs or products that have already been approved. Too often, the items that make it to the market this way harm consumers.

If you’ve been harmed by a defective medical device or dangerous drug, you may have questions about your legal rights. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we’re here to help you get the answers you need. To learn more, call us at (800) 210-8503.

Study Shows Drug Injuries Caused By Medication Errors Are Common

by Staff Blogger | October 28th, 2014

One of the most common causes for drug injuries in the United States today is medication errors, which occur when patients are given too much or too little of a drug—or the wrong medication altogether.

And according to new research, these types of drug injuries may be more common than you think, especially among children. An article from Time magazine features a new study showing that one in eight children will be victims of medication errors this year alone.

Researchers examined medical records collected over a decade and discovered more than 200,000 drug errors reported to poison control centers each year. The victims in roughly one-third of those cases were children under age 6. Almost 82 percent of the incidents involved liquid medications, while almost 15 percent of injuries were caused by tablets or capsules.

The research team that conducted the study suggested that drug makers improve the labeling and dosage directions for their products.

The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough have seen the devastating results that medication errors can have and are hopeful this study prompts action to better protect patients from harm.

 

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.

Ruling Could Have Significant Impact on Drug Injury Cases

by Staff Blogger | 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.

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.

OpenFDA Provides Greater Insight Into Drug Injuries and Defective Medical Devices

by Staff Blogger | September 2nd, 2014

Each year, hundreds of thousands of patients become drug injury victims or are harmed by defective medical devices. Most experts agree that more transparency within the medical field is one of the best ways to reduce the number of adverse health events patients suffer due to negligence or error. This is why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new database known as OpenFDA.

Officials say the database, which currently holds more than 3 million documents, gives the public access to reports and records regarding incidents of patient harm. While OpenFDA is still in it’s testing phase, many believe the information provided will lead to faster action being taken when problems with specific medical products are identified.

The new system will also create a more efficient means for data to be analyzed by researchers, providing a greater insight into focused areas of medicine.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury attorneys are excited about the FDA’s new system and are hopeful that it’s successful in providing a greater scope of information about the medical industry to the American people.

The 3 Most Common Preventable Medical Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | August 5th, 2014

Even with technology and safety advances in the medical industry, patients continue to suffer injuries from negligent care. In fact, estimates show that as many as 98,000 people die per year as a result of medical mistakes that are made in hospitals.

This leaves many citizens wondering what the most common types of medical errors are. The American Association for Justice has outlined the three mistakes that are most common:

  1. Surgical Errors– These mistakes often include doctors or surgeons performing procedures on the wrong parts of patients’ bodies. Equipment left in the body also qualify as serious surgical errors, as does the negligent use of medical products or tools.
  2. Drug Injury– Instances where patients receive the wrong drug are all too common, but they don’t happen as regularly as patients being assigned the wrong dosages of the right medications.
  3. Infection– Data indicates as many as 2 million patients develop diseases from exposure at medical facilities.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our team of drug injury lawyers has seen the devastating results medical errors can have on the lives of patients and their families. That’s why we encourage anyone who has suffered such harm to discuss their legal rights with a qualified legal representative.

OpenFDA Now Includes Information About Recalled Products

by Staff Blogger | July 22nd, 2014

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a database to create better access to the agency’s plethora of data. Now, the FDA has stated they have expanded the system to include vital information about faulty products, such as defective medical devices and dangerous medications.

According to a press release from iHealthBeat, the OpenFDA system will now feature several million reports on product recalls and their related adverse health events. The hope of adding these files is to improve transparency of the data collected by the federal government to improve manufacturer accountability and reduce the number of injuries, illnesses, and deaths caused by faulty products.

So far, the OpenFDA is being hailed as a success and has already been accessed by as many as 18,000 mobile devices with more than 2.4 million API calls.

The new system has also sparked engagement with the public, spawning a new website dedicated to answering questions regarding defective products that are recalled.

The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are aware of the importance of the public having access to information about recalled products and are excited to see this new system give Americans the ability to retrieve such data at the touch of a button.