Multiple prescription interactions could cause serious drug injury

by fpw | June 8th, 2011

June 9, 2011

Patients who take multiple prescription medications should talk to their doctor about drug interactions because the risk of drug injury.

According to, a study conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University and Harvard Medical School discovered that Paxil, when taken with Pravachol, resulted in a serious drug injury risk – a rise in blood glucose levels.

Pravachol is a drug prescribed to lower cholesterol.

Researchers made the discovery of the potential drug injury using adverse-event reporting database methods maintained by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other sophisticated electronic medical records.

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Does your doctor ask you about other medications you’re taking before prescribing you something else? Does your medical professional inform you of all the potential side effects?

Tell the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough Attorneys at Law if you or someone you know has suffered drug injuries.

Paxil drug injuries and birth injuries causing a stir

by fpw | May 18th, 2011

May 19, 2011

Antidepressants have been used to treat depression and other mood disorders for many years. In fact, many people depend on these drugs to help them function daily. But what if a medication you relied on was suddenly being questioned?

That’s what many patients who take SSRIs like Paxil are facing after these drugs have been associated with drug injuries, including suicide and birth injuries.

According to Today’s Legal News, the family of a young woman who committed suicide is suing GlaxoSmithKline because they claim the company was negligent in warning of the risk for Paxil drug injuries such as increased suicide risks and birth injuries.

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Do you take an SSRI such as Paxil? Are you concerned about the recent increase in risks for birth and drug injuries? Tell the drug injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough Attorneys at Law if you have suffered drug injuries.

Treating depression is a major problem for expectant mothers

by fpw | May 11th, 2011

May 12, 2011

No doubt upon learning of their pregnancy, mothers’ priorities, habits, and even lifestyles may change so that they can better care for themselves and their babies. Have you given up an unhealthy habit because of pregnancy? Imagine if something you had to give up was treatment for a mental health condition.

This is a dilemma that some mothers are facing after research has shown an increased risk of birth injuries as a result of use of SSRIs to treat depression, according to the Citizens Report.

While many people experience depression and get treatment for it, many pregnant women are re-evaluating their course of treatment if they take SSRIs. Due to the risk of birth injuries associated with commonly prescribed antidepressants such as Paxil and Zoloft, some mothers may seek other forms of treatment.

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Do you suffer from depression or take Zoloft or Paxil while pregnant? Did your child suffer birth injuries as a result? Tell the birth injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough Attorneys at Law about your loss.

SSRIs during pregnancy associated with birth defects

by fpw | May 4th, 2011

May 5, 2011

Upon deciding to become pregnant, women have to make many health decisions that will affect both them and their babies. For example, women may have to decide whether a course of treatment through drugs is appropriate during pregnancy. Some questionable drug use during pregnancy now includes selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Some medications have been deemed unsafe for consumption by pregnant women due to the risk for birth injuries. SSRIs such as Paxil have been found to increase the risk for birth injuries such as heart defects 1% above the regular risk, according to MyHealthNewsDaily.

However, authorities caution women against stopping or pursuing treatment with SSRIs during pregnancy without first consulting their doctors. Not enough evidence exists to note whether all pregnant women should avoid SSRI use due to the risk for birth injuries.

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Did your child suffer a Paxil birth injury due to prescription medication or SSRIs? Tell the birth injury lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough Attorneys at Law about your child’s loss.

Risky drugs need simpler safeguards to protect patients from drug injuries

by fpw | August 5th, 2010

Those who have dealt with drug injuries associated with controversial medications like Avandia may appreciate what some medical professionals are recommending.

According to Reuters, risky drugs need a simpler process to ensure patients’ safety when it comes to protecting them from drug injuries.

The process for protecting patients from drug injuries associated with risky drugs known as REMS (risk evaluation and mitigation strategies) should have less paperwork and be more consistent, say drug makers and pharmacy representatives.

Right now patient information packets that come with medications are the most common form of protection against drug injuries from prescription medication.

However, drug makers and pharmacy representatives are recommending more studies with high-risk medications during the drug making process. They also advocate the same safety warnings and process for similar drugs with the potential for the same time of drug injuries.

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