Archive for the ‘ Drug Injuries ’ Category

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27
Aug

Reports Show Voluntary Drug Recalls Growing in the U.S.

August 27, 2014

There are medications on the market to treat a wide variety of conditions or illnesses. But the Indiana drug injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart attorneys point out that using certain drugs can put patients at serious risk of harm.

These problems have led to a growing number of voluntary recalls. These occur when a problem with a drug is discovered and the company that manufactures the drug preemptively pulls it from the market before the federal government moves to do so.

Reports indicate the number of voluntary recalls have significantly grown in recent years. According to an article from Becker’s Hospital Review, there were 499 drug recalls during 2012. In 2013, the number of recalls spiked to 1,225. That number could be surpassed in 2014, considering there have been 836 recalls initiated so far this year.

So, what should you do if you have been taking a drug that’s recalled? Experts suggest speaking with your physician and pharmacist to determine if you should stop use of the medication or not. If a drug has affected your health, you should contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to report the incident. It may also be wise to speak with an attorney to ensure your legal rights are protected.

Our firm of Indianapolis personal injury lawyers is experienced in helping drug injury victims get back on their feet. To learn more about how we can help you with your drug injury case, feel free to give us a call anytime at (800) 33-33-LAW.

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25
Jun

How Buying Medication Manufactured In The U.S. Lowers The Chances of A Drug Injury

June 25, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) heavily regulates the drugs that are manufactured in the United States. The facilities where these products are made and the processes that are used to do so face scrutiny and evaluation by FDA investigators on a regular basis, but the same cannot be said for the medications that are made outside our borders and imported into our country.

The FDA only has a handful of inspectors who can conduct investigations into the safety and quality of medications that are being made. It’s enough of a struggle for them to regularly inspect the manufacturing facilities in the United States, much less those in other countries. Unfortunately, this lack of oversight can often lead to errors being made that can cause a patient to suffer a serious drug injury.

The New York Times highlighted a case where a heart drug that was manufactured in India was being recalled because patients were suffering serious adverse health events after consuming the product. Drug manufacturing giant—GlaxoSmithKline USA—also recently recalled three lots of an antidepressant drug that was manufactured in Romania and distributed through a Filipino company due the possibility that the drug “adulterated”.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our drug injury attorneys say the best way to prevent a drug injury caused by a defective medication is to use a name brand product. You can also check to see if your medication has recently been recalled by visiting the FDA’s website.

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18
Jun

Statute of Limitations Brought Into Question In Risperdal Drug Injury Lawsuits

June 18, 2014

When a person is harmed as the result of taking a defective medication, they may be entitled to seek compensation through civil litigation; however, such lawsuits must be filed in a timely manner in order to stay within the statute of limitations that are sometimes placed on drug injury lawsuits.

Statutes of limitations are laws that create a timeline in which an accident victim must take legal action. If complaints are not filed within these time frames, the victim’s rights to compensation may be lost.

Arguments over statutes of limitations have arisen during recent RisperdalÒ drug injury lawsuits. The drug is used to treat certain mental disorders, such as Schizophrenia. Too often though, patients experience adverse side effects such as gynecomastia—a condition in which adolescent boys can develop female breast tissue that must be surgically removed.

The company who manufactures RisperdalÒ, Johnson & Johnson, has conceded that they failed to properly warn patients of the dangers the drug poses, but is now arguing that many of the lawsuits that have been brought against the company regarding problems with the drug should be thrown out because they were not filed within the statute of limitations.

The situation highlights the importance of taking legal action as soon as a drug injury is discovered, which is why Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are here to help.

Our team of Indianapolis drug injury attorneys has navigated the state’s legal system numerous times and knows what it takes to get you the compensation you need for your RisperdalÒ injury. So call us today to get a free consultation of your case!

 

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28
May

The Signs and Symptoms of Drug-Induced Liver Injuries

May 28, 2014

Certain drugs may result in serious injury to the body, with the liver being one of the most common organs to be afflicted.

A drug-induced liver injury can be caused by either prescription or over-the-counter medications. Most recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration focused their efforts on preventing liver injuries caused by dietary supplements when a product was found to cause liver failure and was also linked to the spread of non-viral hepatitis.

This leaves many patients wondering what some of the symptoms of a drug-induced liver injury are. An article from Health News Digest explains some of the most common signs include:

  • Low energy levels
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yellowing of skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Itchy skin

So what can you do to prevent such injuries from occurring? The Indiana drug injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out that following the directions for consumption of a medication supplied on the packaging or prescription is the first step. If you do suspect a medication is causing adverse health events, speak with a doctor. Then consider seeking legal representation.

At Stewart & Stewart, our team of lawyers is dedicated to helping if you’ve been injured by a drug. We are available anytime to discuss your needs by calling (800) 33-33-LAW or by filling out a free online form on our website.

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21
May

How the Fentanyl Pain Patch Could Cost You Your Life

May 21, 2014

Using narcotic opioid medications can be an effective way to treat patients who suffer from severe, chronic pain. The Fentanyl pain patch in particular can put users at serious risk of harm.

The Fentanyl pain patch is supposed to only be used to manage the most severe cases of pain because the high potency of the drug presents such a serious risk of respiratory and cardiovascular failure. Impairment of function in both systems have been linked to cases of death involving the drug. The National Institute of Health also lists a number of other Fentanyl pain patch side effects and health conditions that can be linked to the use of the medication.

Despite these risks being addressed during the Fentanyl pain patch recall that occurred in 2008, the medication remains on the market. So what should you do if you or a loved one have been injured or you loved one died after using a Fentanyl pain patch?

Seeking legal council may be a good place to start, considering the number of successful lawsuits that have been filed by pain patch injury victims against the manufacturers and distributors of the drug.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our team of Indiana drug injury lawyers is dedicated to helping accident victims like you, and we are available anytime to speak with you regarding your injury. You can reach us by calling (800) 33-33-LAW or by completing an online consultation form on our website.

 

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14
May

Drug Injuries Associated With Risperdal

May 14, 2014

Risperidone, which carries the trade name Risperdal, is currently facing scrutiny for its side effects. According to an article from Scientific American, experts have found use of the medication can result in:

  • Weight gain
  • Drowsiness
  • Involuntary body movements

But the drug is also associated with more serious Risperdal Drug Injuries. It can cause a condition in male patients called gynecomastia, in which the male user develops female breasts. Scientists believe the drug increasing levels of the hormone prolactin in the user’s body causes the condition, and research to support the theory was released in a 2006 issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.

These findings leave many former and current Risperdal users wondering what they should do if they have experience negative side effects or health consequences as a result of taking the medication. The Indianapolis drug injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would suggest drug injury victims follow these three steps:

  1. Get help- Speak to a medical professional regarding your medication and the problems you are experiencing.
  2. Document your case- Collect notes and records from your care as well as receipts for expenses related to your condition.
  3. Speak with an attorney- Having legal representation by your side will help ensure your rights are protected throughout the process of seeking compensation for your losses.

 

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26
Mar

Federal Officials Asked to Reconsider Approval of New Prescription Painkiller

March 26, 2014

Prescription painkillers can be extremely useful in helping patients overcome pain caused by injuries, health conditions, and some medical treatments, but they also present a serious risk of harm. In fact, prescription painkillers are the leading cause of drug injuries and deaths in the United States. These risks were the reason behind a recent Pain Patch Recall.

Despite the dangers associated with the prescription painkillers already on the market, officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are considering the approval of a new drug that is 10 times stronger than existing painkillers. The decision to move forward with the release of the drug has prompted Indiana Attorney General, Greg Zoeller, to call on federal officials to reconsider the move.

According to FOX 59 News, concerns over potential abuse has driven Zoeller and at least five of his colleagues to ask Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, to overturn the FDA’s 11-2 vote to approve the drug, known as Zohydro.

Zoeller also launched a campaign aimed at raising Indiana citizen’s awareness about the problem of prescription drug abuse.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the dangers prescription painkillers can pose. That is why the firm applauds efforts to regulate this potentially dangerous drug.

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15
Jan

FDA Issues Warnings Regarding Drug Injuries Caused by Sodium Phosphate

January 15, 2014

The medications we use on a daily basis can help treat a variety of medical conditions. However, taking too much of certain drugs can cause patients to experience adverse health events. The Indianapolis Drug Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain dosage errors with medications containing sodium phosphate have led to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issuing warnings about the dangers that sodium phosphate can pose to patients’ kidneys and hearts.

An FDA Press Release states medications containing sodium phosphate are often used to treat patients suffering from constipation or to prepare for colonoscopies. But the agency has received several reports of patients who took too much sodium phosphate experiencing electrolyte imbalances causing erratic heart rates, kidney failure, and even death.

In response to these dangers, the FDA has issued a statement saying children under the age of 5 should not be given oral forms of the drug without first discussing the regimen with a medical professional first. Rectal forms of the drug should not be given to children under the age of 2.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of the serious health complications drug overdoses can cause. That is why the firm suggests discussing your case with an attorney if you have been harmed by a dosage error when using a medication.

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28
Aug

Indianapolis Drug Injury Lawyers Discuss Workout and Dietary Supplements Dangers

August 28, 2013

August 28, 2013

Taking dietary supplements have become a daily practice for many Americans, but many people are unaware of the serious dangers these products can pose to their health. The Indianapolis Drug Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that numerous products have been found to have manufacturing deficiencies that could cause adverse health effects.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently initiated a number of recalls regarding dietary or workout supplements. Some of the recalls are due to undeclared ingredients in the products, including illegal substances, while others were the result of unsanitary manufacturing processes.

Regardless, data released in an article from Newsday showed as many as 70 percent of the roughly 450 companies who manufacture supplement products have violated FDA safety regulations in the past.

This statistic leaves many citizens wondering what they can do to prevent being harmed by supplements.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys’ team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers state that refraining from using such products is the best way to stay safe. If an individual chooses to continue using supplements, checking with the FDA for recall information and discussing use of the product with a physician will help reduce the chances of being harmed. Also, a person should never take more than the recommended dosage on a product’s packaging.

 

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10
Jul

FDA Recalls Compounded Medications Due to Potential Contamination

July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced it is partnering with the Main Street Family Pharmacy to conduct a nationwide voluntary recall of all of the company’s sterile compounded products. The recall is being initiated due to contaminants found in some of the company’s medications.

A press release from the agency explained that they had received seven reports of patients developing skin abscesses after receiving injections of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate. Further testing of the abscesses determined that at least one of the lesions was caused by a fungal infection.

The case is similar to the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak that occurred earlier this year after patients were given a steroid injection that had been contaminated with a leaf fungus. In all, 32 people were killed and hundreds of others were sickened from the outbreak.

The FDA has issued a warning that anyone in possession of the affected medications should halt use of the products immediately. The drugs should then be disposed of properly. Anyone who received an injection that may have been affected has been instructed to discuss their concerns with their treating physician.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize how dangerous the use of recalled medications can be. That is why the firm is here to help anyone who has been harmed by a drug or defective medical device.

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