Archive for the ‘ Drug Injuries ’ Category

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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

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

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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6
Feb

FDA Issues Recall on Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Tablets

Feb. 6, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a voluntary recall affecting three lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg (Lots 3037841, 3040859 and 3042573). According to a press release, the recall is being conducted due to a miscalculation of the amount of active ingredient each tablet may contain.

The drugs were manufactured by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and were then repackaged and distributed by Mylan Institutional. Testing of the drugs determined that some tablets in the affected lots were above the standard weight limit that was established for the product, meaning the medications may contain more active ingredient than they are supposed to.

Ingesting too much of either of the medications could result in a potential Drug Injury, such as acute liver toxicity or failure, potentially leading to death if left untreated. Those suffering from liver dysfunction, consuming more than three alcoholic beverages per day, or taking other medications containing acetaminophen have the highest risk of injury.

The FDA has stated that anyone in possession of the affected product should halt use of the medications immediately.

The Indiana Personal Injury Attorneys with the law firm of Stewart & Stewart Injury Lawyers recognize how dangerous taking a medication that has been recalled can be, and they encourage anyone who has been harmed by such a product to discuss their legal rights with an attorney.

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12
Dec

FDA and Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Recall Atorvastatin

Dec. 12, 2012

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in conjunction with Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., recently issued a voluntary recall on the drug, Atorvastatin, due to a potential health risk. According to an FDA press release, contamination within the packaging of the drug could lead to serious side effects.

On Nov. 9, the company announced that certain lots of 10mg, 20mg, and 40 mg doses of Atorvastatin in 90 and 500-count bottles may contain glass particles the size of a grain of sand.

The drug is used to lower cholesterol levels. While no adverse events have been reported, anyone that has experienced an Indianapolis Drug Injury is urged to contact the FDA immediately. While officials have stated the risk of injury from the contamination is extremely low, any adverse events should pass quickly and harmlessly.

Anyone in possession of medication from the affected lots is being instructed to continue taking the medication as prescribed until a doctor or pharmacist can be reached to arrange for a replacement of the contaminated drugs. There is no shortage of the drug at this time.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say that taking any medication can come with serious risks and the firm’s team of attorneys is here to help you if you have been harmed by a medication prescribed to you by a doctor.

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9
May

FDA Announces Birth Control Device May Put Women In Danger

May 9, 2012

New methods of birth control have allowed women greater freedom and choice, but some of these medications may put women at a greater risk of health issues. Take, for instance, one of the latest birth control methods to hit the market—NuvaRing®.

NuvaRing® is a plastic contraceptive device that’s inserted into a woman’s vagina monthly, where it slowly releases the hormones progestin and estrogen that control a woman’s ovulation cycle. After three weeks, the device is removed and the woman takes a one-week hiatus before inserting another device.

While NuvaRing® may be convenient for some women, it also has some side effects that could be deadly. According to an article from the Albany Times-Union, 950 lawsuits have been filed against the product’s maker, Merck & Co., alleging that using NuvaRing® led to health complications, such as blood clots. These blood clots, in certain cases, can lead to heart attack, stroke, and even death.

These lawsuits began piling in on the heels of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcement in October 2011 that stated using NuvaRing® increased the risk of suffering from blood clots by more than 56 percent compared to birth control pills.

These are not the only known NuvaRing® Dangers. That is why the Indiana Drug Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers suggest discussing your case with an experienced attorney if you have suffered health complications after using NuvaRing®.

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29
Feb

Yaz® Birth Control Blamed For More Than 50 Deaths And Thousands of Injuries

February 29, 2012

Women across the United States are being warned against the dangers that one of the best-selling birth controls on the market may present to users. WTHR 13 News stated that 50 patients died and thousands of others had suffered serious side effects after taking the birth control medication, Yaz®.

One patient reported taking the medication for nearly two years before she began to experience unexplained swelling in her legs. The woman had an ultrasound preformed where doctors discovered blood clots developing in her legs. While 18 months of treatment alleviated the clots, the woman was left unable to have children after the procedures.

Other patients taking the drug reported symptoms similar to that of a heart attack. After visiting a doctor it was determined that the patient’s gall bladders were not properly functioning. This required surgery to remove the organ.

The drug’s maker, Bayer, also came under heavy fire from the Food and drug Administration in 2008 after the agency said the manufacturer was making false advertising claims by saying the drug could be used to alleviate acne and PMS. The company has since been ordered to air corrective ad campaigns.

The Indiana Yaz® Birth Control Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Injury Lawyers are available to answer any questions you may have if you have been caused serious harm by taking the birth control medication Yaz®. Contact us today for a free consultation of your case.

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1
Feb

State Lawmakers Adjust Requirements To Abortion Pill Dosages

February 1, 2012

The Indiana Senate is examining laws regarding a dangerous abortion drug for a possible update. According to WTHR 13 News, a bill will go before the Senate today that would remove a requirement that forces doctors to give women seeking the abortion pill, RU-486, a higher-than-required dose of the drug. Proponents of the requirement say that women suffer from a greater risk of serious, and potentially deadly, side effects when such a large dose of the medication is prescribed.

Yesterday, lawmakers removed a section of the current law from the books that required doctor’s to give patients seeking the abortion pill a dosage three times higher than needed. Lawmakers agreed that the rules were outdated, and thus created a new bill, which requires a doctor to visit with the patient prior to prescribing the medication and schedule a follow-up ultrasound two weeks later to ensure all is well.

The large doses can lead to heavy bleeding and sometimes, deadly infections.

Other less serious side effects could include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Back Pain
  • Tiredness

Patients are warned to contact your doctor immediately if you suffer any of the following symptoms:

  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Abdominal Pain or Sick Feelings more than 24 hours after taking the medication
  • Fever

The Indiana drug injury lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers are available to speak with you anytime if you have been seriously injured by a medication that was prescribed to you by a doctor.

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14
Dec

Massive Drug Shortages Plague Indiana Hospitals

December 14, 2011

As officials and lawmakers with the federal government work to create legislature that could help end drug shortages in hospitals across the country, facilities in Indiana are struggling to meet patient and monetary demands the shortages are creating. In an investigative article by WISHTV 8 News, it was said that Hoosier hospitals may be completely out of some drugs, like the pain-killer morphine in 5 mg dosages, and severely limited with other drugs like cancer treatments and vitamin infusions for patients fed intravenously.

Columbus Regional Hospital Pharmacy Team Leader Matt Hote says he is having a hard time getting a drug called epinephrine. It can be life-saving for a person whose heart has stopped–one dose can be enough to get the heart pumping again. Hote stated though that if the drug is not a contracted order, it can cost him anywhere from 10 to 20 times higher than the retail price.

So what is being done to fix the problem? The FDA is creating rules that will require drug manufacturers to give a six-month warning before stopping production of a drug. Congress is also working to make price gouging on drugs illegal.

The Indiana Medical Malpractice Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart know the dangers that these drug shortages can put a patient in. If you have been injured or lost someone you love because a hospital did not have the drugs needed, contact us today for a free initial consultation of your case.

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