Archive for the ‘ Drug Injuries ’ Category


Fosamax® and Other Bisphosphonates May Not Prevent Bone Fractures

June 17, 2015

As we age, our bones naturally become thinner and more brittle. Some doctors use medications to help patients prevent loss of bone mass, but studies are showing these treatments may be ineffective—and may even put patients at a greater risk of harm.

The class of drugs ypically used to treat bone loss are known as bisphosphonates, and one on the most commonly prescribed versions is Fosamax®. The drug can help maintain and increase the size and weight of bones, but it can also cause a disruption in how the body regulates calcium in bones. The Fosamax® drug injury lawyers at Stewart and Stewart Attorneys point out this can result in fractures of the femur and a disease known as Osteonecrosis—a condition in which the jaw deteriorates due to lack of proper blood flow.

A study on the risks of taking Fosamax® resulted in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requiring warnings for the drug. However, more recent studies have shown all bisphosphonates may be ineffective in preventing fractures caused by loss of mass.

According to Bloomberg News, researchers have examined data collected during 33 previous studies and determined very few broken hips are prevented with treatments using bisphosphonates.

If you’ve been harmed by Fosamax®, it’s important to know that you have legal rights. At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indiana drug injury lawyers are standing by to answer any questions you may have and help you get on the road to recovery. Feel free to call us anytime at (800) 33-33-LAW to speak with our legal staff.


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$2.37 Billion Settlement Reached for Actos Drug Injury Lawsuits

April 29, 2015

Actos® is a medication used to treat diabetes in thousands of Americans over the past decade. But the Actos drug injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain the drug was linked to an increased risk of some patients developing bladder cancer. Now, those victims may be one step closer to getting the compensation they deserve.

The company that manufactures Actos, Takeda Pharmaceutical, has offered to settle the majority of the approximately 9,000 outstanding Actos drug injury lawsuits for an estimated $2.4 billion. Bloomberg Business reports that if 95 percent of the plaintiffs agree to the terms of the settlement, each of the victims would receive around $296,000 in compensation.

The announcement comes in the wake of last year’s decision by a federal grand jury finding Takeda and its partner, Eli Lilly & Co., responsible for paying $9 billion in damages to a man who claimed Actos caused him to develop bladder cancer. The award was later reduced to $36.8 million.

As part of the settlement, Takeda will not accept liability for the harm patients suffered.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the hardships the victims have faced in their journey to receive the compensation they deserve. That’s why our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful the settlement will help bring closure to those adversely affected by the drug.

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Thousands of Lawsuits Filed by Risperdal® Injury Victims

January 07, 2015

Pharmaceutical companies are required to test their drugs for safety prior to releasing them to the public. However, drug side effects are often discovered after patients begin to suffer serious injuries.

Thousands of Risperdal® drug injury lawsuits have been filed by patients harmed by Risperdal. The drug is typically prescribed to patients to treat psychiatric disorders, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. But some young men who take Risperdal develop a condition known as gynecomastia—the development of abnormally large male breast tissue.

According to Injury Lawyer News, the lawsuits filed on behalf of patients who suffered Risperdal drug injuries claim that the company that manufactured the drug, Johnson & Johnson, failed to provide consumers with ample warning of the gynecomastia risk. Plaintiffs are seeking damages ranging from reimbursement for medical bills to compensation for mental anguish and loss of consortium.

If you or a male loved one developed gynecomastia after taking Risperdal, the Indiana drug injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys want to help. Our legal team is standing by to answer your questions, so call (800) 33-33-LAW to get a free case consultation today.

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Study Examines Ways to Prevent Xarelto® Drug Injuries

September 24, 2014

The use of anticoagulant medications—like Xarelto®—can be an effective way to prevent blood clotting, especially in patients who are prone to heart attack or stroke. But what patients may not realize is that using this particular drug could put them at risk of suffering Xarelto bleeding injuries.

Injury Lawyer News recently discussed a study examining ways to prevent these bleeding events. Researchers found that while only a small percentage of anticoagulant users experienced a significant bleeding event related to the medication, there was a significant risk the bleeding could not be stopped depending on the type of anticoagulant being used.

While bleeding associated with Warfarin use can be halted with an injection of vitamin K, bleeding events associated with Xarelto use were not stopped by the injections. In fact, only the use of activated charcoal was effective in slowing bleeding–but could not stop the bleeding altogether.

These bleeding events have led to thousands of lawsuits being filed against the makers of anticoagulant drugs.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our team of Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are aware of the risks using anticoagulant drugs can pose and are here to help if you’ve been injured. Call us today at (800) 33-33-LAW to learn more.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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