Many medical devices and prescription drugs can often be made much safer for just a few pennies. Yet surprisingly, some pharmaceutical companies choose to put corporate profit over consumer safety hoping that they can escape accountability for the harm their products cause.
One of the reasons for the number of recalled drugs and implants is the FDA’s inability to properly protect America’s consumers. The FDA does not test prescription medications or medical devices like transvaginal mesh. Instead, it relies upon the manufacturers to police themselves. To learn more about the frightening way the FDA approves our medications, devices and implants click here.
Suing giant corporate drug manufacturers is daunting and requires specialized legal experience in addition to possessing enormous financial resources. Our Miami personal injury lawyers have successfully represented injured victims and their families against careless pharmaceutical manufacturers for over twenty-two years in cases ranging from defective prescription drugs, recalled hip implants and vaginal mesh to toxic Chinese made drywall.
Currently we are representing individual claimants and clients participating in class actions and/or Multi District Litigation in the following cases:
Stryker Hip Implants
Stryker manufactured both the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hips implant system. In July 2012 they were recalled because patients complained of increased pain, swelling and other symptoms. Some patients without any symptoms have reported dangerous levels of metal ion in their blood. Our law firm filed one of the nation’s first law suits against Stryker. Our case is currently pending in New Jersey state court. Today we are making claims on behalf of patients from across the country who have recalled Stryker hips. Please contact our hip implant recall lawyers for a free consultation regarding your legal rights.
Actos contains the drug pioglitazone, and it consists of a once-daily dose of type 2 diabetes treatment designed to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood glucose levels. The success of Actos alone was responsible for the epic growth of its manufacturer Takeda. the continued use of the diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) for more than a year was associated with a significantly increased risk for bladder cancer.
GranuFlo and NaturaLyte
Nearly half a million patients require dialysis at one of the 5,500 dialysis centers throughout the country. Fresenius Medical Care (FMC) is the largest owner and operator or dialysis centers around the world. It also manufactures many of the machines and drugs used in dialysis.
Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate)
Is a prescription blood thinning medication manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim. It is used for the prevention of strokes and blood clots in patients with abnormal heart rhythms called atrial fibrillation. There are now reports of 260 people worldwide who have suffered a fatal bleed while taking Pradaxa.
De Puy Hip Implants
Our recalled hip implant law firm is representing individuals who have been subjected to dangerous and defective medical devices like the De Puy Hip Implant system. Johnson and Johnson has recalled both its ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System due to over 400 complaints of the devices failing before the intended 15 year lifespan. 13 percent of patients who have De Puy Hip Implants are now forced to undergo painful and costly revision surgeries.
Juries have recently awarded millions of dollars in multiple vaginal mesh cases across the country. One of the largest jury verdicts in a defective vaginal mesh lawsuit was for over $5 million. For nearly 40 years doctors have used surgical transvaginal mesh to help women who suffer from bladder, uterus or bowel protrusions after childbirth. Originally surgeons inserted vaginal mesh through the abdomen. However, since 1990 most vaginal mesh procedures have been done trans-vaginally or through the vagina.
Yaz and Yasmin
Yasmin is an oral contraceptive made by Bayer. It has been linked to heart attack, stroke, and blood clots in users.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer. Symptoms appear usually between 10 and 40 years after exposure to asbestos. Particularly dangerous is the fact that the symptoms can appear similar to many less-serious diseases. Usually, the risk of mesothelioma will increase with heavier and longer exposure to asbestos; but some individuals with only brief exposures have developed mesothelioma. High risk individuals are those who have worked in construction, renovation or in demolition of buildings. Their families are also at risk as they can be exposed to asbestos fibers contained on clothing.
Fosamax is prescribed for treatment of bone loss. Its use can lead to a condition known as Osteonecrosis of the Jaw, also known as “Dead Jaw.” This condition causes the jawbone to decay and die. The drug was first approved by the FDA in 1990. In October 2010 the FDA issued an advisory alert regarding an increased frequency of patients suffering sudden fractures and bone injuries.
Accutane is prescribed for the treatment of severe acne. Unfortunately, Accutane has life changing side effects. The side effects range from Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, birth-related defects and depression associated with an increased risk for suicide.
Ortho Evra is a birth control patch that came on to the market in 2002. Patient reports between 2002 and 2004 show that Ortho Evra was 12 times more likely to cause strokes and 18 times more likely to cause blood clots than the conventional birth control pill.
Paxil is an antidepressant that has been linked to an increase in birth defects. Recently, the FDA reviewed studies finding that women who took Paxil in the first three months of pregnancy were more likely to give birth to a child with a heart defect than women who took other antidepressants or pregnant women overall. Our Florida injury lawyers are currently investigating claims on behalf of patients who had taken SSRi’s like Paxil during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with a birth defect.
Meridia is a diet drug manufactured by Abbott. The FDA requested it be removed from the market because Meridia use has been related to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The drug was removed from the European market in January 2010. Meridia contains the ingredient Sibutramine Hydrochloride. If you are taking or have taken the prescription diet drug Meridia immediately contact your prescribing physician and our our Meridia drug injury law firm for an evaluation of your legal rights.