Archive for the ‘Prescription Medication’ Category

Fentanyl Drug Subsys – Insys Therapeutics

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Sublingual fentanyl sprays which are marketed and sold by Insys Therapeutics, Inc. have come under investigation recently. The pain medication is used in cancer patients and listed as a Schedule II controlled substance. Insys Therapeutics is under investigation for paying and providing improper benefits to doctors who were prescribing the drug.

Insys has in the last 18 months assured the Attorney General of New Hampshire that it will not make written or oral promotions which are misleading or deceptive, Insys will not make any written or oral promotional claim that violates FDA regulations,  and Insys will ensure their speaker program conforms to standards including a maximum number of events at which a physician can speak.

Additional investigation into the marketing of addictive opioids is ongoing. Additional warnings should be given to individual who are put on opioids, to limit the likelihood of misuse, addiction, and death from the use of opioids.

Fentanyl spray is significantly more potent than other pain medications, this drug has been approved for the management of breakthrough cancer pain in those who are resistant or tolerant to other medications. If you have been prescribed Fentanyl in a way that does not meet the approved prescription basis, feel free to call our firm to discuss.

If you have had a medical issue as a result of the use of an opioid based product sold by Insys Therapeutics, Inc, we would be happy to speak with you about your potential claims and discuss potentially representing you in that matter.

Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuits

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

More lawsuits are springing up around the country which allege that Glaxo Smith Kline’s drug Zofran caused multiple different types of birth defects in unborn babies when mothers took the drug during their pregnancies.

The lawsuits have alleged to following types of defects resulting from the use of Zofran during pregnancy:

  • abdominal defects
  • heart defects / hole in the heart (atrial septal defect)
  • brain defects
  • developmental delays
  • congenital birth defects
  • cleft lip
  • cleft palate
  • hypospadia birth defects
  • chromosomal birth defects
  • heart problems for the mother
  • webbed toes
  • inter-uterine growth restriction
  • musculoskeletal abnormality
  • kidney malformations

Zofran is not approved for use during pregnancy.

The FDA has placed Zofran in the “Pregnancy Category B” which means that the drug did not reveal abnormalities during animal studies but additional testing would be needed before this drug could become a Pregnancy Category A drug. Pregnancy Category A drugs have been put through studies but have not shown evidence of risk in later trimesters with human babies.

Giddens Law firm, located in Jackson, Mississippi, is currently accepting Zofran induced birth defect cases. Call for a free consultation if you or someone you know took Zofran while pregnant. Our attorneys would be happy to speak with you about this matter.

Zofran Investigated – Possible Link to Cleft Palate, Lip, and Heart Defects

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Zofran (ondansetron HCl Dihydrate) is produced by Glaxo Wellcome Pharmaceuticals and is often prescribed to treat nausea during pregnancy. It is not fully known how the drug works but millions in our country have been prescribed this medication in a very free fashion because the potentially dangerous nature of the drug for expectant mothers was never disclosed by the Pharmaceutical company. Zofran was believed to be safe to treat any number of nausea symptoms during pregnancy. There have been new reports that Zofran has been linked to birth defects in babies, including cleft palate, cleft lip and congenital heart defects.

Our firm is investigating these claims and would be happy to speak with any individual who has questions about their child’s cleft palate, cleft lip or heart defect and any possible links to the medications they have been prescribed. If you or a family member has recently had a child with a cleft palate, cleft lip or other heart defect after taking Zofran you may need to act now to preserve your rights. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day and we have gathered additional information if you or a loved one would like information on this topic.

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Many medications have unforseen side effects.

When you contact our firm, consider the following questions: Why was Zofran prescribed? Do you have any known allergy to Zofran? The dosage amounts of Zofran and directions on use. (the prescription bottle may contain this information).

Testosterone cream connected to heart attacks?

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

For the last several years it has been surprisingly simple for a man to report symptoms such as low sex drive, lack of energy or loss of muscle mass and be prescribed testosterone to correct any number of ills. Doctors refer to the condition as low t.

Typically the treatment is simple enough, with the doctor prescribing testosterone cream to the thigh or bicep. The drug names for this therapy include: axiron, androgel, fortesta, testopel, striant, delatestryl, testim and androderm.

Despite some of the benefits that may be gained from testosterone, a percentage of men on testosterone have reported heart issues after beginning treatment. These issues range from artery blockage to heart attack or stroke and include any heart issue in between.

If you or a loved one have been prescribed one of the medications above and later been diagnosed with a heart issue, you may have a claim. Call 601-355-2022 to speak with an experienced attorney regarding your potential claim.

Fresenius Cardiac Injuries and Death

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Cases of individuals who have suffered heart attacks soon after receiving dialysis from Fresenius Medical Care have been reported across the country. Anyone who has hear problems while on dialysis with Fresenius Medical Care needs to be aware of their rights and make sure that your treatment on GranuFlo and NaturaLyte does not effect your health ongoing.

Dialysis is a process which uses a machine and a membrane to remove waste products from the body which normally the kidneys would remove. The kidney also normally adds bicarbonate to the bloodstream which reduces the levels of acidity in the blood. GranuFlo and NaturaLyte solutions used during dialysis to add bicarbonate, acid and fluid back into the patient’s blood stream at different levels.

Both GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are maed by Fresenius, used by Fresenius and sold to other dialysis centers. From 2008 to 2012 both GranuFlo and NaturaLyte included more bicarbonate in their mixture than they were supposed to which had the effect of causing metabolic alkalosis which increases the risk of heart attacks, hearts stopping, irregular heartbeat, and strokes. For this reason, if you have had heart issues while on Fresenius products GranuFlo or NaturaLyte, we recommend seeking immediate counsel.

An internal memo written by Fresenius in November 2011 warned that the use of GranuFlo was associated with a 6 to 8 fold greater increase of cardiopulmonary arrest and sudden cardiac death in the dialysis facility. That internal memo, which covered only a single year and a third of Fresenius’s clinics, identified 947 cardiac deaths. Fresenius sent that internal memo to its own network of dialysis clinics. But Fresenius sells GranuFlo® to thousands of other dialysis clinics as well. It did not share this information with any of them until almost five months later. The internal memo was leaked anonymously to the FDA in March, 2012, and a recall of GranuFlo and a similar product, NaturaLyte, was issued later that month. For more information on the recall, please visit http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/ListofRecalls/ucm309990.htm

The Giddens Firm is giving free consultations in Mississippi and across the country for Fresenius Granuflo and NaturaLyte cases.

Clexa, Risperdone, and Trazadone and their potential side effects.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Providing information to people who are injured and wonder if they have a claim is an important part of the practice of law. One resource we have started using in order to serve and inform the community at large are social media sites. Here is a question that was posed on one of those sites and our answer to the question:

Can i file a suit after taking antisychotics caused serotonin syndrome? I was on risperdone, trazadone, and celexa all at the same time and went thru what the doctor’s called serotonin syndrome and hypertesive crisis caused by the serotonin thing.

There are class action lawsuits arising from the side effects of most types of prescription medications. Risperdone, Trazadone and Celexa each have litigation associated with them and serotonin syndrome is noted as a possible side effect for each of these medications.

There is likely an attorney near you that takes this type of case who can guide you further and give you examples of the types of injuries that have compensible claims in these matters. Risperdone when combined with SSRI’s like Celexa has been the source of a good number of unforseen side effects in patients. It is worth looking into.

Beyond that there is the question of if you were properly warned by your physician of possible dangers or product interactions when you were first put on these drugs. Sometimes patients have no idea what it is that they are looking for and they begin to experience symptoms of a dangerous side effect and have not been informed by their doctor of the possible harm. Contact a local attorney and they should be able to guide you through the process.

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