There are currently thousands of product liability cases being pursued in both the state and federal court systems. Below is a synopsis of all product liability cases that our firm is pursing at this time, both dangerous medications and medical products:
- Defective Hip and Knee Replacements: Various hip and knee implants have been found to have significantly high failure rates, causing pain and loosening and often leading to the need for revisionary surgery.
- Hernia Mesh Implants: Individuals who have had hernia mesh implants have reported a wide range of medical concerns arising after the surgery. Complications associated with the product include bowel or intestinal blockage, tears or perforations in internal organs, nerve damage, abnormal connections between organs (known as fistulas), pain or discomfort associated with shrinkage of the mesh, infections, fluid buildup at the surgical incision, allergic or autoimmune reactions to the mesh, movement of the mesh inside the body, rejection of the mesh, pain, bleeding, and recurrent hernia.
- Invokana: Invokana has recently been linked with diabetic ketoacidosis and osteoporosis. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious diabetes complication where the body produces excess blood acids (ketones). This can then lead to renal failure and various cardiovascular risks. Osteoporosis decreases bone strength and increases the risk of broken bones. Heart attack and stroke are other potential side effects not noted on the warning labels of the product.
- Low-Testosterone Products: A study was released by the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that men undergoing testosterone replacement therapy have increased risk to developing heart problems. Some cardiovascular risks involved with the testosterone replacement therapy include stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, and even death.
- Nexium and Prilosec: In recent years, it has been discovered that drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are linked to serious side effects such as kidney failure, dementia, birth defects, and heart attacks. Nexium and Prilosec are among these drugs. Millions of proton pump inhibitors are prescribed by doctors on a yearly basis, and even more are available over the counter.
- Post-Operative Infections: Various infections have been caused by a warming blanket that is commonly used during surgery to regulate the patient’s body temperature. The air discharged by the blanket may contain germs and bacteria, and can potentially land on the surgical site. Many problems and risks are then introduced, including deep joint infections, which are especially common during hip and knee surgeries. This device is also especially harmful to patients receiving artificial heart valves.
- Talcum Powder: It has been recently reported that approximately 2,200 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year also used baby power in their genital area regularly. All of these individuals also do not have the BRCA gene, a gene which predisposes someone to ovarian cancer. Biopsies also show talc fibers within the ovarian tumors, leading physicians to believe talcum powder is to blame.
- Taxotere: It has been recently discovered that 10-15% of women who use this drug will suffer from alopecia, or permanent hair loss. Phase II clinical trials of the drug in 2005 revealed this, yet the prescription label was not updated until January of 2016 to note the risk of alcopecia. As a result of the manufacturer’s failure to warn of these risks, thousands of women already battling with breast cancer are now permanently bald.
- Xarelto: Recently, the drug has been found to have extreme side effects such as excessive bleeding. The manufacturers of Xarelto have also been accused of producing a defective product because they released Xarelto without an antidote to its effects.
- Zofran: Many cases are being investigated regarding a medication known as zofran. It has been stated that taking the prescription during pregnancy can lead to very severe birth defects. The medical community is now investigating this medication closely.
Please contact our office at 631-543-3663 with any questions or concerns in regard to these product liability cases.