Category: Dangerous Drugs & Devices

Developing Ketoacidosis After Taking Invokana

Dangerous Drugs & Devices

Developing Ketoacidosis After Taking Invokana

If you have Type 2 diabetes, it’s possible that your doctor may have prescribed Invokana to help manage your symptoms. However, it seems that this drug produces side effects that cause more harm than good. In many patients, Invokana causes the acid in your blood to rise, which can lead to stroke, heart attacks, or kidney damage.

People who develop ketoacidosis after taking Invokana have been able to make a full recovery after seeking medical treatment. So it’s important to seek help immediately if you’ve taken Invokana and experience symptoms such as:

 

  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Breath that smells of acetone

If you’ve suffered kidney damage as a result of taking Invokana, you may have a strong case against Invokana’s makers, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Currently there is a joint lawsuit being filed against them.

 

Now is a great time to take advantage of this lawsuit. Your claim could help demonstrate how negligent Janssen Pharmaceuticals has been with Invokana. It could also help set a precedent for how future cases are handled.

 

When pharmaceutical companies are negligent, the health and safety of their patients are at risk. It’s important that they are held accountable, to incentivise them to take more care in the future; however, it’s also important that you are fairly compensated for the injury done to you.

 

Because Invokana is still on the market, it’s important to note the adverse effects of this drug. If you or anyone you know has developed ketoacidosis, don’t hesitate to give us a call for a free consultation.

DuPuy Hip Replacement Cases

DuPuy Hip Replacement Cases

We’ve written in the past about hip replacement implant recalls and lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson. Recently one of Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary companies, DuPuy Orthopedics has been involved in a number of cases surrounding defective hip replacement implants.

These medical devices have been recalled due to the fact that they caused a number of complications in patients that received them. Patients reported symptoms such as pain, difficulty standing, limited mobility, loosening of the prosthetic joint, metal poisoning and hip replacement failure. Many of these patients required a second surgery to correct the first one.

It’s not uncommon for there to be complications when it comes to risky surgeries; however, the reason DuPuy is being held responsible is partly due to the fact that they did not conduct sufficient premarket testing. As a result they are currently embroiled in a series of bellweather trials to settle the claims.

The point of a bellweather trial is to address multiple claims over the same issue. The patients who experienced negative side effects from their DuPuy hip replacement implants were able to have their case heard through this bellweather trial. That way one judge could make a decision on a large number of cases, rather than having multiple judges view each case individually. This not only helps with the speed at which these cases are settled, but also with the consistency of the outcomes of these cases.

The third DuPuy Hip Replacement Implant Trial concluded at the end of 2016. As a result, Johnson & Johnson was forced to pay $1 billion in punitive damages on top of $32 million in compensation.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a defective hip implant, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney. Make sure you have someone on your side who can help you stand up to big pharmaceutical companies.

Is Permanent Hair Loss Caused By Taxotere Grounds for a Case?

Is Permanent Hair Loss Caused By Taxotere Grounds for a Case?

For many cancer patients, hair loss is a common side effect that comes with chemotherapy. Commonly referred to as “alopecia” in the medical field, hair loss from chemotherapy is supposed to be temporary. However, recently a group of breast cancer survivors found that they were unable to regrow their hair. They were surprised by this, as they were never warned that permanent hair loss was a possible outcome.

It turns out that their permanent alopecia was caused by a chemotherapy drug called “Taxotere.” Taxotere has been approved by the USDA; however, this side effect was not on record. Had the cancer patients known that this drug caused permanent hair loss, they could have chosen an alternative treatment option. One such option would have been Taxol.

It would have been one thing if the manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, truly didn’t know that this was a possible side effect; however, evidence shows that they should have known about it as early as 2005. As many as 10-15% of patients who took Taxotere experienced permanent hair loss.

Currently, cases are being filed against Sanofi-Aventis all across the country for permanent hair loss caused by Taxotere. It’s likely that soon these cases will become a part of a multidistrict litigation, which means all of the cases will be handled by one judge.

If you or a loved one has experienced permanent hair loss as a result of Taxotere, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Cases such as these are often time sensitive, so you’ll want to make sure you file your claim before the statute of limitations runs out.

If you’ve experienced side effects from a drug that you were not warned about, then there’s a good chance you have a case. Don’t hesitate to contact our experienced attorneys for a free consultation.

A Bad Year for Johnson & Johnson

 A Bad Year for Johnson & Johnson

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, then you probably know that Johnson & Johnson faced some substantial cases last year. In fact, the company has been engaged in six of the seven biggest product defect cases of 2016. And the verdicts did not play out in their favor. They are likely to end up losing millions of dollars as a result.

Johnson & Johnson started 2016 off with their first major case involving a defective blood-thinner, Xeralto, which caused uncontrollable bleeding in some patients. They also were involved in two major defective hip implant cases and two cases involving talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The sixth case was over their drug Risperdal, which caused the boys who took it to develop female breasts. In all 6 of these cases, Johnson & Johnson was forced to settle for anywhere from $55 million to $1 billion.

 

The important thing about cases such as these is that they can end up becoming more and more expensive for a company, even after the cases have settled. Many people worry that they won’t be able to stand up in court to a big company such as Johnson & Johnson. However, once they see that someone with a similar case has been successful, more and more victims start stepping forward.

 

Everyone who’s been wrongfully harmed by a prescription drug or medical device that was supposed to help them deserves to have their case heard and to be rightfully compensated. If you’ve been injured as a result of a faulty product, don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney like the caring and determined team members we have at Oxner + Permar. We can help you stand up to the big corporations and get the benefits you deserve.

 

With more than $257 million in awards and settlements, the attorneys at Oxner + Permar have the experience to stand up to big corporations and ensure that your rights are protected.

 

Stryker Orthopedic Medical Device Recall

Stryker Orthopedic Medical Device Recall

In 2012, Stryker Orthopedics was forced to issue a hip device recall of one of their widely used modular hip stem devices. After a number of lawsuits, Stryker finally agreed to a settlement of $1.4 billion for the product liability and personal injury claims against them — and it looks like Stryker Orthopedics is going to be in a similar situation again this year. There have been multiple reports that one of their devices has either been breaking at the stem or causing metal poisoning. Both instances cause the patient to need emergency revision surgery.

 

Of course, this is a huge problem. As the metal joints rub against each other, they begin to corrode. This weakens the head-neck juncture of the implant causing it to eventually break. It also can cause severe pain for the patient as well as higher metal levels. This is what leads to metal poisoning or “metallosis.”

 

Unfortunately this is not a problem that can simply be repaired; the patient will need a new device entirely. This poses additional risk for patients whose bodies are already adapting to one hip surgery. They are being exposed to the risk of infection or other complications expected from a hospital setting. Moreover, these devices are attached directly to the patient’s bone. They’re not designed to be replaced, and oftentimes, a surgeon will have to break the femur in order to remove the device, causing additional strain on the patient’s body.

 

Even once this corrective surgery is finished, there is no guarantee that the patient will be alleviated of their problems. In fact, in all likelihood, long-term problems will persist. As such, those affected by this defect should be entitled to compensation.

 

If you or someone you know has been affected by a defective orthopedic device, be sure to contact an experienced attorney. You deserve compensation for your pain and trauma.

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