Drug Injury

New FDA Branch Aims to Improve Drug Quality and Safety

by Staff Blogger | January 13th, 2015

Laws regulate the testing procedures medications bound for the U.S. marketplace must undergo to ensure safety. However, overseeing these regulations with a limited staff has proven daunting for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in recent years. That’s why the agency launched the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality to help reduce drug injury numbers.

The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society reports that the FDA announced the creation of the office in 2012, but it took several years for the organization to come to fruition. Two of the main tasks the office has clearly stated it plans to address are shortages in drug manufacturing and a lack of modernization in manufacturing techniques, the latter of which could significantly improve drug safety in the United States.

The new branch is now responsible for approving or denying more than 10,000 drug applications each year and could bring predictability in the approval process to drug manufacturers.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we recognize the dangers taking certain medications can pose. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury attorneys are hopeful the new system is a success.

FDA Announces Recall of Contaminated Medications

by Staff Blogger | June 4th, 2013

June 4, 2013

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of all products manufactured by the Main Street Family Pharmacy, LLC. Reports indicate the recall was initiated due to contamination of medications that could lead to patients suffering serious Drug Injuries.

The recall stems from an investigation launched into several claims of patients sickened after receiving injections from three lots of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate. Seven of the patients reported developing abscesses on their skin at the sight of the injection. Testing later determined that at least one of the abscesses was caused by a fungal infection.

Investigators determined the medications the patients had received were contaminated and out of precaution, requested that all sterile medications compounded at the facility be recalled to ensure patient safety.

The incident is similar to hundreds of cases associated with a Fungal Meningitis outbreak that claimed 55 lives and left 741 others sickened recently.

An FDA Press Release explained that patients who received medications manufactured at the facility should discuss their concerns with their physician. Those in possession of affected medications should contact Main Street Family Pharmacy for information on proper disposal of affected drugs and receiving replacement medications.

The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers recognize the risks involved with the use of a contaminated medication. The firm may be able to help if such a drug has harmed you.

FDA Panels Schedules Meeting to Discuss Safety of Avandia®

by Staff Blogger | April 23rd, 2013

April 23, 2013

A discussion has been scheduled by U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials to discuss findings of a study on the safety of the GlaxoSmithKline drug Avandia®.

The drug is used in the treatment of Type II Diabetes to help the body better control glucose levels. In September 2010, the medication was pulled from the European market because of serious Drug Injury dangers to patients, including cardiovascular risks.

The FDA acknowledged the drug’s risks by limiting its use to certain patients and calling for a new study to reevaluate the effects of the medication. The study was performed at Duke University and conclusive results were recently reached.

According to an article released by Medscape Today, the FDA has scheduled its Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committees to convene this June to discuss the results. Some experts believe the findings could lead to the drug being completely pulled from the market. Many feel this is the best solution because safer, more effective drugs are currently on the market.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts made to ensure that medications available to patients in the United States are safe. The firm is hopeful the upcoming panel meeting will be successful in determining the safety of Avandia® and the best course of action to take in distributing the drug.

Lawyers could be guilty of Alabama legal malpractice

by nil | June 10th, 2010

The oil spill in the Gulf has many people worried about their property and the environment, and those who have suffered because of Alabama environmental dangers have begun filing suits against BP for their losses.

But the Alabama State Bar Association is worried about lawyers taking advantage of potential clients through Alabama legal malpractice.

According to Alabama.com, the bar has received complaints that some lawyers may be engaging in Alabama legal malpractice by unfairly soliciting clients and engaging in unethical behavior.

To help protect citizens against Alabama legal malpractice, the bar has launched a website called “How to Protect Your Rights When Disaster Strikes.”

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Have you been the victim of Alabama legal malpractice or have you suffered Birmingham unethical treatment from a law firm? Tell the Alabama legal malpractice lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers about it.

Alabama legal malpractice case involves assistant D.A.

by nil | May 27th, 2010

Legal professionals are not excused from legal battles of their own. In fact, that is exactly what an Alabama county assistant district attorney and another Alabama attorney are dealing with right now.

According to the Birmingham News, Assistant District Attorney Frank Selman Teel and lawyer Frank Wayne Bailey are facing Alabama legal malpractice issues because they allegedly committed ethics violations, extortion, and bribery.

One of the victims bringing the Alabama legal malpractice cases says she was the victim of Alabama legal malpractice centering on extortion.

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Have you ever been the victim of Birmingham legal malpractice? If you’ve been wronged, tell the Alabama legal malpractice lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers about it. Let them help you.

Alabama Supreme Court dismisses case over legal malpractice

by nil | May 20th, 2010

According to The Huntsville Times, the Alabama Supreme Court has dismissed a case brought against one of the state’s law firms by a company alleging Alabama legal malpractice.

The case brought by Coilplus-Alabama of Athens against Sirote & Permutt was dismissed because the court ruled that it barred the legal statute of limitations.

The Limestone Circuit Court had also dismissed the Alabama legal malpractice suit, but it was appealed in the Supreme Court.

The company had accused the law firm of providing misleading advice, leading to the Alabama legal malpractice suit.

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Have you ever been the victim of Birmingham legal malpractice? The Alabama legal malpractice lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers may be able to help you.

Alabama auto accident slows traffic

by nil | October 7th, 2008

October 07, 2008

The Huntsville Times reported that an Alabama car accident on the interstate left victims with minor injuries.

The vehicle involved in the Alabama auto accident flipped over on the interstate, blocking traffic.

Firefighters arrived at the scene of the Alabama car accident and found that no one was trapped inside the car that was on its side.

Authorities had to reroute traffic until the scene of the Alabama auto accident was cleared.

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Teenager dies in Alabama auto accident

by nil | July 22nd, 2008

July 22, 2008

The Birmingham News reported that an Alabama auto accident took the life of a teenager and injured four others.

The group was on the interstate headed to Florida when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a tire, causing the car to flip over.

The teens were taken to local hospitals to be treated for non life-threatening injuries sustained during the Alabama auto accident.

Authorities are still investigating the Alabama car accident.

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Alabama auto accident kills woman

by nil | July 17th, 2008

July 17, 2008

An Alabama auto accident took a woman’s life early Tuesday morning, according to The Birmingham News.

The woman was a passenger in a car that was evading the local police.

The police were after the car because the driver involved in the Alabama auto accident had gone through a stop sign.

Soon after the officer lost sight of the car, he noticed a cloud of smoke coming from someone’s yard.

The driver had lost control of his car and struck a parked car.

The driver was taken to a local hospital, but the passenger was pronounced dead at the scene of the Alabama auto accident.

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Fiery Alabama auto accident kills one

by nil | July 8th, 2008

July 8, 2008

The Press Register reported that an Alabama auto accident took the life of a tractor trailer driver.

The truck driver went off the side of the road into a wooded area, where the truck caught fire.

That driver died at the scene of the Alabama auto accident, and burned along with the truck for more than three hours.

Firefighters that were cleaning up the scene of the Alabama auto accident suffered from heat exhaustion after spending several hours at the site.

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