National Drug Injury and Defective Medical Device Attorneys
Pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers spend billions of dollars to research and develop new treatments every year, which creates an incentive to get new products approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as fast as possible. But when companies put profits before safety, patients often face an increased risk of injuries, severe health complications, or even death.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, our national network of drug and medical device injury attorneys has the experience and resources to take on big pharmaceutical companies. If a drug harmed you or your loved one, we’re here to protect your rights. Our No Fee Guarantee® means you don’t owe us anything unless we get money for you, so don’t wait. Our 24/7 legal staff can help you take action now—just call (800) 477-7510 or complete our free initial consultation form.
Drug Injury Cases We Handle
If a drug caused you or a loved one to suffer serious side effects or injuries, our national network of drug injury lawyers wants to help. Some of the drug injury cases we handle include:
- Abilify® Linked to Compulsive Behavior
Abilify is a prescription drug used to treat a variety of mental illnesses. But reports suggest the drug is linked to compulsive behavior, such as pathological gambling and hypersexual activity.
- Acetaminophen Liver Damage
Found in more than 100 different nonprescription products, as well as many prescription drugs, acetaminophen is used by millions of people every year. But due to its widespread availability, many people are unaware that the drug is the leading cause of liver failure in the United States.
- Antidepressant Birth Defects
Children born to women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a popular class of antidepressant drugs, while pregnant may suffer severe birth defects, such as persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN).
Reports suggest a link between the blood pressure drug, Benicar, and an increased risk of sprue-like enteropathy, a gastrointestinal condition that can be severe enough to require hospitalization.
- Benzene Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Exposure to benzene—one of the top 20 chemicals used in the United States—has been linked to acute myeloid leukemia, a fast-spreading cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
- Blood Thinner Injuries
Unlike the traditional prescription blood-thinning drug Warfarin®, newer anticoagulant medications lack a counteracting drug to stop bleeding once it starts. As a result, patients taking the blood thinners Pradaxa® and Xarelto® may face an increased risk of severe bleeding.
- Diabetes Drugs Linked to Cancer
Many of the most popular prescription drugs used to treat Type 2 diabetes have been linked to serious health issues, including the development of pancreatic cancer.
- E-Cigarette Injury
The lithium ion batteries used to power electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” can explode or catch fire at any time, causing serious and permanent injuries.
- Endoscope Infections
Endoscope devices called duodenoscopes are used to help remove blockages from the channels that drain a patient’s liver. But the devices feature a design that may be difficult or impossible to disinfect between uses, which may expose patients to antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.
- Exactech® Optetrak® Knee Replacement Failure
Exactech® Optetrak® knee replacement implant devices produced after 2011 may be prone to early failure, requiring revision surgery to correct.
- Heartburn Drugs Linked to Kidney Disease
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of prescription heartburn drugs, are used to reduce acid in a patient’s stomach. But many of the most popular PPIs have been linked to serious health risks, including chronic kidney disease.
- Hernia Mesh Complications
Surgeons use mesh produced by medical device manufacturers for a variety of procedures, including hernia repair, wound treatment, and chest wall reconstruction. But some of these products—used every day in hospitals nationwide—may increase patients’ risk of serious side effects.
- Invokana® and Invokamet®
Type 2 diabetics who take Invokana or Invokamet may face an increased risk of lower leg or foot amputation and ketoacidosis, a severe medical condition normally associated with Type 1 diabetes.
Patients who take Lipitor to control their cholesterol may experience increased blood sugar levels—a factor that could increase the odds of developing Type 2 diabetes.
- Low Testosterone Drug Heart Attacks
Men who use testosterone-boosting drugs, such as AndroGel®, may face an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and other deadly cardiac health problems.
An antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability caused by autism, Risperdal can trigger the development of abnormally large male breasts that require surgery to correct.
- SJS (Stevens-Johnson Syndrome)
Often misdiagnosed or overlooked, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a documented side effect of certain drugs involving severe skin reactions that can be as intense as third-degree burns.
- Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler Infection Lawsuits
The Stöckert 3T heater-cooler system is designed to regulate a patient’s blood temperature during cardiac surgery. But reports of contaminated devices puts patients at risk of severe or fatal infections.
- Taxotere® Chemotherapy Hair Loss
Some female cancer survivors who underwent chemotherapy with the drug Taxotere are suffering a side effect they weren’t warned about—permanent, significant alopecia.
- Viagra® Melanoma
One of the most successful prescription medications of all time, Viagra is an erectile dysfunction drug that has been used by more than 25 million American men. However, studies suggest taking Viagra may increase the risk of developing melanoma—an aggressive form of skin cancer.
- Zofran® Birth Defects
Approved to treat nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, doctors sometimes prescribe Zofran to pregnant women suffering from severe morning sickness—an off-label use. Now, reports submitted to the FDA show that Zofran may increase the likelihood of severe birth defects in children born to women who take the drug.
Defective Medical Device Cases We Handle
If a medical device implanted by a surgeon harmed you or a loved one, the experienced team at Norris Injury Lawyers is here to help. Some of the medical product cases we handle include:
- DePuy ASR Hip Implants
More than 90,000 ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System hip implants were recalled by DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., after data showed that 1-in-8 patients who received the devices experienced failure requiring corrective surgery within five years.
- IVC Filters
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are implanted into patients to catch fragments of blood clots that form in the lower body before they reach the heart or lungs. But the filters can fracture inside the body, and pieces of the device can migrate to areas of the body that can’t be reached by surgeons.
A deadly cancer caused by exposure to loose asbestos fibers, mesothelioma often takes 20-40 years to develop. Workers in a variety of industries and their families face an elevated risk of developing mesothelioma, and billions in compensation have been set aside for victims and their loved ones.
- Mirena® IUD
Inserted into the uterus for up to five years at a time, the Mirena IUD has been linked to serious complications, including organ damage, bleeding, and fertility loss.
- Morcellator Cancer
Power morcellators are used to perform laparoscopic hysterectomies and uterine fibroid surgeries on thousands of women every year. But the devices can spread previously undetected cancerous tissue throughout the body, significantly worsening the odds of survival in some patients.
An FDA advisory committee concluded taking the prescription Type 2 diabetes drug Onglyza® (saxagliptin) can increase the risk of heart failure—a fatal condition.
- Transvaginal Mesh Failure
Transvaginal mesh (TVM) is a surgically implanted medical device used to treat women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). But the device can cause painful side effects that may require further revision surgeries.
- Zimmer Knee Replacement
Certain Zimmer knee replacement components used in total knee replacement surgeries can loosen within the knee and cause painful side effects, such as reduced range of motion and difficulty walking.
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At Norris Injury Lawyers, we have more than 40 years of experience fighting for injury victims, and our national network of drug injury attorneys want to help you hold negligent corporations accountable for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, or wrongful death. Contact us anytime at (800) 477-7510 or complete our free initial consultation form to find out how we can help.