Protect Yourself from Dangerous Drugs and Devices
We all rely on drugs and medical devices to improve the quality of life for us and our loved ones. But sometimes drug and device companies put unsafe products on the market, ones that give us conditions that are worse than what we needed treatment for originally. When that happens, Drugwatch is here to help.
Hernia Mesh Linked to Infections and Bowel Obstruction
Doctors perform about 800,000 hernia repair surgeries each year. Most of these surgeries use hernia mesh to strengthen weak muscles and tissues. But, some mesh manufacturers recalled their products because of complications including infections, adhesions and bowel obstructions. Injured patients filed lawsuits against these companies.
Blood Thinner Tied to Internal Bleeding
Sold and marketed by Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Xarelto is a popular blood thinner prescribed to treat or prevent blood clots. Like a similar drug, Pradaxa, Xarelto can cause serious internal bleeding, which can lead to death. People who lost loved ones who took the drug filed lawsuits claiming the drug maker did not provide enough warning about bleeding risks.
Invokana May Lead to Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Invokana, a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, treats Type 2 diabetes by filtering sugar out of the kidneys. However, the FDA warned that this drug may cause ketoacidosis -- too much acid in the blood. This condition may have serious consequences that require hospitalization. Patients and families affected by these complications are considering filing lawsuits because of injuries that occurred.
Nexium Linked to Kidney Failure and Dementia
Nexium is a popular proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to treat heartburn and acid reflux. But, this acid-reducing medication also has a number of serious side effects. The FDA warned it can cause an increased risk of fractures, and recent studies now link the drug to kidney damage, kidney failure and dementia. Lawyers are investigating kidney damage and dementia lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs.
Morcellators May Spread Cancer
Power morcellators are drill-like instruments that shred fibroids and tissue during less-invasive gynecological surgeries like fibroid removal or hysterectomies. But the FDA warned that 1 in 350 women that undergo procedures with morcellators risk having undiagnosed uterine cancer cells spread throughout their abdomen. Families of women diagnosed with uterine cancer after these routine surgeries filed claims against device manufacturers, claiming patients weren’t warned about risks related to morcellators.
Essure Linked to Painful Complications
Many American women choose Essure as a permanent method of birth control. According to Bayer, the two metal coils implanted in a woman's fallopian tubes are safe and nearly 100 percent effective. But the FDA received 5,000 reports of adverse events linked to the device. Thousands of women claim the implant permanently damaged their bodies.
Faulty Devices Cause Complications
Manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants already paid millions to people who suffered disabling complications and filed lawsuits. These implants were supposed to last for decades, but faulty designs and inadequate training about installations lead them to fail too soon and lead to patients needing additional surgeries. Some companies recalled their devices.
IVC Filters May Puncture Organs
Doctors implant retrievable IVC (inferior vena cava) filters in the veins of patients to protect them from blood clots that travel to the lungs. These devices trap blood clots and resemble small metal cages. The filters can break and cause serious complications. Broken pieces may travel through the body, causing bleeding and puncturing organs, including the heart. People injured by these devices sued the manufacturers claiming they were not warned.
Zofran Linked to Birth Defects
About 1 million pregnant women a year take Zofran, which originally was approved to treat nausea in cancer patients or following surgery. Doctors prescribe the drug despite the fact the FDA did not approve it to treat morning sickness or vomiting during pregnancy. Studies link the medication to severe birth defects that may be fatal, leading to lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline.
Popular Antibiotics Can Damage Aorta
Doctors write about 26 million prescriptions for popular antibiotics like Levaquin, Cipro and Avelox each year. These drugs, called fluoroquinolones, treat a wide variety of infections. But, studies also link them to leaks and ruptures in the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body. These complications can lead to stroke, heart attack, organ failure or death, leading to lawsuits.
Prilosec Linked to Kidney Failure and Dementia
Prilosec belongs to the most prescribed class of acid-reducing drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). It treats heartburn and acid reflux, but the FDA warned the drug can cause an increased risk of fracture. New studies also link the drug to increased risk of kidney failure, kidney damage and dementia. People who suffered kidney injury or dementia after taking Prilosec are now filing lawsuits.
Drugs and Devices
We all rely on drugs and medical devices to improve the quality of our lives, but what happens when they cause us unintended harm? Drugwatch is here to help.
Manufacturers recalled some brands of hernia mesh because of increased complications such as infections, adhesions and bowel obstructions. Injured patients filed lawsuits against these companies.
Xarelto is a popular blood thinner prescribed to treat or prevent blood clots, but studies show it can cause serious internal bleeding, which can lead to death.
Invokana treats Type 2 diabetes by filtering sugar out of the kidneys. The FDA warned that this drug may cause ketoacidosis -- too much acid in the blood.
Nexium is a popular proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to treat heartburn and acid reflux. But recent studies now link the drug to kidney problems and dementia.
Power morcellators are used in less-invasive gynecological surgeries, but some women risk having undiagnosed uterine cancer cells spread throughout their abdomen.
Essure Birth Control
Essure is a method of birth control that is implanted in a woman's fallopian tubes. Thousands of women claim the device results in permanent damage.
Hip implants were supposed to last for decades, but faulty designs and inadequate training lead them to fail too soon and lead to patients needing additional surgeries.
IVC (inferior vena cava) filters are implanted in the veins of patients to protect them from dangerous blood clots. The filters can break and cause serious complications.
Zofran is a nausea medication commonly used to treat pregnant women. Studies link the medication to severe birth defects that may be fatal.
Studies link popular antibiotics like Levaquin, Cipro and Avelox to complications including stroke, heart attack, and organ failure.
Risperdal & Invega
Risperdal and Invega are meant to treat ADHD, depression and anxiety. But the drugs can cause side effects like male breast growth in young men.
Prilosec belongs to the most prescribed class of acid-reducing heartburn drugs. New studies link the drug to increased risk of kidney problems and dementia.
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