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Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Lawyers

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Alabama Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Alaska Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Arizona Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Atlanta, Baltimore, Biloxi, Boca Raton, Boston, Charleston, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Florida Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Fort Lauderdale, Georgia Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Kansas city, Los Angeles, Louisville, Macon, Maryland Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Massachusetts Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Miami, Michigan Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Minneapolis, New York Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, North Carolina Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Provo, st louis, Stocker 3THeater-Cooler Lawyers, Toledo, West Palm Beach

Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Lawyers For  Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System lawyers are filing failure  to warn lawsuits due to increased risk of infections caused by the Cooler Systems during cardio thoracic surgery.

 Stockert 3T Lawsuits Filed

Lawsuits are being filed against  LivaNova PLC for their  3T heating-cooling system. This system has been found to transmit bacteria into patients during  open-chest cardiac surgery. The nontuberculous mycobacteria causes Mycobacterium chimaera which can result in death,

What is  The 3T Heater-Cooler System?

The 3T heater-cooler units are used during surgery to control  body temperature.  They  have water tanks that move temperature-controlled water to heat exchangers or blankets, which  cool or warm  the recipients body.

 3T Heater-Cooler System Issues

The water  in the 3T systems can become contaminated resulting  in bacteria being released into the air through the device’s exhaust vent. This bacteria can infect a patient. It can take  several years between the time a patient is exposed to the bacteria and an infection is diagnosed.

Have You Had Surgery Using A 3T Cooler Device?

Up To 4 Years After Surgery Look for signs:

  • endocarditis,
  • surgical site infection,
  • abscess, bacteremia,
  • hepatitis,
  • renal insufficiency,
  • splenomegaly,
  • pancytopenia,
  • osteomyelitis.

 Symptoms

  • fever of undetermined origin,
  • night sweats,
  • joint pain,
  • weight loss,
  • myalgia,
  • malaise.
 

Contact our  Stocker 3T Lawyers

Ethicon Physiomesh Lawyer | Hernia mesh Lawsuits Filed

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Ethicon Physiomesh lawyer

Ethicon Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Recall Lawyers

On May 25, 2016, Johnson & Johnson issued an “Urgent Field Safety Notice” to warning  of the higher rates of recurring hernia and the need for revision operations after hernia repair using the Ethicon Physiomesh Composite Mesh. This is the same company that is dealing with hundreds of vaginal mesh lawsuits made of the same substance as the physiomesh.

Physiomesh Hernia Mesh  Complications

  • Hernia Recurrence
  • Scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together
  • Blockage of the large or small intestine
  • Abnormal adhesions between organs, vessels or intestines
  • Fluid build-up at the surgical site
  • Perforation of nearby tissues or organs
  • Migration and shrinkage
  • Bowel perforation and obstruction
  • Migration of the mesh and  erosion resulting in the need for revision or removal

What Is A Physiomesh?

  • Ethicon Physiomesh and vaginal  mesh are both used to provide additional support to weakened or damaged tissue.  It is made from non-absorbable polypropylene (plastic) filaments that are woven into a mesh.
Ethicon Physiomesh Products Recalled ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Flexible Composite Mesh
  • PHY0715R
  • PHY1015V
  • PHY1515Q
  • PHY1520R
  • PHY1520V
  • PHY2025V
  • PHY2030R
  • PHY2535V
  • PHY3035R
  • PHY3050R

    Laparoscopic Hernia Pack

  • ELH5 PHY1515
  • ELH10 PHY1515Q
Ethicon Physiomesh Complications? Speak to one our mesh lawyers.  

Nursing Home, ACLF and Independent Living Facility Injury Lawyers

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Nursing Home Abuse lawyers

If your loved one has been neglected or injured in a Nursing Home we want to speak to you. You trusted this facility to take care of your family member and now you know they did not.

What Are The Types Of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse?

1. Physical Abuse 2. Emotional Abuse 3. Sexual Abuse 4. Financial Abuse

Nursing Home Physical Injury

Slip and fall Falling out of bed Bed sores Medication errors

Assisted Living Facility Lawyer

Assisted Living communities are designed for seniors who are no longer able to live on their own safely but do not require the highest level of care provided in a nursing home. Assistance with medications, activities of daily living, meals and housekeeping are routinely provided. They will get help showering and brought to doctor appointments in the community. There are activities and grooming is supervised or helped with on a daily basis. Many Independent living facilities are in fact assisted living facilities based on the services they provide. They often try to avoid the licensing process but, can still be sued for negligence and neglect given the right circumstances. Assisted living facilities have a responsibility to your loved one.

Does Your Loved One Show Signs Of Assisted Living Abuse Or Neglect?

Has your loved one fallen, missed meals, having possessions stolen, Not getting the right medications, Not seeing a physician when needed, Got locked out of the facility, poor security for residents protection, did your loved one slip and fall, were objects left in pathways, did your loved one break a hip, were medical needs attended to, or was medications skipped every now and then? Was he or she left alone outside the facility, did your loved on wander away and get injured? There are dozens of possible  other negligent actions. Speak to a nursing home abuse assisted living injury attorney if you think you may have a case    

File An IVC Filter Lawsuit

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Cordis IVC Filter Lawyer, Medical Device Lawsuits

Our IVC Filter lawyers are filing IVC Filter lawsuits for injury and Death from a fractured migrating IVC Filter part. The IVC Filters, also known as blood clot filters, Blood Clot Capture Filters and Inferior Vena Cava Filters, are implanted in patients that cannot tolerate blood thinners. They capture blood clots before they can become lodged in the brain or lungs causing a stroke  or pulmonary embolism. However, the IVC filter has been proven to be dangerous because it can fracture if left in too long.

 Which Manufacturers Are You Accepting IVC Filter Lawsuits For?

 Our lawyers are accepting  COOK, BARD  or CORDIS IVC Filter Claims.

 Bard IVC Filters Include:

  • – Recovery
  • G2
  • – G2X
  • – Eclipse
  • Meridian
  • – Denali
 COOK IVC Filters Include:
  • – Gunther Tulip
  • – Celect
 CORDIS IVC Filters Include:
  • – OptEase
  • – TrapEase

 Criteria For The IVC Filter Lawsuit

Your Filter must have been implanted in  2002 through present.

REASONS FOR IVC FILTER  IMPLANTATION:

1. Pulmonary embolism (PE) and anticoagulants could not be used in case for some reason
2. Anticoagulants failed to treat/remove blood clot
3. Trauma
4. Bariatric Surgery
5. Orthopedic Surgery
What Were your Injuries Or Complications ?
1. Tilt
2. Migration
3. Fracture
4. IVC perforation
5. Filter embolization
6. Filter unable to be retrieved
 
IF DEATH Due To An IVC Filter
1. Date of Death
2. Location (City & State)
3. Was an autopsy performed?
4. Cause of death listed on autopsy
5. Cause of death listed on death certificate
6. Has an estate been opened? (Name of administrator
HAS FILTER BEEN SUCCESSFULLY REMOVED? (With or without complications)?
  • 1. Date of removal
    2. Symptomatic or asymptomatic at time of removal?
    3. Percutaneous without complication(s) Our lawyers are not taking these cases
    4. Open with or without complication(s)   Our lawyers are taking these cases.
    CT Scan  will be needed for evaluation of claim even if you are  asymptomatic.
    MANUFACTURERS WE ARE NOT TAKING
     
    1. Boston Scientific (Greenfield SS and TI Permanent) We need to be careful in turning
    down Greenfield filter cases because this is a generic term used to describe all IVC
    filters.
    2. B. Braun Medical (Convertible, Vena Tech and LP)
    3. ALN
    4. Rex Medical (Option)
    5. Rafael Medical (SafeFlo)

    Get An IVC Filter Lawyer

    If you or a loved one has been injured or you have lost a loved one due to a Faulty IVC Filter contact us today
 

Metronic Infuse Bone Graft Lawyers

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Class Action Articles, Florida Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers, Infuse Bone Graft Lawywrs, Metronic Infuse Bone Graft Lawsuit, South Carolina Multidistrict Litigation Lawyers

South Florida Metronic Infuse Bone Graft Lawyers Filing Bone Graft Lawsuits

Have you been injured by the Metronic Infuse Bone Graft Off Label Use?

Severe Complications Of The Bone Graft Given the proximity of the cervical spine to the airway passage

  • Difficulty Breathing, Swallowing or Speaking
  • Compression of the Airway
  • Respiratory Depression
  • Nerve Damage
  • Infection
  • Bone Loss
  • Unwanted Bone Growth
  • Male Sterility
  • Death

If you or a loved one has been injured by the Metronic Infuse Bone Graft In

Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Stuart , Ft Myers or nationwide

Call and speak to one of our qualified infuse bone graft class action lawyers  today.

DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit News, Hip Replacement Lawyers Filing Lawsuits

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Class MDL Class Action News

DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit Update

DePuy ASR lawsuit claims stemming from the 2010 DePuy hip recall continue to move forward in courts throughout the country . According to documents filed in California’s San Francisco Superior Court on April 25th, a Plaintiff who had been seeking an expedited trial of her DePuy hip lawsuit is voluntarily seeking dismissal of the case. (Tilman v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. CGC11508806; Calif. Super. Ct., San Francisco).

This news is particularly interesting as when a case is voluntarily dismissed it is often an indication that the parties have come to an agreement. 

DePuy ASR Hip Lawsuits Lawyers Filing DePuy Lawsuits

Court records indicate that there are more than 10,000 DePuy ASR hip lawsuits currently pending in courts throughout the U.S. The DePuy hip recall was announced after the metal-on-metal hip implants were found to be failing in an unacceptably high number of patients. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is now reviewing the safety of all metal hip implants, over fears that the devices can shed dangerous amounts of metal debris into patient’s bodies, leading to premature failure of the hips and other serious complications. In January, the agency proposed a new regulation that would make such devices ineligible for the agency’s 510(k) clearance process, which allowed all-metal hips like the ASR hip to gain FDA approval without first undergoing human clinical trials. The FDA also advised doctors to test metal hip implant patients for elevated metal ion levels if they present with symptoms of a failing hip implant.*

The majority of DePuy hip lawsuits have been filed in a multidistrict litigation now underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Court records indicate that the first trials in that litigation will begin this September. (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2197) Two lawsuits have already gone to trial at the state level, one of which ended with a California Superior Court jury awarding the Plaintiff more than $8 million in damages. (Kransky v. DePuy, BC456086, California Superior Court, Los Angeles County) However, the jury hearing a second trial in Illinois state court found for DePuy. (Strum v. DePuy, 2011-L-9352, Circuit Court of Cook County) According to an April 16th report from The New York Times, documents submitted as evidence in both of those trials indicated that Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit knew that the ASR was flawed years before the recall was announced, but did not disclose this information to the public or the medical community.**

Earlier this month, DePuy Orthopaedics announced it would end sales of metal-on-metal hip implants, citing recent FDA actions and decreased demand for the products, according to the New York Times. The sales suspension includes a metal-on-metal version of the company’s DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system, which is also the subject of lawsuits.

If you have a faulty DePuy and have had revision surgery or have been told you need revision surgery call and speak to a hip replacement lawyer today.

New Hip Replacement Rcall, Adept Hip Replacement Recalled

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Class MDL Class Action News

Johnson and Johnson has recalled another hip replacement due to the failure yet. This is another hip replacement recall which can be added to the long list of the DePuy ASR, DePuy Pinnacle, Stryker Rejuvinate, Stryker ABG II and the Zimmer Duram Cup are all hip replacement components recalled fro failure rates.
 

While Johnson & Johnson is  facing mounting litigation over its DePuy ASR and DePuy Pinnacle hip replacements,  the company has issued another metal-on-metal hip replacement  recall.  The “Adept” line of an all-metal hip replacement system because of higher than expected failure rates has been recalled.

The company recalled the 7,500 Adept metal hip implants that were sold between 2004 and September 2011. The implants were sold in Germany and 20 other countries, though not in the U.S. A U.K. joint registry found that the Adept hip implants had a 12.1 percent seven year revision surgery rate. An Australian registry found a 7.1 percent three year failure rate.

Sounds familiar? In August 2010, J&J issued the ASR hip recall that affected 93,000 worldwide and caused thousands of patients to suffer from serious adverse effects and hip replacement failure. Data from the U.K. joint registry showed a 12 percent failure rate, though according the company’s more recent estimates, the DePuy ASR hip replacement’s five year failure rate may be nearly 40 percent.

DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuits


More than 3,000 DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuits have been filed in the federal litigation underway in Texas. While no recall has been issued for the metal-on-metal Pinnacle device, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit did announce a recall for the metal-on-metal ASR hip implant in August 2010.  The  devices were found to have a high failure rate. The  DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits are based on the fact that the  metal-on-metal version causes high levels of metal levels , early implant failure and other complications.  The federal Pinnacle litigation will continue through December 2013, with the first trials scheduled to begin in September 2014.

The Stryker Hip Replacemant

The Stryker ABG II modular-neck stem and Stryker Rejuvinate

The Stryker ABG II modular-neck stem is a new type of multi-piece hip replacement system. When it was approved, the company claimed that its many interchangeable parts made it ideal for matching each patient’s unique biomechanics.
Although the Stryker ABG II is technically a plastic-on-ceramic hip implant, the device has a unique neck/stem junction that is a metal-on-metal design. Like other metal-on-metal hip implants (including the DePuy ASR, which was recalled in 2010), the Stryker ABG II was fast-tracked through the FDA’s approval process via the 510(k) system. The FDA allows manufacturers to avoid conducting long-term safety studies of new devices so long as they are “substantially similar” to existing devices
Stryker ABG II Recall

Stryker first warned orthopedic surgeons about the risks of the ABG II hip implant in an Urgent Field Safety Notice that was sent in May 2012. The warning advised doctors to be aware of the following severe side effects associated with the ABG II hip implant:

Excessive corrosion at the neck joint, which could shed toxic nano-particles into the patient’s body
Pain, inflammation, tissue damage, and swelling caused by toxic metal nano-particles
Allergic reaction, especially in patients with metal sensitivity
Osteolysis (dissolving bone loss) caused by metal nano-particles

Complications

  • Chronic pain in the hip joint
  • Inflammation, swelling
  • Less walking ability, changes in gait
  • Metallosis (metal poisoning)
  • Corrosion of the hip implant
  • Tissue damage or death (necrosis)
  • Bone loss in the hip
  • Pseudotumors

 

 

Overview of Drugs and Medical Devices Harming Women, Lawyers Filing Lawsuits

Written by Class Action Lawyer on . Posted in Class MDL Class Action News

          Discussion presented by our female medical Social Worker

Bladder Sling, Mirena IUD, Vaginal mesh, Yaz, Yasmin, Fosamax, Topomax, DePuy hip replacement recall, Actos, Breast Implants, Tylenol, avaira toric contact lenses and others are harming women.
          It is amazing to me how many dangerous drugs and medical devices are having an effect on women. The breast Implant Helpline hears from women thru-out the country regarding their horrific experiences with these mesh devices. Yet, there are so many other drugs and medical devices that are hurting women. The Mirena birth control device, Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, The DePuy Hip Replacement, metal on metal hip replacements, Zimmer Duram Cup, Breast Implants, Cytotec, Topamax and others,
Mirena Birth Control device

Mirena Silicone IUD
          The Mirena Birth control device has caused amongst other side effects: Miscarriage, Risk Of Infertility, Intrauterine Pregnancy, Streptococcal Sepsis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Cervix, Severe Pain, Contraceptive Perforation and other side effects.
Some women have experienced serious adverse side-effects and potentially life-threatening complications following the implantation of the Mirena device, including perforation of or imbedment in the uterus.
Bayer actually marketed Mirena as a way women could simplify their lifestyle. One of the ways it did so was through "Mirena Parties." Working with the social networking site Mom Central, Bayer created a Mirena direct marketing program that consisted of a series of house parties hosted by members of the Mom Central community. Bayer was eventually warned against this. The stories have heard and read regarding this device are horrific.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
Ectopic Pregnancy
          Evaluate women who become pregnant while using Mirena for ectopic pregnancy. Up to half of pregnancies that occur with Mirena in place are ectopic. The incidence of ectopic pregnancy in clinical trials that excluded women with risk factors for ectopic pregnancy was approximately 0.1% per year.
"Tell women who choose Mirena about the risks of ectopic pregnancy, including the loss of fertility."
     Other Adverse Effects from the use of Mirena:
     Sepsis, ovarian cyst formation, breast cancer, damage to conceived children, PID, embedment, amenorrhea, perforation of uterine wall or cervix may occur during insertion

Cytotec (Misoprostol)
        It is estimated that in about 200,000 births in one year, Cytotec was used to stimulate delivery. This is where most of the problems with this drug, including birth defects have incurred. The purpose of the drug was for the prevention of ulcers, but it has also been used in abortions. Brain damage to infants is of particular concern.\

Yaz, yasmin Birth Control Pills
         Studies recently published in the British Medical Journal, which concluded that women ages 15-44 taking birth control pills containing the synthetic progestin, drospirenone, are more likely to develop blood clots deep in the veins of the leg (venous thromboembolism), than women using birth control pills containing the common progestin levonorgestrel. The studies reported that the risk of developing blood clots for women taking the drospirenone-containing pills may be two to three times greater than those who take other pills. Yaz is one of these drugs.

Potential Yasmin and Yaz side effects may cause:

  •  Heart Attacks
  • Strokes
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Blood Clots
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Liver damage
  • Anaphylactic Shock
  • Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
  • cervical cancer
  • severe migraines
  • Hair loss
  • Gallbladder Disease
  •  Death

List of Drugs similiar to Yaz and Yasmine
         Approved Oral Contraceptives containing Drospirenone
Drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.03 mg
Ocella Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.03 mg
Safyral Drospirenone 3 mg, ethinyl estradiol 0.03 mg, and levomefolate calcium 0.451 mg
Syeda Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.03 mg
Yasmin Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.03 mg
Zarah Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.03 mg
Beyaz Drospirenone 3 mg, ethinyl estradiol 0.02 mg and levomefolate calcium 0.451 mg
Drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.02 mg
Gianvi Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.02 mg
Loryna Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.02 mg
Yaz Drospirenone 3 mg and ethinyl estradiol 0.02 mg

Topamax
          Topiramate, the generic form of Johnson & Johnson's anti-seizure drug, Topamax, is under fire from the Food & Drug Administration for its birth defect risks, Reuters reports. The medication is prescribed to patients suffering from epilepsy, and more popularly, to consumers with chronic migraine headaches. Topiramate has recently been combined with other drugs to battle obesity and bipolar disorder. More than 4.7 million prescriptions for Topamax were filled in the United States from 2007 to 2010, bringing in approximately $600 million worldwide last year.
In March 2011, the FDA issued a warning that Topamax side effects may increase the risk of oral cleft birth defects, such as cleft lip and cleft palate, among babies born to mothers who took the drug during the first trimester of pregnancy. As a result of inadequate warnings previously provided, many women were not aware they may be exposing their baby to a potential risk of Topamax birth defect.
If one looks att all the current medical devices and drugs with complications the effects on women are staggering:? A new report says women are most likely to be injured.

FOSAMAX EFFECTS WOMEN
         The .Long-Term use of Fosamax has been shown to more then double the Risk of Femur Fractures Among Older Women.
An article in an issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that long-term use of Fosamax and other bisphosphonate drugs by older women more than doubles their chance of suffering femur fractures. This side effect is particularly disturbing in light of the fact that Fosamax and similar drugs are prescribed to strengthen the bones of women with osteoporosis.
          The article summarizes a study of Canadian women aged 68 years and older who had taken oral bisphosphonates like Fosamax for five years or more. The study found that women who had taken Fosamax and related drugs for five years or longer were 2.74 times more likely to suffer a femur fracture than women who had taken the drug for only 100 days or less. In fact, the study concluded that more than half of the femur fractures among women who had taken bisphosphonates for five years or more were attributable to their use of bisphosphonates.
         A number of Fosamax lawsuits seeking financial compensation have already been filed against Merck & Co. for injuries caused as a result of serious

TRANSVAGINAL MESH AND RELATED MESH PRODUCTS
 Manufacturers of Mesh Products Include:

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Ethicon TVT
  • Gynecare TVT
  • Gynemesh PS
  • Prolene Polypropylene Mesh Patch
  • Secur
  • Bard
  • Avaulta Plus BioSynthetic Support System
  • Avaulta Solo Synthetic Support System
  • Faslata Allograft
  • Pelvicol Tissue
  • PelviSoft Biomesh
  • Pelvitex Polypropylene Mesh
  • American Medical Systems or AMS
  • SPARC
  • Boston Scientific
  • Advantage Sling System
  • Obtryx Curved Single
  • Obtryx Mesh Sling
  • Prefyx Mid U Mesh Sling System
  • Prefyx PPS System

           Vaginal mesh implants have been used to correct uterine prolapse and incontinence but the complications are effecting women thru-out the United States, Canada and the U.K.
complications include:

  • Erosion of vaginal tissue can result from a vaginal mesh
  • Hardening of the vaginal mesh
  • Infection is a serious vaginal mesh-patch complication
  • Severe Pain and discomfort
  • Perforations of the bowel, bladder or blood vessels
  • Recurrence of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
  • Urinary problems and more severe incontinence
  • painful sexual intercourse
  • Vaginal mesh erosion
  • Vaginal scarring

           The transvaginal mesh Continues to effect women and alter the lives of Women and
Recent warnings have linked various birth control drugs and devices to serious injuries and even death.

Metal On Metal Hip Replacements like the DePuy and Zimmer
          Women are reporting more problems, and a higher failure rate, with the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement system than men. It turns out they're also more prone to some of the serious side effects of the poorly-designed implant, including metallosis.
Statistics show individuals with a small stature, such as women may be more susceptible to failure of DePuy ASR hip implants.

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Dow Corning Breast Implants
Breast Implant Lymphoma
          In January 2011, The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advised that women who had received breast implants should notify their doctors of any changes in their breasts because of a possible association with a rare type of lymphoma. In breast implant patients, ALCL has occurred in the scar capsule adjacent to the implant.
Symptoms of breast implant lymphoma include:

  • Pain
  • Lumps
  • Swelling

        Asymmetry that developed after their initial surgical sites were fully healed
Historically, women are more often exposed to dangerous medical products and medical negligence than men. Some medical malpractice claims, for instance, are unique to women—like obstetrical malpractice and sexual assault by health care providers. In addition, women suffer harm from gender-specific products such as breast implants, birth control pills, osteoporosis medications and birth control devices like IUDs.
In the age of prescription drugs and antidepressants, where drugs are administered over-the-counter without any major restrictions, more people are dying each year from medications than from traffic accidents. A recent L.A. Times article looked at the impact prescription drugs have upon American society, and their dangers if used in certain combinations.
In 2009, prescription drugs factored in the deaths of over 37,000 people. Less people died in motor vehicle accidents that year, which was a new phenomenon, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
           It is hoped that the new bill coming before congress will protect women from manufacturers whose products slip thru and eventually are either recalled or end up with warnings. These drugs and medical devices are hurting women.

Actos Lawyers Filing Actos Lawsuits, Actos Linked to Bladder Cancer

Written by Class Action Lawyer on . Posted in Actos Lawsuit Lawyers, Drug Lawsuits, Multidistrict Lawsuit News

Actos Linked To Bladder Cancer

 Actos has been linked to bladder cancer with use of over 2 years.

Seniors and minority groups are usual victims of Actos. Actos is a drug used for Type II, adult onset, diabetis.

Thousands of Actos Bladder Cancer  Lawsuits Are  Anticipated

Actos Timeline Gives The Actos Lawsuit Statute  Starting Date

Jun 10, 2011: Use of Actos is banned in France and Germany. The French Medicines Agency removed the drug from the market after analyzing the data collected from 2006 to 2009.

Jun. 15, 2011: FDA announces “that use of the diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer.” Warning labels are to be updated subsequently. The agency warns healthcare professionals against prescribing Actos in patients who have bladder cancer or have a history of bladder cancer.

Jul. 2011: The EMA states that Actos should include the risk of bladder cancer on its warning label, according to Reuters.

Aug.  4, 2011: – The FDA approves the label change for product containing pioglitazone (marketed as Actos, Actoplus Met, and Duetact) previously announced on June 15, 2011.

Actos Lawsuit  MDL Consolidation

Actos pillsThousands of Actos lawsuits are anticipated in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) filing ordered by Judge Rebecca Doherty. The honorable Judge Doherty stated in a recent order that "the number of claims which will be included could reach into the thousands," in reference to the new Actos lawsuit MDL she ordered be created. Judge Doherty is not presiding over an Actos class action lawsuit.
The MDL was created so that Judge Doherty will have one common point of reference for the thousands of cases expected. This specific MDL lets all of the affected Actos users work together so they are all essentially covered under one lawsuit (similar to a class action.) Unlike an Actos class action lawsuit, where the payout per participant may be small, an award from the Actos MDL could amount to tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars per litigant. It could even be in the million dollar range if the an Actos user's death was tied back to taking Actos and developing bladder cancer or another severe adverse side effect of Actos.

Get An Actos Lawyer

An experienced Actos attorney will be able to help determine what financial awards may be possible based on the severity of the injury and required treatment due to taking Actos.

Actos Bladder Cancer Symptoms

It's important that Actos users know what to look out for if they have taken Actos for more than one year which allegedly increases the risk of bladder cancer by at least 40%. Symptoms of bladder cancer include tumors which could cause blood in the urine, painful or frequent urination, or straining during urination. In addition, other common symptoms of bladder cancer include fatigue, incontinence, weight loss and bone pain or tenderness. If you are experiencing these symptoms you should see a doctor immediately so bladder cancer or tumors can be ruled out.

Speak To An Actos Bladder Cancer Lawyer and See Your Doctor Right Away

If you are experiencing these symptoms and are diagnosed with bladder cancer or tumors it may be a good idea to speak with an attorney to see if you are able to file an Actos lawsuit under the new MDL.

 

Bard Begins Trials for Vaginal Mesh, Vaginal Mesh Lawyers Ready

Written by Class Action Lawyer on . Posted in Medical Device Lawsuits, Transvaginal mesh

Bard Faces First Federal Trial Over Vaginal Mesh Next Year

C.R. Bard Inc. will face its first federal-court trial next year over claims that the company’s vaginal-mesh implants injured women.

U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in Charleston, West Virginia, set a Feb. 5 trial date for the first of about 600 federal cases contending that Bard’s Avaulta device caused organ damage. Goodwin is overseeing a consolidation of cases filed in federal courts across the U.S. against Bard, Johnson & Johnson and other makers of vaginal-mesh inserts.

The order of trials for the first federal cases over Avaulta “will be determined after completion” of pretrial information exchanges between Bard and the plaintiffs, Goodwin said in his order yesterday.

Bard, based in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and a unit of New Brunswick, New Jersey-based J&J also face litigation in U.S. state courts over their mesh products. More than 75,000 women a year have the devices inserted vaginally to treat pelvic organs that bulge, or prolapse, or to deal with incontinence.

Scott Lowry, a Bard spokesman, didn’t immediately return a call for comment on the judge’s decision to set the trial date.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration report in August 2011 found that vaginal-mesh products should be classified as posing a high risk to patients based on a review of side-effect reports submitted to regulators from January 2008 to December 2010. Women’s groups are demanding that the devices be recalled.

More Study

In January, the FDA ordered 31 manufacturers, including Bard and J&J (JNJ) (JNJ), to study rates of organ damage and complications linked to the vaginal-mesh implants. The companies must conduct three years of studies on the devices’ safety and effectiveness, regulators said. Some women contend the devices eroded and shrank over time, causing pain and injuries.

Some mesh suits blaming Bard and J&J for injuries are pending in state court in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Superior Court Judge Carol Higbee is coordinating discovery in those cases. Higbee has set a Nov. 5 trial for the first case against J&J’s Ethicon unit over claims that its Gynecare Prolift vaginal-mesh insert harmed women.

In February, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated federal suits against pelvic mesh makers before Goodwin. The judge is overseeing evidence-gathering efforts in cases against Bard, J&J, Boston Scientific Corp. (BSX) (BSX) and the American Medical Systems unit of Endo Pharmaceutical Holdings Inc.

Endo’s AMS unit also faces claims in state courts in Delaware and Minnesota over its Perigee, Apogee and Elevate surgical mesh products, according to court filings.

‘Day In Court’

Goodwin has appointed Bryan Aylstock, Fred Thompson III and Henry G. Garrard III to lead a group of plaintiffs’ lawyers who will oversee the progress pretrial information exchanges over the consolidated federal cases.

Aylstock, a Pensacola, Florida-based lawyer, said he was pleased Goodwin set the first trial over Bard’s mesh product for early next year.

“We have a lot of women who have suffered devastating consequences from the Avaulta product and they deserve their day in court,” the plaintiffs’ lawyer said in a telephone interview.

The Bard consolidated cases are In re C.R. Bard Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, 2:10-MD-02187, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston).

To contact the reporters on this story: Jef Feeley in Wilmington, Delaware, at jfeeley@bloomberg.net; David Voreacos in Newark, New Jersey, at dvoreacos@bloomberg.net

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