Dangerous Drugs and Devices

Taxotere

Taxotere (generic: docetaxel) is primarily used to treat breast cancer; however, it may also be prescribed for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, stomach (gastric) cancer and head/neck cancer. The drug works by interfering with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. In February 2012, a study published in the Annals of Oncology found that Taxotere is associated with an increased risk of permanent alopecia. The study involved 20 female breast cancer patients who were treated with docetaxel and subsequently developed permanent hair loss. Researchers ruled out mineral deficiencies and thyroid disorders as contributing factors, and noted that all but one of the women had no history of alopecia.  If you or a loved one suffered from permanent hair loss after using the chemotherapy drug Taxotere, call The Goss Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.

Risperdal

Risperdal (risperidone) is an oral antipsychotic medication used to control severe mood disorders, including schizophrenia and manic bipolar disorder. It is also sometimes used in combination with antidepressants to control depression. Risperdal was manufactured by the Janssen unit of Johnson & Johnson. It was approved by the FDA in 1993. Since then, it has been approved to treat several other psychiatric disorders.   This drug has been know to cause gynecomastia which is severe enlargement of glandular tissue in the breast.  Many times surgery is required to “cure” or “treat” this condition.  If you or a loved one suffered from gynecomastia after using the Risperdal, call The Goss Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.

 

Talc and Baby Powder

Using talcum powder products in the genital area is believed to cause or at least an increase risk in developing ovarian cancer.  Recently, a St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who had used talcum powder for years, believing it caused her ovarian cancer.  If you or a loved one were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower in the genital area, you may be entitled to a cash award.

IVC Filters

Surgeons implant retrievable inferior vena cava filters (IVCs) in the veins of patients who are unable to take anticoagulants (blood thinners) in order to prevent blood clots from moving to the lungs. IVCs catch the clots in the blood stream and, over time, the clots dissipate. But the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received hundreds of adverse reports about the retrievable filters. Reported complications included punctured organs, blood vessels and filter migration to different parts of the body.  If you or a loved one suffered injuries after the placement of an IVC filter, call The Goss Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.

Nexium and Prilosec Side affects

The lawsuit involving Nexium and Prilosec states the manufacturers failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risks of kidney damage and renal failure. Plaintiffs lawyers argue that if the manufacturers had properly warned of the risks, patients would have been prescribed a different medication for their acid-related stomach issues, and certainly would have had their health monitored on a more frequent basis for potential signs of kidney disease.  If you or a loved one suffered injuries after taking Nexium or Pilosec, call The Goss Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.

Actos

More than 10,000 were filed lawsuits alleging Actos injuries in state and federal courts across the United States, and a large number of plaintiffs will collect damages from drug maker Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co.

The Japanese manufacturer lost five of the first eight bellwether trials that linked its best-selling Type 2 diabetes medication to bladder cancer, although two verdicts later were overturned on appeal. The momentum of the litigation led Takeda to settle approximately 9,000 claims nationwide for between $2.37 billion and $2.7 billion.

If you or a loved one has been injured by Actos, you may also be eligible for compensation through a settlement or a jury verdict. But your claim will likely be vigorously contested by the drugmaker, so you should consider seeking help from an experienced Actos lawyer.  If you or a loved one suffered injuries after taking Actos, call The Goss Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.


Pradaxa

The blood thinner Pradaxa is prescribed to prevent blood clots and stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation or who have undergone surgery. Unfortunately, repeated warnings have now associated it with severe internal bleeding.

The FDA approved Pradaxa in 2010, and within six months, patients were reporting serious bleeding events. Although the agency has received over 4,000 reports of side effects and 542 deaths among users, they have not issued a recall.  The maker of the drug, Boehringer Ingelheim, also failed to warn of these potential dangers and the fact that no antidote existed to stop them.  If you or a loved one suffered injuries after the use of pradaxa during a surgery, call The Goss Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.

Testosterone

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) supplements have recently been found to cause severe cardiac complications in some men. Side effects of testosterone have been reported to include heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, blood clots, and sudden death. New research published in the medical journal PLOS ONE found that men who took testosterone boosters were at least twice as likely to have heart attacks within 90 days of beginning treatment than men who did not undergo TRT.  If you or a loved one suffered injuries after taking testosterone, call The Goss Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.

Xarelto

Xarelto, as it is called in America, is an anticoagulant – that is, a blood thinner.  It is known across the word as Rivaroxaban.  Xarelto, which is distributed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, entered the American market in the year 2011.  Janseen Pharmaceuticals is a branch owned by the drug company Johnson & Johnson. Xarelto was approved by the FDA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for various uses – the FDA approved its use as a prophylaxis for deep vein thrombosis.  Other blood thinning medication, such as Warfarin, has many of the same side effects – they can also cause extreme bleeding, hemorrhaging, and death – and some of them have more negative side effects than Xarelto, but in a way Xarelto is of greater concern as there is absolutely nothing that can be done to reverse its effects.  If you or a loved one suffered injuries after Xarelto was used in a surgery, call The Goss Law Firm, P.C. for a free consultation.