Dangerous Drugs and Harmful Medical Devices

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Millions of people rely on medical devices or prescription medications to make their lives better. Unfortunately, many of these same products sometimes cause serious harm. A dangerous drug can leave you or a loved one seriously ill and hospitalized for weeks or even months. Defective medical devices can be just as dangerous, sometimes requiring life-saving, emergency surgery to fix or replace such flawed products.

If you or a loved one was injured or a loved one died because of a defective pharmaceutical product or medical device, you might feel like you're the only one in the world going through such a frightening experience. But in reality, the opposite is often true. Many people often sustain similar injuries or illnesses due to the same defective products. And when such situations occur, you and all the other people harmed may be able to take legal action as a group against the company that made the product.

When such large-scale cases involve dangerous drugs or defective medical devices, these cases are commonly referred to as Mass Tort claims. Like Class Action claims, many people are often seeking compensation from a single company. But unlike Class Action cases, Mass Tort cases can be extremely complicated since the type and severity of the injuries caused by a similar project can vary widely from one person to the next.  Importantly, unlike a Class Action, these cases are considered individually and entitled to their own trial.

Don't underestimate the complexity of your mass tort case. Rely on us.

Such legal cases might seem straightforward. A drug or medical device harmed hundreds or thousands of people. Anyone injured or families who lost loved ones should be compensated. Unfortunately, companies accused of wrongdoing often push back against any claims against them. Sometimes, companies deny any wrongdoing. Other times, both sides cannot agree on how much money to pay injury victims and their families. And in many cases, such legal battles can drag on for months or even years, thanks to the army of attorneys many medical companies hire to defend their best interests.

Knowing what to do in such situations can be overwhelming. All you want is to be fairly compensated for your losses. That's why it's often tempting to simply accept an offer. But what if that offer doesn't even come close to covering all your costs? Should you take legal action on your own? And if you decide to participate in a legal case against the company with hundreds or thousands of people, who should represent you?

At the Oliver Law Group, P.C., we know what you're going through. That's why we want to help. Our experienced product liability lawyers have dedicated their careers to fighting for the rights of injured people, including those harmed by defect medical devices and dangerous drugs. We understand how the legal system works. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies. And we know how to build a successful legal case on behalf of hundreds or even thousands of clients. But even in such large-scale cases, we never forget what matters most - your best interests.

What type of medical device or medication harmed you?

There are many different kinds of cases involving medications or medical devices harming hundreds or even thousands of people. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) routinely issues warnings or recalls for such projects. But it's important to remember that the FDA does not work for you. They're simply concerned with making sure such products do not harm people in the future. The FDA does not deal with making sure you and your family receive compensation for medical bills, lost income and other expenses associated with your losses.

Our law firm can fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve. We handle a wide range of Mass Tort cases, including the investigation of ones involving:

Remember, you didn't do anything wrong. You shouldn't have to pay for a corporation's mistakes. Contact our law firm and find out what we can do for you.

Abilify

If you:

  • Took Abilify prior to April 2016
  • Had no prior gambling problem
  • Developed compulsive gambling problem after taking drug
  • Your compulsive gambling resolves after discontinued use of Abilify
  • And you have proof of gambling losses

We are investigating these claims and want to talk with you.

Abilify (aripiprazole) is the top-selling antipsychotic drug developed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical and marketed in the United States in cooperation with Bristol-Myers Squibb, Abilify entered the U.S. market in 2002.  It is widely prescribed to treat a variety of disorders including schizophrenia, bi-polar and depression.  In May 2016, the FDA issued a safety warning for Abilify, which the FDA says has been linked to "impulse control problems," including compulsive gambling, compulsive eating. The FDA's safety warning confirms what we have believed for some time - that people who have taken Abilify may develop compulsive gambling disorders due to the action of Abilify relative to the brain's dopamine levels.

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Bair Hugger

If you:

  • Had a hip implant, knee implant or open heart surgery since 2002
  • Developed serious infection or signs of infection that occurred within 12 months of surgery
  • And your Infection required hospitalization, revision surgeries, or placement of a PICC line

We are investigating these claims and want to talk with you.

Bair Hugger is a warming blanket system used in the course of surgery to keep the body warm.  Developed by 3M, Bair Hugger's single-use warming blankets have been used in more than 200 surgical procedures since 1987. We are investigating the possibility that the system may create an environment that allows for infections to develop.

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Essure

If you:

  • Were implanted with Essure between ages 20-45
  • Had the 3 month Hysterosalpingography (HSG) confirmation test
  • And experienced perforation, migration, expulsion or ectopic pregnancies (with Essure in place), or revision/removal surgeries or hysterectomy.

We are investigating these claims and want to talk with you.

Essure is marketed as the most effective permanent birth control device.  Developed by Conceptus Inc., a subsidiary of Bayer AG, Essure was designed to permanently block a woman's fallopian tubes and prevent fertilization. In recent years, the FDA has been evaluating reports of medical problems caused by Essure, including tubal perforations, constant pain and abnormal or irregular bleeding. We are investigating cases where women used Essure and developed serious complications (see above) that affected their health and well-being.

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Fluoroquinolones

If you:

  • Used Avelox, Cipro or Levaquin
  • Took drug between 2002 and Aug. 15, 2013
  • Developed symptoms of peripheral neuropathy within 90 days or less of use. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that causes pain (hyperaesthesia), burning, tingling, numbness (hypoesthesia) and/or weakness or other alterations of sensation including light touch, pain, temperature, position sense and vibratory sensation, pins and needle feeling in the feet, legs, hands and/or arms (paraesthesia)
  • And had no prior diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy or diabetes prior to use

We are investigating these claims and want to talk with you.

Fluoroquinolones are broad-spectrum antibiotics, meaning that they are designed to be effective against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria.  They are approved by the FDA for uses including inhalational anthrax, post-exposure, pneumonia, sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, skin infections (complicated and uncomplicated), chronic bacterial prostatitis (prostate infections), urinary tract infections (complicated and uncomplicated, and acute pyelonephritis (kidney infection). Our law firm is currently reviewing cases involving people who experienced any of the harmful side effects described above. Fluoroquinolone drugs include:

  • Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
  • Gemifloxacin (Factive).
  • Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
  • Moxifloxacin (Avelox)
  • Norfloxacin (Noroxin)
  • Ofloxacin (Floxin)

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Invokana

If you:

  • Used Invokana and developed diabetic ketoacidosis, acute kidney injury, heart problem or other serious health problem associated with diabetic ketoacidosis.

We are investigating these claims and want to talk with you.

Invokana (Canagliflozin) was launched in spring 2013 and annual sales are projected to exceed $1.5 billion for 2016.  Developed by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation and marketed by Johnson & Johnson, Invokana has been heavily marketed drug for treatment of Type II diabetic symptoms.  We are investigating the possibility that Invokana allows high levels of glucose to enter the kidneys as opposed to metabolizing the sugar due to the way the drug is designed.  We believe that this process may result in diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious condition in diabetics that is caused by too much acid in the blood, called Ketones.  Diabetic ketoacidosis can result in acute kidney injury, heart problems, urinary tract infections and other serious conditions. As a result, the FDA issued three separate safety warnings in 2015 concerning dangerous side effects associated with Invokana.

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IVC Filter

If you:

  • Had an retrievable IVC Filter placed 2003-present

We are investigating these claims and want to talk with you.

This device is called an inferior vena cava filter (IVC). Designed to prevent blood clots from moving into the heart or lungs, IVC Filters have been the focus of an FDA investigation since 2010, when the agency reported that a statistically-significant number of people experienced long-term side effects. We are investigating cases where the retrievable filter was placed, regardless of whether a problem has developed. Even if you have not experienced any health problems with your IVC Filter, we encourage you to contact us because of what we believe to be the high failure rate of the product.   In other words, we don't require anything other than placement to review the case.  Complications that we are seeing include filter migration, fracture perforation, blood clot, heart attack, organ damage and stroke.

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Power Morcellator

If you:

  • Had a hysterectomy and developed cancer
  • No diagnosis of cancer prior to hysterectomy

We are investigating these claims and want to talk with you.

A power morcellator is a medical device used in the course of a hysterectomy (a surgical procedure to remove a woman's uterus) to break up tissue.  We are investigating the possibility that morcellators have the capability of spreading malignant tissue (including potentially cancerous tumors), seeding or upstaging previously undetected cancers including leiomyosarcoma (LMS).

Manufacturers of morcellators include Karl Storz Endoscopy-America (Karl Storz GmbH), Richard Wolf (Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp., Richard Wolf GmbH) and Ethicon (Gynecare x-tract, Gynecare morcellex, Morcellex sigma); Lina Medical (Lina Medical USA, LiNA Medical ApS), Simth & Nephew (truclear), Lumenis (VersaCut), Blue endo (MORESolution), Gyrus (PKS Plasma Morcellator).

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Proton Pump Inhibiters (PPI)

If you:

  • Used PPIs and developed acute interstitial nephritis (AIN) or other acute kidney injury including renal failure.

We are investigating these claims and want to talk with you.

PPIs are prescribed and can be purchased over the counter to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), dyspepsia, acid peptic disease, Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, acid reflux and peptic or stomach ulcers.  Approximately 15 million Americans use and/or are prescribed PPIs.  We are investigating all cases where PPIs were used and/or prescribed and thereafter the user was diagnosed with acute interstitial nephritis (AIN) or other acute kidney injury including renal failure.

Name brand PPIs are Prilosec, Prevacid, AcipHex, Protonix, Nexium, Zegerid, Dexilant and Vimovo.

Generic PPIs are Omeprazole, lansoprazole, rabeprazole, pantoprazole, esomeprazole, omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate, Dexlansoprazole and Esomeprazole/Naproxen (NSAID).

Over the counter versions include Prilosec OTC, Prevacid 24 hour, Zegerid OTC and Nexium 24 hour.

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Talc Powder

If you:

  • Used Talc powder and diagnosed with ovarian cancer since 1982.

We are investigating these claims and want to talk with you.

Two of the leading producers of talc powder (also often referred to as talcum powder) include Johnson & Johnson baby powder and Gold Bond body powder.  We are investigating all cases where ovarian cancer developed after use of talc powder.  Some cancers have been biopsied and show talc within the tumor.  Use of talc powder was heavily marketed to Hispanic and African American women throughout time, and some studies have shown ovarian cancer rates are highest among these groups of women.

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Taxotere

If you:

  • Used Taxotere (docetaxel) for treatment of breast cancer and developed permanent hair loss (alopecia, balding) between March 2011 and January 2016.

We are investigating these claims and want to talk with you.

Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug used to treat breast cancer.  Manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis, Taxotere did not contain a warning about the potential for permanent hair loss until January 2016.  We are investigating the possibility that the manufacturer was aware of this side effect long before the label was updated, but did not pass this information on to doctors or patients.  Worse, there was a similar drug available that we believe was just as effective that does not carry this devastating side effect.

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Zofran

If you:

  • Used Zofran in first trimester and baby developed heart defects of ASD/VSD, tetralogy of fallot (cleft palate), truncus Arteriosus, Hypoplastic left heart syndrome or bicuspid aortic valve.

We are investigating these claims and want to talk with you.

Zofran (Ondansetron) is a drug used to prevent nausea caused by chemotherapy, radiation and other cancer treatments. We are currently investigating claims alleging that Zofran caused birth defects, including children born with heart defects, skull deformities and other health problems described above.

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