Lexington Defective Drugs Lawyers
Pharmaceutical drugs have become integral to the practice of modern medicine. Unfortunately, these powerful medications often come with dangerous side effects, in some cases, worse than the problem the medication is meant to treat. In the worst cases, dangerous drugs may place users at risk of suffering permanent physical harm or even death. Therefore, the manufacturers of dangerous drugs may be held liable for the damaging effects their products can have on users.
Drug and medical device manufacturers make billions of dollars on their products, and when these products cause unsuspecting individuals to suffer serious harm, they need to be held accountable. At Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, our Lexington legal team knows just how severe the effects of dangerous pharmaceutical products and medical devices can be, and we know what it takes to hold the manufacturers of these products accountable for the harm they have caused.
Defective Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices
Dangerous drugs and medical devices have the capacity to cause users to suffer a remarkably wide range of different types of harm, and far too many of these products make it into patients’ hands every year. At Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, we are ready to represent individuals who have suffered after using any of the following:
Wilson & McQueen is currently reviewing cases involving individuals who took Actos (generically known as pioglitazone) or Duetact for one than one year and developed bladder cancer. Actos is an oral drug prescribed to help control blood sugar in patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Actos, or pioglitazone, is also found in the drug Deutact, which is also an oral medication to help control blood sugar levels. The FDA has issued a warning that there may be a link between long-term use of Actos or Duetact and bladder cancer.
Wilson & McQueen is currently reviewing cases involving individuals who, after taking Fosamax, suffered serious injury, including femur fractures or wrongful death. Fosamax is a bisphosphonate drug that is marketed and sold for the treatment of osteoporosis and Paget’s Disease.
Wilson & McQueen is currently reviewing potential Pradaxa cases involving patients who took Pradaxa, a blood-thinning drug, and experienced serious or fatal bleeding. Pradaxa is a blood thinner, or anticoagulant, prescribed to patients to help prevent blood clots that may cause a stroke. Pradaxa has now been linked to excessive bleeding that is serious and sometimes fatal. Symptoms of serous bleeding include: bleeding that is severe or uncontrollable, bruises that happen without a known cause or that get larger, coughing up blood or blood clots, menstrual or vaginal bleeding that is heavier than normal, nose bleeding that happens often, pink or brown urine, red or black stools, unusual bleeding from the gums, and vomiting blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
Wilson & McQueen is currently reviewing cases involving women who took the drug Topamax during their first trimester of pregnancy and had a baby born with an oral cleft deformity (oral cleft lip and/or palate) or serious fetal or skeletal deformities. Topamax (generics are known as topiramate) is prescribed to treat severe migraines and epilepsy.
Wilson & McQueen is currently reviewing cases involving women who took the antidepressant medication Zoloft and experienced adverse side-effects after taking the drug during pregnancy. Zoloft (generically known as sertraline hydrochroloride) is prescribed to treat severe depression in adults, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and social anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder in adults and children. Zoloft is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drug, meaning that the drug selectively affects serotonin. Serotonin, one of many chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, has been linked in various studies to an increased risk of birth defects. Furthermore, recent studies have revealed that even during the first trimester of pregnancy, serotonin helps to shape the basic brain functions related to learning and emoting later in life. Birth defects and conditions associated with the use of Zoloft during pregnancy include: abdominal wall defects (infant omphalocele), anal atresia (complete or partial closure of the anus), cleft lip and cleft pale, clubfoot (one or both feet turn downward and inward), heart defects, and skull defects (craniosynotosis).
DePuy Hip Replacements
Wilson & McQueen is currently reviewing potential hip replacement lawsuits for individuals implanted with the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System between 2005 and 2010, in addition to individuals implanted between 2001 and 2010 with the DePuy Pinnacle® Modular Hip Replacement System with metal insert/liner who experienced pain or other symptoms that led to a second hip replacement surgery. Both total hip replacement systems include the cup portion of the replacement hip. Side effects linked to the DePuy hip replacement device include: blood test results that show high levels of chromium and cobalt caused by metal debris, clicking, popping, or grinding in the area of the hip implant, device failure from loosening that results from bone loss, dislocation (the two parts of the implant move against one another and become misaligned), fracture (bone around the implant breaking), loosening in the hip joint (implant fails to stay attached to the bone in the correct position), metal debris (component parts move together resulting in flecks of metal shavings that spread around the area surrounding the implant and destroy soft bone and tissue, problems involving walking, pain, swelling, or discomfort in the hip area, and any of the above symptoms or related conditions that result in revision surgery to remove a DePuy hip device.
Injuries and illnesses resulting from dangerous medical products can be remarkably damaging to the lives of patients and their families, and victims need aggressive, experienced legal representation on their side to go against the legal teams that most large pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers have on staff.
Speak with a Medical Device Defect Attorney in Lexington
If you have been the victim of damaging pharmaceutical or medical device side effects, you may be eligible to take action against the party responsible for your suffering. Contact the attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, by calling (800) 953-2373 today to learn more about how our team of experienced legal professionals can help you fight for justice.