Drug Injury

Take Medications? Keep Tabs on Their Recall Status.

by Staff Blogger | May 26th, 2020

All consumer products, whether it’s food, vehicles and their components, household products, and pharmaceutical medications, are supposed to be thoroughly tested and proven to be safe. And while most products that are sold to consumers meet all safety criteria, some don’t—including potentially life-saving prescription drugs.

When medications are defective, patients can experience severe side effects and complications. Unfortunately, patients aren’t always aware of recalls until weeks or months after they occur, especially if they receive large amounts of pills or tablets and don’t need refills for long periods of time.

While your doctor or pharmacist should contact you when a drug recall occurs, that may not always happen in a timely fashion or at all. Thankfully, there’s an easy way for people to keep tabs on the status of prescription medications: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s drug recall database.

In addition to listing the dates, names, and reasons of recently recalled medications, the database also includes a search function. That makes it easy to look up any medications you’re taking to determine if they may pose an unnecessary risk to your health.

If you find out that any medications you’re taking are recalled, never stop taking them without first speaking to your doctor. Many recalls are issued due to minor problems with labels or packaging, and even more serious recalls should be handled carefully under your doctor’s supervision.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia drug injury attorneys work hard to help people who were harmed by dangerous drugs. If you or someone you love had a bad outcome after taking a recalled medication, contact us today for a free consultation.

A Popular Antacid is Linked to Cancer

by Staff Blogger | March 23rd, 2020

Did you or someone you love take prescription or over-the-counter Zantac to treat heartburn or acid reflux? If so, you may have been exposed to a contaminant called N-nitrosodimethylamine, which is a probable carcinogen and is linked to multiple types of cancers of vital organs and the digestive system. The contaminant was also found in generic versions of the drug (ranitidine).

The discovery prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to advise a recall of all ranitidine-containing products, including both name brand and generic Zantac tablets. As of March 2020, these products have been removed from virtually all pharmacy, supermarket, and hospital shelves. However, people who took the drugs previously, whether briefly or for many years, may have experienced an increased risk of cancer.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia drug injury attorneys are here to help anyone who was diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac or its generic equivalents. The manufacturers of these tablets should have been aware that their products were tainted with dangerous impurities and contaminants, but they failed to properly test them. That led to potentially millions of people being exposed to carcinogens.

If you still take Zantac, talk to your doctor about alternative options for treating acid reflux. Other medications can also control symptoms, as can diet and lifestyle changes. And if you or someone you love experienced significant health problems after taking Zantac, including being diagnosed with cancer, our legal team is here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation. It’s our goal to get you the money you deserve for your pain and suffering.

We Hold Negligent Pharmaceutical Companies Liable for Injuries

by Staff Blogger | January 20th, 2020

When we talk about negligent pharmaceutical companies, what exactly are we referring to? To better understand the role that drug companies play in our lives, consider how heavily we depend on medications.

Medications have the power to cure diseases, treat serious illnesses, reduce symptoms, and extend lifespans for people with incurable and debilitating conditions. The pharmaceutical industry plays a huge role in improving the health and lives of millions of Americans, but the creation of new drugs requires enormous investments that those companies are often desperate to recoup.

When Negligent Pharmaceutical Companies Get It Wrong

Because the research, development, and marketing costs of a medication can reach billions of dollars, drug companies are often under significant pressure to ensure that their newly developed medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and stocked on pharmacy shelves as quickly as possible. Sometimes, that pressure is so great that drug companies may hide potential side effects and complications from the FDA, doctors, pharmacists, and patients themselves.

When drug companies value their profits over the safety of consumers, they can put millions of people at risk of severe complications that can be disabling and even life-threatening. When that happens, the Virginia drug injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are here to hold them accountable. We aren’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with negligent pharmaceutical companies. In some cases, that means taking them to court.

Let Us Hold Negligent Pharmaceutical Companies Accountable

The costs of a drug injury can be significant. Many victims may require hospitalization and even surgery to repair injuries and damage they’ve suffered. Their overall health may worsen. This could lengthen recovery periods unnecessarily, putting them out of work for even longer. If you or someone you love was harmed by a defective drug, give us a call. We want to help you get every penny you deserve by holding negligent pharmaceutical companies accountable. Call or contact us online today.

You Don’t Have to Suffer Alone After a Prescription Medication Injury

by Staff Blogger | September 23rd, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves dozens of new medications every year. The manufacturers of those medications are supposed to provide the FDA with accurate and up to date information about their drugs, including potential side effects and complications. However, some pharmaceutical companies hide or downplay the risks associated with their drugs to increase their chances of getting approved for sale to the public.

When drug companies aren’t forthcoming about the risks their medications pose to patients, serious injuries and health complications can occur. Drug injuries can range from severe bleeding and organ damage to heart attacks and even death. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that drug manufacturers should be held accountable when they withhold information that causes innocent people to suffer.

Going up against a multi-billion-dollar drug company on your own can be an intimidating experience, but our Virginia drug injury lawyers are here to help. We aren’t afraid of any opposition, whether it’s during the negotiation process or even in the court room. When you contact us, we’ll do everything we can to build a claim that the pharmaceutical company can’t ignore. You’ve been through enough already, and now you deserve compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.

Get the help you need from a law firm you can trust. Contact us today—we’re ready to put our experience to work for you.

Why You Need an Experienced Attorney After a Drug Injury

by Staff Blogger | July 8th, 2019

Whether they’re sold over the counter or only with a prescription, medications are supposed to promote healing and ease the symptoms of illnesses and injuries. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strict standards for medications sold in the U.S., and most medications on pharmacy shelves are safe and effective. However, some medications can pose serious dangers to patients even years after they’re approved due to hidden or unpublicized risks.

Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars researching, developing, manufacturing, and marketing their products. To recoup those costs, they do everything they can to make sure their medications are approved for sale—and sometimes that involves skipping important safety steps or even hiding their own findings that indicate potential dangers to patients.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that pharmaceutical companies should be held liable when their profit-driven negligence causes innocent victims like you or someone you love to suffer health problems after taking a medication. Our Norfolk drug injury attorneys aren’t afraid to stand up to billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies and hold them accountable when innocent people are harmed by their products.

When you hire us, we’ll work to prove your injuries, illness, or complications were caused by the unsafe medication. Then, we’ll calculate how much money you’re owed for your medical bills and lost wages. Finally, we’ll negotiate to get you maximum compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Taking a Blood Pressure Medication? Check If It’s Recalled.

by Staff Blogger | April 22nd, 2019

High blood pressure is a common health problem. It’s linked to a variety of serious complications, including stroke and heart attack. Millions of Americans take medications to control their blood pressure, but a significant number of those medications have been recalled during the past several months.

Both losartan potassium and losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets have been recalled by multiple manufacturers, and the recall continues to expand to include new medications and new manufacturers. Just last week, Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Expanded its recall of losartan medications due to the presence of a cancer-causing impurity called N-methylnitrosobutyric. The new recall involves 36 additional lots of the medication.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended the recall, but it also recommends that patients continue taking the recalled medications until they speak with their doctors. That’s because abruptly discontinuing medications, including blood pressure drugs, can introduce serious health problems that can put patients at risk more than potential impurities and drug injuries.

Blood pressure medication recalls began in July 2018 and have included many manufacturers after it was discovered that a significant number of pills were contaminated with potential cancer-causing impurities. The FDA says that it will continue to test batches of losartan medications to determine if they contain impurities.

If you or someone you love took a blood pressure medication and developed cancer or other health problems, you may be eligible for compensation. Get in touch with a Norfolk drug injury attorney at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Harmed by a Medication? Get the Compensation You Deserve.

by Staff Blogger | January 2nd, 2019

There are a huge number of prescription medications on the market in America, and many more will be released in 2019 and beyond. While medications are supposed to be subjected to rigorous testing by their manufacturers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, dangerous drugs can still end up in unsuspecting patient’s medicine cabinets.

To make matters worse, sometimes drug manufacturers are aware of the dangers posed by their products, but they try to hide that information to make sure they get approved for release and for sale in pharmacies throughout the country. When that happens and innocent people like you get hurt, the pharmaceutical companies in question should be held accountable for their negligence—and that’s where we come in.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk drug injury lawyers are proud to stand up for the rights of people who were harmed by prescription medications. Suffering an illness or complication after taking a drug that was supposed to help you can be frustrating, stressful, and even life-threatening. That’s why we do everything in our power to help victims get maximum compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

We’re not afraid to stand up to big pharmaceutical companies, especially when it comes to helping innocent victims whose lives were forever changed by defective, tainted, or dangerous medications. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation and to find out how we can help.

We Don’t Let Pharmaceutical Companies Get Away with Selling Dangerous Drugs

by Staff Blogger | October 15th, 2018

When you go to the doctor and get a prescription for a new medication, you expect it to help manage your symptoms or begin treating your underlying illness. But for countless Americans, taking a new prescription drug is the beginning of a devastating journey of side effects, complications, and life-threatening drug-related injuries.

The Norfolk drug injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers know how devastating it can be for victims and their families to be hopeful about the impact of a new medication, only to find out it should never have been on the market in the first place. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with making sure medications available in pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and hospitals are safe, but drug manufacturers don’t always provide it with accurate information.

Developing a new drug can cost pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars, and they’ll do everything they can to make sure their investments are recouped. That means they may hide potential side effects and adverse reactions, leaving doctors—and even the FDA—in the dark about the dangers lurking in their products. But months, years, or even decades later, patients may begin to exhibit serious complications that can put their lives at risk.

If you or someone you love was hurt by a dangerous medication, you deserve experienced and dedicated legal representation on your side. Drug companies and their insurance providers play hardball when it comes to paying damages to victims, but we aren’t afraid to fight. Call today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

How We Can Help If You Were Hurt by a Medication

by Staff Blogger | July 23rd, 2018

The number of drugs approved for sale and usage in the U.S. in 2017 reached a 21-year high, with 46 new medications getting the green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Every year, dozens of new drugs are released to the consumer market. And while most of those drugs are safe due to rigorous testing, some aren’t. That’s because drug manufacturers don’t always test their drugs as thoroughly as they’re supposed to. And in some cases, drug companies are aware of potentially dangerous complications, but they don’t report them to make sure their drugs get FDA approval.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies should be held liable when their negligence or greed causes innocent victims like you to suffer serious drug-related side effects or injuries.

When you call our Norfolk drug injury lawyers, we’ll take the following steps to build a strong claim for you:

  • We’ll prove the drug caused your health problems—Drug companies are skeptical of injury reports associated with their drugs—especially when the injuries aren’t consistent with publicized side effects. But other information, including FDA recalls/warnings and scientific studies, can establish a link between your health problems and the drug you took.
  • We’ll prove the drug manufacturer was negligent—When a potentially dangerous drug gets released, there’s a good chance its manufacturer was negligent. Whether the drug company skipped steps in the testing process or obfuscated evidence that the drug you took could cause harm to patients, we’ll hold it accountable for its negligence.

Trust our experience—we know drug injury claims, and we know what it takes to win. Call today for a free consultation.

What Should You Do if You Suspect You’ve Been Injured by a Drug?

by Staff Blogger | May 29th, 2018

Prescription medications are supposed to help you heal and manage your symptoms—not make you feel worse or put your health or even your life at risk.

Many new medications are approved for usage in the U.S. every year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). And while all medications are supposed to receive extensive safety testing before being released to the public, sometimes drug manufacturers fail to properly test their products or they may even hide known adverse effects to improve the chances of their drugs being approved by the FDA.

When that happens, innocent victims like you can suffer serious injuries and health complications. If you or someone you love was hurt by a prescription medication, taking the following two steps can help you protect your health and your rights to compensation:

  1. Call or visit your doctor as soon as possible—While you should never stop taking a medication without first speaking to your doctor, you also shouldn’t wait to find out if the medication is causing your health problems. The sooner you can see your healthcare provider, the sooner you’ll be able to pinpoint what’s harming your health.
  2. Call a Roanoke drug injury lawyer—Drug injuries can cause victims to require expensive medical treatment while putting them out of work indefinitely—and sometimes permanently. Having an experienced legal team on your side means you’ll be able to maximize your chances of receiving compensation for your drug injury-related expenses.

Get in touch with Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today to find out how a drug injury attorney can help. Just fill out a free consultation form.