Drug Injury

Type 2 Diabetes Medications Linked to Injuries

by actuate | December 5th, 2017

Type 2 diabetes is a disease that can have widespread effects throughout the body. Because the risk of severe side effects and potentially life-threatening complications is so high with this condition, many patients who have it are prescribed medications to help them manage their symptoms.

Unfortunately, several prominent Type 2 diabetes medications are linked to serious drug injuries. Those drugs include:

  • Byetta® and Januvia® – These drugs are designed to help Type 2 diabetes patients better regulate their blood sugar levels, but they’re linked to serious and often deadly conditions like acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
  • Invokana® and Invokamet® – These drugs are designed to lower blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes patients. However, they’re linked to a serious condition called ketoacidosis, which results in an excess production of blood acids.
  • Onglzya®– Another drug designed to lower blood sugar in people with Type 2 diabetes, Onglyza is linked to heart failure—an often fatal condition that causes the heart to weaken.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia drug injury lawyers are here to stand up for the rights of anyone who was injured by an unsafe medication. If you or someone you love was hurt by a Type 2 diabetes drug, call today for a free consultation.

Antidepressants Can Have Devastating Effects on Unborn Children

by actuate | October 2nd, 2017

A class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is designed to treat a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social phobia. SSRIs are prescribed to a wide range of patients from all age groups and medical backgrounds.

However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported on Dec. 14, 2011, that when taken by pregnant women, SSRIs may put unborn babies at risk of developing a rare heart and lung condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

PPHN is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that causes complications and symptoms, including:

  • Breathing problems, including rapid or slow breathing
  • Skin that’s blue in color and cold to the touch
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low blood oxygen levels

Babies who are affected by PPHN can take weeks or even months to recover, and in severe cases, the condition can even be fatal. The Norfolk drug injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers know how devastating it is for mothers and families when babies are born with serious health problems, and we want to help them get compensation.

Get in touch with our legal team today for a free consultation.

Your Rights as a Prescription Drug User

by actuate | December 19th, 2016

We depend on our doctors to provide the best medical treatment possible. A large part of that treatment is prescribing the right medication at the right dosage. For that, doctors rely on the latest research to discover safe medications that will work as described and cause no harm. Unfortunately, many patients and their doctors are finding that many medications aren’t as safe as the pharmaceutical companies claim.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we help Norfolk drug injury victims harmed by large pharmaceutical companies. These companies didn’t specifically target their victims, but their harmful drug caused irrefutable damage and for that, they must be held accountable. We fully investigate the cause of our clients’ injuries and fight to help them get maximum compensation from the drug manufacturer for their injuries.

Here are some of the drug injury cases we can assist victims with:

If you or someone you love suffered complications after taking any of the above medications, call our Norfolk drug injury attorneys today for a free consultation. Don’t let the drug manufacturers profit off of your misfortune. Contact us today.

We Fight Greedy Pharmaceutical Companies

by actuate | October 10th, 2016

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, there’s no love lost between us and the pharmaceutical companies. It seems like for every medical breakthrough that helps patients combat a medical condition there’s an equally dangerous medication that puts millions of people at risk. What makes matters worse, some pharmaceutical companies know their drug is dangerous but release it anyway, all in the name of profits.

Why would they release something that they know will harm users and therefore lead to lawsuits? Simple. They know they’ll make more money selling the drug than they’ll pay out in drug injury lawsuits. In other words, they know their drug may harm or even kill patients, but in the long run will be profitable, so they put it out anyway. It’s just plain wrong, but it happens more often than you might think. Thankfully, if it has happened to you, there’s something you can do about it. Call a lawyer.

Our team of Norfolk drug injury lawyers have years of experience holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for the damage their medications cause, and we’re ready to help you too.

If you suffered health complications after taking a prescription drug, give us a call immediately for a free evaluation of your claim. You may be entitled to significant compensation, but your time to bring a claim may be limited, so contact us today.

Norfolk Drug Injury Lawyers Discuss Medications That Have Been Tied To Liver Damage

by | November 2nd, 2015

As Americans, we’re lucky to have access to medications that can treat many of our ailments. Still, it’s pertinent to keep in mind that certain medications can cause serious side effects, including harm to internal organs like the liver. That’s why our Norfolk drug injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers would like to point out several medications that have recently been tied to serious liver damage in some patients.

Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is a drug that is found in more than 100 medications, and it’s used to treat pain. Experts have shown that taking too much of the drug can cause serious harm to the liver.

Data indicates that as many as 50,000 patients are treated in the emergency room for Acetaminophen liver damage each year. Another 500 die as a result of the drug injury.

Viekira Pak and Technivie

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings regarding two Hepatitis C medications that pose a risk of liver damage in some users.  The Wall Street Journal reports that since the beginning of the year, the FDA has received 26 reports of patients suffering serious liver damage after using the medications.

Getting Help

If you’ve suffered liver damage as the result of taking a medication, you have rights that need to be protected. We’re here to assist you. You can learn more about the options and resources an attorney can provide by visiting our website.

Settlements Moving Forward in Actos® Bladder Cancer Lawsuits

by | October 19th, 2015

The diabetes drug, Actos®, has been linked to the development of bladder cancer in some patients. Many victims are seeking compensation for their losses with lawsuits against the maker of the drug. Now, many of those cases are beginning to come to a close.

In April, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Inc. offered more than $2 billion to settle a majority of the Actos bladder cancer lawsuits. It didn’t seem as though the deal would be closed in August, considering only 75 percent of the victims had agreed to the terms of the settlement. However, the company announced last month that they had reached settlements with 96 percent of the drug’s victims for an estimated $2.4 billion. This laid to rest seven of the nine remaining lawsuits the company is facing in connection with Actos bladder cancer cases.

Now, it seems as though another of those cases has been settled as well. Fierce Pharma reports a case involving to Nevada patients who developed bladder cancer after using Actos® has been settled. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we are aware of the struggles many Actos bladder cancer victims face along their road to recovery. That’s why our drug injury lawyers are hopeful the settlements reached in these cases brings a sense of closure to those whose lives were affected by the dangers of the drug.

$2.4 Billion Settlement Offered in Actos® Drug Injury Lawsuit

by | May 12th, 2015

Studies show taking the drug Actos® to treat Diabetes can increase a patient’s chances of developing bladder cancer. Unfortunately, these findings were not released until after the medication was released to consumers. The discovery of these results prompted thousands of patients who were harmed by taking Actos to file lawsuits against the manufacturer of the drug, Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Now, our Actos® drug injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers explain a settlement has been offered by Takeda to those who have filed the lawsuits.

Takeda has offered $2.4 billion to settle roughly 9,000 pending lawsuits filed by patients who developed bladder cancer after taking Actos. According to an article from The Wall Street Journal, each claimant would receive around $267,000 if the terms that have been outlined are agreed to by 95 percent of the plaintiffs.

The deadline for plaintiffs to submit the documentation of their claim for approval as part of the settlement is in July and payments are expected to be made within a year of the settlement becoming finalized. This means there’s still time to get the compensation you deserve if you developed bladder cancer as a result of taking Actos.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our legal staff understands the hardships one can face as a result of being harmed by a prescribed medication. That’s why our Norfolk drug injury lawyers are hopeful this settlement can bring peace and closure to each of the victims who were harmed as a result of using Actos.

New Research Method Could Help Reduce Drug Injury Numbers in the U.S.

by | January 5th, 2015

The drug industry in the United States provides Americans with some of the safest drugs in the world due to stringent testing requirements; however, sometimes medications can have side effects that go undiscovered during the testing process that can cause patients to suffer a serious drug injury.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates thousands of drug injuries occur each year because patient take products that slipped through the cracks of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s safety standards. So what’s being done to better protect Americans from such harm? Researchers say a new test could uncover hidden toxins in medications much earlier in the testing and screening processes.

According to an article from Science 2.0, scientists at the University of Utah used both laboratory mice and untamed mice to test the toxicity of the antidepressant Paxil. The mice were placed into a pen where they had to fend for themselves for food, water, and territory. After several generations of mice were bred, those that had consumed food laced with Paxil struggled to keep up with their counterparts in the control group, showing signs the drug may need further testing to determine its side effects.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we understand the need for determining the safety of a medication earlier in the testing stages and our Norfolk personal injury lawyers are hopeful this new research method will be used to better protect Americans from harmful side effects of medications.