August 31st, 2020
When you take a medication, you expect to feel better. But many Virginians not only feel worse after taking a medication, they even develop new health problems and complications that go far beyond the reported side effects their doctors or pharmacists told them about. When that happens, there’s a good chance those people suffered drug injuries.
If you take a medication, whether it’s prescription or over-the-counter, it’s important to keep a close eye on your health and how you’re feeling. If you suspect you’ve suffered a drug injury, taking these three steps can protect your health and your rights to compensation:
- Call 911 if it’s an emergency—Many drug injuries develop slowly, but some can produce nearly immediate complications. If you notice signs such as severe bleeding, confusion, extreme nausea and vomiting, or loss of consciousness, call 911 or seek medical attention right away. Some drug injuries can be life-threatening emergencies.
- Ask your doctor what to do—Whether the drug injury was an emergency or not, it’s important to speak with your doctor right away about your next steps. Never stop taking a medication without talking to your doctor about your options first.
- Call an experienced lawyer—Drug injuries are often caused by dangerous medications. And medications can be considered dangerous when manufacturers fail to design them properly, oversee the manufacturing process, or ensure that they are labeled accurately.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to help people injured by others’ negligence, and that includes assisting those hurt by big, billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies. Call today to speak with our Virginia drug injury lawyers.
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.
May 21st, 2012
May 21, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing statements that urge not only teenage girls to receive human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines, but boys as well. According to statistics from the agency, more than half of all sexually active individuals will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives.
In 2006, doctors began recommending the vaccine to girls between the ages of 11 and 12-years-old receive the vaccine as the virus has been linked to certain types of cancers. After research results were released earlier this year that found that nearly 7 percent of American teens carry HPV and that men are three times more likely than women to be carriers, the CDC began recommending that boys receive the vaccination as well.
With an increase in the number of individuals being vaccinated, the number of patients suffering from adverse effects also increased. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that one drug in particular, Gardasil®, has been linked to more than 12,000 reports of individuals developing autoimmune diseases, blood clots, and even dying. Other serious problems associated with the drug include:
- heart attack or stroke,
- rheumatoid arthritis,
- and lupus.
Gardasil lawsuits are being filed to help those who were injured by a drug manufacturer’s negligence. If you have suffered medical complications after taking Gardasil®, the Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley may be able to help you.