Dangerous Drugs & Devices

Dangerous Drugs & Devices

In the United States, the health of the public is entrusted to and protected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is responsible for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of the nation’s food, prescription and over-the-counter medication, medical devices, cosmetics, tobacco, and other products.1drug-943759_1920

In recent years, the FDA has been horribly ineffective in fulfilling its mission to guard the public from health hazards. The FDA is charged with inspecting a vast amount of medications, medical devices, and other products, both imported and domestic. However, it does not have the funding, organization, or regulatory power to adequately inspect or review all of the products, especially those manufactured overseas.2

Drug manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies are left to do business with little oversight from the FDA. While drug makers are required under the law to warn the public about any risks associated with taking a medication and accurately advertise the uses of a medication, many companies do not, in order to maintain profits.

Lack of regulation allows extremely dangerous drugs and defective medical devices to slip through the cracks every year, exposing the public to serious health hazards. In 2012 alone, nearly 50 drugs and medical devices were recalled by the FDA for being potentially dangerous to human health.3 From 2000 to 2010, the number of reports of adverse reactions to drugs increased 80%.1

Thousands of Americans are sickened or injured each year by drugs or medical devices that were approved by the FDA. These dangerous drugs and devices may be completely ineffective or even contain severe side effects. Drugs that are currently being investigated include Vioxx, Celebrex, Plavix, Yaz, Paxil, Accutane, DePuy or Stryker Hip Replacements, Zimmer Knee Replacement, and Mirena IUD.

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If you or a loved one were injured by a drug or medical device, such as Risperdal or transvaginal mesh, contact an experienced Huntsville personal injury attorney at Martinson & Beason, P.C. Our personal injury attorneys have seen the devastating effects that a dangerous drug or medical device can have on a person’s health and livelihood. We have represented numerous victims throughout Alabama, including Huntsville, Birmingham, and Montgomery. To find out the questions you must ask a prospective attorney, download our Special Report.

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Xarelto Injuries

Suffering injury or illness is absolutely devastating—even more so when the injury happened through no fault of your own.

If you have been harmed after taking the blood-thinning medication Xarelto, you are going through one of the most difficult periods of your life. You’re forced to undergo costly medical treatment, which likely causes you miss work and time spent doing the things you love. You may be struggling financially and emotionally during your recovery.

Fortunately, you have options.

Xarelto has been linked to many injuries and deaths because of it’s dangerous side effects—particularly serious bleeding events. patients like you, who have suffered because of Xarelto, have filed lawsuits against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, the makers and marketers of the drug. They are fighting to hold these companies responsible and to receive the compensation they deserve—and so can you.

You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence. Compensation from a personal injury lawsuit may allow you to pay your medical expenses, cover lost income, and support yourself while you recover.

If you have experienced hemorrhaging, a stroke, internal or gastrointestinal bleeding, or another side effect after taking Xarelto, call Martinson & Beason, P.C. today for a free consultation.

Our experienced, skilled personal injury lawyers are here to talk to you about your legal options and give you the guidance you need, every step of the way. We’ll let you know how we can help you get the compensation and justice you need.

Transvaginal/Pelvic Mesh Injuries

When you walked out of the hospital, you expected that transvaginal/pelvic mesh to improve your life.

Your doctor likely told you that transvaginal / pelvic mesh would alleviate your health issues, whether you suffered from incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse (POP), or another issue. Unfortunately, the mesh worsened instead of corrected the problem: the effects of mesh implantation include not only incontinence and POP (the very problems it is supposed to treat) but also much more dangerous issues, including infection, scarring, pain, and perforation of nearby blood vessels and organs. The damage done is sometimes permanent, even after removal of the mesh, which means that your life may be forever changed.

In addition to the effects on your health, an injury caused by a defective medical device can mean skyrocketing medical bills and missed work, which can seriously jeopardize your financial well being.

If you are suffering physically and financially from the dangerous effects of transvaginal / pelvic mesh, there is hope.

The lawyers at Martinson & Beason, P.C. have been dedicated to protecting peoples’ rights since the firm’s founding more than 75 years ago. We have experience fighting on behalf of women who have been injured by a defective medical device.

Find out your rights, options, and the next steps you should take. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation with an experienced product liability and personal injury lawyer.

Learn more by reading our article Case Studies: People Who Have Filed Lawsuits.

1http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Training/ClinicalInvestigatorTrainingCourse/UCM283299.pdf
2http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/magazine/02fda-t.html
3http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/DrugRecalls/default.htm
4http://www.drugwatch.com/dangerous-drugs.php