Dangerous Drugs & Defective Medical Products Have you or a loved one been harmed by a dangerous prescription drug or failed medical device? At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., our expert staff is always investigating dangerous drugs and defective medical products that have inadequate warning labels or are under recall from the manufacturer. Millions of Americans rely on pharmaceuticals and medical products to improve our quality of life, and most of these are safe and effective. When a pharmaceutical or medical device company does develop, market and sell a defective or dangerous products, we believe they should be held accountable for their actions. Dangerous Drugs with Julie Harrell As the list of defective or dangerous medical products continues to grow, so will the number of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Some of the more recent litigations that have come to our attention include the prescription drugs and medical devices listed below: Actos Pioglitazone is the active ingredient in a medication prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes. The drug is used to lower blood sugar levels and help diabetics use insulin more efficiently. On 6/15/11, the FDA notified the manufacturer of their failure to warn of the increased risk of bladder cancer. Pradaxa Dabigatran etexilate mesylate is an anticoagulant medication prescribed as a blood thinner for patients who are at a high risk for stroke or blood clots. In December of 2011, the FDA notified the manufacturer of their failure to warn of serious bleeding events and death related to use of the anticoagulant. Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Stryker Rejuvenate is a modular, non-metal on metal hip implant used to increase mobility and relieve pain in patients suffering from degenerative joint conditions. Failed components can corrode leading to metallosis, premature device failure, elevated cobalt levels, pseudo-tumor formation, and osteolysis. YAZ, Yasmin, Beyaz, Gianvi and Ocella Birth control pills have been used for decades as an effective contraceptive as well as a treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Each of these products contain ethinyl estradiol and progestin drospirenone. Litigations have brought against the manufacturer’s for a failure to warn women of increased risks due to blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, cerebrovascular accidents, heart attack, gallbladder disease and cardiac death. Metal-On-Metal Hip & Knee Implants Several manufacturers (DePuy, Zimmer, Stryker, Wright Medical and others) of metal-on-metal joint implants used in joint reconstruction have been recalled for failure to warn doctors and patients of possible dangers to include: breakdown of metallic surfaces, abnormal wear or premature failure, and elevated chromium in the blood causing metallosis and pseudo-tumor formations. Osteoporosis Drugs These medications are prescribed to strengthen bones that are weakened due to osteoporosis, osteopenia, Paget’s disease, or bone metastases. Manufacturer’s have been notified of failure to warn of impairment of the ability to repair damage to bones leading to femur fractures, jaw osteonecrosis, and possible link to esophageal cancer. Pharmaceutical Lawyers Representing Injured Victims We have built a stellar record of navigating the legal system on behalf of clients injured or killed by the negligent, careless or unreasonable actions of others. To learn more about any pharmaceutical or medical device that is currently being recalled or forced to provide additional warnings or instructions, click on the product listed in the menu on the left side of this web page. If you or a loved one has been injured or died due to a dangerous drug or defective medical device, contact us at 904-251-1111 or 1-800-251-1111 for a free consultation to review your claim.