We trust the makers of medical devices and prescription drugs to produce safe, effective products that aid in our healthcare treatment and improve our quality of life. Yet, reports and manufacturer recalls of dangerous drugs and defective medical devices occur constantly. When a medical product fails, either because it is defective or because inadequate warning or instruction labels cause it to be used incorrectly, it can cause irreparable harm, or even death. Manufacturers have a legal responsibility to produce safe products and to immediately warn consumers when they find problems with those products. At Harrell & Harrell, we believe a pharmaceutical or medical device company that develops, markets and sells a defective or dangerous products should be held accountable for any resulting harm to patients or users. Orlando has an extensive medical community of nationally top-rated hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation centers. Patients who trust their health to those facilities have a right to safe and effective treatment. Litigations for Failure to Warn Many of the personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits that Harrell & Harrell attorneys work involve a manufacturer’s failure to immediately and adequately warn physicians and patients about dangerous drugs and defective medical products. Recent litigation involves the following products: 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. Manufacturers 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. Representing Victims of Pharmaceutical Injuries Harrell & Harrell’s expert personal injury and wrongful death attorneys have successfully secured fair compensation for hundreds of victims and families of victims injured or killed by dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. Visit our website often for information on the latest drug, device or product recalls and forced additional warnings or instructions. If you believe a drug or medical device is the cause of an injury or death to you or your loved ones, contact Harrell & Harrell at 1-800-251-1111 or complete our online email form for a free consultation to review your claim.