If you have been injured by a prescription drug or medical device, our office can help you. We are currently investigating a number of different drugs and medical devices injury cases, including Xarelto, PPIs, Low-T, and others. We welcome the opportunity to work with you on one of these:
DePuy ATTUNE® Knee Replacement – Problems with ATTUNE include loosening of the tibial component at the implant-cement interface within the first two years after implant. Patients often present with pain on weight bearing, swelling, and decreased range of motion. Researchers believe that these failures are likely underreported.
Bone Cement – The type of bone cement used during knee replacement surgery affects the outcome of that surgery. Complications associated with knee replacements performed with high viscosity bone cement include loosening and debonding (where the implant fails to adhere to the cement interface on the shin or thigh bone), which requires revision surgery. Other reported problems include new onset chronic pain and instability.
Xarelto – Xarelto, a blood-thinning drug, has been linked to serious side effects including internal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, brain bleed and death. Lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Corp. over Xarelto have been consolidated in Louisiana federal court.
IVC Filters – Retrievable IVC filters are wire devices implanted in the vena cava, the body's largest vein, to stop blood clots from reaching the heart and lungs. These devices are used when blood thinners are not an option. Risks associated with the retrievable IVC filters include migration, fracture and perforation, leading to embolism, organ damage and wrongful death.
Taxotere – Taxotere (docetaxel) is a chemotherapy drug approved in the treatment of breast cancer, along with other forms of cancer. It is administered intravenously through a vein, and is a member of a family of drugs called taxanes. While hair loss during chemotherapy is expected, patients undergoing chemotherapy with Taxotere were not warned they could potentially experience permanent hair loss. Permanent hair loss is an extremely debilitating condition, especially for women.
Invokana – Invokana, approved by the FDA in March 2012, is classified as an SGLT2 inhibitor, which works by reducing blood sugar levels in Type 2 diabetes patients. The drug has been linked to a number of serious kidney problems, including ketoacidosis, a serious buildup of acids in the blood that can be life threatening if left untreated.
Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) – Introduced in the late 1980s, PPIs are used for the treatment of acid-related disorders of the upper gastrointestinal tract, including peptic ulcers and gastrointestinal reflux disorders. Long-term use of PPIs, including Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, may result in Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN), which is a condition where the spaces between the tubules of the kidney cells become inflamed. While individuals who suffer from AIN can recover, most will suffer from some level of permanent kidney function loss. In rare cases, individuals suffering from PPI-induced AIN will require kidney transplant.
Low-T – Testosterone replacement treatments (TRTs) are designed to boost levels of the male hormone in men with hypogonadism, a condition also known as "Low-T" in which men produce too little testosterone due to injury or disease. This has raised concerns in the medical community as testosterone therapy has been linked to a 30 percent increased risk of heart attacks, strokes or death after three years of use. Another study found that men had a significant increased risk of heart attack or stroke in the first three months of starting testosterone treatment.
Physiomesh – Physiomesh is a flexible polypropylene mesh designed to reinforce the abdominal wall, preventing future hernias from occurring. Studies of Physiomesh have shown not only that it is related to significantly more recurrent hernias and postoperative pain than similar devices, but it has been linked to an increased risk of additional surgeries, organ perforation, mesh migration, sepsis and even death.
Talcum Powder – These cases involve the link between women using talcum powder for feminine hygiene and later developing ovarian cancer.
You Need an Attorney
If you have been injured by a prescription drug or medical device, you need professional representation by an attorney with the experience necessary to win your case. You need a lawyer who you can have full confidence in. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.