Monday, December 10, 2012

Contaminated Drugs: Adulterated Drug Lawsuits and Contaminated Drug Lawsuits By Contaminated Drug Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Contaminated Drugs: Adulterated Drug Lawsuits and Contaminated Drug Lawsuits By Contaminated Drug Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Contaminated drug lawsuits can include a variety of types of legal claims including wrongful death claims, product liability claims, medical malpractice claims, DTPA claims, fraud claims, qui tam claims, and survival action claims.  When reviewing a contaminated drug claim, it is important to understand the potential legal claims surrounding the potential contaminated drug lawsuit and evaluate the evidence needed to proceed with the lawsuit. 

 There are several health care providers throughout the United States that have ordered or used potentially contaminated drugs from NECC.  For a complete list of medical providers, please go to the following lists of health care providers that have ordered NECC drugs: FDA List of Health Care Providers.

It is not clear yet as to how many people and their families will be impacted by this contaminated drug meningitis outbreak, but it is important for people that have received potentially contaminated drugs and that are showing symptoms of meningitis to immediately contact a medical professional to determine if they have meningitis.  If the they are infected with meningitis, it is important to obtain medical assistance and report the contaminated drug.  For more information on the contaminated drugs, meningitis, and FDA actions, please feel free to go to the following web pages: Texas Meningitis Lawsuits and Contaminated Drug Meningitis Lawsuits.

Massachusetts sanctions three more pharmacies, recasts oversight board | Reuters

"Massachusetts regulators on Thursday continued their crackdown on pharmacies in the wake of a deadly meningitis outbreak, announcing sanctions on three companies while recasting an oversight board that has been criticized for being too lax."

"Massachusetts pharmacy operations have been under close scrutiny since New England Compounding Center, a specialty pharmacy, shipped thousands of vials of a tainted steroid to medical facilities throughout the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36 people have died and 541 have been injured from injections of methylprednisolone acetate, a drug typically used to ease back pain."

Monday, November 12, 2012

Failed Metal on Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits by Failed Metal on Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Jason Coomer

Failed Metal on Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits and Biomet Metal on Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits by Failed Metal on Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Jason Coomer

Many Americans are suffering from failed hip replacement surgery from defective metal on metal hip implants.  These defective metal on metal hip implants including the Biomet M2A Magnum hip implant can cause a hip implant to fail and require a revision surgery to replace the defective hip implant.  For those that have been through one hip replacement surgery, it can be difficult to learn that a second hip replacement surgery may be necessary.

Failed Metal on Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits

Failed metal on metal hip implants are the basis of several lawsuits against metal on metal hip manufacturers including the manufacturer of the Biomet Magnum metal on metal replacement hip implant. These defective metal on metal hip implants can cause damage to a person's bone, tissue and joint. Additionally, defective hip implants can cause Metallosis (metal ions entering the blood stream) leading to problems with the heart, thyroid gland and nervous system. In some situations, after a metal on metal hip is implanted in the body small metal particles can shave off and enter the tissue and blood stream.

When investigating these potential failed hip replacement surgery lawsuits, it is important to know what type of hip implant has been used as well as to obtain medical records of the surgery and/or replacement surgery.

If you or a family member have been the victim of a failed hip replacement surgery including a defective Biomet hip implant, it is important to seek medical help. If you have a question about a hip implant surgery lawsuit, please feel free to send an e-mail to Texas failed hip implant lawyer Jason S. Coomer.

Failed Metal on Metal Hip Implants Need To Be Reported

Regardless, as to whether the failed hip replacement surgery was caused by a defective metal on metal hip implant and/or medical negligence, it is important to understand the cause of a failed hip replacement surgery and correct the problem.  It is also important to report any failed medical devices to the FDA in order to get them off the market.

Manufacturers of Defective Metal on Metal (Mom) Hip Implants Are The Subject of Several Product Liability Lawsuits

Many Plaintiffs across the country have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of metal on metal hip implants based on allegations that the companies that make these defective metal on metal hip implants were aware of the dangers of metal on metal hips, but decided to allow the defective products to be implanted into people regardless of the dangers.

A defective metal on metal (MoM) hip implant may lead to some of the below complaints after having hip replacement surgery:
  • Hip Pain
  • Dislocation of the implant
  • Metal debris reaction in the soft tissue (Metallosis)
  • Grinding feeling or popping noises
  • Bone fractures
  • Problems walking
  • The need for premature hip revision surgery
If you have a questions regarding a failed metal on metal hip implant, please feel free to contact Attorney Jason S. Coomer.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Contaminated Drug Lawyer Handles Contaminated Drug Lawsuits: Poor Manufacturing and Compounding Practices Can Lead to Contaminated Drug Deaths By Contaminated Drug Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Contaminated Drug Death Lawyer: Poor Drug Manufacturing Standards and Compounding Standards Have Caused Numerous Contaminated Drug Deaths By Contaminated Drug Death Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

The fierce competition to maximize profits in the drug industry has led to an increasing number of drug manufacturers and pharmacies to use defective manufacturing practices, defective drug ingredients, and defective compounding practices that create dangerous contaminated drugs and adulterated drugs.  These contaminated drugs and adulterated drugs can cause significant injuries and even death to persons taking the dangerous drugs.

Contaminated Drugs Can Be Caused By Contaminated Raw Materials From Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) Manufacturers, Pharmaceutical Intermediate Manufacturers, and Pharmaceutical Excipient Manufacturers
Pharmaceutical suppliers of raw materials to the pharmaceutical industry include suppliers of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), intermediates, and excipients.   It is the United States Food and Drug Administration's expectation that current good manufacturing practices (CGMP) be used for the manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding (i.e., storage) of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), intermediates, and excipients.  Further, the FDA recommends that laboratory controls should include the establishment of scientifically sound and appropriate specifications, standards, sampling plans, and test procedures to ensure that raw materials, intermediates, APIs, and containers conform to established standards of quality and purity.

Failure to comply with proper manufacturing practices and sound laboratory controls can result in contaminated drugs and adulterated drugs which can be the basis for several different types of legal actions.
The Meningitis Outbreak and Compounding Pharmacy Standards Can Create Dangerous Contaminated Drugs and Adulterated Drugs

The recent Meningitis outbreak has brought the issue of pharmacy contaminated drugs into the public eye.  However, the Meningitis outbreak is not an isolated event.  Numerous compounding pharmacies have produced contaminated drugs and adulterated drugs.  Though some compounding pharmacies are great, others have poor compounding practices and need to be shut down.

The NECC Meningitis outbreak is a serious case and has caused numerous deaths as well as has made numerous people seriously ill.  Below is some information on the recent Meningitis outbreak.   


Poor Sanitation Found at Pharmacy Linked to Meningitis Outbreak - NYTimes.com

"A federal inspection of a company whose tainted pain medicine has caused one of the worst public health drug disasters since the 1930s found greenish-yellow residue on sterilization equipment, surfaces coated with levels of mold and bacteria that exceeded the company’s own environmental limits, and an air-conditioner that was shut off nightly despite the importance of controlling temperature and humidity."

"The findings, made public on Friday by the Food and Drug Administration, followed a report from Massachusetts regulators on Tuesday and offered disturbing new details in an emerging portrait of what went wrong inside the New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy at the heart of a national meningitis outbreak in which 25 people have died, 313 more have fallen ill and as many as 14,000 people are believed to have been exposed."

Contaminated Drug Lawsuits, Contaminated Drug Death Lawsuits, and Adulterated Drug Lawsuits by Contaminate Drug Lawyer Jason S. Coomer


For more information on contaminated drugs and adulterated drugs, please feel free to click on the following links: Contaminated Drug Lawsuit Information, Meningitis Lawsuit Information, Adulterated Drug Lawsuit Information, Pharmacy Mistake Lawsuit Information, and Defective Drug Ingredient Lawsuit Information.  For questions on contaminated drug lawsuits, please feel free to contact contaminated drug lawyer Jason S. Coomer.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Health Watch: Use of Medications Can Cause Fatal Skin Drug Reactions by Texas Steven Johnson Syndrome Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Health Watch: A Build Up of Some Medications Can Cause Fatal Skin Reactions Including  Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis by Texas Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawyer and Fatal Skin Drug Reaction Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Stevens–Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) are two forms of a life-threatening condition affecting the skin in which cell death causes the epidermis to separate from the dermis.  With this condition a person's skin and mucous membranes react severely to a medication or infection. Often, Stevens-Johnson syndrome begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters, eventually causes the top layer of a person's skin to die and shed.  The syndrome is thought to be a hypersensitivity complex affecting the skin and the mucous membranes.  Persons with Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) should seek immediate medical treatment.

Medications are thought to be the most common cause of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis. More than 200 medications have been reported in association with SJS/TEN. It is more often seen with drugs with long half-lives compared to even a chemically similar related drug with a short half-life. A half-life of a medication is the time that half of the delivered dose remains circulating in the body. The most commonly implicated medications are antibacterial sulfonamides. Other drugs that have been associated with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome include: Anti-gout Medications; Non Sterodal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs); Sulfonamides; Penicillins; Ibuprofen (Advil, Children's Advil, Motrin, Children's Motrin, Advil Allergy Sinus Tablets; Advil Cold & Sinus Tablets; Advil Liqui-Gels; Advil Migraine Capsules; Children's Motrin Chewable Tablets; Motrin Junior Strength Chewable Tablets; Motrin Cold & Sinus Tablets; Motrin IB Tablets; Motrin Infants' Drops, and Nuprin); Ketek; Antibiotic; COX-2 inhibitors Bextra (Valdecoxib); Vioxx (Rofecoxib); Celebrex (Celecoxib); Barbiturates; Sedatives; Feldene (Piroxicam); Naproxen (Aleve); Antibiotic Medications; Zithromax (also known as a z-pack); Keflex (cephalexin); Coreg (carvedilol) (a popular beta blocker); Tolectin; Antifungals; Antivirals; and Anticonvulsants.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Can Arise When A Doctor Misdiagnoses Stevens-Johnson Syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis and Prescribes Additional Medications to the Patient

When diagnosing and treating a person with Stevens–Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), it is important to identify the condition early and discontinue the medications that may be causing the skin reaction.  In identifying and diagnosing Stevens–Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), it is also important to determine what medications the patient has been taking and if prior to the rash appearing, the patient suffered from a flu-like illness resembling an upper respiratory tract infection with fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, runny nose, sore red eyes, conjunctivitis, as well as general aches and pains.

After the flu-like symptoms, there is typically an abrupt onset of a tender/painful red skin rash starting on the trunk and extending rapidly over hours to days onto the face and limbs. These skin lesions typically include changes in surface color, target lesions, and blisters.  The changes in surface color are typically flat, red and diffuse (measles-like) or purple (purpuric) spots.   The target lesions or erythema multiforme consists of a polymorphous eruption of macules, papules, and characteristic “target” lesions that are symmetrically distributed with a propensity for the distal extremities.  The blisters are typically flaccid, that begin to merge to form sheets of skin detachment, exposing red, oozing dermis. These blisters are positive for the Nikolsky sign which means if the blisters are rubbed gently skin will exfoliation the outermost layer. Nikolsky's sign is almost always present in TEN.

Developing Stevens–Johnson Syndrome (SJS) or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) constitutes a dermatological emergency and failure to timely act can result in a more severe reaction or even death.  When a person has Stevens–Johnson Syndrome (SJS) or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), immediate treatment should be sought and all medications should be discontinued, particularly those known to cause SJS-TEN reactions.

A skin biopsy or autopsy is usually required to confirm the clinical diagnosis and to exclude Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome (SSSS) and other generalised rashes with blisters.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Are Variants of the Same Skin Condition and Can Be The Basis Of A Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawsuit or a Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Lawsuit

Stevens–Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) are variants of the same skin condition.  The condition presents as severe mucosal erosions with widespread skin lesions. In Stevens–Johnson Syndrome (SJS), epidermal detachment involves less than 10 percent of the total body skin area; transitional Stevens–Johnson Syndrome (SJS)-Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) is defined by an epidermal detachment between 10 percent and 30 percent; Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) is defined by a detachment greater than 30 percent.

Skin reactions during SJS-TEN can be horrific and death from or suffering from the condition either Stevens–Johnson Syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis can be a horrific experience for everyone involved.  To help the patient recover it is essential Even worse

Severe skin adverse drug reactions can result in death. Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) has the highest mortality (30-35%); Stevens-Johnson syndrome and transitional forms correspond to the same syndrome, but with less extensive skin detachment and a lower mortality (5-15%). Hypersensitivity syndrome, sometimes called Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS), has a mortality rate evaluated at about 10%.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Asbestos Product Dumping Can Be the Basis of International Asbestos Lawsuits and International Mesothelioma Lawsuits by International Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Asbestos Product Dumping Can Be the Basis of Asbestos Product Dumping Lawsuits and International Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits by International Asbestos Product Lawyer and International Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Some companies have taken asbestos products that cannot be sold in the United States and have sold the asbestos products internationally for large profits.  This product dumping of dangerous asbestos insulation, asbestos block, and other asbestos products can cause serious health problems for those exposed to the asbestos products including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other health problems.  Multinational companies that dump dangerous products in other countries and cause significant harm can sometimes be brought into United States courts and International courts to answer for their wrongful product dumping and be made to pay money compensation for their wrongful acts.

If someone you know has mesothelioma or other form of cancer related to Asbestos exposure from asbestos products, it is important that they get the best medical care that they can find and that the source of their exposure is stopped. If you have any questions, please feel free to go to the following web page International Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits or please feel free to send an e-mail message to toxicexposure@toxicexposurelaw.com.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Asbetos Mesothelioma Death Lawsuits: Mesothelioma Deaths Should Be Investigated to Determine The Source of Asbestos Exposure by Texas Asbestos Mesothelioma Death Lawyer

Asbestos Mesothelioma Death Lawsuits Can Arise Out of Dangerous Products or Dangerous Conditions by Texas Asbestos Mesothelioma Death Lawyer Jason S. Coomer  
Asbestos mesothelioma death lawsuits commonly arise out of defective products or dangerous conditions that have caused asbestos exposure.  Persons that have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or families that have lost a loved one from mesothelioma should investigate the source of the exposure to ensure nobody will be exposed in the future. 

It is also often helpful to contact an asbestos mesothelioma death lawyer to determine if they may have a viable lawsuit including a product dumping case, dangerous condition case, or defective product case for the exposure resulting in mesothelioma and loss of a loved one.

Mesothelioma Is Caused By Exposure To Asbestos and Unlike Lung Cancer, There Is No Association Between Mesothelioma and Smoking

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the mesothelium.   The mesothelium is a membrane that covers and protects most of the internal organs of the body. It is composed of two layers of cells: One layer immediately surrounds the organ; the other forms a sac around it. The mesothelium produces a lubricating fluid that is released between these layers, allowing moving organs. 

Mesothelioma (cancer of the mesothelium) is a disease in which cells of the mesothelium become abnormal and divide without control or order. They can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also metastasize (spread) from their original site to other parts of the body. Most cases of mesothelioma begin in the pleura or peritoneum. The pleura is the outer lining of the lungs and chest cavity.  Mesothelioma may also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart), or the layer surrounding reproductive organs.
Most people who develop mesothelioma have inhaled asbestos particles either through occupational exposure or have been exposed to asbestos dust and fibre in other ways, such as by washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos, or by home renovation using asbestos cement products. Unlike lung cancer, there is no association between mesothelioma and smoking.

Mesothelioma is a relatively rare form of cancer, but reported incidence rates have increased in the past 20 years. Incidence of malignant mesothelioma currently ranges from about 7 to 40 per 1,000,000 in industrialized Western nations, depending on the amount of asbestos products used in the society.  The incidence is expected to continue increase in many parts of the world as asbestos products become more common. Mesothelioma occurs more often in men than in women and risk increases with age, but this disease can appear in either men or women at any age.

In the United States between 1939 and 1980, approximately 30 million people were occupationally exposed to asbestos in the United States. Between 1970 and 1990, there was a large increase in the diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma in asbestos workers and their families. Though many asbestos exposure mesothelioma cases have been misdiagnosed as adenocarcinoma of the lung or other diseases, it is clear that the incidence of mesothelioma increases with use of asbestos products.

In addition to mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer, asbestosis (a noncancerous, chronic lung ailment), and other cancers, such as those of the larynx and kidney.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Symptoms of mesothelioma can appear 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. These symptoms include shortness of breath, chronic cough, coughing up blood, night sweats, and pain in the chest due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleural space are often symptoms of pleural mesothelioma.  Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include weight loss and cachexia, abdominal swelling and pain due to ascites (a buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity). Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, and fever. If the cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, trouble swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face.

Mesothelioma can affect several areas of the body and can cause the following symptoms:
  • chest wall pain
  • pleural effusion, or fluid surrounding the lung
  • shortness of breath
  • fatigue or anemia
  • wheezing, hoarseness, or cough
  • blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up
  • abdominal pain
  • ascites, or an abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen
  • a mass in the abdomen
  • problems with bowel function
  • weight loss
  • blood clots in the veins, which may cause thrombophlebitis
  • disseminated intravascular coagulation, a disorder causing severe bleeding in many body organs
  • jaundice, or yellowing of the eyes and skin
  • low blood sugar level
  • pleural effusion
  • pulmonary emboli, or blood clots in the arteries of the lungs
  • severe ascites
Shortness of breath and pain in the chest from accumulation of fluid in the pleura are often symptoms of pleural mesothelioma. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include weight loss and abdominal pain and swelling due to a buildup of fluid in the abdomen. Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, and fever. If the mesothelioma cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, trouble swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face.

Many of the above symptoms may be caused by mesothelioma or by other, less serious conditions. It is important to see a doctor about any of these symptoms. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis. 

Texas Asbestos Exposure Mesothelioma Death Lawyer Jason Coomer Works with Clients and Lawyers around the World on Asbestos Mesothelioma Death Lawsuits

Texas Asbestos Exposure Mesothelioma Death Lawyer Jason Coomer works with clients and lawyers around the world on asbestos mesothelioma death lawsuits.  Many of his clients have included construction workers, insulators, ship builders, refinery workers, construction workers, asbestos abatement workers, maintenance workers, and others that were exposed to asbestos products.  

If you have lost a loved one to mesothelioma and would like information on an Asbestos Mesothelioma Death Lawsuit, please feel free to send an e-mail to Texas Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawyer, Jason Coomer.



Friday, August 24, 2012

Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuits: Diabetes Drugs Can Cause Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma and other Forms of Pancreatic Cancers That Are Difficult to Diagnose and Can Be Deadly by Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Lawyer and Pancreatic Cancer Lawyer Jason S. Coomer


 Pancreatic Cancer May Be Caused by Several Different Types of Diabetes Drugs

Recent scientific studies have shown that several diabetes drugs may cause an increased risk of pancreatic cancer.  If you have lost a loved one from Pancreatic Cancer who was taking a diabetes drug or you have been taking a diabetes drug and have been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, please report the adverse action to the prescribing medical doctor and FDA as soon as possible.  For more information on this topic, please feel free to contact Texas Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Lawyer and Texas Pancreatic Cancer Lawyer Jason Coomer, or go to the following webpage: Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit Information.


Pancreatic Cancer Including Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma and other Forms of Exocrine Pancreas Cancers Are Difficult to Diagnose and Are Often Not Diagnosed Until Late in the Course of the Disease

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death for both men and women and is one of the most deadly of all types of cancer. This year approximately 45,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and about 38,000 will die from it.  One of the reasons that pancreatic cancer is so deadly is that it it difficult to diagnose and the diagnosis is often made late in the course of the disease.  Early detection of pancreatic cancer is essential and will greatly improve a person's chances of surviving the disease. As such, people that have taken diabetes drugs, especially those with symptoms of weight loss, dark urine and clay-colored stools, back pain, and jaundice, should seek advice from a qualified medical professional as to if they may have pancreatic cancer and what symptoms they should be aware of to detect any early onset of pancreatic cancer.

The Most Common Type of Pancreatic Cancer is Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Which Includes About 90% of Cases of Pancreatic Cancer: Pancreactic Adenocarcinoma is a Form of Exocrine Pancreas Cancer

The most common kind of pancreatic cancer is pancreatic adenocarcinoma and includes about 90% of the cases of pancreatic cancer.  Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is a cancerous overgrowth of exocrine pancreatic cells and is unfortunately commonly undetected until it is too late for the patient.  Pancreatic adenocarcinoma because of late detection can often result a fatal diagnosis with very limited survival time. Other forms of exocrine pancreas cancer include: intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN), adenosquamous carcinomas, acinar cell carcinomas, mucinous cystadenocarcinomas, signet ring cell carcinomas, hepatoid carcinomas, colloid carcinomas, undifferentiated carcinomas, pancreatoblastomas, and undifferentiated carcinomas with osteoclast-like giant cells.



Drug Company Bribes and Illegal Kickbacks: SEC Bounty Actions and DOJ Qui Tam Actions Offer Large Rewards to Whistleblowers that Expose Drug Maker Bribes and Illegal Kickbacks by Drug Company Bribe Lawyer and Drug Company Illegal Kickback Lawyer

The SEC Is Offering Large Financial Rewards to Whistleblowers That Expose Drug Procurement Illegal Kickbacks, Drug Contract Bribes, and Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by Drug Company Bribe Lawyer, Drug Contract Bribe Lawyer, and Drug Company Illegal Kickback Whistleblower Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Whistleblowers and international whistleblowers can recover large amounts of money for exposing drug company bribes, international medicine procurement kickbacks, drug contract bribes, and other violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Federal False Claims Act, and State Medicaid Fraud Recovery Laws.  As such, pharmaceutical representatives, international drug executives, government officials, physicians, health care providers, community activists, and other persons, who are the original source of specialized knowledge of drug company bribes, drug company fraud, international drug company bribes, international pharmaceutical company illegal kickback schemes, public health medicine procurement bribery schemes, and other illicit payments for drug procurement, medical device procurement, medication, pharmaceutical, and medical equipment contracts are encouraged to blow the whistle on such corrupt practices.  These whistleblowers are being offered large financial rewards and strong whistleblower protections. 
 
Drugmaker Teva subpoenaed by SEC over antibribery compliance | Reuters

 "Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries , the world's biggest generic-drug maker, is being investigated by the U.S. securities regulator over the company's compliance with a U.S. law that prohibits bribery of foreign officials.  In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last week, Teva said it had received a subpoena dated July 9 to produce documents in connection with its business practices in Latin America."

"The SEC's move is part of a wider probe into the drug industry for possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as major drugmakers look to expand in emerging markets.   A Reuters examination of U.S. SEC filings by the world's top 10 drug companies has found that at least eight of them had warned of potential costs related to charges of corruption in overseas markets."

"Early this year, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said it had received a subpoena from SEC regarding its sales and marketing practices in various foreign countries.  Last year, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $70 million to settle U.S. charges that it paid bribes and kickbacks to win business in Greece, Iraq, Poland and Romania, in the first such settlement by a big drug company."
The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations said early this year it had expanded and strengthened the code to ensure "the highest ethical and professional standards".

Drug Bribe Whistleblower Lawsuit Information, Drug Procurement Contract Bribe Lawsuit Information, and Drug Company Illegal Kickback Whistleblower Lawsuit Information

For more information on a potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Drug Bribe Whistleblower Reward Lawsuits and Drug Company Fraud Lawsuits, please  please feel free to send an e-mail message to International Drug Company Fraud Whistleblower Lawyer and International Drug Company Illegal Bribe Whistleblower Lawyer Jason Coomer or go to the following web page: International Drug Procurement Bribe Whistleblower Lawsuits and Health Care Drug Procurement Fraud Lawsuits.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Depuy Pinnacle MoM Hip Implant Lawsuits: Failed Depuy Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants by Texas Depuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawyer and Texas Depuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal Failed Hip Implant Lawyer

Depuy Pinnacle Failed Hip Lawsuits: People With Depuy Pinnacle Implants Should Be Aware of the Potential Problems With Depuy Pinnacle Hip Implants by Texas Depuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawyer and Texas Depuy Pinnacle Failed Hip Implant Lawyer

People with DePuy Pinnacle hip implants should be aware of the potential dangers of these hip implants.  The Depuy Pinnacle hip implant is a predecessor to the Depuy ASR hip implant which has been recalled.  The Depuy Pinnacle hip implant has not been recalled yet, but may have many similar problems as the Depuy ASR hip implants which were recalled in August 2010.  These potential problems include that the Depuy Pinnacle hip implant can loosen and come apart causing people with the hip implants to experience muscle and tissue damage, loosening and dislocation of the device, and other health problems resulting in the need for revision hip surgery.

If you or a family member have a Depuy Pinnacle hip implant and have experienced hip pain or other health concerns related to the hip, it is important that you immediately contact your health care provider to determine if the Depuy Pinnacle is coming apart and if the failed Depuy Pinnacle Hip Implant will require hip replacement surgery.  For more information on Depuy Pinnacle failed hip lawsuits, please feel free to send an e-mail to Texas Depuy Pinnacle Hip Implant lawyer Jason Coomer.

Hip Replacement Surgery including Total Joint Replacement Surgery, Total Hip Arthroplasty, and Total Hip Replacement Surgery are Extensive Surgeries Which Require Significant Recovery and Rehabilitation: Persons Going Through These Surgeries More Than Once Should Know Why and Make Sure They Are Not The Victim of a Defective Product

Approximately 150,000 Depuy Pinnacle hips have been implanted into people.  These Pinnacle Hip Implants are the subject of several failed hip implant lawsuits. Though these Depuy Pinnacle hip implants have not been recalled, some of the Depuy Pinnacle hip implants include a metal-on-metal replacement joint that may have the same defects as the Depuy ASR hip implant. The Pinnacle Metal-On-Metal (MOM) Acetabular Cup Liner is a metal liner that is intended for use with the Pinnacle Acetabular Shells and may be a key to the defective part of the implant that will rub, loosen, and come apart causing health problems.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Women's Health Pulmonary Embolisms and Birth Control: Pulmonary Embolisms Can Be Caused By Birth Control Medications by Texas Pulmonary Embolism Lawyer and Texas Birth Control Pulmonary Embolism Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

  Birth Control Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit Information: Pulmonary Embolisms have been Linked to the Use of Birth Control Medications Yaz, Beyaz, Yasmin, and Ocella as Well as NuvaRings: Woman Taking Hormonal Contraceptives Should Be Aware of An Increased Health Risk of Suffering a Pulmonary Embolism or Blood Clot by Texas Pulmonary Embolism Lawyer and Texas Pulmonary Embolism Birth Control Lawyer Jason S. Coomer
 
YAZ, Ocella, Beyaz, and Yasmin are oral hormonal contraceptives that have been aggressively marketed to young women despite research that indicates that these drugs may cause an increased risk of a pulmonary embolism. These birth control medications are the subject of defective birth control pulmonary embolism lawsuits where women have suffered pulmonary embolisms resulting in serious health problems, severe disabilities, and death.  Women taking YAZ, Ocella, Beyaz, Yasmin, and other hormonal contraceptives should consult their doctor to make sure they understand the potential dangers of these birth control medications and that they are on the best and safest contraceptive for their health situation. 
 
For more information on YAZ, Ocella, Beyaz, Yasmin, and other hormonal contraceptive pulmonary embolism lawsuits, please feel free to contact Texas YAZ, Ocella, Beyaz, and Yasmin Pulmonary Embolism Lawyer Jason Coomer or please go to the following web page: YAZ Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuits, Yasmin Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuits, Ocella Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuits, Beyaz Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuits, and other Birth Control Pulmonary Embolism Death Lawsuits.

The Birth Control Contraceptive, NuvaRing, Has Been Linked To An Increased Health Risk of Fatal Blood Clots by Texas NuvaRing Blood Clot Lawyer Jason S. Coomer
 
The hormonal long lasting contraceptive, NuvaRing, is the subject of several lawsuits alleging that the once a month birth contraceptive may cause disabling pulmonary embolisms, fatal pulmonary embolisms, and other serious health problems for women that are using this medical device.  For more information on NuvaRing Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuits, please go to the following web page: NuvaRing Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuits and NuvaRing Pulmonary Embolism Death Lawsuits.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pancreatic Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer Death Can Be Caused By Defective Diabetes Drugs by Pancreatic Cancer Lawyer and Defective Drug Pancreatic Cancer Death Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Pancreatic Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer Death Can Be Caused By Defective Diabetes Drugs That Cause Pancreatitis, Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis, and Accute Necrotizing Pancreatitis by Texas Pancreatic Cancer Lawyer and Defective Diabetes Drug Pancreatic Cancer Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer death for both men and women.  Recent scientific studies have shown that some diabetes drugs can damage a person's pancreas including pancreatitis, hemorrhagic pancreatitis, and necrotizing pancreatis that can cause pancreatic cancer.  As pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly of all types of cancer, these defective diabetes drugs may cause an increased risk of pancreatic cancer death.

If you have lost a loved one from Pancreatic Cancer or suffer from pancreas cancer and have been using a diabetes drug, it is important that you report the adverse action to the prescribing medical doctor as soon as possible.  Further, if you are on a diabetes drug, it is important to understand any potential dangers of the diabetes drug you are taking as well as that you are aware of any signs that you might have pancreatic cancer.

Global Demand for Diabetic Drugs Is Expected to Surpass $100 Billion Per Year In The Near Future: This Expanding Diabetic Drug Market Has Encouraged Some Drug Companies to Push Diabetic Drugs that Cause Pancreatic Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer Death

With a global demand for diabetic treatments expected to surpass $100 Billion per year in the near future, some drug makers have aggressively marketed diabetic drugs that have been shown to increase a diabetic's risk of cancer and cancer death including pancreatic cancer death and bladder cancer death. This aggressive marketing often includes providing misleading research to health care providers and providing perks to health care providers to push defective diabetic drugs.

Diabetics and their families should be aware of the potential danger of any diabetic drug.  Further, if a diabetic has been taking a diabetic drug and has been diagnosed with cancer, it is important to report the adverse event to their doctor and the FDA to counter act false and aggressive marketing campaigns of drugs that can cause pancreatic cancer and pancreatic cancer death. 

Pancreatic Cancer is a Leading Cause of Death: Persons Pancreatic Carinoma, Pancreatic Cancer, and Cancer Pancreas

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death for both men and women and is one of the most deadly of all types of cancer. This year approximately 45,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and about 38,000 will die from it.

Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose, and the diagnosis is often made late in the course of the disease.  Early detection of pancreatic cancer is essential and will greatly improve a person's chances of surviving the disease. As such, people that have taken the diabetes drugs, Byetta, Januvia, Janumet, or Victoza, should be aware of pancreatic cancer symptoms including weight loss, dark urine and clay-colored stools, back pain, and jaundice.  Persons with these pancreatic cancer symptoms should seek advice from a qualified medical professional as to if they may have pancreatic cancer and what symptoms they should be aware of to detect any early onset of pancreatic cancer.

The Diabetic Drugs Januvia, Byetta, Victoza, and Janumet May Cause Pancreatic Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer Death by Pancreatic Cancer Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

The diabetes drugs, Januvia, Byetta, Victoza, and Janumet, may cause an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in diabetic patients using the diabetes drugs. If you have lost a loved one from pancreatic cancer or have suffered acute pancreatitis, hemorrhagic pancreatitis, accute necrotizing pancreatitis, pancreas cancer, or bladder cancer; and have been using a diabetes drug, please report the adverse action to the prescribing medical doctor as soon as possible.  For more diabetic cancer lawsuit, diabetic cancer death lawsuit, or other defect drug cancer lawsuit information, Januvia Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit Information, Byetta Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit Information, Victoza Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit Information, and Janumet Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit Information.

Metal on Metal Depuy Hip Implants Are Coming Apart and Dislocating in People by Texas Metal Failed Hip Implant Lawyer and DePuy ASR XL Failed Metal Hip Implant Lawyer

Metal on Metal Hip Implants Including Metal Depuy Hip Implants Are Coming Apart and Dislocating in People Causing the Need for Metal Hip Implant Replacement Surgery and Metal Hip Implant Revision Surgery by Texas Metal Failed Hip Implant Lawyer, Texas Hip Revision Surgery Lawyer, and Texas Failed Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Metal hip implant patients including people with DePuy ASR and DePuy ASR XL metal-on-metal hip implants have experienced release of metal debris from the metal hip implant as well as loosening and dislocation of the metal hip implant.  These metal on metal hip implant issues often require hip implant patients to require metal hip implant revision surgery or metal hip implant replacement surgery.  These hip replacement surgeries can often be more difficult to than the original hip replacement surgery and result in severe pain and disability.

Defective Hip Implant Devices Lead to Suffering Pain, Impairment, and Mental Anguish as well as having to have Hip Revision Surgery to Repair the Problem

Hip revision surgery is one of the most serious and prolonged injuries resulting from DePuy defective hip replacement systems and other metal on metal hip implants.  Metal hip revision surgery is the need for surgical extraction of a faulty metal on metal hip implant such as a DePuy ASR Hip Implant Device or DePuy ASR XL and replacement with another defect-free Hip Replacement System of proper design by other orthopedic device manufacturer. The metal on metal hip replacement by its very nature of necessity is often surgically performed in middle-aged and elderly population. And recovery from the second hip replacement is often more difficult than after the first. A second surgery of this nature could and often does increase the risk of complications, severe infections, prolonged recovery time, and death. In some patients the infection resulting from defective ASR system, is so advanced and systemic that a revision surgery is not possible. In this group of patients the only option is a surgical extraction of defected device without any corrective hip replacement to restore the lost mobility function patients experienced in first place.

After a person has gone through an extensive hip surgery including the lengthy recovery and process, it can be very upsetting to learn that the manufacturer incorrectly made the implant so that it will have to removed and the person will have to undergo the hip replacement surgery again requiring more recovery, missed time from work, and missed time from family and normal functioning.
Regardless, as to whether the failed hip replacement surgery is caused by  a defective Zimmer Cup, defective Trident Hemispherical Cup, defective Trident PSL Cup, defective DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. ASR Hip Resurfacing System, defective DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System, and/or medical negligence, it is important to understand the cause of a failed hip replacement surgery.

Hip Revision Surgery and Hip Replacement Surgery including Total Joint Hip Revision Surgery, Total Hip Replacement Surgery, Total Hip Arthroplasty, and other Hip Surgery

Hip replacement surgery, also called total hip arthroplasty, involves removing a diseased or broken hip joint and replacing it with an artificial joint, called a prosthesis. Hip prostheses commonly consist of a ball component, made of metal or ceramic, and a socket, which has an insert or liner made of plastic, ceramic or metal. The implants used in hip replacement are or should be biocompatible (meaning they're designed to be accepted by your body) and made to resist corrosion, degradation and wear. 

Hip replacement surgery is typically used for people with hip joint damage from arthritis or a serious injury.  Followed by rehabilitation, hip replacement surgery can relieve pain and restore range of motion and function of the hip joint.  However, it should be understood that Hip Replacement Surgery is an invasive and serious medical procedure that can be extremely hard on a person and will require significant time to recover.  It is important that a person seeking a hip replacement consult with one or more medical doctors that they trust to determine if they are healthy enough to undergo hip replacement surgery. 

As a total hip joint replacement replaces the ends of both bones in a damaged hip joint to create new joint surfaces and a total hip replacement surgery replaces the upper end of the thighbone (femur) with a metal ball and resurfaces the hip socket in the pelvic bone with a metal shell and plastic liner, it is essential that the hip implants are biocompatible and are correctly made to resist corrosion, degradation, and wear as well as to work well without rubbing. 

After a person has gone through an extensive hip surgery including the lengthy recovery and process, it can be very upsetting to learn that the manufacturer incorrectly made the implant so that it will have to removed and the person will have to undergo the hip replacement surgery again requiring more recovery, missed time from work, and missed time from family and normal functioning.


  Metal Hip Revision Surgery Lawsuits, DePuy Defective Hip Implant Lawsuits, Implantable Hip Failure Lawsuits, and Failed Hip Surgery Resulting in Permanent Disability and Paralysis Lawsuits  by Texas Failed Metal Hip Implant Lawyer, Jason Coomer 

Failed metal hip implants can cause severe pain, catastrophic injuries, physical impairment, and the need for additional hip replacement surgery.  There are several defective metal hip implants that can come apart or dislocate including Zimmer Cups, Trident Hemispherical Cups, Trident PSL Cups, DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems, and Depuy ASR XL Acetabular Systems.  

For more information on metal hip replacement surgery lawsuits or metal hip revision surgery lawsuits,  please go to the following Web Pages: Depuy Replacement Hip Surgery Lawsuit Information, Failed Hip Surgery Medical Malpractice Lawsuit & Defective Hip Implant Lawsuit Information, and Depuy Failed Hip Surgery Lawsuit and Metal on Metal Hip Implant Replacement Surgery Lawsuit Information.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Diabetic Cancer Is On The Rise As Some Diabetes Drugs May Cause Diabetics to Develop Cancer by Texas Diabetic Cancer Lawyer, Diabetic Cancer Death Lawyer, Diabetic Pancreatic Cancer Lawyer and Diabetic Pancreas Cancer Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

  Diabetic Cancer Is On The Rise As Some Diabetes Drugs May Cause Pancreatic Cancer, Bladder Cancer, & other Forms of Deadly Cancer: Persons Taking Januvia, Victoza, Byetta, Janumet, Actos, and other Diabetes Drugs Should Be Aware of Potential Diabetic Cancer Dangers and Consult Their Physician Regarding Potential Pancreas Cancer Risks by Texas Diabetic Cancer Lawyer, Diabetic Cancer Death Lawyer, Diabetic Pancreatic Cancer Lawyer and Diabetic Pancreas Cancer Lawyer Jason S. Coomer


More than 300 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes, including about 30 million Americans.  In 2010, the global prevalence of diabetes was estimated to have reached 285 million and predicted to reach 438 million in 2030. The corresponding figures for North America were 37.4 million in 2010 and 53.2 million by 2030 and in Europe 55.2 million in 2010 and 66.2 million in 2030.  The global market for products in the management of diabetes currently stands at $41 billion and is on pace to grow to over $114 billion by 2018. 

With this huge demand for diabetic treatments have come the aggressive marketing of several diabetic drugs that have been shown to increase a diabetic's risk of cancer including pancreatic cancer, bladder cancer, and other types of cancer. Diabetics and their families should be aware of the potential danger of any diabetic drug.  Further, if a diabetic has been taking a diabetic drug and has been diagnosed with cancer, it is important to report the adverse event to their doctor and the FDA.

 Diabetic Drug Cancer Including Diabetic Pancreatic Cancer and Diabetic Bladder Cancer Needs to Be Reported to Deter Future Misleading Marketing and Distribution of Diabetes Drugs

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death for both men and women and is one of the most deadly of all types of cancer. The diabetes drugs, Januvia, Byetta, Victoza, and Janumet, may cause an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in diabetic patients using the diabetes drugs.   The diabetes drug, Actos, may cause an increased risk of bladder cancer in diabetic patients using this diabetes drug.

If you have lost a loved one from diabetic drug cancer or have suffered acute pancreatitis, hemorrhagic pancreatitis, accute necrotizing pancreatitis, pancreas cancer, or bladder cancer; and have been using a diabetes drug, please report the adverse action to the prescribing medical doctor as soon as possible.  For more diabetic cancer lawsuit, diabetic cancer death lawsuit, or other defect drug cancer lawsuit information, please feel free to contact Diabetic Cancer Lawyer, Diabetic Cancer Death Lawyer, and Defective Drug Cancer Lawyer


 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Some Birth Control Medications Can Increase A Woman's Risk of a Heart Attack, Stroke, or Blood Clot Death by Birth Control Blood Clot Death Lawyer

The Multi-Billion Dollar Birth Control Market Includes Several Drug Companies That Are Aggressively Birth Control That Increased A Woman's Risk of a Heart Attack, Stroke, or Blood Clot Death: Women on These Danagerous Birth Control Medications Should be Adequately Warned of the Health Risk by Texas Birth Control Heart Attack Lawyer and Blood Clot Death Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

As the $880 Billion per year global pharmaceutical market continues to expand, many drug companies are looking to make huge profits by selling contraceptives in the rapidly growing multi-billion birth control market.  Many of these drug companies are aggressively marketing contraceptives that increase a woman's risk of suffering a heart attack death, blood clot death, or debilitating stroke.

NuvaRing Is a Once A Month Birth Control That Has Been Linked To An Increased Risk That The Woman Using The Contraceptive Will Suffer a Heart Attack Death, Blood Clot Death, or Debilitating Stroke by Texas NuvaRing Heart Attack and Blood Clot Death Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

The contraceptive, NuvaRing, is a once a month birth control device that has been scientifically linked to an increased risk that the woman using the contraceptive will suffer a heart attack death, blood clot death, or debilitating stroke.  Several NuvaRing Heart Attack Death and Blood Clot Death Lawyers have filed and are currently filing NuvaRing Lawsuits alleging that Merck, the maker of NuvaRing failed to adequately warn women and their doctors about the risks associated with the NuvaRing device.  For more information on NuvaRing Lawsuits, Texas NuvaRing Lawsuits, and International NuvaRing Lawsuits, please  please feel free to contact Texas NuvaRing Heart Attack Death Lawyer and NuvaRing Blood Clot Death Lawyer Jason Coomer or go to the following web page: NuvaRing Heart Attack Death Lawsuit, NuvaRing Blood Clot Death Lawsuit, and NuvaRing Stroke Lawsuit Information.


The Birth Control Medications Yaz, Beyaz, Yasmin, and Ocella Have Been Linked To An Increased Health Risk of Sudden Death, Cardiovascular Problems, Blood Clots, Strokes and Heart Attacks by Texas Pulmonary Embolism Yaz Lawyer, Texas Pulmonary Embolism Yasmin Lawyer, and Texas Pulmonary Embolism Ocella Lawyer Jason S. Coomer
Other hormonal contraceptives including YAZ, Ocella, Beyaz, and Yasmin are also the subject of lawsuits alleging that Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has run false marketing campaigns that were misleading regarding the potential health risks that have been associated with these oral contraceptives.  These lawsuits are also alleging that these drugs cause an increased risk that the woman using the contraceptive will suffer a heart attack death, blood clot death, or debilitating stroke.    
For more information on YAZ, Ocella, Beyaz, Yasmin, and other hormonal contraceptive lawsuits, please feel free to  contact Texas Birth Control Heart Attack, Stroke, and Blood Clot Death Lawyer Jason S. Coomer or go to the following web page: YAZ Heart Attack Death Lawsuit, YAZ Blood Clot Death Lawsuit, and YAZ Stroke Lawsuit Information.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Fatal Blood Clots Can Be Caused By Defective Drugs and Medical Devices by Texas Defective Drug Blood Clot Death Lawyer and Texas Defective Medical Device Fatal Blood Clot Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Fatal Blood Clots Can Be Caused By Defective Drugs and Defective Medical Devices by Texas Defective Drug Blood Clot Death Lawyer and Texas Defective Medical Device Fatal Blood Clot Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Fatal blood clots are on the rise as drug companies and medical device manufacturers have aggressively marketed drugs and medical devices that can cause an increased risk of blood clots resulting in heart attacks, strokes, and pulmonary embolisms.  Person using hormonal contraceptives and medical devices that increase their risk of a fatal blood clot should be aware of the potential danger and warning signs of a blood clot.  If you have lost someone from a fatal blood clot or have experienced a serious injury from a blood clot related to a defective drug or medical device, it is important to make sure the adverse event is reported to the prescribing doctor and FDA.

The Birth Control Contraceptive, NuvaRing, Has Been Linked To An Increased Health Risk of Fatal Blood Clots by Texas NuvaRing Blood Clot Lawyer Jason S. Coomer
The hormonal long lasting contraceptive, NuvaRing, is the subject of several lawsuits alleging that the once a month birth contraceptive may cause fatal blood clots and other serious health problems for women that are using this medical device.  For more information on NuvaRing Blood Clot Lawsuits, please go to the following web page: NuvaRing Fatal Blood Clot Lawsuits and NuvaRing Death Lawsuits.

The Birth Control Medications Yaz, Beyaz, Yasmin, and Ocella Have Been Linked To An Increased Health Risk of Sudden Death, Cardiovascular Problems, Blood Clots, Strokes and Heart Attacks by Texas Pulmonary Embolism Yaz Lawyer, Texas Pulmonary Embolism Yasmin Lawyer, and Texas Pulmonary Embolism Ocella Lawyer Jason S. Coomer
YAZ, Ocella, Beyaz, and Yasmin are oral hormonal contraceptives have been aggressively marketed to young women despite research that indicates that the drugs may cause an increased risk of fatal blood clots. For more information on YAZ, Ocella, Beyaz, Yasmin, and other hormonal contraceptive  blood clot lawsuits, please go to the following web page: YAZ Blood Clot Lawsuits, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuits, Ocella Blood Clot Lawsuits, Beyaz Blood Clot Lawsuits and Birth Control Blood Clot Death Lawsuits.

Defective Inferior Vena Cava Filters Can Break Apart, Perforate, and Migrate in a Person's Body Causing Fatal Blood Clots and Embolisms by Texas IVC Filter Blood Clot Lawyer Jason S. Coomer
Defective Inferior Vena Cava Filters can migrate, fracture, and break apart inside a person causing fatal blood clots and embolisms.  The FDA recommends that persons with inferior vena cava filters (IVC filters) should contact their doctors regarding removal of the devices.  For more information on IVC Filter Blood Clot Lawsuits, please feel free to go to the following web page: Texas IVC Filter Blood Clot Lawyer and Inferior Vena Cava Filter Failure Embolism Lawyer,

Friday, July 6, 2012

Heart Doctors Concerned Over Pradaxa and Xarelto

 Evidence of the harm caused by the blood thinning drugs Pradaxa and Xarelto continues to grow.  How safe are these drugs and are they really preferable to Wafarin?  Doctors warn that neither of these new drugs has a known antidote for excessive bleeding issues, but Wafarin does.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/14/pradaxa-xarelto-blood-thinner-doctors-heart_n_1595971.html

 "They say that real world use of Pradaxa and Xarelto, which do not require regular blood monitoring or frequent doctor follow-up, raises concerns about the risk of stroke, serious bleeding and blood clots if not taken properly, particularly in patients with poor kidney function.

The nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices estimated last month that 542 reports of deaths associated with Pradaxa were reported to the FDA in 2011, topping all other medicines, including warfarin, with 72 deaths. Adverse event reports on Xarelto were not available."

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hip Maker Discussed Failures

More details emerge surrounding Johnson and Johnson' Depuy hip replacement failures.  How aware was the company that their product was unsafe?

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/business/flawed-depuy-hip-implant-had-early-fda-notice.html?pagewanted=all

"Throughout the episode, DePuy blamed orthopedic surgeons for the model’s failures, saying that doctors were not positioning a component properly. But the clinical findings rejected by the F.D.A. came from A.S.R. studies run by surgeons hand-picked by DePuy, including some who had developed the implant and received royalties or consulting fees in connection with it."

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Popular diabetes drugs may raise pancreatic cancer risk, study suggests

 People with type 2 diabetes taking the drugs Januvia or Byetta might have an increased risk of developing pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, a preliminary study suggests. 
The study also found that Byetta (exenatide) may raise the risk of thyroid cancer.
Although the links aren't conclusive, they merit further investigation, the researchers noted.
"We have raised concern that there may be a link, but we haven't confirmed it," said lead researcher Dr. Peter Butler, director of the Larry L. Hillblom Islet Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. "We need to do more work to figure out whether this is real or not."
Both drugs help control blood sugar levels by encouraging production of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1).
Januvia (sitagliptin) and Byetta, an injectable drug, are a new way of treating type 2 diabetes, and they potentially have advantages over older medications, Butler said. But, because these drugs are new, they're "the ones we know least about," he said. "When new drugs come out, the long-term side effects of these drugs are not well understood."
For the study, recently published in the journal Gastroenterology, Butler's team used 2004-2009 information in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's database on adverse events, which are reported by doctors whose patients use these drugs.
When compared to other treatments, the researchers found a sixfold increase of reported cases of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) linked to patients taking Januvia or Byetta; a 2.9-fold increase in reported cases of pancreatic cancer among those taking Byetta and a 2.7-fold increase of reported pancreatic cancers among Januvia users.
In addition, they also noted an increase in reported cases of thyroid cancer with Byetta.

 http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/medical/health/medical/story/2011-09-23/Popular-diabetes-drugs-may-raise-pancreatic-cancer-risk-study-suggests/50531776/1

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Several Birth Defects Including Neural Tube Defects, Cleft Palate Defects, Cleft Lip Defects, and Spina Bifida Defects Have Been Linked to The Use of Prescribed Antidepressants and Other Medications: Pregnant Women and Women that May Get Pregnant Should Be Aware of These Potential Health Risks by Neural Tube Birth Defect Lawyer, Cleft Palate Birth Defect Lawyer, Cleft Palate Birth Defect Lawyer, and Spina Bifida Birth Defect Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Several Birth Defects Including Neural Tube Defects, Cleft Palate Defects, Cleft Lip Defects, Heart Defects, and Spina Bifida Defects Have Been Linked to The Use of Prescribed Antidepressants and Other Medications: Pregnant Women and Women that May Get Pregnant Should Be Aware of These Potential Health Risks by Neural Tube Birth Defect Lawyer, Cleft Palate Birth Defect Lawyer, Cleft Palate Birth Defect Lawyer, and Spina Bifida Birth Defect Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Several medications, products, and drugs have been linked to birth defects including neural tube defects, cleft palate, cleft lips, and spina bifida.  Unfortunately, through strong marketing pressure some drug companies have been continuing to push doctors to prescribe drugs that may cause severe birth defects to pregnant women and women that may become pregnant for FDA approved uses and off-label usesThese birth defects can result in death or injury to an infant including malformation, permanent paralysis, disabilities, and severe health problems.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) May Cause Neural Tube Birth Defects, Cleft Palate Birth Defects, Cleft Lip Birth Defects, Clubbed Foot Birth Defects, Heart Birth Defects,  and Spina Bifida Birth Defects by SSRI Neural Tube Birth Defect Lawyer, Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN) Lawyer, Prozac Birth Defect Lawyer, Zoloft Birth Defect Lawyer, Zoloft Birth Defect Lawyer and Paxil Birth Defect Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

A growing body of evidence indicates that several drugs and medications, if used during pregnancy may cause serious birth defects.  These drugs include selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor SSRI antidepressants.  Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly used as antidepressants. Drugs included in the SSRI class are Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Symbyax, Celexa, Cymbalta, Effexor and Lexapro.

These SSRI antidepressants may cause birth defects and developmental problems if taken during pregnancy.  Some potential birth defects and developmental problems include neural tube birth defects, heart defects, cleft palates, cleft lips, clubbed feet, as well as other malformations and developmental problems.  These selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs have been strongly marketed by the drug companies and are commonly used to treat depression and other disorders.  Some of the most popular SSRI antidepressants are: Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride), Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Lexapro (escitalopram), Celexa (citalopram), and Effexor (venlafaxine).

The Anticonvulsant Drug Topamax May Cause an Increased Risk of Birth Defects Including Cleft Lip Birth Defects and Cleft Palate Birth Defects by Topamax Birth Defect Lawyer, Topiramate Birth Defect Lawyer, Topamax Heart Defect Lawyer, Topamax Cleft Palate Lawyer, Topamax Cleft Lip Lawyer, and Antiepileptic Drug (APD) Birth Defect Lawyer 

 
Topiramate (brand name Topamax) is a anticonvulsant drug. It has been approved for the treatment of epilepsy and migraines, but has been aggressively marketed for many off-label uses including bipolar disorder, cluster headaches, eating disorders, obesity, fibromyalgia, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcoholism, sleep disorders, sleep-eating disorders, infantile spasms, autism, periventricular leukomalacia in preterm infants after an hypoxic-ischemic injury, essential tremor, bulimia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder, smoking cessation, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, neuropathic pain, and cocaine dependence.  If you or a loved one have been taking Topamax during pregnancy and had a child with a birth defect, it is important to seek medical assistance.

The FDA recommends that "before starting topiramate, pregnant women and women of childbearing potential should discuss other treatment options with their health care professional. Women taking topiramate should tell their health care professional immediately if they are planning to or become pregnant. Patients taking topiramate should not stop taking it unless told to do so by their health care professional. Women who become pregnant while taking topiramate should talk to their health care professional about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry, a group that collects information about outcomes in infants born to women treated with antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy."
 
The FDA has recently announced that Topiramate (brand name Topamax) causes an increased risk of development of cleft lip and/or cleft palate (oral clefts) in infants born to women treated with Topamax (topiramate) during pregnancy. If you or a loved one have been taking Topamax during pregnancy and had a child with a birth defect, it is important to seek medical assistance. 


The Anticonvulsant Drug Depakote May Cause Birth Defects Including Spina Bifida and Neural Tube Defects by Depakote Birth Defect Lawyer, Depakote Spina Bifida Lawyer, Depakote Neural Tube Defect Lawyer, and Depakote Birth Defect Lawsuit Information

The drug, Depakote, aka Depakote ER, Depakene, Depacon, Epival, D├ępakine Chrono,Valance, and divalproex sodium (USAN) is a drug prescribed to treat seizures, migraine headaches, manic episodes of bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, prevention of both manic and depressive phases of bipolar disorder, epilepsy, chronic pain associated with neuropathy, and migraine headaches. Further, with the increase in pharmaceutical marketing off-label use of the drug has become more prevalent including treatment of mild depression, the depressive stage of bi-polar disorder, and chronic pain such as migraine headaches.

Depakote has been linked to major birth defects in children of women that were taking this drug.  According to a recent medical scientific study, women taking Depakote had four times the risk of delivering a child with major birth defects, compared to women taking other, similar drugs.  The range of birth defects associated with Depakote is broad, however the report specifically cited neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Neural tube defects are birth defects that affect the brain and spinal cord; spinal bifida is a defect affecting the spinal cord that causes paralysis of the legs. There is no known cure.

Women that take Depakote, Depakote ER, Depakene, Depacon, D├ępakine Chrono, and other forms of divalproex sodium, while they are pregnant may be at higher risk to have children with serious birth defects including spina bifida, cleft palate, cleft lip, and malformations.  If you believe that you or someone in your family is on Depakote or Depakote ER while pregnant, please contact a doctor immediately. 

Adverse Reactions to Medications Including Birth Defects Need to Be Reported to Health Care Providers and the FDA by Texas Pharmaceutical Birth Defect Lawyer, Antidepressant Birth Defect Lawyer, and Birth Injury Lawyer Jason S. Coomer
 
Avoidable birth defects are one of the most devastating problems that can occur to a family and a new baby.  Parents who should be celebrating the birth of a new child, are often caught off guard when their child is born with severe disabilities and often  do not realize that someone may be responsible for the birth defect including drug manufacturers that hid information about medications that can cause birth defects.  The family is typically busy taking care of the child with the serious health problems and often does not know that the birth defect was preventable.  When they discover the probable cause of the preventable birth defect they are often filled with anger and rage.  It can be horrifying to find out that a child will have permanent health problems because a drug company hid research and did not provide an adequate warning of a product's safety. 


Several antidepressant drugs and other medications prescribed for off label and FDA approved uses have been linked to birth defects including neural tube defects, cleft palate, cleft lips, and spina bifida.  Unfortunately, some drug companies have been able to push doctors to prescribe drugs to pregnant women that may cause severe birth defects.  These birth defects can result in serious and permanent to a child including malformation, permanent paralysis, disabilities, and severe health problems.  It is important to communicate with your doctor to make sure that you both understand these potential health hazards.

If you have a child with a birth defect and have taken the above mentioned medications or another type of medication that may be the cause of a birth defect, it is important that the adverse health results be reported to provide information to both doctors and the FDA of adverse events that need to be prevented in the future.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Diabetes Drug Actos May Cause An Increased Risk of Bladder Cancer That Can Metastasize into Lung Cancer, Lymphatic Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bone Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Rectum Cancer, or Vaginal Cancer by Texas Actos Bladder Cancer Lawyer, Texas Diabetes Drug Cancer Lawyer, Diabetes Bladder Cancer Lawyer, and Texas Actos Cancer Death Lawyer

The Diabetes Drug Actos May Cause An Increased Risk of Bladder Cancer That Can Metastasize into Lung Cancer, Lymphatic Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bone Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Rectum Cancer, or Vaginal Cancer by Texas Actos Bladder Cancer Lawyer, Diabetes Drug Cancer Lawyer, Diabetes Bladder Cancer Lawyer, and Texas Actos Cancer Death Lawyer

Actos is a diabetes drug that has been prescribed to more than 10 million Americans since its approval for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.  It is an extremely profitable drug in that it has had multi-billion dollar annual global sales and has created large profits for its manufacturer.  Actos is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.  However, Actos has been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer and has been pulled off the market in some European countries.  Actos is now under review by the FDA to determine if it will be pulled from the market or additional black box warnings will be added to the drug. 

Actos May Cause An Increased Risk of Bladder Cancer

Bladder Cancer is a form of cancer that begins in the lining of the bladder as a superficial tumor.  Bladder cancer can spread and metastasize into the lungs, liver, or bones resulting in serious health issues and even death. If left untreated bladder cancer can metastasize into lung cancer, lymphatic cancer, liver cancer, bone cancer, prostate cancer, rectum cancer, uterine cancer, and vaginal cancer. The most common symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine.  If you or a loved one have been taking Actos and have experienced blood in your urine, please contact your doctor immediately.  If you suffer from bladder cancer, lung cancer, lymphatic cancer, liver cancer, bone cancer, prostate cancer, rectum cancer, uterine cancer, or vaginal cancer and were taking Actos, please report the adverse facts.  If you have lost a person that you love from a bladder cancer, lung cancer, lymphatic cancer, liver cancer, bone cancer, prostate cancer, rectum cancer, uterine cancer, or vaginal cancer and your loved one was taking Actos, please report the adverse facts.

  Bladder Cancer Can Be Treated If Caught Early: People That Have Taken Actos or Are Taking Actos Should Be Aware of the Warning Signs of Bladder Cancer and Communicate with Their Doctor To Make Sure that They Are Both Aware of Any Symptoms by Texas Actos Bladder Cancer Lawyer, Texas Diabetes Drug Cancer Lawyer, Diabetes Bladder Cancer Lawyer, and Texas Actos Cancer Death Lawyer

Most bladder cancers begin in the transitional cells as transitional cell carcinoma, but can spread into nearby organs.  When bladder cancer spreads beyond the bladder, the malignant cells are frequently found in nearby lymph nodes and may have spread to other lymph nodes or other places including the lungs, liver, or bones.  The most common warning sign is blood in the urine. If there is enough blood to color the urine it may range from slightly rusty to deep red. Other symptoms may be pain during urination and frequent urination or feeling the need to urinate without results. 

Bladder cancer can be diagnosed into several different stages.  Stage 0 Bladder Cancer patients have noninvasive tumors that are only in the bladder lining; Stage I Bladder Cancer Patients have tumor(s) through the bladder lining, but the tumor(s) do not reach the muscle layer of the bladder; Stage II Cancer Patients have tumor(s) that go into the muscle layer of the bladder; Stage III Cancer Patients have tumor(s) that go past the muscle layer into tissue surrounding the bladder; and Stage IV Bladder Cancer Patients have tumor(s) that have spread to neighboring lymph nodes or to distant sites (metastatic disease) including the lungs, liver, bones, prostate, stomach, rectum, ureters, uterus,  and vagina.

Primary malignant bladder cancer can be classified by health care providers in several different categories depending on where it is found including the dome of urinary bladder; lateral wall of urinary bladder; anterior wall of urinary bladder; posterior wall of urinary bladder; bladder neck; ureteric orifice; urachus; and malignant neoplasm of contiguous or overlapping sites of bladder whose point of origin cannot be determined.

Carcinoma in situ is cancer that remains confined to the bladder lining. Bladder cancer may grow into or through the bladder wall and eventually into lymph nodes, lungs, liver, bones, or other nearby areas. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Popular Diabetes Treatments Could Trigger Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer

Popular Diabetes Drugs and Treatments May Trigger Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer: Januvia Users, Janumet Users, Victoza Users, and Byetta Users Should Be Aware of Potential Risks and Consult With Their Doctors Regarding Early Detection of Pancreas Problems and Pancreatic Cancer by Texas Diabetes Drug Cancer Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Recent studies have indicated that a growing number of popular diabetes drugs including Januvia, Janumet, Victoza, and Byetta may cause pancreas problems including Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer.  Diabetics that are taking Januvia, Janumet, Victoza, or Byetta should be aware of this potential health risk and be aware of symptoms that may suggest pancreas problems.  The warning signs of pancreatitis can include: 1) Upper abdominal pain that radiates into the back. Patients may describe this as a "boring sensation" that may be aggravated by eating, especially foods high in fat. 2) Swollen and tender abdomen 3) Nausea and vomiting 4) Fever  and 5) Increased heart rate.

Januvia Users, Janumet Users, Victoza Users, and Byetta users should be aware of these symptoms as well as any symptoms of pancreatic cancer including weight loss, dark urine and clay-colored stools, back pain, and jaundice.  Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose, and the diagnosis is often made late in the course of the disease.  Early detection of pancreatic cancer is essential and will greatly improve a person's chances of surviving the disease.  Frequent and good communication with your doctor and awareness of you body are essential.  Additionally, make sure that all health care providers are aware that you are taking or have taken Januvia, Janument, Victoza, or Byetta.



Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death for both men and women and is one of the most deadly of all types of cancer. The diabetes drugs, Januvia and Janumet, may cause an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in patients using Januvia.

Popular Diabetes Treatment Could Trigger Pancreatitis, Pancreatic Cancer, Study Suggests

"ScienceDaily (Apr. 30, 2009) — A drug widely used to treat Type 2 diabetes may have unintended effects on the pancreas that could lead to a form of low-grade pancreatitis in some patients and a greater risk of pancreatic cancer in long-term users, UCLA researchers have found."


The consumer group, Public Citizen, has filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting that the agency immediately remove the diabetes drug, Vicoza, from the market the increasingly prescribed diabetes drug Victoza (liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection) because it puts patients at higher risk of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, serious allergic reactions and kidney failure that outweigh any documented clinical benefits.

Consumer Group to FDA: Take Victoza off the Market

"April 20, 2012 -- Public Citizen, the Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group, is petitioning the FDA to immediately remove the type 2 diabetes drug Victoza (liraglutide) from the market. The petition claims that the injectable medication puts patients at risk of thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, serious allergic reactions, and kidney failure."


The injectable diabetes drug, Byetta (Exenatide), may cause an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in patients using ByettaIf you have lost a loved one from Pancreatic Cancer or have suffered acute pancreatitis, hemorrhagic pancreatitis, accute necrotizing pancreatitis, or pancreas cancer; and have been using Byetta (Exenatide), please report the adverse action to the prescribing medical doctor as soon as possible.

Popular diabetes drugs may raise pancreatic cancer risk – USATODAY.com

When compared to other treatments, the researchers found a sixfold increase of reported cases of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) linked to patients taking Januvia or Byetta; a 2.9-fold increase in reported cases of pancreatic cancer among those taking Byetta and a 2.7-fold increase of reported pancreatic cancers among Januvia users.
Fatal Diabetes Drug Lawsuits, Fatal Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuits, Diabetes Drug Cancer Lawsuits, and Diabetes Drug Pancreas Cancer Lawsuits

Drug manufacturers that were aware of their diabetes drug causing an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, and pancreas cancer, but hid research linking this health risk can potentially be held liable by persons that have suffered pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer as well as the families of persons that have died from pancreatic cancer, pancreas cancer, thyroid cancer, or other cancers after using the drug.

The loss of a spouse, child, parent, or loved one to pancreatic cancer, pancreas cancer, or thyroid cancer can be devastating.  It is often worse to then find out that the loss of your loved one was unnecessary and could have been prevented if the defective diabetes drug manufacturer had properly disclosed the drug's potential dangers.  In these situations, where a loved one is lost from taking a defective diabetes drug and the drug company knew of the dangers of the drug, but marketed the diabetes drug as safe to make a profit; families are needed to stand up and make sure that the drug company does not get away with this and will not repeat this action to other families.

In fatal cancer diabetes drug lawsuits, diabetes drug attorneys will often work with families to seek compensation for the loss of their loved one.  Though no amount of money will ever replace or bring back their loved one.  The family will often need compensation to replace the lost earnings of their loved one or to pay medical expenses caused by the care needed by their lost loved one.   The fatal diabetes drug lawsuit will usually seek several elements of damages for the family of the deceased including their loss of love, companionship, comfort, assistance, protection, affection and care; the loss of financial support and lost benefits from the death; and loss of inheritance from an untimely death.  These fatal cancer diabetes drug lawsuits will also often include claims for what the decedent would have recovered had the person survived the cancer caused by the drug. These claims are through the decedent's estate and either go to their heirs or beneficiaries depending if the person had done any estate planning. These damages include expenses associated with the death including funeral costs, medical expenses prior to the death, and pain and suffering associated with the untimely death.