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Dallas Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Lawyer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for overseeing all newly-released market drugs and medical devices in the US. Manufacturers have an obligation to undergo a meticulous and thorough testing process prior to usage approval.

In most cases, these drugs and devices provide patients with safe and effective treatment options for severe medical conditions. However, occasionally drugs and devices fail to meet the proper requirements, resulting in significant side effects, irremediable health ramifications, or in worst cases, death.

Despite the anguish caused by these drugs or devices, they can remain on the market for an extended period of time before being recalled, leading to a substantial amount of injuries of deaths. Drug manufacturers are held accountable to warn users of the risks correlated with each medication.

If they fail to meet this requirement, they are liable for any suffering endured by the consumer. If you or a loved one has suffered from the ill effects of a pharmaceutical drug or a defective medical device, it is imperative to seek legal representation with a Dallas pharmaceutical lawyer at our firm.

Actos® Drug Injury Lawyer

The ninth best-selling drug in the US in 2010, Actos (pioglitazone hydrochloride) is a Type 2 diabetes drug commonly used with a diet and exercise program. However, the FDA warns that the consistent use of the drug for more than one year has been associated with 40% increases in risk for bladder cancer.

The FDA recommends patients to contact a medical professional immediately if they experience the following:

  • Blood or red color in urine
  • Urgent need to urinate or pain while urinating
  • Pain in back or lower abdomen

Information about the risk of bladder cancer associated with Actos has been added to the Warnings and Precautions section of the label for pioglitazone-containing medicines as well as the patient Medication Guide. The active ingredient in Actos (pioglitazone) is also sold in combination with metformin (Actoplus Met®, Actoplus Met XR®) and glimepiride (Duetact®). From January 2010 through October 2010, approximately 2.3 million patients filled a prescription for a pioglitazone-containing product from outpatient retail pharmacies.

Never stop taking any medication without first consulting your doctor. Actos®, Actoplus Met®, Actoplus Met XR®, and Duetact® are registered trademarks of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and are used here only for the purpose of identifying the products in question. This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited.

SSRI Birth Defect Lawyer

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are widely prescribed for the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and social phobia in order to correct chemical imbalances in the brain. In regards to normal body function, chemicals called neurotransmitters send signals from one nerve cell to another. SSRIs act on one particular neurotransmitter, serotonin, reducing its reentry into nerve cells in order to develop an increase in serotonin.

Recent studies determined mothers who used SSRIs during pregnancy has been linked to babies born with birth defects which can be severe and life-threatening. Due to the similar way SSRIs interact with our brains, the entire class of drugs has correlated with birth defects.

Specific products include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Celexa® (citalopram)
  • Lexapro® (escitalopram)
  • Luvox® (fluvoxamine)
  • Paxil® (paroxetine)
  • Prozac® (fluoxetine)
  • Symbyax® (olanzapine/fluoxetine)
  • Zoloft® (sertraline)

Celexa® and Lexapro® are registered trademarks of Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Luvox® is a registered trademark of Solvay Pharmaceuticals. Paxil® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline. Prozac® and Symbyax® are registered trademarks of Eli Lilly and Company. Zoloft® is a registered trademark of Pfizer Inc. All trademarks are used to identify the products in question.

Birth Defects Caused By SSRIs Taken During Pregnancy

The FDA reported that one study showed infants born to mothers who took SSRIs after the 20th week of pregnancy were six times more likely to have persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) than infants born to mothers who did not take antidepressants during pregnancy.

A mother who takes an SSRI drug may have a child born with this serious condition, which occurs when a newborn is unable to adapt to breathing outside the womb. This results in the child suffering from abnormal blood flow through the heart and lungs, leading to a lack of oxygen supplied to the rest of the body. Babies with PPHN can become very sick and may die.

Such birth defects could include:

  • Omphalocele
  • Spina bifida
  • Anencephaly
  • Limb malformation (ex: club foot)
  • Heart defects such as atrial septal defects (ASD) or ventricular septal defects (VSD)
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension in a newborn (PPHN)
  • Craniosynostosis (premature closing of the skull bones)
  • Craniofacial defects, including cleft lip or cleft palate

Dallas Transvaginal Mesh Injury Attorney

Transvaginal mesh is a thin and flexible piece of material that is implanted into a woman’s vagina. It is designed to protect against pelvic organ prolapse (where the pelvic muscles become weak and let the uterus, rectum, or bladder fall into the vagina), and stress urinary incontinence (uncontrollable bladder functions brought on by laughing, exercising, or other forceful actions). While the product is FDA-approved, it has been categorized as a Class III device, which carries an extremely high level of risk.

Injuries that have resulted from using transvaginal mesh include:

  • Tissue deterioration (erosion)
  • Organ perforation
  • Scarring of the vagina
  • Painful intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Infections
  • Urinary and neuro-muscular problems

Transvaginal mesh may cause pain and bleeding in patients. Nerve damage may also occur, and some patients may need to undergo revision surgery. While the FDA has issued warnings about the risks of this product, some surgeons continue to implant it in patients. Our transvaginal mesh injury lawyer in Dallas can help you file a lawsuit against those responsible, and diligently represent you as you pursue compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Seek Legal Representation With Our Trusted & Experienced Pharmaceutical Lawyer

At Gresham, P.C., our staff is dedicated to fighting for the justice of our clients who have been severely injured taking life-threatening pharmaceutical drugs or using defective medical devices. Don’t let the negligent of medical manufacturers cause more damage to your life, let us protect your rights and help you get your life back on track.

Let our firm help you through the legal process. Call us today at (972) 387-4040 and fight for the justice that you deserve.