When you visit your doctor or pharmacy, you should be able to walk away confident that any prescription or device you receive is safe. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. There are actually many medical products currently on the market or in use by patients that could be dangerous – but the good news is that there are legal professionals committed to protecting consumers.
In addition to handling car accidents, worker’s compensation claims, and more traditional medical malpractice cases, many personal injury attorneys defend consumers who have been harmed by defective products, including medical devices and pharmaceuticals. So if you’ve been sickened or injured by one of these products, it’s time to step forward. You could be eligible for damages, and your claim could help protect others from harm down the road.
The Buzz About Zantac
Zantac, the brand name for the generic antacid ranitidine, is a popular H2 blocker, or it was until all forms of the drug were recalled in April 2020. The reason? A number of lots of ranitidine seem to contain the carcinogenic compound, NDMA. Though there remains some debate around the science, specifically regarding whether the NDMA is a contaminate or an intrinsic aspect of the pharmaceutical compound, the general consensus is that this simple medication could contribute to a variety of cancers.
Because ranitidine is an OTC medication found in pharmacies, and it is interchangeable with a number of other H2 blockers, many consumers aren’t aware of the risks. However, experts in pharmaceutical litigation can help victims and their families pursue compensation from drug manufacturers. Pulling the drug from the market isn’t enough; victims need to be made whole.
Metallosis Attacks The Muscles
Another commonly used product that has done more harm than good are metal-on-metal replacement joints, particularly hips. Designed for durability and meant to restore motion to injured or aging individuals, over time, metal-on-metal joints can degrade, the parts rubbing together and releasing metal ions into the body.
When metal-on-metal joints break down, users don’t typically experience functional problems. Instead, the ions may be toxic and can poison the muscle and lead to other forms of toxicity, but unfortunately the recalls on such joints aren’t always prioritized. Instead, patients have to wait to get sick for their doctors to address the problem, at which point it may be too late to undo the damage.
Paraguard Problems Return
The Paraguard IUD has been around since the 1980s, so one would think that any problems with the device would have become evident years ago. However, after recent lawsuits highlighting how the Mirena IUD may migrate and cause organ perforations, doctors, patients, and lawyers have raised concerns that Paraguard could cause the same problems. In fact, the problem may be even more acute with Paraguard, as it is made of copper, rather than plastic.
A Broken System
With th exception of food recalls, the majority of product recalls aren’t well-publicized. Instead, they on word of mouth, news articles, and consumer concerns, which often isn’t enough to get important information to users. This problem is even more serious when it comes to medications and medical devices, however, and the result of this broken system is evident in the more than 200,000 medical device and over 1.6 million prescription drug injuries patients experience each year. Patients deserve better, and our legal system can help them make those demands.