Drug Injury

Antidepressant Drug Injuries

by Staff Blogger | April 27th, 2015

Antipsychotic and antidepressant medications can be essential to the treatment of certain mental disorders and diseases; however, the California drug injury lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain these medications can cause a patient serious harm.

These risks are especially concerning for at-risk children who are under governmental care or in the foster care system. About 1 in 4 children in the California foster home system have been prescribed antidepressants. According to an article from the L.A. Times, these reports and statistics have prompted legislators to look into the efficacy of these treatment options.

Cymbalta®is a powerful antidepressant that’s used to treat anxiety, depression, and pain associated with fibromyalgia. While the drug is effective, ceasing a regimen of the drug cold turkey can result in serious side effects such as seizures, vomiting, tingling of the skin, and the sensation of being electrocuted.

Risperdal® is another medication that’s used to treat psychotic conditions but presents safety risks to certain patients. Young men who have taken the drug have reported hormone imbalances that can result in the development of abnormally large breast tissue—a condition known as gynecomastia.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we understand the risks associated with taking certain medications. That’s why we are hopeful more can be done to protect the health and safety of patients in our state, especially those who do not have anyone to advocate on their behalf.

What You Need to Know to Prevent a Xarelto Drug Injury

by Staff Blogger | October 6th, 2014

Taking anticoagulants that thin your blood can be an effective way to help those who are prone to heart attacks or stroke prevent such a health event from occurring. But it’s important to know that consuming certain versions of these drugs—like Xarelto— can also prevent your body from stopping a bleeding event if one occurs.

A study published by the National Institutes of Health showed patients who take Xarelto and either undergo hip surgery, suffer from Acute Coronary Syndrome, or are acutely ill are at an increased risk of being unable to stop bleeding. This particular Xarelto side effect has proven deadly to patients in the past.

If you’re taking Xarelto, it’s important to not only be aware of the risks involved with taking the drug, but also your legal rights. If you’ve suffered an injury associated with taking this particular medicine, you may be able to file a Xarelto drug injury lawsuit. But proving such a case can often be a difficult process.

That’s why it’s important to have a California personal injury lawyer by your side through each step of the civil litigation process.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know how difficult it can be to overcome a drug injury, and we’re here to help. To find out more about what we can do for you, give us a call today at (800) 400-2374.

California Drug Injury Lawyers Examine Risks With Cardiac Nuclear Stress Test Medications

by Staff Blogger | December 2nd, 2013

December 2, 2013

While testing of the heart can be vital to determining the health and strength of the organ, the use of certain drugs during the testing can prove to be extremely dangerous. The California Drug Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers explain researchers have discovered a risk of heart attack and death when using the medications Lexiscan (regadenoson) and Adenoscan (adenosine).

A press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states the drugs are used in cardiac nuclear stress tests for patients who are unable to exercise. The medications can help doctors and medical staff to identify symptoms of coronary artery disease in these individuals.

The drugs work by increasing blood flow to identify blockages and the blood typically flows to healthier areas of the body. However, researchers have stated the increased blood flow can also lead to a risk of the patient suffering a heart attack, and potentially, death.

In response to the problems, the FDA is planning to update the warning labels on the products. Furthermore, the agency is stating that resuscitation equipment and trained staff be on hand when and if the drugs are administered to a patient.

Berg Injury Lawyers and their team of California Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers certain medications can pose to users. That is why the firm urges patients to read all warning labels on a medication and discuss any questions with your physician prior to beginning a regimen of medication.

FDA Announces Recall of Benztropine Mesylate Injections Due To Contamination

by Staff Blogger | July 8th, 2013

July 8, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has partnered with Fresenius Kabi USA in initiating the voluntary recall of four lots of the company’s single-dose injections of Benztropine Mesylate. Reports indicate the recall is being conducted due to contamination that could potentially cause patients using the medication to suffer a Drug Injury.

According to an FDA press release, the drug is used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and tardive dyskinesia. However, officials announced the recall after glass particles were found inside a vial of the drug. Further testing discovered glass particulates in numerous doses of the drug from different lots. Experts say that using the medication containing the glass particulates in the vial could result in numerous adverse health events, including:

  • Thromboembolism
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Phlebitis
  • Activation of Platelets
  • Mechanical Block of the Capillaries or Arterioles
  • Development of Granulomas

While no significant injuries have been associated with the recall, anyone in possession of the affected drugs has been instructed to halt their use immediately. Affected medications should be disposed of immediately. The manufacturer should then be contacted to receive replacement products.

The California Personal Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers are aware of how dangerous using a recalled medication can be. That is why the firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if you have been harmed as the result of taking a medication that was later recalled.

Avastin Drug Injury Prompts Recalls By The FDA

by Staff Blogger | March 26th, 2013

March 25, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of all products made by two separate compounding companies due to contamination hazards.

The agency issued a press release this past week indicating action was being taken in regards to Magnesium Sulfate injections made by Med Prep Consulting, Inc. The recall was initiated after several reports were received of particulate being discovered in bags of the intravenous solution. Further testing uncovered the particulate to be mold. The following day, it was announced all products manufactured by the company were being recalled because of contamination risks.

On the same day as the initial recall for Med Prep products, the FDA also announced a similar recall on doses of the drug, Avastin®, packaged by the company, Clinical Specialties. Avastin® is used off-label as a treatment for macular degeneration. Officials say patients reportedly suffered an Avastin® Drug Injury, including internal eye infections, as a result of receiving an injection of the medication. Similar instances of infection that resulted in blindness have been documented in the past.

The FDA says anyone in possession of either product have been instructed to halt its use immediately.

The California Personal Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers recognize the risks associated with the use of these products and are here to answer any questions you may have if you have been harmed by a medication prescribed to you by a doctor.

UC Davis Doctor Accused Again Of Medical Malpractice

by Staff Blogger | August 20th, 2012

August 20, 2012

Controversy is swirling regarding allegations of medical malpractice against a neurosurgeon from The University of California-Davis campus. The Sacramento Bee reports the claims of malpractice stem from the doctor performing botched cancer treatments on patients, which resulted in California drug injuries and other medical errors.

Court documents from 11 previous medical malpractice lawsuits against the doctor show that he has repeatedly put patients in danger. In one case, he attempted to treat three patients with terminal brain cancer by opening their skulls and injecting bacteria. All three patients died a short time after the procedure. He left another woman paralyzed after performing surgery to remove a tumor from her skull, then told her he did not know what went wrong with the procedure.

Many of these lawsuits are also partially blaming UC Davis for giving the doctor credentials to practice in the United States. The doctor, who is a native of the Netherlands, is not board-certified in the U.S., nor does he have a medical license in the state of California. He is only able to practice medicine in the country through a “special faculty permit” issued to him by the university.

The California personal injury lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers encourage everyone to take a look at your doctor’s credentials before agreeing to any treatment or surgery they recommend. Doing so will help ensure that you are getting knowledgeable care from a qualified physician.

California’s Medical Malpractice Laws Under Heavy Scrutiny

by Staff Blogger | July 30th, 2012

July 30, 2012

California’s laws and regulations regarding the caps on damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits are being challenged by claims that the laws may be unconstitutional. According to The Sacramento Bee, current laws place unfair limits on the amount that can be given to a victim at $250,000, leaving the majority of damages to be received through economic and punitive damages, such as lost wages.

Many California medical malpractice lawsuits involve children or the elderly who are not wage earners, leaving them unable to collect more than the cap even in the event that a procedure done by a negligent doctor left them permanently disabled.

The case of an attorney who died as the result of respiratory failure caused by a California Drug Injury following a procedure has claimed that these laws do not allow victims and their families “…the full right to a jury trial and are in violation of equal protection laws since the caps only apply to medical malpractice claims but not other types of injury lawsuits.

Those in favor of the laws say that caps are the only way that many practices can afford to cover expenses related to liability coverage.

The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers understand the frustrations that can come from an injury caused by the negligence of another and are here to help you explore your legal options if you have been harmed by another person’s mistake.

Findings Show Roche Failed To Analyze 80,000 Reports Of Side Effects

by Staff Blogger | June 25th, 2012

June 25, 2012

It has recently come to light that numerous drug injuries may have been overlooked in reports about the possible side effects of medications manufactured by Roche. According to The Sacramento Bee, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) discovered the discrepancies last month during a routine audit.

The agency found that roughly 80,000 reports of adverse events, including 15,000 deaths which could be connected to Roche medications, have never been analyzed.

These reports were collected after the drugs went on the market as the company’s way to ensure that adverse events that may otherwise be missed during clinical trials are caught and corrected.

Roche acknowledged the problem by saying that the company’ reporting system failed to receive the information about the adverse events, therefore the information was never passed on to health officials. The company stated that the oversight was not intentional and that they were working vigorously to remedy the problem.

EMA spokeswoman Monika Benstetter added, “Based on the information we have, there is no need for patients to change their treatment, but we need more evidence that these deficiencies are being addressed.” Roche has until Wednesday of this week to offer a proposal on how the company plans to evaluate all of the reports.

The California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers would advise anyone who has suffered a California Drug Injury after taking a medication to contact an experienced attorney immediately.


Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Can Strike At Any Time

by admin | May 21st, 2012

May 21, 2012

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a devastating disease that affects around 300 individuals per year. The cause of the disease is considered idiopathic, but often times, there is a strong link between the disease and medications. The disease results in the separation of skin layers, leading to:

  • blindness,
  • blisters or Rashes on the skin and mucous membranes,
  • fever, headache, sore throat, and nausea,
  • and even death

Patients suffering from the disease can often be compensated if the condition can be linked with a medication. Take for instance the case of Bartlett v. Mutual Pharmaceutical, which the First Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled on several weeks ago. According to court documents, Mutual was ordered to pay a New Hampshire woman $21 million in damages after she developed SJS while taking one of the company’s medications.

The suit claimed that after taking Sulindac for shoulder pain, she developed the disorder within a year. During that time, more than 30% of her body became blistered or turned to open wounds. Now she cannot eat normally due to esophageal burns and is nearly blind.

The California Drug Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers would suggest the best way to avoid developing this condition is to discuss all warnings on a medication with your doctor before beginning a regimen of new drugs. If you experience any adverse events after beginning a new medication, stop taking it immediately and call your doctor or pharmacist.