Dangerous Pharmaceutical Drug Cases

Glasheen, Valles & Inderman represents clients who have been injured by dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. Manufacturers of these drugs have a duty to make them safe for their intended use. All to often, it turns out that these drugs  are in fact not safe to use. Sometimes the manufacturer knows about these dangers ahead of time and conceals them, and other times they do not adequately warn the public about the dangers. In any case, if you or a loved one has been injured by taking a pharmaceutical drug, call Glasheen, Valles & Inderman today to speak with one of our personal injury attorneys and discuss your case.

Xarelto

Xarelto is a blood-thinning drug that was approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011. It was prescribed to: minimize the risk stroke, minimize the risk of blood clots, and treat pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis.

Xarelto is a dangerous drug because it causes bleeding in patients that is difficult to stop. Blood-thinning drugs before Xarelto, like Coumadin, often had a reversal agent, which allows doctors to reverse the thinning effect the drug has on the blood if bleeding occurs. This is life-saving because if a patient is in surgery or otherwise experiences a severe bleeding event, the ability to “thicken” the otherwise-thinned blood can save the patient’s life. Xarelto does not have a reversal agent, making it extremely dangerous.

Another reason Xarelto is a dangerous drug is the advertised lack of doctor blood monitoring. Serious blood-thinning drugs like Xarelto often require the patient to visit their doctor regularly (e.g. once per month) to have their blood tested. If the blood is too thin, the doctor can lower the dosage; if the blood is not thin enough, the doctor can increase the dosage. By discouraging and advertising against blood monitoring, Xarelto only increases the chances that a patient will experience a several bleeding event.

Xarelto also advertises that patients need only take the pill once per day. For some patients, this leads to “highs and lows” in dosage: highs when the pill is first ingested, and lows 18 to 24 hours after the pill is ingested. This once-per-day regimen is good for marketing purposes—it makes the drug more convenient and more likely to sell—but it is more dangerous for the patients who take it.

Xarelto has been linked to the following side effects:

  • Internal bleeding or hemorrhaging
  • Embolism
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Brain hemorrhaging
  • Intestinal bleeding
  • Persistent nose bleeds
  • Persistent bleeding from cuts
  • Persistent bleeding from gums
  • Coughing up blood
  • Uncommon bruising
  • Uncommon swelling, pain or discomfort
  • Blood in urine or blood in stools
  • Persistent bleeding from gums
  • Heavy or prolonged menstrual blood flow
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Headaches, fainting and dizziness

If you or someone you know has been prescribed Xarelto and has later experienced a severe bleeding event, call us today to discuss your case. Initial consultations are always free and you have no obligation.

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Testosterone

Testosterone has been prescribed and sold to men who have low testosterone levels. However, it has also been marketed to virtually every adult male experiencing low energy levels, low sexual drive, and low levels of fitness. Less than half of the men taking testosterone in the U.S. today actually suffer from low testosterone levels.

Testosterone has been shown to double the risk of heart attack amount men over the age of 65 and triple the risk of heart attack in men younger than the age of 65 who have a history of heart disease. The FDA is currently investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men who are prescribed testosterone products.

If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack or stroke after taking testosterone, call Glasheen, Valles & Inderman today to speak with one of our attorneys about your case.

Talcum Powder

Talcum powder has been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Talcum powder has been used by adult women over the past several decades to keep the groin area cool and comfortable and discourage the development of vaginal odors. Litigation regarding this substance has already been filed, and one trial has already even completed. If you or someone you know has developed ovarian cancer and has used talcum powder in the past, call us today to discus your claim.