New medical devices and prescription drugs are frequently introduced into the market, but some of them are not properly tested before consumers use them. Additionally, manufacturers may know about potential health risks and dangers but do not provide appropriate warnings before offering the product to the public. Many of these products have caused severe injuries to a growing number of people.
Our attorneys have experience handling cases for people injured by dangerous medical products such as faulty metal-on-metal hip replacement devices and poorly designed surgical mesh implants. Our firm also handles nationwide claims for those who have suffered serious side effects from prescription drugs.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries after taking prescription drugs, or after being implanted with a defective medical device, the attorneys at Egerton Law can investigate your claim and determine if you qualify for a lawsuit against the manufacturing company.
Popular Drugs Tainted with Cancer-Causing Substances
Valsartan Blood Pressure Medication, Zantac contaminated with N-DMA
In 2018 the FDA initiated a recall of the generic blood pressure medication Valsartan after it was discovered that many lots of the drug were contaminated with the cancer-causing substance N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). NDMA is a byproduct of a chemical reaction that occurs during the manufacturing process of Valsartan when the atmosphere is too acidic.
NDMA in Valsartan has been linked to numerous types of cancer. While some lots of Valsartan were subject to very low levels of contamination, other lots at certain manufacturing facilities were contaminated with extremely high levels of the carcinogen.
Similarly, Zantac (or ranitidine) has been found to be tainted with the same chemical - NDMA. Low levels of exposure may not be harmful, but the FDA has required manufacturers to conduct testing on all ranitidine and nizatidine products. Any lots with elevated levels of NDMA - above 96 nanograms per day or 0.32 parts per million for ranitidine - should not be released to consumers.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with the following cancers after using Valsartan for high blood pressure, or Zantac (ranitidine) for heartburn, contact the product liability attorneys at Egerton Law today for a consultation about your legal rights.
NDMA has been linked to:
Small intestine cancer
Hernia Mesh Injuries
Hernia Mesh is a medical device that’s implanted within the body by a surgeon—designed to patch or repair an area of the body where fatty tissue, an internal organ or intestine has bulged through a hole or weakness in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue.
While surgical mesh has been used for years to implement repairs, offer support and promote healing, there are numerous reasons why some meshes that are currently in use have a propensity to cause pain, infection and even fail—ultimately requiring corrective/revision surgery and additional recuperation time.
Here are just some of the manufacturers who now make or have made some of the more popular hernia meshes in use. Some specific product names are listed, but the list is not exhaustive—it’s best to contact one of our knowledgeable hernia mesh attorneys to understand if the maker of your mesh is one known to have problems.
Atrium – C-Qur hernia mesh
C.R. Bard (Davol) – 3D Max, Kugel, Composix, Sepramesh and Ventrio meshes
Covidien (Tyco) – Parietex and Surgipro mesh
Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson – Physiomesh
We have helped many individuals who have suffered after undergoing a hernia repair with mesh. Our experienced legal team can evaluate your specific case with no out-of-pocket cost to you—the evaluation is free.
Hip Replacement Recalls
Certain metal-on-metal hip replacement devices were voluntarily recalled by their manufacturers after reports of high failure rates, including:
- Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR)
- Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System
- DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System
- Zimmer Durom Acetabular Component
- Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Systems
- Biomet M2a Magnum and M2a 38 Hip Systems
In addition to these recalls, several other metal-on-metal hip implant systems are undergoing litigation to determine whether the manufacturer will have to pay for injuries suffered by the recipients of these devices, including the DePuy Pinnacle. Call 1-800-800-4529 if you have any questions about your metal-on-metal hip replacement.
Knee Replacement Failures
Smith & Nephew, DePuy, Zimmer, and Stryker have also recalled various knee replacement devices after high failure rates were reported. Additionally, recent studies have shown that certain types of bone cement used in knee replacement surgery are likely to fail within just a few years of the implant date. Whether the bone cement or knee replacement components fail, the result is typically a total knee revision surgery. Our attorneys can help determine if you have a claim against the knee replacement manufacturer. Contact our office if you have had serious injuries after knee replacement surgery.
Allergan BIOCELL Breast Implants
On the U.S. market since 2006, Allergan's BIOCELL textured breast implants have been linked to a severely increased risk of breast implant-related anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Other implants on the market with smooth surfaces do not carry the same risks. In July 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that Allergan recall its textured breast implant products after reports of cancer and, in some cases, death.
BIA-ALCL is not a typical breast cancer, but rather a cancer of the lymphatic system. It can form in the capsule surrounding the breast implant. Symptoms of this dangerous disease include pain, swelling, and lumps around the breast. Doctors can diagnose BIA-ALCL by testing fluid for biomarker CD30. If CD30 is present, your doctor will probably recomment that you have the BIOCELL textured breast implants removed, along with removal of the surrounding scar capsule.
The list of Allergan BIOCELL products subject to the recall is extensive and can be found by clicking here. If you or a loved one has experienced symptoms of swelling and pain after receiving these products, seek medical treatment and contact Egerton Law to discuss your legal rights.
Essure Birth Control Implant
Bayer's implantable permanant birth control product Essure will no longer be available in the US after 2019. This is after multiple changes in the warning labels and protocols required by the FDA.
Since 2002 thousands of woman have been implanted with Essure. The metal product is implanted in the fallopian tubes to create scarring that will block eggs from moving into theuterus. Reports of serious injuries including perforation, migration, and breakage of the device have led to many women undergoing risky operations to remove the device. Some women have required complete hysterectomies.
In 2016 the FDA required Bayer to update its warnings accompanying Essure to more adequately warn about the risks of the device. Then, after continued reports of complications, in 2018 additional requirements were implemented by the FDA, restricting sales of the product to a limited number of US facilities. Following the sales restriction, Bayer announced it would no longer sell the product after December 2018, and that all products must be returned to the company by December 2019.
Women who have suffered injury requiring removal of the Essure birth control device should contact an attorney to discuss their potential claim against the manufacturer. The attorneys at Egerton Law can help you determine whether you have a claim. Call 1-800-800-4LAW for a free consultation regarding your Essure injury claim.
Dangerous Prescription Drugs
You have probably seen the commercials listing dozens of potential side effects of prescription drugs. Sometimes, the risks of taking these drugs are greater than advertised or the side effects listed do not include all of the possible injuries that can be caused by a drug. The list of drug products with serious side effects is long. The attorneys at Egerton Law have represented clients injured by drugs such as Actos, Xarelto, and Vioxx.
Our attorneys investigate claims of injuries caused by drugs, and we can help determine if you have a claim against the manufacturer. Call us at 1-800-800-4529 if you have suffered serious and unexpected injuries after taking a prescription drug.
Other Medical Devices and Health Products
Several other products have been reported to cause severe injuries to those who consume the product. Medical devices designed to be inserted or implanted in the body should pass the toughest of tests before approval, but this is not always the case. Our attorneys investigate claims of injuries caused by other medical devices and products, and we can help determine if you have a claim against the manufacturer. Call us at 1-800-800-4529 if you have suffered serious and unexpected injuries after using any of these products.