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March 2015 Archives

Some over-the-counter products could possibly be defective drugs

Many North Carolina residents rely on various types of over-the-counter drugs to help get them through the physical and mental stresses they incur each day. Some of the most common types of drugs and medications that are readily sold at pharmacies and convenience stores come with a risk of side effects. The level for potential harm can sometimes increase when an individual is taking multiple drugs or medications within a close time frame of each other. Unfortunately, dangerous and defective drugs can result in devastating and even fatal consequences to an individual's health.

Pharmacy errors change lives

A pharmaceutical error can be an easy error to make. However, it can also come with great consequences. A woman recently shared her story of how her life has been forever changed because of one pharmaceutical error. North Carolina readers may have read her story after she entered an essay contest and now shares her story with a broader audience.

Medication Errors Happen More Often Than You Think

There was a great article in Forbes regarding the prevalence of medication errors in hospitals. Whether it happens in-patient at a hospital or through your local walk-in pharmacy, medication errors are on the rise and cause serious consequences.

Low T Therapy May Mean High Risk For Heart Attack & Strokes

Men using testosterone supplement therapies for "Low T" need to be aware of a potential increased risk for heart attack, strokes and blood clots due to these defective drugs. A recent study shows that men using prescription testosterone supplements have an increased risk of suffering heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. In the men studied, the risk of heart attack doubled in the 90 days after beginning use of Low T therapies. This study comes on the heels of another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, finding a 29% increase in stroke, heart attack and death in men undergoing testosterone therapy. In 2009, the Journal of New England Medicine reported that a federally-funded research study on testosterone gels was stopped after researchers noticed that some of the participants were suffering heart attacks and other heart-related problems.

Does Mirena Cause Intracranial Hypertension aka Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC)?

Pseudotumor cerebri (PTC for short) is a debilitating condition that arises when fluid accumulates in the brain creating pressure in the skull. PTC is also known as intracranial hypertension. The increased pressue in the skull is known to cause severe migraine-like headaches. Also, the pressure can cause the optic nerves to swell (papilledema) leading to blurred or double vision or even loss of vision.

J&J Loses Another Pelvic Mesh Case

A California jury has awarded Coleen Perry $5.7 million for the injuries and damages she suffered as the result of a Johnson & Johnson Abbrevo vaginal mesh implant.  This was the first case involving the Abbrevo implant, but just the latest in losses for manufacturers of pelvic mesh devices.  The jury found that the Abbrevo mesh sling was defective and that J&J failed to properly warn doctors and consumers about the device's defects.

Safety Alert - Testosterone Drugs May Increase Risk of Heart Attack

Studies regarding "Low T" testosterone supplement therapies are grabbing everyone's attention, especially the FDA. These studies are indicating that men who use prescription testosterone drugs are at an increased risk for heart attack, stroke and death. The scientific evidence in these reports is so strong that the FDA has announced that it is launching its own investigation into the safety of the potentially dangerous Low T therapies.

Pelvic Mesh Implants - More Harm Than Good

From 2005 to 2010, there were over 4,000 injuries reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following the placement of a transvaginal mesh device also called pelvic slings. This surgical mesh is placed through the vagina to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). POP occurs when the tissue and muscles that surround and support the pelvic organs grow weak or stretch. Often this occurs after childbirth.

Does Zofran Cause Birth Defects?

zofran.jpgThe Law Office of Jean Sutton Martin PLLC is investigating claims of mothers who were prescribed the medication Zofran (ondansetron) for nausea during their first trimester of pregnancy and delivered children with birth defects. Zofran was never tested or approved for use by pregnant women, but the manufacturer GlasoSmithKline pushed the off-label use for morning sickness.

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