Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2016 at 3:02 pm
Many reading this have heard about (or seen advertisements on TV) regarding “Mass Tort” claims. Generally, these cases involve defective or dangerous consumer products, medications or medical devices. Some of the more well-known have involved asbestos products, TVM (trans-vaginal mesh) and various medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
In order to effectively and efficiently handle these cases, the lawyers must be skilled, knowledgeable and experienced. The Winston Law Firm is proud to announce we have forged a relationship with one of the nation’s leading Mass Tort law firms, and are accepting cases and claims for clients who have (or may) suffered adverse consequences from the following:
Proton Pump Inhibitor cases (Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Zegarid) – Brand and OTC are both going to be great cases. Manufacturers have known for 20 years these drugs cause kidney disease and injury. Finally, in December of 2014, manufacturers changed their package inserts and labels to warn of an association with PPIs and interstitial nephritis, diagnosed by kidney biopsy. However, no general warning regarding chronic kidney disease was ever added. Also the OTC versions never contained any warnings.
Our acceptance criteria is very broad on these right now. We are accepting cases with PPI ingestion and diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, acute kidney injury, renal or kidney failure, acute interstitial nephritis, dialysis treatment, kidney removal/transplant or related death.
Onglyza, Kombiglyze XR (diabetes medications) – The FDA just issued risk warning letter for heart failure and stroke. The manufacturer’s own huge study, from which they were wanting to show the drug also helped prevent heart problems, showed a 27% increase in hospitalizations vs placebo.
Fluoroquinolones (Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro, Noroxin, Floxin, Factive) – These drugs can cause aortic aneurysms/aortic dissections. JAMA and the British Medical Journal have found these drugs more than double the risk of suffering an aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection.
Fluoroquinolones (Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro, Noroxin, Floxin, Factive) – These drugs can also cause peripheral neuropathy (pain, burning, numbness or loss of use of hands or feet).
Xarelto – blood thinner – This drug can cause strokes, blood clots and internal bleeding. Xarelto received FDA approval in 2011 to reduce the risk of strokes, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients who have undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. Xarelto, like other blood thinners, carries a risk of internal bleeding. However, there is evidence showing that Xarelto is not as safe or effective as other blood thinners and that the internal bleeding caused by Xarelto cannot be controlled or reversed by physicians, unlike the traditional class of blood thinners, which includes Coumadin® (warfarin). The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) advises that Xarelto has been associated with “serious, disabling or fatal injury,” including blood clots or thromboembolic events.
Talc (Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products) – Can cause ovarian cancer. We tend to think of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson as a common and safe household item used to prevent dryness and rashes in a variety of applications. However, these common household products contain a dangerous substance known as “Talc” or “Talcum Powder” which have been shown to be associated with the development of ovarian cancer when used regularly near a women’s pelvic region.