When Medication and Medical Devices Cause Harm
When a person approaches a medical provider for help with a sickness or injury, they do so with the belief that the treatments prescribed by the provider will not bring them any harm. They willingly take prescribed medications or have medical devices implanted so that their illnesses or injures can be healed. They do not, however, take these medications or use these devices with the intention of being harmed.
Yet, that is exactly what has been happening in greater and greater frequency in the medial field.
In the last few years, it has been almost indescribable how many medications and medical devices are being black boxed or pulled from the market due to the harm they are causing the patients.
A Sampling Of Dangerous Drugs And Medical Devices
• Januvia Prescribed as a secondary medication for those suffering from Type II diabetes, this medication has been directly connected to an increased risk of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. Many people who develop pancreatitis, a very painful and debilitating disorder, will often later develop pancreatic cancer, the most aggressive type of cancer known to medical science.
• Lipitor Lipitor is one of the most commonly prescribed cholesterol-reducing drugs on the market. Recent studies have concluded that women over the age of 45 are developing Type II diabetes from using this medication. According to www.doyleraizner.com/lipitor-diabetes-lawyer, “women should have been warned of the potential risk of developing type 2 diabetes and the resulting health risks.”
• Transvaginal Mesh This mesh is used to fix bladder problems in women. The material, thought to be safe, has begun to erode the bladder and cause many different issues. Many women are in unimaginable pain from this device and are permanently disabled.
• Propecia Propecia was marketed as a way for men to stop hair loss and regrow lost hair. It was discovered shortly after the medication made it to the market that it caused severe prostate problems, impotency that could not be reversed, and other severe side effects to the patients that took the medication.
• Dupuy Hip Replacement This hip joint as designed to help people with severe arthritis or injuries be able to walk again. This full joint is replaced and the patient should be mobile within days. However, it was discovered that this metal-on-metal replacement joint was rubbing and causing metal shavings to enter the system and poison the patient. Other patients saw the joint totally collapse, forcing additional surgeries to have the joint re-replaced.
This is just very small sampling of dangerous medications and devices that are being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at this time. The FDA has an extensive list of dangerous medications and devices that can be accessed any time on their website.
If you have been injured by a dangerous medication or dangerous medical device, you do have rights to seek monetary compensation for your injuries. You should immediately contact a personal injury attorney that specializes in dangerous medications or bad medical device cases. They will be able to help you file a claim for compensation or make you a part of a class-action suit. An attorney will be able to evaluate the case and determine how to proceed in obtaining the right type of compensation for each individual case.
Freelance artist and author Molly Pearce often addresses the important subjects of health and human rights in her work. The legal website www.doyleraizner.com/lipitor-lawsuit-diabetes-lawyer helped to fill out her online research for this post. As a mother she takes great caution with the medications that are prescribed to her and her family.
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