Commonly Asked Questions—and Answers—About Wisconsin Pharmaceutical Class Actions

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  • I know that traditional birth control pills can increase a woman’s risk of heart attack and stroke. Is the NuvaRing safer?

    Many women are aware of the potential dangers of birth control pills. Oral contraceptives are associated with an increased risk of blood clots, heart attack and stroke—even in young women. These women like the convenience and effectiveness of the pill, but they want a safer alternative. Some choose hormonal contraceptive devices like NuvaRing because they believe that the steady, low dose of hormones is less risky. But recent research shows that NuvaRing may be even more dangerous than many birth control pills.

    Studies show that women who use NuvaRing have a 50 to 90 percent greater risk of blood clots than women who use birth control pills. NuvaRing has also been linked to pancreatitis, gall bladder disease, and liver tumors.

    Possible NuvaRing Side Effects

    • Toxic shock syndrome (TSS)
    • Increase in blood pressure
    • Blood clots
    • Thrombophlebitis (painful swelling of a vein)
    • Deep vein embolisms (DVE)
    • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
    • Retinal thrombosis (a blood clot in the eye)
    • Pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lung)
    • Stroke (a blood clot or broken blood vessel in the brain)
    • Heart attack
    • Pancreatitis
    • Gall bladder disease
    • Liver tumors
    • Death
       

    NuvaRing was approved for use in 2001. Since then, the FDA has received more than 5,000 reports of adverse effects in NuvaRing users. NuvaRing has been associated with more than 40 deaths.

    If you have suffered a blood clot while using NuvaRing, we encouraged you to discuss your condition with our pharmaceutical injury attorneys. You may qualify to take part in a NuvaRing injury lawsuit. Contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678 to learn more.

  • What are some of the different hip implants that are currently under scrutiny and subject of pharmaceutical class action lawsuits?

    Modern medicine is simply amazing. The ability to implant products inside of our bodies to substitute for broken down body parts is great. It is great as long as the company providing the implanted device has taken all appropriate steps to ensure the object is safe for long-term use.

    We’re sad to say that some hip implants have become notorious for failing that long-term reliability test.

    Hip implants have come to be routinely used for people whose natural hip joints have been ravaged by time, injury, or disease. Unfortunately, a number of hip implants have been shown to cause problems for those who use them. A hip implant that is defective can cause a great deal of pain, sickness, and complications.

    Hip implants that are currently causing problems include:

    • Depuy hip implant. Two Depuy hip implants have been recalled, the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System. The implants have caused patients to suffer from pain and other symptoms that required a surgery to fix the implant. It also caused metal poisoning due to the metal-on-metal design.
       
    • Stryker hip implant. The Stryker hip implant is being subject to scrutiny due to two metal hip components that could fret or corrode. This can cause the patient to experience pain, swelling, and inflammation in the tissue surrounding the implant. Stryker implants have also been linked to metal poising that can lead to heart, nervous system, and thyroid problems.
       
    • Biomet hip implant. Like other metal-on-metal designs, the Biomet implant has been linked to metal toxicity. It has also been known to cause problems due to implant failure. The bone and tissue surrounding the implant can also suffer.
       

    Defective implants almost always require additional surgery to remove and replace the bad device. This surgery is risky and often leaves the patient with some amount of permanent disability.

    If you have been the victim of a pharmaceutical or medical device defect, you may be entitled to compensation. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation.

  • If the FDA knew about the potential dangers of acetaminophen overdoses in the 1970s, why wasn’t my family warned before my spouse died? Should we call a Bloomington class action lawyer?

    We are sorry to hear about the death of your spouse. It may be frustrating to know that in 1977, an expert panel advised the FDA that additional warnings should be added to acetaminophen medication labels about the potential risk of liver damage. The concern, even then, was about the possibility of serious or fatal liver damage when too much acetaminophen was taken at one time.

    However, it wasn’t until Tylenol’s labels began to be changed in the 1990s and 2000s that the manufacturer specifically acknowledged a link between overdoses and liver damage on consumer packaging. Today, questions remain as to whether the warnings provided on Tylenol labels (and on other drugs containing acetaminophen) are sufficient.

    If you suffered liver damage or if a loved one died from liver damage after an acetaminophen overdose, then it is important to contact an experienced Bloomington class action lawyer for help. In some cases, a drug company’s failure to provide adequate warnings to patients or consumers can mean that an injured party, or his or her survivors, will be able to recover damages.

    For more information about your specific case we encourage you to contact a Bloomington class action lawyer today to schedule a FREE, no obligation consultation about your legal rights and possible recovery. Our Illinois class action attorneys welcome your inquiry via this website or by phone at 309-827-4800 or 866-532-4800.

  • Why is Johnson & Johnson issuing new Tylenol warnings? Do I need to call a Cedar Rapids class action lawyer if I take Tylenol?

    Tylenol contains acetaminophen, and reports of serious—and sometimes fatal—acetaminophen overdoses are not new. However, what is new is Johnson & Johnson’s plan to change the warnings on bottles of Extra-Strength Tylenol this month and on the packaging of other Tylenol products in the coming months.

    It has been reported that Johnson & Johnson is changing labels now because of increased pressure both from lawsuits and from the federal government. Acetaminophen overdoses are said to kill hundreds of people and injures tens of thousands more people every year, though not every death and injury is associated with Tylenol specifically.

    The new warnings will reportedly alert Tylenol users to the serious and potentially fatal risks of an acetaminophen overdose. It is important to use Tylenol, and all other medications, as directed.

    The vast majority of Tylenol users will not have a need to call a Cedar Rapids class action lawyer, because most people use Tylenol without injury. However, if you have been hurt—or if a loved one has been killed—by a Tylenol overdose, then it may be important to contact a Cedar Rapids class action attorney to discuss your legal rights and your possible recovery.

    You can reach an experienced Iowa class action lawyer via this website or by calling 319-731-9009 or 888-807-2752 today. We would be pleased to schedule a FREE initial consultation with you to discuss your specific injuries and possible legal options in more detail.

  • I’ve suffered a horrible side effect from a drug that my Milwaukee doctor prescribed. I’m hesitant to go back to the doctor. I don’t want to get worse or take another drug that could harm me. Who can I trust now?

    It can be frightening, painful, and dangerous to suffer a side effect from a drug that was prescribed to you by a trusted Milwaukee physician. However, it is important that you get medical attention. Your doctor may not have been aware of the side effects of the medication that was initially prescribed. However, your doctor or another physician whom you chose to see may be able to help you recover from those side effects and treat the medical condition for which you were taking the drug.

    Once your immediate medical needs have been taken care of, it is also important for you to get legal attention. If you suffer a serious side effect from a drug that was prescribed a Wisconsin doctor, then you may be able to recover damages for your injuries in some cases. For example, you may be able to recover damages if the pharmaceutical company that made the drug knew—or should have known—about the side effect risks.

    Thus, it is important that you find both a doctor and a Milwaukee class action lawyer whom you trust if you have been hurt by a prescription drug. For more information and to schedule an initial consultation, please contact one of our Milwaukee class action attorneys today at 800-800-5678.

  • What are the signs and symptoms of a NuvaRing blood clot?

    NuvaRing is a combined hormonal contraceptive vaginal ring. Women insert the ring once a month, and it releases a low dose of progestin and estrogen over a three-week period. NuvaRing is very convenient, especially for women whose busy schedules prevent them from using low-dose oral contraceptives.

    However, clinical studies have found that NuvaRing increases the risk of blood clots at least 2.4 times compared to low-dose oral contraceptives.

    Blood clotting is the body’s way of repairing injured blood vessels, but a blood clot can also be dangerous and potentially fatal. A blood clot in the vein of an arm or leg can cause a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Signs and symptoms of DVT include:

    • Pain
    • Swelling
    • Redness
    • Warmness

    The blood clot can dislodge and move to an artery. This prevents the blood from getting to the bones, tissues, muscles, and organs. Arterial blood clots can cause pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and stroke.

    Blood clots that develop in the eyes may cause blindness.

    Signs and symptoms of a NuvaRing blood clot injury

    • Pain or numbness in an arm or leg
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Blurred vision
    • Sudden change in the amount of urine produced
    • Dark-colored urine
    • Jaundice or yellowing of the skin or eyes
    • Coughing up blood
    • Slurred speech
    • Confusion
    • Sudden, severe headache
    • Weakness on one side of the body
    • Unusual fatigue
    • Lethargy
    • Chest pain, heaviness, or difficulty breathing
    • Dizziness or fainting

    Women who experience any of the signs and symptoms associated with a NuvaRing blood clot should seek immediate medical care.

    Thousands of women have reported NuvaRing blood clots to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Almost 2,000 women are suing Merck, the maker of NuvaRing, for injuries associated with the contraceptive.

    If you suspect that you have a NuvaRing injury claim, your first step should be to schedule a free, confidential consultation with a Des Moines drug injury lawyer. To learn more about Iowa NuvaRing lawsuits, contact Hupy and Abraham at 888-807-2752.

  • I was injured in a one-vehicle car accident in Des Moines. I may have fallen asleep at the wheel because I crashed into a tree. I had taken Ambien the night before the crash, but felt fully awake and able to drive the next morning. What happened? Did Ambien cause my accident?

    Ambien (zolpidem), a popular sleep medication, is one of the top ten drugs found in impaired drivers. However, many of these drivers were not aware that Ambien can cause a car crash risk even after a good night of sleep.

    In January of this year, the FDA warned that patients taking Ambien and other zolpidem-containing drugs had a high risk of next day car crashes. The warning came more than 700 reports of next-morning car accidents for patients taking Ambien.

    Doctors know that blood levels of Ambien above 50 ng/mL can result in impaired driving behaviors and an increased risk of car accidents. Ambien is supposed to have a short half-life, so it leaves the body quickly. But this isn’t always true. Women sometimes metabolize zolpidem more slowly. When researchers gave 250 men and 250 women 10 mg doses of Ambien, as many as 15 percent of the women and 3 percent of the men still had at least 50 ng/mL of Ambien in their blood after eight hours of sleep. That means that drug levels could be high enough to interfere with alertness and coordination the morning after taking the pill; this might explain the frequency of Ambien car crashes.

    Those who took extended-release Ambien CR were even more likely to suffer next day impairment. Among patients who given 12.5 mg doses of Ambien CR, 33 percent of women and 25 percent of men had 50 ng/mL or more of Ambien in their blood 8 hours after taking the medication. Five percent of patients had more blood levels greater than 100 ng/mL.

    The FDA recommended that the standard dose of Ambien be reduced in order to prevent Ambien car crashes:

    • The recommended dose of Ambien and similar products was reduced from 10 mg to 5 mg for women, and 5 mg or 10 mg for men.
    • The recommended dose of extended-release Ambien CR was reduced from 12.5 mg to 6.25 mg for women, and 6.25 mg or 12.5 mg for men.

    If you took Ambien and were injured in a car accident the next morning, you may be able to participate in a lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer of the drug. For more information about Iowa Ambien lawsuits, contact the Des Moines pharmaceutical injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham at 888-807-2752.

  • An undisclosed ingredient in a prescription drug I took caused me to suffer a serious allergic reaction that has affected my health. Can I join a class action lawsuit in Wisconsin?

    It depends. In order to join a class action lawsuit in Wisconsin, or elsewhere, you need to form a “class” of plaintiffs. The class of plaintiffs must have suffered a similar injury, for the same reason and from the same drug. In other words, if there are other people out there who also suffered an allergic reaction because of the undisclosed ingredient in the drug that you took, then you might be able to file or join a class action lawsuit.

    It is important to find out whether or not you may be part of a class so that you know how to pursue your legal rights. Joining a pharmaceutical class action case may allow you to recover for your injuries in an affordable way. You will split the costs of litigation with other similarly situated plaintiffs. However, if you are not eligible to join a class action and you have been hurt by a prescription drug, then you may still be able to recover damages in an individual lawsuit.

    For more information about your rights and about whether a Wisconsin pharmaceutical class action is right for you, we invite you to contact our experienced Milwaukee class action lawyers today at 800-800-5678 for a FREE consultation about your rights, about your legal options and about your possible legal recovery.

  • What is a Cox-2 inhibitor and why are these drugs dangerous?

    COX-2 inhibitors are a class of pain relief medications that target the COX-2 enzyme, a molecule that is involved in causing inflammation. Unlike salicylate medications such as aspirin, these drugs do not affect COX-1 enzymes, so COX-2 inhibitors don’t cause ulcers, stomach upset and other gastrointestinal side effects.

    Examples of COX-2 inhibitors include:

    • Celebrex (Celecoxib)
    • Vioxx (Rofecoxib)
    • Bextra (Valdecoxib)

    These drugs were originally approved for the treatment of pain due to arthritis, menstruation, and general causes.

    Both Vioxx and Bextra were pulled from the market after studies found that long-term use of COX-2 inhibitors significantly increased a patient’s risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular side effects. When these drugs suppress the COX-2, they also suppress the production of prostacyclin, a hormone that dilates blood vessels and reduces blood clotting. This increases the risk of dangerous blood clots that can cause both heart attack and stroke.

    Celebrex is still prescribed, but the FDA has required that the drug carry a black box warning. A black box warning is used when there is a possibility that the risks of taking a drug will outweigh the benefits. A black box is the strongest level of warning that can be required by the FDA.

    Pfizer, the maker of both Celebrex and Bextra, is currently the subject of a pharmaceutical class action lawsuit.

    If you or someone you love suffered a heart attack while taking Celebrex or Bextra, you may be able to join a Wisconsin class action lawsuit against Pfizer. Please contact the Appleton pharmaceutical injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham for more information, (800) 800-5678 .

  • What are the signs of Samsca liver injury?

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned that the diuretic drug Samsca (tolvaptan) may cause liver problems in certain patients. The FDA recommended that the drug should not be used by patients who have underlying liver disease, including cirrhosis. The FDA also recommended that Samsca should not be used by any patient for longer than 30 days, because the medication may cause liver problems, including liver failure.

    Samsca is currently approved only for the treatment of hyponatremia, a condition in which unusual water retention causes low levels of sodium in the blood. The increased risk of liver injury was discovered in a recent clinical trial that was evaluating the use of Samsca for treatment of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD).

    The FDA has required the drug’s manufacturer, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company, to revise the Samsca drug label to include new restrictions on its use.

    The FDA has warned healthcare providers that treatment with Samsca should be stopped immediately if a patient develops any signs of liver disease. Signs of liver disease include:

    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Unusual fatigue
    • Fever
    • Itching
    • Yellowing of the skin
    • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes
    • Darkening of the urine
    • Pain or discomfort in the right upper stomach area

    Anyone experiencing these side effects is encouraged to see a physician immediately. Patients who suffer Samsca liver damage should contact the FDA at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm or at 800-332-1088.

    If you have suffered liver damage or liver failure as a result of using Samsca, you may be eligible to take part in an Illinois class action lawsuit against Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company. To learn more about how a Samsca class action lawsuit can help you get compensation for your medical bills, lost income and other damages, contact the Gurnee drug injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham by calling 800-800-5678.