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

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  • I recently got really sick. I take daily medications with grapefruit juice every morning and I just heard on the news that could be dangerous. I want to know the truth about what happened to me. What should I do?

    A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that a rising number of new medications have a toxic effect when combined with grapefruit juice. Currently there are more than 85 drugs that could have unintended interactions when taken with grapefruit juice or when a patient eats grapefruit or certain other citrus fruits even hours before taking the medication.

    The problem occurs because the citrus fruit contains furanocoumarins which inhibits an enzyme that breaks down certain types of medications. The result can be that a higher—and potentially dangerous—concentration of the drug in a patient’s body compared to a patient who did not drink grapefruit juice or consume certain citrus fruits.

    If you have been hurt, or if you have lost a loved one, due to a dangerous pharmaceutical drug then you may have the right to recover damages. For example, you may have a cause of action if the drug manufacturer did not adequately test the medication or warn doctors and patients of the potential interaction of the drug with grapefruit and other citrus fruits.

    For more information about your legal rights and potential recovery, please contact an experienced Milwaukee class action lawyer today. Other people may have suffered similar injuries. You do not have to suffer alone. Instead make sure that your rights are protected by contacting a Milwaukee pharmaceutical class action attorney today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800.

  • Can Accutane cause Crohn’s disease?

    The acne drug Accutane has been linked to inflammatory bowel disease, including ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease. In fact, a 2010 study conducted at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill found that patients who took Accutane or its generic form isotretinoin were four times more likely to develop UC than patients who did not take the acne drugs.

    Like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease a form of inflammatory bowel disease and an autoimmune disorder of the digestive system. However, Crohn’s disease can affect all or any portion of the digestive tract from the mouth to the rectum while UC affects only the large intestine.

    Symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:

    • Weight loss
    • Fatigue
    • Night sweats
    • Changes in menstruation
    • Fever (low-grade, but persistent)
    • Prolonged diarrhea
    • Abdominal pain
    • Swelling or redness near the mouth or eyes
    • Ulcers
    • Rectal bleeding
    • Urgent bowel movements

    Over time, swelling and scarring of the affected tissue can cause a narrowing or obstruction of the intestines. This can cause additional symptoms, including:

    • Gurgling or other sounds in the stomach
    • Bloating after eating
    • Cramping
    • Constipation
    • Impacted bowels

    There is no cure for Crohn’s disease. Treatment focuses on managing symptoms and improving the patient’s quality of life through medication and dietary restriction. Treatment is not always effective. For many patients the discomfort of Crohn’s disease lasts a lifetime. In cases of severe damage, parts of the digestive tract may need to be surgically removed.

    More than 6,000 lawsuits have been filed against the Roche Group, the maker of Accutane, by patients suffering from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. If you are suffering from Crohn’s disease caused by Accutane use, you also have a right to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering through an Accutane class action lawsuit. To learn more, contact the Milwaukee pharmaceutical injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.

  • I live in Wisconsin and I was taking an SSRI drug to treat my depression. I believe that I have suffered a serious side effect. What should I do?

    We are sorry to hear that you have experienced medical problems. Of course, the first thing that you should do is see your doctor for treatment of your conditions. The most important thing that you can do is to protect your health.

    We understand, however, that protecting your health is not always easy or inexpensive. Your condition may cause you to incur significant expenses now and in the future which may include medical costs; rehabilitation costs; out-of-pocket expenses; lost income; physical pain; and emotional suffering. Accordingly, it is also important to protect your future.

    You may be able to protect your future by contacting our experienced Milwaukee pharmaceutical class action lawyers. If you have suffered an SSRI side effect, then you may be entitled to compensation for past, current, and future injuries related to that SSRI side effect. A class action lawsuit may be a financially feasible way for you to get the recovery that you deserve.

    For more information, we encourage you to contact our Milwaukee pharmaceutical class action law firm today to learn more about how we may be able to help you and what your possible recovery may be like. You can reach us directly by filling out the contact us form on this page or by calling us at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800. We would be pleased to answer your questions and to help you during this difficult time.

  • My father was one of the 400 people who contracted fungal meningitis from contaminated steroid injections. He was in the hospital for some time and experienced a stroke related to his illness. He now has difficulty with speech and will be unable to return to work. Is it possible to get compensation for his hospital bills and ongoing medical care?

    More than 400 Americans have contracted fungal meningitis after receiving injections of a contaminated steroid manufactured by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. At least twenty-nine have died.

    The steroids were found to contain at least three types of fungus. Exserohilum rostratum is a common mold found in soil and on plants, Rhizopus stolonifer is a common bread mold, and Rhodotorula laryngis is a common yeast. The outbreak is linked to E. rostratum. When E. rostratum is injected into a body it can cause inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.

    Early symptoms of fungal meningitis include headache, fever, irritability, sensitivity to light, vomiting, nausea, stiff neck, and fast heartbeat. Anyone suffering these symptoms should seek immediate treatment. Meningitis quickly destroys the brain, and a delay in treatment can lead to serious complications including hearing loss, altered mental state, hallucinations, speech problems, seizures, coma, brain damage, hydrocephalus, stroke, and even death.

    In order to diagnose infection with fungal meningitis, doctors must test the patient’s spinal fluid using a lumbar puncture or spinal tap. Mild cases can be treated with an oral anti-fungal medication. Advanced cases must be treated in the hospital. The intravenous antifungal drugs used in the hospital can potentially cause damage to the liver and kidneys.

    If you or a loved one has been sickened by the contaminated methylprednisolone acetate injections, you have a right to be angry. You were following your doctor’s advice and it isn’t fair that the negligence of a drug company almost cost your life. You deserve accountability.

    The Illinois pharmaceutical injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham can help you take part in a pharmaceutical class action lawsuit against New England Compounding Center. If you contracted meningitis from contaminated steroids, you may be eligible for compensation for you medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, lost wages, and ongoing medical care. To learn more about how you can get compensation for your fungal meningitis injury case, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.

  • Can I recover damages if I am hurt by an antibiotic if I asked my doctor to prescribe an antibiotic to treat my infection? Is there any reason for me to call a Milwaukee drug injury lawyer?

    Yes, you may be able to recover damages for your antibiotic-related side effects if the drug hurt you. This is true even if you asked the doctor to provide you with a prescription to treat a common infection such as an ear infection or sinus infection. Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter if you requested such as a prescription since you did not have the authority to write the prescription and you did not know of the risks that you faced when you made the request.

    If you have suffered an injury that was caused by an antibiotic side effect, then you may be able to recover damages for your injuries. Damages may include compensation for medical expenses, out-of-pocket costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. The recovery of these damages can have a significant impact on your medical care and on your future. Without these damages, you may not get the care that you deserve or be able to make as a full a recovery as you might otherwise be able to make.

    For these reasons, we encourage you to contact our experienced Milwaukee pharmaceutical class action lawyers today for a free consultation about your rights. We can be reached via this website or by phone at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800.

  • Why isn’t my Milwaukee doctor responsible for the injury I suffered after taking the medication he prescribed?

    If your doctor was negligent in prescribing the drug and prescribed a drug that was not safe for you to take, then your doctor could be responsible for the injury caused by medication. However, if the drug would have been prescribed by a reasonable doctor and your doctor had reason to believe in the drug’s safety, then it may not be your doctor’s fault that you were injured.

    For example, it may not be your doctor’s fault if the drug that you took was:

    • Contaminated before entering the market.
    • Not thoroughly researched prior to entering the market or after it had been on the market.
    • Not appropriately tracked for possible side effects once it entered the market.
    • Otherwise compromised.

    In these cases it is not the doctor but more typically the pharmaceutical company that manufactured the drug that is responsible for your injuries.

    While you likely do not know the drug manufacturers in the same way that you know and trust your doctor, drug companies do have responsibilities to you. If you have been hurt by a prescription drug or medical device then you may have a case against the drug or medical device manufacturer. You may be able to recover damages for the harm that has been caused.

    To learn more, we encourage you to contact our experienced Milwaukee pharmaceutical injury class action lawyers today. Our Milwaukee class action attorneys can be reached at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800 for a free consultation.

  • Can I contact a local Milwaukee pharmaceutical class action lawyer if I am hurt after purchasing a prescription drug from an online pharmacy?

    Yes. If you live in Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois, or if the online pharmacy from which you purchased your medication does business in these states, then you can contact a Milwaukee pharmaceutical class action attorney to learn more about your rights and possible recovery after a prescription drug injury.

    Online pharmacies, the drug companies that supply medications to online pharmacies, and the pharmacists who work for online pharmacies have the same obligations to patients as do typical brick and mortar drug stores, the pharmaceutical companies that supply them with medication and the pharmacists who work for them. Doing business online does not take away the responsibilities that these pharmacies, suppliers, and pharmacists have to their customers.

    A drug injury that occurs because of a medication purchased online is every bit as serious as a drug injury that occurs because of a medication purchased in a typical pharmacy where you meet the pharmacist and are handed your medication. The injuries still result in the same physical pains, medication interventions, lost incomes, and other damages regardless of which pharmacy you used to fill your prescription.

    Thus, we encourage you to protect your rights and fight for your just recovery regardless of which pharmacy you used to get your medication and to contact our experienced Milwaukee drug injury lawyers today by filling out our contact form on this website or by calling us at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800 for a free consultation.

  • Do Milwaukee pharmaceutical class action lawyers represent only people who have been hurt by prescription drugs?

    No. While Milwaukee pharmaceutical class action attorneys certainly represent people who have been hurt by prescription drugs in the United States, that is not all that we do. We recognize that serious injuries also occur because of other health care products. Thus, we also represent groups of people who have been hurt by over-the-counter medications or medical devices. Medical devices may include things such as implants, medical equipment and other products used in the care of a patient.

    Whether you have been hurt by a prescription drug, over-the-counter medication, or medical device, you deserve to understand your rights and to pursue a fair and just recovery from the manufacturer who caused your injury. Your injury is no less important or deserving of compensation if it results from a defective medical device or over-the-counter medication.

    For that reason, our Milwaukee personal injury attorneys work hard for classes of patients who have suffered similar injuries from the same drug, medicine, or device. Injured parties should not have to spend a lot of money or time fighting for their recovery and holding those who hurt them accountable. Accordingly, we fight hard on behalf of our classes of patients. We put forth strong cases with qualified expert witnesses and we zealously advocate for justice.

    For more information and to see if you qualify for a Milwaukee class action drug lawsuit, we encourage you to contact our Milwaukee drug injury lawyers today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800.

  • How many medications are prescribed in the United States every year? If the majority of prescription drugs are safe, does that mean that I won’t be able to recover for the serious and unexpected side effects that I suffered?

    In 2011, there were 4.02 billion prescriptions filled in the United States. That is an increase over the 3.99 billion prescriptions in 2010. These numbers are high and many of the prescriptions help people live longer lives or improve the quality of lives.

    Yet not all prescription drugs are safe. Some medications cause serious injuries. If this has happened to you then it doesn’t matter that the majority of prescription drugs are safe. It doesn’t matter if every other prescription drug is safe. What matters is that you have been hurt, or you have lost a loved one, and that you may be entitled to legal damages.

    Pursuing a fair and just recovery for a prescription drug injury does not need to be expensive or time consuming. Instead, you should contact an experienced Milwaukee pharmaceutical class action lawyer to find out if others have been similarly injured and if your injuries qualify you to be part of a pharmaceutical class action lawsuit.

    You appreciate the safe prescription drugs that you take. So too do your Milwaukee drug injury lawyers. We know that prescription drugs have saved our lives, or the lives of our loved ones. Yet, we also believe that drug manufacturers should be held accountable, and injured people should be able to recover for unsafe drugs.

    For more information, please contact our Milwaukee personal injury attorneys today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800.

  • Is a drug that is newly approved by the FDA safer than previous drugs approved to treat the same condition? Will I be safe from dangerous side effects and avoid a pharmaceutical injury in Milwaukee if I take an FDA approved drug?

    Newer drugs are not necessarily safer drugs. There is no requirement that a new drug has to be safer than a drug that is already on the market in order for it to be approved by the FDA. Instead, the FDA needs to find that the new drug is more effective to treat a specific health condition than a placebo.

    While newer drugs are not necessarily safer than drugs already on the market, many Americans are unaware of that fact. A study published by Dartmouth researchers in 2011 found that patients were more likely to choose a newer drug than one that had been on the market for some time. However, that is not always the safest choice since side effects from older drugs may be more readily known.

    Additionally, 39 percent of people who participated in the study believed that the FDA only approves “extremely effective” drugs and a quarter of people who participated in the study believed that the FDA only approves drugs without serious side effects. That is simply not true. A drug does not need to be extremely effective nor does it need to be without serious side effects to gain FDA approval.

    If you have been hurt by a prescription drug then it is important to contact a Milwaukee pharmaceutical class action lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about your rights. Our Milwaukee class action attorneys can be reached today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800.