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Unsafe Products & Medications

If you have been injured (or think you've been hurt) by a defective product or unsafe drug, call your doctor immediately.

Last year, consumer products injured more than 33 million people in the United States. Due to the complex and technical nature of product liability law, you must seek the best legal representation. The Law Firm of Alan Clark and Associates has more than 38 years of experience handling product liability and defective product litigation. With our team of experts and consultants, we will review the facts and evidence and determine which parties are responsible and should pay for your injuries, harms and losses.

We will fight for you to hold wrongdoers accountable.

Here are some of the unsafe drug and defective product cases that we see.

Drugs

Taxotere

Taxotere is a drug manufactured by Sanofi that is intended to combat various types of cancer. Taxotere has been linked with several adverse reactions including permanent alopecia (permanent hair loss). Ten to fifteen percent of cancer patients who have used Taxotere have experienced permanent alopecia. In 2015 the FDA ordered Sanofi to update the warning label for Taxtoere to include permanent alopecia. If you think you have been injured by Taxotere, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Benicar

Benicar is a blood pressure drug manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo that has been linked to sprue-like enteropathy, a disease that damages the small intestine and affects its ability to absorb nutrients. Symptoms of sprue-like enteropathy include: abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, chronic diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and mucosal inflammation. In 2013 the FDA warned that Benicar could cause sprue-like enteropathy and has approved changes to the warning label of this drug. If you think you have been injured by Benicar, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Abilify

Abilify is a popular drug manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb used to treat mental disorders such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, excessive shopping and depression. Abilify adjusts dopamine or serotonin levels in the brain whenever there is an imbalance. When the amount of dopamine or serotonin gets too high, it can lead to compulsive disorders such as pathological gambling, hyper- sexuality and binge eating. On May 3rd, 2016 the FDA released a warning regarding these compulsive behaviors. The FDA will add warnings to the medication insert as well as the drug’s label for these impulse-control issues. If you think you have been injured by Abilify, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Proton-pump Inhibitors

Proton-Pump inhibitors or PPIs are some of the most commonly taken drugs in the United States. Many are available over the counter and they are used to treat many conditions by reducing the amount of acid made by your stomach, including: indigestion, peptic ulcers, gastrinomas and heartburn. Some of the most popular PPIs are Prilosec, Protonix, Nexium and Prevacid. While PPIs are effective, they have been linked to some serious side effects such as chronic kidney disease, dementia, and acute renal failure. If you think you have been injured by a PPI, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Talcum Powder

Talcum powder is one of the most popular products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. Yet, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has stated that evidence exists that talc-based baby powder is possibly carcinogenic to humans. Recent studies suggest that Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer in women who use it for freshness by more than one third. When the powder is applied around the genital region, it travels up the vaginal canal, into the uterus and it eventually penetrates the outer layers of the ovary. It then builds up and leads to an inflammatory reaction, which can cause the development of cancerous cells. If you think you have been injured by talcum powder, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Medical Devices

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Many metal-on-metal hip implants have a flawed design that causes debris to enter the body causing very serious health complications. One of these complications is metallosis, a type of poisoning that comes from toxic levels of metal in the body. Some of the most commonly used hip implant systems have been subject to litigation including those manufactured by: DePuy, Stryker, ZImmer and Biomet. There have already been settlements for many cases. If you think you have been injured by a metal-on- metal hip implant, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

IVC Filter

Temporary Inferior Vena Cava filters are intended for patients who are unable to take blood thinners. Some of the most popular IVC manufacturers include Cook and Bard. Temporary IVC filters are meant to be retrievable when they are no longer needed, yet many were left in patients for many years.

Temporary IVC filters can lead to many different types of complications, especially when they are left in patients for multiple years. The filters are known to migrate, fracture, tilt, perforate organs, embed, and cause clots, making them difficult or impossible to remove. If you think you have been injured by an IVC filter, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Knee Implants

Knee Implant systems have been known to fail and have produced a fair amount of recalls in recent years. Some of the most commonly used knee implant systems include the DePuy Sythes Knee Implant and the Zimmer Persona Knee Implant. Knee implant failure can led to revision surgery, where the original knee implant is removed and a new, replacement implant is inserted. A revision may lead to a number of complications including infection and bone/tissue damage. If you think you have been injured by a knee implant, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Essure

Essure is a permanent birth control device manufactured by Bayer that helps to prevent unplanned pregnancies by scarring the fallopian tubes. It is used by more than 750,000 women. Neurological damage, bleeding, migration of the device outside of the fallopian tubes and other painful side effects have been associated with Essure. A recent study has shown that the FDA had used faulty data in the approval process of Essure and listed it as one of 18 medical devices the FDA has approved over the last 15 years that poses the greatest risks to the patients. The FDA has ordered Bayer to conduct a post- market surveillance study to obtain more data about the benefits and risks of Essure. If you think you have been injured by Essure, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Bair Hugger

Manufactured by Arizant Healthcare, the Bair Hugger is a patient warming device used to maintain a patient’s body temperature during surgery. It helps to reduce bleeding and speed up recovery time post- surgery. The device works by releasing warm air over the patient’s body in order to maintain their core body temperature. However, releasing air helps to spread bacteria throughout the room, potentially infecting the surgical site. Infections of the surgical site may be extremely difficult to treat, especially if they are deep in the joints, such as infections that occur during knee and hip replacement surgeries. If you think you have been injured by the Bair Hugger, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Other unsafe drug and defective product cases that we see include

  • Vioxx
  • Celebrex
  • Bextra
  • Fentanyl
  • Ortho Evra
  • Prempro
  • Fosamax
  • Dialantin
  • Defibrillators/Heart Devices
  • Unsafe Cars, SUVs & Tires
  • Defective Machines

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Alan W. Clark & Associates represent clients throughout Long Island and the New York Metropolitan Area, including New York County, Richmond County, Kings County, Queens County, Bronx County, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Westchester County.

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