Unfortunately, defective medical devices and dangerous drugs result in harm instead of helping patients who seek a medical solution for their physical problems. Failure to warn about side effects, misrepresentation about what a drug or device can do, or other types of negligence provide grounds for an experienced lawyer to help you hold responsible parties accountable. When a significant number of patients suffer injuries from the same product defect, attorneys can bring mass tort lawsuits to recover compensation. Our mass tort lawyers at Theodoros & Rooth in Indiana have extensive experience handling drug defect litigation and work to maximize our clients’ recoveries.Mass tort litigation overview
Some of the types of litigation our firm handles in this area include:
- GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. Incorrect dosing or administration of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte during kidney dialysis can result in severe side effects or fatalities. Negligence on the part of the drug supplier, Fresnius Medical Care (FMC) ― which did not alert outside clinics about potential dangers ― led to patients needlessly suffering from strokes, cardiac arrest and other heart problems. FMC is America’s largest medical supplier of dialysis machines and products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made GranuFlo and NaturaLyte subject to a Class I recall, the most serious type of drug recall issued by the FDA.
- Yaz, Yasmin, Trasylol and Rapamune. Yaz and Yasmin are drugs produced by Bayer that are used mainly for birth control and hormone replacement therapy. Adverse side effects in women include blood clots, strokes, heart attacks and death. Trasylol, also produced by Bayer, is a drug that heart surgeons use to reduce bleeding during heart by-passes and other cardiac procedures. At the FDA's request, Bayer stopped producing Trasylol because it put patients needlessly at risk for heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and kidney damage. The FDA adjudicated that surgeons abandon Trasylol and use other methods to control bleeding during surgery. Rapamune, when prescribed for off-label uses in transplants, has resulted in blood clots, liver failure, bone marrow suppression and other adverse effects. Wyeth, the company that produces Rapamune, promoted sales for off-label use and, after receiving numerous reports of adverse side effects, the FDA issued a warning against off-label use.
- Mirena and NuvaRing. Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) produced by Bayer that releases a type of synthetic progestin into the uterus as a contraceptive. Problems with Mirena involve the IUD migrating into other uterine areas or outside the uterus, embedding in uterine walls, causing perforation, ovarian cysts, organ damage and death. NuvaRing is also a contraceptive device, originally produced by Organon, a company that merged with Merck & Co. The device when vaginally inserted releases hormones that prevent conception. The major danger involved with it is the risk for developing blood clots that can lead to strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms and death.
- Hip replacements. Metal on metal hip implants can result in the release of microscopic metal particles creating adverse side effects, such as metal poisoning, infection, intense inflammation, muscle loss and trouble standing and walking. A number of manufacturers produce metal on metal hip implants subject to lawsuits because these defects. Common metal on metal hip replacement manufacturers include DePuy, Zimmer, Smith & Nephew and Biomet.
- Medtronic infuse bone growth and Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP). Medtronic produces an infuse bone growth with BMP, which is a genetically engineered protein that induces bone growth. Surgeons use it as a type of bone graft. However, the FDA only approved its use for certain specific procedures. Off-label uses encouraged by Medtronic have led to patients experiencing adverse side effects, such as severe back or neck pain, airway compression, sterility, cancer and death.
Located across the street from the Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Indiana, the injury law firm of Theodoros & Rooth, P.C. stands by your side through every step of your case. We are located just 30 miles outside Chicago. Call us at 219.769.6393 or contact us online to tell us about your injury. We look forward to speaking with you.