Charleston Dangerous Medical Products Lawyer
Charleston Product Liability Attorney
Manufacturers of any type of product or device that is to be used by the public have a duty to ensure that their products are safe to use. This duty of care also applies to manufacturers of medical devices. Pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers are responsible for the safety of the patients that use their devices. When these devices malfunction, people’s lives are at risk.
There have been a significant amount of defective medical devices to hit the market in recent years.
Some of these devices include:
- Metal on Metal Hip Joints
- Metal on Ceramic Hip Joints
- Ceramic on Ceramic Hip Joints
- Defective Knee Replacement Parts
- Defective Blood Clot Filters (IVC Filters)
- Dangerous Transvaginal Mesh Products
- Defective IUDs
- Dangerous Power Morcellators (For removal of fibroids)
- NuvaRing Birth Control
- INFUSE Bone Graft System
- Essure Birth Control
These are just a few of the devices that have recently caused significant harm and sometimes death to recipients of these medical devices.
Patients Expect Help, Not Harm
Medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies have an implied duty to provide safe products to their consumers. While their legal duty is no different than any other company, the public looks to these companies to provide them with safe products in their time of need. People undergoing joint replacements, searching for effective birth control, trying to remove dangerous fibroids or correct any other type of problem willingly accept these devices because they believe they are safe.
Antibiotics are medications used to combat bacterial infections in the body. Patients rely on the doctors and other medical practitioners to administer antibiotics when necessary to cure the illness they are fighting. It is assumed that the use of these medications is safe.
Recent studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has shown that the three most commonly prescribed antibiotics, Cipro, Levaquin, and Avelox, are potentially dangerous to the patient.
Cipro, Levaquin, and Avelox are a type of antibiotic that is categorized as a Fluoroquinolone antibiotic. They are commonly prescribed for lung infections, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and infections concerning the kidneys and bladder. Avelox is also commonly prescribed for bacterial infections on the skin.
Each of these medications has been recently associated with:
- Onset of neuropathy without the patient suffering from Diabetes
- Nerve damage throughout the body not associated with neuropathy
- Brian fog, seizures, and psychotic episodes
- Tendon ruptures
The Food and Drug Administration has already required each of these medications to carry a Black Box warning about their association with tendon problems and ruptures associated with medicine use.
Now, if these serious side effects were not enough, the JAMA study that was released in July 2016 shows that there is a direct connection between these medications and Aortic aneurysms and dissection.
The Aorta is the largest vein in your body and supplies all organs directly except the brain. An aneurysm (bulge that can burst) or dissection (tear in the vein) can lead to serious health issues, heart attack, or death.
If you or your loved one has suffered from serious side effects of a dangerous medication or other dangerous product, you should protect your rights and speak to an attorney.