Current Investigations

Hernia Mesh

Hernia mesh products such as Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh and C-QUR Mesh manufactured by Atrium Medical Corporation have been associated with dangerous side-effects such as infection, severe abdominal pain, intestinal blockage, migration, and perforation, as well as hernia reoccurrence and the need for reoperation or surgical removal of the product. Read More

Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Implant

Zimmer Biomet’s Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder is a shoulder replacement device surgically implanted in patients intended to help restore arm movement. However, the device has been found to fracture at a higher rate than expected, potentially leading to permanent loss of shoulder function or infection. Read More

St. Jude Implantable Defibrillators

St. Jude Medical Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators (CRT-Ds) are devices that provide pacing for patients with abnormal heart rhythms. ICDs and CRT-Ds are implanted in the upper chest area under the skin, with wire “leads” connecting the device to the patient’s heart. The lithium-based batteries that power the defibrillators are prone to lithium build-up, or “clusters,” which can cause premature battery failure and sudden cardiac arrest. Read More

Hyland’s Teething Tablets

Homeopathic teething tablets and gels manufactured by Hyland’s have been recently linked to at least 10 children’s deaths and over 400 adverse events reported to the FDA. In October 2016, the safety regulator warned caregivers to stop using the tablets and gels, which have led to side-effects including fever, lethargy, vomiting, sleepiness, tremors, shortness of breath, irritability, agitation, and death. Read More

Essure

Essure is sold as a permanent, non-surgical birth control solution for women. A pair of metal and fiber coils are inserted into the fallopian tubes to block conception, however the device has been linked to thousands of adverse event reports and spawned lawsuits alleging that Essure’s manufacturer, Bayer HealthCare, concealed some adverse reactions from the FDA. Read More

SSRI

Antidepressants such as Paxil and Zoloft, known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), have been prescribed for over 25 years to treat major depressive disorder in adults, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, and other disorders. However, many of these drugs have been linked to a multitude of unwanted side-effects—especially when taken during pregnancy. Lawsuits have been filed alleging that the makers of certain SSRI drugs failed to adequately warn consumers of the drugs’ risks. Read More

Wright or MicroPort ProFemur Hip Lawsuit

ProFemur hip implants manufactured by Wright Medical or MicroPort Orthopedics have been pulled from the market due to their unexpected propensity to fracture, leading to acute injury and even death. Patients who received one of these hip implants may experience a sudden onset of severe pain, difficulty or inability to walk, or tingling sensations or numbness in the leg. Read More

Paxil

Paxil (paroxetine) is a popular antidepressant that is part of a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Prescribed to treat depression and disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, Paxil has been linked to serious side-effects such as fetal heart defects when taken during pregnancy. Lawsuits have been filed claiming that Paxil’s manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline failed to adequately warn patients and doctors of the risks the drug poses to developing babies. Read More

Zoloft

Zoloft (sertraline) is a popular antidepressant that is part of a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Prescribed to treat depression and disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, recent studies have associated Zoloft with serious side-effects such as congenital heart defects when taken during pregnancy. Lawsuits have been filed claiming that Zoloft’s manufacturer Pfizer failed to adequately warn patients and doctors of the risks the drug poses to developing babies. Read More

Invokana

Invokana (canagliflozin) is a type 2 diabetes treatment designed to help lower blood sugar, but recent reports have associated the drug with severe side effects such as kidney failure and ketoacidosis. Lawsuits have been filed against Invokana’s manufacturers Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals alleging that the drug companies failed to properly study the drug’s effects and adequately warn patients of its dangerous risks. Read More

Pradaxa

The blockbuster blood-thinning drug Pradaxa (dabigatran) has been linked to hundreds of deaths and thousands of hemorrhages since it was first introduced to the market in 2010.  Read more

Talc

Studies have shown that the use of talcum powder may increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. Often termed the “silent killer,” ovarian cancer is considered one of the most deadly cancers in women. Cases have been filed nationwide against talcum powder manufacturers as well as talc mining companies who have are alleged to have failed to warn female consumers of the risks of genital dusting. Read more

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