Drug Injury

Zantac’s Recall Is Among the Biggest in Years

by Staff Blogger | April 27th, 2020

Heartburn, acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)—these are all names for a common condition that almost everyone experiences from time to time. The unpleasant sensation of stomach acid entering the esophagus can range from rare occurrences to a daily or even hourly issue, depending on underlying health conditions. People who suffer from GERD take antacids, which are designed to neutralize or reduce stomach acid and prevent it from rising into the esophagus.

Unfortunately, one of the most common and widely used antacids has been recalled by its manufacturers after it was found to contain high levels of NDMA, a carcinogen. The recalls were first initiated in fall 2019, and they’re still ongoing today. Both name brand Zantac and its generic equivalents, known as ranitidine, have been recalled by their manufacturers and pulled from store shelves.

The contaminant found in Zantac is the same contaminant found in blood pressure medications that were recalled throughout 2018. People who took that medication, called losartan, as well as Zantac may be at higher risk of certain types of cancer, including bladder, stomach, intestinal, and more.

People who previously relied on Zantac and its generic to treat their GERD symptoms have had to switch to other medications, as Zantac is no longer available to purchase until its safety and quality can be assured, per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines. If you or someone you love took Zantac and developed cancer, you may be eligible for compensation. The Nashville drug injury lawyers at Ponce Law are here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How Can a Lawyer Help With Your Drug Injury Claim?

by Staff Blogger | November 12th, 2018

It’s an unfortunate reality for countless patients every year—they visit their doctors after suffering injuries or illnesses and are prescribed medications that are supposed to help them. But instead of making them feel better, the drugs cause new complications that can be disabling and even life-threatening.

Although both prescription and over-the-counter medications are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are required to undergo several rounds of testing before they’re approved, dangerous drugs can and often do slip through the cracks.

Those drugs can end up on pharmacy shelves and inside medicine cabinets for years before new information proves that they pose risks to the people who take them. And in many cases, the drug manufacturers were aware or should have been aware of the dangers, but instead chose profits over patient safety.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville drug injury lawyers believe that negligent pharmaceutical companies should be held liable for any health problems suffered by people who take their medications. We help drug injury victims like you by:

  • Collecting evidence that proves the medication caused health problems—Drug companies and their insurers frequently deny that medications caused complications, but we can gather evidence that leaves no doubt.
  • Negotiating to get maximum compensation—Even when drug companies agree to pay settlements, they frequently offer small checks to victims. We know what it takes to help you get the full amount that you deserve.

We’re not afraid to stand up to big drug companies and their insurers when it comes to protecting clients like you. Call today for a free consultation.

How Can Dangerous Drugs Affect Patients?

by Staff Blogger | July 18th, 2018

Prescription and over-the-counter medications are supposed to make people feel better and help them recover from their injuries and illnesses. But as millions of Americans know, not all drugs are safe to use, and some can cause serious and even life-threatening injuries and complications.

People take medications assuming they’ll have a beneficial and positive effect on their lives and their health. However, some drugs aren’t fully tested by drug manufacturers, or their dangerous side effects are hidden from regulatory agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That means innocent victims take drugs not knowing the potential risks they’re facing.

When people get hurt by drugs, they face many potential complications, including:

  • Organ damage—Several popular medications, including heartburn drugs, Type 2 diabetes drugs, and testosterone replacement therapies are linked to damage affecting the heart, pancreas, and cardiovascular system.
  • Birth defects—Nausea drugs and some antidepressant medications are linked to birth defects in the unborn children of pregnant women who take them.
  • Cancer—Type 2 diabetes drugs and erectile dysfunction drugs may be linked to pancreatic cancer and skin cancer.

The complications, illnesses, and injuries caused by some medications can be devastating. At Ponce Law, our Nashville drug injury lawyers believe that victims shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for the health effects they suffered due to negligent drug manufacturers.

If you or someone you love were hurt by a medication, call us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

Don’t Make These Drug Injury Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | April 11th, 2018

Getting a prescription for a new medication is a hopeful time for many people, as it represents an opportunity for them to take control of their health by treating their illnesses and managing their symptoms. Most patients trust that the medications they take are safe and effective, but not all prescription drugs are as safe and well-tolerated as their manufacturers want you to believe.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville drug injury lawyers know how effective certain medications can be for people suffering from injuries or health problems—but we also know that they’re capable of causing devastating health complications.

If you suspect you or someone you love is suffering from a drug injury, it’s important that you avoid making these two mistakes to protect your health and your rights to compensation:

  • Stopping the medication without speaking to your doctor – Many people search the internet for potential drug injury symptoms after taking medications, but the symptoms they’re experiencing aren’t always due to the drugs they were prescribed. Never stop taking a medication without consulting your doctor, as your health problems could be unrelated to your medication.
  • Waiting too long to get medical attention – While you should never stop taking a medication without supervision, you also shouldn’t wait too long to have your symptoms examined by a doctor. Drug injuries can quickly worsen, and if you wait too long to speak with your doctor about your concerns, your health may become seriously compromised.

After you’ve been treated and a healthcare provider has determined that you were harmed by a prescription drug, it’s time to get experienced legal advocacy on your side. Call us today for a free consultation—we’re here to help.

Diabetes Drugs Linked to Serious Health Problems

by Staff Blogger | February 14th, 2018

People with Type 2 diabetes—also known as adult onset diabetes—have problems with their bodies’ levels of insulin, as they either don’t produce enough of it or their bodies resist utilizing available insulin.

That can lead to problems controlling blood sugar levels, as even strict diets may be ineffective for some patients. In recent years, there have been several drugs released that are designed to help patients control their blood sugar levels, but they have been linked to serious side effects and health problems.

Serious health conditions linked to diabetes drugs include:

  • Cancer – An entire class of Type 2 diabetes medications, including Onglyza®, Byetta®, Januvia®, Janumet®, Tradjenta®, and Victoza® may increase patients’ risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
  • Ketoacidosis and amputations – Invokana® and Invokamet® are also Type 2 diabetes medications, and they’ve been linked to an increased risk of leg and foot amputations and ketoacidosis—a potentially fatal condition that involves the release of dangerous acids into the bloodstream.
  • Heart failure – Onglyza® and a related drug, Kombiglyze® XR, are also linked to heart failure in some patients. Heart failure is a condition that occurs when a patient’s heart loses its ability to pump enough blood to meet the needs of other organs.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has administered warnings on many of these drugs, but they’re still on the market and being prescribed to patients.

If you or someone you love were hurt by a Type 2 diabetes medication, our Nashville drug injury lawyers are here to help. Call Ponce Law today to get a free consultation, and let us get to work for you.

2 Steps to Take if You Suspect a Drug Injury

by Staff Blogger | November 29th, 2017

When you or a loved one are prescribed a new medication, you expect that it will help reduce your symptoms, promote healing, and resolve your health problems. But whether it’s due to prescribing errors, drug manufacturing errors, or missing information regarding side effects and complications, some patients get worse or even develop new health problems after taking prescription medications.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville drug injury lawyers know that there are a wide variety of drugs linked to serious illnesses and injuries, including some antidepressants, blood thinners, and diabetes medications. No matter what medication you’re taking, it’s important to take these steps if you suspect a drug injury:

  1. Call or visit your doctor right away. Never self-diagnose a drug injury, and never stop taking a medication without first speaking with your doctor. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor, and ask him or her if they’re related to the medication and whether it’s safe to stop taking it.
  2. Call an experienced law firm. Acting quickly after a suspected drug injury can help conclusively link your symptoms, illness, or injury with the medication you were prescribed. The sooner you contact us, the more likely we’ll be able to build a strong case for you and your family.

If you or a loved one suffers severe side effects or complications from a drug, including seizures, bleeding, or severe pain, call 911 immediately.

Our legal team knows drug injuries, and we know how to help victims get the compensation they deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

Viagra® May Be Linked to Deadly Form of Skin Cancer

by Staff Blogger | September 11th, 2017

Millions of men in the United States have been prescribed Viagra® (sildenafil citrate) since it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and released for sale in March 1998. Upon its release, its list of side effects included symptoms like headaches, flushing, upset stomach, nasal congestion, back pain, and nausea.

However, a 2014 study involving nearly 26,000 patients conducted by the Department of Dermatology at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University found that those taking drugs containing sildenafil, including Viagra and a common hypertension drug called Revatio®, are 84 percent more likely to develop melanoma—a potentially deadly form of skin cancer.

The study says that the increased risk may be due to the drugs’ effects on patients’ genetic pathways, giving skin cancers an opportunity to become more aggressive and potentially life-threatening. Skin cancers including melanoma can be difficult to detect, and patients who don’t have frequent physical examinations may not know they have developed skin cancer until the disease has progressed and spread to other parts of their bodies.

At Ponce Law, we believe that people who were harmed or exposed to risks by prescription medications shouldn’t have to worry about paying for their medical bills and lost wages. If you or someone you love developed skin cancer after taking Viagra, we want to help.

Contact our Nashville drug injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

Taking Xarelto®? Be on the Lookout for These Dangerous Complications.

by Staff Blogger | September 4th, 2017

Xarelto® is a blood thinner that’s often prescribed to people who undergo joint replacement surgery or who have valvular atrial fibrillation. Like all blood thinners, Xarelto increases the risk of serious bleeding events. But unlike other common blood thinners, including warfarin, there are no drugs that counteract Xarelto’s blood-thinning mechanism, making bleeding much more difficult to slow down or stop.

People who take Xarelto are at risk for many health problems, some of which can be fatal. If you or a loved one was prescribed Xarelto, it’s important to be aware of the following complications:

  • Gastrointestinal bleeding – Severe bleeding isn’t always external. Internal bleeding—including in the stomach or gastrointestinal tract—can be caused by a variety of conditions and may be difficult to detect. Symptoms of stomach bleeding include black or tarry stool, blood in vomit, and abdominal pain.
  • Spinal/epidural hematoma – Blood that builds up between the dura mater—which is the outer membrane of the central nervous system—and the skull can result in spinal/epidural hematomas. Those conditions can result in loss of consciousness and even death.

If you experience any adverse effects that may have been caused by Xarelto, call your doctor or go to an emergency room right away. Then, get in touch with a Nashville drug injury lawyer.

At Ponce Law, we know how damaging some prescription medications can be, and we want to fight for the rights of people who are injured by them. Call today for a free consultation.

Get Compensation from Drug Manufacturers after an Injury

by Staff Blogger | January 25th, 2017

Prescription drugs have thankfully come a long way in the past 50 years. Looking back on some of the concoctions that were marketed back then as safe would make your skin crawl. We simply didn’t have the information and expertise we have today. From cancer-crushing drugs to over-the-counter solutions, the pharmaceutical industry has taken giant leaps in recent years. Unfortunately, risks still remain, and for those who suffer health complications from taking certain drugs, the results can be fatal.

At Ponce Law, we hold drug manufacturers accountable for the injuries their medications cause. Whether due to insufficient testing or a known defect that is released anyway, these manufacturers should compensate victims for what they’ve been through, and we fight to make that happen.

Here is a list of lawsuits we’re actively pursuing right now:

If you or someone you love suffered health complications after taking any of the above medications, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer. Call our experience Nashville drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. You deserve compensation for what you’ve been through. Contact us today.

Drug Companies: It’s Just Business to Them

by Staff Blogger | October 24th, 2016

Consider this scenario. You are a scientist who discovers a formula for relieving the symptoms of a painful but not life-threatening condition such as heartburn. You develop the medication, run safety trials, and discover that the drug is extremely effective in treating heartburn symptoms in almost every patient who takes it. However, there’s a 25% chance that users will be at a greater risk of developing cancer. Although the drug will make you billions of dollars, it could lead to the illness and/or death of thousands of people. Do you release it?

The pharmaceutical industry has to make that decision all the time, and unfortunately for us, many times they choose to release it anyway. Why? Because they know that they’ll make more money from the sell of the drug than they’ll be forced to pay out in lawsuits. As despicable as that might sound, it’s just business to them.

At Ponce Law, we’re on a mission to change the way the pharmaceutical industry operates, and we’re doing it one drug injury case at a time. In our opinion, the only way to change the way they do business is to hit them where it really hurts—their bottom line. That’s why we fight for maximum compensation for our drug injury clients, no matter how long it takes.

If you’ve suffered complications after taking a prescription drug, call our Nashville drug injury lawyers today for a free evaluation of your claim. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. Help us change the pharmaceutical industry for the better by getting the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.