drug Injury

FDA Working to Protect Unborn Children and Pregnant Women from Drug Injuries

by Staff Blogger | December 3rd, 2014

Pregnant women must consider the effects of the medications they take on their child, but determining the risks isn’t always simple. One example is the risk of antidepressant birth defects among many popular prescription depression treatments.

A study by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that women who take Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)—a type of antidepressant—after the 20th week of pregnancy have a six times higher chance of having babies who suffer from persistent pulmonary hypertension. This can cause problems with blood flow that can prevent the child’s body from absorbing enough oxygen.

To help pregnant women better understand which drugs are safe for their children, WKRN 2 News reports the FDA is making changes to medication labels. Beginning next summer, drug manufacturers will have to include information on the safety of a medication during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. This will include data whether the drug was tested on humans or animals.

This could significantly reduce the number of children who suffer birth defects caused by medications, considering women take an average of three to five prescription drugs during pregnancy.

At Ponce Law, we’ve seen the devastating results some medications can have on unborn children, and we’re here to help if you or a loved one has suffered such harm. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers are here to help protect your legal rights. To learn more about how we can assist you, feel free to call us anytime at 615-244-4325.

Study Finds Viagra® Users at Risk of Developing Skin Cancer

by Staff Blogger | August 13th, 2014

Sometimes the prescription drugs we depend on to treat us have harmful side effects on patients. Take for instance a recent study linking the use of sildenafil—marketed as Viagra® by Pfizer, Inc.—to an increased chance of developing melanoma.

Researchers pinpointed the Viagra skin cancer risk by examining the medical records of more than 25,000 men who used the drug. They were able to determine 3,700 users had developed one of three types of skin cancer after using Viagra. Researchers concluded that Viagra users were at an 84 percent greater risk of developing melanoma than men who had never used the drug.

The Journal of the American Medical Association also explained the reason for the increased risk could be due to the fact that the drug impacts the same genes that allow cancer to grow rapidly.

These findings mean as many as 25 million men in the United States alone may face an increased risk of developing melanoma, even after taking only one dose of the drug. Patients concerned about these risks should speak with their doctors.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law encourage anyone diagnosed with skin cancer after using Viagra to speak with our legal staff about their potential rights to compensation. We can be reached anytime at 615-244-4321.