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.
October 9th, 2015|
In May, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the maker of Actos®, offered to settle thousands of bladder cancer lawsuits for $2.4 billion. Here’s a link to a previous post we made in May about the settlement.
When the offer was made earlier this year, victims still needed to agree to the terms of the settlement before it could be finalized. Now, a majority of plaintiffs have signed on to participate in the settlement.
Last month, Takeda issued a press release that states 96 percent of claimants agreed to the terms of the settlement. Once it’s determined that 97 percent of those individuals meet the criteria to participate, the deal will move one step closer to becoming final.
Once the settlement is official, the company says they will have laid seven of the nine Actos bladder cancer lawsuits they are facing to rest.
Takeda states the settlement will have no effect on the company’s support and distribution of Actos.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville Actos bladder cancer lawyers recognize the struggles many individuals have faced in the wake of using the drug to battle another serious disease. That’s why we’re hopeful this settlement can bring peace and closure to those who were harmed by the drug.
April 27th, 2015|
If you’ve been injured by a medication, you may have the right to file a civil lawsuit for compensation. But the Nashville drug injury lawyers at Ponce Law explain that it’s crucial to make a claim in a timely manner.
A statute of limitations is a law that limits the amount of time an injury victim has to file a civil claim for damages. Justia.com says that, in Tennessee, an individual usually has one year from the date that his or her drug injury is diagnosed to file a civil claim.
There is an exception to this rule though. Tennessee State Courts say that if an individual was unaware of his or her condition until after the initial year has passed, he or she may still file a claim within one year of the injury being diagnosed.
Personal injury laws and civil lawsuits can be quite complicated. An experienced attorney can help protect your rights if you were harmed by a medication.
At Ponce Law, we know drug injury laws in Tennessee, and we want to put our experience and legal knowledge to work for you. Give our Nashville personal injury lawyers a call anytime at 615-244-4321 to discuss your case.
September 26th, 2014|
Research has shown that heart attack and stroke patients who take the anticoagulant drug Xarelto® to prevent blood clots are at an increased risk of suffering severe bleeding. But one new study is showing there could be more Xarelto side effects than previously believed.
JAMA Internal Medicine recently published the results from a case study that shows taking Xarelto could also put users at a risk of suffering a drug-induced liver injury (DILI). According to an article from Monthly Prescribing Reference, researchers examined the cases of two patients who developed severe health conditions after beginning a regimen of the drug. Upon cessation of taking the medication, their health dramatically improved. While both patients were taking medications that could be considered hepatotoxic, researchers are confident the deterioration of the patients’ health was directly related to the use of the anticoagulant.
So what can you do to protect yourself from the risks of a drug injury caused by taking Xarelto? Asking your doctor if the drug is the right fit for you is the first step. If you’ve been harmed as the result of taking Xarelto, it may be wise to discuss your situation with a qualified Nashville personal injury lawyer to ensure your legal rights are protected.
At Ponce Law, we know questions can come up after suffering a drug injury, and we have answers. Call us today at 615-244-4321 to speak with our legal staff about how we can help you.
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.
February 14th, 2014|
February 14, 2014
Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure their products are safe. Failure to do so can result in costly penalties and civil litigation being filed against the responsible parties.
One such case stems from the thousands of steroid injections distributed by a Massachusetts compounding center that contained a fungus which sickened hundreds and claimed the lives of 16 Tennesseans.
Now, thousands of claims are being filed against the compounding center responsible for the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak. Included in those lawsuits is one filed by Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgical Center for $1.17 billion. An article from The Tennessean stated the Specialty Surgery Center of Crossville has filed a similar claim for $240 million, while an affiliate with the facility is seeking an additional $25 million. Experts say $100 million may be all that is available to the victims of the outbreak, however.
The claims were filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Boston, and the first trials in the case are expected to begin in the coming months.
The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Ponce Law are aware of how difficult recovering from drug injuries can be. That is why the firm is hopeful a resolution to these cases brings a sense of closure to the victims of the outbreak and their families.
October 28th, 2013|
October 28, 2013
After hundreds of patients were killed or sickened as the result of contaminated steroid injections, the Nashville Meningitis Outbreak Lawyers with Ponce Law say lawsuits are now being filed on behalf of victims. The lawsuits claim that the facilities where the injections were given, the company who manufactured the tainted shots, and the company responsible for testing the injections failed to protect the health and safety of consumers. The lawsuits further claim this negligence led to the outbreak of fungal meningitis.
An article from WBIR News explains that the statute of limitations governing these cases calls for claims to be filed within one year of victims becoming aware of the harm that may have been done to them. The story told of several patients who suffered severe adverse health events after receiving the tainted injections. Many required several surgeries and hospitalizations to repair the damage the infection caused.
Most patients filing claims are seeking compensation for future medical expenses that will result from the disease. The stipulation is more important than ever before, considering reports of five patients suffering relapses of infection.
October 9th, 2013|
October 9, 2013
Drug manufacturers are required by law to ensure the safety of the products they release. Failure to do so can result in the drug company facing massive and costly recalls, as well as claims of liability through civil litigation filed on behalf of those harmed.
Hundreds of cases have been filed in connection with a fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injections made by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. The Nashville Meningitis Outbreak Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that the most recent case to be filed stems from the death of a five-year-old boy from Chattanooga who died after receiving drugs recalled by the compounding facility in the wake of the outbreak.
An article published by The Tennessean states the child received a mixture of electrolytes and a muscle relaxant, known as Methocarbamol, that was manufactured by the New England Compounding Center. It was later discovered the muscle relaxant was recalled due to a risk of fungal and bacterial contamination.
This prompted the family of the child to file a civil lawsuit alleging the drug was to blame for the boy’s death.
Michael D. Ponce & Associates team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how difficult losing a loved one to a contaminated drug can be and hope a decision in this case brings some closure to the family of the victim.