drug injury

FDA Calls for Increased Warnings on Zoloft® Due to Drug Injury Risk

by Staff | September 28th, 2015

Zoloft® is a powerful antidepressant drug used to treat a number of mental health conditions. Women who are taking or are considering using this drug should be aware of certain congenital risks the medication may pose to their unborn children if they are, or are considering becoming, pregnant.

Research has shown an increased risk of congenital heart defects in the children who were born to women who took Zoloft during pregnancy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports the risks of this particular antidepressant birth defect were as much as six times higher in women who took the drug into the twentieth week of pregnancy as compared to women who birthed children and did not take the drug.

These findings and other research that came to similar conclusions have prompted the FDA to ask the manufacturer of Zoloft, Pfizer, Inc., to change the warning labels on the drug to include information about the increased risk of heart defects, such as persistent pulmonary hypertension, in children born to women who took Zoloft. According to Bloomberg Business, Pfizer maintains the drug is safe for women to use.

If you’re a woman who has been given a prescription for Zoloft, it’s important to be aware of your rights as a patient. If your child was harmed as the result of using the medication, you should also consider taking a look at our website to learn more about the options and resources that are available to those who have suffered a drug injury.

Study Shows Mesothelioma Medication May Cause Patients to Suffer a Serious Drug Injury

by Staff | January 14th, 2015

Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that can be developed after exposure to the toxic substance asbestos. There are few treatments for mesotheliomaand now a new study is showing one of the drugs that has been found effective in battling the disease may present users with serious health risks.

French researchers examined the effects the drug pemetrexed had on patients and released their findings in a medical journal. They stated that while the development of rashes on the skin was common while taking the drug, several patients experienced a more severe drug injury.

Reports from Mesothelioma Help indicate one elderly patient developed painful swelling and redness in the legs that subsided upon stopping therapies using the drug. Another patient is said to have developed similar symptoms that prevented her from being able to walk.

The findings have resulted in officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommending patients using this particular drug take folic acid and Vitamin B12 during their treatment to help avoid such issues. The FDA goes on to say doctors should be sure to warn patients of the risks associated with the drug.

The attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of the risks faced by many Americans who take medications on a daily basis and we’re here to help if these products ever cause you serious harm. Our team of lawyers is available to speak with you about your case anytime by calling (800) 477-7315.

FDA Lays Out New Guidelines for Information on Drug Labels

by Staff | December 10th, 2014

A medication may be deemed safe for human consumption,  but if you’re a woman who is or may become pregnant, that drug may pose a serious health threat to your unborn child.

Researchers have gathered evidence that shows taking certain mood-altering drugs—known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)— while pregnant can cause a child to be born with an antidepressant birth defect called persistent pulmonary hypertension.

Being aware of how a drug may interact with the child you’re carrying is important, considering estimates show as many as 3 in 5 women will regularly take medication during pregnancy; however, the labeling of medications can make it difficult to decipher which drugs are safe and which are dangerous.

Federal officials are addressing this issue by revamping what information is displayed on a drug’s label. CBS News reports that beginning next summer the labels of medications must carry any and all available information about the effects a drug could have on a woman or child during pregnancy or while nursing. This must include whether testing was conducted on human or animal subjects.

In the meantime, the drug injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin encourage women to discuss any questions they may have about a medication that’s been prescribed to them with their doctor or pharmacist. If you or your child have suffered a drug injury that was caused by a medication you were given, you may want to speak with an attorney about your potential legal rights to compensation. Our team is available to discuss your case anytime by calling (800) 477-7315.

Man killed in Chicago auto accident

by fst | March 2nd, 2009

February 26, 2009

One man was killed in a Chicago auto accident, according Chicago Breaking News.

The Chicago car accident happened on Lake Shore Drive near 45th Street. According to a witness the Illinois auto accident victim was headed north when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a light pole. The driver was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the Chicago auto accident.

He had to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel, and was transported to the hospital where he later died.

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The Chicago auto accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help if you have been injured in an Illinois car accident.

Lawsuit filed in Chicago nursing home abuse case

by fst | February 24th, 2009

February 24, 2009

The Chicago Tribune reports that the family of a nursing home resident who died last week filed an Illinois nursing home abuse lawsuit against the facility where she lived.

The victim froze to death when she wandered outside into the courtyard of the nursing home. She was found in the courtyard after being outside for about 90 minutes in freezing cold temperatures. The Chicago nursing home abuse victim was wearing an ankle bracelet that should have triggered an alarm when she went outside.

Although prosecutors are investigating this Chicago nursing home abuse case, the family of the deceased is planning to conduct its own investigation.

The Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help if your loved one has been the victim of Illinois nursing home neglect.

Woman killed in Fort Wayne auto accident

by fst | February 10th, 2009

February 5, 2009

The Times-Union reports that a woman died from injuries she received in a Fort Wayne auto accident.

The woman was traveling south on Indiana 15 when she lost control of her vehicle and slid into the path of a pickup truck, causing the Indiana auto accident. The truck had a snowplow attached to the front.

The woman became trapped inside her vehicle and had to be removed by emergency personnel workers. She suffered blunt force trauma from the Fort Wayne car accident.

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The Fort Wayne auto accident lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help if you have been injured in a car accident.

Man charged with DUI after Chicago car accident

by fst | February 9th, 2009

February 3, 2009

The Chicago Sun Times reports that a man has been charged with driving under the influence after hitting three teens with his vehicle and then crashing into another vehicle.

Police report that the driver of a 1990 Ford Thunderbird was headed west on Galena Blvd. at a high rate of speed, when he ran a stop sign causing the Illinois auto accident. The vehicle then drove off the road and hit three teens who were standing on the street corner.

The vehicle then hit a pickup truck parked in a driveway. The driver then attempted to flee on foot from the scene of the Chicago auto accident.

The three teens were taken to a local hospital following the Chicago car accident. They are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver was charged with an aggravated DUI along with several other charges in this Chicago auto accident.

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The Chicago auto accident lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help if you have been injured in an Illinois car accident.

Four injured in Terre Haute auto accident

by fst | January 27th, 2009

January 27, 2009

The Terre Haute Tribune Star reports that four people were injured in a Terre Haute auto accident.

According to the Sheriff’s department, one vehicle was traveling east on Gilchrist road, and another vehicle was traveling north on US 41 when the Terre Haute car accident occurred. The vehicle traveling east appeared in the path of the other vehicle, before the driver had time to react.

The driver of the northbound car struck the other vehicle before leaving the intersection, crossing the median, and heading down a steep embankment.

Four people suffered minor injuries in the Indiana auto accident.

The Terre Haute auto accident lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help if you have been injured in an Indiana car accident.

Icy roads cause Terre Haute auto accident

by fst | January 21st, 2009

January 8, 2009

Icy roads are responsible for a Terre Haute auto accident, according to WTHI-TV.

State police reported that the driver of a Dodge Durango was traveling eastbound on Intersate70 when the Terre Haute car accident occurred. The driver hit a patch of black ice, slid off the road and down an embankment, and flipped over onto the vehicle’s top.

Three people were inside the vehicle at the time of the Indiana auto accident. Two people were taken to the hospital following the Terre Haute auto accident.

The Terre Haute car accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help if you have been injured in an Indiana auto accident.