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What was supposed to be the solution is, instead, a very serious problem unto itself.

A medical device intended to block the flow rare malformed blood vessels has been shown to get stuck in the brain, and has been linked to numerous patient deaths, said a recent article by MSNBC.

The apparatus, manufactured by Covidien – a major medical equipment and supply corporation headquartered in the United States – uses a spongy material to block off blood flow to abnormal tangles of blood vessels before they are removed by surgery. The squishy substance is inserted into the brain through a catheter inserted into the patient’s groin artery. Although the design is intended to safeguard patients from the very serious effects of blood clots in the brain such as aneurysm and stroke, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a statement saying that the catheter itself can get stuck in the spongy material while inside the brain, causing serious complications including hemorrhage and death.

Our Chicago personal injury lawyers were concerned to read a recent report by MSNBC detailing the fact that federal law enforcement officials seized several lots of ultrasound gel from an American-based company after the product tested positive for bacterial contamination.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement asserting that the ultrasound gel, used to enhance ultrasound medical images, tested positive for two strains of dangerous bacteria and posed a risk to patients.

Diagnostic ultrasonography, or ultrasound imaging is a sound-pressure waved-based diagnostic technique used to allow visualization of internal body structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, organs, and, in cases of pregnancy, to see a child in its mother’s womb. Materials on the face of an extension of the ultrasound machine enable the sound waves to be transmitted efficiently into the body. A water-based gel known commonly as ultrasound gel, is placed between the patient’s skin and the probe. The sound waves are reflected differently as they strike objects of different distances and densities. These patterns are then transformed into a digital image.

It’s tough enough for individuals suffering acne to suffer the effects of the common skin disease, so when a company’s dangerous acne medication adds insult to injury – or, rather, injury to injury – the consequences are even more exasperating.

Our Chicago personal injury lawyers were pleased to hear that justice was served in a recent case against the makers of the drug Accutane, which caused gastrointestinal damage to a woman who used the product in the hopes of getting rid of her skin affliction.

Accutane, a medication used primarily to treat cystic acne, was produced by F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Though Accutane and its active ingredient, isotretinoin, were approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1982, it was pulled from the market in 2009 after juries awarded millions of dollars in damages to former Accutane users over inflammatory bowel disease claims. Other side-effects of Accutane have reportedly included birth defects, major depressive disorder, advanced bone age and stunted growth, as well as suicidal ideations.

It’s an especially difficult time to be a patient suffering from cardiac-related ailments.

According to separate reports by MSNBC and the New York Times, respectively, problems have arisen with devices intended to treat heart problems: implanted defibrillators and automated extrinsic defibrillators have each, individually, had problems that could potentially cause death to patients who rely on their use for survival.

A defibrillator is a device that is intended to emit a potentially life-saving electrical jolt to interrupt a failing heartbeat and restore the heart to normal cadence.

Quite literally, it’s a deadly mistake.

Opioid pain medications such as morphine have life-threatening consequences if overdosed; according to a report issued earlier this month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Hospira, a global pharmaceutical and medical device company, is recalling a lot of a morphine sulfate injection because the pre-packaged shot contains more of the drug than the intended labeled volume.

Morphine is a potent opiate analgesic medication, which, when administered properly by healthcare professionals acts expediently to relieve severe pain and suffering. Like other opioids, morphine directly affects the central nervous system to relieve pain; though this makes it an effective drug, it also makes it extremely dangerous.

Last week, one of the largest verdicts in history was handed down by a jury, finding against pharmaceutical conglomerate Johnson & Johnson to the tune of $1.2 billion in liability.

A recent article by Bloomberg Businessweek details the billion-dollar lawsuit that arose after the corporation lied to doctors about a prescription medication produced by one of its subsidiary companies.

The pharmaceutical in question, Risperdal, is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia, manic states associated with bipolar disorder, and irritability in persons with autism. Nevertheless, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – a division of Johnson & Johnson – neglected to tell physicians of the risks associated with the drug, even downplaying side effects in some instances, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

It’s not something we generally think about; when we as consumers head to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription medication, we assume that the product we purchase is not only what we expect it to be, but also is reasonably safe. But that’s not always what happens, according to a recent report by MSNBC, detailing the fact that counterfeit versions of the popular cancer drug Avastin were distributed to customers.

A Chicago personal injury attorney will attest that Illinois products liability law dictates that when corporations manufacture a product, especially in cases of pharmaceutical production, they have a responsibility to test that product to ensure its safety and effectiveness before the product is put on the market and sold to consumers. This is especially true for companies that produce medicine, and whose products must undergo extensive testing before they are distributed to consumers. When a company makes a product that is flawed and that product harms the person using the product, the company may be held legally responsible for the customer’s injuries. Nevertheless, the imitation Avastin doses contain a variety of chemicals, but not the active ingredient found in the genuine drug.

Avastin – the genuine variety – is a drug produced by Hoffmann-La Roche AG, an international drug-manufacturing conglomerate that is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Hoffmann-La Roche sells Avastin in 120 countries and manufactures and packages the drug at eight sites worldwide. Avastin works to block the growth of new blood vessels, and is commonly used to treat various types of cancers, including lung-, breast-, and kidney-cancer. It was originally approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat certain metastatic cancers, and though its approval was revoked in November of 2011, doctors are still allowed to prescribe it.

It almost sounds like fodder for a children’s song, but there’s nothing funny about the cause underlying the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s most recent pharmaceutical recall: bugs in drugs.

Our Illinois personal injury attorneys were concerned to read an article published by MSNBC, detailing the fact that the FDA has very recently posted a warning letter to Schaumberg, Illinois-based APP Pharmaceuticals LLC., citing violations at one of the corporation’s plants, including insects found in what were supposed to be clean rooms, as well as in vials of distributed drugs, and failures to report defects such as vials contaminated with foreign matter and glass.

Abraxis Pharmaceutical Products, or APP Pharmaceuticals, is major, international pharmaceutical conglomerate centered in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Prior to this series of defilements, APP Pharmaceuticals has most recently been in the news because federal health officials have allowed the firm to ramp up production of scarce medications to treat childhood leukemia, following a nationwide shortage. Fortunately the children’s cancer medications are not produced at the same plant in which insects were found in vials of sterile drugs, but the company is liable nonetheless.

Recently, our Chicago personal injury attorneys expressed concern over a recall of contraceptive pharmaceuticals that were pulled from the market because mistakes in packaging could potentially lead to unwanted pregnancies.

According to the Associated Press this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is busy again with yet another recall of birth control pills. According to the report, Glenmark Generics is working with the FDA to recall seven lots of birth control drugs, nationwide. Said the FDA, because of a packaging error, some of the pills were placed in the wrong order within the packs.

The packages of pills contain three types of tablets, each variety with a different level of hormones, intended to be taken at different times during a woman’s menstrual cycle. Instead, according to the FDA’s statement the pills were rotated 180 degrees within the pack, so the weekly tablet orientation is reversed, and the lot number and expiration date are visible only on the outer pouch. As a result, the order of the pills may be incorrect, leaving women without adequate contraceptive protection and at risk for unwanted pregnancy.

Pfizer, the American multinational pharmaceutical conglomerate, and the maker of many popular drugs such as Lipitor and Viagra, seems to be having a tough time lately.

Following a recall last month of contraceptive medications due to improper packaging that had the potential to lead to unwanted pregnancies, Pfizer is now undergoing yet another retraction – this time for expired drugs.

According to a recent report by MSNBC, the corporation is recalling its Prevnar pneumonia vaccine because it was filled with expired material. The vaccination is intended to prevent meningitis, pneumonia, and and other diseases caused by pneumococcus bacteria, and was recently approved for use in adults 50 and older.

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