Category Archives: Medical Malpractice

Xarelto side effects

Have you or a loved suffered from taking Xarelto?

Patients were not properly warned of the side effects of Xarelto, i.e uncontrollable internal bleeding and that this bleeding could not be reversed as easily as with other anticoagulants.

Other serious and Life-threatening Side Effects:

  • Uncontrolled bleeding events
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage
  • Hematoma
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Hemoglobin Decrease
  • Cerebrovascular Accidents
  • Peripheral Edema
  • Dyspnea

Symptoms of Xarelto bleeding side effects may include:

  • Lethargy
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Pink or brown urine
  • Red or black tarry stools
  • Coughing up blood
  • Vomiting that resembles blood or looks like coffee grounds
  • Headaches
  • Bleeding from the gums
  • Frequent nose bleeds
  • Weakness and swelling in the hands, arms, lower legs, ankles or feet
  • Joint pain or swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Death

Call Langston Lawyers PLLC at 877-LAW-0008 for more information.

Heart attack or stroke after Testosterone therapy

Testosterone Replacement Therapy products for men have been linked to an increased risk of death, heart attack and stroke. In one study, researchers found men who used testosterone therapy were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or die after three years of use. A second study found that men had a significant increase in risk of heart attack and stroke in just the first 90 days of testosterone therapy use. Testosterone therapy, such as the prescription topical treatments Androgel, Testim and Axiron, are used to help boost testosterone levels in men who have “Low T,” a deficiency of the male hormone.

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By: Irvin Jackson | Published: May 1st, 2014 (

A new report warns that use of the atypical anti psychotic medication Risperdal to treat autism may help reduce tantrums and improve focus, but it carries potentially serious risks, including weight gain, sleepiness and other side effects.

Risperdal (risperidone) was originally introduced for adults with schizophrenia, but it has been widely used for children with bi-polar disorders, autism, irritability, aggression and behavior disorders. It was the first drug ever approved by the FDA for treatment of some autism symptoms, and is the most widely known. In addition, it has been widely used off-label to treat hyperactivity and to reduce repetitive behaviors.

A report by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative released this week, highlights a number of concerns over the potential side effects of Risperdal for autism treatment.

While experts indicate that Risperdal definitely can reduce tantrums and help autistic children focus on other methods of treatment, they also warn that it carries a serious risk of weight gain and fatigue. In addition, not everyone who is given the drug experiences the benefits and the problems frequently return when its use is stopped, experts told the Initiative.

On average, children given Risperdal experience about six pounds of weight gain within eight weeks of beginning therapy. While that may not seem like much to a 140 pound adult, for a 60 pound boy that gain is significant.

Weight gain associated with Risperdal and other atypical anti psychotics has also been associated with an increased risk of childhood diabetes. An August 2013 study published in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry found that side effects of Risperdal and other similar drugs may triple the risk of diabetes for children.

Use of Risperdal among young boys has also been linked to a rare disorder known as gynecomastia, which involves the abnormal growth of breasts among males. Due to the known weight gain associated with the drug, these Risperdal breast development problems are often not immediately diagnosed until the breast growth significantly outpaces the weight gain.

In recent years, Johnson & Johnson has been facing a growing number of Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuits brought on behalf of teens and young adults, which allege that the drug maker failed to adequately warn consumers or the medical community about the risks associated with the medication. In some cases, plaintiffs indicate that boys using Risperdal have developed breasts measuring as large as a 38D cup size, often resulting in the need for surgical removal of the breasts.

This latest report published by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative concludes that Risperdal should be used with caution, and only for children with the most serious autism symptoms, and only after other treatment options have failed.



Endo Health offers $54.5 million to settle some vaginal mesh cases

Endo Health offers $54.5 million to settle some vaginal mesh cases

(Reuters) – A unit of Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc said it has agreed to pay $54.5 million to settle some of the thousands of lawsuits in North America that it is facing over injury claims stemming from the use of transvaginal surgical mesh products.

Endo unit American Medical Systems Inc announced the settlement in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. The company did not disclose how many cases would be resolved by the agreement, in which the company did not admit any liability or fault.

AMS estimated its potential liability as of March 31 from all current and future vaginal mesh cases to be at least $160 million, according to another SEC filing. Settlement details were not disclosed.

AMS is one of several companies facing thousands of lawsuits over transvaginal mesh devices in U.S. state and federal courts, as well as Canada. The devices are designed to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

Market data submitted to the FDA showed that in 2010, approximately 300,000 women underwent surgery for pelvic organ prolapse, and roughly one in three of those used mesh. That same year, about 260,000 women underwent surgery for stress urinary incontinence, 80 percent of which involved transvaginal mesh.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuits have alleged a variety of injuries stemming from the devices, including chronic pain and incontinence.

In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration notified transvaginal mesh manufacturers about reports of potential complications stemming from the devices. In 2012, the agency ordered AMS and other transvaginal device makers to conduct post-market safety studies and monitor the rate at which adverse events were reported.

AMS said it has been hit with thousands of lawsuits since 2008 and expects the number to climb, according to a regulatory filing from May. As of April 26, there were approximately 7,700 mesh cases pending against AMS, Endo and certain subsidiaries,  an SEC filing said.

A spokesman for Endo did not immediately return a request for comment Friday.

Shares in Endo were down .32 percent or 12 cents to $37.38 in late afternoon trade.

NaturaLyte and GranuFlo

FMC says U.S. wrongful death lawsuits to be consolidated

Reuters | Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:57am EST

Dec 13 (Reuters) – Fresenius Medical Care , the world’s largest dialysis group, said a group of plaintiffs in the United States had moved to consolidate wrongful death lawsuits against the company over its NaturaLyte and GranuFlo products.

The suits generally allege that the two products carried inadequate labeling and warnings, causing harm to patients, FMC said, adding that it considered the suits to be without merit and was vigorously defending against them.

The company’s chief executive Ben Lipps said in a statement that FMC’s actions related to the products were appropriate and responsible.

“Both products are safe and effective and were reviewed and cleared by the Food and Drug Administration several years ago,” he said.

“I am confident of our position on this medical issue,” he said.

FMC’s North American subsidiary received a subpoena from the Massachusetts district attorney on Dec. 7 requesting documents in the case and was cooperating fully, the company said.

Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Transvaginal meshes have been shown to cause numerous injuries, including:
– Infections
– Internal bleeding
– Nerve damage
– Perforation of other organs and blood vessels
– Erosion of the vaginal mesh
– Problems/pain urinating
– Return of the condition treated (incontinence or pelvic recurrence)
– Pain during sexual intercourse

Thousands of women have already brought lawsuits against TVM companies for their vaginal mesh injuries. One woman recovered more than $11 million, including $7.76 million in punitive damages, after her transvaginal mesh eroded and caused her to undergo 18 surgeries to repair the damage.
If you have been injured by your transvaginal mesh, you can and should hold your TVM company accountable. Contact Rebecca at Langston & Langston PLLC.


GranuFlo and Naturalyte

GranuFlo and Naturalyte are dialysates, used to treat acute and chronic kidney failure during hemodialysis. On May 25, 2012, the FDA issued a safety communication, warning that there had been complaints about dosing errors during hemodialysis, which could cause increased bicarbonate levels. Increased bicarbonate levels can cause metabolic alkalosis, which is associated with cardiopulmonary arrest, low blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmia.

Both products have been recalled and it has been alleged that the risks involved with using these products were not adequately disclosed. If proper warnings had been issued, health care providers would not have used these products.

If you or someone you know has been harmed by these products, please contact us at 1-888-329-0827 or you can simply sill out our online contact form for a free assessment of your case.

Side effects and direct injuries that can be caused by Pradaxa

Side effects and direct injuries that can be caused by Pradaxa

Potential Injuries:
•Brain hemorrhage
•Joint pain
•Intestinal problems
•Joint Inflammation
•Kidney bleeding
•Internal bleeding

Symptoms of excessive internal bleeding:
•Bleeding that lasts a long time
•Coughing up blood
•Joint pain
•Red or black stools
•Uncontrollable, severe bleeding
•Urine that is pink or brown
•Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
•Vomiting blood

If you or a loved one has experienced one or more of the following after being treated with Pradaxa please contact us.