IVC FILTERS

IVC FILTERS

Interior Vena Cava (IVC) filters, first introduced in the late 1960s, have been used by physicians to prevent pulmonary embolism in high-risk patients who are contraindicated for anticoagulation therapy.

For some time, IVC filters were used as permanent implants with a high degree of success. However, the introduction of an “optional retrievable” IVC filter over the last few years has changed the medical landscape.

These newer IVC filter types have been very financially successful in the medical industry. By targeting a new population of patients, many medical device companies have tripled their sales to the tune of approximately $300 million per year.

Unfortunately, over 85% of these “retrievable”: IVC filters have never been actually retrieved. This is due to the fact that they were sold to patients as a permanent filter—the retrievable aspect of the IVC filter was only marketed as a “feature.”

As such, thousands of people have been injured by temporary IVC filters. The longer the filter remains implanted, the higher the risk of side effects like fracture, migration, organ damage, blood clots, and death.

Our law firm is currently evaluating IVC filter cases in all 50 states, regardless of whether you have been injured or not. If you or somebody you know was implanted with an IVC filter, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation.

RISPERDAL

RISPERDAL

Risperdal is an anti-psychotic medication approved to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism. Unfortunately, doctors have also prescribed Risperdal for unapproved uses, and some users have experienced serious and unexpected side effects. In addition to other serious side effects, the use of Risperdal has been linked to a condition called gynecomastia, or the growth of female breasts on boys. The tissue is not cancerous, but it can be painful and embarrassing, especially for teenage males. For this reason, many doctors recommend surgery. Severe gynecomastia may require a surgical procedure called a mastectomy, which involves the removal of breast tissue and excess skin. Gynecomastia has been especially devastating for young boys who have taken the drug.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued several warnings related to the drug, emphasizing the dangers it may pose to users. And in 2006, the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology noted that Risperdal administered to adolescents at doses commonly used for the treatment of psychotic symptoms can strongly increase prolactin levels, with clinical consequences such as gynecomastiarisperidone should be administered with caution to children and adolescents.”

Other studies have found that young men on Risperdal may be 5-times as likely to develop gynecomastia. The risk also increases for older men, who may be 69% more likely to develop gynecomastia compared to men who do not take antipsychotic drugs.

The Gabrielli Firm is currently accepting Risperdal induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or your son was diagnosed with gynecomastia, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation.

HERNIA MESH

HERNIA MESH

Hernias have a high risk of re-opening (called “recurrence“). To reduce this risk, most surgeons stitch in a mesh patch or plug to help reinforce muscles and connective tissues. They can be synthetic or non-synthetic, permanent or absorbable. Some patches work better than others. For example, Physiomesh was withdrawn from the market due to higher rates of recurrence.

Manufacturers of hernia mesh are in the midst of lawsuits regarding complications arising from the use of mesh in hernia medical procedures. Complications include chronic pain, infections or abscesses, hernia recurrence, scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together (adhesion), blockage of the large or small intestine, organ perforation, mesh migration or erosion, mesh shrinkage (contraction) or the need for another surgery.

Johnson & Johnson, manufacturer of Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite, and Atrium, manufacturer of C-Qur Mesh, are included in a host of new lawsuits alleging defective, dangerous design.

The Gabrielli Firm is currently accepting hernia mesh induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by Ethicon Physiomesh or C-Qur Mesh, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation.

TALCUM POWDER

TALCUM POWDER

Talcum powder, or baby powder, is a popular choice among women who use it daily for feminine hygiene. Estimates indicate that as many as 40% of women use baby powder or talc based products on a daily basis.

Recent studies, however, have shown that there is a link between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer.

When talc products, such as baby powder, are applied to the genital area, talc can travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovaries. Talc may remain the body for years, causing inflammation. Baby powder and talc based products can create an environment conducive to grow cancer cells.

One in 70 women get ovarian cancer, and studies have shown that women who use talc-containing products, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, as part of their feminine hygiene every day run a 30-60% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Despite this, the product is still being sold.

The Gabrielli Law Firm is investigating cases on behalf of women who used talc-based body powder including baby powder, and developed ovarian cancer. We offer a free, confidential consultation to discuss your concerns as well as how we can help.

PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS

PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS

Proton pump inhibitor (PPIs) medications are commonly prescribed to individuals with heartburn, indigestion, gastritis and acid reflux disease. They include Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid.

These drugs work by blocking acid buildup in the stomach. However, they also inhibit the absorption of vital minerals, which may lead to serious side effects including chronic kidney disease, heart attack, bone fractures and more. The manufacturers of PPIs have had knowledge for nearly a decade that these drugs can cause these side effects.

In December of 2014, the manufacturers changed their packaging and labels warning of an association with PPIs and interstitial nephritis, diagnosed by kidney biopsy. This packaging and label change, however, did not include a general warning regarding both acute and chronic kidney disease even though two recently published studies confirmed a significant increases risk to patients taking PPIs.

If you or a loved one developed kidney disease, nephritis, renal failure or other kidney damage after taking a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) heartburn medication, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation.

Roundup

Monsanto

ROUNDUP

Roundup is an herbicide utilized to kill weeds and grasses that are unattractive or damage crops. Its active ingredient is glyphosate. Monsanto discovered the potential use of glyphosate as an herbicide in 1970, and began marketing it in 1974.

Roundup is sold in more than 160 countries and is one of the most popular herbicides on the market. Each year approximately 250 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on crops, commercial nurseries, lawns, driveways, sidewalks, parks and golf courses.

Because of Monsanto’s advertising campaign, glyphosate was widely considered one of the safest herbicides, until new research emerged from the International Agency for Research on Cancer linking it to several types of blood cancer and, in particular, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Monsanto has known for more than 30 years that there is a link between the use of Roundup and cancer. However, the company intentionally made the decision not to warn the public, and even marketed the product to be as safe as table salt and practically non-toxic.

Litigation documents show that Monsanto created fake data and attacked legitimate studies exposing the dangers of glyphosate, and created a campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers, and the general population that its herbicide was safe.

Those most at risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of Roundup exposure include farm workers, landscapers, nursery workers, and others in occupations that require frequent use of herbicides like Roundup on crops. People who use Roundup for their own home gardens and lawns are also at risk, if they have used the herbicide regularly.

If you have been exposed to Roundup and, as a result, have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you may be able to participate in a lawsuit to receive compensation for your suffering. For more information about how to participate, please contact us today.

BREAST IMPLANTS

BREAST IMPLANTS

The FDA has identified an association between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This rare cancer affects cells in the immune system and can be found around the breast implant. It can be found in the skin or lymph nodes, and is not a type of breast cancer.

As of 1 February 2017, the FDA says it has received a total of 359 reports of breast implants and the development of ALCL, including nine deaths.

Most of these cancer cases occurred in people who had textured surfaces on their implants, rather than smooth surfaces.

The Gabrielli Law Firm is investigating cases on behalf of women who have developed ALCL after having breast implants. We offer a free, confidential consultation to discuss your concerns as well as how we can help.

TAXOTERE

TAXOTERE

Taxotere (Docetaxel) is a chemotherapy drug manufactured and marketed by Sanofi-Aventis. Doctors prescribe the drug to treat the majority of breast cancer cases in the U.S. The treatment plan for Taxotere is once every three weeks, unlike Paclitaxel, a drug in the same class, which is weekly and just as effective.

The Taxotere lawsuit states that Sanofi-Aventis failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risks of permanent alopecia (loss of hair) through the use of Taxotere during chemotherapy. Sanofi-Aventis warned other countries about alopecia risk but did not warn women in the U.S. If properly warned of the risks associated with Taxotere, patients would have been prescribed a different chemotherapy drug that did not result in permanent hair loss.

The Gabrielli Firm is currently accepting Taxotere cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by Taxotere, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation.