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.
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 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.