Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices Lawyers in PA

Products created by pharmaceutical manufacturers and medical device companies treat diseases and injuries in much of the world’s population. However, the push for shareholder profits sometimes causes them to mislead doctors and patients, hide potential side effects, and continue selling the drugs and devices well after they know that they are unsafe for a certain percentage of patients.

In other cases, drug and device manufacturers ignore evidence about the dangers of their products following FDA approval. This head-in-the-sand approach leaves patients at risk and unable to make informed decisions about using these products.

Our attorneys represent victims of dangerous drugs and medical devices nationwide. Oftentimes legal investigations and lawsuits are the only way to curb the unsafe marketing and prescription of drugs and devices that cause demonstrated harm, as well as obtain a measure of justice for those hurt by such unconscientious caregiving.

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Pharmaceutical Cases We Represent

Many times injuries are caused by drugs newly released to the market, with trial and error replacing a more thorough testing period. However, the risk of the following dangerous drugs has been well established — in some cases accompanied by malicious intent on the part of their manufacturers through kickbacks to get these drugs adopted by the industry, fraudulent advertising which elides their true risk, and deadly side effects that can linger with their users over a lifetime. 

  • Birth Control Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) Lawsuit: If you were diagnosed with PTC after using birth control, you should contact us today. We are currently investigating a potential connection between birth control and vision loss caused by PTC. Our current investigation encompasses various forms of birth control, including IUDs, pills, implants and shots.
  • Injectafer Lawsuit: Intravenous iron medication has skyrocketed in popularity in the U.S. as a means of treatment for the 4.5 million Americans who suffer from Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA). The intravenous iron medications deliver a higher dose of iron than other forms of supplement, which allows the patient to see results more quickly and take the drug less frequently. Unfortunately, the benefits of intravenous iron drugs can be outweighed by some potentially serious complications, which can lead to respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, osteomalacia and rhabdomyolysis.
  • Invokana Lawsuit: If you took Invokana, known generically as canagliflozin, Forxiga (Dapagliflozin) or Jardiance (Empagliflozin), and suffered ketoacidosis or renal failure, contact one of our attorneys to determine whether compensation may be available for your injury.
  • Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Lawsuit: Approximately 15 million Americans currently take prescription PPI drugs to manage heartburn, stomach and peptic ulcers, and acid reflux. The following heartburn drugs have been linked to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) – Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid and Protonix.
  • Subsys Fentanyl Spray Lawsuit: A national scheme to take kickbacks from a pharmaceutical company in exchange for prescribing the company’s powerful fentanyl spray, Subsys, has recently come to light. The time you have to pursue a claim is limited, so contact one of our lawyers today.
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Lawsuit: If you or a loved one have suffer from this condition, the chances are good that it was caused by an ill-advised prescription. 
  • Talcum Powder Lawsuit: Thousands of women have filed talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and other companies, claiming that baby powder and other talc-based products have caused their ovarian cancer. If you believe that your ovarian cancer diagnosis might have been caused by using talcum powder products, contact us today.
  • Zofran Lawsuit: Zofran (ondansetron) has been prescribed for morning sickness, despite the FDA never having approved it for that use. Families of children who suffered birth defects after their mothers took Zofran while pregnant can take action, as can prospective mothers on the drug and those who have lost children in cases where it may have been involved.
  • Zostavax Shingles Vaccine Lawsuit: We are investigating claims that Merck’s Zostavax shingles vaccine can cause serious injuries and even death in the months after the vaccine is administered. If you or someone you love developed shingles any time between three weeks to 12 months after receiving the Zostavax vaccine, or were diagnosed with certain serious conditions within two years of receiving the Zostavax vaccine, contact us today.

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Defective Medical Device Cases We Take On

Dangerous medical devices pose many of the same risks as unsafe drugs — with the added wrinkle that they are often implanted in their users, causing continuous ongoing exposure with risks that sometimes only become clear after a long period of use. 

There are more of these defective devices released every year, but the following dangerous devices bear special consideration as they come with a long track record of harm.

  • Breast Implant Lawsuit: McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt is currently accepting breast implant-caused injury claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free consultation of your case. 
  • Birth Control Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) Lawsuit: If you were diagnosed with PTC after using birth control, you should contact us today. We are currently investigating a potential connection between birth control and vision loss caused by PTC. Our current investigation encompasses various forms of birth control, including IUDs, pills, implants and shots.
  • ERCP Duodenoscope – Superbug Infection Lawsuit: Our personal injury lawyers are investigating the CRE superbug infections at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia and other hospitals around the country. Our law firm handles cases involving medical malpractice and defective medical devices. If you or a member of your family have been infected by antibiotic-resistant bacteria following a medical procedure with a duodenoscope, please contact us immediately for a free consultation concerning your legal rights.
  • Essure Birth Control Lawsuit: Women are suing Bayer due to the many complications they have experienced after receiving an Essure sterilization device. Complaints range from problems caused by broken devices, device migration, and even expulsion of the birth control implant in some cases. If you or someone you know is using Essure and have suffered severe complications, you should contact one of our lawyers today. 
  • Hernia Mesh Lawsuit: While hernia mesh has been a popular surgical solution for many years, the safety of a variety of these implants have been called into question on numerous occasions after patients faced serious complications. If you or a loved one underwent a painful secondary surgery due to a defective hernia mesh, contact our lawyers today.
  • Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Lawsuit: IVC filters were designed to prevent life-threatening blood clots in the lungs, known as pulmonary embolisms. Since 2005, however, hundreds of reports of severe IVC filter complications have led to many lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of these devices. If this pertains to you or someone you know, contact one of our lawyers today.
  • Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuit: Hip implants are designed to replace the ball-and-socket joint of the hip. While metal hip replacements were designed to be more durable than their ceramic and plastic counterparts, they have been linked to a number of serious health complications.
  • NuVasive Magec System Lawsuit: The NuVasive Magec System is a magnetically-controlled growing rod system that is used to treat scoliosis and to prevent a condition that occurs as a result of the disease. Recent peer-reviewed studies have shown that the system is one of nine magnetically-controlled growing rod systems that have been linked to defects and the need for revisionary surgical procedures. The time you have to pursue a claim is limited, so contact one of our lawyers today.
  • Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) Lawsuit: If you had a transvaginal mesh (TVM) implant, also known as a pelvic mesh implant or bladder sling, and are suffering from painful, serious side effects after one or more revision surgeries, you are not alone and we can help.

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When to Consult with an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

It’s often hard to determine whether your injuries or post-surgical complications are due to your body’s ability to heal, the severity of your surgical procedure, or just standard symptoms of your surgery. Many hazardous medical and pharmaceutical products can cause damage years after a victim has received a medical procedure or been prescribed certain medications. The best way to know for sure is to call our team of experienced product liability attorneys and learn about what our team can do to get you the justice you deserve.

At McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt, we have over 30 years of experience in litigating dangerous drug and device cases. We take all claims on a contingency basis, and will only charge you attorney fees if we are able to obtain financial compensation for your losses. 

McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt welcomes clients local to our Philadelphia offices and those from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and further afield. To schedule a meeting for a free consultation, fill out our form or call us directly at 1-800-590-4116.