Virginia Drug Injury Lawyers

A Popular Antacid is Linked to Cancer

by | March 23rd, 2020

Did you or someone you love take prescription or over-the-counter Zantac to treat heartburn or acid reflux? If so, you may have been exposed to a contaminant called N-nitrosodimethylamine, which is a probable carcinogen and is linked to multiple types of cancers of vital organs and the digestive system. The contaminant was also found in generic versions of the drug (ranitidine).

The discovery prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to advise a recall of all ranitidine-containing products, including both name brand and generic Zantac tablets. As of March 2020, these products have been removed from virtually all pharmacy, supermarket, and hospital shelves. However, people who took the drugs previously, whether briefly or for many years, may have experienced an increased risk of cancer.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia drug injury attorneys are here to help anyone who was diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac or its generic equivalents. The manufacturers of these tablets should have been aware that their products were tainted with dangerous impurities and contaminants, but they failed to properly test them. That led to potentially millions of people being exposed to carcinogens.

If you still take Zantac, talk to your doctor about alternative options for treating acid reflux. Other medications can also control symptoms, as can diet and lifestyle changes. And if you or someone you love experienced significant health problems after taking Zantac, including being diagnosed with cancer, our legal team is here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation. It’s our goal to get you the money you deserve for your pain and suffering.

We Hold Negligent Pharmaceutical Companies Liable for Injuries

by | January 20th, 2020

When we talk about negligent pharmaceutical companies, what exactly are we referring to? To better understand the role that drug companies play in our lives, consider how heavily we depend on medications.

Medications have the power to cure diseases, treat serious illnesses, reduce symptoms, and extend lifespans for people with incurable and debilitating conditions. The pharmaceutical industry plays a huge role in improving the health and lives of millions of Americans, but the creation of new drugs requires enormous investments that those companies are often desperate to recoup.

When Negligent Pharmaceutical Companies Get It Wrong

Because the research, development, and marketing costs of a medication can reach billions of dollars, drug companies are often under significant pressure to ensure that their newly developed medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and stocked on pharmacy shelves as quickly as possible. Sometimes, that pressure is so great that drug companies may hide potential side effects and complications from the FDA, doctors, pharmacists, and patients themselves.

When drug companies value their profits over the safety of consumers, they can put millions of people at risk of severe complications that can be disabling and even life-threatening. When that happens, the Virginia drug injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are here to hold them accountable. We aren’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with negligent pharmaceutical companies. In some cases, that means taking them to court.

Let Us Hold Negligent Pharmaceutical Companies Accountable

The costs of a drug injury can be significant. Many victims may require hospitalization and even surgery to repair injuries and damage they’ve suffered. Their overall health may worsen. This could lengthen recovery periods unnecessarily, putting them out of work for even longer. If you or someone you love was harmed by a defective drug, give us a call. We want to help you get every penny you deserve by holding negligent pharmaceutical companies accountable. Call or contact us online today.

Packaging Mix-Up Forces Recall Of Over-The-Counter Medications

by | January 9th, 2012

January 9, 2012

A major mix-up at a Novartis pill manufacturing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska, has prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the company to issue a recall for certain over-the-counter medications. According to an article by WAVY-TV 10 News, reports of manufacturing problems have resulted in the discovery of a packaging mix-up between dangerous–and potentially deadly–opioid painkillers and common over-the-counter painkillers.

Numerous complaints were filed against the company in response to broken and chipped pills found in medications being produced at the facility. These discoveries prompted further investigation that uncovered painkillers such as Percocet, Endocet, Opana and Zydone in bottles of Excedrin and Gas-X.

A subsequent shutdown of the plant followed, and regulators are now anticipating a shortage of medications that are produced by the plant.

The plant was cited for similar problems earlier this summer after it was discovered that the company did nothing to follow-up with consumer complaints that had built up for more than two years regarding similar problems. More than 223 complaints were never examined during that two-year time period.

The Virginia drug injury lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley urge you to examine any over-the counter medications in your home. Compare the picture on the bottle with the medication inside to ensure they are the same. If there are any discrepancies, consult your doctor and/or pharmacist immediately.