The Law Offices of

Griffith, Lerman, Lutz & Scheib
110 South Northern Way, York, PA 17402 717-757-7602

Drug Claims

In an effort to assist and inform the clients of GLL&S and their families that we are providing you with information on our site regarding areas where individuals are receiving compensation for injuries related to toxic exposure, prescriptive drug medications, injuries for work-related diseases, and joint transplants (hips and knees).

Many times families find themselves in financial difficulties which worsen over time due to a loved one having sustained a serious injury or contracted a disease. We want our clients and their families to know that these matters can be handled in an efficient and timely manner so as to minimize the impact on the client and others who may be affected.

Below you will find a list of different areas of injury practice in which the firm can represent and assist you in dealing with these very difficult matters:

         PRESCRIPTIVE DRUG MEDICATIONS

The Federal Drug Administration has approved many new drugs which fill today's headlines with the many side effects from taking these drugs. Throughout the United States individuals taking these drugs per the recommendation of their physicians, have resulted in massive court litigation against the large drug companies. Some of the pharmaceutical drugs are considered a faulty or defective product, which results in a number of people sustaining injuries after taking same.

The following is a list of drugs which are currently involved in lawsuits across the United States and a brief description of the purpose of the drug. If you or any of your family or loved ones have taken one of these drugs and have had side effects resulting from same, please contact us in order that we may further apprise you of your rights regarding a claim against the drug company.

         Actos Diabetes drug associated with a 40% increase in risk for bladder cancer.

 

         Accutane Popular acne drug has been linked to birth defects, inflammatory bowel disease, blood in stools, mucus in stools, abdominal pain, and suicide.

 

         Avandia Popular diabetes drug known to increase a person's risk of heart attack and has also caused dangerously low blood sugars.

 

         Avastin Has been used to help treat women with breast cancer and to treat colon cancer. This drug did not lessen the spreading of cancer. Side effects were: kidney dysfunction, high blood pressure, and severe internal bleeding.

 

         Byetta - This is an injectable drug used to improve glucose levels with Type 2 Diabetes patients and has been associated with pancreatitis and pancreatitis related deaths.

 

         Calaxo Introduced in 2006 and used mainly for ACL tears in knees. The screws had a tendency to break off inside the body and cause painful complications.

 

         Chantex This drug was used by many in an effort to quit smoking and has caused psychological problems such as hostility, depression, and suicidal tendencies.

 

         Darvocet/Darvon This is a propoxyphene-based drug used as a pain killer. Use of this drug may increase heart problems and overuse can lead to suicide and accidental overdose.

 

         Denture Cream This adhesive is used by people who wear dentures. Excessive use of this substance can cause elevated levels of zinc which can lead to neuropathy and other neurological problems.

 

         Fosamax This drug is prescribed to people who suffer from osteoporosis. The FDA linked the use of this drug with femur fractures and also a jaw disorder called osteonecrosis along with exposed bone and jaw infections.

 

         Gadolinium This is a contrast agent used in MRIs/MRAs. This injection can cause kidney problems and cause a fatal skin disease called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis.

 

         Guidant Defibrillator This is a device implanted in cardiac patients used to monitor heartbeats. Defective devices can short circuit causing death.

 

         Hips: Stryker & Zimmer This device is made of metal and is used in many hip replacement surgeries. The devise often causes pain when walking or squeaking noises with walking and often leads to additional surgeries to repair.

 

         Knees: Zimmer This is an implant used in knee replacements. The implant would often loosen and require revision surgery to repair the implant.

 

         Levaquin An Antibiotic, the use of this drug can cause tendon injury and damage, often to the Achilles tendon.

 

         Mesothelioma This is the most serious of all asbestos-related diseases and is not as rare as it once was. The primary cause and major risk factor is exposure to asbestos.

 

         Multaq This drug is used to treat heart problems and those who are at risk for serious heart issues and can cause livery injury or permanent damage.

 

         Oral Sodium Phosphate (Fleet) This laxative is often used in preparation for colonoscopies and other medical procedures. In large doses this has been linked to the development of a serious form of kidney damage known as Acute Phosphate Nephropathy.

 

         Pain Pumps This devise is often used in shoulder surgeries to distribute pain medications at an hourly rate to the direct wound site or to the nerves surrounding the wound area. The medicine recently has been linked to killing cartilage cells also known as Chondrolysis.

 

         Paxil This is an antidepressant linked to suicide, suicidal ideation, and violence in children and teenagers. Teenagers and children who are prescribed this drug need to be closely monitored.

 

         Transvaginal Mesh Implants These are used to treat Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). Complications from use include: pain, bleeding, infection, urinary problems, pain during sex, emotional problems, vaginal scarring, vaginal shrinkage, organ perforation, recurring POP, as well as mesh erosion, exposure, extrusion, and protrusion.

 

         Yaz/Yasmin This is a new form of contraception for women. Serious side effects include blood clots, stroke, heart attack, gall-bladder disease, and pancreatitis.

 

         James Zagroda Health & Compensation Act This bill was developed by Congress to help 9/11 victims. This Act would provide medical monitoring and treatment to people suffering serious diseases because of exposure to toxic debris from Ground Zero. Recipients of this would include emergency responders, recovery and clean-up workers, as well as World Trade Center neighbors.