Meningitis Outbreak – is the FDA Protecting Us?

On January 23, 2013, in Defective Drugs, by K. Lindsay Rakers

Fungal meningitis has been making news headlines recently due to the outbreak of this rare illness in patients that received potentially contaminated spinal injections of a steroid which was produced and distributed by the New England Compounding Center. As of October 13, 2012, fourteen people have lost their lives in over 170 reported cases due to fungal meningitis; with over 13,000 individuals being potentially exposed to this illness through injections. Health officials estimate that the potentially contaminated injections were distributed … Continue Reading >

GranuFlo Dialysis Product May Hurt St. Louis Residents

On October 3, 2012, in Defective Drugs, by K. Lindsay Rakers

Fresenius is currently being investigated by the FDA for failing to warn patients of potential dangers with its product, GranuFlo.  A well-respected blood dialysis physician here in St. Louis, Missouri at Washington University, Dr. Coyne, has reported that 30% of his dialysis patients have a high level of bicarbone in their system.  This is scary stuff.  Read further information at the Legal Examiner.

If you or a loved one has been injured by GranuFlo dialysis products, please contact Lindsay Rakers.… Continue Reading >

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Local St. Louis Judge is a Finalist for People Magazine Award

On September 20, 2011, in Auto Accident, Community, Defective Drugs, by K. Lindsay Rakers

St. Louis City Juvenile Court Judge Jimmie Edwards has something to smile about these days. Judge Edwards has been nominated by People Magazine as a national finalist for the 2011 People Readers’ Choice Hero campaign. Judge Edwards is deserving of this award for the outstanding work and dedication to the Innovative Concept Academy, which he created.
The Innovative Concept Academy was created in 2009 at the then abandoned and dilapidated Blewett Middle School on Cass Avenue in St. Louis city. … Continue Reading >

Seroquel Maker Settles for $520 Million

On May 25, 2010, in Defective Drugs, Personal Injury, by K. Lindsay Rakers

News reports about dangerous drugs are becoming more and more common. Within the last couple of years, we have seen the manufacturers of Vioxx, Bextra and Celebrex – pain medications known to cause severe cardiac injury – settle with injured Americans. It seems that almost each month now, we hear about another dangerous drug that has been linked to a serious side effect. The FDA continues to require manufacturers to place clear warnings on these dangerous drugs and sometimes, the … Continue Reading >

Not an Alli

On February 1, 2010, in Defective Drugs, Personal Injury, by K. Lindsay Rakers

Several months ago, the weight loss drug Hydrocut was recalled due to links to liver damage. The FDA is now investigating another weight loss drug-Alli, made and sold by GlaxoSmithKline. In 2007, Alli was approved as the only non-prescription weight loss drug. The FDA is reconsidering that approval. In June, the FDA noted on its website that Orlistat, a form of Alli, is potentially harmful. There have been adverse event reports fir Alli which highlight possible liver problems, including hepatoxicology, … Continue Reading >

Dangerous Denture Cream

On December 2, 2009, in Defective Drugs, Personal Injury, by K. Lindsay Rakers

The Journal of the American Academy of Neurology has linked various denture creams to excess amounts of zinc. Zinc poisoning can be deadly if not caught and treated quickly. Excess amounts of zinc can cause serious neurological side effects, including neuropathy. Neuropathy affects the hands and feet by causing weakness, numbness, tingling and even pain. Because zinc is an intestinal irritant, you may first experience vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea and nausea. You may also experience low blood pressure, urine retention, … Continue Reading >

Woman’s Breast Cancer Caused by Prempro

On November 23, 2009, in Defective Drugs, Drugs, Personal Injury, by K. Lindsay Rakers

A jury in Philadelphia found that a woman’s cancer was caused by Prempro, a hormone-replacement drug. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals was ordered to pay the woman, Connie Barton, $75 million in punitive damages. Last month, the jury awarded Barton $3.75 million in compensatory damages.

The jury found that Wyeth knew of the cancer link and failed to disclose the link to the public. Barton’s case is one of a handful of Prempro lawsuits to go to trial out of several thousand filed … Continue Reading >

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