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Product Designers and Manufacturers Whose Products Cause Harm to Users Face the Possibility of a Product Liability Lawsuit

In June of 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert that warned about serious heart problems with high doses, abuse and misuse, of the anti-diarrheal medicine loperamide (Imodium). The Safety Announcement’s exact message said, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that taking higher than recommended doses of the common over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription diarrhea medicine loperamide (Imodium), including through abuse or misuse of the product, can cause serious heart problems that can lead to death. The risk of these serious heart problems, including abnormal heart rhythms, may also be increased when high doses of loperamide are taken with several kinds of medicines that interact with loperamide.” (http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm504617.htm) It was in 1976 when loperamide was first approved. From then up until 2015, the FDA has received reports of 48 cases of serious heart problems associated with its use. Of these 48 cases, 31 patients were hospitalized, while 10 died. Most of these cases involved patients who took doses that were much higher than recommended. Making sure that every medicinal that they produce are safe and effective is a legal duty of pharmaceutical companies. At least these are parts of the requirements for FDA approval. Drugs will have to be tested and all test results showing a drug’s safety, effectiveness and, especially, negative effects, will have to be reported to the FDA. Pharmaceutical companies also have the obligation to include in their drug’s prescription label the risk/s associated with using their drug. It could be an act of negligence (which can be unintentional or intentional) if a company fails in its duty to inform consumers about the risks associated with using its medicinal product. It is stated in the website of the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® that product designers and manufacturers whose products cause harm to users face the...
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Am I at Risk for Blood Clots?

Risk for blood clots is often alerted during long haul flights on airplanes – long haul flights being ones that are over four hours long in duration. People in a standard position without physical stimulation have a high chance of developing one of the most dangerous kinds of blood clots: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). There are veins that run throughout the body in order to carry out oxygen and blood, thereby sustaining the body with what it needs. However, some veins – like the deep veins in the legs – need to move every few hours in order to stimulate the blood flow. If the blood flow is somehow clogged or disrupted, there is a chance for a blood clot to occur. When a blood clot occurs in the deep vein, there is the chance that the vein may sever in turn causing internal bleeding. If not treated properly and immediately, this could turn into pulmonary embolism, according to the website of the lawyers with Habush Rottier. You are more at risk for blood clots if you are obese, pregnant (or post-partum for at least 6 months), or have cancer. Blood clotting is no joke as it can even lead to the amputation of affected areas. There are protective measures in place in order to prevent this from happening such as filters surgically implanted into the inferior vena cava (called the IVC filter) that is designed to catch clots before they get to the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal (if the clot that reaches the lungs is large enough to sever the blood flow that supports the organ). It is then of the utmost importance that these protective measures are built, inspected, and implanted with only the greatest care possible. If anything were to go wrong, this must be brought to the attention of professionals...
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Why You Should Take Caution with Morcellators

Surgery can look like a daunting procedure to go through. After all, the image that it immediately brings forth is one of large incisions where different hands and tools would then penetrate your body in order to treat an internal organ or take out abnormal and potentially lethal growths. Of course, then, the option for surgery that requires only a minimal incision as well as a severely reduced recovery time would be a more attractive option if it’s possible. Laparoscopic surgical procedures are then popular for exactly these reasons but there are some procedures, such as those involving morcellation, that could prove to be more dangerous than they are thought to be. This is the case with three particular morcellators that have recently been recalled by Johnson & Johnson, according to the website of Williams Kherkher, namely: Gynecare Morcellex, Morcellex Sigma, and Gynecare X-Tract. Morcellators were designed for laparoscopic procedures through suction. A small tube with a sharp point would be inserted into a small incision and, from there comes a sharp claw-like device that protrudes out of the end of the tube, latches on to the non-cancerous growth and siphons it out, piece by piece. The attached camera on the device allows for the given surgeon to be able to spot any small pieces that may have been left behind, allowing for cleaner and sharper precision. These devices have been used in some hysterectomies, otherwise known as the surgical removal of a woman’s womb for whatever medical reason, but some women who had undergone surgery through these morcellators have then developed uterine cancer or other such malignant, cancerous growth within the body. These kinds of cases came to light only fairly recently, after the insurmountable evidence against the aforementioned morcellators were even recalled. The effects have already caused havoc in the lives of these victims and so the...
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