Former US fentanyl-maker employees arrested

Last month, at six former officials of pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics were arrested for allegedly bribing doctors.

According to the court documents, the indicted employees reportedly operated a kickback scheme that motivated doctors to prescribe company’s highly addictive fentanyl product, Subsys. The six ex-employees, including the company’s former CEO, were charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering and wire and mail fraud, and conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute.

Initial reports say that the kickback scheme took place sometime between June 2012 and December 2015. Since then, due to company’s aggressive marketing strategies and alleged bribing kickback scheme, the company successfully captured half of the rapid-acting fentanyl products market.

Fentanyl is an FDA-approved synthetic opioid use to manage pain in cancer patients. It is fast acting and 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine.

If you or someone you love suffered an addiction caused by a fentanyl spray, we might be able to help you. Our lawyers at Williams Kherkher are experienced in litigating pharmaceutical cases and can help you throughout the process. Get in touch with us at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about your legal options.

FDA invites opinion on a birth control with serious side effects

Although Essure is the only non-surgical FDA approved permanent birth control method, it is accompanied by a handful of serious risks. One risk is of unintended pregnancy that may result in ectopic pregnancy, an emergency condition when pregnancy occurs outside the uterus. In addition to other reactions like pelvic pain, the FDA recently added perforation of the uterus or Fallopian tubes as a serious and long-term potential side effect.

According to a report by KHOU 11 News on June 24, the FDA plans to hold a hearing about the device, as eight deaths have been reported in association with this birth control method. None of these have yet been proven to have resulted from the birth control, however. The hearing will invite opinions from supporters and critics of the device.

One person who used Essure has since had it removed – after years of back pain, debilitating cramps, heavy bleeding, and weight gain. The surgery cost her $20,000. She has lost 30 pounds since her surgery and her life is looking up now, but she is still suing Bayer.

Hundreds of women in Australia come forward to sue Yasmin and Yaz’s maker

Over 600 women in Australia showed interest in possibly merging their legal claims to create a class action lawsuit against the multinational drug manufacturer Bayer, claiming they suffered health problems due to using Yasmin and Yaz contraceptives, a report from ABC News stated on Wednesday, January 8. One lawyer expressed optimism that the class action lawsuit claiming the drug manufacturer failed to inform women of the possible health consequences  using the birth control pills will move forward.

Many of the women filing claims against the drug manufacturer have suffered health complications such as strokes and blood clots. In fact, according to research conducted in the United States, it was found that the risk of a woman developing blood clot is heightened when using Yasmin or Yaz birth control pills.

Unfortunately, a lot of unsuspecting women in the United States have been harmed by their use of Yasmin and Yaz birth control pills. At Williams Kherkher, we fight for women who have been the victims of these medications negligent manufacturer get compensation. Call us at (888) 220-0640 if you want to explore your options for pursuing a lawsuit in this situation.

6 mothers file lawsuits against Zoloft

At least six mothers recently filed lawsuits in Wayne Circuit Court against drug giant Pfizer Inc. after their babies were born with congenital defects, allegedly caused due to Zoloft use while pregnant.

According to reports, the six plaintiffs were pregnant when they were prescribed  Zoloft by their doctors. In the lawsuits filed by the mothers on October 28, they claim their babies were born with birth defects, like holes in the heart, atrial septal defects, neural tube defects, and craniofacial defects. The lawsuits also claimed that Zoloft is flawed and it should not be on the market as it endangers people’s health.

If your child was harmed by the anti-depressant drug Zoloft while used during pregnancy, it is important to know that the maker of the drug may be held liable for the undue losses you have suffered. Speak with a lawyer from Williams Kherkher about your options for filing a claim against the company by calling (888) 220-0640.

Common signs of a heart attack

Heart attacks can occur suddenly and without much warning for many people. This serious and often fatal health problem can be the result of many different health issues, but is sometimes, sadly, caused by the use of the birth control pills Yasmin and Yaz.

When a person suffers from a heart attack, they may or may not display signs. However, if they do, they might exhibit the following:

  • Recurring pain in the center or left side of their chest that may be mild or severe and may last for several minutes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the arms, shoulders, back, and other parts of the upper body

At Williams Kherkher, our lawyers help people who have suffered heart attacks and other health issues as a result of Yaz use to pursue legal action against the negligent manufacturer. Find out how we may be able to help you by calling (888) 220-0640 today.

Complications associated with congenital heart defects

If not detected or treated immediately, congenital heart defects, which are defects in the heart or surrounding blood vessels, may lead to more serious complications. Some of these complications can include:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Problems gaining weight
  • Respiratory issues such as pneumonia and other infections
  • Cyanosis, a condition in which blood with rich and poor oxygen mixed together in their heart affects the color of the skin
  • In rare occasions, children with untreated heart defects may have a stroke if the blood clots block the veins in the heart and brain

The lawyers at Williams Kherkher work to help the families of children who developed congenital heart defects as a result of the use Zoloft during pregnancy. As this drug has been shown to be unreasonably dangerous, its manufacturer may possibly be held responsible for the losses a family sustains Call (888) 220-0640 today to find out how we may be able to help you.

Yaz and Yasmin caused miscarriages, according to woman in New Orleans

A New Orleans woman is seeking $10 million in damages, claiming she had suffered miscarriages after ingesting the popular birth control pills Yasmin and Yaz, according to an article published by the Louisiana Record on Tuesday, October 8.

According to the lawsuit filed by Debbie Caine Matthews against drug maker Bayer and Berlex Inc., ingestion of Yasmin and Yaz birth control pills caused her heavy bleeding and miscarriages. Debbie started taking the pills in 2007 and had suffered two miscarriages in 2008 and in 2011, the suit stated.

The plaintiff is claiming that Bayer wrongfully and deliberately did not release the information that Yasmin and Yaz pills have dangerous side effects unlike other birth control pills available. Debbie is seeking to recover medical expenses, loss of income, and other damages that were caused by her suffering from using Yasmin and Yaz.

Unfortunately, Yasmin and Yaz birth control pills have been shown to cause serious health problems for the women who take them. If this is the case for you or to a loved one, you may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer with the help of the legal team at Williams Kherkher. Call us today at 800-641-9810 to find out how we may be able to help you.

What to expect after craniosynostosis surgery

Since craniosynostosis surgery is a very critical operation that involves surgery on the infant’s skull, extreme care should be followed to ensure a proper recovery and to prevent any other complications from possibly arising.

After the surgery, the infant will have to stay for a couple of days at the hospital or surgical center where he or she can be monitored closely by doctors. Mild pain and swelling around the eyes is commonly experienced after the surgery for a couple of days. To ensure proper development of the skull, the patient will have to undergo a series of check-ups that may be scheduled every six weeks. Once the patient reaches the age of six, they may need to undergo annual check-up.

The legal team at Williams Kherkher helps people whose children have developed birth defects, such as craniosynostosis, from Zoloft use while pregnant. To learn more about pursuing compensation from the manufacturer responsible for this dangerous drug, talk with a lawyer by calling (888) 220-0640 today.

Symptoms of cerebral hemorrhaging

A cerebral hemorrhage, or bleeding in the brain tissue that often occurs alongside a hemorrhagic stroke, has a variety of symptoms that depend on the severity, where the bleeding is, and how much tissue is affected.

A person with a cerebral hemorrhage may have a sudden headache that is severe when lying down, changing positions, or by simply moving. The level of consciousness also changes, causing a person to become withdrawn, sleepy, or unconscious. A person who has cerebral bleeding may also experience communication difficulties and motor skill difficulties in which body parts may become weak and difficult to move. Eye problems, like double vision, drooping of eyelids, or even loss of vision, may plague a person as well.

Unfortunately, cerebral hemorrhaging is also linked to the use of the popular birth control pill Yasmin or Yaz. At Williams Kherkher, our lawyers work to help families who have suffered through this and other repercussions of using Yasmin or Yaz. Call (888) 220-0640 to talk with us today.

Post-omphalocele surgery

After undergoing omphalocele surgery, a baby should be taken care of properly to ensure quick healing and to prevent further infections or other medical problems.

After surgery, the baby may need to stay in the intensive care unit to keep the baby warm until he or she reaches the right temperature. For a while, mechanical ventilation will be used to help the baby breathe normally during the recovery process. Feeding the baby with the use of a nasogastric tube should take place when his bowel movement is already normal. The tube will also serve as a medium for other medicines he or she needs while recovering.

If you think your baby developed omphalocele due to the use of Zoloft while pregnant, you may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer. Contact the legal team from Williams Kherkher at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about your legal options and how you might be compensated.

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