Hyland’s stops selling teething products following FDA warning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the potential risk of teething tablets and gels to infants and children.

Specifically, the agency urged consumers to temporarily stop using homeopathic tablets and gels after numerous deaths related to the tablets occurred. The products included in the recall were tested by the FDA and found to contain belladonna.

Recently, Hyland’s, a manufacturer of homeopathic teething products, announced it will stop distributing teething tablets and gels in the U.S. following the precautionary warning by the FDA. In a statement released by the company, the manufacturer insisted the products were safe for use because they contained only a tiny amount of belladona, a toxin derived from a poisonous plant. The FDA is urging its consumers to consult with a physician before using any medicine. For a full description of the products included in the recall, you can visit the FDA website.

If your child was affected by Hyland’s homeopathic teething products, we at Williams Kherkher can help you draft a legal case against them. Get in touch with us at (888) 220-0640 to discuss your situation.


The dangerous complications of endometriosis

Endometriosis occurs when endometrial tissues grow outside the uterus. Because endometrial tissues typically shed from the womb to the cervix and outside the body in the form of menstrual blood, women with endometrial tissues attached to the linings of pelvic organs other than the uterus may experience severe abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea, and infertility.

Because blood from the dislocated endometrial tissues cannot pass through the cervix and out of the body, it may become trapped and irritate the surrounding tissues. This could lead to adhesion, or the abnormal binding of tissue linings. Endometriosis has also been associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Another type of cancer, endometriosis-associated adenocarcinoma, has also been identified as one of endometriosis’ life-threatening complications.

Power morcellators are sometimes used during uterine procedures to treat endometriosis. Unfortunately, however, these devices are associated with the spread of cancerous cells and other dangers. If you believe your health has been greatly compromised because of this device, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you seek the compensation you believe you deserve. Call us at (888) 220-0640 today.


Different approaches to diagnosing uterine cancer

Uterine cancer, or the formation and development of cancer tumors along the uterus, has recently been associated with the use of power morcellators. Power morcellators are devices used to manually break up pieces of uterine growths before vacuuming them out of the body. In some instances, previously undetected cancerous tissues are also morcellated and left in the uterus, increasing their growth and spread.

To diagnose uterine cancer, doctors may recommend one or more of these tests:

  • Pelvic exam – Doctors may manually check the vagina and cervix for any abnormalities by inserting a speculum into the vagina
  • Imaging tests – Transvaginal ultrasounds and hysteroscopy, or the examination of the inside of the uterus and the endometrium using a thin, flexible tube called the hysteroscope, may all help detect uterine cancer
  • Endometrial biopsy – A sample of the endometrial tissue is obtained for analysis
  • Dilation and curettage – Used to obtain greater volume of uterine tissue for evaluation. Used when the tissue obtained from the endometrial biopsy is not enough for analysis

If you believe a diagnosis of uterine cancer has been the result of using a power morcellator, seek the legal assistance and guidance of our team of personal injury attorneys at Williams Kherkher to learn more about your eligibility in filing a legal claim. Call us at (888) 220-0640 for a free assessment of your case.


The risk of uterine cancer

A power morcellator is a device used to remove fibroids from the uterus by breaking them up into smaller pieces and vacuuming them out of the body through a small abdominal incision. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a warning about the possible spreading of unsuspected malignant tissues in the uterus during the procedure, which may result in uterine cancer.

Aside from power morcellator use, other risk factors associated with uterine cancer are:

  • Early start of menstruation, or late menopause
  • Hormone therapy
  • Heredity
  • No history of pregnancy
  • Older age
  • Obesity

The unjust, unwarranted, and avoidable spread of uterine cancer caused by power morcellators can affect any woman anywhere. If you are one of those who have been affected by this device, it is important to advocate for your rights. Consult with an attorney at Williams Kherkher by calling (888) 220-0640 today and learn more about how to fight for justice and compensation when hurt by this device.


The life-threatening complications of neuroleptic malignant syndrome

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a potentially fatal side-effect of certain atypical antipsychotic medications, such as Risperdal. Studies suggest that this reaction could be triggered by the impairment of dopamine receptors.  Because antipsychotic medications work by altering the levels of brain chemicals like dopamine, drugs such as Risperdal may increase the risk of NMS.

NMS is accompanied by symptoms affecting the autonomic nervous system, which means that severe and life-threatening complications might occur. These complications include heart attack, infection, seizure, renal failure, and dramatic changes in blood pressure. If any of these complications were left untreated, the patient may suffer from debilitating physical injuries and sometimes even death.

If your loved one has suffered from any of Risperdal’s side-effects, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher may assess your situation to determine whether you have a case for legal action against the drug maker involved. To learn more about gaining recourse during this difficult time, call our offices at (888) 220-0640 today.


Understanding the treatment options for pituitary tumors

Pituitary tumors, sometimes called pituitary adenomas, are benign growths that form in the pituitary gland. Because the pituitary gland controls other hormone-producing glands in the body, abnormal growths in the organ may negatively affect several body functions and metabolism. Sadly, some studies have shown an increasing number of pituitary tumor cases are associated with Risperdal, an atypical antipsychotic drug designed for individuals with behavioral disorders.

Because pituitary tumors oftentimes put pressure in the brain, treatment is usually necessary. Among the treatment options available for pituitary tumors are:

  • Surgery – Tumors can be extracted through a cross-sectional incision on the upper area of the skull, or through the sinuses and the nose
  • Radiation – Involves the use of powerful radiation beam to directly or incrementally destroy pituitary tumors

If taking Risperdal has caused you to develop any physically and financially damaging disease, such as a pituitary tumor, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you seek the compensation you believe you deserve. Call us at (888) 220-0640 today.


How doctors detect pituitary tumors

Found below the base of the brain, the pituitary gland is considered the “master gland,” as it can control the hormonal production of other glands throughout the body. As such, any disorder involving the pituitary gland may result in metabolic and developmental defects, and may decrease a person’s overall quality of life.

Among the most common pituitary gland disorder is pituitary tumors, or benign growths that develop in the organ. Individuals experiencing signs and symptoms of pituitary tumors should get tested for diagnosis:

  • Brain imaging – Computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to obtain an image of the brain
  • Urine and blood tests – These tests are conducted to check for abnormal hormone levels, which may indicate the presence of a pituitary tumor
  • Vision testing – Pituitary tumors may press against the nerves that affect eyesight

Unfortunately, a diagnosis of a pituitary tumor can sometimes result from using Risperdal, an anti-psychotic medication that has also been associated with other serious side-effects, such as heart attacks and pancreatitis. If you believe your health condition has stemmed from using this dangerous drug, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher might be able to determine the possibility of financial restitution. Call us at (888) 220-0640 for help.


Can power morcellators cause uterine cancer?

Power morcellators are used in procedures for women suffering from uterine fibroids, or the benign growths along the lining of the uterus. It works by breaking the growths into pieces before vacuuming them out of the body through a small incision. Manufacturers of power morcellators claim that uterine procedures involving these devices are safe, effective, and pain-free.

But despite these promises, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned about the risk of uterine cancer after power morcellation procedures. The agency said undetected cancer tissues along the lining of the uterus might be ruptured by the device. This might trigger the destructive multiplication of cancer cells in the uterus, which could lead to uterine cancer.

If you have developed uterine cancer after a procedure involving a power morcellator, our team of morcellator lawsuit attorneys at Williams Kherkher may look into your situation to see if you are qualified to seek financial compensation from the makers of the dangerous medical device. Call us at (888) 220-0640 for a free assessment of your case today.


How Risperdal can cause cardiac arrest

On October 29, 2009, The U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health stated that patients using atypical antipsychotic drugs, such as Risperdal, have a dose-related increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

Atypical antipsychotics are a second-generation class of drugs designed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This type of drug was promoted as a safer substitute for the first-generation antipsychotics, which were known to cause a myriad of motor control disabilities. However, both types of antipsychotics are associated with heart disorders, including cardiac arrest. This is because antipsychotics were found to affect the electrical activities of the heart, which may result in heart rhythm abnormalities (arrhythmias) that may ultimately lead to SCA.

If you or your loved one has been harmed after using this drug, a qualified and assertive product liability attorney at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you file a private action against the drug company involved. To see if your situation qualifies for such action, call our office at (888) 220-0640 today.


Hyperprolactinemia caused by Risperdal

Prolactin is a pituitary hormone responsible for breast growth and milk production. When too much prolactin is produced by the pituitary gland, a condition called hyperprolactinemia occurs. Hyperprolactinemia is characterized by abnormal milk production, decreased libido, and infertility in both men and women. When hyperprolactinemia is caused by a pituitary tumor, the increased pressure in the brain caused by the tumor may result in headaches and impaired vision.

Certain medications are considered a common cause of hyperprolactinemia. Among the medications that can possibly induce this condition are antipsychotic (neuroleptic) drugs, including Risperdal.

At Williams Kherkher, we are dedicated to hold negligent pharmaceutical manufacturers responsible for the safety of their products. If you have been victimized by the dangerous side effects of Risperdal, we may help you pursue legal action against the maker of the drug. Call our offices today at (888) 220-0640 to learn about the possibility of seeking financial compensation for your damages.


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