Aggressive Representation For Victims Of Dangerous Drugs

We have all seen the TV commercials: a new offering from the pharmaceutical industry is shown waging a heroic battle against a condition. Pay close attention and at the end of the commercial, you'll hear the narrator reciting a litany of horrifying side effects that may occur. If a hospital gives you Brand X or your doctor offers some samples of Brand X to try, you may suddenly discover that some of those horrifying side effects that "can" happen actually do.

Crandall & Pera Law has represented patients whose illnesses or conditions were worsened by the drugs that were supposed to help them. We are dedicated to representing patients who are coping with major health problems because they relied on a physician or hospital that provided them with defective or dangerous drugs. Our team of experienced attorneys and registered nurses understands the life-altering consequences that occur and works tirelessly to help our clients obtain compensation for their losses.

Why Are There Problems With Prescription Drugs?

Today's pharmaceuticals are sophisticated combinations of natural and synthetic substances designed to alter the body's chemistry to help people fight physical and psychological disorders. All medications have risks, but some that work by altering the body's immune system or its brain chemistry, or that can cause fetal defects in pregnant women, are riskier than others.

With offices located across Ohio and northern Kentucky, Crandall & Pera Law attorneys are skilled in dangerous drug litigation, and many of our cases involve brands such as:

  • Abilify (aripiprazole). A drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but which is advertised primarily as an add-on to antidepressants. While it works with some antidepressants, it has dangerous interactions with others. Sudden unexplained death has been reported, but the frequency is unknown.
  • Accutane (isotretinoin). Used to treat acne, it can also cause birth defects because of its close resemblance to a naturally occurring substance that controls normal embryonic development.
  • Actos (pioglitazone). Actos is administered for Type 2 diabetes, either alone or in combination with insulin. It is ineffective, possibly harmful, if used to treat Type 1 diabetes. It is also contraindicated in patients with liver disease or heart failure.
  • Dilaudid (hydromorphone). This is a powerful opiate used as a painkiller. Errors in its administration can be fatal because it is eight times more powerful than morphine and can suppress breathing and circulation. Brain damage may occur. It is an addictive narcotic, and cutting back after extended use triggers withdrawal symptoms. There may also be severe interactions with other drugs, which can increase the effects of Dilaudid drastically enough to cause death.
  • Fosamax (alendronic acid). Fosamax treats osteoporosis in men and women. Side effects include ulceration of the esophagus, which may require hospitalization and intensive treatment. Gastric and duodenal ulcers may also occur.
  • Pradaxa (dabigatran). An anticoagulant (or blood thinner), Pradaxa is prescribed as an alternative to warfarin. Unlike drugs like warfarin, however, there is no way to reverse the anticoagulant effect of the drug in the event of major bleeding. Numerous deaths are believed to have occurred because of this.
  • Zoloft (sertraline). Primarily prescribed for major depression in adult outpatients, Zoloft can have detrimental side effects. In 2013, it was the most prescribed antidepressant on the U.S. retail market, with over 41 million prescriptions. Zoloft is available in generic form, which can bring the quality of its manufacture into question. In addition, it is believed to cause fetal defects such as heart problems, spina bifida, and lung, abdominal and cranial defects.

This list offers an example of the types of dangerous drug litigation our dangerous prescription drug attorneys handle. Our legal skill is tempered with empathy and understanding of our clients' needs. This has enabled us to recover millions of dollars for them at jury trials and in settlement negotiations.

When Dangerous Drugs Cause Harm

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