Product Liability

Low-T Therapy is not for Everyone

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Medical Tests, Product Liability

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which is normally associated with women who are suffering through the effects of menopause or other health conditions that result in hormonal imbalance, is a risky proposition for either gender. The mechanism and effects of HRT is not well understood, which is why some doctors decline to put their patients on it until more is known.

But to hear the marketing pitch of drug companies to men who find themselves more interested in sleeping rather than sleeping with someone, Low-T medications is the easy solution for low libido and energy. Low-T therapy is not a magic pill and it definitely isn’t safe for everyone. This is the thinking that has landed a lot of men who believed the hype in trouble with their health, and fueled the recent momentum in testosterone supplement lawsuits. There are cases where Low-T therapy has had a beneficial effect on a patient, but there are no guarantees that it will not make bad to worse.

Although the products in question, specifically Androgel which is manufactured and marketed by Abbvie Inc., have been green-lighted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the regulatory agency emphasizes that the approval was contingent on a finding that the low levels of testosterone is due to injury or health disorder. But the FDA is nevertheless currently conducting a review of these Low-T supplements.

The defendants in ongoing Low-T lawsuits, meanwhile, insist that the health risks of using the products are included in the warning label. It is suggested that the labels need to emphasize these dangers more strongly to prevent harm to at-risk patients. Ongoing studies outside of the FDA investigation are also looking at other health effects that these supplements may have.

If you have been prescribed with Low-T supplements which you believe may have caused your current cardiac problems, you should find a lawyer in your area with experience in handling product liability cases. Pursuing a case against a drug company is always an iffy situation; you want to deal with a law firm with an established reputation for getting results.

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Additional Violations of Intuitive while already in the midst of Crisis

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Medical Tests, Personal Injury, Product Liability

Negative press release, denial of insurance firms to cover robotic surgeries, increase in the number of lawsuits and decrease in demand have all resulted to a quite significant drop in Intuitive Surgical Inc.’s projected shares and sales for 2013.

But probably worse than all those stipulated above is the US Food and Drug Administration’s July 16, 2013, warning letter to Intuitive, due to the latter’s failure to inform the FDA about the communication it sent only to a few medical providers. This warning, which the FDA declared was due to Intuitive’s violation of a federal rule, comes in the midst of lawsuits and product recall that the company is facing.

A number of the violations Intuitive is guilty of include failure of Intuitive to notify the FDA regarding:

  • The robot’s damaged tips, which could definitely injure patients
  • Problems during thyroid surgeries (worse, da Vinci has no clearance to perform this type of surgery)
  • Concerns on the proper flushing and inspection of cannulas
  • Use of the device in surgeries involving children

These issues stem from accusations that the company’s da Vinci surgical robot is dangerous. In the hands of improperly trained surgeons, errors can lead to lifestyle changing injuries in patients who were expecting minimally-invasive procedures with quick recovery times. On top of the challenges Intuitive is facing from the FDA, it is also facing many surgical robot lawsuits.

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Keep Your Fingers! Know These Defective Snow Blowers

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Personal Injury, Product Liability

Winter can bring out a lot of joy in many people, but not all. Snow accumulated on the street or on the lawn would mean cleaning up the area, and it can be difficult feat to manage. Fortunately, snow throwers and snow blowers help in clearing snow. However, all is not well. What you need is know that snow blowers can pose a risk to you if they are not used properly or if they are defective.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning against using certain snow blowers and snow throwers. Even Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. agrees that they pose the risk of severe injuries such as finger amputations, lacerations, burns, and infections that could potentially prove fatal if not treated quickly or properly. Some of the defective snow blowers or snow throwers that have been recalled from the market are:

  1. Honda models HS622, HS724, HS928, HS1132, HS1336i, HSM1336i. They have been known to have gasoline leaks which could lead to burns or severe injuries if the gas ignites.
  2. Briggs and Stratton Corp. has recalled their Ariens Sno-Thro models because of the machine’s carburetor bowl nut lets which has the potential to let gas escape the unit, posing fire hazards. The operator also at risk of losing limbs when clearing the discharge chute.
  3. MTD Product Inc. recalled their snow blowers because of defective wheel-rims that explode and break out.
  4. A certain manufacturer of Toro snow blowers have been recalled because of their unit’s carburetor needle’s possible corrosion leading to dangers of fire.

Aside from being a necessity during winter seasons, these machines are also easy to buy since they can be found in just about any home improvement stores or major chains such as Sears and Kmart. Even with the product recall, there are still those who are using the machines and end up being injured (some with broken bones and deep lacerations). The most in danger are those who are unaware of the risks that these snow blowers and snow throwers can inflict them. It is always best to stay on the safe side: read, understand and follow the instructions, keep hands and feet away from any moving parts, don’t leave it running in an enclosed area, and always practice safe use.

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