Helping Victims Of Defective Drugs And Medical Devices
Bourdette & Partners has years of experience in cases of product liability involving dangerous drugs. Serving California’s greater Central Valley for more than 30 years, our lawyers can help you find restitution if you have suffered serious side effects from medications or medical devices.
Seeking Compensation For The Wrongfully Injured
Any manufacturer of medications or medical devices is responsible for making sure that the product will not cause harm to the consumer. If the medication or medical device injures the consumer, the manufacturer can be held legally liable. The lawyers at Bourdette & Partners have decades of experience helping victims of defective drugs and medical devices get financial compensation for the injuries they have suffered. Listed below are some of the current drug and medical device lawsuits we are working on.
Belviq® and Belviq XR®
In February, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that the weight loss drug Belviq® (also known as lorcaserin) be pulled from the market. A five year safety clinical trial revealed that people using Belviq® and Belviq XR® showed increased instances of colorectal, lung and pancreatic cancer. The study data shows that the longer you take Belviq®, the more likely you are to develop cancer. Most Belviq® users who reported developing cancer had used the drug for at least six months.
If you or a loved one developed cancer after taking Belviq® or Belviq XR® for at least three months, contact us today to set up a free initial consultation. We will discuss the lawsuit with you and explain your options.
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Elmiron®, is accused of failing to warn people about the risk of developing maculopathy or other serious vision problems after prolonged use of their drug. Elmiron was approved for sale in the U.S. in the late 1990s as a long term treatment for pain stemming from interstitial cystitis, or IC. Reports of serious and often irreversible vision problems began to surface in studies published in 2018 and 2019.
Elmiron is linked to reports of vision loss and conditions including:
- Dry Macular Degeneration
- Pigmentation Maculitis
- Retinal pigment epithelium atrophy
- Unilateral or bilateral blindness
If you suffered vision loss or developed any of these conditions while taking Elmiron® or within six months of discontinuing use, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about the Elmiron® lawsuit.
After data from two registries that track patients undergoing hernia surgery revealed that Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh had a higher than expected rate of serious side effects, Ethicon pulled the hernia mesh from the market. The data showed that patients who received Physiomesh had high rates of revision surgeries and hernia reoccurrence. Signs of defective hernia mesh include:
- Infection at the surgery site
- Appearance of a lump
- The hernia reopens
- Continued pain after surgery
- Extensive scarring
If you required revision surgery or suffered any of the side effects above after having Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh implanted during hernia surgery, you may qualify for financial compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more.
IVC Blood Clot Filter
The IVC blood clot filter is a very small metal device that resembles an umbrella with no fabric. It is implanted into the heart’s inferior vena cava to prevent blood clots by catching fat and plaque on its “legs.” The IVC filter was also designed to be either permanent or temporary depending on the patient’s physical condition before and after surgery.
After the IVC filter became a popular alternative to blood thinners, reports of the device coming loose and breaking apart inside the body began to pour into the Food and Drug Administration. When this happens, the filter or pieces of the filter are carried through the blood stream, often piercing veins or internal organs and causing pain, swelling and often leading to dangerous blood clots.
If you or a loved one suffered serious side effects after having an IVC blood clot filter implanted during surgery, contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about the ongoing lawsuit.
The FDA issued one of the largest drug recalls in recent history when N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), classified as a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency, was discovered inside batches of Valsartan. It is believed that this impurity began to appear in the medication when the pharmaceutical company changed its manufacturing process in 2012. NDMA is known to damage the liver and increase the risk of several cancers including:
- Colorectal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Stomach cancer
NDMA may also cause fever and headaches, cramps, nausea and vomiting. If you or a loved one took Valsartan and developed cancer or other serious side effects, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more.
In September, 2019, the FDA announced the discovery of NDMA, a known carcinogen, in lots of the popular heartburn medication Zantac. The following year in April, all prescription and over-the-counter versions of Zantac and its generic version ranitidine were pulled from the market in the U.S. It was discovered that in some ranitidine products, the amount of NDMA may increase over time when the product is stored at higher temperatures. Studies also showed that levels of NDMA increased the longer it has been since the drug was manufactured.
Short term exposure to NDMA may lead to liver damage. Long term exposure to NDMA increases the risk of developing kidney, liver and lung cancer. Other side effects include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Nervous system disorders
- Bleeding linked to low platelet levels in the blood
- Hair loss
If you or a loved one has suffered any of the side effects listed above after taking Zantac or its generic version ranitidine, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Schedule a Consultation With Our Medication Side Effect Lawyers
If you’ve been affected by any of the products listed above or have been the victim of any other dangerous or defective product or drug, contact our product liability attorneys for a free consultation by calling 559-409-4883 or filling out our online form.