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Hyland’s stops selling teething products following FDA warning

Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2016 at 10:31 am    

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 Hart 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

Posted on Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 10:27 am    

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 Hart 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

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 2:01 pm    

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 Hart 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

Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 12:02 pm    

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 Hart 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

Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 11:17 am    

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 Hart 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

Posted on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 at 11:04 am    

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 Hart 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

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 10:25 am    

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 Hart might be able to determine the possibility of financial restitution. Call us at (888) 220-0640 for help.

Can power morcellators cause uterine cancer?

Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 2:36 pm    

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 Hart 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

Posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 1:13 pm    

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 Hart 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.

Federal agency to assess testosterone supplements’ side effects

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 8:52 am    

A committee has been formed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the studies that link testosterone supplement use of men with cardiovascular problems, Fierce Pharma reported on July 22.

This coming September, the Bone, Reproductive, and Urologic Drugs FDA group and a committee from Drug Safety and Risk Management will reassess the two recent studies that claimed testosterone supplement use may increase the risk of heart-related problems. Last June, the FDA required testosterone supplement makers to place a warning  on products. Cases against testosterone makers have already been collated by judges in Chicago.

Suffering heart-related problems from using testosterone supplements may result in great financial loss due to expensive treatment needed for recovery. However, if this happened to you, the lawyers of Williams Hart may possibly help you recover your loss by pursuing damage claims from negligent parties. Learn more about your legal actions today by calling (888) 220-0640.

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