Many client undergoing medical care and treatment are sometimes unaware of the risks associated with various drugs and medical products.
Certain drugs have been marketed by pharmaceutical companies without the necessary or required warnings. Other drugs have been marketed outside the contemplated use. Many of our clients, if properly informed, would have made better decisions on the use of drugs, particularly when they learn of the very nasty consequences of long term use.
In one medication that was intended for post surgical blood clot prevention, the manufacturer failed to place appropriate warnings about the known increased incidence of post-surgical infections including streptococcus mitis oralis, pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus epidermidis, methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus agalactiae. Patients also suffered from deep joint infections and other conditions such as hematoma and persistent drainage from the surgical site. We urge all our clients to become better informed about the risks of medication but oftentimes, full and complete information on the drug, particularly as to adverse medical consequences, is withheld.
The same principles apply to medical devices. Here, the idea is that the manufacturer may place a device on the market without warnings as to the adverse consequences of use. For example, many cases of metal on metal hip replacement surgery, resulted in metals being introduced into patient’s blood stream, causing a variety of conditions. As such, patients who underwent placement of metal on metal hips had to undergo surgical revision, which oftentimes resulted in other complications, not to mention the increased and further costs of medical and hospital care.
We urge all of our clients to inquire as to their care with their own medical provider so as to become a better informed consumer. They may also wish to check with their attorney as to drugs or devices that are suspect.