FDA warning for SGLT2
Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Recalled
Volkswagen Asked by Feds to manufacture Electric Vehicles

Benicar Lawsuit for gastrointestinal problems

There is a hypertension medication on the market which is manufacturer by Daiichi Sankyo which has been giving numerous patients serious gastro intestinal injuries. The medications have the active ingredient olmesartan medoxomil, which is in three different prescriptions. Benicar, Azor, and Tribenzor have been on the market for some time, but it wasn’t until recently that a team of doctors from the Mayo clinic put together a clinical trial and tested a number of patients to see if they were showing signs of celiac disease. It appeared as if the patients were suffering from the description of the symptoms they were suffering, but after lab results were performed, the test subjects kept coming back with negative results for celiac disease. That’s when Dr. Joseph Murray decided to put together another group of test patients to see if they were indeed being injured by the hypertension medication.

Injuries related to the use of Benicar

As it would come to be known, Benicar may be responsible for serious gastrointestinal problems including but not limited to:

  • villous atrophy
  • diverticulitis
  • chrons disease
  • microscopic colitis

Along with a number of other severe problems which may come with other minor side effects including:

  • indigestion,
  • diarrhea,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • malnourished,
  • and other problems.

If you have been injured due to the use of Benicar, Azor, or Tribenzor, it may be possible to seek compensation from a Benicar Lawsuit for the injuries which you or a loved one may have sustained. There are a number of injuries which are included within the class action lawsuit and individual may be able to join so long as the time limit has not expired for their state. If you’re unsure if you’re able to participate you should speak with a lawyer who will be able to sift through the details of your experience and let you know if you have a case.

Xarelto may finally receive and antidote

Xarelto May Soon Have an Antidote

Xarelto, an Xa inhibitor rivaroxaban, has been responsible for a serious number of internal bleeding injuries since the drug is an anticoagulant. When patients who took Xarelto became injured, the injuries could have become amplified which may have required immediate emergency attention. One of the ways patients were treated was that they were given several pints of blood which help dilute the levels of Xa inhibitor int eh body.
Some of the injuries were so severe though that additional treatment may have been needed. In some cases, patients needed to receive a complete blood transfusion if they had taken too much Xarelto in a short time period. All of that may potentially change though in the near future.
The study published by New England Journal of Medical shows a possible antidote may be around the corner.
A number volunteers took part in a study to see if a new medication, Andexanet alfa, may reverse the Xa inhibitors abilitiy to keep from clotting. Some of the test patients were given a placebo, and other patients were given the ANNEXA medication. The results showed the in the patients who took the ANNEXA, there was significant clotting again 15 minutes after the antidote was given through an IV. This is great news for the many people who take Xarelto, and are at serious risk of injury or bleed out if they become injured and have a bleeding injury.

How long do we have to wait for the RX to come to market?

The antidote is currently finishing phase 3b of the study, and will soon move to phase 4. The study is following closely to that of Pradaxa’s anticoagulant antidote. If all goes well, we could see the prescription entering the market for live saving instances by 2016.

TurboTax, Tax Slayer, Tax Act ID Theft

Online Tax Companies may be used to commit tax fraud related identity theft.

The 2015 tax season is once again here, and already we’re already seeing identity theft related to many of the breaches that occurred last year, but these aren’t using this information to fill out loans of credit or bank fraud. They’re using this information to commit tax fraud. Tax fraud for the 2014 tax season amounted to nearly $5.8 Billion dollars. Some of this was done using online tax company software like TurboTax ID Theft and Tax Slayer.

How people found out they became the victim of tax-related identity theft.

Some people who had never used TurboTax in their life were in for a total shock when a bill arrived in the mail for services that were performed but still wasn’t paid for. What happens is that the thief uses the information stolen during the data breach, creates a fake email account using the first name, a few numbers, and then the last name. The thief then signs up for an online account a TurboTax or Tax slayer and then begins to fill in the numbers that will come back with a substantial return. The thief then adds their name to a second party on the check and asks TurboTax to take the fee for the service out of the check that is being issued.

The IRS was able to stop $24.2 billion in fraudulent returns from going through

Some of the fraudulent activity were stopped, and the victims sometimes were left on the hook for paying the bill. When the check is canceled, TurboTax still required that the person who used their service pays. There is a class action TurboTax lawsuit about this very matter which is going through litigation. It is feared that the same incident where an identity thief uses the information that was stolen is being used again to fill out fake tax returns. Hopefully, the IRS will become better at realizing trends where if a huge spike in a tax return is noticed, it may get scrutinized a little more.

Volkswagen Asked by Feds to manufacture Electric Vehicles

Diesel Gate Continues to bring new challenges to VW

Volkswagen cannot make up for all the extra diesel particulate matter which their cars, unfortunately, put up in the air, but the EPA or the Environmental Protection Agency is asking the German automaker to manufacture electric vehicles to atone for the damage it has done.

The diesel scandal broke when a green advocacy group decided to test vehicles emissions to see if infarct they were following regulations set in place by the EPA. Much to everyone’s surprise, the vehicles with a 2.0 and 3.0-liter diesel engine had a defeat device installed in each vehicle to fool emissions testing. The device tunes the car differently when the computer is set to diagnostics mode. This happens when government agencies test the vehicle before it is allowed to be sold.
After the car was unplugged, the engine would re-tune itself changing how much diesel exhaust is emitted into the atmosphere.

The scandal and deception of the public caused the CEO to resign, high fines brought forward, and the first criminal charges against any company for violating the clean air act. This indeed is a monumental failure for a company which has the image of being friendly to the environment with their clean diesel engines.

VW still has to fix problems with millions of vehicles

The problem that remains is what is going to be done about the cars that are still on the road which are still exhuming too much particulate mate. So far VW, Audi, and Porsche have offered owners a care package with a 500 dollar prepaid visa gift card along with 500 dollar credit at any VW dealership for repairs or maintenance which needs to be done to the vehicle.

The company still has to work out how it is going to fix the cars with the defeat device. Many owners are concerned that the performance of their vehicle could be nerfed or reduced in a way which is much lower than when they bought the car. Other vehicles may need to be bought back because the repairs may exceed the market value of the vehicle.

If you have been affected by the VW recall, you may be eligible to participate in a class action lawsuit.  There are many law firms out there who may be able to represent victims who have been affected by the Volkswagen recall and may be able to recover financial compensation thru a Volkswagen lawsuit for the losses involved with the diminished car value.

Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Recalled

The Bair Hugger Warming Blanket by 3M may be responsible for serious infections after surgery.

The Bair hugger has had a number of FDA warning and even a letter was sent to the manufacturer in 2010, but a new class II recall has patients checking to see if a Bair Hugger was used on them during surgery. The Bair hugger is a warming blanket used to keep the patient’s epidermis temperature up during surgical operations. Hospitals are kept extremely cold and many times the patient’s body temperature may drop below where the doctor would like it to be. A warming blanket may be used to keep the patient warm or the site around the operation to keep the surgical site sterile.

Recalls related to the Bair Hugger Blanket

However there have been a number of problems with the medical device. The Bair hugger was responsible for a number of severe third-degree burns while the patient was undergoing surgery. The patient is normally under heavy anesthetic and doesn’t feel this until they awake. Reports sent to the FDA came from patients who required extra hospitalizations after the Bair hugger was used. There were even cases where the burns were severe enough where a skin graph had to be performed.

The latest problem with the Bair Hugger has to do with forcing compressed air into the would. This has lead to a number of serious infections where the patient needed to have additional surgeries to clean up the infection, sometimes deep in the joint. The Bair Hugger blanket is may be used for hip replacement surgeries, knee replacement surgeries, and artificial heart valve replacements.

Injuries due to infection being seen in patients.

Some of the injuries that are being reported include severe infection of deep join tissue, additional surgeries related to complications from having the infection, amputation in the event the infection becomes so dangerous, the joint or limb can’t be saved, and in the most extreme cases, death due to infection could be possible.

Legal action related to the Bair Hugger

In the event a patient has been directly injured due to the warming blanket, they may be eligible to file a bair hugger lawsuit.  The lawsuit may cover damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and additional pain and suffering.

FDA warning for SGLT2

The FDA Warning Invokana, Farxiga, Jardiance

The FDA put out a warning dated December 4rth, 2015 which warns people about the possibility of developing ketoacidosis and the new label change that is required by the drug makers who manufacture SGLT2 inhibitors. This includes drugs like Invokana, Farxiga, and Jardiance.
These side effects were initially discovered after a number of adverse events were reported to the FDA’s medwatch program.

FDA announcements

The FDA put out its first announcement in May of 2015, which stated that the inhibitors could release too much acid in the blood which could bring about DKA.

The second warning happened in September of 2015 which stated that a label changed needed to happen to reflect that canagliflozin which is Invokana and Invokamet, needed to include that bone fractures and a risk for decreased bone mineral density could become a serious problem. Especially for patients who may already be suffering from low calcium or bone deficiencies.

The last warning that was put out happened in December 2015, which was the label change which needed to happen so patients could fully become aware of the diabetic ketoacidosis risks which may accompany the use of Invokana, Farxiga, and other SGLT2 inhibitors.

Injuries related to Invokana, Farxiga, and Jarandice

There isn’t currently any approved use for patients who are type I diabetic, and this most likely will only be given to patients who are type ii diabetic. If you or a loved one were injured due to Invokana, farxiga, or any other SGLT2 inhibitor, you may be eligible for financial compensation. The Abbott Law Group, P.A. is currently reviewing claims from individuals who may have taken Invokana and suffered ketoacidosis, or kidney failure which may have required hospitalization. Call us today for a free consultation to see if you may be eligible to join the Invokana class action lawsuit for diabetic ketoacidosis, or kidney failure, or stroke.