Belladonna, the Only Reason Behind Hyland’s Woes

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Hyland's Teething Tablet Lawsuit | 0 comments

As claimed by Hyland’s in its website, “The amount of Belladonna alkaloids in teething tablets is minuscule, especially when compared to conventional medicines that contain Belladonna alkaloids.”

This claim, however, is different from what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says: “For such a product (referring to Hyland’s Teething Tablets, which are being linked to serious harm due to intake of larger doses), it is important that the amount of belladonna be carefully controlled. FDA laboratory analysis, however, has found that Hyland’s Teething Tablets contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna. In addition, the FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in children taking this product that are consistent with belladonna toxicity. The FDA has also received reports of children who consumed more tablets than recommended, because the containers do not have child resistant caps.

Belladonna, which is made as a homeopathic supplement and homeopathic medicine, is also used as an ingredient in a number of medications, such as Teething tablets from Hyland’s Inc. It comes from the Belladonna plant, also known under the names devil’s cherry and deadly nightshade due to its high toxicity.

Despite being poisonous, Belladonna has medicinal properties which has allowed it to be used as a medicine since ancient times. However, it should only be used if recommended by a doctor and strictly according to a doctor’s instructions since an overdose can be fatal, especially to children.

Besides the inconsistent amounts of Belladonna that the FDA said was contained in Hyland’s Teething products, reports of adverse events that were consistent with belladonna toxicity were also received by agency. In October of 2016, reports of adverse events that included seizures, fever, and vomiting had already gone up to 400. Worse than these, however, were reports of 10 infant deaths. The FDA is currently investigating the possible connection between the adverse effects and fatalities, and use of Hyland’s teething products (including the teething gel this time).

After two warnings by the FDA to parents to stop using Hyland’s products, Hyland’s management wrote its own letter addressed to all parents, telling them that its teething products are totally safe and effective and that baby death from teething tablets has no scientific basis. Despite this firm stand on the safety of their products, however, Hyland’s has decided to discontinue distribution of its teething tablets and gel.

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Who Can Be Held Liable In A Defective Drugs Claim?

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pharmaceutical products are manufactured for one purpose and that is to make customers well. Before being sold to the market, it is important that these products are rigorously tested in order to ensure their safety. Unfortunately, some manufacturers fail in this aspect and sell their product in the market despite the danger it poses. According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, defective drugs can bring about serious side effects to a patient.

When filing a defective drugs liability claim, there are various parties involved that you can sue. Thus it is possible to have more than one defendant in your lawsuit. Here are some of the likely parties you can include in your case:

Manufacturer

Distribution of the drug starts from the manufacturer. They are usually large companies given the huge market for pharmaceutical drugs and the technical challenges associated with the development of a new drug.

Testing Laboratory

A testing laboratory can be included in your case for their failure to elaborately test the drug before pushing it to the market.

Sales Representative

Pharmaceutical companies usually hire sales reps to promote their latest drugs and recommend it to doctors and other members of the medical field. They can also be held liable for recommending a dangerous drug.

Doctor

Doctors can be held liable for injuries for not informing you about any side effects or how to properly use the drug.

Hospital or Clinic

A hospital or clinic can be included in your claim as they are part of the distribution channel from the manufacturer to you

Pharmacy

The pharmacy is the stopover of the distribution channel. A pharmacist can be held liable for their failure to advise you of how to properly use the drug.

When several parties are involved, you may consider filing joint or several liability. With this ruling, each defendant can both “jointly” and “separately” add up to the total amount of damages. Thus, if one of the defendants is unable to pay, the other defendants can compensate for the missing amount.

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Who may be liable after a truck-caused accident?

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Truck Accidents | 0 comments

Semi tractor trailer trucks or 18-wheelers, according to the truck accident lawyers at Evans Moore, LLC, play a significant role in the industry of transportation in the United States. Despite this, accidents on the road are inevitable since trucks are particularly harder to operate, which results in even more devastating injuries, and sometimes, death. Truck drivers are not the only ones who get blamed in these accidents; there are actual cases in the past where the trucking company and the truck manufacturer were held accountable for road incidents. If you were involved in an accident by a truck, it is important to know the source of the error, so that you may cite specific details on your lawsuit.

You are most definitely welcome to file a case against the truck driver once drunk driving is established by the authorities as the reason for the accident and the same thing goes when it is clear that it was the driver’s mere negligence that caused the crash. According to Find Law, improper training is one of the common causes of truck drivers starting accidents on the road.

However, there might be cases where the truck was defective in itself, in which case you could charge the manufacturer or the company for negligence. A few examples of manufacturer negligence are faulty brakes or wiring, engine failure, and tire defects. In most company negligence cases, the trucks are sent on the road without proper inspection, and sometimes, companies set schedules that cannot be met or fulfilled in such short notice, forcing the drivers to speed up and ignore traffic rules.

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Burns: its types, symptoms, complications, and what-to-do’s

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Accidents happen when you least expect it. Unfortunately, burns are among the most common types of accidents in the country. In fact, according to the American Burn Association, an estimated 60% of the acute hospitalization in the country has been associated with burn incidence. A majority of burn accidents happened at homes (73%), while the remaining occurred at workplaces, public roads, recreational centers and others.

Fires are the primary cause of burn injuries. But Houston personal injury lawyers would probably point out that there are many other sources of burn hazards apart from fires, namely heat, cold temperature, radiation, friction (such as road rash during a car accident), electrical, and chemical. Depending on its severity, burn injury may manifest with these symptoms:

First degree burn

First degree burn is a minor burn injury on the outermost surface of the skin, called the epidermis. Signs of first degree burn include minor swelling, redness, pain, and dry skin. First degree burns are manageable at home, and heal between three and six days. You just have to run the wound in cool, running water, take ibuprofen to relieve pain, and apply aloe vera ointment to deal with inflammation. However, when first degree burn involves larger portions of skin, visiting your doctor would be necessary.

Second degree burn

Second degree burn involves damage to several layers of the skin, including the dermis. Second degree burns look red, inflamed, and may sometimes have blisters. Second degree burns take longer time to heal than first degree burn, which usually lasts for more than three weeks. When you have a second degree burn, run the wound in cool running water for more than 15 minutes and take pain reliever. You may also apply antibiotic cream to blisters to avoid contamination. For widespread burns, seek emergency help immediately.

Third degree burn

Third degree burn is considered serious and life-threatening. It involves damage to the entire layers of the skin (epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissues). Infection caused by a third-degree burn may reach the bloodstream and affect other vital organs or cause septicemia. A person suffering from this type of burn may feel no pain because the nerves in the affected area have already been destroyed. Third-degree burn injuries are considered a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention.

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What Are the Risks Associated with Laparoscopic Surgeries?

Posted by on Jun 14, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Laparoscopic surgical procedures are a modern innovation that many people flock towards if this kind of procedure is possible for their given situation. After all, in theory, a laparoscopic surgical procedure is leagues more preferable. The incision would be minimal and instead uses highly efficient technological apparatus in order to perform the operation. A video camera would allow for the surgeon to see further up close to the specimen. It would mean a lessened recovery time as well as minimal discomfort suffered by the patient.

However, there are some risks with a few laparoscopic surgical procedures; namely, procedures that involve the use of a morcellator.

Since the morcellator’s induction into the public sphere, there have been at least 50,000 surgical procedures in a year throughout America. The morcellator would penetrate the body and through a tube, the noncancerous growth would be suctioned out piece by piece. A simple enough procedure, yes, the morcellator was more commonly used on women wishing to have a hysterectomy or the procedure that removes their wombs.

However, there has been sufficient evidence that links the use of morcellators manufactured by Johnson & Johnson as the cause of endometrial cancer in 1 out of 370 women who went through a laparoscopic surgery with the device. Following the claims, the company then sent for an order to recall the morcellators. There are morcellator lawyers currently working the case, keeping up to date with the cases being filed against the manufacturers.

That is why it is incredibly important to know the pros and cons of a surgical procedure before consenting to it. Knowing the risks as well as understanding how a procedure can possibly affect your life is something that you should not take lightly. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with endometrial cancer, following a laparoscopic surgery with the use of a morcellator, it is recommended that legal help is sought out immediately.

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