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Johnson & Johnson Recall/FDA warning

Power morcellators were once praised for their ability to break up tissue and other fibroids during a hysterectomy or a myomectomy. According to the Mayo Clinic, a myomectomy is a surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids — also called leiomyomas (lie-o-my-O-muhs). A morcellator is a drill-like device that worked by dicing up tissue into smaller bits that were then removed.  However, it was soon revealed that the device was responsible for the spread of cancerous tissue that could then lead to dangerous cancer growth.  The cancers caused by these morcellators were potentially deadly in women, such as metastatic leiomyosarcoma, uterine cancer, uterine sarcoma, and endometrial stromal sarcoma. When this risk became more and more prevalent, Johnson & Johnson, the makers of the power morcellators, issued a recall.

Following the recall, the FDA issued an official warning to doctors against use of the devices.  According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the FDA issued a further “black box warning” in November of 2014 due to the extreme risks associated with the device.  Essentially, this warning stated that any benefits of the device were outweighed by the risks.  In fact, 1 in every 350 women who had surgery using the power morcellators suffered from a serious cancer as a result.

Unfortunately, these warnings and recalls came too late for many women who had already developed severe forms of cancer.  Following the public outcry against power morcellators, many individuals filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson to possibly receive financial compensation for their suffering.  Despite these warnings, recalls, and lawsuits, power morcellators have not been officially banned.

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Kidney failure can lead to a host of health complications, often resulting to death. The main function of kidneys is to filter out and remove the toxins and waste in the blood and dispose it as urine. If these functions are disrupted, the toxins can spread to the other parts of the body and disrupt their functions as well. Dialysis is one option to take over the function of the kidneys, but this life-saving treatment comes with it side-effects. Based on reports from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), kidney failure due to dialysis is the cause of more or less 400,000 deaths of Americans.

Complication from dialysis stems from a variety of causes, from age factors, contamination of dialysis tubes, to dialysis drugs. Drugs such as GranuFlo has been linked to increased risks of stroke and heart attacks, with some patients already a victim of such complications after using the dialysis drug. What makes GranuFlo the presence of bicarbonate in the drug: many physicians have underestimated the level of bicarbonate in GranuFlo that lead to it being in excessive levels. GranuFlo’s manufacturer, Fresenius Medical Care (FMC), was aware of the possible dosing error, but did not share this information to the FDA and the medical world. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the manufacturer can be considered liable for endangering the health of patients who were not aware of the risks that the dialysis assistant can cause.

Aside from the rising number of GranuFlo lawsuits, there has also been an increase in the amount of patients who are suffering side effects from using Actos for type-2 diabetes. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, Actos has grown to be considered so dangerous that it is only given as a last resort. This is because it has been linked to the development of bladder cancer. Actos further endangers the health of patients through drug interactions. It is very important to understand the drug contraindications on the drug insert to avoid being exposed to such complications and prevent adverse effects. Actos lawsuits, along with GranuFlo lawsuits, are just among the many medical malpractice lawsuits that people should look into and get updated to avoid health complications.