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The shadowy link between ovarian cancer and power morcellator...

In this day and age of innovation, something new is happening in the medical world almost every single day. Newer treatments and therapies are constantly being discovered. Fresher, cheaper synthetic drugs are taking over the organic, expensive ones. Invasive procedures are being replaced with laparoscopic, “keyhole” procedures. And these are happening really fast.

The use of power morcellator during a hysterectomy (surgery involving the uterus, the cervix, and other adjacent structures) is considered one of many innovations at the turn of the century. This medical device is used to remove benign (non-cancerous) uterine mass along the inside lining of the uterus, called uterine fibroids. It works by breaking the masses down to smaller pieces before vacuuming it out of the uterus.

Before power morcellators were used, doctors would have to perform an abdominal surgery to remove the fibroids. For certain cases, a patient might be required to take hormonal contraceptives, although this would not be a good choice for a woman who is trying to become pregnant.

But almost any innovation also has its own downside. According to website of Williams Kherkher (view website), power morcellators have been associated with cases of endometrial (or uterine) cancer. But how can this device actually cause cancer? In an announcement made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2014, the agency said 1 in 350 women who underwent procedure to remove uterine fibroids have undetected uterine sarcoma, a disease involving malignant cancer cells in the muscles of the uterus.

The use of this device during a laparoscopic procedure may actually break down and spread these unsuspected cancer tissues in the uterus and in the surrounding structures within the pelvis and the abdomen. To date, more and more women have been filing legal action against the manufacturers of these devices for their failure to inform medical professionals and the public about the cancer risk associated with its use.

Zofran and Cleft Lips

Baby’s lips form during the fourth and seventh weeks of pregnancy. They begin growing from the sides, and connect in the middle. Those lines directly under your nose are evidence of your lips joining together to make a continuous lip. When they don’t join together, a cleft lip is the result. The hole in the lip can be on either side, but most commonly is near the center. Genetics can be a factor, but most often there are outside factors that contribute to the deformity occurring. Medications given during pregnancy can be one of those factors.

Zofran is a controversial drug that was created to help cancer patients manage their nausea during treatments. It works by suppressing the chemicals that are responsible for nausea and vomiting. However, it began being prescribed to expectant mothers for their morning sickness. There had not been research done about the use of this medication by pregnant women, and the FDA had not approved it for use by pregnant women for their morning illness.

The connections between Zofran and the development of cleft lips are still unclear, but Zofran lawyers are investigating the matter. Babies that suffer from cleft lips have a difficult time feeding properly and can suffer from poor nutrition and stunted growth. As they grow older, they can have difficulty speaking clearly. The only way to correct this deformity is through surgery early on in the child’s life. More than one surgery may be necessary, and this creates unnecessary pain and suffering for the child that could have been avoided.

Dangerous Pharmaceuticals are not all Bad

Modern medicine has extended the lifespan of people considerably, and that includes drugs that address pain, infections, neurological conditions, and so on and so forth. Without modern pharmaceuticals, it would be very easy to die from conditions that we don’t even take seriously today. However, it is also undeniable that some drugs, especially prescription drugs, have serious side effects that are sometimes worse than the original condition is it designed to treat.

Take Depakote (divalproex sodium), for example. It manages epileptic seizures as well as some symptoms of bipolar disorder. Some studies associate it with increased cognitive abilities. However, as discussed on the website of law firm Williams Kherkher, it also causes serious side effects. Most particularly, Depakote should not be prescribed for pregnant women to treat migraine headaches as it is linked to higher risk of birth defects that include spina bifida, malformation of the skull and face, and brain defects.

Another drug that is causing issues with some patients is Risperdal (risperidone) which is prescribed to treat the symptoms of autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. It has also been prescribed for unapproved uses such as to manage symptoms of dementia in older patients. The website of the Risperdal lawyers from Williams Kherkher says that there have been documented instances where patients have developed adverse side effects including gynecomastia (development of breasts in males) and pancreatitis, among many other conditions.

It is unfortunate that these side effects should occur, but if doctors and patients are fully informed about them, then they can make an informed decision when weighing the pros and cons of taking prescription drugs. The failure of drug makers to give adequate warning, or even suppressing information that involves the safety of patients, is a serious breach of their duty of care.

If you have been seriously injured from using dangerous drugs because you were not fully informed about the possible consequences, you may have a claim against the drug manufacturer. However, engaging a big drug company in a legal battle can be difficult. Find an experienced dangerous pharmaceuticals lawyer in your state to take up the cudgels for you.