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Arnold & Itkin's Current Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Lawsuits

At Arnold & Itkin, we want to see our clients receive the best possible care and treatment. A drive for honest, fair business practices and quality medical products is what motivates us to fight for justice when patients are injured at the hands of defective drugs and medical devices. Here are some of the cases we are currently working on at our firm:

Risperdal Gynecomastia

Risperdal (risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic manufactured and sold by Johnson & Johnson, originally approved by the FDA for use among adults with schizophrenia. Since it was introduced, Risperdal has been widely used by children for a variety of mental health and behavioral disorders.

Risperdal side effects include an increased risk of gynecomastia, the abnormal development of large mammary glands among boys and adolescents, resulting in breast development. The drug causes an increase in the amount of the hormone prolactin in the blood.

In many cases, surgery is necessary to remove the male breasts caused by the Risperdal. In addition to the physical pain and suffering, this may cause emotional trauma for boys and young adult males who experience problems.

Transvaginal Mesh

Pelvic mesh devices are implanted through surgery, primarily for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, conditions that may occur after childbirth and pregnancy.

In 2011, an FDA advisory panel met to discuss the safety of transvaginal mesh, and recommended tougher premarket testing of vaginal mesh products and the reclassification of the devices to a Class III—the highest-risk category for medical devices—without recalling existing products. According to the FDA, nearly 40% of women between the ages of 35 and 54 suffer from stress urinary incontinence.

Defective transvaginal mesh products, including pelvic mesh, tapes, and slings, have affected thousands of women. Side effects associated with the implantation of pelvic mesh products can include:

  • Erosion of vaginal tissue
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Perforations of the bowel, bladder or blood vessels
  • Recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence
  • Urinary problems
  • Vaginal bleeding, infections, and/or scarring

Zoloft Birth Defects

Mothers who took Zoloft while pregnant and gave birth to children with birth defects may be able to file a pharmaceutical lawsuit. Taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants during gestation has been scientifically linked to an increased risk of birth defects, including skull defects and life-threatening cardiac problems. Because the drug manufacturer failed to adequately warn about the potential health risks, pregnant users of the medication who delivered children with congenital defects may be able to take legal action with the assistance of a Zoloft birth defects lawyer.

Our Zoloft birth defects attorneys are handling cases for individuals who took this drug during pregnancy and delivered children with holes in the heart or birth defects including:

  • Atrial septal defects
  • Club foot
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Craniosynostosis (skull defect)
  • Hole in the heart
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Omphalocele
  • Spina bifida
  • Tetralogy of fallot (TOF)
  • Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
  • Ventricular septal defects

If you or a loved one has been injured by any one of the above mentioned devices or drugs, contact Arnold & Itkin today to learn how you can be a part of our legal efforts to recover compensation for the victims of negligence by these manufacturers.


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