Additional Practice Areas
Accutane: The acne drug Accutane has been linked to an increased risk of birth defects among children whose mothers took the drug while pregnant.
Actos: The diabetes drug has been linked to an increased risk of congestive heart failure. The Food and Drug Administration added a “black-box” warning to the drug in May 2007 because of Actos side effects.
AMO Complete: Advanced Medical Optics recalled its AMO Complete contact lens solution in May 2007 after it was linked to an outbreak of Acanthamoeba keratitis, a form of parasitic eye infection.
Benzene: Benzene is a naturally occurring chemical that is used in a number of man-made products. People who work around benzene, a Class A carcinogen, for an extended period of time are at an increased risk of leukemia.
Celebrex: Celebrex, another COX-2 drug, was designed to relieve the pain of arthritis and menstrual cramping. It was pulled from the market in 2004 due to an increased risk of heart problems and stroke.
Chemical Exposure: Toxic chemicals such as creosote, lead and vinyl chloride can be found in the workplace. Exposure to these chemicals may lead to blood disorders, birth defects, cancer or heart problems.
Digitek: The heart drug Digitek was recalled in April 2008 due to improperly manufactured tablets containing double the normal dose. Taking these tablets could cause digitalis toxicity, leading to heart attack, stroke or death.
Januvia: In September 2009, the FDA warned that the diabetes drug Januvia may be linked to an increased risk of pancreatitis.
Medtronic Lead Wires: Sprint Fidelis defibrillator lead wires were recalled in October 2007 due to an increased risk of failure that could lead to repeated, painful shocks to the heart.
Pacemakers/Defibrillators: Thousands of pacemakers and defibrillators have been recalled by their manufacturers due to defects which could cause the devices to fail to operate.
ReNu with MoistureLoc: Bausch & Lomb recalled its ReNu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution in April 2006 after it was linked to an outbreak of the fungal eye infection Fusarium keratitis.
Seatbelt Failure: Defective seatbelts can cause the devices to fail to function properly in a crash, leading to spinal injuries, brain damage or other serious and potentially fatal injuries.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome: The use of ibuprofen and several other drugs has been linked to a serious skin condition known as Stevens Johnson syndrome.
Viagra: Approved a bit too hastily by the FDA in 1998, Viagra is a treatment for erectile dysfunction. But it has been linked to heart attack, stroke and a serious eye condition known as NAION.
Vicodin, Oxycodone and Codeine: Women who use the painkillers Vicodin, oxycodone or codeine during the early stages of pregnancy may be more likely to give birth to a child with birth defects.
Zicam Cold Remedy: “Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel,” “Zicam Cold Remedy Gel Swabs” and “Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size” were recalled in June 2009 after it was revealed they could cause permanent damage to the sense of smell.