Houston personal injury lawyer, Charles J. Argento assists Texas residents with lawsuits and damage claims after a serious injury or death resulting from the use of a harmful drug they presumed was safe. All drugs we purchase are required by law to meet certain safety guidelines and standards for use. When these drugs fail to meet these standards and an injury results, you have the right to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and long-term care.
Defective or dangerous injuries from drugs generally result from flaws (intentional or not) that arise during the testing, design, manufacture and distribution of a consumer drug.
While many Houston harmful drug lawyers may claim to take dangerous drug cases, few of them have the legal, technical and financial resources to effectively investigate the circumstances and identify all responsible parties down the chain of distribution. At the Houston law office of Charles J. Argento, we are experienced Texas trial attorneys who have negotiated and litigated personal injury lawsuits at every level of the state and federal courts related to:
Generic Name: Pioglitazone
Manufacturer: Takeda (Marketed by Eli Lilly)
Injuries: Congestive Heart Failure, Bone fractures and Bladder Cancer
Is a drug used to treat Type 2 Diabetes, Actos is used to improve blood sugar (glucose) control in adults. Several studies have linked Actos to Congestive Heart failure, Bone fractures and Bladder Cancer. In 2011, the FDA released an updated warning that stated taking Actos had an increased risk of bladder cancer.
Generic Name: Exenatide
Manufacturer: Amylin (Purchased by Bristol-Myers Squibb)
Injuries: Pancreatic Cancer, Thyroid Cancer & Panceatis
Byetta is an injectable drug used for the treatment of type 2 Diabetes. It is derived from the synthetic hormone of the saliva of the poisonous, Gila monster lizard. This drug has been linked to Pancreatic Cancer, Thyroid Cancer and Pancreatitis.
Generic Name: Divalproex, Valproic Acid
Manufacturer: Abbot Laboratories
Injuries: Severe Birth defects, Suicide, Liver damage and Pancreatitis
Depakote is a drug that is administered in several ways from, injections, pills or liquid. It is used in treatment of seizures, migrains, epilepsy and several mood disorders. This drug has shown to cause severe birth defects, suicide, liver damage and pancreatitis.
Generic Name: Alendronate Sodium
Injuries: Femur Fractures, Osteonecrosis of the jaw/Dead jaw syndrome, Esophageal Cancer, Atrial Fibrillation, severe musculoskeletal pain.
Fosomax is prescribed in pill or liquid form for people to help prevent or treat Osteoporosis and different types of bone diseases or bone loss. The taking of this drug has been associated with Femur Fractures, Osteonecrosis of the jaw/Dead jaw syndrome, Esophageal Cancer, Atrial Fibrillation, severe musculoskeletal pain.
Generic Name: Phenytoin (Mylan Pharmaceuticals & Baxter Healthcare)
Injuries: Stevens Johnson Syndrome & Life threatening skin disease
Dilantin is prescribed for people with Epilepsy and seizure disorders. FDA approved the drug on November 20, 2001. Dilantin has been associated with Stevens Johnson syndrome and life threatening skin disease.
Generic Name: None
Injuries: Hepatitis, Sever liver damage
Ketek is a drug used to treat various kinds of respiratory and sinus infections caused by a bacterial infection. It was approved by the FDA in 2004. People have reported Hepatitis, severe liver damage and failure, resulting in the need for a liver transplant.
Generic Name: Duragesic,Actiq, Fentora, Lazanda & Sublimaze
Manufacturer: Johnson & Johnson
Injuries: Overdose leading to death
Fentanyl was manufactured by subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson and given in patch form to people that suffered from painful conditions. This drug has been found to leak through and can result in an overdose leading to death.
Grandolinium MRI Dye
Generic Name: Magnevist, Omniscan, Prohance, Multihance and Optimark
Manufacturer: Bayer, GE, Tyco & Bracco
Injuries: Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF)
Grandolinium is used as a contrast agent to improve the visibility of the internal organs in MRI’s. People who have existing kidney conditions are at risk for Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF). This is a systemic condition where excessive connective tissue accumulates in the internal organs of the skin.
Granuflo & Naturalyte
Generic Name: Granuflo & Naturalyte
Manufacturer: Fresenius Medical Care
Injuries: Heart damage and Heart Attack
Granuflo and Naturalyte are manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care. These drugs are administered to a patient who is undergoing kidney conditions and undergoing Dialysis, called hemodialysis. Granuflo is a powdered product and Naturalyte is the liquid version. These drugs produce excess bicarbonate, which can lead to a heart attack or other heart damage and death. The FDA recalled these drugs in March 2012.
Generic Name: Telaprevir
Manufacturer: Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Injuries: Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN)
Incivek is tablets prescribed to people that have hepatitis C to help prevent chronic infections. This drug has been linked to Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), also known as Lyell’s Syndrome. This is a fatal condition where the top skin layer peels away from the next layer of skin and dies.
Januvia & Janumet
Generic Name: Sitagliptin
Manufacturer: Merck & Co.
Injuries: Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer
Januvia and Janumet are one of the most widely used type 2 Diabetes drugs on the market. They were approved by the FDA in 2006 and are Merck & Co’s most profitable drug. They have been shown to cause Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer in patients.
Generic Name: Levofloxacin (Cipro, Avelox, ofloxacin, Trovan, Floxin)
Manufacturer: Johnson & Johnson/Ortho-McNeil
Injuries: Tendon rupture, tendon injuries and Stevens Johnson Syndrome
Generic Name: Atorvastatin Calcium
Injuries: Type 2 diabetes
Lipitor is one of the world’s bestselling prescription drugs. It is used by patients to help reduce their cholesterol. It has been shown to raise blood sugar levels in patients, which has been associated with reports of people developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Generic Name: Etonogestrel, Ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring
Injuries: Blood clots in legs, clotting in blood vessels of eyes, Stokes and Heart Attack
Nuvaring went on the market in 2002. It is a flexible ring a woman inserts in her vagina once a month to prevent pregnancy. Women have reported various injuries including; Blood clots in legs, clotting in blood vessels of eyes, Strokes and Heart attacks.
Generic Name: Dabigatvan
Manufacturer: Boehringer Ingelheim
Injuries: Cerebral Hemorrhaging and Gastrointestinal bleeding
Pradaxa is a blood thinner used to prevent clots and strokes and by people with atrial fibrillation. Many people have reported severe bleeding leading to Cerebral hemorrhaging and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Generic Name: Finasteride
Manufacturer: Merk & Co.
Injuries: Male Sexual Dysfunction, Anxiety attacks and Insomnia
Generic Name: Risperidone
Manufacturer: Johnson & Johnson
Injuries: Development of male breast tissue (Gynecomastia)
Risperdal is a drug that is prescribed to people suffering from Psychosis, including delusions, hallucinations, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In a number of cases young boys and men have developed breast tissue (Gynecomastia).
Testosterone Replacement ( Low T)
Generic Name: Androgel
Manufacturer: AndroGel, Testim, Androderm, Axiron bio T gel
Injuries: Stroke, Blood clots in lungs and deep veins and heart Attack.
Testosterone Replacement therapy is used for many issues men may have from low energy to no sex drive. The drugs are manufactured by numerous companies. Men have experienced numerous problems including, strokes, blood clots in lungs (Pulmonary Embolism), Strokes in deep veins (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and Heart Attacks.
Generic Name: Topiramate
Manufacturer: Johnson & Johnson
Injuries: Birth defects, Oral Cleft Palates
Topamax is a drug used by people with epilepsy, and used to prevent seizures and migraine headaches. Women who have taken this drug have reported a high number of birth defects, specifically Oral Cleft palates.
Generic Name: Sertraline Chloride
Injuries: Birth defects, heart, limb deformities and Omphalocele
Zoloft is an anti-depressant drug put on the market in 1990. It is a competitor to the drug Prozac. Children have been found to have profound birth defects of the heart and limbs. The most serious of is Omphalocele, which is where the internal organs are outside the abdomen.
Our highly trained staff and network of legal, medical and financial professionals will assess your injuries and refute the findings of insurance company doctors whose only job is to minimize their financial exposure. We’ll work closely with you to honestly appraise your situation, arrange for ongoing medical care and try to secure the maximum compensation for your injuries.
If you’ve been injured by the safe use of a prescription drugs, your time to report an injury and file a claim is very limited. Contact the Houston law office of Charles J. Argento, immediately for a free consultation and review of your legal rights. Our staff is bilingual and all personal injury cases are taken on contingency, meaning there is never a fee until we recover a settlement in your favor.
Houston pharmaceutical injury attorney, Charles J. Argento, is a skilled negotiator and respected litigator, offering sound legal advice and the aggressive defense of his client’s legal rights in both the Texas state and Federal courts. Based in Houston, we represent clients throughout Texas, including Houston, Brazoria and Orange County and the cities of Beaumont, McAllen, Brownsville, Harlingen and the Rio Grande Valley.