Defective Drug & Medical Devices

Defective drug and medical devices litigation is an area of products liability that holds pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, and medical device distributors liable for dangerous drugs or products that result in injury, illness, or wrongful death. At Baggett, McCall, Burgess, Watson & Gaughan, LLC, we offer strategic advocacy to protect the rights of our clients and maximize compensation for losses resulting from defective drug and medical devices.


Defective drug and medical device litigation can be complex. Be careful to choose a lawyer to handle your case who has had success in all aspects of litigation, from the investigation of dangerous drugs or medical devices through assessment of damages. Contact us today for an initial consultation or case evaluation.


Complex defective drug and medical device litigation

If you use a pharmaceutical product that was approved by the FDA that was later found to be defective, you are generally preempted from filing a claim. This is a very difficult area of law, but our attorneys have had significant success in overcoming the challenges presented by legislation that protects pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. If you or someone you love has suffered because of a negligent drug company, please contact us immediately for a free consultation and case evaluation regarding a product recall or dangerous medical device.


Drugs and Devices of Potential Concern:

Biomet: Zimmer shoulder implants underwent an FDA Class 1 recall.

Stryker: A hip replacement device, specifically LFIT Anatomical CoCr V40 Fermoral Head, recalled August 2016 due to failure.

Actos: A prescription medicine used to treat type II diabetes.  When used for longer than one year, it has been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer.

Fosamax: A prescription drug used for the treatment of osteoporosis.  Prolonged usage has been linked to bone deterioration with low energy fractures, particularly in femurs.

Diabetes Drugs: Januvia, Byetta, Janumet, and Victoza, used in the treatment of diabetes, have been linked to pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis.

Pradaxa and Xarelto: These blood thinners have been known to cause severe and sometimes fatal bleeding episodes. Xarelto is sometimes prescribed to prevent blood clots and to patients suffering from arterial fibrillation, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and stroke, as well as to patients who have undergone hip or knee replacement surgery.  Studies have linked Xarelto to numerous injuries and deaths, including GI bleeding, hemorrhagic stroke, and fatal bleeding episodes.

Testosterone Therapy: Although testosterone therapy is often prescribed for various conditions said to result from “low testosterone,” it has also been linked to increased risk of stroke and heart attacks.  Products used in testosterone treatment include topical treatments such as Androgel, Testim, and Axiron.

Talcum Powder: Exposure has been linked to increased risk of ovarian cancer.

Transvaginal Mesh: This is sometimes used to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.  Transvaginal mesh has been linked to severe complications, including tissue erosion and perforation of organs, causing bleeding and infection. The Food and Drug Administration has issued an updated safety communication warning doctors, healthcare professionals, and patients that the placement of surgical mesh through the vagina to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence may present a greater risk for the patient than other procedures not involving the use of mesh.

Power Morcellator: These are microscopic power devices used to treat or resolve uterine fibroids and/or hysterectomy.  The device can spur the spread of uterine cancer by dividing tissue during the procedure without proper safeguards.


If you or someone you love has been injured by any dangerous medical device or pharmaceutical drug, please Contact Baggett, McCall, Burgess, Watson & Gaughan, LLC in Lake Charles, Louisiana, for a free consultation, or call 337-478-8888 or 800-639-2524 now to speak directly with an experienced personal injury, wrongful death, defective drug, and/or defective medical device lawyer. Choose your lawyer carefully.