Firms around the country engage Feldman & Pinto as their Philadelphia local counsel and Philadelphia liaison counsel in:
- Philadelphia Mass Tort drug cases
- individual drug cases, and
- individual medical device cases
Our drug injury lawyers have tried cases and achieved enviable results since the firm’s 1994 inception. We provide the guidance, advice, and representation lawyers outside the Philadelphia area depend on, through our:
- decades of trial experience in both state and federal courts
- command of local rules and procedures
- familiarity with local judges and the tendencies of local juries, and
- extensive resume of successful Mass Tort and other actions
The following is a list of many of the Philadelphia Mass Tort and individual cases in which Feldman & Pinto has acted as local and liaison counsel:
Mass Tort Cases
Feldman & Pinto has acted as local and liaison counsel in Philadelphia mass tort diet drug cases. In the late 1990s, users of Fen-Phen (a diet drug combination) showed an increased risk of primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH). PPH is high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs not caused or accompanied by heart or lung disease or other illnesses.
People who used Fen-Phen also showed a greater risk of heart valve damage. One study found that approximately 30% of Fen-Phen users suffered from heart valve dysfunction and that the risk of dysfunction increased with longer use.
Feldman & Pinto has acted as local and liaison counsel in Philadelphia Mass Tort Paxil cases. Paxil (a widely used antidepressant manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline) is associated with a significantly increased incidence of birth defects in babies of women who used it. These birth defects include cardiac defects (most notably, atrial and ventricular septal defects) and persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), a serious lung condition that is often fatal. The risk of these birth defects is so great that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued an opinion warning pregnant women and women who are planning to become pregnant to avoid using Paxil.
In addition to birth defects, Paxil (and some other Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs) is also associated with a 100% increase in the risk of bone fractures in adults 50 years of age or older. The most common of these fractures are fractures to:
- femurs, and
Paxil and other antidepressants may also increase the risk of suicide in children and in women 30 years of age or younger. One study found a 100% greater likelihood of suicidal thoughts in children who used Paxil or other antidepressants over those who took placebos.
Feldman & Pinto has acted as local counsel in Philadelphia Mass Tort Pelvic Mesh cases. Pelvic Meshes (also called Transvaginal Meshes, Bladder Slings, and Pelvic Supports) are medical devices surgically inserted to treat urinary leakage and pelvic organ prolapses. These devices may shrink over time or deteriorate and break into pieces. The sharp pieces can pierce bladders and other pelvic organs and cause:
- urinary problems
- infections, and
- severe pain
Feldman & Pinto has acted as local and liaison counsel in Philadelphia Mass Tort Reglan cases. Reglan (metoclopramide) is an antiemetic drug used to treat nausea and vomiting, heartburn, and other gastrointestinal disorders. Extended use of this drug (more than 12 weeks) is associated with an increased risk of tardive dyskinesia, an irreversible involuntary movement disorder. Tardive dyskinesia sufferers may experience uncontrollable and constant movements of muscles of the:
- mouth and jaw
- legs, and
Elderly female Reglan users have the highest risk of developing this permanent disorder.
Feldman & Pinto has acted as local and liaison counsel in Philadelphia Mass Tort Topamax cases. Topamax (topiramate) is an epilepsy (anticonvulsant) medication often prescribed to:
- reduce the occurrence of severe headaches
- cause weight loss when combined with phentermine, and
- control bipolar disease (manic depression)
Topamax and other SSRIs may cause serious birth defects in the infants of mothers who used them while pregnant, including:
- limb malformations
- persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN)
- spina bifida
- lung defects
- heart defects
- neural tube defects
Feldman & Pinto has acted as liaison and local counsel in Philadelphia Xarelto Mass Tort cases. Xarelto is an anti-clotting medication. The FDA initially approved Xarelto in 2011. Shortly thereafter, studies linked Xarelto use to a significantly increased risk of irreversible internal bleeding and resultant death. Unlike the anticoagulant Warfarin (which the manufacturer designed to be reversed with vitamin K and plasma), Xarelto distributors released Xarelto without any approved reversal agent.
Feldman & Pinto was lead counsel for the bellwether Yaz trial in Philadelphia and has acted as local and liaison counsel for other Yaz and Yasmin Mass Tort cases. Doctors prescribed Yaz and Yasmin (along with the generic Ocella) more widely than any other birth control pills in the United States before studies linked the drugs to serious injuries and deaths. Yaz and Yasmin may significantly increase risks of:
- blood clots (deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism) leading to stroke, heart attacks, and death
- gall bladder disease
Feldman & Pinto has acted as local counsel in individual Philadelphia Levaquin and other Fluoroquinolone cases. Doctors often prescribe this antibiotic to treat certain types of severe infections. They have also routinely prescribed it for less serious infections that they could have treated with safer medications. Levaquin is linked to serious and permanent damage to users:
- tendons, and
- central nervous systems
As a result, the FDA has advised doctors to stop prescribing it for uncomplicated urinary tract infections, bronchitis, and sinusitis.
Feldman & Pinto has acted as local counsel in individual Philadelphia Morcellator cases. Surgeons use morcellators to perform hysterectomies and myomectomies (removal of uterine fibroids). When a surgeon uses one of these surgical devices on a woman with uterine cancer, the woman’s existing uterine sarcoma may spread to other parts of the body.
Feldman & Pinto has acted as local counsel in individual Philadelphia Tylenol cases. Tylenol is a non-prescription medication used to reduce fever and pain. Tylenol is associated with a significant increase in the risk of serious liver damage, even when users take it according to package directions.
Feldman & Pinto: Philadelphia Local Counsel & Philadelphia Liaison Counsel
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