Messa & Associates has been recognized as a leader in mass tort law suits that have resulted in large and fair settlements for injured people due to defective drugs. Mr. Messa has been appointed by federal and state courts on a number of occasions as lead counsel and to serve on various committees in these cases. We also represent individuals who are injured as a result of a defective drug or device, including Phen-Fen, Vioxx, pacemakers, hips, knees, spinal implants, drug-eluting stents, and more, assuring they are compensated appropriately for their injuries.
Some of the verdicts and settlements obtained by our Philadelphia defective drugs and medical device attorneys:
$120 Million total settlement for plaintiffs injured as a result of implantation of spinal bone screws into the spine during spinal fusion procedures. AcroMed marketed the orthopedic bone screws to alleviate back pain, but thousands of patients claimed that the screws actually exacerbated their pain, often breaking after they were implanted in the patients’ spines.
$20 Million total settlement for clients injured as a result of ingestion of the diet drug Fen-Phen.
- Topamax Litigation
$10.9 Million verdict for Haley Powell, a South Carolina woman who used Topamax from about March 2006 to about May 2011 including during her pregnancy. Powell's son, Brayden Gurley, was born with a cleft lip in 2008. The verdicts are the first two of more than 130 cases filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Two more cases are scheduled for trial in February and March. Messa & Associates attorney, Eric H. Weitz, is co-counsel in the mass tort cases.
Tylenol – Acetaminophen
McNEIL-PPC, the manufacturer of Tylenol and other medications that contain Tylenol’s active ingredient, acetaminophen, has undergone considerable scrutiny for the potential of acetaminophen to cause liver damage and even death when taken in large doses. McNEIL-PPC insists that Tylenol products are effective relief for mild to moderate pain, and are safe when taken in the correct dosage. However, the dosage issue is a complex one since acetaminophen is an ingredient in more than 600 brand name drugs or combination drugs, according to the NIH—the National Institute of Health.
Many women suffer the effects of menopause which can make daily life more difficult and the physical complications that are often associated with this part of life are taxing on the millions of women who suffer them daily
Since the early to mid-1900s the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been an accessible option for women suffering from the various effects brought about by menopause.
Avandia is a drug designed by GlaxoSmithKline to be an effective method of helping diabetes sufferers keep their blood sugar levels under control. In concert with proper diet and exercise the drug is intended to make the regulation of blood sugar a more manageable process.
Guidant Corporation, which was acquired by Boston Scientific in April 2006, has issued a recall for several models of a pacemaker defibrillator that the company has been producing in recent years.
Messa & Associates has an understanding of drug-eluting stents (DES) and the legal steps that you need to take if you have suffered because of the undisclosed side effects related to the stent’s use.
Digitek (Digoxin) is a prescription medication containing Lanoxin and is used by physicians to treat congestive heart failure and other types of heart problems.
Paxil is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). It works by restoring the balance of serotonin, a natural substance in the brain, which helps to improve certain mood problems.
Accutane (also known as isotretinoin) is an acne medication manufactured by Roche Pharmaceuticals. Accutane has come under scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration due to psychiatric side effects, including suicide, depression and other serious conditions.
Manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Trasylol (aprotinin) is an injectable prescription drug which acts to decrease the risk of bleeding during surgery.
Fosamax is prescribed for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, the brittle bone disease, in postmenopausal women. It is also used to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis, and is prescribed for both men and women who have developed a form of osteoporosis sometimes caused by steroid medications such as prednisone.
Medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific Corporation developed the iCross coronary imaging catheters to be used to perform intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging on patients who are candidates for transluminal coronary interventional procedures
Innova Over-the-Wire Self-Expanding Stent System
Boston Scientific is a global leader in the medical device industry. The company designed the Innova Over-the-Wire Self-Expanding Stent System to treat peripheral vascular lesions in arteries above the knee, specifically symptomatic de novo or restenotic lesions in the native superficial femoral artery (SFA) and/or proximal popliteal artery (PPA).
Motrin – Ibuprofen – NSAIDs
Motrin, a trade name for ibuprofen, is in a class of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Prescription ibuprofen is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also used to relieve mild to moderate pain, including menstrual pain. Nonprescription ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and to relieve mild pain from headaches, muscle aches, arthritis, menstrual periods, the common cold, toothaches, and backaches. It works by stopping the body’s production of substances that causes pain, fever, and inflammation.
Contact an experienced Philadelphia pharmaceutical liability lawyer at Messa & Associations for a free consultation. Our attorneys will examine every aspect of your case.