September 2011 Archives

September 21, 2011

Study Reveals Propecia May Cause Persistent Sexual Dysfunction

Recent reports have linked finasteride - marketed as Propecia - with persistent and possibly irreversible sexual dysfunction. Propecia, which treats hair loss, works by decreasing the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, a hormone that causes hair loss.

In fact, doctors have known for years that Propecia has been linked to sexual problems including impotence, but a recent Propecia study performed by George Washington University found that as much as 38% of all users have adverse sexual events based on dosage and duration.

These side effects include low sexual desire, problems with orgasms and erectile dysfunction. In addition to the sexual side effects, additional life threatening ailments may arise including an increased risk of developing an aggressive form of prostate cancer and breast cancer.

The study also determined that sexual dysfunction associated with taking the drug is persistent, and not reversible as was previously thought. The Propecia study found that the side effects from taking the drug lasted an average of 40 months, with 20% of the men having side effects lasting more than six years.

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September 20, 2011

New Mexico Man Killed In Colorado/New Mexico Border Truck Accident

News reports indicate that a New Mexico man was killed in an 18-wheeler crash near the border of Colorado/New Mexico. According to reports, Ruben Gomez was travelling northbound on U.S. 550, just past the New Mexico-Colorado state line when his tanker truck veered off the road. Gomez attempted to correct and steer the big-rig back onto the road when his truck began to roll. The fuel tank ripped off the truck during the roll, spilling about 4,000 gallons of gasoline. Gomez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trucking collisions are some of the most deadly motor vehicle accidents. Due to the sheer size of an 18-wheeler, when a big rig truck accident occurs serious injuries and fatalities are often the result.

Many potential causes for truck accidents exist including driver error, negligent roadway design, and defective truck parts. In some cases, the trucking company who hires a driver may even be at fault where they demand unreasonable hours, excessive loads or employ other negligent or reckless work requirements. An experienced New Mexico truck accident law firm can investigate a truck accident and determine what factors may have played a role in causing serious personal injury or wrongful death. Where a party's negligence causes harm, it may be possible to recover compensation for your injuries, or to provide damages to the survivors in a wrongful death action.

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September 12, 2011

FDA Holds Hearings On Transvaginal Mesh

The FDA met last week to determine whether surgical mesh inserted surgically inserted into the vagina, also known as transvaginal mesh or pelvic mesh, needs tighter regulation by the FDA. The mesh is used to treat a painful condition called pelvic-organ prolapse. As the result of close to 3000 reports of adverse events, including seven deaths, the manufacturer - Johnson & Johnson now faces several lawsuits across the country.

Transvaginal mesh - like many other defective medical products - was allowed on the market as the result of an expedited regulatory process. The pelvic mesh is currently considered a Class II medical device and was allowed a quick entry into the market without preclinical testing if manufacturers were able to show that the devices is "substantially equivalent" to an existing device on the market.

The FDA is evaluating whether to change the classification of the transvaginal mesh to Class III - high risk. If the FDA changes the rating, the pelvic mesh would require additional testing and be subject to a longer approval period.

Based on initial reports of the transvaginal mesh hearings, it appears that the advisory committee is in favor of stricter testing requirements. A number of risks are associated with the mesh, including organ perforation and bleeding, long-term mesh exposure to the bladder, vagina and rectum, pain and infection, urinary problems, as well as the need for additional revision surgeries. Several reports also indicated that the use of the mesh exposes patients to "unnecessary risk without a benefit above safer options."

As New Mexico transvaginal mesh lawyers, we support tougher regulations. Too often innocent patients are injured due to defective medical devices that are rushed to market.

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September 2, 2011

FDA Warns Of Risks Associated With Transvaginal Mesh

Recently the FDA issued a transvaginal mesh warning concerning the use of the medical device (also known as pelvic mesh, pelvic sling or bladder mesh) as a method to repair pelvic organ prolapse. The FDA warning stated that using transvaginal mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse exposes patients to an "unnecessary risk" without providing any benefit above safer measures. Next week, the FDA will conduct hearings to determine whether stricter safety measures or a possible recall of the transvaginal mesh is necessary.

Problems from the medical device include pain, bleeding, infection, injury to nearby organ, and protrusion of the mesh through the vagina.

If you have undergone surgery for pelvic organ prolapse and surgeons used the pelvic mesh, it is important to consult with a transvaginal mesh attorney regarding your next steps.

According to an FDA representative, "There are clear risks associated with the transvaginal placement of mesh...The FDA is asking surgeons to carefully consider all other treatment options and to make sure that their patients are fully informed of potential complications from surgical mesh." This warning came after the FDA received reports of 1503 adverse events from 2008 to 2010.

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