An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small cage-like medical device that can be inserted by doctors to stop dangerous blood clots from traveling to the blood vessels of the lungs. Their structure allows them to catch fragments of clots that form in the legs or pelvis before these blockages run the risk of causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). These metal filters are surgically implanted in patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners or have seen little success with those drugs.
Prempro is a hormone-replacement therapy consisting of a combination of conjugated estrogens (estrogen-progestin) that is prescribed to menopausal and premenopausal women to help treat their symptoms, including hot flashes.
Though many women have used this medication with great success, some claim that Prempro was a major contributing factor to their development of breast cancer. One study, performed by the Women's Health Initiative, did show that woman who took this drug were at a higher risk of breast cancer, stroke, and coronary heart disease.
Evidence is coming to light through internal marketing documents that Wyeth, the manufacturer of Prempro put profits ahead of patients. It appears that Wyeth willfully ignored the dangers of hormone-replacement therapy, including a higher risk for breast cancer. Sales representatives have come forward stating that they were told to minimize the drugs' risks when promoting the drug. Wyeth says it didn't willfully ignore the dangers, and that the hormone-replacement therapy's label warned of breast cancer risk, but it's not clear that they did enough to make consumer's aware of the dangers.
If you or a loved one was prescribed Prempro and experienced serious side effects, contact us today to determine if you may have a personal injury claim.