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Our Breast Implant Cancer Attorneys Are Reviewing Breast Implant Cancer Claims Due to a Recent FDA Warning That States Breast Implants Can Cause Certain Cancers



For years, the scientific community has suspected a link between breast implants and a specific type of cancer. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed that individuals with breast implants have an increased risk of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

The attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP recognize that patients often feel helpless in the face of such a devasting diagnosis. We have long felt it is essential to empower our clients to take a stand against manufacturing corporations and seek the justice they deserve. By hiring Parker Waichman LLP to file a lawsuit for damages, our clients have found the resolutions they need to begin moving forward in their lives.

If you have breast implants and have been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or T-cell lymphoma, contact the offices of Parker Waichman LLP today. Our product liability attorneys will conduct a free case consultation with you to help you understand your potential options for legal recourse.

Breast Implants Associated With Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL), Non-Hodgkin's Lymphona, and T-Cell Lymphoma

In 2011, the FDA released a report indicating a potential association between anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) and breast implants. In analyzing information collected from patients with and without breast implants, the agency identified a “small but increased risk” of developing ALCL in patients with breast implants.

ALCL is not cancer of the breasts but rather cancer of the immune system. It is a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma involving the abnormal production of T-cells. At the time of its 2011 report, the FDA was aware of 60 cases worldwide in which individuals with breast implants had developed ALCL. The FDA perceived a potential link between the two because of a pattern of manifestation — the cancer was usually located in the area immediately surrounding the implants.

In March 2018, the FDA issued additional information about the connection between breast implants and ALCL. In its communication, the agency recognized breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) as its own subtype of T-cell lymphoma or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This recognition was in step with action taken by the World Health Organization in 2016.

The FDA said that as of September 30, 2017, it had received 414 reports of BIA-ALCL, including nine reports of patient deaths. The highest incidence of BIA-ALCL was found in patients with textured-surface breast implants (242 out of 272 cases containing information about implant surface) filled with silicone (234 of 413 reports containing information about implant fill type). Patients with smooth-surface implants seemed to have a much lower risk of developing BIA-ALCL, while patients with saline-filled implants seemed to have a slightly lower risk. The FDA, therefore, encouraged patients and doctors to discuss the risks and benefits of textured versus smooth-surface implants before breast implant surgery.

June 19, 2019 – Allergan, a Manufacturer of Textured Breast Implants, Issues Voluntary Recall Following Adverse Decision by Healt Canada

According to an online news article published by www.newkerala.com, Allergan Canada, a global pharmaceutical and medical device company, issued a voluntary recall of its textured breast implants following an adverse ruling by Health Canada, the country’s regulatory agency.

Health Canada, the regulatory agency that governs the safety of drugs and medical devices (Canada’s version of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)), recently suspended the BIOCELL license for textured breast implants, forcing Allergan to issue a voluntary recall of its textured breast implants.

Health Canada’s decision follows reports that some women who have been implanted with textured implants manufactured by Allergan and other manufacturers subsequently developed Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

While Health Canada’s position is that there is no known cause of BIA-ALCL, the regulatory agency believes it is still essential to pull the BIOCELL license from the market as enough women have been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL to raise concerns about a potential link between the textured breast implants and the disease.

The FDA, along with other similar regulatory agencies throughout the world, do not share the same view as Health Canada. As such, Allergan’s textured breast implants have not been recalled in the United States and many other countries.

Allergan believes the benefits of its textured breast implants outweigh the risks of choosing to have the product implanted. Allergan’s position is that doctors and patients need a variety of options for breast implants as each patient is unique and may require a specific type of breast implant. Additionally, many women rely on breast implants when they have undergone a medically necessary removal of their breasts (particularly in the case of treating and preventing breast cancer).

Allergan plans to appeal Health Canada’s decision, but until the appeals process is complete, Allergan has been forced to remove all of its textured breast implants from the Canadian market.

Symptoms of Bia-ALCL


Most patients are diagnosed with BIA-ALCL within seven or eight years of breast implant surgery. The cancer is usually found in the fibrous scar tissue or the effusion fluid surrounding the breast implant. Symptoms will usually include:

  • Pain around the breast implant
  • Swelling around the breast implant
  • Evidence of a seroma or fluid buildup around the breast implant
  • Fever
  • Backache
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Skin rash or unusual itching

Patients are usually diagnosed after presenting to their doctors with unexplained pain and swelling of the breasts, long after healing time has completed. Most cases of BIA-ALCL will require aggressive treatment, as cancer can quickly spread throughout the body. If not timely diagnosed and treated, and even with appropriate treatment, patients are at risk of death.

Parker Waichman LLP Pursuing Compensation For Victims

Our firm recognizes how frightened and betrayed you feel in finding out the breast implants that were supposed to be completely safe caused you to develop cancer. Some of our clients are even breast cancer survivors who developed BIA-ALCL after reconstruction surgery. Parker Waichman LLP is standing up for patients who feel like they have lost their voices and for families who have lost loved ones due to dangerous implants.

We know you are wondering if you have a potential legal case and how to begin pursuing justice for yourself and your family. We are available to provide you all the answers to your questions. When you work with our firm, your skilled attorney will listen to you with compassion and conduct a complete and thorough investigation of your case to ensure you understand all your options for recovery.

You deserve to be fully and justly compensated for the injuries you have suffered, just as the wrongdoers in your case deserve to be held accountable. Parker Waichman LLP can help you achieve the outcome that will allow you to regain some much-needed peace of mind. We understand we can never replace what you have truly lost, but we will fight to provide you a path toward an easier future.

Trusted Claims Processes With Proven Results

At Parker Waichman LLP, we have secured near-unparalleled results for our clients. Our attorneys have garnered more than $2 billion in compensation for victims and families, and we place our full dedication into every single case. When you’re a Parker Waichman LLP client, you are a valued member of our family, and we will show you the respect you deserve while fighting for the legal results you need.

We have a proven claims process that takes the stress away from our clients and produces meaningful returns. The first step of the process involves a case consultation with one of our experienced product liability lawyers. You and your lawyer will discuss the facts of your case and will determine whether we should move forward with an investigation. The case investigation includes the following steps:

  • Creating a timeline of your implant surgery, symptom development, and medical treatment
  • Ordering medical records from your implant surgeries and any treatment or consultations you have received related to your breast implants
  • Ordering medical records documenting your diagnosis of BIA-ALCL or another type of lymphoma
  • Reviewing your case details with medical experts and breast implant experts, who will help us identify the strong and weak aspects of your case
  • Performing an analysis of the statute of limitations that applies to your claims to make sure we have enough time to file a case
  • Determining the best filing venue for your case
  • Talking to you about your filing options and creating a litigation strategy

If we proceed to filing a lawsuit, we will seek damages on your behalf in the form of medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. Throughout several decades, our clients have trusted us to achieve the compensation they need during some of the most traumatic times imaginable. We do not receive that trust lightly, and we fiercely advocate for our clients from start to finish. Contact us today to begin your own case process.

Parker Waichman LLP Provides Free Case Consultations

Parker Waichman LLP’s experienced Breast Implant Cancer Lawsuit Lawyers provide free consultations for all potential clients If you have undergone breast implant surgery and have been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL, anaplastic large cell lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or T-cell lymphoma, contact our firm as soon as possible. Do not delay in hiring skilled counsel to represent you, as statutes of limitations apply in all cases and can prevent you from filing your claim in court.

Contact our Breast Implant Lymphoma Lawsuit Attorneys today by calling 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) or by filling out the Contact form on our website.

Side Effects of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Clinical trials and scientific studies have linked the use of testosterone replacement therapy with heart attacks or myocardial infarction, stroke or TIA, pulmonary embolism, and even death.

Heart Attacks or Myocardial Infarction

Older men who are treated with testosterone therapies have experienced a significant increase of coronary artery plaque. When this waxy substance builds up and hardens, it can reduce oxygen flow to the heart. When the flow of oxygen is reduced or becomes blocked, a heart attack can occur.

Stroke

Testosterone replacement therapy can also cause blood clots which can lead to a stroke if the clot blocks blood flow to the brain. Some studies have indicated that gels in particular, like AndroGel, have increased the risk for stroke, sometimes by as much as thirty percent

Mini-Strokes or Transient Ischemic Attacks

Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) occur when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel temporarily. Many of these attacks have a duration of five minutes or less, but they can still cause impairment. The use of testosterone replacement therapies like AndroGel has been linked to TIA in some individuals.

Pulmonary Embolisms

A pulmonary embolism happens when a blood clot, which can form elsewhere in the body such as the thigh, lower leg, or pelvis, travels through the bloodstream and gets trapped in the lungs. Because studies have found a connection between the use of hormone replacement therapies like AndroGel and an increase in the risk of blood clots, AndroGel has been thought to cause pulmonary embolisms.

Death

Men who use testosterone therapies like AndroGel are at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and blood clots. Because all of these side effects can be life-threatening, it is not surprising that use of AndroGel can also lead to death. Unfortunately, men are not the only ones who are affected by testosterone replacement therapies. If exposed to these therapies, children, women, and even pets can suffer serious side effects as well.

Androgel Testosterone Lawsuits

Due to the serious side effects associated with the use of testosterone replacement therapy, many individuals have sought compensation from the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture and sell the drugs.

The majority of the lawsuits have alleged that the drug companies:

  • Did not investigate fully the safety and the risks associated with testosterone replacement therapy
  • Failed to or did not adequately warn physicians and patients of the increased risks of serious cardiovascular side effects, including stroke and heart attack
  • Marketed the drugs in such a way that individuals who don’t necessarily need to use the therapies were targeted and the companies did not provide adequate warnings about the serious health risks that are linked to use of testosterone replacement therapy

The First Bellwether Trial Against the Makers of Androgel

In June of 2017, the first bellwether trial, or test case began where the plaintiff alleged that AbbVie, the drug company that manufactures AndroGel was liable for the heart failure he experienced after using the product for several months. More than four thousand cases have been filed against AbbVie asserting that the company was negligent in promoting the use of AndroGel beyond what the FDA has authorized. The plaintiff in the first bellwether trial was one of the first to file a claim against AbbVie.

The plaintiff’s case ended in a mistrial because their attorney became ill, but a second trial against AbbVie began in July 2017. After a three-week trial, an Illinois federal jury awarded the plaintiff in this case punitive damages in the amount of $150 million. The jury did not find a link between the use of AndroGel and the plaintiff’s heart attack and accordingly did not award compensatory damages. But the judge in the case recognized that AbbVie was funding advertisements that misrepresented what AndoGel is meant to treat and thus ordered that the plaintiff receive $150 million in punitive damages.

This particular case was the first verdict in the Multidistrict Litigation over testosterone replacement therapies that are manufactured by AbbVie and other pharmaceutical companies, including Eli Lilly and Co., and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. While there is no class action lawsuit, the Multidistrict Litigation consolidates all the federal lawsuits that allege injuries from AndroGel.

Since nearly identical complaints have been filed against other pharmaceutical companies, these AndroGel lawsuits have also become part of the Multidistrict Litigation which is centralized in the Northern District of Illinois.

Subsequent Trials Against Abbvie

The second bellwether trial against AbbVie began in early October 2017. In this case, an Illinois federal jury ordered that AbbVie pay compensatory damages to the plaintiff in the amount of $140,000 and punitive damages totaling $140 million. The plaintiff asserted that AbbVie was aware of the potential cardiovascular risks associated with using the product AndroGel, but that AbbVie failed to warn consumers about these possible dangers. This case is thus the second verdict in the Multidistrict Litigation over testosterone replacement therapies manufactured by AbbVie and other pharmaceutical companies.

But Why Should I File a Lawsuit Against Androgel?

By some reports, testosterone replacement therapies are set to become a five-billion-dollar industry. The sales of testosterone patches, gels, pills, and injections have increased significantly in recent years to the point that they are probably being overprescribed to patients. But as mentioned above, the FDA has only approved testosterone therapy for those who have severe testosterone deficiency or hypogonadism.

In the United States, consumers have a right to safe and reliable products. Many companies try to ensure that their products are safe, but even after taking necessary precautions, some products can still end up posing risks to consumers and might end up being recalled. While recalling a product is usually a voluntary process, there are times when a company will deny that their product causes harm and in these instances, if the product harms you, you may have to file a lawsuit.

The Types of Damages You May Be Entitled to Receive
If you’ve suffered an injury after using testosterone replacement therapy such as AndroGel or others including, Androderm, Testim, Axiron, Delatestryl, Bio-T-Gel, Fortesta, Dep-Testosterone, Testopel, or Striant, you may be entitled to damages including:

  1. Compensation for any medical bills you’ve incurred as a result of your injury or illness, including expenses associated with diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and follow-up care.
  2. Compensation for lost wages if you’ve missed work or cannot work due to your injury or illness.
  3. Compensation for pain and suffering or other emotional distress that you have experienced due to your injury or illness.
  4. Compensation if a family member has died due to an injury or illness that was caused by the use of testosterone replacement therapy. In these situations, the decedent’s family has a right to file a wrongful death suit to collect some of the damages listed above as well as other costs and expenses.

Holding the Drug Companies Responsible

In addition to economic and non-economic damages, it is important to remember that by taking legal action, you are also helping to hold drug companies accountable for manufacturing, selling, and marketing defective and dangerous products that are thereafter used by unsuspecting or unaware consumers.

Androgel Injuries Our Law Firm Litigates

At Parker Waichman LLP, our lawyers are always reviewing and investigating potential lawsuits to be filed on behalf of individuals who have used AndroGel or other testosterone replacement therapy and sustained injuries as a result including:

  • Heart attack or myocardial infarction
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Stroke
  • Mini-strokes or TIA
  • Death

Although there are individuals who want to pursue class action lawsuits against the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture and market testosterone therapies, our lawyers are pursuing lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have suffered a stroke, blood clots, heart attacks, or other serious injuries or illnesses after using testosterone products.

What You Should Expect After Filing An Androgel Injury Lawsuit

Claims filed against large pharmaceutical companies can be complicated and typically take a while to reach a settlement or verdict at trial. In fact, it might be months or even years before a case is resolved. Many AndroGel cases come down to:

  • Why an individual was being treated with testosterone replacement therapy
  • Whether an individual was educated about the side effects and risks associated with the use of the testosterone therapy
  • How the product was marketed to the individual
  • Whether the manufacturing company sufficiently studied the benefits and risks associated with the use of the drug and whether they provided adequate warnings about the risks

When an experienced AndroGel Injury Lawyer takes on your case, they will take the time to review your records, investigate your claim, retain and consult with expert witnesses, and collect other relevant and important evidence to prove your case. Because this process can be time-consuming, it is not surprising that this is oftentimes why a case can take a while to resolve.

Thus, you should not expect to receive compensation for your injuries right away, and if you find yourself confused or frustrated with the process, our knowledgeable AndroGel Injury Lawyers at Parker Waichman, LLP, are always here to answer your questions should they arise. You can also be sure that our experienced lawyers are always working hard to achieve the best possible results in every case.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Androgel Lawsuits & Settlements

Why should I hire a personal injury lawyer to take on my AndroGel Injury case?

Lawsuits that involve large pharmaceutical and insurance companies can be complex. When you are trying to deal with unpaid medical bills and other mounting expenses, trying to handle your case on your own can be a daunting task especially if you are still recovering from your injury or illness. A personal injury attorney who has extensive experience handling these types of cases will be familiar with the process, will collect the records and other evidence they know they need to establish your case, and will know how to deal with large companies and other attorneys, and will not be afraid to take your case to trial. When you choose an experienced AndroGel Injury Lawyer at Parker Waichman, LLP, you can rest assured that your lawyer will do everything they can to ensure you obtain the best results possible in your case. At our firm, you don’t owe us a thing unless and until your case results in a favorable settlement or you win at trial so call us today to schedule your free and confidential consultation.

Do I need to file my AndroGel Injury lawsuit by a certain date?

If you’ve sustained an injury or illness such as a heart attack or stroke due to your use of a testosterone replacement therapy you might be entitled to compensation. Thousands of individuals have filed lawsuits against the large pharmaceutical companies who manufacture, sell, and market these products. As with any personal injury claim, there are certain time limits or deadlines for filing an AndroGel Injury case. These time limits, which are also known as statutes of limitations, are different in every state. Thus, to determine the particular time within which you should file your lawsuit, you should seriously consider consulting with an experienced AndroGel Injury Lawyer right away to preserve your rights to compensation.

Do I have a claim for damages if I believe that my heart attack was the result of the testosterone replacement therapy that I’ve been using?

In many cases, if you’ve suffered an injury or illness such as a heart attack, blood clot, or stroke, after using AndroGel or another testosterone product, you might be able to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for your injuries or other damages. Thousands of individuals have already filed claims against various pharmaceutical companies hoping to receive compensation for the injuries they sustained as a result of the negligent actions of these companies. To find out whether you also have a claim for damages, be sure to consult with the experienced AndroGel Injury Lawyers at Parker Waichman, LLP. At Parker Waichman, LLP, our lawyers will always take the time to listen to you and learn about your case, will conduct a thorough investigation and retain any needed experts, and will work hard to obtain he results you need and deserve. Call us today to find out what we can do for you.

Can I file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who died from a heart attack, stroke, or other complications following testosterone replacement therapy?

The use of testosterone replacement therapy has been thought to cause heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and even death amongst those who use testosterone products. When a family member dies from complications after using AndroGel or another testosterone product, the surviving family members can usually file a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible for their loved one’s injuries. The purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to provide compensation to family members who have lost a family member, including parents, spouses, children, or even siblings. The compensation or other damages that a surviving family can obtain include compensation for their loved one’s medical expenses, lost earnings or loss of support, and for the loss of love and companionship. While monetary compensation cannot be a cure the hurt and loss that you feel and cannot bring your family member back to you, it really can help reduce some of the financial stress that you and your family might be under following your loss. At Parker Waichman, LLP, our experienced and compassionate AndroGel Injury Lawyers also have the knowledge and the resources necessary for handling a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your family member.

Am I at risk for a heart attack or stroke if I use a testosterone replacement therapy like AndroGel?

According to scientific studies, some men have an increased risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke while using prescription testosterone replacement therapy. Some individuals might be more prone to heart attack or stroke due to pre-existing conditions or lifestyle. For instance, one study found that those who had a history of heart disease, no matter what age, had twice the rate of heart attacks in the three months after they began testosterone replacement therapy compared to the year before they started treatment. Other studies have revealed that older men had an almost thirty percent more at risk for heart attack, stroke, or even death after beginning testosterone therapy.

What products are used to treat low testosterone?

Research has revealed that about three to seven percent of men experience low testosterone or hypogonadism. Many doctors and patients treat low testosterone or hypogonadism by prescribing testosterone replacement therapies. However, doctors have also been known to prescribe or recommend the therapies to those who have a dip in testosterone simply due to aging.

The following are some of the products that have been used to treat low testosterone:

  • AndroGel
  • Androderm
  • Depo-Testosterone
  • Axiron
  • Fortesta
  • Striant
  • Testim
  • Bio-T-Gel
  • Delatestryl
  • Testopel

Should I stop using testosterone replacement therapies?

There are many studies that indicate a link between the use of testosterone replacement therapies and an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and even death. It is important to note that the FDA has only approved the use of testosterone replacement therapies to treat those who have low testosterone associated with hypogonadism. This means that the FDA has not approved the use of the products by men who have experienced a dip in testosterone production due to their age and would like to increase strength or improve their mood or erectile function. Accordingly, unless using a testosterone replacement therapy is essential, it might not be a good idea to use it given the potential risks. But if you must use testosterone products or feel you need to use them then you should be well aware of the potential risks associated with that use.

Has there been a recall on AndroGel or has the Food and Drug Administration issued any about its use?

There have been no recalls issued for testosterone replacement therapies as of yet despite the studies that have indicated a link between use of the therapy and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. In addition, the FDA did not require companies to label testosterone products to reflect the possible increased risk of heart attack and stroke until 2015, which has been viewed as too little too late since individuals already had suffered from the serious side effects without prior warning. In addition, the FDA has only approved of the use testosterone replacement therapy for those who experience low testosterone levels due to hypogonadism.

Are there any other injuries or illnesses linked to the use of testosterone replacement therapies?

There are some studies that link the use of testosterone therapies to an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. These therapies also have been thought to exacerbate sleep apnea, increase the risk of infertility, upset hormonal balances, enlarge male breasts, cause skin irritations or acne, and change hair patterns and growth.

Talk With One of Our Androgel Injury Lawyers Today

If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack, stroke, or other condition that you believe is the result of testosterone replacement therapies, it is important that you consult with an experienced and dedicated AndroGel Injury Lawyer at Parker Waichman LLP, as soon as possible to protect your legal right to compensation.

At Parker Waichman LLP, our skilled attorneys have extensive experience handling complicated personal injury cases, especially when it comes to dealing with large pharmaceutical and insurance companies. If you would like to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys, contact us to schedule your free case consultation. Call us today at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) or fill out our online contact form.

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