Mississippi Defective Drug & Medical Device Attorney

35+ Years Helping MS Residents Get the Compensation They Need

When patients are prescribed a drug or medical procedure, they should be able to reasonably expect that it will work as it is supposed to and improve their health. All too often, however, unsuspecting patients suffer adverse effects from defective drugs and medical devices that actually end up worsening their conditions. In spite of FDA oversight, defective drugs and medical devices continue to be released to the public and cause thousands of preventable injuries and fatalities each year. When this happens, victims have the right to pursue compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages they incurred as a result of using the defective product.

If you have been injured or have suffered the loss of a loved one due to a defective and/or recalled drug or medical device, we encourage you to contact Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. for a free consultation. Our Mississippi defective drug attorneys serve clients throughout the state from offices in Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Greenwood, Greenville, and Columbus.

Cases We Handle


Avandia (generic name: Rosiglitazone) is prescribed to control high blood sugar in patients with Type 2 diabetes to help restore the body’s proper response to insulin. This has now been linked to dangerous side effects, including an increase in the risk of heart attack or death. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires a “Black Box” warning on Avandia addressing an increased risk of issues connected with fluid retention. If you or a loved one has taken Avandia and experienced side effects, call a Mississippi product liability attorney at Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. immediately. You may be entitled to compensation.


Reglan (generic name: Metoclopramide) is prescribed to treat acid reflux, but the drug has been linked to serious side effects. On February 25, 2009, The FDA mandated that any manufacturer of drugs containing metoclopramide must include a "Black Box" warning that users face an increased risk of developing Tardive Dyskinesia. Symptoms of this condition include repetitive, involuntary movements of the arms and legs, lip smacking and other involuntary lip and mouth movements, rapid eye blinking, and diminished movement of the fingers.


Trasylol is an injection given to patients who underwent major surgery to prevent excessive bleeding. This medicine has been found to cause heart attack, stroke, renal failure, and dialysis.


Fosamox is prescribed to prevent and treat osteoporosis. This medication has been linked to the development of a serious bone disease called Osteonecrosis of the jaw.


Recalled in April 2008, this medication is used to treat heart failure and abnormal rhythm. This medication has been recalled due to the possibility that tablets with double the appropriate thickness may have been commercially released. These double strength tablets can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, low blood pressure, cardiac instability, bradycardia, and digitalis.

Gadolinium Contrasting Agent

MRI dye containing Gadolinium. This particular dye has been found to cause kidney damage.


This hormone contraceptive transdermal patch has been linked to serious injuries such as blood clots, pulmonary embolism, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, and death.


An anti-depressant manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Paxil has caused an increased risk of birth defects in children born to mothers exposed to Paxil.


Manufactured by Pfizer, Viagra is prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction and has been known to lead to partial or complete blindness caused by non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy. This is a condition in which blood supply is reduced to the optic nerve, causing permanent nerve damage.

Permax / Dostinex

Used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other neurological problems such as restless leg syndrome, Permax / Dostinex has been known to cause Valvular heart disease.


Used to treat arthritis, Bextra has been found to cause stroke and death.


Zithromax is an antibiotic taken to treat respiratory infections, skin infections, and some sexually transmitted diseases. This medication has been known to cause abnormal liver function, jaundice, necrosis, hepatic (liver) failure, and death.

Pain Pumps

Pain pumps are portable and often disposable pain management devices which administer local anesthetic through a catheter to a surgical wound site for several days following surgery. The use of pain pumps to administer medication directly into the glenohumeral joint has been linked to a severe condition called Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis, in which the cartilage of the humeral head and the glenoid space of the shoulder process has been destroyed.

Guidant Heart Device

These implantable defibrillators and pacemakers manufactured by the Guidant Corporation have been known to malfunction.

Medtronic Heart Device

Implantable defibrillators manufactured by Medtronic, Inc., which were implanted in 1997 and 1998. Another recall was announced on February 10, 2005 for additional Medtronic defibrillators with batteries that malfunctioned between April 2001 and December 2003.

Prilosec and Nexium

Classified as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), Prilosec and Nexium are among the most popular medicines prescribed to treat chronic heartburn and acid reflux. They work by reducing the production of acid in the stomach lining, which lessens symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn. However, PPIs are also linked to the development of chronic kidney disease, which may cause kidney failure and can even result in death. Those who have taken either Prilosec or Nexium are also at a higher risk of developing dementia or suffering bone fractures. Consumers and doctors alike have complained that the drug manufacturers failed to warn them of these serious health risks. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with one of the above-mentioned types of kidney problems, bone fractures, or dementia, you may have a claim. Reach out to our personal injury lawyers to discuss your case and find out if you qualify to seek compensation for your damages.

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If you or someone you care about has suffered serious harm as the result of taking a prescription medication or using a medical device, you should speak to a qualified Mississippi defective product attorney at once. Your attorney can evaluate your possible medical lawsuit case to determine the best way to protect your legal rights either before, during or after a recall. You may be entitled to compensation for your losses and suffering. Our Jackson-based firm serves clients throughout Mississippi.

Please contact Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. at (601) 869-0696 to speak to an attorney during a free consultation.

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