Important Information About Birth Control Recalls

One of the most common questions women ask about birth control is, “How effective will it be for me?” However, an even more important consideration is how it might affect your health. If you are currently taking contraceptives, whether oral, shot, patch, or intrauterine device, continue reading to learn some pertinent information regarding birth control medication recalls, as well as what to do if you have been harmed by your contraceptive medication in Indiana.

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Options For Oral Contraceptives

According to an article published on by Dawn Stacey, PhD, LMHC, the popular birth control options today range in effectiveness from 71% to 99% depending on the type. One of the most prevalent kinds of birth control are oral contraceptives, also known as birth control pills (BCP’s), which come in a packaged filled with medicated and non-medicated (placebos) pills that a woman will take every day in a particular order.

Common Causes of Birth Control Recalls

Oral BCP’s, although popular and effective, can be mixed up during the manufacturing process. For instance, the factory can put the wrong number of active and inactive pills in a package or pack the pills in the wrong order. Such errors put women at higher risk of unplanned pregnancy. This was the case in 2012 when a popular birth control pill called Introvale was recalled when a woman noticed that the placebo pills were in the incorrect row of her package. These incorrect pill products were on the market for a total of 14 months before being recalled.

Additional Birth Control Recalls:

Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol Glenmark Generics had to recall 7 batches of Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets in 2012 as a result of expiration date printing errors.

Lo/Ovral-28 and Norgestre and Ethinyl Estradiol The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, was obligated to recall 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and generic norgestre and ethinyl estradiol tablets because the packages were suspected of containing the incorrect number of active and inactive pills, as well as incorrect orders.

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals Recalls Qualitest Pharmaceuticals was forced to recall several birth control products back in September of 2011 as a result of manufacturing packaging mix-ups. These products included:

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• Previfem

Yaz Birth Control

For years there have been concerns about the possible risks of blood clots when taking Yaz birth control pills. But despite the endless arguments and requests by consumer advocates to recall it, the FDA will not comply. Instead, they changed the labeling to warn women of the possible the risk of blood clots. As a result of the FDA’s refusal to recall Yaz, many believe there might be a class action lawsuit in the works against the manufacturer of Yaz, Bayer Pharmaceuticals.

To learn more about recalled birth control medications, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website. You may also follow @FDArecalls on Twitter or sign up to receive FDA notices of recalls via email, text, or RSS feed.

Did You Take a Recalled Medication?

If you believe you have taken a recalled birth control medication, your first step is to immediately contact your doctor for medical attention and treatment. From there, it is wise to learn your rights to compensation for the damages and losses you incurred as a result of taking recalled medication. Start by consulting with a seasoned Indiana civil litigator who specializes in product defects, recall claims, and class action lawsuits.

Don’t let the time limit run out on your claim. Get the financial benefits you are owed on behalf of your loved one. For a free case evaluation, contact Carl Brizzi LAW at 317-636-7497 as soon as possible. Our Indiana civil litigators serve clients all throughout Indiana.

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How to Prevent Child Injuries on Escalators

When you think back to your younger years, you may recall your fascination with escalators. Like most children, you likely thought of them as a fun carnival ride that you never had to wait in line or pay for. But now that you are a parent, you may cringe at the thought of your children playing on a moving staircase considering how dangerous they can be for an unsuspecting youngster.

If you and your beloved brood take regular trips to malls, airports, museums, and other venues that normally have moving staircases, it is wise to learn some tips that will help keep your children protected when using them. Continue reading to learn what you can do to prevent your children from suffering escalator injuries.

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Escalator Accident Statistics in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, escalator accidents result in an average of 30 fatalities and 17,000 seriously injured victims, every year. Of these injuries and deaths, many of them (arguably half, but not technically proven) are children. Unfortunately, kids do love these mechanical staircases, which is why it is important to teach them proper safety.

Escalator Maintenance and Liability

The regulations surrounding maintenance and inspection of escalators vary from state to state. Most states place the liability in the hands of the property owner, obligating them to maintain safe and functional escalators, as well as, conducting the necessary inspections and checkups to guarantee this level of safety.

Escalators and Children Safety

It is suggested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that nearly a quarter of all escalator accidents involve injuries to the hands and feet, including trapped shoes and shoelaces. When it comes to children, this rings true in many cases. Kids have had their fingers and toes trapped in the gaps between the treads, steps, and sides of escalators. When this happens, they can suffer serious cuts, disfigurement, and maiming.

 What You Can Do to Better Protect Your Children

Here are some helpful tips that will keep your family protected when using escalators and similar types of moving staircases or walkways:

Teach them to stand in the center of the step, rather than the sides. Keeping them away from the railings can help reduce the chances of getting their fingers and toes jammed inside the gaps.

Adjust or remove any loose clothing or accessories before stepping onto an escalator. Articles of clothing like scarves, long skirts and dresses, frayed hems, and more can get caught or tangled in the moving parts of an escalator.

Avoid using a moving staircase if your children are wearing flip flops, slip-ons, or other shoes that expose their toes or can easily cause tripping accidents.

If you are with very young children, such as toddlers or preschoolers, it is best to carry them when on an escalator. For older children, be sure to always hold their hand the entire time.

If your children have a fear of escalators, avoid using them altogether. Instead, opt for an elevator, standard staircase, or ramp.

Escalator Injury Claims for Children

Contact a seasoned Indianapolis personal injury lawyer for information about receiving compensation after your child has been seriously injured or killed by an escalator or moving staircase. They will tell you everything you need to know about making a child injury claim, and help you recover the full and fair compensation you deserve.

Was your child or teenager recently injured in an accident that was caused by another’s negligence or carelessness? Contact Carl Brizzi LAW at 317-636-7497 to make an Indiana personal injury claim for your child. We offer free initial consultations and never collect lawyer fees unless we prevail for you. We also do hospital and home visits for consultations.

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Can Government Mandate Vaccinations?

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Some would argue that, during one of the worst public health and financial crises in recent history, a safe and effective vaccine could end the coronavirus pandemic. But only if enough people get inoculated.

Others like Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. would argue that “the COVID-19 pandemic has proven an opportunity of convenience for totalitarian elements who have put individual rights and freedoms globally under siege.”

Recent polls suggest that only about two-thirds of adults say they would get the vaccine. While that might protect most people who get vaccinated, it may be insufficient to reach herd immunity, and stop the virus’s spread. Is a government mandated vaccine plan medical tyranny, or just government’s legitimate response to a public health problem? 

It may surprise you to learn that the government may have a legal right to enforce such a rule.

In Jacobson v. Massachusetts, the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a state criminal law that required all adult inhabitants of Cambridge, Mass. to get a smallpox vaccine or be fined. The Supreme Court explained that an individual’s liberty rights under the U.S. Constitution are not absolute and the mandatory vaccination law was necessary to promote public health and safety.

While Jacobson v. Massachusetts is over 100 years old, courts continue to rely on the court’s reasoning. State governments occasionally enact broad compulsory vaccination policies. In 2019, amid a measles outbreak, New York City mandated that anyone over six months of age who lived, went to school, or worked in several ZIP codes within the city had to be vaccinated against measles or be subject to a fine.

Religious, medical, and philosophical exemptions abound with compulsory vaccination laws.  Some states like New York and California have eliminated the religious and philosophical exemptions in recent years. Courts reasoned that while compulsory vaccination laws may burden religious practices, religious exemptions are not constitutionally required under the First Amendment’s free exercise clause since mandatory vaccination does not single out religion and is not motivated by a desire to interfere with religion.

Mandating vaccines in the current environment could be very controversial.  There’s a risk that heavy-handed public health tactics can backfire and escalate tensions, increase mistrust of government, and unintentionally increase the influence of the anti-vaccination movement.

My next few posts will focus on legal immunity for vaccine19 manufacturers, the possibility of requiring vaccinations for “travel passports,” as well as, what private employers may or may not require of their employees.

Carl Brizzi is a former two term elected prosecutor who practices personal injury law in Indiana.  

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