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What is Ocella?

Ocella is actually the generic version of Yasmin, and it is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, recently acquired by Yasmin manufacturer Bayer which specializes in producing generic versions of brand-name drugs. In the U.S., generic brands are required to be the same in every way to its brand-name counterpart, so it is a myth that generic brands are not as good as brand names.

The reason generic brands such as Ocella are cheaper than name brands is that there is no additional cost in marketing it. Yasmin was extensively marketed when it was first introduced, so that provided the buying impetus for Ocella. This holds true for most generic brands, so when a pharmacy is given a prescription for Yasmin, for example, Ocella is given by default unless the prescription is marked DAW 1 (Dispense as Written) or “patient requests.”

Many women who take Yasmin and then switched to Ocella have mixed feelings about it. Many would accept the substitution mainly because most health insurance companies will not cover a brand name drug if a generic version is available. Those who refuse to switch are either compelled to pay for the product out-of-pocket or have higher deductibles. In the case of Ocella, its formulation is 3 mg drospirenone with .03 ethinyl estradiol, exactly the same as for Yasmin, and the dosage instructions are also the same, down to the 7 inactive pills included in the package.

However, when generic brands are described as the same as the name brand equivalent, it means exactly that. This means that whatever goes for the name brand goes for the generic, including adverse side effects. Yasmin is currently under legal fire for causing injurious harm to its users because it significantly increases the risk of forming blood clots, thus increasing the risks for concomitant medical conditions such as deep vein thrombosis. This also means that any litigation that may apply to Yasmin will also apply to Ocella, so buyers beware.

What is Risperdal?

Risperdal is one of the many medications prescribed for people suffering from schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder (also called manic depression). Children with autism are also prescribed Risperdal to help them handle the symptoms of irritability. Being an anti-psychotic medication, Risperdal functions by altering the effects of chemicals in the brain.

Risperdal is a member of a class of atypical antipsychotics, and common side effects are significant weight gain, rashes, indigestion, agitation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, anxiety, nasal congestions and coughing, upper respiratory tract infections, and many others. Although rare, some patients can also suffer from complications such as sexual dysfunction, sudden cardiac arrest, stroke, and other serious complications. Those who suffer from immediate complications after taking Risperdal, particularly signs of allergic reactions, should seek medical help. Accordingly, doctors advice their patients to stop taking Risperdal after feeling serious or alarming side effects.

Risperdal is doctor-prescribed, therefore you can only get it if your doctor believes it is necessary and beneficial for your condition. Proper check-up regarding the condition and patient’s medical history should be conducted first in order to get the medicine. If you choose to have Risperdal, it would be best to inform your doctor about possible allergic reactions you might suspect can occur. You should also inform your doctor about your other allergies, since the ingredients (whether active or inactive) can cause allergic reactions or other health complications. If you have suffered from or is prone to the following conditions, then best to talk with your doctor first before taking Risperdal: liver or kidney disease, problems swallowing, breast cancer, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, strokes, and dehydration.

Abruptly stopping your Risperdal medication can cause withdrawal symptoms and rapid relapse, therefore it is strongly advised to gradually lower the dosage and withdrawal from the drug. Taking Risperdal can make you more sensitive to extreme temperatures, so try to avoid places that are too cold or too hot, and keep yourself properly hydrated all the time. Because it can impair your processing and reaction skills, you shouldn’t drive or do activities that calls for your full attention and alertness. Don’t drink alcohol because it can only increase the side effects of Risperdal.

Recall and Regulation of the DePuy ASR Hip

The majority of hip replacement surgeries are completely beneficial to patients with a success rate of about 98%. So starting around 2008, when a large influx of failure reports surfaced, many doctors and researchers were surprised. The staggering majority of the reports were from patients who had received the DePuy ASR Hip System. DePuy Orthopaedics is a division of Johnson & Johnson. The ASR Hip System was released in the United States for medical market use starting in 2005. Both the ball and socket are manufactured with a cobalt and chromium alloy. This hip implant was the first of its kind to use these metallic materials for total hip replacement surgery.

The DePuy ASR was recalled by DePuy Orthopaedics in 2010 after a staggering amount of data confirmed the high failure rate of the implant. Many people experienced extreme discomfort within the first five years that the hip was installed. When undergoing an arthroplastic surgery like a total hip replacement, doctors are liable to make mistakes like misaligning the ball and socket. This misalignment can cause unnecessary wear to the implanted material as well as post-operative dislocation of the joint. However, many people that suffered as a result of being implanted with the DePuy hip experienced pain because of the product’s defective design, not medical negligence. Because the product’s design is flawed, there have been hundreds of lawsuits filed by individuals who have been hurt due to faulty implants.

Many doctors and researchers mention that the metallic material of the implant is not conducive to the surrounding sensitive tissue. As the muscle and tissue surrounding the acetabulum and femoral head heals from surgery, it can often be aggravated by the DePuy ASR metal shavings. The cobalt and chromium technology can increase metal ion levels in the patient’s bloodstream. Patients that have been fortunate enough to not need numerous surgeries after injuries related to the DePuy ASR are encouraged to make annual appointments with their orthopaedic physician in order to measure blood levels and check on the condition of the hip implant.

7 Forms of Reckless Driving

Reckless DriverCar accidents are one of the top causes of injuries and fatalities in the United States.  Unfortunately, most car accidents are the result of reckless driving behaviors.  These behaviors are easily preventable, but many drivers do not feel the need to give traffic laws their due attention and respect.  But when a reckless driver injures an innocent person, that victim might be left with more than just physical injuries.  He or she might also be facing serious financial burdens, which could come with the medical attention necessary for treating injuries.

There are many different kinds of reckless driving, all of which could cause significant damage to anyone involved.  Some forms of reckless driving are seen more often than others.  For instance, seven forms of reckless driving that injure many people every year include:

1. Speeding
2. Tailgating
3. Drunk Driving
4. Running Stop Signs
5. Running Red Lights
6. Not Using Turn Signals
7. Not Yielding

These dangerous behaviors can be extremely hazardous for innocent people who are forced to share the road with reckless drivers.  Any accident lawyer would tell you that you might actually qualify for financial compensation if you have been victimized by a reckless driver.  While this compensation might not cover all of your costs, depending on how high they are, it is possible that it will do so, and it might even exceed your financial need.

There are many other kinds of reckless driving, and this is such a broad term that it encompasses a lot of different behaviors.  The point that many people need to retain, though, is that they should always investigate their options if they have been affected by a reckless driver, even if this means just educating oneself about potential compensation for which they may qualify.

Things To Know About Tort Litigation

Accidents oftentimes occur in places you would least expect: in totally familiar places; in seemingly non-threatening environments; in well-sanitized places, or even in hospitals. Oftentimes, it is not a question of how carefully you act or move about, but rather of how well others keep and maintain the places where you go.

From a simple slip to a serious bodily injury or, even worse, wrongful death – these are just a few of the harms you can suffer due to others’ carelessness or negligence. To you, the injury victim, regardless of the gravity of the injury, there is always the possibility of medical expenses and, sometimes, economic losses (loss of capacity to earn, for instance) that you need to face.

Due to these sudden and undeserved financial burdens, the law allows personal injury victims to file for a claim to get compensation for all their injury-related losses and expenses. There are actually different types of accidents and injuries that fall under the classification of personal injury wherein a personal injury lawyer can help you file a case and fight for your right for compensation. Some of these are:

  • – Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • – Construction Accidents
  • Car Accidents
  • – Injuries due to Product Liability
  • – Injuries due to Premises Liability
  • – Injuries due to Medical Malpractice
  • – Burn or Explosion Injuries
  • – Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • – Wrongful Death

Many personal injury cases fall under the rubric of tort law – a civil (rather than a criminal) act, one which can be filed as a lawsuit. Though the tort law protects the rights of the victim, it does not tolerate abuse to the liable party when it concerns the amount of compensation the latter has to give. Determining the amount of damages you can ask from the liable party, as well as determining if your case merits a claim, can be done with the least trouble through the assistance of a personal injury lawyer who is highly trained in the realm of Tort law and experienced in trial proceedings.

Save yourself from financial worries over medical needs and economic losses. If your injury is due to someone else’s negligence, call a personal injury lawyer and fight for your rights for compensation.