Women are so often the caretakers and the “doers” within the family. We can also be fierce warriors – unafraid to fight back to defend ourselves and our families from harm.
We make sure that everyone is safe, healthy, and happy, and if something needs to be done to take care of the kids or family, you can count on us to do it – and fast. That’s, ahem, true even though the majority of moms in the U.S. work outside the home and still do an astronomical bulk of the house-cleaning.
In a lot of ways, women are like the foundation that holds the whole family together, the glue that keeps our families in place.
Every little success and milestone in the family – from our spouse’s new job to our child’s first basketball score – can be traced back to us, because we keep the family together, giving our family the constant love and care (in addition to just about every other thing) it needs to grow.
Kind of like spring – you know, the month where the ice melts, the rain starts to pour and flowers receive all they need to bloom.
Without March, we‘d have no cherry blossom trees in our nation‘s capital… and without women, our nation would have a very different history.
Just like mothers fought for their families (and sometimes even advocated in front of Congress and in court), there have been countless women in our nation’s history who have fought for what’s right and pushed the wins we needed to get the freedom we enjoy today.
Women may still be fighting for important issues of equality like fair pay and family leave… but we can vote, we can stand up when we’ve been physically or emotionally abused by a loved one, and we have reproductive rights that help us make sure we can start a family only when we’re ready.
A lot is left to be done, sure, but there’s a lot to celebrate, too. Much like women’s health when it comes to pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
We have accomplished a lot.
For example, women are increasingly being included in drug safety study trials (although the inclusion may still not be anywhere near equal).
But we’re not going to sleep soundly until we stand up for all women and their rights to a safe, equal, and sound pharmaceutical industry that respects women’s health equally to men’s. We’ve said it before: Women are disproportionally harmed by pharmaceutical devices and implants when compared to men.
Here are some of the most dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and devices affecting women’s health that are still being prescribed or implanted today during surgeries:
Depakote is a drug that is used to treat epilepsy and the manic stage of bipolar disorder. Many pregnant women were told the drug was safe to take during pregnancy even though Depakote may have serious associated risks including birth defects.
Unfortunately, women are victims of faulty and dangerous “pharmaceutical advertising” all the time – and especially pregnant women. Which is why we have also begun representing women who had children with birth defects after taking Zofran.
Zofran is a very popular anti-nausea medication that was marketed as being safe for pregnant women and their babies, even though it also has alarming associated risks of birth defects. Often, mothers who took both Depakote and Zofran were wrongly informed that the drugs posed no dangers to their child.
Now for the scary — and, really, unbelievable — medical devices being used today.
Power Morcellators are a surgical device used in hysterectomies and fibroid removals. Surgery using morcellators may cause women to develop hard-to-diagnose, late-stage cancers. The surgical device is popular even though there are older, and potentially much safer options already on the market. Often, women were not warned of the associated risks pre-surgery, and may not even have received the necessary medical screens to detect underlying cancers.
Transvaginal Mesh is a medical insert that is often implanted in women who suffered urinary incontinence and has associated risks including perforation of the body and erosion of the implant, both causing severe pain, infections and even debilitation. Again, most women were never told of the risks – instead, the life-ruining device was marketed as being a safe and easy “one piece” kit that would allow women to recover post-surgery in no time.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of what women face today when they fill their prescriptions and submit to a surgeon’s scalpel.
And there’s one more catch. Women are also disproportionally judged in our healthcare system for “making up” their ailments or having “emotional problems” instead of physical ones. We’re thinking of you, the women who have been hurt by fluoroquinolone antiboitic toxicity!
At Baron & Budd, we’ve found that fighting back through lawsuits against the manufactures is one of the few options we have to exercise our rights as citizens to protect ourselves and our loved ones from dangerous — and often harmful — pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
After all, it is Women’s History Month. What better time than now for women (and the men who love them) to stand up for themselves and their families and fight back.