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We Are Advocates For The Injured

TOGETHER WE MUST PUSH FOR CHANGE

Welcome to Periscope Group. You’re here looking for answers and you’ve come to the right place.

Our purpose is simple: we provide support, education and if needed, we can connect you to legal counsel for those that have been injured by an unsafe drug or medical device. We’ve worked with too many patients over the past three decades whose lives have been turned upside down as a result of an unsafe drug or device. We’ve witnessed countless people who have experienced extreme pain and suffering, are unable to work, and have had to watch medical bills pile up while trying to get their lives back on track. It’s frightening and there are very few resources to turn to.

We know that as an individual, standing up to big pharmaceutical companies that gamble with people’s lives and livelihoods is scary; it seems like an impossible battle to win. However, when we join together, we have power. We have helped hundreds of thousands of consumers understand what caused their injuries and facilitated their path to financial settlement.

We believe that the situation our clients find themselves in is a symptom of a bigger problem – we lack proper checks and balances on the drugs and devices available for treatment. Because of this sad reality, we work with not only the injured and their families, but also advocacy groups and lobbyists to fight for patient rights and push for change. We passionately believe the solution to fixing this problem needs to be a collaborative effort among patients, their families, advocates, and legal counsel.

And let’s address “legal counsel” and the view that these types of cases are “frivolous”, “without merit”, and a “way for greedy lawyers to make a lot of money”.

Fact is that I have worked with lawyers for three decades, and like any industry, there are some really great lawyers that are in it for the right reasons – and some that are in it for the wrong reasons and should not be in this space. Welcome also to the Financial Sector, Politics, Journalism and the list goes on. Unfortunately it’s not just the legal space.

But without the qualified lawyers that specialize in defective drugs and products that help consumers, there would be no one fighting for them at all. So even if the lawyers get a fee at the end, they don’t get paid unless they get a successful settlement of verdict for you, which is why these cases are contingency based only.

And while lawyers may not always win a popularity contest, they also aren’t killing anyone for profit either. So at the end of the day, drug and defective device companies are running amok on our health for profit, even if it means disabling and killing countless consumers a year, because money is apparently more important than safety or our health.

Please focus on THAT being the problem – not the lawyers.

There is nothing wrong with making money. Being profitable is a good thing, but when it is more important than people’s lives and their families, make no mistake, THAT is the problem – AND there is nothing frivolous about a family’s or individuals pain and suffering when it does hit close to home.

I have seen both sides of this for 30 years and as frustrating as the system can be, the worst part is we live in these United States and there are health crimes happening every day in this country. It appears that the biggest white-collar pushers of drugs are our own publicly traded companies and seem to be beyond the law. There is no deterrent for them like jail time, or having their golden parachutes taken away, nor do their boards of directors seem to be stepping in, as they should. It’s a “trickle down” systematic problem.

So no matter how you feel about lawyers, when they are on your side and you need them, they are an essential part of the legal ecosystem and we have been lucky enough to cultivate a group of really great ones that are in this for the right reasons, financial model or not.

The pain is real. The loss of income, job, health care, love and living is real. So lets all focus on the end game here.

You know the old saying, “Don’t hate the players, hate the game”.  We all hate the game and that consumers are so exposed, but it takes so much money, time and resources for people to fight back at a time when people are sick and need help. Consumers are not road kill but we’re being treated as such. That is the problem right now and we CAN’T address health care in this country until we address the FDA, how drugs are put on the market, vetted and mass marketed as well as why there are no consequences except monetary settlements which the drug companies control and dole out as they please.

We must all ask for help when we need to and shouldn’t be penalized by our doctors, employers, or drug and device companies when that time comes.

That’s why Together we must push for change before things like Opioid Addiction, Bad Products like the Transvaginal Mesh which was put in millions of women, and SO many other areas we talk about on this site before even more people are harmed.

We must demand better warnings and drug and device updates that clearly and thoroughly protect the consumer. We must ensure rigorous drug and device testing. Most of all, we must advocate for meaningful settlements so that these companies know we mean business. The legal system, FDA and pharmaceutical companies have created a complex maze that is almost impossible for the consumer to navigate… but our team of experts has the knowledge, compassion and determination to partner with you on this journey.

If you need help, you just don’t know how to begin, or have basic questions, please email us at info@periscopegroup.com or call us at toll free 800-511-3838. I look forward to hearing from you.


Jennifer Banmiller

Founder

Periscope Group is an organization dedicated to helping people facing injustice due to drug complications or device failures. We are here to advocate for you, provide the resources to educate you, and get you to the finish line.

Our mission is to provide timely information, resources, and introductions to compassionate, reputable legal counsel when people’s lives and livelihoods are at stake. As we connect with new clients in tough times, our aim is to hear their stories, offer support, and advocate for their rights. Armed with a wealth of legal and product knowledge, we are extremely well prepared to help people stand up to corporate wrongdoings that have impacted their health and way of life. As long as we’re around, big pharmaceutical companies cannot silence the injured.

Offering information, resources, advocacy, and a connection to compassionate legal counsel

Information and Resources
We help you further understand your injuries and how to get healthy.

Access to Legal Counsel
We help you gain unique access to a network of trusted legal representatives that will work with you to gain financial settlement for your losses when possible.

Advocacy
Periscope Group has worked for over 20 years in health advocacy. We stay abreast of the latest medical complications to inform the public of wrongdoing and petition congressional representatives for scalable change.

Helping patients connect the dots and cross the finish line

 

This industry is a maze. It can be hard to connect the dots between the product you used, your injuries, and the right next steps. We offer a step-by-step understanding of this process online and with our advocates by phone.

[Periscope Group] helped me so much with what I was going through. [They] helped me get more treatment for my injuries and are helping me to get my medical bills and treatments covered by the manufacturers in the settlement.

Amy C
Utica, NY

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How Could I Get Cancer from My Blood Pressure Medication?

On January 3, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted an updated notice to consumers explaining that Torrent Pharmaceuticals was expanding its recall to eight (8) additional lots of its high blood pressure medication Losartan. This recall is a continuation of what started over the past summer on July 27, 2018. The FDA initially warned that certain batches of the high blood pressure drug Valsartan had been contaminated with the chemical N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). To date, there have been numerous recalls issued to multiple manufacturers of these specific high blood pressure drugs.

To date, there have been numerous recalls of popular high-blood-pressure drugs—sourced internationally from dubious manufacturers. How can you really trust the source of your drugs?

The FDA’s recall this past July came after 22 other countries issued recalls involving 2,300 valsartan batches sent to Germany, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, France, Poland, Croatia, Lithuania, Greece, Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bahrain and Malta.

Based on additional findings by the FDA, the NDMA contained in these recalled products was manufactured by a company in China called Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals.

NDMA is known to cause cancer as well as liver damage. The FDA believes “the NDMA is related to changes in the way the active substance was manufactured” and that “some levels of impurity may have been in the valsartan containing products for as long as four years.”  

The recall itself is frightening. The folks taking these medications are already dealing with cardiovascular issues and high-blood pressure. Plus, how many people in this country understood at the time they were given their prescriptions that the drugs they were ingesting were being manufactured or had traveled all over the world from places like Israel, India, or even China.

Let’s say, for example, you live in a small rural community in the Midwest. Like so many other people in this country, you suffer from high-blood pressure. You’ve tried changing your diet, you’ve been exercising regularly, and you’ve tried anti-anxiety therapies as well. After exhausting numerous options to bring down your blood pressure, your doctor finally tells you it’s time to get on some medication. So, that’s what you do. Over the next year or two, you get your blood pressure under control and feel like your life is back to normal. Then the FDA issues the recall this past July and you find out that the medication you’ve been taking to manage your blood pressure was contaminated with a potentially cancer-causing ingredient. Also, it came from China.  

This Valsartan and Losartan recall speak to a bigger issue we all currently face when we take a prescription drug or have a medical device implant. Where exactly are all of these prescription drugs or medical devices being manufactured or sent before we ingest them or have them implanted in our bodies?

A pharmaceutical consulting group called Evaluate recently issued a report this past June predicting where global pharmaceutical sales would be by 2024. After conducting exhaustive research with the world’s leading 7,000 pharmaceutical and biotech companies, the report concluded that, globally,total prescription sales are expected to be $1.2trn in 2024.

Similarly, this past April, a research consulting group called Lucintel conducted a similar study to the global medical device market. The results from that study predicted enormous amounts of future sales across the world: “the global medical device market is expected to reach an estimated $409.5 billion by 2023.”

Yes, it may be our local doctor in our local community who is giving the prescription. Yes, it may be a local surgeon who performed our medical device implant surgery. We may know the doctor, but what do we know about the pill(s) they prescribe us or the medical device(s) they implant us with? Even scarier, given the fact that so many prescriptions were issued for these contaminated high-blood pressure medications, how much information do your healthcare providers have as well?  

 

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Essure has Been Removed From the Market. What is the FDA Doing to Monitor Patients?

As of December 31, 2018, Bayer voluntarily removed its Essure birth control medical device from the market due to lagging sales and the controversies surrounding it’s safety. However, just because it’s no longer an active product on the market doesn’t mean the the FDA is putting this issue to rest. There are several ways that the FDA intends to stay informed concerning patient health and monitor postmarket safety. If you have an Essure implant, here’s some important information to be aware of.

Essure has Been Removed From the Market. What is the FDA Doing to Monitor Patients?

Why Did Bayer Take Essure Off the Market?

Essure was fast-tracked through the FDA in 2002 and by 2015 had over 15,000 adverse reports filed in the U.S. alone. This paperwork involved patients and doctors reporting medical complaints and complications. These problems included allergic reactions to nickel which led to autoimmune disorders, the coil-like device breaking apart and moving to other parts of the body where they punctured and sliced organs, and possibly even being linked to patient and fetus deaths. In 2016, the FDA required that Bayer – the makers of Essure – conduct a mandatory clinical study on the product, add a warning to the label, AND create a patient checklist listing all of the risks that have been associated with this specific birth control device. Over a million devices were sold worldwide before 2015. After this new protocol, sales dropped by 70 percent in the U.S. Bayer said in a public statement, “Our decision to discontinue sales is for business reasons, and not for any safety or efficacy concerns about Essure.

Will the FDA Monitor This Off-Market Implant?

Yes. While the FDA may have approved Essure too quickly for market, they are at least trying to monitor some of the complications left in the wake of this dangerous medical device. Remember that mandatory study that the FDA required of Bayer back in 2016? The FDA is ensuring that Bayer finishes this study with a few new guidelines:

  • Instead of monitoring the patients in the study for just three years, the time period has increased to five years. “This extension will provide us with longer-term information on adverse risks of the device, including issues that may lead women to have the device removed,” explained FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.
  • One common complaint involving these patients included symptoms associated with inflammation and autoimmune diseases. This could very well be allergic reactions to the nickel that is found in these medical devices. Studies have shown that approximately 15% of women are allergic to nickel. (When you consider that around 1 million women had an Essure implant, that’s 150,000 who are struggling from just this one complication. Also, consider that testing wasn’t done to see if these patients were allergic to nickel BEFORE they were implanted with it!)

The FDA is requiring additional blood tests for the women in the study to track inflammation against inflammatory markers to analyze their symptoms with allergic reactions.

  • “The FDA is also requiring Bayer to continue to enroll patients who might still opt to receive Essure in advance of its full discontinuation from the U.S. market, and to continue to submit more frequent reports to the FDA on the study’s progress and results,” Gottlieb said.
  • The FDA has stated that they will continue to monitor the performance of Essure in women and will make interim study results and updates available on their Essure Postmarket Surveillance Study page.

What Should You Do If You Have an Essure Implant?

If you have an Essure implant and aren’t experiencing intense lower back or pelvic pain, fatigue, brain fog, painful intercourse, heavy periods, and other symptoms, then the FDA advises that you leave your implant in place. Listen to your body and educate yourself on the signs to be aware of if something should unfortunately go wrong. However, if you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to your doctor right way. He or she may discuss various options with you so that you can take back control of your health.

 

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“F.D.A. Panel Weighs Complaints on Essure Contraceptive Implant”. The New York Times. Accessed January 17, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/health/fda-panel-discusses-essure-contraceptive-implant.html
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“FDA Announces Safety Monitoring for Essure”. WebMD.  Accessed January 17, 2019. https://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/news/20181224/fda-announces-safety-monitoring-for-essure

Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

Periscope Group is not owned by or operated on behalf of any attorney or law firm. We are not affiliated with any drug or medical device companies. We do not host advertisements nor do we accept advertising requests. We are here to help YOU, the consumer, become better educated and supported. You pay absolutely nothing for our help. It’s as simple as that.

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