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You Matter

Your life is busy. You work hard to take care of your family and friends, but even in this busy world where the demands are high and the stress is higher, there is one thing we want you to know: YOU MATTER.

You have a voice, you have rights and you have the power to change what is wrong in this world. At Periscope Group, you are our priority. You have a story to tell, and we are eager to hear it. You are not one of the crowd. You are not a number or a dollar sign. You are a person with a life worth living full of hopes, dreams and memories to be made. We see you as an individual and we’re here to help you on your life’s journey towards health and wellness.

You Have Rights

Sometimes we can feel like fighting for justice is impossible. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is federally regulated, is grossly understaffed and isn’t carefully monitoring products put on the market, the pharmaceutical companies which are created to heal our bodies many times are making us sicker and the legal counsel that we hire many times has their hands tied because of the lengthy litigation game that the pharmaceutical companies force them to play.

We know the system isn’t working like it should, but big business and a faulty government cannot take your rights from you. You have a right to know what goes into your body. You have a right to choose the best medical options for your conditions. You have a right to speak out when a company puts dollars ahead of your well being. At Periscope Group, we are here to help you defend your rights. Find out more in our free eBook:

You’re Not Alone

If you or a loved one has had medical complications due to a faulty device or problematic medication, you are not alone. You are not alone in feeling scared, angry or helpless. You are not alone in feeling overwhelmed by the complicated maze of the legal system. You are not alone in your confusion in trying to figure out what medical and legal terms mean.

You may feel like no one knows the pain, suffering and stress that comes with illness, but Periscope Group understands what you are going through. For the past 25 years we have helped people just like you who didn’t know where to turn. We know that it seems impossible to go up against big pharmaceutical companies and we know that lawyers won’t always win a popularity contest, but without their help, the average person wouldn’t have access to the legal system. At Periscope Group, we strive to be different. Our number one priority is you. We’re here to help you live the fullest life possible. That may mean guiding you towards legal representation, giving tips on health and wellness or sharing stories of hope and healing. We are here to partner with you towards the goal of living a healthy life.

Your voice counts

There’s a line from a popular movie that says, “I feel like I’m standing in the middle of a crowded room, screaming at the top of my lungs, and no one even looks up."

Have you ever felt that way? There’s so much noise from the media, so many demands from our daily lives and so many issues in the world that we feel like even if we do speak out, no one will hear us.

You do have a voice, and your voice counts. You have the power to be heard and we will help equip you with the tools to make an impact. From signing petitions to writing your legislator to filing a claim against a pharmaceutical company, we will help to equip and empower you every step of the way. Our mission is to help you for one simple reason: change needs to happen. For the past 25 years we have seen lives destroyed and families broken because of debilitating medical devices and dangerous drugs. One voice alone isn’t going to rock the system, but together our voices will make a mighty roar.

Are you ready to share your thoughts and feelings with your legislator? Click below to find your legislator’s contact information.

Want to sign one or all of the following petitions?

We truly believe that there is power in numbers. Click on the one(s) that speak to you.

You Are Your Best Advocate

Many times we are too scared to stand up for ourselves. “What if my doctor thinks I’m rude by asking too many questions?”  “What if I don’t know the right questions to ask and I get embarrassed?” “What if the answers I get are complicated and confusing?”

The scarier question is “What could happen if I don’t ask?”. Not knowing the answers could put your health at risk.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Periscope Group is here to help you be your best advocate.

Medical Records 

Always keep a copy of  your medical records in case a problem arises. If you don’t have yours, call your doctor’s office today. Every state has a different period for which doctors are required to hold on to patient records. Some states will toss them in as little as one year. Additionally, if you change your maiden name, your pharmacy merges with another company or your information somehow gets lost by the doctor’s office, you’ll always have a backup copy to protect yourself in unforeseen circumstances.

Detailed Reports 

Ask your doctor exactly what he or she is typing into your medical file to ensure your records are specific and accurate. For example, if you are being prescribed a medication, make sure that a detailed record of your ailment is described in your medical record.

Research Medical Devices

If you are having surgery with an implant, ask your doctor what type of implant is being used and research potential complications. Periscope Group has a list of injuries caused by dangerous medications and medical devices. If you don’t see yours listed, please contact  us and we will help you investigate.

Medication Use

Read up on all medications you are taking. When a doctor prescribes a medication for you, protect your health by asking:

  • Is this a new drug on the market?
  • How long has it been on the market?
  • Is it being used for my specific condition? Is this off label use? (For example, Vioxx was FDA approved to help arthritis but was given to patients to help with menstrual cramps. Vioxx was later linked to more than 27,000 heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths.)

If something does go wrong, speak out on your behalf. You need to be informed at every level and Periscope Group is here to help you navigate the waters of the medical and legal systems.

Your Stories

I had a vaginal mesh put in and I had problem after problem. I saw TV ads and news briefs on the problems so I went to my doctor. My doctor told me it wasn’t the right mesh and not to pursue it, but there was no way to fix me because the mesh had adhered to my tissue. I found out later it WAS the defective mesh and when I went back and asked for my medical records, I was dropped as a client. I felt alone. I have been in such severe pain and the doctor and manufacturer companies are supposed to protect us, not leave us for road kill. When I finally got to talk to the lawyer I felt so much better. They explained they don’t sue doctors (and it’s in the contract) and that the manufacturers who sold this knew how bad it was and put it in us anyway. They helped me so much with what I was going through, 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.

I have never had to get a lawyer for anything and really thought litigating wasn’t for me. But when I found out I had vaginal mesh in me that was never intended for my stress incontinence, that the manufacturers knew and had made billion selling it, I was outraged. When I found out it could never be fixed, I was devastated. No one was there to help me work through the doctors’ medical treatments and maybe future corrective surgery like my lawyer. I never thought I’d be a person to have to pursue this, but then again, I never thought I had everything taken from me: my health, job, husband, freedom and life as I knew it.

Please, as a plea from one woman to another, help yourself and help all of us. The more people demanding drug companies take responsibility, the more help and compensation we may be able to get because most of us have years and a lifetime of medical problems.

Share Your Story

Countless people every year experience life-altering injuries due to dangerous medical devices and high risk medications. Many times these people are enduring pain and suffering that they will need to manage for the rest of their lives. Or maybe they lost a loved one due to complications from an untested implant or the adverse effects from a risky drug. Even with these hardships, they are fighting for their rights. With the help of Periscope Group, they found the power to change from being victims to now being victors. Not only are they voicing their stories, but they are empowering others to challenge corrupt business and demand change concerning government regulations. They found their voice, defended their rights and made a difference.

So what’s your story? Tell us here.

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LATEST ARTICLES

FDA Approves 1000X Stronger Opioid in the Midst of Addiction Crisis

We’ve all heard about the Opioid Crisis and maybe you’ve even had your doctor reduce or halt your prescription of Vicodin, Percocet, or Tylenol with Codeine (to name a few) in recent years.

Ironically, as prescriptions are decreasing concerning this highly addictive medication, the FDA has just approved Dsuvia, an opioid that is five to 10 times stronger than fentanyl and 500 to 1000 times more powerful than morphine.

Doesn’t this seem counterproductive to solving this drug epidemic that plagues the U.S.?

FDA Approves 1000 X’s Stronger Opioid in the Midst of Addiction Crisis

What is Dsuvia?

Dsuvia is made by AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and is intended for “the management of acute pain severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and for which alternative treatments are inadequate,” explains Dr. Pamela Palmer, anesthesiologist and chief medical officer at AcelRx.

This new drug comes in pill form and is intended to dissolve under the tongue. Additionally, since it is such a potent medication, it’s only supposed to be distributed and monitored in medical settings to prevent drug abuse.

Other regulations include that a patient may only be on Dsuvia for 72 hours and the prescription will be required to have the same black-box warnings as all opioids concerning the risk of abuse, addiction, and overdose (but who reads a label when you’re admitted in a hospital?).

The Problem with Dsuvia

Opioid abuse has been rampant in the U.S. and offering a new opioid that is significantly stronger may only add fuel to the fire.

“It doesn’t seem reasonable to place another potent opioid on the market at this time, especially when we’re currently still writing 200 million prescriptions for opioids a year,” stated Dr. Raeford Brown, chair of the FDA advisory committee on analgesics and anesthetic drug products. “The need to put a drug like this on the market is not demonstrated.

The ability to manage that drug once it gets past the FDA is not demonstrated…. We know from looking at other potent opioids that have been put on the market in the last four years that once these drugs get past the FDA, there’s very little, if any, control over them, no matter what the sponsor says prior to the time they come on the market.”

More than 115 people die each day in the U.S. from an opioid overdose and opioid misuse costs our country approximately $78.5 billion a year. It seems obvious that offering a stronger drug will only create larger problems, especially when the FDA lacks the funding and manpower to perform post-market monitoring.

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“Amid deepening addiction crisis, FDA approves powerful new opioid”. CNN. Accessed November 5, 2018. https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/02/health/new-opioid-dsuvia-fda-approval-bn/index.html
“What is Dsuvia? What you should know about the new opioid drug that’s 10 times stronger than fentanyl”. ABC News. Accessed November 5, 2018. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/dsuvia-opioid-painkiller/story?id=58875487
“FDA ADVISORY COMMITTEE BRIEFING DOCUMENT”. FDA. Accessed November 5, 2018. https://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/Drugs/AnestheticAndAnalgesicDrugProductsAdvisoryCommittee/UCM622858.pdf
“Opioid Overdose Crisis”. National Institute on Drug Abuse. Accessed November 5, 2018. https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis

California’s Deadly Camp Fire: How To Receive Financial Support

Once again fires have ravaged California’s forests and have left a multitude of residents displaced. Acres have been destroyed, there is just a charred footprint where thousands of homes once existed, and residents are shocked and wondering how will they ever pick up the pieces to their now broken lives. And for the fourth time in 12 months, faulty electrical equipment has been linked to the devastation.

California’s Deadly Camp Fire: How To Receive Financial Support

While all of the fires in the past year have touched our hearts, “Camp Fire” has hit one of our own team members here at Periscope Group. Laura, the manager of our Call Center, has been busily gathering clothes, toiletries, and other essentials for her parents who lost their home in Paradise, CA. This is their story.

Chris and Jenny’s Story

Chris and Jenny bought their retirement dream home in July 2018 off of Pentz Road in Paradise, CA. Just months later, on November 8, Chris walked outside and quickly noticed that the fire was so close that he could see the smoke swirling at the base of the flames. Just ten minutes later, Chris and Jenny tossed two backpacks containing three days’ worth of clothes, the contents of their safe, their two dogs, and a two-drawer metal filing cabinet into their cars. Chris advised Jenny to “make sure your bumper is touching my bumper the whole way down.” Amidst ash, flames, and wind, they desperately hurried to escape the quickly moving firestorm. Jenny would later describe it as moving through a “Biblical hell.”

They escaped to Chico to find refuge with a relative only to be relocated later that night since the fire was quickly spreading. They moved on to stay with Chris’ aunt who lives in Live Oak.

On the Sunday after their escape, a next door neighbor who was a city official went on an escorted expedition to find out what remained of her home. To her shock and heartbreak, her home had been leveled by the fire along with all of the neighboring homes… including Chris and Jenny’s.

Chris and Jenny have decided not to rebuild. Paradise is unique as compared to some of the other California fire locations in that it’s more of a “mom and pop” type town. There are no big businesses that will start over and many people don’t have the resources to pick up where the fire left off.

Other than the few items that they piled in the car, Chris and Jenny are now left with nothing. Photographs, childhood memories, and their dreams of retiring in Paradise have been reduced to ash. The emotional devastation has been as painful as the physical one.

How Could This Happen… Again?

While Chris and Jenny’s story is upsetting, they are in no way alone in this struggle to rebuild. Three fires last year – Butte, Tubbs, and Thomas – caused hundreds of thousands of acres to be wiped out, cost hundreds of millions of dollars, destroyed over 8,000 structures (most were private homes), and 25 people died. The current Camp Fire exceeds even these tragic numbers. As of November 13, 6,522 residential structures and 260 commercial buildings have been destroyed, 120,000 acres have been burned, and 42 people have lost their lives making this the largest and deadliest fire in California history.

What else do these fires have in common? All of them have been linked to malfunctioning equipment owned by PG&E or Southern California Edison (SCE). In this recent Camp Fire, an Electric Safety Incident Report stated that, “On November 8, 2018, at approximately 0615 hours, PG&E experienced an outage on the Caribou-Palermo 115 kV Transmission line in Butte County. In the afternoon of November 8, PG&E observed by aerial patrol damage to a transmission tower on the Caribou-Palermo 115 kV Transmission line, approximately one mile north-east of the town of Pulga, in the area of the Camp Fire.”   

What Can You Do About It?

We know that if you’re in this situation, you’re probably feeling heartbroken, devastated, lost, confused, and so much more and we want to help. Our legal team has assisted countless people who have lost everything due to mass fires and they can sort through insurance forms and other crucial paperwork to get the funding owed to you. Call (800) 511-3838 or contact us to speak with our Call Center today (and you can even request to speak to Laura!). We want to help you in any way we can.

 


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Is Your Doctor on Probation? Most Patients Don’t Know

Most patients either call their doctor’s office or visit a website to make an appointment. We think about what health complaints we want to share, write down any questions we may have, and just hope that we don’t have to sit in the waiting room too long.

Is Your Doctor on Probation? Most Patients Don’t Know

However, have you ever consider if your doctor ever had to undergo disciplinary action for sexual misconduct or for improperly prescribing a drug? After all, if they committed a crime like this and caught, wouldn’t their medical license be taken away? Not necessarily. Is your doctor on probation for misconduct?

The New California Law

It’s horrible that so many women have been assaulted, but a plethora of good has come from the female Olympic athletes who spoke out against their team doctor and the women who voiced their stories in the #MeToo movement.

One example of progress can be found in the new California law enacted in September 2018 called the Patient Right to Know Act. This law states that physicians are required to inform patients when they were put on probation for harming those under their care. There is already a public directory in place that shares this information, but most patients are unaware of its existence (if your doctor is in California, you can look for your doctor’s name here. For other states, conduct a Google search that says, “how can I find out if my doctor is on probation in {your state here}?” The website for your medical board should appear.)

With this new law in place, physicians on probation after July 1, 2019, are required to alert clients about their status before an appointment.

Doctors may be put on probation for the following reasons:

  • Sexual misconduct against a patient
  • Drug abuse that can be harmful to patients
  • A criminal conviction which resulted in harm to patients
  • Inappropriate prescribing resulting in patient harm

“It’s never made sense that doctors have had to tell their insurance companies, hospitals and clinics when they are put on probation, but not the people who are most at risk — their patients,” stated Lee Harris, president of the Consumer Attorneys of California.

According to the LA Times, surgeons, osteopaths, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, podiatrists and acupuncturists are also bound by the new law.

The relationship between you and your doctor is important and you need to feel safe, heard, and cared for to receive the optimum care that you deserve. If you don’t feel this way about your doctor, it may be time to search for a new one. Furthermore, this only affects California. We think other states should follow their lead.

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“California doctors must tell patients if put on probation for sexual misconduct under new law”. LA Times. Accessed October 31, 2018. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-doctor-probation-law-20180920-story.html
“New Law Requires Doctors on Probation to Disclose Discipline to Patients”. NBC San Diego. Accessed October 31, 2018. https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/New-Law-Requires-Doctors-to-Disclose-Past-Discipline-to-Patients-493909811.html

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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