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Has anyone sued Sculptra or the doctor who injected it?

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  • 5 years ago

Sculptra frequently causes permanent, hideous lumps (much worse than granulomas) and Dermik, the company that makes it, is well aware of it. Why then, are there no warnings about this common occurrence in any of their literature or on their website. I'm fuming about this

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I have had an allergic reaction from Sculptra for 2 years. Not only is my face swelling but my throat as well. Seems like this Sculptra can be life threatening for some people.
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Have you seen an allergist? You should be skin tested for a Sculptra alergy. I never heard of an allergy to Sculptra.
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Well, I just completed the medical malpractice trial against James R Miller for injecting sculptra under my eyes while I was unconscious without obtaining written informed consent. He told me it was very safe and told me of no warnings. He told the jury he gave me verbal warnings and obtained verbal consent. He hired an expert Patricia Fox, plastic surgeon to tell the jury that verbal consent is within the standard of care for placing a class 3 medical deice in a persons face specifically where the manufacturer says not to place it. Ethics anyone ???? The jury believed them. My experts said written informed consent was the standard of care but they chose to side with the handsome smooth talking physician who performed a perverse experiment on my face. Shameful.
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These doctors and sculptra makers need to pay. They're gettig rich while people suffer.
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By the way I also have Sculptra in me. But do not inject no in anesthetized people without a permit.
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My attorney said battery would have applied but the statute of limitations is one year and I missed that.
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Dr. Apesos, I wonder if I were your sister, what you think my next steps should be? I am going to fork out the money for the trial transcript. I wanted to file a complaint with the ASPS and the AMA about both physicians. Being an expert witness is considered practicing medicine. I am working with propublica patient harm group to share my experience. I am also working with some other patient safety groups. There were many actions taken that day that were below the standard of care. Do you think the ASPS and the AMA would take this seriously?
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I need to know who was the expert witness for your point of view? Yesm the AMA and especially the ASPS will take you seriously.
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The Juvederm can be removed with an injection of a dissolving solution, and then the Sculptra which is in the wrong place can be isolated and surgically removed.
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He was a prof at Yale med school I PS with a practice and a charitable foundation. Also a subsequent treating PS. I will proceed with the complaint.
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Also all the questions I put out, two of them got answered. WAY, because they don't know....
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Yeah none of my sculptra questions got answered. I actually went to the dr for a juvederm complication fr somewhere else. Dr said sculptra would help repair my skin because it was natural and would produce more collagen. Well now I have pain and discoloration to go along w the lumps of juvederm.
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The biggest mystery product for the century, because no one knows enough about it or what it can do e.t.c....
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Funny.... I hear all different things about what Sculptra is made of. The RN that trains people in Sculptra told me no reactions have been recorded and she also said it's made of corn, corn what you better be kidding me and you are a trainer for ALLERGAN wow. By the way a lot of people have corn allergies, but that's not what Sculptra is
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Has anyone experienced long term pain at the injection site and delayed skin discoloration? Is this permanent? I am worried I have an infection and permanent pigmentation but I haven't been able to find a doctor to treat this condition. I am currently on allergy pills which don't seem to be helping.
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I have had the long term reaction. In addition to the individual balls or strings of balls (granulomas) under the skin, I had a very dark almost black/blue appearance occur in some areas show through from under the skin. The competent Dr. told me this was hyperpigmentation from chronic inflammation. I am now 6 years post sculptra and the discoloration that was at its worst around years 2-4 has faded to a large degree. The collagen build up has only recently shrunk a bit leaving lax skin from where it was stretched out by the overabundance of fibrotic scar reaction to the sculptra. I have never had hypertrophic scarring but this is basically what sculptra causes in some people because the injurious particles of sculptra remain. There are still regions where the sculptra collagen (scar) pads are unsightly and it changes unevenly. I still have flares of inflammation because the polyester particles have not fully degraded and nobody knows when or if they will fully degrade. I have had multiple surgeries to attempt to improve the situation and remove some balls, but I look so much worse than I did before sculptra and it is not due to the passage of time. This has been 6 years of hiding and tinted glasses and loss of confidence, loss of health. But to give you some hope for your future, the very discolored areas have faded and the material that could not be surgically removed has deminished. The balls remain and my flares are less frequent. Sculptra is way too dangerous to be injected into peoples faces and the false statements about what it is and how it works made by people who claim to be experts are shockingly inaccurate.
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I'm having my FIFTH hand surgery on 11 Jan 2014 making a total of 27 incisions! My hands have been ruined. I have never got any compensation. I am in the UK. I tried contacting Sculptra in the UK and they weren't interested at all and blamed the person doing it. If anyone has ever sued in the UK please let me know!
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They only pay attention to lawyers "we do not deal with threats of litigation". Can you hire an attorney to file a product liability civil action? There are several people in the states who have had some degree of success with product liability litigation against Sanofi Aventis. The dirty deal details are kept secret and certainly you can never be compensated for the damage but some $ would help to pay for the reconstruction and maybe some nice gloves. Since my doctor did everything wrong with this device without even having a consent from from me, it was medical malpractice. Still I would think that the device manufacturer has some liability for their product. I do not know how things work in the UK but I know that in Canada it is much easier to sue than in the US. Good Luck David. Make them blink if you can because they will never feel your pain. They are one of the largest multinational drug companies on the planet with an army of lawyers. You never signed up for this risk and no sane person informed of this risk would take it.
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10 years in Europe is not long enough to know what can happen down the line. Some countries in Europe stopped using this. Q med been developing fillers for over 25 years with safe Products, good track records.
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You are so right, never trust Europe. Especially about silicone breast implants.
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So many other beautiful products on the market that can be reversed and dissolved if a problem comes up. Way not push that and stay with that. France is not known for any kinds of fillers, it's not there specialties in any way. Country to stay a way from when it comes to this.
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Interesting is. No comments from Doctors. When asked way if you Dr don't really know what this product Sculptra can do, still use it. That is scary. Play with people's life. Shameful
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