Defective Drug & Pharmaceutical Litigation Lawyer
Defective drugs and over-the-counter medications can cause life-changing side effects. Large pharmaceutical
companies often rush new drugs into the marketplace.
Some medications are sold despite lack of proper testing or a comprehensive analysis of potential side effects.
In some cases, it is discovered that drug
companies knew of possible adverse reactions that they did not disclose to the public. As drug manufacturers
rake in profits, the consumers are left with
serious medical conditions with which they may have to deal for the rest of their lives. When drug companies
manufacture and distribute dangerous products, it
is important that they are held responsible for their wrongdoing.
Many drugs are allowed in the marketplace despite having known, inherent dangers. Some may even be defective
drugs. Drugs that have negative consequences that
outweigh their effectiveness are often recalled. In the year 2009, the FDA reported over 1,742 drug recalls. A
significant number of those recalls were related
to manufacturing lapses, a low quality of raw materials, defective labeling and contamination.
All drugs have the potential to cause harm, but certain popular medications are known for adverse side effects
and negative consequences. Some of the most
dangerous drugs that have been recently involved in pharmaceutical litigation include:
It has long been known that this powerful acne
medication can cause liver damage and birth defects, but it has only become apparent in recent years that
teenagers on Accutane can suffer psychiatric
distress, depression and suicidal thoughts.
Powder: Talcum Powder is often used as baby
powder to prevent rashes and to get rid of moisture and friction in the genital area. However, recent evidence
shows that continued use of talcum powder over
4 years can significantly increase one's risk of ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson has hundreds of cases
brought against them for allowing their dangerous
products to continue to be sold.
blood thinner used to prevent blood clots in the
lungs and to prevent strokes. It has several other uses but the side effects have been linked to
uncontrollable bleeding causing death in some patients. Once
major internal hemorrhaging begins, there is no known cure to fix it, and the bleeding can be fatal.
anti nausea medication that was illegally
marketed off label to pregnant women, who gave birth to deformed babies.
Therapy: Low Testosterone Therapy
is administered either by pill or injection, and is used to increase testosterone levels in men to treat
symptoms such as depressions, decreased muscle mass,
low sex drive, and erectile dysfunction. These treatments however come with a high risk of heart attack,
stroke, and blood clots, despite being marketed as
Cipro: Cipro (Ciprofloxacin), along with others in the same class of antibiotics -
fluoroquinolones, is often used to treat respiratory and
urinary tract infections. However, use of fluoroquinolones has been accompanied by an increased risk of
tendinitis and tendon rupture, especially in those who
are over 60 or who already have tendon inflammation. The likelihood increases if the patient is on concomitant
steroid therapy or has received an organ
transplant. The huge influx of tendon rupture reports after taking Cipro pushed the FDA to demand that all
fluoroquinolones carry "black box warning" on the
packaging about the dangers of tendon ruptures while taking the medicine.
Levaquin: Levaquin, like Ciprofloxacin, is another drug in the fluoroquinolones family.
Levaquin also increases the risk of tendinitis and
tendon rupture, especially in the achilles tendon. Levaquin has also led to a disorder called "Stevens-Johnson
Syndrome," a skin disorder that originally
starts with flu-like symptoms, but develops into rashes and blisters when cell death leads to the separation
of the epidermis and the dermis skin layers.
Plavix: Plavix prevents the platelets in the blood from clotting and is usually prescribed to
patients who have had a recent heart attack or
stroke, to prevent their blood from coagulating and causing more health issues. Unfortunately, taking Plavix
comes with an increased risk of gastrointestinal
and cerebral hemorrhaging, both of which can be life threatening. Plavix also increases the risk of Thrombotic
Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a disorder where
microscopic blood clots form and damage internal organs, often leading to neurological symptoms and kidney
failure at the worst.
Reglan: Reglan (Metoclopramide) is prescribed to treat heartburn when other heartburn
medications haven't worked. It does this by increasing
muscle contractions in the digestive tract, which then helps the stomach empty into the intestines, thereby
preventing stomach acid from regurgitating into
the esophagus. Reglan also has a potential side effect of causing Tadrive Dyskinesia disorder - a neurological
disorder that causes repetitive involuntary
movements like eye twitching or sticking the tongue out, as well as rapid arm or leg movement. In some cases,
these symptoms persist indefinitely after Reglan
use is discontinued.
Zometa: Zometa is a biophosphonate - a class of drug used to treat both high levels of
calcium in the blood usually caused by cancer, and
osteoperosis for postmenopausal women. Zometa and other Biophosphonates also has a high number of potential
dangerous side-effects, including Osteonecrosis of
the Jaw (Dead Jaw Syndrome), femur fractures, esophageal cancer, and atrial fibrillation.
Zantac and Ranitidine: Zantac is a hugely popular heartburn medication, sold over the counter and
prescribed by doctors in the U.S. It has been available since the 1980s and is
used to treat ulcers, acid reflux, and more. Zantac is the brand name for the drug ranitidine, which is also
sold in generic form. However, in 2020 a full
recall was ordered on Zantac and ranitidine products, after a dangerous impurity was discovered in the
medications. They have the potential to cause a variety
of cancers to develop in users.
If you've been a victim of any of the side effects from these drugs, read on to see if you have a case!
If you've experienced more medical problems from any of the above drugs, you may be able to seek support through
pharmaceutical litigation. There are a number of
factors that will determine whether or not you have a case:
- Were you using the drug as prescribed? Failing to follow the directions listed can hurt your chances of
Were you taking the medication for the right reasons? Taking a drug for purposes not approved by the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) limits your legal
Did you experience an adverse reaction that was not noted on the packaging? This is why it is important to ask
your doctor about the possible side effects of
drugs and to read
warning labels before taking
a new drug.
Have you suffered financial or physical losses because you took the drug? Have you required medical attention or
missed work because of your reaction to the
drug? These are the types of losses that can be covered through litigation.
Did the drug company knowingly fail to notify consumers and doctors of the possible side effects? That is a form
of negligence that can make them liable for
It is necessary and important to expose drug companies when they knowingly put consumers in danger. Furthermore,
pharmaceutical litigation is often the only way
for injured victims to receive the justice and financial support they need. Unsafe medications can cause severe
medical conditions such as heart attacks, strokes,
liver damage, bone density issues and even death. A successful lawsuit against a drug manufacturer can result in
financial compensation for all of the resulting
medical bills and other related damages suffered by victims and their families.
There are legal options available for victims of dangerous drugs. If you are experiencing unforeseen side effects,
please contact your doctor right away. It may
be advisable to preserve the remaining prescription drugs and to keep records of the losses you have suffered
since becoming ill. Check the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) web site to see if the drug you were given
has been the subject of a recall or warning.
The experienced California pharmaceutical litigation lawyers at Bisnar Chase have represented those who have been
seriously injured as the result of defective
drugs. We have what it takes to fight against large corporations and help injured victims and their families
secure fair and full compensation for their
significant losses. Please contact us at 949-203-3814 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.
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