Defective drug lawsuits often are filed when you or a loved one may experience a severe side effect that you weren’t properly warned about or the drug was marketed in a misleading manner.
In most cases, the U. S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will determine that the defective drug or medical product may have serious side effects that place patients at risk of harm or even death. As a result of taking defective drugs, patients and family members may suffer great injury and hardship. One recourse you have is to file defective drug side effects lawsuit with an experienced lawyer.
Some Current Defective Drug Claims Include:
Zofran – This anti-nausea drug has been linked to a possible increased risk of birth injuries such as cleft palate and heart defects.
Viagra – Studies show that taking Viagra may increase the risk of developing the deadly skin cancer, melanoma.
Xarelto – Our Xarelto attorneys are now filing lawsuits alleging that using this anticoagulant has caused uncontrolled internal bleeding.
Benicar – There appears to be a link between taking this high blood pressure medication and severe intestinal problems that mimic celiac disease.
Risperdal – May cause an abnormal development of breasts (gynecomastia) in males. Manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson agreed in November, 2013 to pay over $2.2B in criminal and civil fines as a result of their improper marketing of Respirdal.
Lipitor – May cause type 2 diabetes in women. This commonly prescribed statin drug has been linked to an increase in diabetes.
GranuFlo Dialysate Concentrate – GranuFlo is prescribed for use in the treatment of acute and chronic renal failure during dialysis. GranuFlo is manufactured by German manufacturer, Fresenius (FMC). There have been reports of kidney patients suffering from cardioplumonary arrest and death shortly after undergoing dialysis treatment due to the incorrect dialysate concentration.
Depakote – There may be an increased risk of major birth defects among infants born to women that took Depakote during pregnancy such as neural tube closure defects. Other major birth defects such as craniofacial defects and cardiovascular malformations have been reported. Depakote may also adversely affect cognitive development in children born to women that took Depakote during their pregnancy.
Paxil – This SSRI antidepressant defective drug used to treat depression and obsessive compulsive disorder may also increase the risk of birth defects if taken during pregnancy, particularly structural birth defects such as spina bifida, cleft palates, heart defects and club feet.
Zoloft – Another SSRI drug linked to an increased risk of birth injury when taken during pregnancy.
Testosterone Products – Topical prescription testosterone products are being investigated for possibly causing heart attacks and strokes in men being treated for Low-T.
Defective Prescription Drugs Have Caused Serious Injury and Even Death!
Patients have suffered painful side effects like blood clots, brain injury and even wrongful death because of defective drugs. The experienced defective drug attorneys at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC understand the importance of helping victims of defective drugs and will fight aggressively to see that those affected will get the compensation they deserve. Act Fast to Protect Your Legal Rights.
The FDA Has Opened Defective Drug Side Effects Database to the Public
Recently, the FDA opened its extensive database of adverse reports to the public. You can know search through millions of reports of side effects caused by prescription drug use with this new initiative: 0penFDA. The records which cover the years between 2004 – 2013, have been voluntarily submitted by medical professionals, manufacturers, and consumers of the drugs. According to their website: “…OpenFDA is specifically designed to make it easier for developers, researchers, and the public to access and use the many large, important, health data sets collected by the agency.”
Some defective drugs cannot be stopped “cold turkey” and it is a good idea to discuss your course of treatment with your doctor. In addition if you do have an adverse reaction to any drug it is recommended that you report it to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program.
If you do develop a serious side effect as a result of any defective drug it is important that you speak with one of our experienced legal team members and they will help determine whether or not you have a valid claim against the drug manufacturer. Call us now at 855-776-5299 for your free evaluation.
FDA Recalls of Defective Drugs
A pharmaceutical company may voluntarily issue a defective drug recall due to problems either with the drug itself or with the packaging. If a recall is issued, follow the instructions given as to where to take your product for a replacement or contact your doctor for further instructions.
The FDA has jurisdiction over all drug recalls and safety alerts. When the FDA studies show that a drug may have a dangerous or deadly side effect, it issues a drug recall or “black box” label warning consumers about the risks associated with using the defective drugs. If you have taken or are taking any of the defective drugs that have been recalled by the FDA, it is best to first talk with your healthcare professional before taking any action.
Patients and doctors depend on the information provided by the drug manufacturers as to the safety of their drugs. In addition, the FDA may rely on the data provided by these companies to determine if a drug should be approved. Unfortunately, some pharmaceutical companies have failed to notify the FDA, physicians and, most importantly, consumers of risks taken when using their defective drugs.
Failure on the part of a drug manufacturer to properly inform patient of any side effects associated with one of its drugs is grounds for a lawsuit. If you believe you or a loved one has been harmed by any defective drugs, a defective drugs lawyer can help determine if you are entitled to compensation.
You may be entitled to compensation that will help you and your family’s recovery from the effects of defective drugs, but time is running out – you must act fast. Your case could be subject to what the law calls a “statute of limitations” – a permanent time limit on your defective drugs case – so act now! Call 855-776-5299 as soon as possible, or fill out the form on this page today for a free personal injury consultation.