Pharmaceutical companies comprise a titanic industry in this country, producing thousands of types of drugs and making billions of dollars in profits every year (consistently topping the annual Fortune 500 ranking of American industries). Although many of these drugs are successful in treating a variety of illnesses, not all pharmaceuticals products are safe. Over the past several years, a number of products have been recalled by manufacturers, or warnings issued, because of dangerous side-effects. Some of these defective drugs have caused serious injury, and even death. If you or a loved one has been injured, or has experienced negative side effects from pharmaceuticals, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries by consulting a defective drugs attorney. Many drug companies are now involved in class-action lawsuits for drugs and dangerous products. At The Evans Law Firm, our experienced defective drugs attorneys in California will aggressively protect your rights.
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The Defective Drug Problem
Millions of people in the United States rely on prescription and non-prescription drugs to treat a multitude of health problems and medical conditions. Users of these drugs rely on the pharmaceutical companies to produce effective and safe products. However, the truth is that many patients who have used these products have been injured by, or died from, adverse reactions and irreversible side effects. Many pharmaceutical companies are hesitant to recall dangerous drugs and others release new drugs on the market without sufficient safety research. A few companies have even knowingly concealed information from the FDA about possible safety issues with their products.
Recent Recalls And Safety Warnings
Over the past several years, the media has widely reported on recalls and warnings issued concerning defective and possibly dangerous pharmaceuticals. A few examples are listed below:
- Darvon and Darvocet: these painkillers where once some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the county. Recalled in November of 2010, Darvon and Darvocet were criticized for their ineffectiveness, addictive qualities, toxicity, and potential for overdose. Many deaths have been linked to these painkillers because of adverse effects on the user’s heart (including heart arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, heart attack, and other heart disorders).
Accutane: is a synthetic form of vitamin A used to treat serious cases of acne. The primary manufacturer pulled this drug from the market in 2009 due to numerous lawsuits. Many cases of suicide have been associated with this drug, as well as birth defects, colon cancer, Crohn’s Disease, depression, psychosis, and suicidal tendencies.
Heparin: is an anticoagulant, or blood thinner, used to prevent blood clots in patients. The drug was recalled after causing serious and deadly adverse reactions.
Meridia: is an obesity drug that suppresses appetite and makes users feel full. However the drug also caused increased blood pressure and heart rate, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Numerous deaths and injures have been linked to this drug.
- Fixodent, PoliGrip, Super Poli Grip:these and other Zinc Denture Creams are used to adhere the dentures to the gums. However, many denture creams contained zinc, which has lead to serious and irreversible zinc poisoning and neurological toxicity. The long-term consequences and use of zinc products can cause serious neurologic problems due to excess zinc in the body. Symptoms ofDenture Cream zinc poisoninginclude: numbness; tingling in hands and feet; lack of balance and coordination; loss of ability to move arms and legs; weakness in appendages; pain and burning sensations.
• Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride): is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) used for the treatment of depression. Certain studies have indicated that Zoloft and other SSRI’s cause birth defects that include: Heart (cardiac) defects – Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN) of the baby; cleft palate; skull (craniosynostosis) defects; limb and anal defects; brain and spinal cord defects.
• Prozac: is another serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that has been known to cause certain birth defects as confirmed by scientific studies. The birth defects commonly associated with Prozac include: congenital heart an septal defects, affecting the flow of blood from the heart to other parts of the body organs; omphalocele; and persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN).
• Transvaginal Surgical Mesh: is used in surgical situations with women where there has been pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or urinary incontinence. Transvaginal mesh has been associated with numerous harms and injuries to women including infection, pain, urinary problems and incontinence, bowel, blood vessel and bladder perforation, scarring, and erosion, all which can diminish the quality and enjoyment of an individual’s life.
• Fosamax (alendronate sodium or alendronic acid, a bisphosphonate drug): is used to treat osteoporosis for men and women. Rather than helping with the thinning of bones associated with osteoporosis, Fosamax has been found to cause certain bones in the body to thin and become more brittle. Fosamax has been associated with femur fractures/brakes.
• Actos: is a prescription medication used in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes, and has been known to cause bladder cancer if used more than once a year. The FDA issued a warning against Actos in June 2011. The drug has been suspended in France and Germany.
• Celexa: is an SSRI antidepressant that is prescribed in the treatment of depression. Recent studies have revealed an increase in the risk of cardiac defects in babies whose mothers took SSRI-antidepressants during their first trimester. The cardiac defect usually consists of a heart that does not fully develop.
• Lexapro: is another SSRI antidepressant whose usage in the first trimester has been shown to increase the risk of heart birth defects in babies.
• Luvox: is an SSRI antidepressant drug, prescribed for depression, that increases the risk of cardiac defects to babies whose mothers took Luvox in their first trimester.
• Paxil: is an SSRI antidepressant medication that is associated with an increased risk in cardiac defects and under-developed hearts in children whose mothers took Paxil in their first trimester.
• Pradaxa is an anticoagulant drug or “blood thinner” that is prescribed for people who suffer from strokes or blood clots. This drug has been associated with fatal bleeding of people who take Pradaxa. Different reports have found that between 50 and 260 individuals taking Pradaxa died as a result from bleeding that could not be stopped.
• Gardasil: is a vaccine that is marketed as a prevention for cervical cancer and HPV (human papillomavirus). Since it has come into effect, over 21,000 instances of adverse effects have been reported, including blindness, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, paralysis, multiple sclerosis, blood clots, and death.
• Yaz and Yasmin: are oral contraceptive or birth control drugs that have been shown to cause a higher risk of blood clots than other similar pills. Instances of adverse effects include pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, heart attacks, strokes, and other clotting injuries.
If you, or a loved one, have been injured from defective drugs, you can consult a defective drugs attorneyand possible damages might include any of the following:
- current medical expenses
future medical expenses
loss of earning capacity
pain and suffering
loss of consortium (a claim made by the victim’s spouse for loss of companionship and sexual relations)
funeral and burial expenses in the case of a wrongful death
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Have you or a member of your family been injured by the use of pharmaceuticals? Have you experienced any negative side effects from your use of a prescription or non-prescript drug? If so, contact a defective drugs attorney and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you may be able to file a lawsuit (or join in a class-action suit) against the manufacturer of the drug. You may also be able to file a medical malpractice suit against a healthcare provider who unnecessarily prescribed a defective drug, failed to warn you of dangerous side effects, or neglected to monitor you adequately during treatment. A pharmaceutical products liability case can be very complex. It is essential that you hire an experienced defective drugs attorney. At the Law Office of Ingrid Evans, our defective drugs attorney will aggressively seek accountability from those parties responsible for your injures. Contact the Evans Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.