Every year, more than 200,000 Americans die from adverse side effects of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) works to monitor and regulate these drugs, many adverse side effects are not discovered until the product has been released to the general public. Once these side effects are reported, the drug may be recalled or receive a black box warning to inform patients of serious side effects associated with the medication. Unfortunately, for many patients taking prescription or OTC drugs, it may be too late.
The FDA admits... many drugs are approved before thorough review.
The FDA admits that due to the large number of new drugs and the complexity of clinical trials, many drugs are approved before thorough review. The agency has explained that their pre-approval process allows Americans to enjoy the benefits of cutting-edge medicine without a significant waiting period. However, this quick approval process puts the public at risk for serious side effects that may not be outlined in the drug's warning label.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective or recalled drug, you may be eligible for compensation. Drug companies have an obligation to thoroughly test their products and include all potential side effects on the warning label. When a company fails to uphold these safety standards, the injured party may be able to recover damages for lost wages, pain and suffering and medical bills. Fill out our free case evaluation form today if you think that you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective or dangerous drug.
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Actos' manufacturer alleging that patients who use the type 2 diabetes medication have an increased risk of developing bladder cancer.
According to a 2013 FDA safety communication, there is "clear evidence of an association" between Benicar and a gastrointestinal (GI) condition known as sprue-like enteropathy, a disease with symptoms commonly associated with celiac disease.
Used to treat type 2 diabetes, Byetta has been linked to pancreatic cancer. Hundreds of lawsuits allege Byetta's manufacturer, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, knew of this link and failed to alert patients and the medical community.
Crestor may put users at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, as well as heart attacks, a health problem the drug aims to prevent by decreasing cholesterol.
Women who took Depakote during pregnancy and delivered a child with birth defects may have legal recourse to collect compensation for medical care and other losses.
Antidepressant Effexor has been linked to birth defects of the heart, spine and abdomen.
Approved to prevent strains of HPV, Gardasil has been linked to deaths, paralysis and other side effects in patients receiving the HPV vaccine.
Two dialysis products - GranuFlo and NaturaLyte - have been the subject of the most serious type of recall, as they have been linked to a risk of sudden cardiac arrest.
Lawsuits have been filed against Janssen Pharmaceuticals alleging that Invega can increase a user's risk of developing gynecomastia and/or hyperprolactinemia.
Januvia lawsuits are being considered across the country in light of allegations that the drug's maker failed to properly warn patients about the risk of pancreatic cancer.
Women across the country have filed lawsuits against Lexapro's manufacturer, Forest Labs, Inc., accusing the company of releasing a defective drug into the marketplace.
Women who used Lipitor and were later diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are now filing lawsuits against the drug's manufacturer, demanding compensation for their injuries.
More than 91 people have fallen ill with meningitis, which has been linked to a contaminated, custom-made steroid injection for back pain.
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides compensation to individuals who have suffered an acute adverse reaction to a vaccine resulting in permanent injury.
All lots of Omontys were recalled after reports surfaced that the anemia drug caused severe and life-threatening allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.
Certain OxyElite Pro dietary supplements were recalled after the products were linked to an outbreak of liver illnesses in Hawaii.
Paxil is an anti-depressant used in patients with depression and anxiety disorders. Unfortunately, some young patients taking the drug have developed suicidal tendencies, while mothers on the anti-depressant have delivered infants with birth defects.
The blood thinner Plavix may be linked to heart attacks, strokes, and other harmful side effects.
Pradaxa has been linked to serious and even fatal bleeding events, which are under investigation by the FDA.
Risperdal was the first drug approved by the FDA to treat adolescents with schizophrenia. The drug is also used in combination with other drugs to treat depression.
Attorneys across the country are considering filing lawsuits on behalf of men who used AndroGel and other testosterone therapies in light of new information linking the products to heart attack, stroke and death in users.
Since 2011, mothers have been filing lawsuits against the maker of Topamax, Janssen Pharmaceuticals alleging that the antiepileptic drug is defective and can cause infants to develop cleft lips or cleft palates when taken during pregnancy.
It has been alleged that Tylenol, even when taken as recommended, can cause liver failure.
Attorneys across the country are evaluating potential lawsuits on behalf of men who used the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra and were diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Studies have suggested the Victoza and other diabetes drugs may increase patients' chances of developing pancreatic cancer.
Hundreds of women have taken legal action against Pfizer Inc., the manufacturer of Zoloft, after delivering infants with congenital birth defects and malformations.