Defective Drug Injuries and Side Effects
Dangerous Drug Class Action Lawsuits, Recalls, and Safety Alerts
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 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.
Defective Drug Class Actions
Fosamax has been linked to femur fractures, as well as dead jaw, which can lead to infections, rotting and fractures.
Reportedly, women taking Zoloft during pregnancy are twice as likely to deliver a child with a Zoloft heart defect.
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.
Antidepressant Effexor has been linked to birth defects of the heart, spine and abdomen.
Patients who were diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos may be able to file a claim seeking compensation for medical bills and other damages.
Pradaxa has been linked to serious and even fatal bleeding events, which are under investigation by the FDA.
Hair loss drug Propecia has reportedly been linked to erectile dysfunction and other sexual side effects which can last months or years after stopping use of the drug. Prostate cancer and male breast cancer have also been reported among patients taking Propecia.
More than 91 people have fallen ill with meningitis, which has been linked to a contaminated, custom-made steroid injection for back pain.
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.
Prescribed to millions with acne, Accutane may cause serious side effects, including Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis.
Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills may put users at an increased risk for pulmonary embolisms (PE), deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and other forms of blood clots.
Bextra is a pain-relieving drug that is manufactured by Pfizer. Studies have shown that Bextra puts users at risk Stevens Johnson Syndrome and other serious skin conditions, as well as heart attacks and strokes.
Zyprexa is used to treat a variety of psychiatric conditions and became manufacturer Eli Lilly's best selling drug. Unfortunately, it has been linked to numerous dangerous side effects, including diabetes.
Vioxx (Rofecoxib) is a prescription medication that was used primarily to treat osteoarthritis, menstrual cramps, and rheumatoid arthritis. This drug was recalled in 2004 after a study found that it caused users to suffer a higher rate of heart attacks and strokes.
Medical studies have shown that serious side effects can affect diabetes patients who take Avandia, including heart attack, stroke, and liver damage.
Used to treat Type 2 diabetes, Byetta has been linked to pancreatic cancer.
Reglan (generic: metoclopramide) received a black box warning from the FDA to alert consumers of the risk of tardive dyskinesia, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary movements.
Patients taking the cholesterol-lowering drug Zocor (80mg) may be at risk for rhabdomyolysis, a life-threatening form of muscle damage.
A Meridia recall has been issued, after a study showed a 16% increase in the risk of heart attack, stroke, resuscitated cardiac arrest and death among patients taking the prescription weight loss drug.
Prescription pain medications Darvon, Darvocet, and propoxyphene have been taken off the market due to the risk of potentially fatal heart rhythm abnormalities.
Reportedly, pharmacies have been substituting Metanx with Folast, Neurpath-B or Duleek-Met, which may not be adequate substitutions, and patients who have been dispensed these products as a Metanx substitute may be entitled to compensation.
Women taking Topamax or the generic topiramate during pregnancy have an increased risk of delivering a child with a cleft palate, cleft lip or other oral birth defect.
Allegedly, pharmacies have been dispensing nonequivalent medical food generics for prescription products, such as Deplin, Neevo Metanx and Cerefolin.
Approved to prevent strains of HPV, Gardasil has been linked to deaths, paralysis and other side effects in patients receiving the HPV vaccine.
Reportedly, Lexapro and other SSRIs have been linked to an increased risk of birth defects in infants born to women taking the drug during pregnancy.
A rapid blood thinner, Heparin is used in dialysis and surgery to prevent blood clots. Unfortunately, in Jan. 2008, a tainted batch of Heparin caused serious allergic reactions in patients.
Used to treat bacterial infections, Levaquin and Cipro have been linked to serious tendon injuries, including Achilles tendon ruptures.
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.
ReNu Moisture Loc contact lens solution has been pinned as the cause of an outbreak of eye fungus known as fungal keratitis. Fungal keratitis is a severe infection of the cornea.
Seroquel is a drug used to treat schizophrenic and bipolar patients. However, medical evidence has shown that many patients taking Seroquel have developed diabetes.
Trasylol, a drug administered during bypass surgery to prevent excessive blood loss, has been linked to many life threatening side effects. Studies have shown that risk of death was significantly higher in patients injected with Trasylol.
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides compensation to individuals who have suffered an acute adverse reaction to a vaccine resulting in permanent injury.
Zelnorm, a drug used to treat patients with constipation from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), has been linked to heart attack, stroke, and other serious side effects.
Zicam Cold Remedy products have been recalled by the manufacturer after the FDA received 130 reports of anosmia, or loss of sense of smell, from Zicam users.
Used to treat children with ADHD, Adderall has been linked to life-threatening side effects including heart attack and sudden death.
Advair and Serevent are prescribed to minimize the occurrence of asthma attacks in patients. While these drugs decrease the number of attacks, patients taking the drugs may experience a severe asthma attack that can lead to death or hospitalization.
Used to treat osteoporosis, Boniva has been linked to osteonecrosis or dead jaw in users.
Over 6 million Americans have tried to quit smoking by taking the prescription drug Chantix. Unfortunately, Chantix has reportedly been linked to suicide and mood changes in users.
Digitek was prescribed for congestive heart failure or cardiac arrest caused by tachycardia. However, in April 2008, it was recalled from the market due to a manufacturing defect that may have exposed patients to a double dose of Digitek.
Fentora, a popular painkiller used in cancer patients, may have been used for off-label use. This may have placed patients at a high risk for serious side effects, including death.
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.
Manufactured by Cephalon, Provigil is used to treat sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy. Unfortunately, some physicians prescribed Provigil for off-label uses, putting more patients at risk for serious side effects.
Women taking Actonel may be at risk for developing dead jaw, which occurs when bone tissue in the jaw does not heal after minor trauma, or femur fractures.
All lots of Omontys were recalled after reports surfaced that the anemia drug caused severe and life-threatening allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis.
It has been alleged that Tylenol, even when taken as recommended, can cause liver failure.
Used to treat breast cancer in women, Herceptin’s label was changed after studies showed an increase in cardio toxicity among patients.
Multiple studies have found that the use of Depakote by pregnant women can harm children and result in cognitive development impairment.
It's been reported that Campath, currently used to treat B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia, can have serious and deadly side effects.
Avastin has been linked to unexpected and serious side effects including strokes and heart attacks.
Following numerous reports of patients who had taken Ambien and experienced side effects into the following day, the FDA has changed the drug's label.
The blood thinner Plavix may be linked to heart attacks, strokes, and other harmful side effects.
Vytorin may put users at risk for developing rhabdomyolysis, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, or liver disease.
Prostate drug Proscar has reportedly been linked to a number of sexual side effects, including erectile dysfunction, as well as the development of prostate cancer and male breast cancer in users.
Antibiotic Z-Pak, also known as Zithromax and azithromycin, has been linked to a small increase in the risk of a cardiac-related death.
Anti-nausea drug Zofran may affect the heart's electrical activity, leading to a potentially fatal heart rhythm known as Torsade de Pointes.