Defective Drugs Lawyer
Adverse reactions to dangerous prescription drugs are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. These drugs are sometimes approved by the FDA based on misleading or self serving studies undergone by pharmaceutical companies. Other times a drug that might be safe otherwise can become contaminated during the manufacturing process. These defective drugs can cause considerable damage and then later be recalled. Often times, the dangerous drugs never get recalled and remain on the market continuing to injure people, or a drug that is created to help can cause injury instead. This could be because of improperly performed clinical trials, wrongly prescribed prescriptions, or being co-prescribed with other drugs. Below is a list of some defective drugs (some recalled and some are still available) that have been shown to cause serious injury or death. If you believe that you may have been injured as a result of taking any of these medications, call our injury lawyers for a consultation.
Accutane was prescribed for individuals with severe acne and works by decreasing facial oil production. The generic versions of this drug are Roaccutane, Isotretinoin, Amnesteem, Claravis, and Sotret. This drug is manufactured by Roche Laboratories and can cause such conditions as Ulcerative Colitis (inflammation and ulcers usually occurring in the lower part of the large intestine or colon and surgery is sometimes necessary to remove part or all of the colon), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) (inflammation in the small and large intestines), and Crohn’s Disease (a very serious type of IBD). Give our Alabama defective drug attorney a call today if you or a loved one have taken Accutane or its generic versions and experienced the side effects of IBD (abdominal pain, cramping, weight loss, rectal bleeding, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or fatigue).
Avandia is also known as Rosiglitazone and is a medication used to control blood sugar in type II Diabetes patients. Type II Diabetes is a condition characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood and insulin deficiency or resistance, which can lead to heart attacks and stroke if untreated. Recently, this drug has been linked to a number of serious injuries including heart attack, osteoporosis, stroke, and even death. Avandia is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and generates approximately $3.2 billion annually in sales for the company. There are currently over 13,000 lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline regarding the drug and its side effects.
Chantix is a drug used for the purpose of treating smoking addiction and is a partial agonist reducing the cravings and decreasing the pleasurable effects. This can help some people to stop smoking but has some serious side effects including nightmares, suicidal thoughts, depression, hepatitis, insomnia, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, and liver failure.
Digitek is used in the treatment of various heart conditions, but an incorrect dosage can cause even more cardiac problems. The drug was recently recalled due to the fact that it was found to contain twice the appropriate amount of the active ingredient. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury while taking Digitek then you should speak with a Digitek injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Fosamax belongs to the group of drugs called bisphosphonates, which includes the drugs Actonel, Boniva, Zometa, and Aredia as well. These bisphosphonates are commonly used in treatment for bone loss disorders and bone loss associated with osteoporosis and chemotherapy. Recently a link has been found between these types of drugs and a serious bone disease called Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ or Dead Jaw). They have also been linked to Osteomyelitis, swelling or infection of the gums, drainage, numbness or excessive heaviness in the jaw, exposed bone, or loosening of teeth. The pain from ONJ can be extremely debilitating and painful.
Gardasil and Cervarix
Gardasil is a vaccine manufactured by Merck, Inc. and is used to protect against four kinds of Human Papillomavirus, which is the virus said to cause cervical cancer. There can be serious side effects from this drug including lupus, Guilliane Barre, seizures, paralysis, and brain inflammation. Cervarix is a drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline that can result in serious injury as well.
Nuva Ring is a contraceptive vaginal ring that releases a certain amount of ethinyl estradiol and etonogestrel on a daily basis. It has been linked to certain serious side effects including pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, strokes, and heart attack. If you or a loved one have suffered such side effects while taking NuvaRing then you might have a claim against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help evaluate your potential claim.
Ortho Evra Patch
Ortho Evra Patch is a contraceptive that can cause blood clots and other serious injuries due to elevated estrogen levels. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the Ortho Evra Patch, give our defective drugs lawyer a call today.
Yaz is manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and is both a contraceptive pill and is used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It is reported to have serious side effects including heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, gallbladder disease, and kidney failure.
If you suspect that you were injured as a result of such a drug or have taken a drug that has been recalled, you should consult your doctor immediately and give our product liability attorney a call for a consultation.