Have you or a loved one taken a drug that has been recalled or withdrawn from the market?
Serious injuries caused by dangerous drugs and defective medical devices are on the rise, regardless of actions (or inactions) by federal agencies and health authorities, and/or your physician and pharmacist. As recent recalls have shown, FDA approval doesn’t guarantee that a drug is safe. Having defective drugs and defective medical devices on the market can lead to significant health risks including serious disabilities and hospitalization. In some cases, defective medical products can lead to more intensive surgeries than were originally necessary to correct the damage caused by the defect.
Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to make drugs and medical devices safe for the marketplace. In many cases, they are asked to provide warning labels to physicians and (in the case of medications) the pharmacy that dispenses their product. But all too often, drug and medical device companies are aware that a drug can cause harmful side effects or a medical device can be defective and can cause injury or death, and they may choose profit over safety.
Although drugs and medical devices are often recalled due to drug side effects and defective devices, some pharmaceutical companies and medical device companies rush a product to market and/or aggressively promote the drug by persuading consumers to ask for the drug and convincing physicians to prescribe it. In their rush to design the next “blockbuster” drug or implantable medical device, pharmaceutical and medical device companies can put the consumer at risk.
When you get a prescription for a drug from your physician, you believe it to be safe. But according to the US Food and Drug Administration, “safe” means that the benefits of the drug outweigh the risks for the population the drug is intended to treat and for its intended use. In other words, a safe drug doesn’t necessarily mean it is harmless.
A defective drug means that its potential risks outweigh its possible benefits to the consumer and can lead to bad drug lawsuits.
The FDA tests drugs and approves them prior to becoming available to people, but some drug side effects, particularly long-term effects, can be difficult to determine. The FDA keeps an updated list of common drugs that have been shown to be defective.
Current pharmaceutical product litigation involving drugs and medical devices include:
- Actos – allegedly linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer and heart disease
- Benicar – reportedly linked to an increased risk of sprue-like enteropathy
- Byetta – reportedly linked to an increased risk of certain cancers
- Crestor and other statins – reportedly linked to an increased risk of muscle toxicity, cardiomyopathy and diabetes
- Xarelto, Pradaxa, Eliquis and other anticoagulants – reportedly linked to an increased risk of uncontrolled bleeding
- Januvia/Janumet xr – reportedly linked to an increased risk of certain cancers
- Levaquin (including Avelox and Cirpo) cause tendon rupture
- Lipitor – reportedly linked to an increased risk of diabetes
- Onglyza – possibly linked to an increased risk of heart problems
- Propecia – allegedly linked to an increased risk of sexual dysfunction
- Testosterone – linked to an increased risk of heart problems
- Victoza – reportedly linked to an increased risk of pancreatitis
- Vytorin – reportedly linked to an increased risk of cardiomyopathy and liver problems
- Zofran – reportedly linked to an increased risk of birth defects
- IVC Filter – reportedly linked to an increased risk of metallic failure, putting patients at risk of blood vessel perforation, internal bleeding or stroke
- Power Morcellator – allegedly linked to an increased risk of cancer
- Transvaginal Mesh – marketed by numerous companies, reportedly linked to an increased risk of erosion, infection, pain and urinary problems
Are you concerned that you have taken a defective drug that was recalled and caused harm to your body? Call for a FREE legal consultation now!
Gregg S. Harrison, Attorney at Law, PLLC
Greater Houston/Northwest Houston Defective Drug Litigation Lawyer
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