Supporting Victims of Drug Injuries
Each year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns the public about health issues connected to drugs that consumers expect to be safe. These warnings inform the public of recently discovered potential dangers linked to existing products on the market. The FDA may also recall harmful drugs and defective medical devices if the administration deems these products unsafe for widespread use. David Proffitt and Ron Cox have seen the harm that dangerous drugs can cause, and represent those suffering from drug injuries. Our South Carolina injury lawyers handle pharmaceutical litigation cases, and work to bring awareness about the drug alerts associated with some available medications.
Watch List for Potentially Dangerous Drugs
The following is a brief list of drugs that have been the subject of FDA warnings, recalls or other safety alerts:
- Actos – This medication treats type II diabetes, but the FDA warns the extended use may lead to an increased risk of bladder cancer.
- Celexa, Prozac, Zoloft and similar antidepressants – Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed to patients with anxiety and depression. The FDA warned that these drugs may cause a worsening risk of suicide, and that pregnant mothers who take SSRIs have an increased risk of giving birth to a child who may suffer from certain birth defects.
- DMAA – Also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine, this dietary supplement is promoted as a “natural” stimulant, but taking it can cause a range of cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks. The FDA warned companies to remove DMAA from their products, and advises consumers not to use or buy any products containing the supplement.
- Effexor – This drug is another type Many more drugs with potentially fatal side effects, such as the testosterone replacement therapy medications, are still available for use by consumers.of antidepressant used to treat anxiety and depression. The FDA cited its manufacturer for overstating the uses of the drug. The administration also mentioned a number of potential side effects, such as an increased risk of suicide.
- Granuflo and Naturalyte – These are two types of dialysis acid concentrates intended to treat patients with kidney diseases. Many patients suffered severe cardiac effects, stroke and death after receiving dialysis treatments with these defective medical products. The FDA issued a Class I Recall in March 2012 after uncovered internal memos revealed the manufacturer Fresenius Medical Care may have known about the deadly defects and yet continued to sell its products.
- Lipitor —This drug is promoted to lower cholesterol and is also known as a “statin.” In 2012, the FDA required manufacturer Pfizer to update the Lipitor label to notify patients that the drug may cause Type 2 diabetes. The Lipitor warnings had previously failed to adequately inform doctors and patients of the risk of diabetes or the importance of monitoring blood glucose levels. Thousands of patients who took Lipitor have developed diabetes, which may have been avoided if these consumers had more accurate information about the risks.
- Valturna – This high blood pressure medication was pulled from the market in 2012. One review associated the drug with strokes, kidney complications and high potassium levels.
- Yasmin, Yaz and related products – The FDA has twice cited the birth control pill’s manufacturer, Bayer, although the administration has not recalled the drug from the market. The FDA demanded Bayer emphasize the risk of blood clots associated with the product line. Bayer has paid out more than $400 million to women who suffered from strokes, heart attacks and other blood clot related issues while taking the birth control drugs.
Many more drugs with potentially fatal side effects, such as the testosterone replacement therapy medications, are still available for use by consumers. If you believe you or a loved one suffered injuries caused by a harmful medication, speak with a medical professional immediately, and then contact our Columbia injury attorneys to learn about your legal rights.
Victims of Drug Injuries May Benefit From Legal Help
Many individuals suffer from the harmful side effects of defective drugs each year. Consumers trust that the medication they take will improve their health, but pharmaceutical companies can be negligent and allow dangerous medications to enter the market. If you suffered a drug injury, our Columbia injury lawyers will work on your behalf to seek the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages in addition to pain and suffering. We have earned significant recoveries for many clients. Call us today locally at (803) 834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533 to speak with our personal injury lawyers.