Pharmaceutical Litigation & Medical Alerts
Prescription drug companies market their products as effective, life changing and relatively safe. Many prescription drugs are capable of helping patients recover and heal from injuries and illnesses, but some have devastating side effects. When pharmaceutical companies willfully ignore side effects and rush their medications to market without proper trials or testing, people are put at risk.
The experienced Anaheim pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Mashney Law go after negligent corporations that put unsuspecting consumers in harm’s way. Pharmaceutical companies not only have a duty to manufacture drugs that are safe, but they also have the obligation to warn consumers regarding dangerous side effects that can be caused by these drugs.
What Gives Rise to Pharmaceutical Litigation?
Pharmaceutical litigation cases can stem from defectively manufactured drugs, improperly marketed drugs and drugs with dangerous side effects. Here are the most common reasons for pharmaceutical litigation:
- Defective manufacturing – Contaminated or defectively manufactured drugs can cause devastating side effects. Some drugs that are normally safe can become tainted as a result of an error at the manufacturing facility, the bottling plant or during the shipping process. In other cases, the drug may have improper labeling.
- Improper marketing – “Marketing” refers to warning labels, instructions for use and the advice provided to medical professionals. Drug manufacturers must inform doctors of the approved ways to use their products and consumers must be warned of any side effects they may face as a result of using the drug as intended.
- Dangerous side effects – Just about all drugs have some possible side effects. It is the responsibility of drug manufacturers to warn consumers of these potential side effects so that they can make informed decisions about their healthcare and course of treatment.
Who are the Liable Parties in Pharmaceutical Litigation?
One of the reasons why pharmaceutical cases can become complicated is because of the number of potentially liable parties. First and foremost, you can file a claim against the drug manufacturer. You may also be able to file a claim against the testing laboratory that failed to detect or report certain side effects.
In some cases, the pharmaceutical sales representative can face liability issues for the dangerous drugs they recommend to doctors. For that matter, your doctor and your hospital can be held accountable for your suffering if you were not notified of the potential side effects or were given inadequate information. Preserve your prescription and seek out medical attention right away to document the side effects you experienced. Keep a journal to record your daily struggles and how taking the drugs have affected your life. You will have an opportunity to pursue compensation for your resulting medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, physical pain, mental anguish and a number of other related damages.
Get Help From an Experienced Lawyer Today!
The Anaheim California pharmaceutical litigation lawyers at Mashney Law have the resources and skills it takes to go after major corporations. We will remain on your side, fight for your rights and help you receive just compensation for all your injuries, damages and losses. Call us at (714) 535-5090 to schedule your free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.
What are Some Important Dangerous Pharmaceutical Drugs and Recalls?
- Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents
- Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Permax® and Dostinex®
- SSRI Antidepressants (Paxil, Celexa, Effexor, Lexapro, Pristiq, Prozac and Zoloft) causing birth defects and pulmonary hypertension in new born babies
- Stevens Johnson Syndrome
Accutane®, available only by prescription, is the most potent acne drug on the market today and is usually considered a last resort when other treatments fail. Due to its strong formulation many patients experience side effects. Although many of these side effects, such as very dry skin, sun sensitivity, and nausea, are manageable, some patients experience more serious effects.
Accutane® has been shown to cause serious birth defects (including mental retardation and physical deformities), or cause fetal death. Due to these risks, Accutane® is prescribed only to patients who agree with their doctors on a pre-prescription pregnancy prevention plan. In addition, Accutane® has been linked to cases of depression, psychosis, and suicide. These dangers prompted the FDA to revise Accutane® warning labels and add a separate consent form acknowledging the risks prior to allowing patients to begin taking the drug.
Despite these safety precautions, Accutane® has still been linked to many birth defects and suicides. If you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of Accutane® use, contact our product liability lawyers to arrange a consultation.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Aug. 4, 2011, that the product label and Medication Guide for the type 2 diabetes drug pioglitazone (ACTOS) has been revised to warn that use of the drug for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Pioglitazone is also available in combination with metformin (ACTOPLUS MET, ACTOPLUS MET XR) and with glimepiride (DUETACT).
With the new year come many resolutions to stop smoking. In fact, thousands of Americans quit smoking each year, often assisted by drugs designed to make the process easier and less painful. Chantix was designed and manufactured by Pfizer to help patients quit smoking. Unfortunately, the drug has been known to cause severe behavioral side effects.
Statin drugs were designed to lower cholesterol in patients. Unfortunately, some statin drugs such as Crestor have been shown to have dangerous side effects, causing a risk for serious muscle toxicity known as myopathy. What happens when a drug’s side effects cause even more medical problems for a patient?
The past 20 years have seen a dramatic rise in the number of birth control methods available to women, and Depo-Provera, a birth control injection, was originally lauded for its unique approach to birth control. Unfortunately, a Depo-Provera shot can cause nightmarish complications for some women
An herbal supplement found in many diet and medicinal pills, Ephedra has been linked to a slew of frightening health problems, such as heart attacks, seizures, strokes, and hepatitis-and is believed to be one of the most lethal dietary agents available. It is considered so dangerous, in fact, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated that all sales of any product containing Ephedra be halted by April 6, 2004. This includes a number of over-the-counter drugs, including epitonin, and all those intended to enhance weight loss and/or athletic performance. Ma Huang, an ancient Chinese medicine that contains Ephedra, has not been banned.
Pulling Ephedra from the shelves does not undo the harm it has already done. If you or a loved one has been injured by this potent drug, it is imperative that you seek legal representation. Please contact our Anaheim Ephedra lawyers today.
Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents
Patients with heart failure must often depend on drugs to help them deal with issues such as poor circulation and swelling. Unfortunately for patients who used Digitek, their dependence on the drug could have contributed to severe adverse side effects. Though Digitek was recalled by the FDA in April 2008, its side effects are still being felt by some patients.
What happens when a drug designed to fight bone loss in women turns out to actually kill bone instead? This is the case for many users of Fosamax, a bisphosphonate designed to treat decreased bone density and osteoporosis in women of postmenopausal age. Unfortunately, the drug has been found to cause osteonecrosis of the jaw (a condition sometimes referred to as “dead jaw”) in some women.
MRIs and MRAs are among the most promising diagnostic tools available to physicians today. Unfortunately for a small subset patients, the gadolinium dye used in these tests could lead to a rare but fatal disease called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF). Read on for more information on gadolinium, NSF, and your legal options.
Since being administered after its FDA approval on June 8 2006, Gardasil has been widely used as the only current cervical cancer vaccine that helps prevent four kinds of HPV (human papillomavirus). As is the case for many pharmaceuticals and vaccines, Gardasil has side effects
When individuals rely on drugs such as anti-coagulants to preserve their health and quality of life, they place a high degree of trust in the pharmaceutical companies who research, manufacture, and distribute these drugs. Unfortunately, this trust can be breached, as in the case of Heparin, an anti-coagulant that was found to be contaminated in 2007 and 2008.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
With a growing number of aging women in the United States, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has become a hot-button issue in recent years. Though synthetic estrogens have been produced since the 1920s, it is only in recent years that individuals have become aware of HRT’s positive effects on women’s chances of getting osteoporosis and heart disease. Unfortunately, there is a dark side to hormone replacement therapy.
Dostinex® and Permax®
Patients with Parkinson’s disease often manage to control the tremors associated with the condition through dopamine agonists, drugs that help manage Parkinson’s symptoms. Unfortunately, Permax, a dopamine agonist, was completely withdrawn from the U.S. marketplace due to its potential contribution to heart valve damage in Parkinson’s patients, while Dostinex, another dopamine agonist, is not yet approved for the treatment of this condition.
One of the most recent drugs to be investigated for dangerous and potentially fatal side effects is Pradaxa, a blood thinner developed by the pharmaceutical company, Boehringer Ingelheim. Consumers who have been taking Pradaxa may experience serious internal bleeding at a higher rate than patients taking different types of blood thinners.
Premarin is just one in the cavalcade of drugs developed with hormonal replacement for menopausal and post-menopausal women in mind. A mixture of conjugated estrogen, the drug is manufactured by Wyeth and has been available in the United States since the 1940s. Unfortunately, this trusted drug is surrounded by controversy and has even been associated with cancer in some patients.
It has been one of the most popular hormone replacement therapy drugs since its FDA approval in 1995. But Prempro isn’t just a cure for menopausal symptoms – it’s a potentially dangerous drug that has been linked to cancer and other significant medical problems.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) using drugs such as Provera has been around since the 1920s, but it only took off in the 1960s. These days, using hormones to treat the symptoms of menopause is par for the course. Unfortunately, it can also prove extremely dangerous for women, who can be fatally injured by Provera and similar pharmaceuticals in their quest to relieve the symptoms of menopause.
For its association with increasing the risk of causing progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), which is a rare and progressive disease of the central nervous system that leads to severe disability or death, manufacturer Genetech, Inc. has voluntarily recalled the drug Raptiva (efalizumab) from the U.S. market.
Stevens Johnson Syndrome
Millions of patients place their trust in drug companies every day when they ingest medications designed to heal or abate their various symptoms. But on occasion, a severe reaction occurs. Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a rare, but life-threatening reaction that has been noted in response to several over-the-counter and prescription medications.
There are thousands of drugs on the market, all of which claim to be able to deliver on their promises of cures or relief for patients. What happens when a drug does not live up to the hype? Vytorin may be just such a drug.