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Dangerous Drugs

What Are Dangerous Drugs?

Drugs and medicines are frequently the focus of products liability suits. Manufacturers of these products have a duty to appropriately test the drugs and medicines before releasing them into the market, using testing criteria from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

These criteria are regarded as industry standards, but the fact that a drug was properly licensed by the FDA does not shield the manufacturer’s liability to an injured plaintiff if the drug proves to be otherwise defective. Before discontinuing the use of any prescription drug, patients should consult with their doctor.

Do Drug Makers Have an Obligation to Warn Doctors of All Known Dangers?

A drug manufacturer has a duty to warn of a drug’s side effects when such effects are understood to occur. Often the manufacturer discharges this duty by providing the necessary information to the patient’s prescribing physician or to the pharmacist. The drug manufacturer is considered to be an expert in its field, and as such it has a continuing duty to remain current in its knowledge of its products and take all reasonable steps to update medical professionals on their potential adverse effects. There is no duty to warn of possible reactions in unusually susceptible consumers, although simply because a reaction is rare does not mean the manufacturer has no duty to warn about it or that the persons experiencing the reaction are unusually susceptible.

Vioxx

On September 30, 2004, Merck & Co., Inc. announced a voluntary withdrawal of Vioxx from the U.S. and worldwide markets due to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in patients.

Vioxx is one of a class of COX-2 inhibitor drugs used to treat pain associated with arthritis. Physicians may also have prescribed Vioxx to relieve minor pain, headaches and menstrual discomfort. Because Merck advertised Vioxx directly to consumers, it rapidly became one of the top selling drugs in this country. However, numerous studies have found that taking Vioxx may increase a patient’s risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke or blood clot.

In August 2004 an FDA-funded study found that Vioxx increases the risk of heart attack and cardiac death more than Celebrex, another COX-2 drug used to treat the pain of arthritis. The study found that both high and low levels of the medication increased cardiovascular risk; patients taking the highest doses increase their risk of serious cardiovascular problems more than three times of those on lesser doses.

If you or a loved one has experienced serious side effects associated with the use of Vioxx, please contact our office to discuss your legal rights immediately.

Celebrex

Pfizer’s similar COX-2 inhibitor drug, Celebrex has also been associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Although Vioxx has received much more publicity regarding the risk of heart attack and stroke, Pfizer’s COX-2 inhibitor drug, Celebrex, has also been associated with more than double the risk of these complications according to a study presented at an American Heart Association meeting and in other recent industry studies.

As with all medications, patients should consult a physician prior to changing or stopping any medication. If you believe you or a loved one has suffered an injury from Celebrex, please contact us immediately to discuss your legal rights.

Bextra

The pain relieving drug, Bextra has also been associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Although Vioxx has received much more publicity regarding the risk of heart attack and stroke, Pfizer’s COX-2 inhibitor drug, Bextra, has also been associated with more than double the risk for these complications according to a study presented at an American Heart Association meeting and in other recent industry studies.

As with all medications, patients should consult a physician prior to changing or stopping any medication. If you believe you or a loved one has suffered an injury from Bextra, please contact us immediately to discuss your legal rights.

Zyprexa

Zyprexa is an antipsychotic medication that alters the chemical actions in your brain. It is often used to treat psychotic symptoms including hallucinations, delusions, and confusion. Zyprexa may also be used for purposes other than those listed in the medication guide, such as panic, anxiety and dementia. Although designed for severe mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, Zyprexa has also been prescribed to children and adolescents with milder forms of mental illness – sometimes causing serious health consequences.

According to some Zyprexa critics, the risks for suffering potentially deadly and serious conditions are far greater than the benefits that Zyprexa can provide for minor conditions. The following serious illnesses can be a result of the use of this drug; Diabetes, Pancreatitis, Hyperglycemia, Ketoacidosis, Extreme weight gain, Diabetic induced heart attack, Diabetic coma, Zyprexa coma. Zyprexa may also cause such serious side effects as convulsions, heart attacks and diabetes. In February 2004 the American Diabetes Association published a Consensus Statement in its Diabetes Care journal. In that statement, the American Diabetes Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, stated that data consistently demonstrates an increased risk for diabetes in patients who are treated with Zyprexa (generic – olanzapine).

Baycol

Hundreds, perhaps thousands of people, are suffering needlessly from side effects associated with Baycol, an anti-cholesterol drug. Baycol side effects are extremely harmful – even fatal. Rhabdomyolysis (a common Baycol side effect also called “Baycol muscle pain”) is a serious medical condition harming your kidneys and muscles. The symptoms are dark urine that may eventually cause kidney failure, specific or generalized muscle pains, fever, nausea, vomiting, and an overall loss of well-being.

If you have experienced Baycol side effects, get the help you need now. Contact us immediately for a free consultation.