Drug manufacturers have a duty to make sure that medications they sell are not unreasonably dangerous and contain sufficient warnings about potential drug injuries and side effects. With the help of physicians, patients can evaluate the risks and benefits before taking a medication. However, some pharmaceutical companies fail to take the simple steps to protect consumers and place profits before the public’s safety.
Severe drug injuries and side effects can be life changing—and even life threatening. It’s hard to believe that some manufacturers know the risks involved upfront and purposely cover up drug’s dangerous side effects to gain government approval. The attorneys at Padberg, Corrigan & Appelbaum have experience handling pharmaceutical litigation cases in Missouri and Illinois and have successfully resolved thousands of such cases.
Avandia – also known as Rosiglitazone – is a blood sugar control medication used for type II diabetes patients. Avandia has been on the market for 9 years and has been prescribed to millions of patients. Recently, studies have surfaced that bring Avandia’s safety into question. During the past year the drug has been under close scrutiny by the FDA in response to reports of increased risk of heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke and other potentially life-threatening side effects of Avandia. A public safety advisory was issued in 2007 to warn Avandia patients of the cardiovascular risk associated with the drug’s use. However, the FDA has not issued an Avandia recall, claiming that sufficient evidence as to the dangers versus the benefits of the drug does not exist. Currently, Avandia’s manufacturer and other researchers are conducting additional studies to determine the safety level of Avandia.
If you have taken Avandia and have suffered from the above listed injuries, please contact our office.
Levaquin (levofloxacin) is a third-generation fluoroquinolone antibiotic, manufactured by Ortho-McNeil, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Doctors prescribe Levaquin as an antibiotic to treat bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. It does not work for viral infections (for example, the common cold). While patients taking Levaquin have reported a variety of minor side-effects, common with any medication, the most serious Levaquin side effect reported has been an increased risk of Achilles tendonitis and tendon rupture among current and former patients. Several studies published in accredited medical journals have cited case studies in which individuals who have taken Levaquin have been adversely affected by levofloxacin-induced tendonopathy and tendon rupture. Most recently in July 2008, the FDA announced plans to require a “black box” warning on all prescriptions of Levaquin after the consumer group Public Citizen sued the FDA to require the agency to add black-box warnings to all fluoroquinolone antibiotics. The warning will caution patients of the risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture associated with use of the drugs. Such ruptures most frequently involves the Achilles tendon, but can also include ruptures of the shoulder, hand, biceps, and thumbs, according to the FDA.
If you have taken Levaquin and have suffered from the above listed injuries, please contact our office.
Yaz (also known as drospirenone/ethinyl Estradiol. Generic : Ocella) is a birth control pill developed and manufactured by Bayer, AG. The medicine works by disrupting a woman’s natural menstrual cycle and providing a daily dose of hormones to regulate a new menstrual cycle. Bayer AG has been involved in a few discussions with the Food and Drug Administration over questionable advertising campaigns seeming to suggest that Yasmin/Yaz has less side effects than other contraceptive medications. Recent reports indicate that dangerous side effects could occur in women with preexisting conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or obesity. These side effects include heart attack, stroke, and gallbladder disease.
If you have taken Yaz or Yasmin and have suffered from the above listed injuries, please contact our office.
The FDA has publicly stated that Paxil use during pregnancy “increases the risk for birth defects, particularly heart defects… Health care professionals should consider discontinuing Paxil (and switching to another antidepressant if indicated) in these patients… The early results of two studies showed that women who took Paxil during the first three months of pregnancy were about one and a half to two times as likely to have a baby with a heart defect.” We are investigating any type of heart defect related to Paxil use including, but not limited to, Septal wall defects, Atrial wall defects and Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in a Newborn (PPHn). In addition to heart defects we are investigating cranial deformities, pulmonary (lung), neural-tube defects (brain and spinal cord), craniosynostosis (skull defect), infant omphalocele (abdominal wall defects), club foot (one or both feet turn downward and inward), and anal atresia (complete or partial closure of the anus), among others.
If you have taken Paxil and your child suffers from the above listed injuries, please contact our office.
Information has been emerging that certain antidepressants may cause birth defects, including cardiac (heart), pulmonary (lung), neural-tube defects (brain and spinal cord), craniosynostosis (skull defect), infant omphalocele (abdominal wall defects), club foot (one or both feet turn downward and inward), and anal atresia (complete or partial closure of the anus), among others. We are currently investigating whether or not the following antidepressants can cause such birth defects: Zoloft, Cymbalta, Celexa, Effexor, Lexapro, Remeron, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Symbyax and Zyban.
If you have taken Zoloft or another antidepressant and your child suffers from the above listed injuries, please contact our office.
Darvocet (propoxyphene combined with acetaminophen) has been used to treat pain for more than 50 years. According to government health and safety experts, Darvocet has been linked to addiction and other serious, life-threatening side effects. The Health Research Group recently petitioned the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to ban Darvon (generic: propoxyphene) and Darvocet (generic: propoxyphene + acetaminophen ) due to the confirmed link between propoxyphene and over 10,000 confirmed deaths and 2,110 reported accidental deaths since the early 1980’s. Propoxyphene has been associated with 2,110 reported accidental deaths in the United States since 1981. A large proportion of these deaths occur because most of the drug is converted into a metabolite that is highly toxic to the heart and lasts longer in the body than the original compound, resulting in cardiac depression. Adverse cardiac events associated with propoxyphene include an interruption of heart transmission of electrical impulses, slowed heartbeats and a decreased ability of the heart to contract properly.
If you have taken Darvon or Darvocet and have suffered from the above listed injuries, please contact our St. Louis office.