There are more product liability lawsuits filed against prescription drug manufacturers than against all other industries combined. Under strict product liability laws, drug manufacturers may be held liable for ANY serious injuries or deaths caused by their products regardless of the care they took to prevent defects.

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A drug is considered "defective" in cases when its potential risks or side effects are determined to outweigh its intended benefits, or when the manufacturer fails to provide adequate warning of the risks. In many of these cases the plaintiffs allege that manufacturer was aware of the dangers posed by the product but deliberately chose to conceal that information from consumers.

All pharmaceutical drugs introduced to the U.S. market must be pre approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Drug manufacturers are required to adequately test each product before seeking FDA approval, and their labels must properly disclose all information involving potential side effects in order to reduce the risks of misuse and adverse events. However, drug manufacturers can and do minimize or conceal adverse side effects to facilitate this approval process. Furthermore, the FDA lacks the time or resources to perform rigorous follow-up research and screening of the product.

In cases where a significant number of serious injuries or deaths are discovered to be related to a drug, the FDA will normally launch an investigation to determine if the drug is actually defective. In severe cases the FDA will issue a Drug Recall and pull the drug from circulation. But in other cases additional warnings may simply be required and the drug may continue to be marketed to consumers.


Topamax product liability attorneyTopamax (Topiramate) ®

Topamax is a medication that is part of a group of medications known as anticonvulsants, and its basic function is to slow down the impulses in the brain. When these impulses occur too rapidly, it can result in epileptic seizures and in some cases migraines. The active ingredient in Topamax is topiramate, and Topamax has been available on the market since 1996. Topamax is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals (formerly Ortho-McNeil), a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, and controls 21 percent of the epilepsy drug market.

In March 2011 a warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publicized a hidden danger behind this success: Infants born to mothers who were prescribed Topamax during pregnancy are 21 times more likely to develop oral cleft defects than those born to women who did not take the drug. Another birth defect associated with Topamax use is Hypospadias, a condition that affects the genitals of male children. Boys who are born with this condition have an opening of their urethra that appears on the underside of the penis. This problem can only be corrected with surgery.

In September 2011, several Topamax lawsuits were filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. In late 2013, that court's first Topamax birth defect trials resulted in winning verdicts for the plaintiffs. Plaintiffs argued that the company knew about the birth defect risks as early as 1997, but failed to warn doctors and even concealed safety reports in 2003 and 2005.
The juries that delivered the 2013 Topamax verdicts ultimately found that Janssen failed to warn doctors about the full extent of Topamax's birth defect risks. They also determined that the company's negligence was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiffs' injuries. Janssen intends to appeal both verdicts. Meanwhile, families across the country that have suffered Topamax birth defect injuries continue to file personal injury claims.

If you have taken Topamax while pregnant, your child may be at risk for developing birth defects. Because women were not adequately warned of the dangers, they may be entitled to compensation for their babies' injuries. If you have suffered harmful side effects from Topamax use, a personal injury attorney can explain your legal options and help you file a claim.


Tylenol product liability attorneyTylenol (Acetaminophen) ®

Tylenol has been one of the top-selling pain relief medications on the American market for decades, and is readily available for non-prescription purchase in any general retail outlet: from pharmacies and supermarkets to convenience stores.
When people purchase medication that's so easily available, they assume that those products are safe for use. But Tylenol lawsuits have been filed in recent years because of allegations involving serious liver damage and liver failure in patients who unknowingly ingested to much acetaminophen, which is the active ingredient in this product.

To make matters worse, liver damage can be very difficult to recognize because of the symptoms associated with it, which tend to occur in phases. The first phase involves nausea and vomiting, which can easily be attributed to a common cold or flu, one of the frequent ailments people use Tylenol to treat. That stage is followed by 12 – 24 hours of what is known as the 'latent' stage that involves less frequent urination. The third phase involves abdominal pain or tenderness, jaundice, dark urine and hypoglycemia: at this point damage to the liver has already been done in most patients.

Several Tylenol lawsuits have involved scenarios that detailed a person feeling ill, purchasing Tylenol, suffering from the first stage of liver damage symptoms and assuming it's part of the original illness only to find out that they face an extreme medical situation as a result of ingesting too much acetaminophen.

Johnson & Johnson has billions of dollars at its disposal, and it can defend itself against Tylenol lawsuits by unleashing extremely skilled and experienced defense attorneys and other experts. Consumers have little chance of success in pursuing compensation within this scenario unless they obtain the help of experienced attorneys.


Viagra product liability attorneyViagra (sildenafil citrate) ®

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA has concluded that men who use Viagra face nearly twice the risk of developing melanoma as compared to other men. This finding adds a much more serious entry to the list of Viagra side effects that have already been identified.

Melanoma is an extremely dangerous disease. Commonly known as skin cancer, if it is in fact one of the Viagra side effects it could lead to many men needing treatment. Although many people think of melanoma as a minor condition that involves little more than having a mole removed, if it is not caught in its early stages it can prove to be fatal as it continues to progress.

Viagra was originally approved by the FDA for use in the United States in 1998. As most people know, it is used to treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction. It is also estimated that Pfizer, the drug's manufacturer, has seen Viagra generate billions of dollars in revenue. 'The little blue pill' as it's commonly known has been used by more than 20 million men.

In October 2007, the Viagra label was modified to include warnings about sudden hearing loss associated with the drug. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) had requested the changes after it had received 29 reports of patients who experienced sudden hearing loss within hours to two days of taking Viagra.
In another recent study, US researchers describe seven patients who developed nonarteritic ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION), an eye ailment that can result in permanent vision loss, after taking Viagra.

Viagra has also been provisionally linked to heart attack (myocardial infarction), stroke and hypotension. Due to the ongoing discovery of side-effects and warnings, the FDA created more apparent warning labels on phosphodiesterase-inhibiting drugs like Viagra. The FDA also cautions against taking Viagra if the user has a preexisting heart condition, renal impairment, hearing loss, or liver problems.


Wellbutrin product liability attorneyWellbutrin (Bupropion Hcl) ®

Wellbutrin is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. It was originally approved for use in the United States by the FDA in 1985, making it one of the first antidepressant medications on the modern pharmaceutical market. Wellbutrin works differently than other antidepressant medications such as SSRI's; Wellbutrin helps balance the levels of two of the neurotransmitters in the brain, dopamine and norepinephrine. Imbalance in these neurotransmitters can lead to several problems that include depression.

Even though Wellbutrin is not a member of the SSRI class of medications, many of its alleged side effects are similar to those medications including the possibility of birth defects in children whose mothers used Wellbutrin late in their pregnancies. In addition, other Wellbutrin side effects have included memory problems, mania, personality changes, psychosis, seizures and suicidal thoughts.


Xarelto product liability attorneyXarelto (rivaroxaban) ®

Xarelto is an anticoagulant, or blood thinner. People use medications such as Xarelto in order to reduce the risk of blood clots which can be particularly dangerous when people suffer from atrial fibrillation, or an abnormal heartbeat. People who suffer from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolisms may also need anticoagulants such as Xarelto. Approved in 2011, Xarelto is one of the newest blood thinners on the market and is manufactured by Bayer and marketed by Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, in the United States.

Unlike older anticoagulants that require doctors to prescribe specific doses for each individual, Xarelto belongs to a new type of oral anticoagulant that is prescribed in one uniform dose. The most dangerous side effect for people who take Xarelto is uncontrollable bleeding – a risk shared by all blood thinners. If this condition manifests, it can cause a slew of life-threatening conditions, all of which lead to trips to the emergency room plus days or weeks in the hospital.
When bleeding occurs near a major organ, such as the brain, lungs or kidneys, blood flow to that organ is interrupted, causing it to lose some or all of its functionality. Also, pools of blood may form within the body and can cause other severe health risks. Because Xarelto prevents clotting, the hemorrhaging will continue until the drug is flushed out of the system.

With litigation surrounding the blood thinner Xarelto in its infancy, some lawyers examining cases have said that the litigation could expand to mass-tort proportions.


Yasmin, Yaz and Ocella product liability attorneyYaz® / Yasmin® (drospirenone)

Yasmin and Yaz are two separate birth control brand names manufactured by Bayer Healthcare; Yaz has 24 days of active pills intended to shorten a women's period, while Yasmin supplies the traditional 21 active pills. Both Yasmin and Yaz contain the ingredients drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. Although other birth control pills are combined hormonal oral contraceptives, drospirenone is unique to the Yaz family of medications.

Drospirenone has been reported to increase a user's potassium levels, leading to serious health problems for those with kidney, liver and adrenal disease.

It has been reported that Bayer has paid out $142 million in Yaz / Yasmin settlements in 651 cases alleging that these birth control pills cause potentially deadly blood clots in women. Drospirenone has been linked to pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. In 2008 the FDA released a study tying drospirenone birth control pills such as Yaz, Yasmine and Ocella to blood clots, announcing that they may raise a user's risk of blood clots by nearly 74%, yet they remain on the market. The drug has been linked to 50 or more deaths in the United States between 2004 and 2008.

On September 26,2011 the FDA issued an updated Drug Safety Communication informing the public that it "remains concerned about the potential increased risk of blood clots with the use of drospirenone-containing birth control pills." The FDA is advising patients to speak to their healthcare professional about the risk of blood clots before deciding which birth-control pill to use. This alert was updated on October 27, 2011 in a FDA Safety Medwatch.

Bayer has been warned several times about false and misleading statements made in advertisements for Yasmin and Yaz, which failed to adequately warn about the risks associated with the drugs.
The company claims that YAZ is the only birth control pill which can help treat the emotional and physical symptoms of PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) while also reducing the effects of moderate acne. Yaz has been the top-selling birth control pill in the United States with nearly 11-20 percent of the birth control pill market share. In 2008, more than $600 million dollars of YAZ sales were made in the U.S.


Zocor product liability attorney. Zocor® (simvastatin)

Simvastatin is intended to help control elevated cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by reducing harmful cholesterol and trigliceride levels in the blood while also increasing healthy cholesterol levels. Simvastatin is sold as a single-ingredient generic medication, under the brand-name Zocor, in combination with ezetimibe as Vytorin and in combination with niacin as Simcor.

On March 19, 2010 the FDA released a health warning related to increased risk of muscle injury with Zocor. Zocor is part of the statin family of drugs that are known to cause muscle damage including Rhabdomyolysis. The FDA has warned that patients taking 80 mg doses of Zocor are at a greater risk of developing muscle injury than patients taking other statin drugs.

On June 8, 2011, the FDA added new Zocor side effect warnings to Zocor labeling advising physicians not to prescribe high doses of Zocor to new patients, and to limit high-dose prescriptions to patients who have taken 80 mg doses of Zocor for more than a year without side effects. Additionally, the FDA has required Merck to change the drug's labeling in order to reduce the risk of prescription errors and clearly differentiate the drug's dosage amounts.

Rhabdomyolysis affects about five out of every 100,000 Zocor users. Rhabdomyolysis is a condition that may cause fatal injuries to the kidneys, causing muscle fibers to break down and release myoglobin protein. As the kidneys attempt to filter myoglobin out of the bloodstream it breaks down into substances that can damage kidney cells, eventually causing them to fail.
Patients with rhabdomyolysis may experience unexplained muscle pain, weakness and swelling and symptoms including nausea, confusion and tea-colored urine. The condition can cause difficulty urinating and kidney failure within a few days.
The risks of injury from Zocor appears to be linked to genetics, and are especially acute in people of Chinese descent. It's also higher in people taking certain other drugs, including the mineral niacin.


Zoloft product liability attorneyZoloft (Sertraline Hcl) ®

Zoloft is another member of a class of medications that's known as SSRI's or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. These medications increase serotonin levels and help to keep those levels more constant. Many scientists believe that when someone suffers from varying levels of serotonin they tend to endure sometimes wild mood swings. Clearly, this can exacerbate the problems encountered by people who are suffering from depression or PTSD.

Zoloft side effects tend to range in severity. Examples of alleged Zoloft side effects include Suicide, Withdrawal, and Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN).

When young people use Zoloft, they tend to face a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and even attempt to commit suicide. People who begin to cycle off of it when their doctors advise it tend to suffer through withdrawals that can be intense and excruciating.

Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN) is an otherwise rare lung disease that can be contracted by infants of mothers who used Zoloft during the late stages of pregnancy. PPHN can lead to lung and heart failure and to death. In addition, pregnant women who have used Zoloft during the gestation period have also been showed by some studies to face a heightened risk of premature birth.

Under strict product liability laws, drug manufacturers may be held liable for ANY serious injuries or deaths caused by their products regardless of the care they took to prevent defects.


Drug related product liability claims fall under three basic headings:

  • Defectively manufactured pharmaceutical drugs claims involve injuries caused by drugs that have been improperly manufactured or have become contaminated in the manufacturing process. This may occur at the manufacturing facility, during shipping, through a compounding pharmacy or at any point between the manufacturing facility and the location where you actually receive the drug.
  • Pharmaceutical drugs with dangerous side effects claims involve drugs that may be properly manufactured but still have side effects which result in injury. These cases often involve drugs that have been on the market for a long time before research shows that they increase risks of injury. In some cases victims may claim punitive damages if they can show that a manufacturer knew of the danger but deliberately concealed it.
  • Improperly marketed pharmaceutical drugs. The "marketing" of a pharmaceutical drug refers to the warnings, instructions, or recommendations concerning the use of that drug. This category often involves injuries caused by a failure to provide adequate or accurate warnings regarding a dangerous side effect or a failure to provide adequate instructions regarding the safe and appropriate use of the drug. The "bad advice" may have been given by the manufacturer or by a doctor, pharmacist, sales rep, or some other medical provider.

A defective product lawsuit may include a combination of these claims; i.e., claims based on a drug with a dangerous side effect may be coupled with a claim based on the failure to warn of that side effect.

If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered serious personal injury from a defective drug, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income, diminished earning capacity and more. Under product liability laws the manufacturer, distributor and seller can all be held liable for your injuries.


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