We have represented hundreds of people who have been injured by prescription drugs.
A growing number of consumers are suing manufacturers of prescription drugs because the prescription drug has injured them and changed their lives forever. We investigate these claims and often find that the prescription drug was marketed to consumers before proper safety testing was performed. We also commonly discover that warnings of known side effects and adverse reactions are either inadequate or not given at all.
We are currently representing people who have suffered serious injuries while using the following prescription drugs:
Birth Defects: Antidepressants (classified as Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors, i.e. SSRIs) work by boosting serotonin levels in the brain, which regulates mood, sleep and appetite. SSRIs, including Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, Lexapro and Celexa, have been linked to birth defects. When taken during pregnancy, SSRIs can cause congenital heart defects and other congenital malformations, including lung, cranio-facial, limb and abdominal wall malformations.
Bladder Cancer: Actos is prescribed for people with type 2 diabetes. Since its release in 1999, doctors have been studying Actos and its possible link to bladder cancer. On June 15, 2011, the FDA announced that the “use of the diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer.” Actos has been banned in France, and Germany has advised its doctors against prescribing it. Though it is still prescribed in the United States, the FDA has placed a warning on the drug information label.
Blood Clots/Pulmonary Embolism/Gall Bladder Disease: The birth control pills Yasmin and YAZ (along with their generic Ocella) contain drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, a bioactive form of estrogen. Although it is effective in preventing pregnancy, it has some serious side effects. These pills have been linked to blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), gallbladder disease, heart attack, pulmonary embolism and stroke. Women who smoke, are over 35 and/or have a history of any of these health conditions are at the highest risk.
Femur Fractures: Fosamax is a bisphosphonate drug manufactured and sold by pharmaceutical giant Merck. Available by prescription only since 1998, the medication is used to treat prophylaxis, female osteoporosis, male osteoporosis and prevention and treatment of corticosteroid-associated osteoporosis.
Recently, medical experts have connected Fosamax to atypical femur (thigh bone) fractures. An abnormal femur fracture can be defined as a fracture that occurs after little or no impact (from a standing height or less). It turns out that rather than strengthening bones, Fosamax may cause them to become brittle and to break under modest stress.
If you believe that you have been injured as a result of a prescription drug, contact Foulston Law Office for a free consultation.