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Millions of Americans take prescription drugs and over the counter medications. A dangerous drug can be any drug prescribed to you that causes serious side effects, especially when there is little to no warning that the effects may occur. Some drugs are posing serious health risks and have dangerous side effects. The following drugs have either been recalled or have issues regarding serious side effects: Fen-Phen, Vioxx, Celebrex, Zyprexa, Ephedrine, Bextra, Crestor and Paxil. Dangerous drugs can cause birth defects, heart attacks, hypertension, insomnia, memory loss, stroke, tremors and vomiting, amongst many other serious side effects.
It is important to know that nearly every drug has some side effect. It is well known that aspirin can cause stomach problems and is dangerous for young children. The benefits, though of aspirin are so great that the side effects are often worth the benefit. Therefore, not all drugs with side effects or bad results are appropriate for lawsuits. The lawyers at Rotts & Gibbs, LLC are aware of all drugs with legal problems and would be happy to discuss such potential claims with you.
Medications in the United States are often recalled or limited with warnings due to serious side effects, but sometimes this happens only after many innocent patients have taken the medication and have suffered undisclosed or minimized side effects. Some drugs may even cause death.
There are several ways that a drug can be recalled or limited with warnings. A pharmaceutical company can choose to voluntarily recall the drug if new evidence shows that it is dangerous or ineffective. Another way a drug can be recalled is if the FDA recalls it. One of the functions of the FDA is to investigate new information in the form of studies, clinical trials, and patient and doctor complaints regarding the safety and efficacy of drugs. They will determine if the benefits of the drug outweigh the risks. They will issue a public warning and request that the warning be put on the drug's label or tell the company they need to recall the drug. If the company refuses to recall the drug, the FDA can use legal channels to seize the product and prevent its sale. The difficult issue for the FDA is that most of the information it receives is from the manufacturer itself, not their own independent work. The FDA is then often unable to react as quickly as the manufacturer can because of the manufacturer's superior knowledge. There have been instances in the past where the manufacturer hid or minimized information which could have saved lives. It is generally in those circumstances where we see the very large jury verdicts splashed across our media outlets.
A recent issue has been the substitution of generic drugs for the original, branded drug. These substitutions have often been required by health insurance plans. Some generic drugs appear to be less effective than the original drug. Plainly put, they just don't work as well. For many drugs, that lesser effectiveness doesn't matter, because the dosage doesn't have to match exactly. For some drugs, such as Coumadin, Dilantin, Cardizem and other similar drugs, it is critical to have exactly the right dosage. Persons taking those drugs often have to be tested on a regular basis to be sure they are getting the right dose. There have been studies which indicate that some of the generic versions of these drugs are not as effective or powerful as the original, with disastrous results for the patient. If you or your loved one has been switched from a branded drug (usually the original drug, with a brand name) to a generic drug (usually named by the chemical name, the same chemical as your original drug), and there was a very negative effect soon after switching, please call the attorneys at Rotts & Gibbs, LLC, to see whether you or your loved one may have a claim against the generic manufacturer.
You may have the right to hold the manufacturer responsible if you or a loved one has been negatively affected by taking their medication. Missouri Dangerous drug attorneys, like Rotts & Gibbs, LLC can often help you with your case. By filing a claim, you may be able to recover compensation for the economic and non-economic losses that you have suffered. You may be able to receive compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical costs, future medical costs, permanent disability, lost wages, future lost wages, prescription costs and physical therapy costs. Please call the attorneys at Rotts & Gibbs, LLC for further information or to schedule an appointment. Because cases of this nature are generally done on a contingency fee basis, you are generally not required to pay the up front costs of this type of case, which can be very expensive.
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Our firm is currently reviewing cases for people who have suffered acute or chronic kidney injury after taking Fleet Phospho Soda. C.B. Fleet, which manufactures this drug, is facing a number of these lawsuits around the country.