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Pharmaceutical Litigation

The pharmaceutical industry is a multi-billion dollar business and, tragically, one in which profits are often held above the well-being of those seeking help for their ailments. There are countless examples of drugs being aggressively marketed to the public, only to be followed years later by a broader awareness of the deadly side effects they can cause. At Amaro Law Firm, we find this type of operation unconscionable and are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims and their families. When you have a pharmaceutical litigation attorney on your side, you have invaluable help pursuing the compensation you deserve and holding the drug companies responsible for their actions.

When medications do far more harm than good, file a claim to hold the negligent drug maker liable. It can be the key to getting the compensation necessary to healing.

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Types of Drugs & Their Side Effects

Unfortunately, there are a vast number of drugs on the market which can cause severe adverse effects for those who take them. The following is a partial list of pharmaceuticals around which our firm can build a personal injury case:

Actos: Actos is a diabetes medication manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. which has been on the market since 1999. Its active ingredient is pioglitazone and it has been found to cause severe side effects. In certain countries, it has been banned from use or from being prescribed to any new patients. It is still available in the United States.

Yaz: Yaz is an oral contraceptive which has been linked to many side effects, some life threatening. Not only were patients not sufficiently warned of this, the FDA even issued a warning letter to Bayer for false advertising in relation to the drug. Potential side effects include blood clots, heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, cervical cancer, gallbladder disease and more.

Paxil Birth Defects: Paxil is an antidepressant commonly prescribed for individuals labeled as suffering from depression or anxiety. Tragically, studies show that women who take this drug early in their pregnancy increase the risk of their child suffering birth defects. Heart defects are the most common but severe damage to the skull, abdomen and other areas of the child’s body can also result.

Pradaxa: Pradaxa is a drug that’s advertised to help prevent strokes or serious blood clots in people who suffer from atrial fibrillation (a condition where the heart beats irregularly, increasing the chance of forming blood clots and causing a stroke). Pradaxa has been known to increase a person’s risk of heart attack and can also make it difficult or impossible for a doctor to stop bleeding in a patient who has taken the drug.

Accutane: Accutane is a drug used for the treatment of acne but not without potential serious side effects. Inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease have all been linked to use of this drug and some patients have even had to have all or part of their colon or rectum surgically removed.

Zoloft: Zoloft is an antidepressant manufactured by Pfizer, Inc., which has a tremendous number of potential side effects. Common side effects include suicidal thoughts or behavior, anxiety, aggressiveness, sexual dysfunction, tremor, abnormal vision, pain, loss of bladder control and more. Seizures, comas and other alarming conditions have also been linked to the use of Zoloft.

SSRIs: SSRI stands for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, a type of drug based on the theory that by affecting the reabsorption of serotonin in the brain, mood can be improved. Amazingly, one of the listed side effects of SSRIs is a worsening of depression and mania. They also carry a black box warning from the FDA, indicating a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects.

Avandia: Avandia, or rosiglitazone maleate, was approved in 1999 for use in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Side effects, however, include an increased risk of heart related injuries and deaths, including heart attacks, along with an increased risk of liver failure. Other side effects include osteoporosis, edema, hypoglycemia, blurred vision and more.

Digitek: Digitek is a drug prescribed for cases of heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms. A nationwide recall followed the discovery that a manufacturing defect allowed tablets sold to consumers to contain up to twice the amount of approved active ingredients. Overdoses could cause heart problems and death and have been the subject of numerous lawsuits.

Reglan: Reglan, or metroclopramide, is used to treat heartburn, acid reflux disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Serious side effects include tardive dyskinesia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome and other permanent or even fatal conditions. Reglan lawsuits have also addressed the prescribing of the drug for conditions it has not been approved by the FDA to treat.

Fentanyl: Fentanyl is a drug meant for the treatment of chronic and severe pain, often pain suffered by cancer victims. It is an opiate 80 times stronger than morphine and has been found to be highly addictive and to easily lead to overdose. Coma and death have been linked to taking Fentanyl and to compound the betrayal, medical professionals have been known to prescribe it for mild pain and headaches.

Rispedal: Although Rispedal was approved by the FDA only for the treatment of schizophrenic symptoms, doctors have prescribed it for dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, autism and conduct issues in children. Side effects include pain, vomiting, abnormal walk, agitation, aggression, anxiety, involuntary movements, decreased activity, lack of coordination, impotence, difficulty urinating, tremor and more.

Seroquel: The FDA approved Seroquel to be prescribed for symptoms of psychosis, however it has also been prescribed for other mental conditions. Seroquel has been linked to increased risk of developing diabetes, pancreatitis and other serious side effects. Lawsuits have been filed claiming insufficient warning was given to patients despite the manufacturer knowing of the risks.

Topamax: The anticonvulsant medication Topamax, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, has been linked to serious birth defects, such as cleft palate and cleft lip, in children of women who have taken the drug while pregnant. It has been listed by the FDA as a Pregnancy Category D medication, meaning positive evidence of fetal risk exists.

Tysabri: Tysabri is used for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease, however, its actual effects can be devastating. Tysabri has been shown to cause many patients to develop progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare and often fatal infection of the brain. The more Tysabri infusions received, the greater the risk of suffering this condition or death.

Darvocet: After Darvocet was found to cause severe side effects, the FDA issued a recall and banned the drug. It is a relatively weak painkiller with limited benefits known to cause such conditions as heart arrhythmia and heart attack. It has also been linked to suicide and directly caused the death of many patients.

Humira: Humira is prescribed for inflammatory conditions of the joints, spine and digestive tract. It is known to cause severe adverse side effects falling into the categories of cancer, nerve damage and opportunistic infections. Despite ongoing claims of the dangers of the drug, Abbott Laboratories waited years to warn doctors and patients of the potential side effects.

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs): PPIs are used to treat heart burn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach ulcers and similar disorders. Examples of PPIs include Nexium, Prilosex, Prevacid, Dexilant, Zegerid, Protonix, Aciphex and Vimovo. Several studies have linked these types of drugs to increased risk of bone fractures, especially of the hip wrist and spine.

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