Experienced Pharmaceutical Litigation Attorneys Investigate the Dangers of Prescription Drugs
Holding drug companies accountable for the serious medical complications and health defects associated with their products
Prescription drugs are intended to help patients attain some level of relief from all types of medical conditions and symptoms. Unfortunately, prescription drugs are not fail-safe and are associated with an increased risk of other medical problems and complications. Our experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Osborne & Francis Law Firm PLLC represent numerous clients negatively impacted by a wide-range of prescription medications, helping them receive full and fair compensation for their medical problems.
Common prescription drugs lead to significant health problems
Going to the doctor and receiving a prescription for a new drug that is supposed to provide some level of relief is a common occurrence that nearly everyone experiences. Unfortunately, prescription drugs have the potential to do more harm than good. The most common prescription drugs known to pose additional risk and cause serious side effects are:
• Zofran (ondanestron) – Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, this drug has been prescribed to expectant mothers to treat morning sickness, but has since been linked to birth defects such as cleft palates and lips and congenital heart defects. The FDA never approved this drug to treat morning sickness.
• Xarelto (rivaroxaban) – This is an oral anticoagulant made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Johnson & Johnson) developed to prevent blood clots, but is linked to severe and uncontrolled bleeding that causes major organs to shut down.
• Actos (pioglitazone) – A Type 2 diabetes drug produced by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly that may be linked to a higher risk of developing bladder cancer.
• Yaz – Manufactured by Bayer, Yaz is a common birth control pill that has a wide range of side effects, including serious risks of kidney disorders, uterine bleeding migraines and irregular heart rhythms.
• Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) – Produced by Pfizer, this is a cholesterol-lowering drug that may lead to an increased risk of kidney and liver disorders, Type 2 diabetes and muscle disease.
• GranuFlo (sodium diacetate) – Fresenius Medical Care developed this drug to be used during kidney dialysis to neutralize excess acid in a patient’s blood. This drug has been linked to a risk of sudden, fatal heart attack and was recalled by the FDA in May 2012.
• Januvia (sitagliptin) – This Type II diabetes drug made by Merck & Co is linked to an increased risk of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer that can lead to death.
• Fosamax (alendronate) – Made by Merck & Co to treat osteoporosis, this drug is linked to esophageal cancer, random bone breaks and chronic irregular heartbeats.
• Topamax – This is an anticonvulsant drug, produced by Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Johnson & Johnson) used to treat epilepsy and prevent migraines. Patients taking this drug are at an increased risk for metabolic acidosis, eye disorders, suicidal thoughts and actions and birth defects if taken during pregnancy.
• Pradaxa (dabigatran) – Manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim, Pradaxa is a blood thinner prescribed to prevent strokes. This drug has been linked to sometimes fatal instances of uncontrollable hemorrhage and bleeding.
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of these drugs for failing to adequately warn against possible side effects and intentionally concealing proof of harmful complications.
If you or a loved one has suffered significant medical problems due to prescription drugs, contact a team of personal injury attorneys with the legal knowledge and skills you need to protect your interests
Prescription drugs are supposed to enhance your quality of life, not destroy it. Unfortunately, many drugs have proven to lead severe medical complications and even death. At Osborne & Francis Law Firm PLLC, we understand how daunting your situation may seem and strive to ease your legal and financial burdens. To discuss your case with a member of our team, call 561-293-2600 or contact us online and schedule a free consultation at your convenience.