Defective and Dangerous Drugs
Liability Attorneys | Supplements and Medical Substances
The pharmaceutical industry is home to some of the largest and most profitable companies in the world. A defective drug has the power to affect thousands of people across the country and cost these companies millions. To prevent this, drug companies employ huge numbers of lawyers who are skilled at avoiding liability or at least minimizing the harm to the bottom line. If you have been injured by a defective drug, including prescription or over-the-counter medications, we can help you. In addition, we represent clients who have been harmed by tainted or dangerous supplements and other products not under Food and Drug Administration (FDA) control. Our firm can advise you in cases involving a wide range of dangerous drugs.
Cases we handle include, but are not limited to:
Actos® is a drug prescribed to treat Type 2 Diabetes. It is taken once daily and controls blood sugar levels by increasing the body’s sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which helps cells use blood sugar for energy.
Diabetes Drugs Causing Thyroid and Pancreatic Cancer
Studies and reports have shown that Byetta, Victoza, Januvia, Onglyza and Tradjenta may cause an increased risk of pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer and other serious adverse drug events.
Dietary Supplements Causing Liver Damage
Nearly half of Americans use dietary supplements in hopes of losing weight, building muscles and preventing anything from colds to chronic illnesses. Unfortunately, using some herbal products can lead to serious harm and even death.
The Army is investigating several dietary supplements – including Jack3d and OxyELITE Pro – after two U.S. soldiers died from heart attacks during fitness exercises. The Defense Department removed these and all the products listed containing the same active ingredient – DMAA – from all military bases. It is unclear at this point what action the FDA will take.
FDA-Required Black Box Warnings
At Bohrer Brady LLC, we handle pharmaceutical litigation for clients across the United States, including those who have been harmed due to use of drugs with FDA black box warnings. If you or someone close to you has suffered due to the use of a dangerous prescription drug, our lawyers are here to help you pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.
Failure to Warn of Adverse Reactions
Drug manufacturers commonly introduce potentially dangerous drugs into the marketplace, and patients and their doctors, when made aware of potential dangers, can decide if the benefits outweigh the risks.
Fen-phen was a diet drug combination prescribed in the 1990s as an anti-obesity medication. In 1997, the drug was withdrawn from the market because of the damage it did to patients. American Lawyer magazine reported in 2005 that more than 50,000 fen-phen lawsuits have been filed.
A drug prescribed to treat and prevent osteoporosis, can cause painful and even life-threatening problems for some patients. If you or a loved one has suffered a fractured femur or leg while taking Fosamax, make sure your doctor knows. You can also talk to a Fosamax liability attorney about filing a claim against the drug manufacturer.
Invokana Diabetic Drugs
The Diabetic Drug lawyers at Bohrer Brady, LLC are evaluating cases of ketoacidosis for persons taking the diabetic medicines Invokana (FDA approved March 2013), Invokamet, Farxiga (FDA approved January 2014), Xigduo XR, Jardiance (FDA approved August 2014), and Glyxambi.
The attorneys at Bohrer Brady, LLC are pursuing claims on behalf of women against Pfizer, the manufacturer of the popular cholesterol-lowering statin drug Lipitor (Atorvastatin). The suits allege that Lipitor either caused or contributed to the women developing type 2 diabetes. Several recent studies have linked Lipitor and other cholesterol lowering statin drugs to an increased risk of diabetes, particularly in middle-aged and elderly women.
Low T or Low Testosterone
The manufacturers of testosterone drugs are being sued throughout the country for injuries related to their products. The lawsuits allege that testosterone, sometimes referred to as “Low-T” products, such as AndroGel, Androderm, Testopel, Axiron, Delatestryl, Depo-Testosterone, Fortesta, Straint and Testim, can cause a heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism and death.
Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa
The drugs that are supposed to relieve depression in patients sometimes actually worsen the depression and cause suicidal thoughts, especially in children and young adults. Some antidepressants have even been linked to violent behavior. Antidepressant medications can also cause problems such as injuries to fetuses, liver failure, and other physical complications.
A drug recall is an action that removes a drug from the marketplace. Drug recalls can be initiated by FDA order or request, or by the pharmaceutical company itself. A drug recall is a drastic measure, a result of evidence that a drug is extremely harmful, even fatal.
Risperdal and Gynecomastia
Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. The generic version of Risperdal is risperidone. Other drugs, such as Invega and Risperdal Consta are also considered Risperdal. Risperdal is usually prescribed to patients to treat schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, autism, and other psychiatric conditions.
Talcum powder is a common ingredient found in products such as Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. According to the American Cancer Society, continuous use of talcum powder near the genital region can increase the risk of ovarian cancer by 30-40% . If you or a loved one has used talcum powder once a day for four years or twice a day for two years and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be entitled to compensation.
On March 4, 2011, the FDA noted in its advisory letter that women who are pregnant should avoid taking Topamax (Topiramate) and its generic equivalents. Topamax is generally prescribed to women who have epilepsy as an anticonvulsant.
The blood thinner Xarelto (rivaroxaban) was approved in 2011. It is manufactured by Bayer and marketed by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
The birth control pill Yaz (full name Yasmine) has become one of the most popular methods for oral contraception amongst women in the United States. Unfortunately, many of these women selected this particular birth control pill because of misleading advertising, and in some contexts, false advertising.
Zofran (ondansetron) was approved by the FDA in 1991 for use as an anti-nausea drug by cancer patients. The FDA did not approve Zofran for treatment of morning sickness during pregnancy. Zofran was made by GlaxoSmithKline who promoted Zofran for use by pregnant women to treat nausea. This is known as an “off-label” use.
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