Most people can recall seeing commercials announcing the recall of certain pharmaceuticals and warning users of their potential risks. It’s easy to view these commercials as distant inconveniences, but defective drugs are much more common than people realize. It’s possible you are taking or have taken a drug which has since been recalled due to its harmful side effects. It is even more possible that you know someone who has taken a dangerous or recalled drug.
The difficulty with potentially dangerous medications is that the investigation process can be time-consuming; the result is that many people continue to use medications that could negatively impact their health without knowing it. This is why it’s a good idea to stay up to date on current drug investigations.
If you believe that you or a loved one may have been harmed by a potentially defective drug, reach out to a product liability attorney to discuss beginning an investigation and potentially filing a claim to compensate your damages. There is a good chance the drug may already be under investigation or in the midst of litigation.
Potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals currently under investigation include but are not limited to the following:
- Truvada: This medication is used to prevent and treat HIV infections. However, it has been linked to serious health issues including kidney failure and osteoporosis.
- Taxotere: This medication is generally used to stop the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body; however, it may be used for other purposes as well. Taxotere has been linked to excessive and permanent hair loss in patients.
- Valsartan: This drug has been used to treat blood pressure issues and heart failure. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered impurities in the medication leading to an increased risk of cancer, kidney, and liver injuries in patients.
- Zostavax: This pharmaceutical in the form of a vaccine has been given to patients to prevent shingles. However, this vaccine has instead been linked to the development of more severe and painful forms of the virus, in addition to brain damage, heart failure, autoimmune disorders, vision and hearing loss, and spinal cord inflammation.
- Sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 drugs (SGLT2s): This is a group of medications used to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes; some of the primary medications in this category include Farxiga, Xigduo, Invokamet, Invokana, Jardiance, and Glyxamni. However, SGLT2s have been linked to serious kidney problems and ketoacidosis requiring hospitalization.
- Opioids: Opioids are high-strength pain medications known to cause serious addictions, especially when wrongfully or over-prescribed. Doctors have a responsibility to closely monitor opioid prescriptions and to avoid prescribing them to patients with a history of addiction.
- Heartburn medications: While some heartburn medications are perfectly safe, Nexium and Prilosec are two heartburn medications that have been linked to kidney disease, damage, and failure. Zantac is another popular heartburn medication that has been linked to a variety of cancers.
- Fluoroquinolones: This group of medicines include drugs such as Levaquin, Cipro, Noroxin, Floxin, Factive, and Avelox, and is typically used to treat infections in patients. However, these fluoroquinolones have been linked to permanent nerve damage in some patients.
- Contraceptives: Also referred to as birth control medications, this group of drugs has been problematic from the get-go. To name only a few of the contraceptives under investigation, the Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD) is facing lawsuits over uterine perforation, device migration, and pseudotumor cerebri or “false brain tumors”. The Nexplanon birth control implant in addition to the oral contraceptive Yaz or Yasmin is also under investigation for increasing the risk of dangerous blood clots, heart attacks, and even stroke in patients.
If you have taken any of the above or another medication and suffered a potentially related injury or illness, reach out to a product liability attorney to discuss your options for physical and financial recovery.