An Overview of Dangerous Drugs

Oct 5, 2014 by

Dangerous drugs are often prescribed for conditions for which there are no other treatment, when the risks are outweighed by the benefits. However, when “safer” alternatives are available, the patients were not given full information about their treatment options, and/or the products present too high a risk to even be sold that is when marketing dangerous drugs become negligence.

This is usually the case in product litigation cases against pharmaceutical companies. Either they do not fully disclose the risks of the product or mislead the public about its efficacy or safety compared to alternative treatment. An example of this would be combined oral contraceptive products such as Yasmin, Yaz, and Ocella, which according to the website of the National Injury Law Center caused potentially fatal blood clots to form in a significant portion of those who take them. Plaintiffs claim that if they had known of the risks, they would have not patronized the products. Product liability lawsuits have already been certified for multidistrict litigation.

On the other end of the spectrum, new anticoagulant medication such as Xarelto caused uncontrollable bleeding with no effective reversal agent available. They were touted as more convenient than the standard treatment for atrial fibrillation and related conditions, but it posed an unacceptable level of risk for many patients. As pointed out in the website of the law firm Williams Kherkher, even as Xarelto in particular was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 for certain medical conditions it was rejected for later applications. This circumspection may be due to the increase in complaints for injured patients, some of which have already filed lawsuits against the appropriate parties.

There will always be side effects when raking pharmacotherapy, but the benefits should outweigh the risk of harm. If you have suffered serious injury from using a drug that was misrepresented by its makers or distributors, you have a right to be compensated for it. Consult with a product liability lawyer in your area for some legal advice.

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The Troubles with Viagra

Sep 30, 2014 by

Pfizer Inc., the manufacturer and distributor of the popular erectile dysfunction (ED) drug Viagra (sildenafil), may be facing some troubled squalls related to the drug in the near future.

Viagra was introduced in the market in 1998, and it wasn’t long before it became the standard ED treatment for all situations including diabetes, and has even been prescribed for women who were experiencing sexual dysfunction due to the use of antidepressants. At its peak (2008) Pfizer raked in more than $1.9 billion in worldwide sales of the drug, capturing 92% of the ED market.

However, Pfizer’s patent on Viagra expired in June 2013 outside the US, and generic versions have significantly eroded the drug maker’s revenue. Its US patent for sildenafil for ED will expire in 2019, and Pfizer is making an all-out effort to keep its market share and revenue as large as possible till then. However, the writing is on the wall that the days of high profits for Viagra are on the wane.

In addition, Pfizer may soon be facing legal problems related to Viagra following an article published in the June 2014 issue of the journal JAMA Internal Medicine entitled “Sildenafil Use and Increased Risk of Incident Melanoma in US Men: A Prospective Cohort Study.” While the study is not considered definitive, it indicates a strong enough relationship between Viagra use and melanoma risk to warrant consulting a lawyer.

Medical breakthroughs are often rife with risks. Modern drugs and medical devices have undoubtedly improved healthcare immeasurably, but sometimes the benefits outweigh the risks. A good example is the da Vinci Surgical Robot by Intuitive Surgical Inc. which was supposed to make specific surgical procedures safer and less invasive, but comes with the risk of complications unique to the device.

Healthcare professionals also tend to become less vigilant because of technological advancements. There are numerous incidents of failing to diagnose or misdiagnosis even when the patient is symptomatic. As pointed out on the website of law firm Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, this breach in their duty of care can lead to medical malpractice lawsuits.

If you have suffered serious injuries from defective medical products or negligent practices, it is not something that you should just accept. Consult with the appropriate personal injury lawyer in your area to find out how you can get compensated for all you have endured.

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