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Drug LawsuitsDefective drug litigation exists because drugs are products, and manufacturers producing products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause. Prescription drugs can be defective in several ways, including: incorrect medication dosages during product manufacturing, quality control issues, undisclosed dangerous side effects and contamination. Suffering a dangerous side effect from a defective drug can severely alter your quality of life, or even be fatal.

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Actos

Bladder Cancer Lawsuits

A FDA safety announcement was released on June 15, 2011 concerning an increased risk of bladder cancer to patients who have been taking Actos to treat their diabetes. If you have taken the diabetes drug Actos for over a year you may be at risk for cancer.

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Benicar

Chronic Diarrhea and Intestinal Disorders

The FDA has issued warnings to consumers taking high blood pressure medication, Benicar which may cause chronic diarrhea and interstinal disorders.

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Celexa

Birth Defect Lawsuits & Heart Defects Lawsuits

There is a possible link in children born with cardiac and other congenital birth defects to antidepressant drugs like Celexa (citalopram). Celexa side effects may include congenital heart defects and other congenital birth defects.

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Depakote

Birth Defect Lawsuits & Heart Defects Lawsuits

Use of Depakote to treat bipolar disorder, migraines, epilepsy and chronic pain associated with nervous system diseases during pregnancy can cause congenital malformations including neural tube defects and other deformities.

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Dilantin

Stevens Johnson Syndrome & Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Lawsuits

Epileptic patients taking Dilantin to control seizures need to be aware of potential increased risk of serious skin side effect reactions including Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) from phenytoin therapy.

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Duragesic Patch

Fentanyl Overdose Lawsuits

Duragesic patches are being recalled because of a manufacturing defect. The gel reservoir will leak, exposing patients directly to the fentanyl gel. Exposure to fentanyl gel may lead to respiratory depression and possible overdose, which may be fatal.

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Effexor

Birth Defect Lawsuits & Heart Defects Lawsuits

Children born with cardiac and other serious congenital birth defects have potentially been linked to use of the anti-depressant drug Effexor (venlafaxine). Research suggests an increased risk of congenital heart defects and other congenital birth defects.

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Eliquis

Internal Bleeding Lawsuits

Eliquis is an anticoagulant blood-thinner that is used for lowering the chance of blood clots. Dangerous side effects from its use includes internal bleeding and even uncontrolled bleeding, which could lead to death of the patient.

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Fen Phen

Primary Pulmonary Hypertension & Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Lawsuits

PPH, PAH, and PH have been linked to the use of diet drugs and nutritional supplements including: Fen Phen, Redux, Pondimin, ephedra, ma huang, Metabolife, Herbalife, Dexatrim and St. John’s Wort extract.

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Januvia

Pancreatic Cancer

Januvua is a type 2 diabetic drug that has the potential to develop pancreatic cancer.

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Lexapro

Birth Defect Lawsuits & Heart Defects Lawsuits

Lexapro is an antidepressant drug of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class that has been linked to increased risk of serious birth defects including primary pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) and congenital heart defects.

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Paxil

Birth Defect Lawsuits & Heart Defects Lawsuits

Paxil can cause an increased risk of congenital heart defects in infants due to exposure in the womb. Paxil birth defects include: heart defects, PPHN, omphalocele, hydrocephalus, craniosynostosis, clubfoot, anencephely, and neural tube defects.

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Pradaxa

Cerebral Hemorrhaging & Internal Bleeding Lawsuits

Pradaxa breaks down quickly when removed from its original container. Patients who took the new anti-clotting drug Pradaxa, made by Boehringer Ingelheim, have a 33% higher risk of heart attack or severe symptoms of heart disease than do patients taking Warfarin.

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Pristiq

Birth Defects

Antidepression medication, Pristiq, if taken during pregnancy may cause severe birth defects to babies during pregnancy. Pfizer, the makers of Pristiq, did not warn patients taking Pristiq that there are birth defects risks during pregnancy.

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Prozac

Birth Defect Lawsuits & Heart Defects Lawsuits

Prozac is an SSRI that has been linked to increased risk of congenital heart defects, Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN), cranio-facial malformations, limb malformations, abdominal wall malformations, and other serious birth defects.

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Risperdal

Male Breast Development

Risperdal has been linked to breasts development in male adolescents.

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Talcum Powder

Ovarian Cancer

Studies have shown that women applying talcum powder on their genital areas may cause ovarian cancer.

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Topamax

Birth Defect Lawsuits & Heart Defects Lawsuits

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will strengthen warnings on Topamax because women taking the epilepsy medication while pregnant increases the risk of oral cleft birth defects, like cleft palate and cleft lip, by as much as 16 times.

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Tysabri

Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy Lawsuits

Tysabri was prescribed for patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Crohn’s disease, but has been causing an increasing number of patients to develop progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). PML is a rare and often fatal infection of the brain.

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Wellbutrin

Birth Defect Lawsuits & Heart Defects Lawsuits

Wellbutrin, an aminoketone class antidepressant, has caused left outflow tract defects, such as coarctation of the aorta (CoA). Left outflow heart defects affect the flow of blood from the heart’s left chambers to the rest of the body.

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Zofran

Birth Defect During Pregnancy

Zofran is an anti-nausea medication that was FDA approved for for patients undergoing chemotherapy and was never approved for the prescription for morning sickness due to pregnancy, many resulting in birth defects to babies.

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See also: Medical Device Lawsuits or Previously Investigated Products

Defective Drugs

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Recent Drug News

European Medicines Agency Update on PML and Tysabri

  PRESS RELEASE At the end of July 2008, the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) received two reports of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) who have been treated with Tysabri. PML is a rare brain infection with symptoms that are similar to those of an MS attack. The two cases…

Duragesic Patch Fentanyl Overdose Recall

PriCara Recalls 25 mcg/hr Duragesic (Fentanyl Transdermal System) CII Pain Patches PriCara, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. said today that all lots of 25 microgram/hour (mcg/hr) Duragesic (fentanyl transdermal system) CII patches sold by PriCara in the United States and all 25 mcg/hr fentanyl patches sold by Sandoz Inc. in the United States are being…

Birth Defects Linked to Psychotropic Drugs During Pregnancy

Some psychotropic drugs may be recommended to treat depression as they are believed to affect the mind, emotions, and behavior of an individual. But these medications appear to elevate the risk for various birth defects. As a recent study initiated by the University of Copenhagen suggests, the consumption of psychotropic medication ought to be avoided…

Women Not Warned About SSRI Lung Birth Defect PPHN

By Evelyn Pringle – Countercurrents.org A study of nearly 500,000 women by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, in the September 18, 2007, Annals of Internal Medicine, found that nearly 50% of women taking a prescription drug that could cause birth defects did not receive warnings to avoid pregnancy. The authors note that…

Some Antidepressants Pose Birth Defect Risks

6/27/07 – U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT Pregnant women with depression often find themselves choosing between the lesser of two evils. Should they take antidepressants and risk the slight but real possibility of birth defects? Or should they forgo treatment and chance a relapse? Two new studies published in this week’s New England Journal of…

Tegretol, Lamictal, Dilantin, Depakote Linked to Birth Defects

Paper Confirms Link Between Medication in Early Pregnancy & Birth Defects What had been suspected was confirmed with the publication of the results of a study conducted by an international team clinicians and public health workers: women who take anti-epileptic drugs in early pregnancy face a definite risk of having a child with a major (life-threatening)…

Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)

Reviewed by: Michael Spear, MD; Kim Rutherford, MD; and Steve Dowshen, MD What Is Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn? In the womb, the pathway of your baby’s blood circulation is different than it is after birth. In the uterus, a baby’s circulation bypasses the lungs. The lungs are not needed to exchange oxygen because…

Fen Phen PPH Lawsuit

Primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) are rare pulmonary diseases that narrow the lung’s blood vessels causing high blood pressure and eventually leading to heart failure. PPH, PAH, and PH have been linked to the use of diet drugs including: Fen Phen, Redux, Pondimin, may also be caused by consumption of ephedra,…