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.

Zoloft Birth Defect Lawsuits
Zoloft
(Birth Defects)

Effexor
(Birth Defects)

Lexapro
(Birth Defects)
Paxil Birth Defect Lawsuits
Paxil
(Birth Defects)
Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits
Actos
(Bladder Cancer)
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Transvaginal Mesh
(Pelvic Organ Prolapse)
Duragesic Patch Fentanyl Overdose Recall
Duragesic Patch
(Fentanyl Overdose)

Pristiq
(Pregnancy Birth Defects)

Wellbutrin
(Birth Defects)
Pradaxa Lawsuit: Cerebral Hemorrhaging & Internal Bleeding
Pradaxa
(Bleeding and Death)
Depakote Spina Bifida Lawsuits
Depakote
(Spina Bifida Birth Defects)
Celexa Birth Defect Lawsuits
Celexa
(Birth Defects)


Drugs Under Investigation

  • 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.

  • Antidepressant (SSRI) – Birth Defects, Heart Defects, Limb Malformations and PPHN Lawsuits
  • Antidepressant drugs classified as Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRI) have been linked to increased risk of congenital birth defects, including: heart, lung, cranio-facial, limb (hand, arm, foot, leg) and abdominal wall malformations.

  • Celexa – Birth Defects, Heart Defects, Cranio-facial Defects, Limb Malformations and PPHN 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.

  • Darvon – Heart Toxicity, Arythmia Issues and Death Lawsuits
  • Patients taking Darvon, Darvocet or generic Propoxyphene to control pain should be aware of the potential increased risk of severe heart toxicity and arythmia issues, which in certain cases is serious enough to result in death.

  • Depakote – Birth Defects, Skeletal defects, Malformations, and Spina Bifida 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.

  • Dilantin – Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) 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.

  • Diflucan – Birth Defects, Cleft Palate, Joint Deformity and Congenital Heart Disease Lawsuits
  • The FDA has released a warning that Diflucan could possibly be causing birth defects when the medication is taken repeatedly by pregnant mothers in their first trimester. Diflucan is now category D with human data suggesting that it may cause birth defects.

  • Duragesic Patch – Fentanyl Overdose and Death 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.

  • Effexor – Heart Defects, Lung Defects, and Birth Defect 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.

  • Fen Phen – Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH) and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) 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.

  • Fosamax – Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ), Broken Leg, Broken Femur, and Fractured Femur Lawsuits
  • Fosamax is an osteoporosis drug prescribed to treat bone loss. Severe side effects include a rare decay of the jawbone known as osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), or dead jaw. Recently, a medical study linked Fosamax to a type of bone fracture in the femur.

  • Lexapro – Birth Defects, Heart Defects, Double Outlet Right Ventricle, DORV, HLHS, and PPHN 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.

  • MRI Dyes – NSF, NFD, Skin Problems, Joint Problems, Kidney Failure, and Renal Failure Lawsuits
  • Gadolinium-based contrast dyes used to enhance MRI or MRA images pose serious health risks to patients with kidney problems. Risks include: NSF, NFD, skin problems, skin tightening, severe joint problems, kidney failure, and renal failure.

  • Multaq – Liver Damage, Liver Toxicity, Acute Liver Failure, and Liver Failure Lawsuits
  • Sanofi will send a letter to doctors telling them that patients taking the Multaq heart treatment have suffered liver failure. Liver function test results and injuries reported in patients treated with Multaq include at least two cases of acute liver failure.

  • Paxil – Birth Defects, Heart Defects, PPHN, Brain Defects, and Spina Bifida 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.

  • Pradaxa – Cerebral Hemorrhaging, Internal Bleeding and Death Lawsuits
  • 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.

  • Prozac – Birth Defects, Heart Defects, Cranio-facial Defects, Limb Malformations and PPHN 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.

  • Reglan – Twitching, Involuntary Movements, Shaking, and Tardive Dyskinesia Lawsuits
  • Tardive dyskinesia lawsuits are being filed against the makers of Reglan because recent published analyses suggest that Reglan, also known as metoclopramide, is the most common cause of drug-induced movement disorders with Parkinson-like tremors.

  • Topamax – Birth Defects, Spina Bifida, Cleft Palate and Cleft Lip 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.

  • Trasylol – Heart Attack, Renal Failure, Stroke, Kidney Damage, Kidney Failure, and Death Lawsuits
  • Trasylol (aprotinin), Bayer’s injectable drug used to prevent excessive blood loss during heart surgery, has nearly double the risk of death, renal failure, or stroke and a more than 50% increased risk of heart attack compared with controls in a NEJM study.

  • Tysabri – Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) and Death 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.

  • Wellbutrin – Birth Defects, Heart Defects, Coarctation of the Aorta, and PPHN 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.

  • Yaz Birth Control Pill – Death, Stroke and Heart Attack Lawsuits
  • The Yaz birth control pill could be putting millions of young women at risk of serious side effects, including stroke, heart attack and death. Bayer USA has already been warned by the FDA for running TV commercials that minimize the potential health risks.

  • Zoloft – Birth Defects, Heart Defects, Cranio-facial Defects, Limb Malformations and PPHN Lawsuits
  • Zoloft is an antidepressant SSRI categorized by the FDA as a “Category C” drug. There is a strong link between SSRI antidepressants and congenital birth defects, including: heart, lung, cranio-facial, abdominal wall, and limb (arm, hand, leg, foot) malformations.

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    lipitorRecently revealed research gathered from medical studies has linked prescription Lipitor with the possibility of causing diabetes. Lipitor is a prescription drug given to lower cholesterol in patients with dangerously high cholesterol. As a result of this latest research, there has been an influx of Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuits being filed around the country.

    If you or a loved one has developed diabetes while taking Lipitor, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuit. Our medical liability expert lawyers are currently standing by waiting to review your potential Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuit free of charge today.

    About Lipitor

    Lipitor is the marketing name given to drug atorvastatin manufactured and marketed by American drug giant Pfizer. Lipitor is one of the most popularly prescribed medications in history and has enjoyed tremendous success and popularity in treating high cholesterol. Lipitor belongs to a class of medications known as hypolipidemics.

    Lipitor functions by preventing a certain enzyme inside the liver from creating LDLs or low density lipids. Low density lipids are a form of cholesterol which block arteries and Lipitor can be successful in lowering cholesterol by reducing the production of these LDLs.

    Lipitor FDA Warning

    Early in 2012, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) forced Pfizer to offer updated warnings to its label so that it included warnings about the increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Certain other similar medications used to lower cholesterol were also suspected of causing diabetes.

    Lipitor May Cause Diabetes

    In January of 2012, there was a study published in the medical journal called Archives of Internal Medicine. The study discovered that among women between the ages of 50 and 79 who took medications like Lipitor, they were 48% more likely to develop type II diabetes than the women who did not take drugs like Lipitor for high cholesterol.

    There have been three other medical research studies conducted which examined the likely link between type II diabetes and Lipitor. These Lipitor diabetes studies were published in The Lancet, The Journal of American College of Cardiology, and Atherosclerosis.

    Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuit

    If you or a loved one developed diabetes while taking Lipitor and you think your diabetes may have been caused by Lipitor, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the makers of Lipitor. Recent evidence suggesting that Lipitor may cause diabetes has given rise to numerous individuals filing a Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuit against the manufacturers.

    A Lipitor Diabetes Lawsuit suggests that the manufacturers of Lipitor either were aware of its deleterious effects or would be reasonably expected to have known. If you suffer from high cholesterol, the last thing you want to worry about is type II diabetes. Please contact our law firm today and our team of Lipitor Lawyer experts. All lawsuits are filed on a contingency fee basis which means that you don’t pay anything unless your Lipitor Lawsuit is successful.

    Byetta-Thyroid-CancerPancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer in the United States for multiple reasons. It is incredibly frightening to be told that you have pancreatic cancer, and many people feel like they have no options. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and you think it may have been caused by taking prescription diabetes medication you have options. Our law firm is currently accepting potential Byetta Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuits against the makers of the drug.

    More on Byetta

    Byetta is part of a class of drugs called GLP-1 receptor agonists, and it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in April of 2005 for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults. Byetta is manufactured by Amylin Pharmaceuticals and until recently was marketed by both Amylin and Eli Lilly.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Byetta in 2005 to assist adults with their type-2 diabetes and to help control blood sugar levels when other drugs weren’t enough. Byetta is typically taken through a twice-a-day injection to stimulate insulin production. In terms of the diabetes drug market, Byetta is a relatively new treatment method.

    Byetta and Pancreatic Cancer

    Multiple studies have proven that pancreatic cancer may in fact be a side effect of Byetta caused by pancreatitis. In the United States, it is estimated that pancreatic cancer is responsible for as many as 6% of all cancer deaths. In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had received over 30 reports of acute pancreatitis suffered by Byetta users since its introduction.

    After receiving this information, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered Byetta’s manufacturer, Amylin, to conduct numerous studies related to the possibility and implication of Byetta causing acute pancreatitis. Further, the FDA required Byetta to look more deeply into the possibility that Byetta causes pancreatic cancer.

    Also, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showed some worry that all drugs in the same class as Byetta may have similar potential of causing pancreatic cancer. Another such drug is Januvia that people worry may cause pancreatic cancer. Tests conducted on monkeys and rats have also shown an increased likelihood of developing Byetta thyroid cancer.

    Diabetics are typically more likely to develop pancreatitis than the general population, but results from certain studies show that there may be an additional risk of pancreatic cancer among those diabetics who take Byetta to treat their diabetes.

    Byetta Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit

    If you or a loved one has developed pancreatic cancer which you think may have been caused by taking prescription Byetta, you are not alone. Many people across the country are currently filing a Byetta Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit against the manufacturers of the type-II diabetes drug. A Byetta Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit claims that the manufacturer either already knew about the increased Byetta pancreatic cancer risks or should have known.

    Please call a Byetta Pancreatic Cancer Lawyer today to discuss your options going forward with a potential Byetta Pancreatic Cancer lawsuit. All consultations are free of charge and lawsuits are pursued on a contingency-fee basis which means that you don’t pay anything unless your Byetta Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit is successful.

    januviaIf you are a type 2 diabetic who has taken Januvia for your diabetes and subsequently developed pancreatic cancer, you are not alone as a Januvia Pancreatic Cancer Victim. You may be entitled to financial compensation through a Januvia lawsuit for pancreatic cancer victims. A Januvia lawsuit claims that the manufacturers of Januvia knew or should have known about the potential for Januvia to result in pancreatic cancer.

    Those who are diagnosed as pancreatic cancer victims face an especially trying road ahead. Pancreatic cancer is responsible for the fourth most cancer deaths in the United States. Pancreatic cancer can be especially dangerous because it is often difficult to diagnose and in many cases, pancreatic cancer is not diagnosed until later stages in which the most effective treatment options may not work as well.

    More about Januvia

    Januvia (generic: sitagliptin) is part of a class of diabetes drugs known as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. Januvia was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006 for the treatment of adults suffering from type 2 diabetes. Merck and Co manufacturers Januvia.

    Januvia and Pancreatic Cancer

    A study conducted by researchers at UCLA and subsequently published in a journal called Diabetes, discovered that Januvia was associated with the incidence of certain abnormalities in the pancreas that are believed to be increased risk factors of pancreatitis. Medical experts list pancreatitis as one of the most common risk factors to the development of pancreatic cancer.

    After its appeal in 2006 until 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received more than 88 adverse reports of acute pancreatitis in patients taking Januvia – with 66 of these cases requiring hospitalization. Further, the researchers discovered that in more than half of the cases of Januvia acute pancreatitis, patients’ symptoms began to subside once they stopped taking Januvia.

    A Januvia Lawsuit for Pancreatic Cancer victims claims that the manufacturers of Januvia either knew about Januvia’s pancreatic cancer risk, or should have known that the drug may lead to an increased risk of Pancreatic cancer. At this time there is currently no Januvia Class Action Lawsuit.

    Januvia and Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit

    If you or a loved one has taken Januvia for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes and has subsequently developed pancreatic cancer, you are not alone. You may be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturers through a Januvia Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit against the makers of the potentially harmful drug. There is reason to believe that the manufacturer knew or should have known about these potential Januvia pancreatic cancer risks. Please call one of our pharmaceutical liability lawyers today for a free consultation regarding your Januvia Lawsuit. All Januvia lawsuits are processed on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don’t pay anything unless your case is successful. For more information about filing a pancreatic cancer lawsuit contact us at 1-800-883-9858 or use of contact form to the right ->

    diflucan-lawsuit-picThe United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned the public that Diflucan (generic: fluconazole) may significantly increase the risk of birth defects among women who take Diflucan in high doses (400-800mg) on a regular basis during the first trimester of pregnancy.

    Infants born after being exposed to Diflucan during the first trimester of pregnancy are reported to be at a higher risk of birth abnormalities like skull and cranial defects which may affect the development of the head causing short or broad head, cleft lip or palate, and a potentially abnormal face. Also, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that infants born to mothers taking high doses of Diflucan during all or part of pregnancy may be at an increased risk of suffering from rare and dangerous congenital heart defects.

    Physicians often prescribe antifungal Diflucan to treat infections caused by fungus in the mouth, throat, vagina, esophagus, blood, and other areas. Diflucan is also prescribed for the treatment of meningitis which can be caused by fungus and to prevent future infections in which fungus is the underlying cause. Diflucan is also used as a preventative fungal treatment for individuals undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy in which the immune system may be weakened.

    The Food and Drug Administration warned in its statement that doctors and medical professionals should take extra care in describing the risks and benefits of using Diflucan during pregnancy, especially in high doses during the first trimester. Patients should alert their doctors immediately if they become pregnant while taking Diflucan in order to more fully evaluate the risks and rewards.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) counseled that patients should definitely be made aware of the pregnancy risks associated with taking Diflucan. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has changed its pregnancy category warning on frequent high doses of Diflucan from category C to category D, which expresses the fact that there may be a significant risk of injury to babies in utero if the mother takes large frequent doses of Diflucan.

    Also, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held in check the pregnancy category C rating for small, one-time doses (150mg) of Diflucan which are commonly used to treat a yeast infection in instances in which a topical treatment fails to be effective.

    Diflucan and Congenital Heart Defects Lawsuit

    If you or a loved one took Diflucan during all or part of pregnancy and has given birth to an infant suffering from severe birth defects such as congenital heart disease, cranial defects, cleft palate, or others, you are not alone. You and your infant may be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturers of this potentially dangerous drug. Families around the country are currently filing Diflucan lawsuits which claim that the manufacturers failed to warn patients of the potential risk of Diflucan birth defects. Call today to speak with a Diflucan lawyer about your potential Diflucan Birth Defects Lawsuit. All cases are on a contingency fee basis which means that you don’t pay a penny unless your case is successful.

    Diflucan While Pregnant

    diflucan-lawsuit-picUnfortunately, fungal infections known as yeast infections occur more frequently in women during pregnancy than at any other period in a woman’s life. Yeast infections are especially common among pregnant women during the second trimester. A common sign of a yeast infection is an increase of a thin, white, unusual-smelling discharge.

    The good news is that yeast infections have no known major negative impact on pregnancy, but they can be more difficult to treat during pregnancy which may cause some discomfort or difficult problems. One question that many women will ask is, ‘is it safe to use a normal antifungal treatment like Diflucan while pregnant to treat a yeast infection?’

    The answer to that question about using Diflucan while pregnant is not so simple. Recent medical research suggests that a single low (150mg) dose of Diflucan is unlikely to increase the risk of causing birth defects to unborn infants. However, research studies suggest that there may be an increase in the risk of birth defects if a pregnant mother takes Diflucan regularly in larger doses (400-800mg/day).

    More about Diflucan

    Diflucan (generic: Fluconazole) is a prescription antifungal drug used to treat different types of infection. The most common way to take Diflucan is orally, although it can be taken intravenously. Diflucan is commonly used for the treatment of vaginal yeast infections if topical creams are not enough. Diflucan is also prescribed to treat fungal infections which have worked their way around the body systemically. Diflucan has been used in America for more than 25 years.

    While there does not appear to be a major impact of taking a single or lower dose of Diflucan during pregnancy, the data on taking higher doses of Diflucan for a prolonged period of time suggest that there may be consequences. A certain pattern of defects of the bones, heart, face, and head have been reported among children born to mothers taking high doses (400-800mg/day) for an extended period of the pregnancy.

    Another thing that expectant mothers are concerned about is breastfeeding while taking Diflucan. If it is proven to potentially cause birth defects if taken during pregnancy, it is natural to wonder if Diflucan may also have negative effects during breastfeeding. At this time, there is not adequate data regarding Diflucan and breastfeeding to make a conclusive statement on the subject. It is recommended that you consult your doctor before becoming pregnant while taking Diflucan.

    Diflucan and Pregnancy Lawsuit

    If you or a loved one took Diflucan during all or part of pregnancy and has given birth to an infant suffering from severe birth defects such as congenital heart disease, cranial defects, cleft palate, or others, you are not alone. You and your infant may be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturers of this potentially dangerous drug. Families around the country are currently filing Diflucan lawsuits which claim that the manufacturers failed to warn patients of the potential risk of Diflucan birth defects. Call today to speak with a Diflucan lawyer about your potential Diflucan Birth Defects Lawsuit. All cases are on a contingency fee basis which means that you don’t pay a penny unless your case is successful.

     

    diflucan-lawsuitA 2011 warning released by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has led to a prompt adjustment of the Pregnancy Category classification of popular antifungal medication Diflucan (generic: fluconazole). Diflucan has been associated with increased risk levels of certain extremely rare birth defects. These increased levels of Diflucan birth defect risks are most prevalent among the infants of mothers who took higher doses (400-800mg) of Diflucan daily for a long period of time during pregnancy.

    For that reason, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seen fit to change the Diflucan Pregnancy Category in circumstances in which pregnant women are taking frequent high doses of Diflucan. Where Diflucan was originally a Pregnancy Category C drug in all forms, now, high frequent doses (400-800mg) are classified as a Pregnancy Category D rating.

    This is a significant change in the risk factors from Pregnancy Category C to Pregnancy Category D because the latter suggests positive clinical evidence of causing birth defects in human infants. Pregnancy Category C drugs have been proven to increase the risk of birth defects among animal subjects, but have not been proven to cause birth defects in humans. In many cases, this is because of inadequate testing due to the fact that many would consider it unethical to test a potentially dangerous drug on a pregnant woman.

    However, Pregnancy Category D drugs which high doses of Diflucan now belong in have been proven to cause increased risk levels of birth defects among human subjects. Numerous studies have been conducted that have led the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to alter their position on the Diflucan pregnancy category. Pregnancy category D drugs like Diflucan have been confirmed to increase the risk of birth defects in animals as well as in humans.

    The pregnancy category D label signifies that there is positive evidence of risk to the fetus based on data gathered from observations of human subjects. The rating also means that it still may be appropriate to prescribe a pregnancy category D drug like Diflucan if the doctor and patient believe that the risks are outweighed by the benefits.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made sure to be clear that they had not observed the same levels of risk among expectant mothers who had taken a single 150mg dose of Diflucan. For that reason, the FDA only changed the pregnancy category rating of larger, frequent doses of Diflucan.

    Diflucan and Pregnancy Lawsuit

    If you or a loved one took Diflucan during all or part of pregnancy and has given birth to an infant suffering from severe birth defects such as congenital heart disease, cranial defects, cleft palate, or others, you are not alone. You and your infant may be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturers of this potentially dangerous drug. Families around the country are currently filing Diflucan lawsuits which claim that the manufacturers failed to warn patients of the potential risk of Diflucan birth defects. Call today to speak with a Diflucan lawyer about your potential Diflucan Birth Defects Lawsuit. All cases are on a contingency fee basis which means that you don’t pay a penny unless your case is successful.

    Diflucan Birth Defects

    diflucan-lawsuitIf you or a loved one has taken antifungal medication Diflucan (generic: fluconazole) during all or most of the first trimester of pregnancy and subsequently gave birth to an infant suffering from severe birth defects such as congenital heart defects, skull defects, or others, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a Diflucan lawsuit against the makers of the drug. The manufacturers of Diflucan may not have adequately warned potential patients and doctors about the high risks of these potential Diflucan birth defects.

    A recent report released by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August of 2011 states that Diflucan may significantly increase the risk of certain birth defects if taken in higher dosages during all or a significant portion of the first trimester of the mother’s pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) further posed that they did not believe there was an increased risk of Diflucan Birth Defects if a small single dose (~150mg) of Diflucan to treat a yeast infection.

    Therefore, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) warning applied almost entirely to women who have taken a higher dosage (400-800mg) of Diflucan for a significant portion of the first trimester of pregnancy potentially resulting in a higher likelihood of Diflucan Birth Defects.

    Some of the following are potential birth defects that may be caused by taking high doses of Diflucan during pregnancy:

    Congenital Heart Disease

    An infant who has been exposed to prolonged Diflucan use in high dosages may be born with a congenital (present at birth) heart disease. Congenital heart defects are issues with the structure of the heart that occur due to developmental problems that can be caused by the use of Diflucan during the first trimester. In many cases, congenital heart defects can be fatal, often in the first year of life.

    Cranial or Skull Birth Defects

    It is also believed that there is an increased chance of having an infant with a cranial or skull birth defect if the woman takes high doses of Diflucan during the first trimester of pregnancy. These skull defects include abnormal development which can affect the shape and size of the skull.

    Cleft Palate

    Cleft palate is another potential birth defect caused by taking Diflucan during all or part of pregnancy. Cleft palate occurs when the two plates inside the roof of one’s mouth do not connect properly. In severe cases of cleft palate, there can be an opening between the nasal cavity and mouth.

    Diflucan Birth Defects Lawsuit

    If you or a loved one took Diflucan during all or part of pregnancy and has given birth to an infant suffering from severe birth defects such as congenital heart disease, cranial defects, cleft palate, or others, you are not alone. You and your infant may be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturers of this potentially dangerous drug. Families around the country are currently filing Diflucan lawsuits which claim that the manufacturers failed to warn patients of the potential risk of Diflucan birth defects. Call today to speak with a Diflucan lawyer about your potential Diflucan Birth Defects Lawsuit. All cases are on a contingency fee basis which means that you don’t pay a penny unless your case is successful.

     

    diflucan-lawsuitAbout Diflucan

    Diflucan is a prescription antifungal medication used to treat many infections caused by fungus. Diflucan can be used to treat infections found in numerous areas of the body including the lungs, esophagus, throat, mouth, blood, and genitals among others. A single low dose of Diflucan (150mg) is often used by women to treat yeast infections when a topical treatment does not suffice.

    Diflucan is most commonly taken orally, although it is also available in the form of a shot. Diflucan has been around in the United States market for many years, having been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in 1990.

    More About Congenital Heart Defects

    Congenital (present at birth) heart defects are, as the name denotes, those heart defects and abnormalities that are present at the time of the infant’s birth. There is a wide range in both the type of congenital heart defect and the severity. Some congenital heart defects may go undetected for years or even decades due to their less-severe nature, and some may require immediate medical attention, potentially leading to untimely death.

    As mentioned previously, there are many different types of congenital heart defects. To name a few:

    • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS): occurs if certain facets of the left portion of the heart are not properly developed at birth
    • Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD): occurs when there is one or more holes present in the wall dividing the left and right ventricles in the heart
    • Tetralogy of Fallot (ToF): very rare condition which describes the combination of four different heart defects occurring in tandem affecting the structure of the heart
    • Coarctation of the Aorta (CoA): occurs when part of the major artery leaving the heart (aorta) is narrowed , restricting blood flow
    • Aortic Valve Stenosis (AVS): describes a condition in which the aortic valve is narrower than it should be; this restriction stops the proper amount of blood flow to the heart and rest of the body

    Congenital Heart Defects and Diflucan

    A recent report released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims that women taking frequent high doses of Diflucan (400-800mg/day) may significantly increase the risk of giving birth to an infant with birth defects such as a congenital heart defect. The findings of their study were such that they found it pertinent to downgrade the pregnancy category of high doses of Diflucan from pregnancy category C to pregnancy category D.

    Diflucan and Congenital Heart Defects Lawsuit

    If you or a loved one took Diflucan during all or part of pregnancy and has given birth to an infant suffering from severe birth defects such as congenital heart disease, cranial defects, cleft palate, or others, you are not alone. You and your infant may be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturers of this potentially dangerous drug. Families around the country are currently filing Diflucan lawsuits which claim that the manufacturers failed to warn patients of the potential risk of Diflucan birth defects. Call today to speak with a Diflucan lawyer about your potential Diflucan Birth Defects Lawsuit. All cases are on a contingency fee basis which means that you don’t pay a penny unless your case is successful.

     

    Januvia Pancreatic Cancer

    januviaRecent medical developments suggest that there may be a significant link between taking type 2 diabetes medication Januvia and an increased risk of suffering from pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer. Further investigation is ongoing to more fully understand a possible link between Januvia and pancreatic cancer.

    Lead researcher at the Larry L HIllblom Islet Research Center at UCLA, Dr. Peter Butler stated that, “We have raised concern that there may be a link, but we haven’t confirmed it. We need to do more work to figure out whether this is real or not.”

    Januvia functions by managing levels of blood sugar in the patient by inducing the production of glucagon-like peptide. Januvia is a new method of treating type 2 diabetes that claims to have advantages over more traditional diabetes medications. Because it is a new drug, however, researchers admit that they don’t understand Januvia as comprehensively as medications that have been on the market for longer.

    When researchers compared Januvia to other medications used to treat type 2 diabetes, they discovered that it is as much as six times as likely to cause pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) associated with patients who take Januvia. Further, researchers discovered an increase of more than 2.5 times as likely to develop pancreatic cancer among those who take Januvia.

    Similar Januvia pancreas studies showed increases of pancreatitis and cancer among rats tested back in 2009 with Januvia. Researchers point out that a long-used drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, Metformin may actually reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer. Metformin has been around for much longer and is better understood by doctors.

    Many doctors suggest prescribing alternative medications for patients who may have a higher risk profile for pancreatic cancer such as metformin, insulin or even Avandia and Actos. This is a difficult decision because Actos and Avandia have recently been associated with other forms of cancer and heart disease themselves. Specifically, the Food and Drug Administration has taken Avandia off the shelves at pharmacies and described a potential link between Actos and bladder cancer.

    At this time, the manufacturers of Januvia are denying any proof that Januvia causes pancreatic cancer among patients. This denial of culpability or liability could prove to be important if further proof is unveiled. It is certainly frustrated for those patients who have developed pancreatic cancer after taking Januvia to see the manufacturers adamantly denying any responsibility.

    Januvia Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit

    If you or a loved one has taken Januvia for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes and has subsequently developed pancreatic cancer, you are not alone. You may be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturers through a Januvia Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit against the makers of the potentially harmful drug. There is reason to believe that the manufacturer knew or should have known about these potential Januvia pancreatic cancer risks. Please call one of our pharmaceutical liability lawyers today for a free consultation regarding your Januvia Lawsuit. All Januvia lawsuits are processed on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don’t pay anything unless your case is successful.

    Diflucan and Pregnancy

    diflucan-lawsuit-picBack in August of 2011, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a special warning related to the use of prescription antifungal Diflucan (fluconazole) during the first trimester of pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claimed that there may be an increased risk of birth defects if the mother is a long-term user of Diflucan in high doses (400-800mg) during the first trimester of pregnancy. Diflucan is commonly used for the treatment of infections caused by fungus such as yeast infections and meningitis.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was compelled to modify the Pregnancy Category rating of Diflucan from Pregnancy Category C to Pregnancy Category D. According to the FDA, a pregnancy category D rating is warranted when “there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women.”

    Whereas a pregnancy category C rating only means that the drug has shown a positive correlation of causing birth defects in Animals but not necessarily in humans, pregnancy category D drugs are believed to have given adequate proof of damaging human fetuses whether in actual clinical trials or just from adverse reports by consumers in the world.

    The following is an abbreviated list of some of the potential birth defects that may be a result of combining Diflucan and Pregnancy:

    • Congenital heart defects
    • Weakness of the muscles or joints
    • Broad, shorter head
    • Unusual appearance to the face
    • Cleft defects – like cleft palate or cleft lip
    • Bowed thigh bones
    • Unusual development of the skull

    It is a well-known fact that certain medications carry with them certain risks and side effects. Furthermore, it is also known that certain drugs should not be taken during pregnancy or if you might become pregnant in the near future. Unfortunately, the manufacturers of Diflucan did not warn consumers or doctors about the potentially damaging results of mixing Diflucan and pregnancy. A Diflucan lawsuit claims that the manufacturers either knew the risks or should have known the Diflucan pregnancy risks and alerted consumers.

    Diflucan and Pregnancy Lawsuit

    If you or a loved one took Diflucan during all or part of pregnancy and has given birth to an infant suffering from severe birth defects such as congenital heart disease, cranial defects, cleft palate, or others, you are not alone. You and your infant may be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturers of this potentially dangerous drug. Families around the country are currently filing Diflucan lawsuits which claim that the manufacturers failed to warn patients of the potential risk of Diflucan birth defects. Call today to speak with a Diflucan lawyer about your potential Diflucan Birth Defects Lawsuit. All cases are on a contingency fee basis which means that you don’t pay a penny unless your case is successful.