Sometimes medications or prescription drugs can cause serious injuries. Unfortunately, some
prescriptions are not fully tested before they are placed on the market and prescribed by doctors
and physicians. As a result, many patients are injured because of the unintended side-effects
caused by medications.
A lot of people mistakenly believe that if a doctor prescribes a medication that has serious side effects or injuries, a person cannot recover for any injuries or damages.
That belief is untrue. Even if the physician wasn’t negligent in prescribing a drug, a person who
has suffered injuries from a prescription medication can always file a lawsuit against the
company who manufactured the drug. This is true even if the medication has been approved by
the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
Furthermore, a patient may not want his or her physician to be subject to a lawsuit for
complications caused by medications. This is frequently the situation when a patient has had the
same family doctor for years and the patient doesn’t want to ruin that relationship.
As noted above, in situations where injuries are caused by the medication itself, the common
course of action is to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the drug, not the family doctor or
physician who wrote the prescription.
Here are some examples of current lawsuits regarding prescription medications.
- GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are products used in thousands of dialysis centers nationwide.
After a number of patients suffered heart problems, some fatal, families filed lawsuits
against Fresenius Medical. Evidence suggests that Fresenius was aware of potential
dangers, but failed to share this information with healthcare providers and patients.
- Prozac, Effexor, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro and Paxil are antidepressants used to treat
depression. Studies have indicated that mothers who take Prozac, Effexor, Zoloft,
Celexa, Lexapro or Paxil may be at a higher risk of having a child with a birth defect.
Some of the birth defects associated with Prozac, Effexor, Zoloft Celexa, Lexapro or
a. Congenital Heart Lesions and anomalies
b. Down’s Syndrome
d. Spina Bifida
e. Ventrical Outflow Abnormalities (heart problems)
f. Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension
- Viagra is a medication to help with erectile dysfunction. Studies have linked Viagra to
several medical problems including the following:
b. Vision Problems including cyanopsia (field of vision turning blue)
c. Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (loss of vision due to damage to optic nerve)
d. Heart Attacks and Strokes
- Actos is a medication used to treat symptoms associated with diabetes. Unfortunately,
the medication has been linked to bladder cancer.
- Lipitor is a drug use to treat lower cholesterol and help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Recently, studies have linked the use of Lipitor to serious side effects like Type 2
Diabetes. Lawsuits have been filed across the nation alleging that the manufacturer of
Lipitor, Pfizer, failed to warn consumers about the potential side effect.
If you or a loved one took any of above-noted drugs or prescriptions and have suffered any of the
complications noted above, please contact an attorney at the Berry Law Firm for a free consultation.