Although all drugs come with side effects and some risk, all prescription drugs must clearly warn patients and their physicians of all the drug’s dangers so they can ultimately decide if the risk of taking the drug is worth improving the condition it is supposed to treat. This is also beneficial so they may be aware as to what aspects of their health they should monitor in order to best decrease the risk to the patient. A few of these drugs include:
Tasigna, also known generically as nilotinib, is commonly prescribed to patients diagnosed with chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia or CML. Although Tasigna can help with the treatment of CML, several studies have indicated Tasigna might cause severe and potentially life threatening side effects. If you or someone you love has been prescribed Tasigna and suffered vascular related side effects, don’t wait to speak with an experienced Tasigna attorney to learn about your legal options and to protect your rights.
This drug is prescribed mostly to patients with type 2 diabetes. It works by lowering blood sugar levels and eliminating excess blood through the urine. However, the drug has been known to cause severe kidney damage and even kidney failure. It has also been linked to patients lapsing into extended comas and even death.
A study published in the Journal Of The American Medical Association (JAMA) in February 2016 found that certain medications used to treat chronic heartburn may be linked to chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. The medications, called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), are some of the most commonly used medications on the market today and can be found under the names Nexium and Prilosec among others.
This prescription medication is an antipsychotic drug often given to treat serious mental disorders such as autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and manic depressive disorder. It has been on the market for approximately 30 years but has recently been alleged to cause serious complications. These include the development of breast tissue in males (especially adolescents), movement disorders, and even a serious condition known as neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
In 1999, the American Cancer Society advised women not use talc-based powder products like Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder on genital areas because talcum powder has been shown to cause ovarian cancer. However, this was not the first time the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer was known to Johnson & Johnson.
Xarelto is a prescription blood thinner used to prevent clots from forming after knee or hip surgery, to prevent a pulmonary embolism, or to treat an existing one. Unfortunately, serious bleeding events have been associated with Xarelto and can result in permanent organ damage and even death in some patients. Thousands of suits have already been filed against the makers and marketers of this drug, with many others expected to follow.
In the United States, a tort refers to a, “body of rights, obligations, and remedies that is applied by courts in civil proceedings to provide relief for persons who have suffered harm from the wrongful acts of others.”
An MDL stands for multidistrict litigation and is a special legal procedure conducted in federal court that is designed to quickly conduct the handling of complex cases, which can include dangerous drug and medical device lawsuits.
It means the manufacturer made an error either in the design or the fabrication of a product that causes it to not work as intended. This can be especially dangerous in many cases, such as those of faulty medical devices and prescription drugs.
A defective design in a product is one that is so great, the product cannot be utilized for the purposes intended or is even made hazardous as a result of the defect, imperfection, or design flaw. In the case of medical devices, this can be a deadly mistake.