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If you or a loved one has suffered ill side effects of a pharmaceutical drug, you may require the assistance of a pharmaceutical attorney to ease your pharmaceutical litigation. Pharmaceutical attorneys define suffering ill side effects as having to endure an unwanted effect brought upon you by taking a prescription drug.

Pharmaceutical Litigation is one of the fastest growing types of personal injury litigations today. Pharmaceutical malpractice is very common and the foundation for these lawsuits is prescription medication.

A majority of pharmaceutical malpractice lawsuits are filed on: Drug Recalls; Product Failure; Long-term side effects of prescription drugs; improperly prescribed medication; and improperly filled prescriptions.

Drug recalls are so common today due to the increased pressure for both profits and medical relief that causes many drugs to be rushed to market. It is quite difficult for pharmaceutical companies to determine long-term side effects.

Drug companies often take what ever measures possible to prevent a product from being recalled, as it is a quite costly process. Generally, for a drug to be recalled by the FDA, someone prescribed the drug must have suffered a near fatal or fatal injury caused by the drug.

There have been numerous FDA recalls of prescription drugs in recent years. There are also instances of other prescription drugs, which have had problematic safety records. Here are some of the prescription drugs, which may cause side effects and require the help of a pharmaceutical lawyer.


Recent Drug/Pharmaceutical News

Heparin: a drug manufactured by Baxter, which is designed to make an anti-clotting protein in your body work better, thus decreasing the clotting ability of blood. The FDA announced that it had learned about an increase in the number of serious allergic-type hypersensitivity reactions and cases of severe hypotension in association with the use of intravenous bolus doses of heparin sodium for injection.

Baycol: a drug designed to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Baycol was voluntarily recalled because of a number of instances where usage of it caused rhambdomyolysis- a rare condition in which serious muscle damage results from the release of muscle cell contents into the bloodstream.

Fen-Phen: Fen-phen is a combination of fenfluromine and phentermine. Fen-Phen had been approved for many years as an appetite suppressant in the management of obesity. The trouble with this drug combo is that it has been found to cause heart valve disease.

Rezulin: a drug prescribed for blood sugar control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Rezulin has been recalled due to liver toxicity.           

Celebrex: A Cox-2 inhibitor approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and later approved as a drug treatment aimed at reducing the number of intestinal polyps in patients who have familial adenotamous polyposis. Now there are concerns that Celebrex usage may increase the risk of heart attack or strokes in some people who take it.

OxyContin: a strong narcotic pain reliever. OxyContin has been linked to patient deaths, addiction, and suffering.

Vioxx: a treatment for osteoarthritis, menstrual pain, and management of acute pain in adults. As with Celebrex, there are concerns that the use of Vioxx might increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Meridia: diet pills which have been known to cause serious and sometimes fatal side effects. Meridia can cause PPH (primary pulmonary hypertension) as well as cardiac valve dysfunction.

Serzone: an oral anti-depressant which is used to treat moderate to severe symptoms of depression. The FDA has determined that usage of Serzone can increase the risk of liver failure by 3-4 times.

Propulsid: a drug approved for patients with severe heartburn or gastro esophageal reflux. When taken in combination with other drugs, Propulsid can cause irregular or abnormal heart rhythms.

Zithromax: a highly popular but very potent antibiotic, used to treat mild to moderate infections. Zithromax has been known to cause liver damage, jaundice, liver failure and even deaths.

Sulzer Hip Implants: these hip implants have been recalled in the past, due to a manufacturing problem.

Who Can Sue

Anyone who has become ill or suffered an unwanted side effect of a prescription drug is able to sue for the damages that have been inflicted upon them due to the ingestion of the drug.

If you or someone that you know and love has been victimized by using these or any other prescription drugs, consult with a qualified pharmaceutical attorney or drug recall lawyer immediately. Be sure to contact a pharmaceutical attorney who has experience in dealing with pharmaceutical negligence cases. 

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