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Everyone has seen the medicine commercials that read off the laundry list of negative side effects that prescription drugs can have on those who take them. While it is unlikely for a drug to have zero side effects, these potentially dangerous effects should be recognized and mitigated before the drugs are released to the public. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires the completion of clinical trials on new drugs to keep individuals from falling victim to dangerous side effects. However, some pharmaceutical companies have failed to provide the public with the truth about the drugs they manufacture. Defective drugs can cause emotional, physical, and/or psychological injury.

Common Types of Drugs Found to Be Defective

If a drug’s side effects are not properly conveyed to the public, the drug is considered defective. The following are common medications whose negative side effects have deemed them defective on many occasions, resulting in court proceedings for the injured parties:

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What Should I do if My Medication is Recalled?

When a drug on the market is determined to be dangerous in some way, it may be recalled. This can be because the drug was not advertised properly, because a specific batch or all of the drug available is contaminated or compromised, new side effects are discovered, or because the drug in the packages on the market is not the drug labeled on the packages. If a drug you currently take is recalled, stop taking it and contact your healthcare provider or local pharmacy for further instruction. Recalls exist to remove potentially harmful products from the market.

A defective drug claim is a type of personal injury claim. Through this type of claim, a victim can seek compensation for his or her medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages related to the use of a harmful drug. If you were given a drug after it was recalled or were harmed by taking a dangerous drug that should have been recalled, you could have grounds to file this type of claim.

Talk to Your Doctor

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A federal multidistrict litigation panel has consolidated 21 Xarelto cases in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Eight of these cases were originally filed in the Southern District of Illinois. The others came from Louisiana, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia. Writing on behalf of a seven-member panel, Judge Sarah Vance concluded that the cases all presented common factual issues, even though there were some differences, such as dosage amount and medical history. Therefore, Judge Vance ordered the cases to be consolidated, given the common facts and the “impractical[ity] of informal coordination.” Judge Vance consolidated the cases in Louisiana because both parties agreed that The Bayou State was an acceptable forum, it is centrally located, and the presiding judge is “well versed in multidistrict litigation.”

In addition to the pending cases, as many as 30 additional matters may be filed in the coming months, alleging that Xarelto causes significant health problems.

Is Xarelto a Dangerous Drug?

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Lupron is a hormonal regulator that has several dangerous, if not oft-publicized side effects of which every patient should be aware. The drug is prescribed to help slow early-onset puberty in teenagers, to men who exhibit signs of prostate cancer, and to help treat women with endometriosis, a rare condition in which the lining of the uterus grows outside the actual uterus. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the first adverse reaction to Lupron was discovered in 2012, after marketing of the drug had already began, and consisted of a rarely-reported complication of the liver. Six months later, the FDA reported that Lupron could result in lung complications and disease, and one year later, the FDA found serious complications of the drug that could lead to liver injury or convulsions, such as those experienced by patients who suffer from epilepsy.

Most patients take Lupron in the form of a daily shot, according to WebMD. In children, dosage is based on weight and what type of therapy for which the drug is being administered. One easy test to see if the drug is defective is to check the liquid for particles or discoloration, according to WebMD. The site of the injection should be changed periodically, so as not to overload one particular area with too much of the drug at any given time.

Regardless of where or how it is injected, however, Lupron can have deadly side effects. According to Wellsphere.com, one doctor advised that the drug should be pulled from the market as early as 2008. The doctor alleged that the manufacturing company of Lupron did not adequately study the possible side effects of the drug before approving it for consumer use. In 2009, the pharmaceutical company agreed to pay $875 million “to settle claims that it paid kickbacks to doctors to promote Lupron,” Wellsphere.com reports. More than 12,000 reports of Lupron's negative side effects have been reported to the FDA, resulting in more 1,100 deaths.

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The product first hailed as a miracle weight-loss drug and subsequently pulled from the market when its dangers became apparent has resurfaced, albeit in another format. But the new drug has some of the same health concerns, and some new ones as well.

Fen-Phen

Fenfluramine was first introduced in the 1970s. Those who took it saw little or no results, so sales were quite weak until the early 1990s when it was combined with Phentermine. Its newfound success was short lived, however, as serious concerns about the link between Fen-Phen and primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH), one of the most serious heart-lung disorders, began to surface in the mid to late 1990s. The Food and Drug Administration recalled Fen-Phen in September 1997.

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