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Recalled Prescription Drug Lawsuits
According to Gold Sheet, a company that analyzes data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there were 1,742 recalled drugs in 2009, a significant increase from 426 recalled in 2008. This includes prescription and over-the-counter drugs, making some experts wonder about the quality of drug manufacturing as well as the thoroughness of drug approvals through the FDA.
There are several recalled drugs that have caused injury and death throughout the world. Some examples of these drugs include:
- Vioxx – Prescribed to more than 20 million people to treat arthritis, the recalled drug increased the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients who used it. There are reports that more than 140,000 people may have suffered permanent coronary disease. The FDA and Merck, the manufacturers of the drug, were criticized for ignoring evidence that the drug could increase the risk of heart disease.
- Baycol – More than 100,000 deaths are estimated due to the use of the cholesterol drug, Baycol. The drug was connected to the development of a rare muscle disorder known as rhabdomyolysis. The disorder causes kidneys to clog due to protein released from dying muscle tissue.
- Avandia – The drug, which was released in 1999, was meant to regulate blood sugar. In 2007, however, it was found that Avandia was linked to heart problems. Its use has been severely restricted in the United States, but completely banned in the European Union.
- Fen-Phen – The popular diet drug was on the market for 24 years before being recalled in 1997 when those using it began to develop cardiovascular problems.
These are just a few of the many recalled drugs that have caused injury and death to patients throughout the world.
Carse Law Firm can help if you or a loved one has been injured by a prescription or over-the-counter drug, even if it is has not been recalled by the FDA, but has been shown to have devastating side effects. By contacting a qualified recalled drug attorney like those at the Carse Law Firm, you can determine what rights you have under the law. Carse Law Firm can help with investigation and research into clinical trials, testing and other factors that are required before a drug is released on the market.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled drug, or if a loved one has died as a result of using one of these drugs, contact Carse Law Firm today for a free consultation.