Defective and Dangerous Drugs
Use of prescription drugs has become widespread. If the drug is dangerous or defective, however, you can suffer severe injury. In such cases, manufacturers of the drugs can be held liable for the sale of defective products. As a manufacturer of a drug, they have the responsibility to make sure it is safe to the consumer by testing it and making sure it follows all necessary U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. York Law Firm is devoted to protecting our clients from potentially harmful drugs. The following is a list of defective or dangerous drugs.
- VIOXX. VIOXX was a pain relief drug for arthritis. It initially experienced immediate success and was distributed to more than 30,000 pharmacists in just eleven days after it was approved by the FDA. It has since been found to have life-threatening side effects, such as an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes in patients that have taken the medication for 18 months or more.
- Bextra. Bextra is a popular painkiller used to alleviate arthritis pain and painful menstrual cycles. Unfortunately, the drug has been found to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
- Celebrex. Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by arthritis and menstrual pain. Like Bextra, Celebrex has been found to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
- Baycol. Baycol was used to treat high cholesterol. It was taken off the market in 2001 after it caused 31 patients to die from a severe muscle disorder called rhabdomyolysis.
- Fen-Phen. Fen-phen was prescribed in hospitals as a “miracle” weight loss drug. The main side effect was a disease called primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH). PPH has no cure and claims the lives of 150 people every year in the United States.
- Zyprexa. Zeprexa, also known as Olanzapine, is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Zyprexa has been linked to diabetes and nyperglycemia.
- Ortho Evra. Ortha Evra is a birth control patch which is a popular alternative to other forms of birth control among American women. 3 years after its release in 2001, about a dozen women died from blood clots when they were using Ortho Evra.
Statute of Limitations
As with any lawsuit, medical malpractice lawsuits must be filed within a certain period of time of the harmful wrongful conduct, a period known as the statute of limitations. Failure to bring suit within this period may bar your ability to bring suit completely. The statute of limitations, however, differs depending on the subject matter of the case. At York Law Firm, our attorneys can advise and protect your legal claim.
Pharmacy and Medication Errors
Medication errors are committed when the patient receives the wrong dosage of medication or the wrong medication altogether, and they can lead to serious injury or even death.
Pharmacist Liability. Pharmacists can commit medication errors by failing to administer the correct drug, using outdated drugs to fill prescriptions or failing to warn the patient of such adverse effects. Errors in administering medication are careless and there is no excuse for the oversight, especially since the error can result in death.