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The dangerous drug attorneys at Anapol Schwartz are leaders in national pharmaceutical liability litigations.

For decades, the firm has successfully represented thousands of people from all over the country who suffered injuries they weren’t warned about. Some of these unsafe drugs are named below.


Actos (pioglitazone) is prescribed for patients with type 2 diabetes. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that patients who take Actos for more than one year may have an increased risk of bladder cancer.


Byetta (exenatide) is prescribed to improve blood sugar (glucose) control in adults with type 2 diabetes. Studies have found patients using Byetta may be nearly three times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer or biliary cancer. The FDA is reviewing unpublished research that links Byetta with “pre-cancerous cellular changes.”


Fosamax (alendronate) is used to treat osteoporosis, Paget’s disease and other bone disorders. Research has indicated that Fosamax can lead to a jaw bone disorder called osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). This condition can include severe jaw pain, disfigurement and infection. Others studies have associated alendronate use with femur fractures.


Januvia (sitagliptin) is used to lower blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes. Similar to Byetta, studies have associated Januvia with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer and biliary cancer.


Mirena is an intrauterine birth control device (IUD) implanted by a health care provider. The IUD releases hormones to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. Even if Mirena is implanted without complications, it can spontaneously embed in the uterine wall, perforate the uterus, or migrate into the body. IUD migration can cause infections, adhesions and infertility.


NuvaRing (Etonogestrel/ethinyl estradiol ring) is a flexible birth control ring. Research has linked NuvaRing to a significantly greater chance of heart attack, stroke and life-threatening blood clots in the leg, brain, heart or lung.


Anti-seizure drug Onfi (clobazam) may cause skin reactions called Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TENs), which can result in death or permanent injuries. The conditions can develop at any time while a patient is using Onfi, and the risk is even greater during the first eight weeks or when a patient restarts use.


A 2006 study found the hormone prolactin can be significantly elevated in children and teens who take the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. As a result, boys may develop abnormally large breasts from a condition called gynecomastia. 

SSRI Antidepressants

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) including Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Symbyax, Lexapro, Paxil and Effexor alter the levels of chemicals in the brain. Several different types of SSRIs have been linked to a significant risk of birth defects in newborns when women take these medications while pregnant. Studies suggest these drugs can cause persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), which can cause lifelong heart and lung problems.

Testosterone Drugs

The FDA is investigating a possible link between prescription testosterone drugs and cardiovascular events such as death, heart attack and stroke. The investigation comes in response to a 2013 study that found a 30 percent increased risk of cardiac events in older men, and a 2014 study that linked testosterone therapy with a two-fold increased risk of suffering a heart attack.


Topamax (topiramate) is an anticonvulsant drug prescribed to treat some types of epilepsy and prevent migraine headaches. In 2011, the FDA warned that mothers who take Topamax during pregnancy may increase their unborn babies’ risk of cleft palate and cleft lip birth defects.

Related Topic: Unsafe Medical Devices

Thousands of people have also suffered injuries as a result of defective medical devices. These products include:

Contact the unsafe drug attorneys at Anapol Schwartz immediately if you or someone you know was injured. You’ll get a free legal consultation from leaders in personal injury law.

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