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.
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.
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.
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 and Birth Defects
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.
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 Orofacial Cleft Injuries
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.
Xarelto is prescribed to treat atrial fibrillation and reduce the risk of life-threatening blood clots, but the blood thinner drug can result in irreversible internal bleeding after just one dose. There is no antidote to reverse the effects of Xarelto if a person suffers an injury that causes significant bleeding, and some users have bled to death as a result.
Many women were prescribed the anti-nausea drug Zofran to treat morning sickness, but the drug was not approved for this use. Zofran use during the first trimester of pregnancy has been associated with an increased risk of cleft palate, cleft lip, and heart defects.
Related Topic: Unsafe Medical Devices
Thousands of people have also suffered injuries as a result of defective medical devices. These products include: