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Dangerous Drugs to Watch

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Profits are what drive the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, and drug manufacturers go to great lengths to advertise their products as safe. The reality is that many drugs and medical devices are approved and released on the market with minimal safety testing. Once a drug or device is approved, the FDA will only investigate the adverse side effects of dangerous drugs or defective medical devices after a number of patients have been injured or harmed.

Patients Prescribed Dangerous Drugs Must Discuss Concerns with a Doctor

Our drug injury attorneys are providing this information as a courtesy about dangerous drugs that have been subject to safety alerts, warnings or label changes as recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the FDA). Patients should not stop taking any prescription drug without a doctor’s prior approval. If you have been prescribed a drug on this list, discuss your concerns about the risks and side effects with your doctor, or seek out a second professional opinion regarding alternate treatments.

Dangerous Drug Watch List

The following drugs have been subject to safety alerts, label changes and/or FDA drug warnings:

  • Actos: Used to treat type II diabetes, the FDA warns that use of this drug may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer.
  • Aliskiren-containing medications: The FDA issued a drug safety communication that blood pressure medications containing Aliskiren have risks when used with ACEIs or ARBs for patients with kidney impairment or diabetes. One such drug,Valturna, has been voluntarily recalled from the U.S. market.
  • Ampyra (dalfampridine): Doctors prescribe this drug to patients with multiple sclerosis; the FDA required an update to the drug label to warn of increased risk of seizures for patients with kidney (renal) impairment.
  • Bisphosphonates: Including Actonel, Atelvia, Boniva, Fosamax and Reclast, bisphosphonates are used to treat osteoporosis, but the drugs may cause atypical bone fractures and osteonecrosis of the jaw.
  • Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide): This antidepressant, categorized as an SSRI, may cause abnormalities in the electrical activities of the heart.
  • Crestor (rosuvastatin): A cholesterol drug that may cause kidney (renal) impairment or muscle damage (myopathy and rhabdomyolysis).
  • DMAA: Found in body-building and fat-burning supplements, DMAA is currently under investigation by the FDA and was banned from being sold on U.S. military bases. Its use may lead to heart attacks, heart palpitations and death.
  • Multaq: Used to treat atrial fibrillation, it may increase the risk of heart failure, stroke and death in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation.
  • Ondansetron (Zofran): Prescribed to prevent nausea and vomiting for patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation treatment and/or surgery, recent studies have shown that high doses could pre-dispose patients to abnormal and potentially fatal heart rhythms.
  • Revlimid (lenalidomide): Used to treat blood disorders and multiple myeloma, in clinical trials, the drug showed that patients have an increased risk of developing second primary malignancies and new cancers.
  • Yaz and Yasmin: These birth control pills, made from a different chemical formula than other brands, present a higher risk of blood clots, breathing problems, stoke and death.
  • Zithromax (azithromycin): An antibacterial drug that reportedly increases the risk of heart arrhythmias and cardiovascular death.

FDA Drug Recalls are Not Necessary for Successful Injury Lawsuits

Even if a dangerous drug had not yet been recalled, a person who has been injured due to dangerous drugs, supplements or defective medical devices can still pursue a drug injury lawsuit. When a person suffers a personal injury due to the negligence of a pharmaceutical company or manufacturer, that person is entitled to compensation to pay for their medical bills, rehabilitation, long-term care, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Our drug injury lawyers file individual lawsuits and represent clients joining ongoing class action lawsuits against negligent corporations. Contact our firm today to schedule a free, no obligation attorney consultation.

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