It seems like every time you turn on the news you hear about another drug or medical device that has been recalled from the market. There are hundreds of pharmaceuticals in use that have dangerous side effects that were not disclosed to doctors or patients. Here are some recent examples:
- Vioxx: Perhaps the most famous drug case in recent years is the painkiller Vioxx. Hundreds of people suffered heart attacks and other cardiac problems as a result of taking the drug. The manufacturer of the drug knew about the risks, but did not do enough to warn doctors or patients.
- Prempro/Hormone Replacement Therapy: Thousands of women take some sort of hormone replacement therapy during menopause. In 2003, a government-sponsored study was released that showed a significant increase in heart attack, cardiac problems, and breast cancer among users of HRT. Once again, the manufacturer was aware of these risks long before the study was released, but failed to warn doctors or patients.
- Raptiva: In 2009, the FDA issued a warning that Raptiva, a psorias drug, can cause progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare brain infection.
Other drugs and devices include Digitek, Levaquin, Kugel mesh hernia patch, shoulder pain pumps, duragesic pain patches, Bextra, Fosamax, and Guidant defibrilators.
Drug Recall Lawyers
There are hundreds of websites sponsored by lawyers or law firms that provide basic information about drug recalls and side effects. It is important to keep in mind that these websites are not designed to provide medical advice. Contact your doctor or medical provider with questions about your health and whether you should continue to use a medication.
With the thousands of lawyers all over the country handling these sorts of cases, how do you find the right lawyer for you? Experience and relationships count. While there are hundreds of lawyers taking Vioxx cases, very few lawyers are actually arguing the cases in court. When you have been injured, you deserve representation by an attorney who knows the case well, understands the issues, and is familiar with the court procedures to get your case filed. Often when there are thousands of similar cases all over the country, federal courts will consolidate cases in one court (Multi-District Litigation). This allows one judge to manage the process and makes sure that all cases are treated equally. Make sure your attorney is familiar with this process and can handle your case correctly.
JUX Law Firm has relationships with attorneys all over the country who specialize in drug and medical device cases. We can help you find the most experienced, qualified lawyer to handle your case.