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Bextra Side Effects LawsuitPfizer withdrew Bextra from the U.S. market in April 2005 on the recommendation of the FDA. Introduced in November 2001, this non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug was used to treat pain, stiffness, and inflammation associated with arthritis and other ailments. However, a number of research reports and government reviews held the drug responsible for causing rare skin reactions and increased risk of fatal cardiovascular problems in users.

Bextra Complaints

Bextra was the second Cox-2 inhibitor to be withdrawn from the market after the Vioxx recall in 2004. Some of the side effects of the drug includes increased risk of heart attack, stroke, rare skin disease called Stevens–Johnson syndrome.

In October 2004, Pfizer acknowledged the cardiovascular side effects of Bextra. A report presented to the American Heart Association also highlighted that patients using Bextra were 2.19 fold more likely to suffer heart attack or stroke. A study published by the University of Pennsylvania in November claimed that Bextra posed greater risk of heart attack and stroke than Vioxx, which was withdrawn a month before the report had been made public.

In December 2004, the FDA issued a public health advisory asking doctors to limit use of Bextra and diagnose heart patients properly before prescribing the drug. Four months later, the federal regulator ordered Pfizer to immediately stop selling Bextra, citing major heart and skin problems caused by the drug. The European Union and Canada also suspended the sale of the drug with immediate effect. In December 2005, Health Canada banned Bextra on the recommendations of an expert panel.

In March 2009, a former sales manager from Boston pleaded guilty to selling Bextra inappropriately. She had directed 100 sales representatives working under her supervision to promote the drug for reasons rejected by the FDA. About half a dozen whistleblowers followed the suit and disclosed the unlawful practices adopted by Pfizer for marketing Bextra to the federal investigators.

Bextra Side Effects

Skin Disorders

The FDA has received reports of 87 cases of severe skin reactions, including four deaths, linked to Bextra. Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a toxic epidermal necrolysis disorder, is the most prominent side effect of the drug. Many patients found themselves affected with the syndrome within two weeks of taking the drug. This complex syndrome affects the skin and mucous membranes, leading to rashes, mucosal lesions, and cell death.

Cardiovascular Side Effects

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Ortho Evra Lawsuit


Ortho Evra Side Effects Lawsuit

Ortho Evra contraceptive skin patch by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Ortho-McNeil has been popular since November 2001. The patch contains a combination of hormones that prevents ovulation in females. It also causes changes in cervical mucus, which, in turn, prevents sperms from reaching the uterus. However, Ortho Evra has serious side effects. According to an Associated Press investigation report, the hormonal contraception patch triples the risk of developing life-threatening blood clots. The serious side effects of the drug include deep vein thrombosis, strokes, pulmonary embolisms, heart attacks, and deaths.

Ortho Evra Complaints and Warnings

According to a study conducted by the FDA in 2004, Ortho Evra led to a three-fold increase in blood clot-related fatal incidents, such as pulmonary embolisms, strokes, heart attacks, and deaths. The reports, made public by the Associated Press in July 2005, claimed that there were at least 23 Ortho Evra deaths, including 17 caused by blood clots until 2004. The study was also apprehensive that the actual side effects were more widespread as the post-marketing reviews covered only 1-10 percent patch users.

The first known Ortho Evra fatality was reported in April 2004. Autopsy of an 18-year-old Manhattan fashion student revealed a blood clot in the lung. The victim was using Ortho Evra and the medical examiner blamed the side effects of the birth control patch for the young woman's death. Another woman, a 25 year-old-mother of three, died of blood clots in her brain. The medical reports held hormones released by Ortho Evra responsible for the death.

In November 2005, the FDA ordered the manufacturer to modify labels on the drug reflecting the increased risk of blood clots and other severe side effects. An advisory issued by Ortho McNeil within days warned that the patch exposed users to 60% more estrogen than pills, which could lead to serious health risks.  In March 2006, the FDA announced further review of Ortho Evra and asked label update on the package following a comparative study on the side effects of the patch and other birth control pills. According to the research, the excessive hormones in the patch do not dilute during the digestive process, unlike other pills. They are absorbed directly into the blood stream and cause higher concentration of estrogen, which puts users at a greater risk of clots, thrombosis, and heart strokes.

The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen filed a petition signed by 80,000 individuals to FDA demanding recall of Ortho Evra in May 2008. The petition mentioned cases of unreasonable blood clot and other serious health problems that the birth control patch caused within six months of taking it.

Ortho Evra Side Effects

Blood Clots:

Thromboembolic risks are the most documented side effect of Ortho Evra. The patch increases level of estrogen and progestin hormones in the blood. It releases 60 percent more estrogen compared to birth control pills, and this directly enters the patient’s blood stream, putting them at a greater risk of developing blood clots. Most of the Ortho Evra side effect victims are diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Blood clots mostly develop in a deep vein in the pelvic region or legs. It breaks off and travels upward to the lungs, which can cause major artery blocks.

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Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit


Vaginal Mesh LawsuitAs concerned citizens and advocates of justice for all, we here at are frequently exposed to some of the most shocking data on on implant recalls as well as medical device and pharmaceutical drug recalls. Our extensive investigations into products such as the vaginal mesh and transvaginal mesh will often times uncover health risks or potential failure in other mesh products as well as other drug products.

Our affiliated vaginal mesh lawsuit attorneys are acknowledged practitioners of recall law and some of the most feared attorneys in America by corporations and implant or device manufacturer's whom opted not to put your safety first.

If you or a loved one are a victim of these faulty vaginal mesh implants, we recommend contacting an attorney right away to begin the process of your vaginal mesh lawsuit.

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Enbrel Side Effects Lawsuit


Enbrel Side Effects

Enbrel Side Effects LawsuitAccording to a public health alert issued by the FDA in April 2011, use of popular arthritis drug Enbrel can lead to blood cancer. Enbrel, trade name of Etanercept, is a TNF inhibitor co-marketed by Pfizer and Amgen in North America. Available in both powder and premixed liquid form, it was one of the most sold drugs in the U.S. market in 2010 with sales exceeding $3 billion. Enbrel is known to treat autoimmune disorders, such as plaque psoriasis, rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, excessive inflammation, and ankylosing spondylitis, in adults and prevent damages to joints caused by these diseases. It helps in the treatment of juvenile rheumatoid and polyarticular idiopathic arthritis in children above 2 years of age.

The immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys its own cells in people suffering from autoimmune problems. Enbrel prevents this by reducing the production of a certain protein that helps the immune system fight invaders. However, such action by the drug leads to serious and fatal side effects. The decrease in the number of white blood cells caused by the drug puts patients at a great risk of fatal infections. Teenagers and young adults with ulcerative colitis are likely to develop a rare, fatal cancer, which affects the liver, lymph, bone marrow, and spleen. Enbrel has also been linked to night sweats, loss of appetite, breathing problems, rapid heart rate, jaundice, and

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Fosamax Side Effects Lawsuit


Fosamax Side Effects Lawsuit

Fosamax Side Effects LawsuitAlendronic acid or Alendronate, sold as Fosamax by Merck, was licensed in 1995 as a treatment for osteoporosis. Since 1995, more than 10 million patients have taken the drug. The bisphosphonate drug is mostly sold as a treatment for bone diseases, where there is a loss of bone mass. Fosamax is designed for the treatment of bone loss due to advanced cancer, Paget’s disease, or post-menopausal osteoporosis.

FDA Warning on Fosamax

In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration asked Merck & Co. to issue a warning about the Fosamax side effects; however, a number of patients allege the drug manufacturer never informed them that the bisphosphonate drug posed a risk of jaw necrosis. About 3,000 cases of jaw necrosis have been reported among bisphosphonate drug users, including Fosamax, since 2003. In 2010, the FDA issued another warning for Fosamax consumers that they were at the risk of thigh fracture following long-term use of the drug.

Fosamax Lawsuit

Merck faces more than 900 Lawsuit nationwide over the side effects of Fosamax. In a recent lawsuit, in 2010, a federal district judge in Manhattan refused to dismiss a Fosamax lawsuit against defendant Merck & Co Inc's. The plaintiff from Indiana, Louise Maley, had alleged that after having taken Fosamax for eight-long years, she suffered jaw damage.

Fosamax Side Effects

Though Fosamax effectively works to prevent bone loss, serious side effects have been reported as a result of the use of the drug.

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