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Diabetes Drugs Side Effects Lawsuit

Diabetes-Drug-Side-Effects-LawsuitThe health concerns caused by onset of diabetes have led to widespread use of drugs claiming to be preventing the disease. Major pharmaceutical companies are catching on the public concern and people are using their drugs to prevent diabetes without considering the side effects. According to Wisconsin University’s Professor James Stein, the claim of preventing diabetes by a drug companies is nothing but a “sleight of hand.”

Diabetes pills, such as Avandia, Actos, and Metformin, though are considered effective to prevent the disease, their side effects often outweigh the benefits. Avandia, the commonly used drug to prevent diabetes, is banned in the major European countries and restricted in the United States after the drug manufacturers admitted that it may cause heart problems. Metformin, another generic diabetes pill, reduces the transformation to diabetes by 30%, but adds gastrointestinal diseases, a problem that causes worry to everyone. Actos, the newest anti- diabetes drug, decreases the number of diabetes cases of by 72%. The New England Journal of Medicine claims that Actos slows down a person’s progression from pre-diabetes stage to diabetes. However, the study fails to throw serious light on the potential side effects and impact of this drug on our body.

Matthew Herper of Forbes Magazine, an authority on health issues, warns ...

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Xenical Side Effects Lawsuit Attorney

Roche's Diet Drug Tied to Kidney Damage


The Canadian researchers have reported that Roche's Xenical diet drug enhances the possibility of kidney damage. A survey of the Ontario Province healthcare database revels that 0.5 percent among the new users of orlistat, the active ingredient in Xenical by Swiss pharma major Roche, sought medication for acute kidney problems within a year of starting the drug. The statistics jumped to two percent over the next year. The study report published in the Archives of Internal Medicine took into account 953 samples.

Dr. Matthew Weir, who was the part of the research team, disclosed that there were earlier reports of such cases of kidney problems in patients using Xenical, but it was not mentioned among the side effects of the drug. In 2010, the US Federal Drug Administration issued an advisory underlining the potential cases of liver damages for patients using Roche’s Xenical or GlaxoSmithKline's Alli. The active ingredient in these drugs, orlistat, helps in the fat absorption in the gut. Excessive absorption of oxalate and its subsequent deposition may create complications in the renal parenchyma, liver, and kidney.

Xenical is one of the most used diet drugs in the world. In 2009, it hit $345 million in sales compared to Alli's $317 million global sales. However, none of the diet drug manufacturers have ever commented on side effects that can damage liver and kidney. Dr. Donald E. Greydanus, a noted pediatrician and expert on obesity treatments at Michigan State University, has called on the people using weight loss drugs, such as Xenical, to carefully monitor their kidney functions. According to him, it is essential that people use the so-called weight loss drugs only under the prescription of trusted physicians as all such drugs have variable side effects.

2010 FDA Lever Injury Warning Over Xenical, Alli

In May 2010, the FDA directed pharma giants GlaxoSmithKline and Roche to add new warning about potential liver injury on weight-loss drugs manufactured by them. The drug regulator felt it would be safer to alert users about possible liver damage. It also directed users to consult doctors for symptoms, such as dark urine, itching, yellow eyes or skin, and loss of appetite. The regulator cited 12 cases of severe liver damage abroad caused by Xenical and one in the country due to use of Alli. The data also cited two deaths and three liver transplants necessitated by the side effects of these diet drugs.

DA Recall of Fen Phen Lawsuit Attorney

The recall of Fen Phen is one of the most widely known in the US pharmaceutical industry. The FDA issued a notification in September of 1997 for withdrawal of commonly used diet drug Fen Phen, after the reports confirmed the drug was responsible for primary pulmonary hypertension and valvular disease in patients. Fred Wilson, an official with manufacturer Wyeth, was the first person to bring it to the public notice that the manufacturer had labeled only four out of 41 cases of pulmonary hypertension noticed in the users during the trial. The FDA allowed it controversially though the European regulators demanded a major pulmonary hypertension risk warning on the label.

In 1996, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that fenfluramine, an ingredient in Fen Phen, causes 23-fold increase in pulmonary hypertension. A year later, the Boston herald reported death of a 30-year-old woman because of heart problems which was noticed within a month of using the drug. The FDA put the drug on its MedWatch program after the Mayo Clinic reported 24 cases of heart valve disease associated with Fen Phen. Doctors discovered 30 percent of patients using Fen Phen showed abnormal results. Patients with abnormal echocardiograms were found to become asymptomatic after using it.

The withdrawal request was issued after 75 reports of this drug-induced valvular disease in women involving the aortic and mitral valves were reported. The recall also included Pondimin and Redux for having fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine as ingredients. The American Home Products Corporation, commonly known as Wyeth, offered $4 billion in settlement to all patients who suffered because of using Fen Phen. About six million people were victims of the drug and more than 70,000 lawsuits were filed claiming compensation ranging from prescription refunds to those who suffered heart damage.

Hydroxycut Recall Lawsuit Attorney

On May 1st, 2009, the US health officials warned people asking to stop using the Canadian-made supplement Hydroxycut with immediate effect. The drug was found to have caused serious liver damage in patients. The FDA also cited death of a 19-year-old boy using the drug in 2007. After FDA warning, manufacturer MuscleTech Research and Development, Inc. and distributer Iovate Health Sciences pulled out 14 Hydroxycut products from the market.

The FDA's food and nutrition division found 23 cases of serious liver problems. Most patients had jaundice and liver failure. One of the patients had to undergo liver transplant. The product was branded as a dietary supplement and used to shed pounds and to sharpen muscles. However, its potentially toxic ingredients, including hydroxycitric acid, could potentially damage the liver. The FDA also acknowledged that many cases caused by its side effects remained unreported.

Four years before its recall, a lawsuit was filed by a Missouri attorney on March 27, 2003, challenging the claim of the Hydroxycut's manufacturer that the supplement was clinically proven as a fat-burner. He also claimed that the company had failed to advertise the adverse health risks associated with the dietary supplement. MuscleTech made an out-of-court settlement by paying the plaintiff $100,000 while denying any wrongdoing.

LipoKinetix Diet Drug Recall Lawsuit Attorney

In November 2004, the FDA issued a warning asking consumers to stop use of Lipokinetix, a dietary weight loss supplement by Syntrax Innovations, Inc. The warning was prompted by reports liver injury caused by the drug.  The product was also linked to nausea, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, abdominal pain, and skin color changes.

Abbott Recall of Meridia for Causing Heart Problems

The Abbott Laboratories recalled popular diet drug Meridia in the US and Canada in October 2010 after the FDA warned that the product put users at the increased risk for heart attack and stroke. sibutramine, an ingredient in the drug was found responsible for insomnia and rising blood pressure that ultimately resulted in strokes. Sold under names, such as Sibutamine, Reductil, and Reduxade, the drug inhibits natural chemicals in the brain to control appetite, which may lead to sleep disorders. Abdominal pain, constipation, nausea, and kidney problems are also attributed to it. The FDA also forced recall of Slim-30 Herb Supplement by J & H Besta Corp for having the same ingredient.

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Drug Side Effects Lawsuit

Side Effects LawsuitSharp Rise in Wrong Medication Injuries, Side Effects

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a startling report about the number

of injuries and side effects resulting from medication errors and wrongful prescription. According to

the AHRQ News and Numbers, from 2004 to 2008, there was a 52 percent jump in the number of US

residents treated in hospitals for illnesses and injuries accruing from wrong diagnosis and medication

errors. In 2008, the number of people suffering from side effects of wrongful prescription and

medication errors rose by almost 50 percent compared to that in 2004.


AHRQ News and Numbers Statistics


According to the AHRQ statistics, doctors, nurses, hospitals are to be blamed for the injuries and

side effects resulting from various prescription drugs. It has been found that patients who received

wrong prescription and medication from doctors were the worst sufferers. More than 838,000

patients in outpatient and emergency services developed side effects from unspecified medicines,

pain killers, antibiotics, tranquilizers and antidepressants, and corticosteroids. The AHRQ statistics

state that, of the 838,000 patients, more than 100,000 suffered from side effects of painkillers.


According to the AHRQ statistics, most of the patients who were prescribed Corticosteroids

for asthma, arthritis, or ulcerative colitis suffered from its extreme side effects, with 283,700

Corticosteroids-related side effect cases reported between 2004 and 2008. Besides, patients

suffering from side effects and injuries from painkillers numbered 269,400. Apart from this, 218,800

patients suffered injuries and side effects from blood-thinners and 234,300 suffered from cancer and

immune system disorder drugs. Last but not the least, those who suffered from side effects of heart

and blood pressure medicines numbered 191,300.


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Oxycodone Side Effects Lawsuit Attorney

Oxycodone Side Effects

Popularly known as OxyContin or Oxy, Oxycodone is a highly addictive prescription drug, primarily used as a painkiller. Due to its highly addictive properties, Oxycodone has become one of the most abused drugs in the United States. According to statistics, prescription painkillers and opioids kill more people than cocaine and heroin combined and cost $484 billion annually. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) statistics put the number of illicit users of Oxycodone at 1.9 million in the country. To check the growing menace of Oxycodone abuse and drug addiction, the federal government has formulated the first nationwide strategy, which aims to cut prescription drug misuse by 15 percent over a period of five years.
What is Oxycodone
Developed in 1916, Oxycodone was approved by the FDA in 1976. Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic drug prescribed for moderate to severe pain. Often patients suffering from frequent pain are prescribed a daily dose of Oxycodone, which results in physical dependence for most of the individuals. However, it does not eliminate the pain sensation but only increases tolerance to pain by causing sedation.
Oxycodone Abuse
The easy accessibility of Oxycodone has made it one of the most abused drugs in the United States. When abused, Oxycodone has a high potential of addiction. It lessens anxiety and causes a euphoric feeling. It is highly popular with adults and teens alike. In fact, among teenagers, the abuse of Oxycodone is on the rise. According to reports, one in every 20 high school students takes OxyContin and a number of teenagers have died as a result of OxyContin abuse. Oxycodone Side Effects Lawsuits have been filed by various attorneys for because of this.
Oxycodone is one of the most abused schedule II drug in the country. It is an extremely dangerous drug due to its addictive properties. Patients taking Oxycodone on a regular basis tend to develop physical dependency on it. Physical cravings for the drug increase as the body becomes dependent on it. Oxycodone causes severe withdrawal symptoms if the use is discontinued.  In case of Oxycodone addiction, dependence turns into compulsion and obsession, and the individual becomes excessively dependent on the drug to the extent to derive euphoria and “high” from it. Some lawyers in previous oxy side effects lawsuits have used this fact in court.
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Accutane Side Effects Lawsuit Attorney

Accutane Side Effects Lawsuitt AttorneyHoffman-La Roche’s Accutane is used to treat nodular acne. It is usually advised after other acne medicines or antibiotics fail to show any effect. However, the drug has severe temporary and permanent side effects that cause serious health problems.  In October 2010, the FDA made an appeal to the people not to buy Accutane on the Internet. It asked users of the drug to look for prescriber and pharmacist certification and properly read the safe use documentations before buying the same. A number of common and rare side effects of the drug were also mentioned in the warning. The FDA has been receiving several reports linking Accutane to suicide attempts and harmful effects on fetus since 2007.

Health Problems Posed by Accutane Side Effects

Common Accutane side effects observed in users include higher Vitamin A toxicity, severe acne flare, skin and lip dryness and cracking, allergies, cuticles infection, dryness and irritation in eyes, reduced tolerance to contact lenses, increased liver enzymes, permanent thin skin and hair, and back pain. A study conducted in Mexico found patients using the drug suffering from raised blood glucose level and erectile dysfunction. Accutane in rare cases is found to have caused impaired night vision, cataracts, inflammatory bowel disease, weight loss, edema, and skeletal hyperostosis. Hair loss, degenerative disc disease, and bone disease are some of the permanent side effects of the drug.

Cardiovascular Side Effects Lawsuit

There are reports of young men suffering from symptomatic heart palpitations within three to four weeks of taking Accutane. The drug also causes vascular thrombotic disease, inflammation of blood vessel, heart stroke, and
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