Sometimes big corporations look the other way when weighing your health versus their profit. Learn about 2014’s top prescription drug lawsuits in this post.
The entire list is actually longer than we can cover in this blog post! But, let’s talk about some of the more notable pharmaceutical lawsuits 2014 has brought to us:
- Pfizer’s Failure to Warn the Public about the Serious Side Effects of Lipitor
A Reuters story notes the number of women suing Pfizer for this reason has skyrocketed from 56 to 1,000 in under 2 months. The FDA issued a warning in 2012 that Lipitor and other similar prescription medications did in fact increase the risk of diabetes and memory loss.
This affects women in particular, the article continues, as they are even more likely than men to develop diabetes and gain fewer benefits from using Lipitor.
Pfizer publicly denied any liability and declared its intentions to fight these lawsuits.
And, by the way, Lipitor – it’s the top-selling prescription medication of all-time, with more than $140 billion in sales to date.
- Crestor May Lead to Weakening of Your Heart, Memory Less, and Liver Damage
Even though it is effective for treating people at risk for heart attack and stroke, Crestor may actually caused more harm than good for many consumers. Like Lipitor, it’s a member of a class of prescription drugs called “statins,” which lower your cholesterol.
It’s the second most sold kind of statin, right behind Lipitor. The FDA approved it for marketing and sales in 2003. And despite knowledge that it could cause severe problems, the FDA also approved it in 2010 as a preventative for people who have no cholesterol problems at all but are only at higher risk for heart diseases(which was widely criticized).
Plaintiffs are suing on the basis that that maker of Crestor, AstraZeneca, knew about the “dangerous and defective nature” of this drug but continued to market and sell it anyway.
The company stands behind Crestor’s safety to this day.
- Takeda’s Actos Causes an Increased Risk for Bladder Cancer
Even though Takeda, Actos’ manufacturer, found links to its potential for causing bladder cancer in 2004, the company didn’t let US regulators know until 7 years later in 2011! They’re also accused of intentionally giving the general public misleading data, and many other unethical actions.
Besides an increased risk of bladder cancer, some studies have found this drug also increases your risk of congestive heart failure, liver damage, blindness, bone fractures, kidney damage, and heart attacks.
The FDA may also bear some responsibility in this case, as they allowed this drug to come to market through their controversial 501(k) fast-track process. This allows big pharmaceuticals to take drugs to market if they are “substantially equivalent” to ones already legally sold with FDA approval.
Those are some of the top recent prescription drug lawsuits…
If you believe you’ve experienced serious health complications as a result of using one of these prescription drugs or others, call Mullen & Mullen’s Dallas personal injury lawyers at (214) 747-5240 or contact us online using the form on this page to get a free consultation today. We’ll help you understand your legal rights and hold big corporations accountable for their actions.