Millions of patients take drugs each year to manage various health conditions. These are people who trust pharmaceutical companies and believe that all the medications are safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Due to negligence, doctors or pharmaceutical companies dispense the wrong drugs. Some contain harmful substances that can pose serious side effects.
Here are common lawsuits that you should know:
A Zantac lawsuit claims financial compensation by patients who took the heartburn drug and were later diagnosed with cancer. What is Zantac all about? It has for long been useful in the treatment of heartburn and acid reflux.
Recently, there have been various discoveries on drug use, claiming that the drug contains carcinogen NDMA and other serious risks and side effects.
In April 2020, the FDA demanded that all drug manufacturing firms withdraw Zantac products, and most pharmaceutical companies have since recalled the drug. According to the latest , NDMA levels in Zantac increase even when the drug is appropriately stored, leading to unacceptable impurities levels. The long-term effects of Zantac are;
- Liver failure
- Enlarged liver
- Hair loss
- Reduced lung function
What can I do if is still have the medicine? If you have been using Zantac, it’s advisable to discuss this with your doctor. They will prescribe other medications suitable for your health condition.
Avandia is commonly used in the treatment of diabetes type 2 in adults. It’s used in combination with other diabetes drugs to control blood sugar in people with diabetes. Avandia is mostly used when other diabetes management methods, like diet, exercise, and weight management, aren’t effective.
However, the drug came under scrutiny in 20007 after causing an adverse effect in patients. The same year, the FDA warned patients and health practitioners about the harmful effects of Avandia. FDA also issued a black box warning against the drug.
The dangerous side effects of Avandia are;
- Heart problems
- Increased risk of bone fractures
- Low blood sugar
- Liver disease
- Increased risk of anemia and hypoglycemia
Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Lawsuits
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medications used to treat peptic ulcers and H. Pylori. However, in April 2020, the FDA recalled all forms of ranitidine products from the market. The reason was that they might contain cancer-causing elements that are not safe for human consumption.
The long-term use of PPIs can cause reduced levels of vitamin B12 and magnesium. Moreover, PPI lawsuits blame PPIs for causing kidney failure, kidney injuries, and acute interstitial nephritis.
How can you file a dangerous drug lawsuit?
If you have been using a dangerous drug, the first step to filing a lawsuit is to hire a professional attorney. They will collect the necessary evidence to ascertain whether you qualify to file such a lawsuit. If yes, the lawyer will further present this in court and argue your case for the most suitable compensation for your damages.
There are various dangerous drug lawsuits. And the success of such cases is determined by your choice of attorney. If you have suffered damages due to the use of a dangerous drug, contact an attorney immediately. Also, talk to your doctor about safer treatment options for your condition.