- Notable Dangerous Drugs
- August 3, 2012
- Law Firm: Rasansky Law Firm - Dallas Office
Famous Unsafe Drugs
Some unsafe drugs become so notorious that people know them instantly by name, even if they've never been prescribed them. These drugs are usually the subjects of lawsuits when it is discovered that they posed a significant risk to the people taking them and when the people who took them were not fully informed of those risks. Product liability lawyers in Texas and other parts of the country have successfully represented people against pharmaceutical companies in these cases.
A drug that was originally prescribed for acne and that has been prescribed to tens of millions of people over the years, Accutane was found to have a scientifically confirmed link to irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease. This drug was prescribed for the control of severe acne but, in later usage, it was prescribed for less severe cases of acne, as well. Many of the people who took the drug ended up with conditions much more severe than the acne for which the drug was originally prescribed.
An antidepressant developed by GlaxoSmithKline, Paxil has been the subject of approximately 600 defective product lawsuits. This drug has been associated with severe withdrawal symptoms, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn and congenital birth defects when given to pregnant women. It is also been implicated in suicide. Despite the fact that GlaxoSmithKline has already reached settlements and paid $40 million in a class-action lawsuit, Paxil continues to generate approximately $1 billion in profits for the company every year.
If you believe that you have been the victim of an unsafe drug, contacting an attorney is the first step in getting assistance in seeking money from a jury award or settlement. The most important thing to keep in mind is that, even if the drug hasn't been the subject of lawsuits in the past, it could still be a drug that poses a serious risk to patients.
Defective products attorney's will generally sit down with the client for free for the initial consultation. During this consultation, you can explain to the attorney the specifics of your situation and why you believe that you have been injured by an unsafe drug. If the drug that you took has already been the subject of lawsuits, it's even more important to speak with an attorney right away. There may be limitations on how long you have to sue over one of these claims.