We continue to learn that an abundance of medications on the market are simply are not safe. More and more, pharmaceutical companies are skipping crucial studies in order to get their drug to market first and produce it cheaply. We have seen some manufacturers (Zicam) use loopholes to avoid FDA inspection. We trust that the medications we are prescribed are safe. When they are not, the results can be devastating.

As injury attorney, I am investigating various defective drugs including:

    • Accutane
      – used to treat acne
      – can cause severe bowel disease and birth defects
    • Androgel
      – Testosterone replacement therapies
      – Linked to serious cardiac health risks
    • Avandia (Rosiglitazone)
      – prescribed for diabetes
      – can cause congestive heart failure, heart attack, liver toxicity, severe allergic reaction and stroke
    • Chantix
      – used to help patients stop smoking
      – may result in episodes of psychotic, violent and suicidal behavior, especially after consuming alcohol
    • Depakote
      – used to treat serious seizures and convulsions
      – can cause birth defects
    • Digitek
      – prescribed for irregular heart beat or congestive heart failure
      – can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, low blood pressure, and death
    • Ethex Morphine & Hydromorphine
      – prescribed for pain
      – some batches contain higher than desired dosage resulting in difficulty breathing, respiratory depression, low blood pressure or sedation
    • Fentanyl
      – a patch used for anesthesia and chronic pain
      – has been known to leak and cause serious injury and death
    • Fixodent, Poligrip
      – denture cream
      – can cause zinc poisoning
    • Fosamax
      – treats bone disease such as osteoporosis
      – can cause Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) or “dead jaw”, bone disease that affects both the mandible and maxilla jawbones
    • Gadolinium
      – used as a contrast agent in MRIs
      – can cause kidney failure, Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF), Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy (NFD), and renal failure
    • Hydroxycut
      – dietary supplements, energy enhancers, and fat burners
      – can cause liver damage
    • Invokana
      – Type II diabetes medication
      – Linked to kidney failure, ketoacidosis, cardiac injury, and death
    • Ketek (Telithromycin)
      – used to treat bacterial infections in the lungs
      – can cause liver toxicity
    • Levaquin
      – Antibiotic used to treat respiratory and urinary tract infections
      – Linked to weakening the aorta causing risk for aneurysm and aortic dissection
    • Nexium/Prilosec/Prevacid
      – “Proton Pump Inhibitors” Heartburn and acid reflux medications
      – Linked to a higher risk of chronic kidney disease
    • Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR
      – Type II diabetes drugs
      – Linked to a greater risk of heart failure
    • Oral Sodium Phosphate/Fleet
      – used as a bowel preparation for medical procuedures such as a colonoscopy
      – can cause serious kidney damage
    • Paxil (Paroxetine) and other antidepressants (SSRIs)
      – approved to treat psycholocial conditions such as depression
      – can cause suicidal behavior and birth defects
    • Prempro
      – a hormone replacement therapy medication
      – causing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and blood clot disorders
    • Propafenone
      – used to treat irregular heartbeat
      – some tablets contain higher levels of the active ingredient which can cause high blood pressure and neurological problems
    • Quinine
      – typically used for Malaria but has been used for “restless leg syndrome”
      – can result in liver or kidney failure, stroke, heart attack and death
    • Raptiva
      – prescribed for psoriasis
      – linked to Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML), an infection that attacks the central nervous system and the brain
    • Reglan (Metoclopramide)
      – treats gastrointestinal diseases and cancer
      – can cause fatal neurological defects
    • Risperdal
      – Antipsychotic medication for individuals with bipolar disorder, autism, and schizophrenia
      – Linked to gynecomastia – the growth of breasts in men
    • Taxotere
      – Chemotherapy drug
      – Linked to permanent hair loss without warning
    • Trasylol
      – used to stop bleeding after cardiac surgery
      – linked to cardiac event and kidney failure
    • Xarelto
      – Anti-coagulant
      – Linked to a higher risk of internal bleeding
    • Xolair
      – used to treat asthma
      – can cause serious and fatal allergic reactions
    • Yasmin (Yaz)
      – a birth control medication
      – can cause blood clot disorders *NuvaRing, like Yaz, has been longed to blood clots and pulmonary embolism.  In fact, the FDA announced in 2011 that women using Yaz, Yasmin, NuvaRing or Ocella were 74% more likely to suffer from a blood clot as compared to women using other forms of birth control.  Additional risks for women using these drugs include deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary emboli, blood clot, heart attack, stroke.
    • Zicam
      – used to treat the common cold
      – includes excessive amounts of zinc which is linked to loss of smell and taste
    • Zencor
      – used to enhance male performance
      – can cause cardiac event, seizures, loss of vision, loss of hearing
    • Zofran
      – Anti-nausea medication prescribed to pregnant women
      – Linked to birth defects in babies including congenital heart defects and cleft palate

We also help those injured by the use of:

If you have further questions or believe you have been injured by one of these drugs, or another drug, please Contact St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney Lindsay Rakers or call at (800) 517-0602.