Each year, thousands of people die from or are seriously injured by defective prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs they believe to be safe. Patients trust these drugs will not harm them because they have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They have been prescribed by doctors or recommended by pharmacists they know and trust.
Unfortunately, many of these defective drugs are inadequately tested or have insufficient warnings on their labels. Ultimately, they can lead to serious health ailments, from high blood pressure to acute liver failure. Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. pursues cases nationwide involving harmful drugs and faulty medical equipment.
Classified as a COX-2 inhibitor, Vioxx® (rofecoxib) is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) intended to treat menstrual and arthritis pain. However, the drug is believed to do far more harm than good. Vioxx® is known in some cases to cause:
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Swelling of the lower extremities
- High blood pressure
Recent studies have also linked Vioxx® to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. On September 30, 2004, Vioxx's manufacturer, Merck CO & Inc., pulled this defective drug from the shelves. The FDA, in response, issued a public health advisory to warn users of its potential risks.
Like Vioxx®, Bextra® is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) designed to alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, including joint inflammation and swelling. The drug, classified as a COX 2 inhibitor, reportedly prevents the stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding believed to be caused by other NSAIDs. However, some research shows that like Vioxx®, Bextra® can cause a number of serious side effects, from stomach bleeding to upper respiratory infection.
Celebrex® is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory COX-2 inhibitor drug intended to treat joint inflammation and arthritis pain. But like Vioxx®, it has been deemed dangerous by some authorities. Celebrex® has been linked to at least 10 deaths, 11 cases of gastrointestinal bleeding that required hospitalization, and an increased risk of stomach ulcers.
There is also some evidence that taking Celebrex® can increase or double users' risk of blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. Despite this evidence, the makers of Celebrex® asked the FDA to remove label warnings about stomach ulcers, claiming that medical reviewers did not find any evidence to suggest that Celebrex® was associated with a greater rate of stomach ulcers than traditional NSAIDs. The FDA denied the request, as it found that taking low-dose aspirin (to prevent heart attack) in combination with Celebrex® increased the risk of developing ulcers.
If you have taken these drugs and experienced any documented heart-related conditions, you should seek the legal advice of an attorney regarding your rights. Although we have had experience in the areas we have listed above, this is not an exhaustive list of the types of pharmaceutical cases we are looking to review. If you have an injury you believe may have been caused by a toxic substance, please feel free to call us. We will be glad to review your case and assess your rights.
Injuries Related to Improperly Used or Faulty Medical Equipment
Unfortunate accidents sometimes occur when medical equipment is—
- Improperly tested prior to its introduction to the marketplace
- Not used for the purpose for which it was intended
- Carelessly used by those poorly trained in its operation
Accidents can range from minor injuries to death. If you, or someone you know, has suffered such an accident, please call us immediately.