Risperdal And Defective Drugs

Sumter Residents Might Suffer Risperdal Side Effects

Risperdal And Defective DrugsRisperdal was approved for use by the FDA in 1994. The drug helps manage psychosis related to schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. However, almost as soon as the drug launched in the US, Johnson & Johnson began to promote off-label use in children and the elderly. Risperdal was eventually approved for children’s prescriptions in 2006, but there are numerous side effects, including gynecomastia (breast tissue growth in men) that the company failed to warn pediatricians of, despite promoting the drug for off-label use as early as 2001.

Risperdal has not been approved for use in the elderly, but J&J still promotes the drug to gerontologists and for use in nursing homes, to help calm patients with dementia-related psychosis. Nursing home use of Risperdal is problematic because, according to lawsuits alleging nursing home abuse, Risperdal is illegally used as a form of chemical restraint.

South Carolina Residents File Risperdal Lawsuits

Like many states, South Carolina sued Johnson & Johnson for fraudulent marketing – the state said the pharmaceutical company sent misleading letters to pediatricians, claiming that Risperdal is safe for use in children. South Carolina won the lawsuit in 2007, and although the state’s Supreme Court recently reduced the financial penalty against J&J, the verdict that the pharmaceutical giant defrauded South Carolina and its residents still stands.

As South Carolina’s elderly population grows, chemical restraint in nursing homes will become a more important issue. Nursing home staff could feel overwhelmed and it could be tempting to use Risperdal and other antipsychotics to control psychotic behaviors in dementia patients. However, Risperdal has not been approved by the FDA for use in the elderly, and the drug could have harmful side effects. Risperdal has been linked to cardiovascular issues in elderly patients.

A Loved One Took Risperdal and Now Suffers Personal Injuries from Side Effects

Side effects of Risperdal in young boys include gynecomastia, a personal injury involving breast tissue growth (not just fat deposits) that can not only cause emotional injury, but put the boy at risk of cancer or hormone imbalances later in life.

Risperdal has also been linked to cardiovascular problems in the elderly, when doctors prescribe the drug to treat psychosis related to dementia. Risperdal has not been approved for use in elderly patients, and was not approved for use in children until 2006, and many personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits have been filed alleging that the drug was marketed improperly for off-label use, without Johnson & Johnson warning doctors of the side effects.

If you or a loved one took Risperdal as a child, or an elderly loved one has been given Risperdal in a nursing home, contact a dangerous drugs attorney at the Strom Law Firm immediately for help. We offer free consultations to discuss the facts of your case.

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Lipitor And Personal Injury Attorney

Greenville Residents with Lipitor Prescriptions Could Suffer Personal Injury

Lipitor And Personal Injury AttorneyLipitor was developed by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to treat high cholesterol. However, the drug has been linked to several serious side effects, including development of Type 2 diabetes.

Numerous personal injury lawsuits have been filed against Pfizer for Lipitor side effects. Very few of the plaintiffs who file these lawsuits are overweight, which is a common factor when a patient otherwise develops Type 2 diabetes.

A study, published in January 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that patients who took Lipitor – particularly women – between the ages of 50 and 79 were 48% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. Researchers looked at 160,000 women who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) between 1993 and 2005. Compared to women not taking Lipitor, women on the drug had a 1/3 increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes within 9 years. This is a significant increase compared to studies conducted in previous years. In early 2012, the FDA required Pfizer to update Lipitor’s label to include the increased risk of Type 2 diabetes.

South Carolina Residents Who Took Lipitor Could File a Personal Injury Lawsuit

A study, published in January 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that patients who took Lipitor – particularly women – between the ages of 50 and 79 were 48% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. Researchers looked at 160,000 women who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) between 1993 and 2005. Compared to women not taking Lipitor, women on the drug had a 1/3 increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes within 9 years. This is a significant increase compared to studies conducted in previous years. In early 2012, the FDA required Pfizer to update Lipitor’s label to include the increased risk of Type 2 diabetes.

I Developed Type 2 Diabetes After Taking Lipitor and Have Huge Medical Bills

Type 2 diabetes means a lifetime of medical treatment. However, you do not have to suffer medical bills or emotional distress alone. The dangerous drug personal injury attorneys at the Strom Law Firm offer free consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact us today. 803.252.4800

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Xarelto Class Action Lawsuit

Edisto Residents on Blood Thinners Could Suffer Xarelto Injury

Xarelto Class Action LawsuitXarelto was originally developed as a safer alternative to warfarin, a blood thinner that requires constant monitoring to prevent bleed-outs. However, warfarin has an antidote, while Xarelto does not, meaning patients who take the blood thinner are at a great risk of uncontrollable bleeding events. Too many patients have suffered long-lasting personal injury or died because they could not stop bleeding, when their Xarelto prescription should have helped improve their quality of life.

South Carolina Citizens File Lawsuits Alleging Xarelto’s Dangers

Xarelto was approved by the FDA in 2011. In the first 3 months of 2012, the blood thinner’s popularity sky-rocketed – around 130,000 prescriptions were written for Xarelto in the US alone. However, some doctors began expressing concern about Xarelto – not only because there is no known antidote, but because, unlike warfarin, the drug has no routine anticoagulant screening to help monitor patients’ safety and prevent internal bleeding or blood clots.

In June 2014, a study from the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices reported that bleeding incidents and adverse events related to Xarelto prescriptions are on the rise. As of 2013, the FDA has received 680 complaints alleging injuries and death from Xarelto. Plaintiffs have requested Xarelto personal injury lawsuit consolidation in a federal court in Charleston, South Carolina.

A Loved One Took Xarelto and Died Due to Uncontrolled Bleeding

If your loved one took Xarelto and died, or if you took Xarelto and suffered a heart attack or stroke due to uncontrolled bleeding or unmonitored blood clots, you may have a Xarelto injury case. The dangerous drug attorneys at the Strom Law Firm offer free consultations to discuss the facts of your Xarelto case, so contact us today for help.

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