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Defective and Dangerous Prescription Drug Litigation in RI

Some of the most dangerous, harmful or defective drugs are also the most commonly prescribed by doctors. A recent article by Robert Shifko of Livestrong, listed the top 10 most dangerous prescription medications. These medicines become dangerous, when used for a prolonged amount of time or abused.

Defective and dangerous prescription medication

dangerous drugsIf you were injured as a result of taking dangerous or risky drugs, please contact a Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible. Defective drug litigation in RI, MA and across the United States is a serious and complicated matter and you need an experienced defective drug litigation lawyer in providence Rhode Island. Many drugs have unreasonable side effects or have been subjected to drug recalls. There is also the very serious issue of mis-filled prescriptions and pharmacy errors.  Drugs are sometimes mislabeled , poorly manufactured, a health hazard or even contaminated. Some drugs may even be fatal and lead to a wrongful death lawsuit. These fatal wrongful death cases require the special attention of skilled and experienced RI Lawyer.

Numerous drugs have been subjected to removal from pharmacy shelves as a result of FDA recalls. This often leads to drug recall litigation

Chemotherapy drugs do not discriminate in the cells they destroy. While killing cancer cells they also obliterate healthy cells. This leaves a person vulnerable to a whole slew of new issues. These include kidney toxicity, lung disease, liver toxicity, fetal death, a suppressed immune system, and congenital defects. In some cases a class action is necessary to take on corporate America and get you the compensation you deserve.

If You need a Rhode Island Personal injury lawyer who has extensive experience dealing with product liability, mass tort, medical malpractice and defective drug litigation. Rhode Island pharmaceutical drug litigation Lawyers can help you get justice and the compensation you deserve. 

Drug Companies motivated by corporate greed

Pharmaceutical companies are usually motivated by financial gain and greed and don’t always have your safety in mind. Remember, even if a Providence doctor prescribes a certain medication it does not necessarily equate to the medication being safe and non-defective. It is fairly common for RI doctors to prescribe dangerous, harmful and deadly prescription medication. According to WEBMD “A drug recall occurs when a prescription or over-the-counter medicine is removed from the market because it is found to be either defective or potentially harmful. Sometimes, the makers of the drug will discover a problem with their drug and voluntarily recall it. Other times, the FDA will request that the medicine be recalled after receiving reports of problems from the public.”

Prednisone is a corticosteroid, which is used to treat inflammation of the skin or joints. Used in the short term it is extremely effective. However, long-term use has many serious side effects such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Intestinal bleeding
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Hypertension
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cataracts

The following drugs may be subjects in some level of litigation across the United States and in Rhode Island:

  • Avandia
  • Champix
  • Crestor
  • Effexor
  • Hydroxycut
  • Fosamax
  • Neurontin
  • Paxil
  • Reglan
  • Synthroid
  • Yaz
  • Zetia
  • Zyprexa
  • Yasmin
  • Doxil
  • Novartus
  • Methotrexate
  • Ben Venue

Statins such as Zocor, are used to lower cholesterol. Prolonged use can lead to cataracts, liver toxicity, and muscle inflammation. Blood thinners, such as Coumadin, can lead to excessive bleeding from even a small cut. Some people who have taken blood thinners, have bled to death from superficial wounds. Prozac is used to treat depression, however, it can have the opposite effect in some patients. It can increase depression and irritability and contribute to a person committing suicide.

ADHD medications like Ritalin have a serious risk of being abused. They create a strong psychological addiction in users, as well, insomnia, hostility, and anxiety. Painkillers are perhaps one of the most abused doctor prescribed medications in Rhode Island and across the United states. RI Users of these medications can and often do become quickly dependent on painkillers, like Percocet and OxyContin. These medicines also can have life threatening side effects such as:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heart palpitations
  • Slow heart rate

The combination of painkillers and alcohol can cause serious side effects and can even cause death.

Medications for diabetes are used to control glucose levels. These drugs, such as Glucotrol, can cause fatigue, hypoglycemia, and liver damage if not taken correctly. Arthritis medications like Celebrex and Motrin are used to control pain and swelling. Long-term effects of these medicines include kidney damage, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver damage, and stomach irritation.

Beta blockers, such as Lopressor, are used to regulate blood pressure. These drugs lower the hearts ability to function correctly. They decrease the hearts ability to respond to epinephrine and adrenaline thus weakening this muscle to decrease pain and pressure. This leads to some extreme side effects like compromised cardiac function, loss of libido, elevated blood lipids, and impotence.

While not everyone will experience these side effects, discuss your concerns with your doctor. There is always legal help available if you or a loved one have been injured due to these or any medications.

If you are a Rhode Island resident and suffered damages or injury as a result of taking a defective and harmful drug please consult with RI Personal Injury lawyers.

Recommended Resources:

  • http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm049070.htm
  • http://usdrugwatchdog.com/
  • http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/EnforcementReports/default.htm