We all rely on drugs and medical devices to improve the quality of life for us and our loved ones. But sometimes drug and device companies put unsafe products on the market, ones that give us conditions that are worse than what we needed treatment for originally. When that happens, Drugwatch is here to help.
Sold and marketed by Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Xarelto is a popular blood thinner prescribed to treat or prevent blood clots. Like a similar drug, Pradaxa, Xarelto can cause serious internal bleeding, which can lead to death. People who lost loved ones who took the drug filed lawsuits claiming the drug maker did not provide enough warning about bleeding risks.
Invokana, a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, treats Type 2 diabetes by filtering sugar out of the kidneys. However, the FDA warned that this drug may cause ketoacidosis -- too much acid in the blood. This condition may have serious consequences that require hospitalization. Patients and families affected by these complications are considering filing lawsuits because of injuries that occurred.
Some doctors call testosterone therapy the new fountain of youth for men who have Low T – a condition in which the body doesn’t make enough testosterone. Several studies link these drugs to increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and prostate cancer. An increasing number of affected men are suing drug makers to recover damages.
Power morcellators are drill-like instruments that shred fibroids and tissue during less-invasive gynecological surgeries like fibroid removal or hysterectomies. But the FDA warned that 1 in 350 women that undergo procedures with morcellators risk having undiagnosed uterine cancer cells spread throughout their abdomen. Families of women diagnosed with uterine cancer after these routine surgeries filed claims against device manufacturers, claiming patients weren’t warned about risks related to morcellators.
Many American women choose Essure as a permanent method of birth control. According to Bayer, the two metal coils implanted in a woman's fallopian tubes are safe and nearly 100 percent effective. But the FDA received 5,000 reports of adverse events linked to the device. Thousands of women claim the implant permanently damaged their bodies.
Manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants already paid millions to people who suffered disabling complications and filed lawsuits. These implants were supposed to last for decades, but faulty designs and inadequate training about installations lead them to fail too soon and lead to patients needing additional surgeries. Some companies recalled their devices.
Type 2 diabetes drug Actos was one of the most successful drugs on the market, generating billions of dollars for Takeda Pharmaceuticals. But the drug also is linked to a number of life-changing side effects, the alarming of which is bladder cancer. Takeda has settled claims that it failed to warn the public.
Doctors implant retrievable IVC (inferior vena cava) filters in the veins of patients to protect them from blood clots that travel to the lungs. These devices trap blood clots and resemble small metal cages. The filters can break and cause serious complications. Broken pieces may travel through the body, causing bleeding and puncturing organs, including the heart. People injured by these devices sued the manufacturers claiming they were not warned.
About 1 million pregnant women a year take Zofran, which originally was approved to treat nausea in cancer patients or following surgery. Doctors prescribe the drug despite the fact the FDA did not approve it to treat morning sickness or vomiting during pregnancy. Studies link the medication to severe birth defects that may be fatal, leading to lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline.
Doctors prescribe antipsychotics Risperdal and Invega, sold and marketed by Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, to treat ADHD, depression and anxiety. But the drugs cause embarrassing and life-changing side effects like male breast growth in young men and boys, a condition called gynecomastia. Families are winning court cases against J&J.
Thousands of women implanted with surgical mesh to treat incontinence or organ prolapse after childbirth or hysterectomies suffer from serious complications including organ damage, severe pain and inability to have intercourse. Mesh manufacturers paid millions to women and their husbands – and thousands of others await their day in court.
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