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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Doctors prescribe Benicar, Azor and Tribenzor to control high blood pressure. Research indicates the drugs could cause serious gastrointestinal problems similar to Celiac disease – chronic diarrhea, severe weight loss and intestinal damage. The Mayo Clinic reported these findings to the FDA, which issued a warning and prompted patients to turn to litigation.
People with high cholesterol take Lipitor to reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke and other maladies associated with heart disease. Unfortunately, the most popular cholesterol-reducing drug in the United States can increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes and has other serious side effects.
Some women use talcum powder for intimate personal hygiene. But particles in the silky powder can travel into the uterus and ovaries, causing inflammation and promoting cancerous tumor growth. Experts long ago suggested not using the powder because of potential breathing issues, but the latest concern is much more serious.
Doctors prescribe Abilify to treat depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Medical evidence suggests the drug may cause diabetes and compulsive behaviors that lead to gambling and eating disorders. People who took the drug and gambled away a lot of money are seeking compensation from drug makers Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
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.
Thousands of people across the country take GranuFlo and NaturaLyte as part of dialysis procedures. An internal memo from drug maker Fresenius Medical linked them both to increased risk of heart attacks. The company delayed in alerting patients or doctors, a decision that is forcing Fresenius to defend its actions in court.
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