Drug Injury

Drug makers have a duty to ensure that their drugs are not unreasonably dangerous and have adequate warnings about the possible side effects and injuries. You trust that the drugs are safe and effective. No one should ever be injured because the drug makers failed to provide all the facts about their prescription medications.

Benicar

Benicar has been prescribed to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).

Usage of this drug, however, has led to serious gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea, vomiting, and misdiagnosis with Celiac disease. Some patients have been left with permanent gastrointestinal damage, such as villous atrophy. This condition renders a gastrointestinal system less able to digest food, or leads to chronic dehydration and malnourishment.

Today Daiichi Sankyo and Forest Laboratories face over a thousand lawsuits for their failure to warn about these risks from taking Benicar.

Fosamax

Fosamax® is an oral bisphosphonate prescribed for women who suffer from osteoporosis. Unfortunately, many individuals who received Fosamax® were not osteoporotic, but osteopenic. Before Fosamax and Merck’s marketing of the drug, osteopenia was recognized as a much less serious thinning of the bones, and often times no treatment was necessary. Long term use of Fosamax® has been demonstrated to cause spontaneous fractures of the femur (the big bone in your thigh).

In 2010, the FDA ordered Merck to warn about the the risk of these fractures. Merck still denies that Fosamax causes these types of rare fractures. Nonetheless, many doctors today stop treatment after three years to reduce the risk.

Invokana

Promoted to aid in weight loss and lower blood sugars for Type 2 diabetics, Invokana and Farxiga (SGLT2 inhibitors) act on the kidneys and prevent the reabsorption of glucose into the body.

By eliminating more glucose, the body’s cells must now break down fat for energy. A by-product of this process are ketones, or blood acids. Too many ketones can lead to a diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially life threatening condition. For Type 2 diabetics, this condition is normally rare; however, for those on SGLT2 inhibitors, the risk of this complication is increased. Ketoacidosis, if untreated and unrecognized, may lead to kidney damage, heart attack, or death.

In May 2015, the FDA issued a warning that SGLT2 inhibitors may lead to diabetic keatoacidosis which may require hospitalization.

Talcum Powder

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder

We have all seen the commercials. Use Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder for that fresh clean feeling. What the ads did not reveal is that Johnson and Johnson have known of the association of their product and ovarian cancer. Two juries have agreed and awarded compensatory and punitive damages for Johnson and Johnson failure to warn.

Today Johnson and Johnson face over a thousand lawsuits for their failure to warn about these risks from using their baby powder.

Taxotere

Since at least 2005, Sanofi-Aventis has known that its Taxotere, or its generic brand docitaxel, manufactured by a Sanofi subsidiary, Winthrop, causes permanent hair loss in women with node-negative, or non-metastasized, cancer. Their failure to warn has left thousands of women, who have survived their breast cancer, without hair, many years after their treatments have stopped. Because the drug company fail to disclose this information, this drug company deprived many women of the choice to take Taxol, a more effective drug than Taxotere, and does not cause permanent hair loss.

E-Cigarettes, Vaping and JUUL

Taking a page out of Big Tobacco’s playbook, E-Cigarette makers, including JUUL, have seduced adolescents and young teens into believing “vaping” is cool and harmless. Sleek designs resembling a USB flash drive, eye-catching colors, fun flavors such as Fruit Loops, Pancake Syrup and Bubble Gum, and Instragram© and Facebook© Influencers all combined to bring nicotine addiction to this vulnerable group. JUUL has even handed out free samples and held launch make sure its products get to as many youths as possible. Most parents and teachers do not even realize that their children use e-cigarettes because of they are easily concealable design, have an odorless “poof” vapor and can be purchased without an adult at the local corner store. One JUUL “pod” contains as much nicotine as two packs of cigarettes; some youths vape as much as two pods a day. Once an individual has been hooked, the e-cigarette makers know they have a customer for life.

Yet, their misleading safety claims and aggressive marketing have created an entire generation addicted to nicotine overnight. As recent as 2016, tobacco use had dropped to a record low of 8 percent among high school students. Today, more that 3.6 million high school students, up from 1.5 million in 2017, vape. The health cost to these young students is shocking- serious respiratory problems, stroke, learning disabilities, and even death.

The Law Offices of Terence J. Sweeney, Esq. is currently reviewing cases involving adolescents, teens, and young adults under the age of 25 who have experienced respiratory issues, addiction, stroke, and death. If you or your child is addicted to vaping, I would like to speak to you.