Corporations owe a legal responsibility to the public to ensure that drugs and products they manufacture are not unreasonably dangerous. The US Supreme Court, agrees that the manufacturers, not the FDA, have the duty to warn consumers and patients of side effects and safety risks. A brief synopsis of the current dangerous products and drugs we are investigating include:
- Abilify – Gambling Addiction
- Invokana – Amputations
- Onglyza, Kombiglyze XR – Heart Failure
- Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium
- Round Up Weed Killer – Lymphoma Cancer
- Talcum Powder – Ovarian Cancer
- Viagra, Cialis – Melanoma Cancer
- Xarelto – Bleeding
- Zofran – Heart Defects, Cleft Palate
Abilify – Gambling
Abilify (Generic: aripiprazole), an anti-psychotic medication prescribed to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and Tourette syndrome, has been linked to compulsive gambling and other behaviors. Over 450 cases have been consolidated before Chief Judge M. Casey Rodgers in the Northern District of Florida in MDL 2734, In re: Abilify (aripiprazole) Products Liability Litigation (Abilify MDL Case – Northern District of Florida) with Magistrate Judge Gary Jones. Lawyers for the manufacturers, Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Bristol-Myers Squibb, have been ordered, along with settlement counsel, to attend monthly settlement conferences.
Invokana – Amputation
Invokana and Invokamet (Generic: canagliflozin) diabetic drugs have been linked to:
- kidney injuries,
- diabetic ketoacidosis,
- urinary tract and blood infections
The drugs are known as SGLT2 (Sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors) that treat low blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. Other drugs in this category include: Farxiga, Xigduo, Glyxambi, Jardiance, Synjardy.
Close to 1000 cases have been consolidated in MDL 2750 before Judge Brian Martinotti and Judge Lois Goodman as Invokana (canagliflozin) Products Liability Litigation.
Onglyza, Kombiglyze XR – Heart Failure
Lawsuits allege that diabetic drugs Onglyza or Kombiglyze XR are linked to:
- congestive heart failure,
- heart attack,
- myocardial infarction and/or
- cardiovascular injury
The cases are consolidated in the Eastern District of Kentucky before the Honorable Karen Caldwell. The defendant manufacturers are Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca. MDL 2809 was created: ONGLYZA (SAXAGLIPTIN) AND KOMBIGLYZE XR – Judicial Panel
Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid Claims
Lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of Prevacid, Nexium, Prilosec and other heartburn relief drugs in MDL 2789 before Judge Claire C. Cecchi. MDL – Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Plaintiffs claim multiple daily doses for over a year may have an increased risk of kidney injuries as:
- Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN)
Acute Tubular Necrosis (ATN)
Acute Kidney Injury (AKI)
Acute Kidney Failure (AKF)
- Chronic Renal/Kidney Failure
End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
Death – Renal Failure
Included are prescription, over the counter (OTC) and generics including:
Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Dexilant / Kapidex, Aciphex, Zegerid
Vimovo, Prilosec OTC, Nexium 24HR, Prevacid 24HR, Zegerid OTC
Store brands: Equate, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, etc.
Roundup Weed Killer – Cancer
Lawsuits alleging Monsanto’s Roundup Weed Killer causes cancer have been centralized in Multi-District Litigation MDL No. 2741 before the Honorable Vince Chhabria. The Plaintiffs allege Roundup weed killer’s ingredient, glyphosate, also found in Ranger and Honcho and many other weed killers, has been linked to cancer. Monsanto failed to warn of known cancer risks, amidst overwhelming research and studies that link glyphosate-based herbicides to non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers. CBS News covered aspects of Monsanto Roundup: Lawsuit accuses Monsanto of manipulating research to hide Roundup dangers
Talcum Powder Ovarian – Cancer
$110 million, $72 million, $70 million and $55 million verdicts
Verdicts ranging between $110 million to $55 million have been awarded by juries hearing evidence of women claiming genital use of Baby Powder and Shower to Shower caused their ovarian cancer. Cancer strikes nearly one in 70 women, though studies show that women who use talc-containing products on their genitals have a one in 50 chance of developing the disease. Trial experts have testified at least 45,000 women have died as a result of ovarian cancer that may be attributed to talcum powder use on the genitals, and estimate 1,500 women will die within the next year as a result of talc use.
Numerous talcum powder manufacturers changed to using cornstarch rather than talc after the American Cancer Society advocated for women to switch to cornstarch around the genital area in 1999. The plaintiffs advocate that talc particles can reach the ovaries and cause inflammation, while the defendant manufacturers allege there hasn’t been a large study to prove a definitive cause and effect.
Viagra, Cialis – Cancer
Viagra lawsuits have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in the Northern District of California. Plaintiffs allege the manufacturers of the erectile dysfunction drugs were aware of the links to melanoma and hid the risks from consumers. Plaintiffs allege that Viagra (sildenafil citrate) causes or increases the risk of developing melanoma and that defendant failed to warn consumers and health care providers of the alleged risk. There are additional allegations against similar erectile dysfunction drugs, Levitra, Staxyn, and Stendra.
Xarelto – Bleeding and Clots
Xarelto lawsuits are set for bellwether trials over alleged side effects of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding and brain bleeds. 20,000+ Xarelto cases are filed in state courts, in Philadelphia and consolidated before U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana: MDL – 2592 Xarelto Products Liability Litigation | Eastern District. The bloodthinner’s other side effects alleged by plaintiffs include:
- Retinal Hemorrhages – bleeding in eyes;
- Pulmonary Embolism (PEs) clots in lungs;
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVTs) clots in legs;
- Epidural Hematoma (EDH) bleeding in brain;
- Intracranial Hemorrhages – bleeding in brain.
Zofran – Heart Defects and Cleft Palate
Zofran lawsuits claim the anti nausea drug given to pregnant mothers is linked to:
- heart defects (ASD, VSD, Tetralogy of Fallot),
- cleft lips,
- cleft palates.
The cases are consolidated in Massachusetts before the Honorable F. Dennis Saylor IV in October 2015 as MDL 2657: In Re: Zofran (Ondansetron) Products Liability Litigation. Scientific studies have linked Zofran use during pregnancy to birth defects.
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