In the pharmaceutical industry, manufactures prepare medicines to prevent or treat diseases. Many pharmaceutical companies engage in research and development aimed at introducing new and improved treatments. A few of the products pharmaceutical companies produced are Celebrex, Vioxx, and Bextra. These products have been removed from the market due to the increased risks of heart attacks, strokes, and even death.
Harmful Effects of Pharmaceuticals
Celebrex is prescribed for acute pain. It is believed to fight pain and inflammation by inhibiting the effect of a natural enzyme called COX-2. Celebrex has been known to cause kidney or liver problems, particularly in people with an existing condition. Celebrex sometimes causes water retention, which can aggravate swelling, high blood pressure, and heart failure. Vioxx has also been linked to allergic reactions including swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat which can cause difficulty in breathing and swallowing. Vioxx increases the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients using the medication. Bextra shares the same harmful side effects as Vioxx. Bextra users have begun to develop a deadly disease known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome.
As many as 140,000 injuries and 60,000 deaths in the U.S. were caused by patients taking either Vioxx or Bextra. The deaths occurred because of F.D.A. failure to protect the public. Vioxx, Bextra, and Celebrex were pulled from the market last fall because of major heart attack risks. There have been more than 2,000 cases filed against the Whitehouse Station or drug maker thus far. Analysts estimate that Merck's potential liability could reach $18 billion.
Choosing the Right Attorney
The best way to determine if you are entitled to compensation through a lawsuit for a pharmaceutical case is to contact an experienced and knowledgeable attorney in the field of pharmaceutical litigation. Most experienced and qualified pharmaceutical attorneys will provide free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and determine whether or not a claim should be filed. Your attorney can negotiate and guide you through the legal process.