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Medical science has made some incredible leaps forward in the past few decades. The treatments that are currently available allow many people to survive medical conditions that once would have been fatal. However, the collective progress made does not mean that all treatments are completely safe. In fact, people across the United States are regularly injured by defective or dangerous drugs, and this often occurs because drug companies allowed unsafe products to reach the market or failed to provide the proper warnings to consumers and physicians.

The personal injury attorneys at Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC understand the harm that dangerous pharmaceutical drugs can cause, and we are dedicated to achieving justice for people injured by the negligence of drug companies. We work to enhance public safety by holding these companies responsible for the injuries they cause and making sure measures are in place to prevent unsafe drugs from entering the market.

Dangerous Pharmaceutical Drugs

Prescription and over-the-counter medications must pass a rigorous approval process by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they can be made available to the public. While this process is intended to ensure that all consumer drugs are safe to use, it is not always effective at discovering the potential dangers that can come with using medications. The tests performed may not discover the long-term effects of using medications, the risks for patients who have certain medical conditions, or how drugs will interact with other medications.

Unfortunately, many drugs that receive FDA approval are later found to be dangerous. Some examples of pharmaceutical drugs that have injured patients include:

  • Januvia - This drug, which is used to treat type 2 diabetes, has been associated with pancreatitis, a condition that can lead to pancreatic cancer. Other diabetes medications that have been found to have similar risks include Janumet, Byetta, Victoza, and Bydureon.
  • Xarelto - This blood-thinning drug is used to reduce the risks of blood clots following procedures such as joint replacement surgery. However, it has been found to increase the risks of severe and sometimes irreversible internal bleeding.
  • Accutane - This acne medication has been found to have dangerous side effects, including depression, suicidal thoughts, and increased risk of birth defects for pregnant women.
  • Lipitor - This drug is commonly used by patients with high cholesterol to lower the risks of heart attack or stroke. However, it has also been associated with side effects such as type 2 diabetes, damage to the liver, and loss of memory.
  • Ocaliva: This drug is used to treat primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) in adults. Serious liver injury can be caused by Ocaliva, particularly when the incorrect dosage was given to the patient, resulting in a number of symptoms, including drug-induced liver failure and necrosis.
  • Celebrex - This anti-inflammatory medication is used to treat arthritis and osteoporosis, but it has been found to have a variety of dangerous side effects, including high blood pressure, heart problems, gastrointestinal bleeding, and liver and kidney failure.
  • Antidepressants - Some types of drugs used to treat depression, such as Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, and Effexor, have been linked to serious side effects such as birth defects, seizures, and the increased risk of suicide.
  • Antipsychotic medications - Drugs such as Zyprexa or Risperdal which are used to treat schizophrenia or bipolar disorder can cause serious health problems such as diabetes, strokes, nervous system and kidney disorders, dizziness, and fainting.
  • Birth control medications - Drugs such as Ocella, Yaz, and Yasmin have been linked to health issues such as blood clots, heart attack, stroke, loss of vision, and gallbladder disease.

Contact a Chicago Product Liability Attorney

At TKK, we understand the complex legal issues surrounding pharmaceutical litigation, and we have the resources and dedication to achieve success in these cases. If you have been injured by a dangerous pharmaceutical drug, we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve from those whose negligence caused you harm. Contact our experienced Illinois personal injury lawyers at 312-605-8800 to arrange a free consultation.

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