According to Statista, the US is home to some of the biggest pharma companies in the world, and American consumers have access to the most advanced pharmaceutical products worldwide. The total spending on medicines in the US in 2021 was worth USD 574 billion.
If you’re taking any prescription medications, it’s good to know about the potential risks involved. But with so many lawsuits happening against so many different drugs, it can be hard to track them all.
Whether you’re just curious or actively seeking compensation for an adverse drug reaction (ADR), this list should give you an idea of which ones might be worth your while to keep an eye on:
You may be familiar with the drug Tepezza. It’s used to treat thyroid eye disease. However, Tepezza has been linked to hearing loss in some cases, and there have been several lawsuits filed against the drug’s manufacturer by people who believe they were harmed by its side effects.
The class action Tepezza lawsuit is currently ongoing in U.S. District Court against its manufacturer, Horizon Therapeutics. The lawsuit alleges that Horizon failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the level of hearing loss risk associated with the use of Tepezza. If you believe you have been harmed by it, you should contact an attorney today.
You may have heard that Lipitor is a drug used to lower cholesterol. And you may have also heard of a lawsuit against this medication.
The facts are that Lipitor has been linked to muscle pain, weakness, diabetes, and liver damage, among other things. Additionally, there have been cases where patients taking Lipitor have experienced kidney failure as well as heart failure. This was the basis for the lawsuit in which over 900 plaintiffs filed claims against Pfizer Inc., the makers of Lipitor at the time.
However, in May 2021, a federal appeals court refused to revive the 2nd Circuit case against Pfizer that was filed by many in 2019, alleging Lipitor can cause diabetes, as reported by Reuters.
Nexium, the brand name for esomeprazole magnesium, is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medication that blocks stomach acid production. It’s used to treat heartburn and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid.
The drug has been linked to several health problems, including serious kidney damage. In fact, it’s one of the most commonly reported injuries associated with PPIs. Nexium lawsuits are ongoing and involve allegations of false advertising and negligence on the part of AstraZeneca.
As per About Lawsuits.com, a series of conferences was about to be held in September and October 2022 between the drug makers of Nexium and plaintiffs before the trial was to begin in the coming months.
Crestor, a cholesterol-lowering drug, was initially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2003 and prescribed to patients with high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol. As of December 2015, Crestor had generated $14 billion in revenue for its manufacturer AstraZeneca.
However, lawsuits have been filed against this drug because they allege that it causes side effects, including muscle pain, weakness, and fatigue. The lawsuits also claim that AstraZeneca failed to warn patients about those side effects.
Xarelto is a blood thinner introduced to the market in 2011. It’s used by people with atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat. A condition that affects 1 in 4 Americans over 40 and nearly half of those aged 80 or older.
Xarelto has been associated with severe bleeding, including internal bleeding in the brain and gastrointestinal tract, which can be fatal.
In addition to lawsuits from patients who suffered severe bleeding after taking Xarelto, there are also lawsuits from family members whose loved ones died after taking the drug.
Victoza is a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. The drug has been linked to at least 1,500 deaths, and it has been proven that it can cause pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. Victoza lawsuits are ongoing against the manufacturer, Novo Nordisk.
Paxil is an antidepressant drug that has been linked to birth defects and other health problems. Paxil is the subject of many lawsuits because of its side effects. The drug was withdrawn from the market in 2011, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. It’s still being used by some doctors today.
We hope this information helped you learn more about some of the ongoing lawsuits against common drugs that you might need to be aware of. If you’re interested in learning more about any of these products, we encourage you to do so.