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When Dangerous Drugs Lead to Deaths

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When Dangerous Drugs Lead to Deaths

Many legally prescribed or obtainable drugs are extremely dangerous and are linked to dangerous side effects and deaths.

In some of these cases, people who lose a loved one may have recourse to sue the manufacturer or another party like a marketer.

However, the fact a drug was linked to a death does not give a family member an automatic recourse to sue over the loss of a loved one to a drug.

Alcohol and tobacco cause more deaths than other legally obtainable substances but people who take them are aware of the risks.

Opioids are another class of drug linked to thousands of deaths. However, in many cases, these drugs are being improperly used or those who lost their lives took an overdose.

The drugs include oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, fentanyl, codeine, and others, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

However, there are many drugs that have unexpected side-effects that are not well advertised.

Some of these drugs led to mass tort actions against drug manufacturers. A case in point is Actos, a medication that is intended to treat Type 2 diabetes.

Studies later linked Actos to bladder cancer. This side effect was not initially advertised. In 2011, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in Georgia consolidated all federal Actos bladder cancer lawsuits to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Three years ago, Takeda, the drug’s manufacturer, settled about 5,000 federal Actos bladder cancer lawsuits and thousands more state cases for $2.37 billion.

Viagra is another drug that is linked to deadly side-effects. A study in 2014 found the popular erectile dysfunction drug also known as (sildenafil) nearly doubles men’s risk of the deadly skin cancer melanoma. There was no warning about this life-threatening side effect on the box.

At present, the blood thinner Xarelto is the subject of thousands of lawsuit against its manufacturers.

Xarelto is an anticoagulant (blood thinner). The drug is produced by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s New Jersey-based unit, Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

Xarelto is widely prescribed to prevent blood clots in patients suffering from conditions including atrial fibrillation, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. The drug is heavily promoted in TV ads.

While Xarelto is touted as an alternative to Warfarin (Coumadin), a blood thinner that has been used since the mid-1950s, it has been linked to uncontrolled internal bleeding and death. Unlike Warfarin, there is no antidote to the drug. About 4,500 lawsuits are being considered by the courts.

If you have lost a loved one because of a dangerous drug, please call our product liability team at (757- 455-0077)

John Cooper

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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