5 Defective Drugs that Have Resulted in Lawsuits

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Medication is great for relieving pain, and in many cases, saving lives. However, medication that has been improperly formulated or manufactured can be extremely harmful or even deadly. Read on to learn about five defective drugs that have brought about lawsuits:


Pradaxa is a blood thinner that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010. Unfortunately, the drug has been linked to internal bleeding and other complications. That’s why the drug is at the heart of a mass tort litigation case.


A number of complaints have been filed against Fristol-Myers Squibb for its production of Plavix, a drug that is meant to help patients avoid a heart attack or stroke. The lawsuits claim that the drug has caused serious injuries and death, and that the company has made false statements in advertisements.


Chantix is a drug prescribed to patients who are trying to stop smoking. However, the drug has been linked to depression and other psychiatric disorders. Earlier this year, Pfizer, the company that produces Chantix, reached a confidential settlement with a widow whose husband committed suicide after taking the drug. The first case to reach a courtroom is scheduled for January 2013.

Paxil CR and Avandamet

GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay a $750 million settlement in 2010 after a former employee filed a lawsuit alleging the company sold tainted drugs produced at a Puerto Rico facility. Two of the defective drugs were Paxil CR, an antidepressant, and Avandamet, used for diabetes treatment.

Children’s Tylenol

In 2010, Johnson & Johnson recalled more than 40 nonprescription products. The recalls were made after FDA inspectors found numerous problems at the Pennsylvania plant. The recall of the defective Children’s Tylenol led a number of consumers to sue Johnson & Johnson over the company’s plan to replace affected products.

Medication errors are extremely serious, and are instant grounds for a lawsuit. To speak with an experienced personal injury attorney, call Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. We are proud to have served more than 7,000 clients in the Chicago area in the last 18 years.


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