Pharmaceutical Liability

Grounds For Filing A Taxotere Lawsuit

One of the common side effects of chemotherapy is temporary hair loss. After stopping from treatment, patients can expect to see their hair growing back after 3 – 6 months. But one particular drug that has caused much distress to cancer patients is taxotere. Manufactured by Sanofi Aventis and approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1992, the drug has been associated with permanent alopecia, a side effect that Sanofi concealed to patients.
The website of Williams Kherkher revealed that approximately 10 – 15% of women who used taxotere reported no hair growth for a period of ten years after stopping treatment. Sanofi marketed Taxotere as the more superior chemotherapy drug compared to its competitors. Recently, however, studies showed no indication of the superiority of Taxotere over its competitors.

Sanofi Aventis has recently been the subject of lawsuits filed by cancer patients. A Taxotere alopecia attorney will tell you that Sanofi showed negligence in not informing patients of the serious side effects associated with Taxotere. Some of the grounds for filing a taxotere lawsuit include the following:

  • Failure to warn. Although the Taxotere product information suggested possible hair loss, there was no warning that such hair loss would be lasting in nature.
  • Fraudulent misrepresentation. Lawsuits also alleged that Sanofi misrepresented itself by claiming that rigorous testing has deemed Taxotere as safe and effective for its intended use.
  • Misleading marketing. Plaintiffs also claimed that Sanofi deceived customers by making them believe that hair loss was temporary and that hair would grow back. Likewise, it deceived customers when it marketed taxotere as more superior than its competitor Taxol.
  • Non disclosure of hair loss risks. Despite relevant findings from the GEICAM 9805 study revealing long term hair loss in Taxotere patients and additional reports from female patients, Sanofi allegedly concealed such information to patients and health care providers.
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Xarelto Causes Bleeding

Xarelto, an anticoagulant, is distributed by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson and quickly rose as a market leader in blood thinners due to the ease of use in comparison to the medical options available at the time. For example, the leading anticoagulant Warfarin required two pills daily and frequent doctor visits to monitor the amount of drug in the blood and prevent bleeding incidents.

Manufacturers of Xarelto advertised the drug to be less of a hassle by not requiring blood tests or constant monitoring by doctors. While the advertising worked to pull patients from similar drugs to the more convenient Xarelto, many patients were experiencing side effects they were not warned about, such as internal bleeding.

Without the frequent blood tests required by other anticoagulants, Xarelto users were suffering an above average occurrence of bleeding incidents. This was made more serious by the lack of antidote for the drug. When an individual taking Xarelto experiences excess bleeding, the patient must wait till the drug leaves the blood system. This process could take up to 24 hours in adult patients.

Types of bleeding that Xarelto is known to cause include bleeding from the rectum, intestinal bleeds, hemorrhaging, and brain bleeding. According to the website of lawyers Williams Kherkher, Xarelto is also known for causing fatal gastrointestinal bleeds. The drug was issued a black box warning, the most serious warning given by the FDA, for spinal bleeding. A serious spinal bleed could result in permanent paralysis.

Since Xarelto is a blood thinner without an antidote, cases of excess bleeding when a patient is using the drug are more serious than in other circumstances. Even minor cuts and bruises can cause severe blood loss or internal bleeding incidents. These types of injuries that do not normally require hospital visits, may then require a costly physician’s assistance to treat injuries caused by Xarelto. Furthermore, minor injuries are capable of becoming fatal when internal bleeding goes unnoticed.

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The Severity of Improper Prescriptions

Medical malpractice is more than just physicians or medical professionals not upholding the standard of care to their patients. There are many ways a patient can get hurt because of a doctor’s medical error. Failing to diagnose a patients’ illness, misdiagnosing it, or even having delayed diagnosis can all account as medical malpractice, especially if the patient’s illness is life-threatening.

Patients who have been through such ordeals can file lawsuits against the doctor and even the hospital for putting their lives in danger. Anyone who has suffered from wrong or delayed diagnosis can go through unnecessary drug prescriptions, surgeries, or treatments. This can put a strain on their already frail health, and put them in more health risks. Not only are they draining on the mental, physical and emotional strength, they can be hard on the budget as well.

Misprescribing and over-prescribing are also part of medical errors, and they can be basis for medical malpractice lawsuits. Most of the mis-precribe and over-prescribe errors are due to doctors misdiagnosing their patients real ailments. Taking drugs or treatments meant for another type of malady can make the patient sicker and expose them to other health complications. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, taking action against such medical errors can help prevent future patients from suffering the same fate, and to get compensation for all the damages that the patients have suffered.

Along the lines of unnecessary drug prescriptions, many patients have sued the makers of Zoloft for the drugs’ ineffectiveness. Pfizer, the manufacturers of the anti-depression drug, have been served a class action lawsuit for allegedly deceiving patients and doctors about its effectiveness against depression while masking potential Zoloft dangers. Arguments state that Zoloft performs no better than a placebo, and are only causing further side effects for patients battling depression.

Even minor medical errors can have a big impact on the lives of patients, which is why it is vital for medical professionals to provide the highest standard of care. Negligence, especially on the medicine world, can be dangerous, because they are the ones that handle the health of their patients. Those who have been negligent should be held accountable for their actions.

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