A lawsuit against drug manufacturer Pfizer is simmering in St. Louis, bouncing between state and federal courts while judges decide who will have the pleasure of trying the case. The class action suit is on behalf of 21 mothers who contend that their children were born with birth defects caused by the antidepressant drug Zoloft, which is made by Pfizer.
This particular lawsuit was filed in February and is still in its early stages. However, it is but the latest addition to a disturbing number of prescription drugs which are the subject of litigation due to the serious side effects they cause. Antidepressants in particular have been under fire for causing severe birth defects, up to and including fetal death.
Every drug has side effects, and consumers have the right to frank and accurate descriptions of the risks involved before they start taking a pharmaceutical product. Unfortunately, the trend has been for marketers and manufacturers to downplay or cover up the potential side effects of their wares, with sometimes disastrous results.
“Some haphazardly constructed and advertised medications are contributing to ailments that are much more difficult to overcome than the patient’s original health problem,” says John Bisnar, an attorney at California personal injury firm Bisnar Chase. “As more drug defect victims continue to come forward with debilitating injuries, more pharmaceutical manufacturing companies are being hit with large settlements and verdicts.”
“If you take medication, avoiding side effects is nearly impossible,” Bisnar says. “Mild side effects are of little concern, but what may seem to be a mild side effect may turn out to be something that is life-threatening. The best way to tell which is which is by keeping track of the medications that have received numerous complaints across the globe.”
A number of medications are currently the subject of lawsuits:
Note that the links to law firms litigating against drug manufacturers are for informational purposes and do not constitute endorsement of the firms’ services. Any number of firms market themselves as experts on filing lawsuits against each specific drugmaker. If you have suffered damages because of use of the above drugs, conduct due diligence and research to find the attorney best equipped to inform you of your rights and handle your case in the event a lawsuit is warranted.
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