Dangerous Prescription Drugs

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Dangerous Prescription Drugs

When you ingest something, it’s reassuring to know that it’s medicine, not poison–particularly if you are already sick. Regrettably, some drugs do double duty as both for specific people with specific conditions. Alternatively, if the drug was inappropriately authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, it might act as a poison for everybody who takes it.

In some instances, the dangers are inherent and inescapable. In other words, some drugs naturally have harmful side effects, and sometimes those harmful side effects are exceeded by their efficiency, notably when being used to attend a seriously ill patient. Listed below are some of the most dangerous drugs currently on the market:


Invokana is used to manage Type II diabetes. A lawsuit cites Invokana manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, of neglecting to warn doctors and patients that Invokana raises the risk of ketoacidosis, amputations, and kidney damage.

Lipitor or Atorvastatin

Lipitor is used to decrease cholesterol and stop strokes and blood clots. It is produced by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. 

Since it was first sold in 1996, just a few short years after Pfizer conducted unauthorized clinical trials on people without their knowledge or permission, their drug Lipitor became the highest-selling drug in pharmaceutical history, with sales well in excess of $100 billion.

Clinical research suggests a link between Lipitor and female type-2 diabetes. Lipitor lawsuits are common and allege that Pfizer knew about the possible side effects of Lipitor but neglected to warn the public. 


Methadone, produced by various companies under various brand names,  is used to help wean addicts off of heroin. Although its effects are similar to heroin, it is thought of as a safer alternative. The chief problem with methadone is that it is possible to overdose on it.

Overdoses frequently occur when methadone is mixed with other drugs, or when somebody tries to decrease their dependency by taking less and then returns to their previous higher dosage after their tolerance to the drug has gone down.


Primarily used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, this prescription drug has been associated with melanoma and several other types of cancer. Taken too often, it can suppress bone marrow and weaken the body’s immune response system. Taking it even a few days in a row can greatly heighten your risk of developing sepsis, a life-threatening condition with a high mortality rate.


Prozac, manufactured by Eli Lily, is a popular medication that is usually prescribed to treat depression and other mood disorders. Prozac also has the habit of causing akathisia, a state of continuous agitation. The development of akathisia can trigger violence, hostility, and suicidal thoughts. 

Prozac has been the subject of a number of lawsuits. Eli Lily has paid tens of millions of dollars in settlements over claims involving similar mood disturbances and irrational behavior. 


Vioxx, also known as Rofecoxib, is produced by Merck & Co and is used to treat pain stemming from arthritis as well as menstrual pain and various minor pains. Its risks, however, include heart attack, stroke, and death. Merck settled for $4.85 billion to compensate victims for strokes and heart attacks. To date, this settlement is the largest amount a company has been made to pay in pharmaceutical history.


 Xanax, available since 1981 and now available in generic form as alprazolam, is used to treat panic disorders, anxiety disorders, and chemotherapy-induced nausea. Xanax lawsuits are usually based on medical malpractice rather than product liability, meaning the defendants are healthcare providers rather than pharmaceutical companies.

These lawsuits usually assert that the doctor neglected to properly examine the patient or consider their substance abuse history prior to prescribing the drug. 

Product Liability Claims

Product liability claims occur when someone is killed or injured by a defective or otherwise unreasonably dangerous consumer product. The phrase “consumer product” includes pharmaceuticals, whether they are sold over the counter or prescribed by a doctor. To file a claim based on a defective drug, you have to establish:

  • The defendant was a producer, wholesaler, distributor, or seller of the drug
  • The drug had a design, manufacturing, or warning defect
  • The drug’s defect caused it to be unreasonably hazardous
  • The defect is responsible for the victim’s death or injury

If you or someone you love has died or been injured from the side-effects of a defective drug, then you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for damages. You need a reputable personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling these kinds of cases. 

If you are seeking legal representation for a pending lawsuit and you want an attorney who is esteemed, qualified, and knowledgeable in handling these sorts of injury cases, then the personal injury attorneys at the Injury Victim Law offices are just who you’re looking for.

If you would like a free consultation with one of our skilled personal injury attorneys regarding a case you feel you may have, we are here to help. Please reach out to us by calling (800) 245-2774 to schedule your appointment for your free consultation today.


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