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Defective Drugs

Some Medications May Be Life-Threatening


Although drugs and medicines are designed to help people get well, unfortunately, that is not always the outcome. In some cases, these remedies often end up hurting patients more.

Our government recognized the need to address the negative effects created by drug industry products more than 100 years ago. The origins of the Food and Drug Administration began with the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act. But still, people witnessed and experienced the sometimes-horrifying consequences of inadequate regulation.

Legally, in the first few decades of the 1900s, manufacturers produced drugs containing radium as well as antifreeze. These “medications” led to numerous deaths. The public was outraged, and the result was the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, passed into law in 1938.

We are fortunate today that manufacturers must now label their products and provide directions for their safe use. Equally important, current laws mandate pre-market approval of all new drugs and prohibit false therapeutic claims.

Even so, drug manufacturers and physicians cannot anticipate all possible complications. Drug interactions, as well as an individual’s specific physiology and overall health, can act together to cause serious consequences, sometimes life-threatening.


The list of possible complications is endless. Some, however, are more strongly linked to specific medications than others. These include heart problems, bone damage, blood pressure issues and other life-threatening side effects.

If you have taken any of the following drugs and are experiencing any of the complications indicted, you may be entitled to compensation. In many cases, the FDA has found a strong enough correlation between certain medications and dangerous consequences that it has issued safety warnings.

Actos: drug given to diabetes patients to improve glucose levels. If you take Actos, you should be aware of the recognized danger: Jury Awards $9 Billion to Diabetic Put at Cancer Risk by Actos.

Paxil and Zoloft: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which may increase the activity of serotonin in the brain, improving mood disorders such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Finding the Best Attorney to Represent You

Choosing an attorney who will best serve your needs can be difficult. In fact, hundreds of firms advertise their services every day. Before making a decision, however, ask yourself these two important questions: What experience can this firm offer me? What is this firm’s philosophy toward working with its clients?

At Weitz & Luxenberg, our attorneys stand out with their superior ability to handle complicated medical lawsuits. We have successfully represented tens of thousands of individuals, winning them compensation for their injuries.

How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help

As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.

We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at 800-476-6070. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.

Recent W&L Results

  • $1 Billion

    W&L's Ellen Relkin, as lead counsel in the NJ Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stem litigation, played a key role in negotiating the more than $1 billion settlement. Most qualifying plaintiffs will receive $300,000 or more.

  • $2.5 Billion

    W&L helped negotiate one of the largest mass tort settlements in recent history. More than 300 W&L clients are part of the settlement. Claimants had recalled DePuy ASR hips implanted and removed prior to August 31, 2013.

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How Weitz & Luxenberg Helped Me

  • Barbara Zimmerman ‘s Story

    I'm pleased with the results Weitz & Luxenberg achieved for me in my recently settled case. I was suing a hip-replacement company that tried to act like they did nothing wrong. But the fact is they allowed a defective medical device to go out. That was incredibly wrong. This company needed to learn that their actions were incredibly wrong and that there are consequences to your bad actions.

    - Barbara Zimmerman