PENDING CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS:
Class action lawsuits describe the situation in which multiple plaintiffs with similar injuries against the same defendant group their legal claims together in bringing their lawsuit. They are most beneficial for those who do not have a unique injury, who do not want to deal with the day to day legal process, who would benefit from grouping resources with the class of plaintiff’s in order to weld clout against the large defendant corporations.
Some injured by Avandia are unsure where to turn, asking: Do I have an Avandia claim? What are the settlements for Avandia? Can I sue for my Avandia use? What kind of financial award can I get with an Avandia lawsuit? Are there time limits for an Avandia case to be filed?
All of these questions depend on your individual circumstances. You should talk to a qualified attorney to get an evaluation of your case. Some of the general details of the pending class actions on recalled or restricted drugs are presented below.
Class action suits pending. Over 6000 Lawsuits Filed As of 2011.
There has been a huge increase in the number of Yaz (Yasmin/Ocella) lawsuits filed in the U.S. over the past year as the number of lawsuits filed has now surpassed 6000 as of January 2011. Only a year ago, according to the annual report of Bayer, the drug’s manufacturer, there were only 1100 filed, and as of October 2009, there had only been 129 filed. Currently, however, as of January 2011, there had been 5353 cases filed in the Illinois MDL (MDL #2100 in RE: Yasmin/Yaz (Prospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability against Bayer or related entities, and over 765 filed in the New Jersey mass tort litigation. Majority of the claims are for damages related to blood clots, heart problems, strokes, pulmonary embolism or gallbladder conditions.
Accutane (Isotretinoin): This drug was recalled due to its being linked primarily with severe side effects of inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Numerous jury verdicts have been awarded against the pharmaceutical company Roche, who voluntarily recalled the drug Accutane in June 2009. Just prior to the recall, juries awarded $33 Million dollars to a series of plaintiffs who alleged bowel damage from taking the drug.
Darvon/Darvocet (Propoxyphene): Any drugs using Propoxyphene have been recalled in the U.S. market by the FDA as of November 19, 2010. Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, maker of the hugely popular pain relievers Darvon and Darvocet, were among the first to voluntarily withdraw them. Many consumer watch groups have said the recall of these controversial drugs was long overdue, due to the overdose and heart problems long associated with them.
Darvon and its evil cousin Darvocet (both forms of Propoxyphene) became extremely popular painkillers prescribed to over 10 million people in the U.S. by 2009. US Drug Watchdog says about the recall: we cannot even begin to say how big of a deal the Darvon/Darvocet pain pill recalls are. We fear there are hundreds of thousands of Americans who have either had a heart attack or heart arrhythmia issues from these drugs. Shortly after the drug’s November recall, a class action lawsuit was filed against Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals by a woman who claimed she suffered two heart attacks from Darvocet, and charges that, among other allegations, Xanodyne failed to warn the public about the drug’s dangers. Since these drugs have been on the market for over 50 years in the U.S., with a whole host of problems, countless lawsuits will undoubtedly be filed.
Class action began against Avandia manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline shortly after the 2007 FDA black box warning and restrictions, following the New England Journal’s finding that its use can raise the risk of heart attack or heart related ailment by up to 40%. Europe halted sales of Avandia entirely due to risk of heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular disease; the FDA highly restricted its prescription. In February 2011, manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, implemented a label change, and paid, according to Bloomberg News, $250 million dollars to settle numerous claims of injury and death related to Avandia use.
Nuvaring (ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer). This birth control device, used by over a million women worldwide, was first approved for sale in the U.S. in 2002. Since its launch, it has been fraught with problems, as its use has been linked to almost half a dozen deaths, as well as a large number of life threatening blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes. According to a lawsuit filed by a 32 year old woman from New Jersey, six months after using Nuvaring, Jackie Kelly Bozicev, suffered a seizure and died in the hospital emergency room from blood clots. Since last year, the number of lawsuits seeking compensation against Schering-Plough related to Nuvaring injuries has ballooned to over 300 and will likely continue to grow rapidly.
IMPORTANT ADVISORY: DO NOT DELAY. PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS
IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED, CONTACT A QUALIFIED ATTORNEY NOW TO GET A CASE EVALUATION. Call 1-888-736-4248 today to schedule a free consultation.
There are time restrictions on filing a lawsuit for your injuries (called “statutes of limitation”), which set a strict time limit on your right to bring a claim for your injuries.