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Dangerous Drugs

Ephedra

On February 6, 2004, the Food and Drug Administration finalized a ban and the sale of dietary supplements containing ephedra. On April 12, 2004, the sale of Epedra became illegal.

The Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers not to purchase or consume ephedrine-containing dietary supplements with labels that often portray the products as safe alternatives to illegal street drugs such as "ecstacy." Ephedra poses an enormous health risk to consumers. The products contain botanical, or so-called "natural," sources of ephedrine. Ephedrine is an amphetamine-like stimulant that can have potentially dangerous effects on the nervous system and heart.

Possible adverse effects of ephedrine range from clinically significant effects such as heart attack, stroke, seizures, psychosis, and death. Ue of the substance may cause less significant effects that may indicate the potential for more serious effects (dizziness, headache, gastrointestinal distress, irregular heartbeat, and heart palpitations).

Ingredient panels on these products include list ma huang, Chinese ephedra, ma huang extract, ephedra, ephedra sinica, ephedra extract, ephedra herb powder, epitonin, or ephedrine.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by these banned substances, we can help. When it comes to defective substances, Fonvielle Lewis Messer & McConnaughhay represents clients throughout the United States. We can help you wherever you live. For more information, please call us at (800) 876-7773.

Lamisil

Lamisil has been associated with serious hepatic (liver) toxicity, including liver failure and death. Some cases involved patients who neither had pre-existing liver disease nor a serious underlying medical condition. As of April 2001, the FDA reported 16 cases of liver failure in association with Lamisil Tablet use (including 11 deaths and two liver transplantations). The patients had received Lamisil Tablets for the treatment of dermatologic conditions, including onychomycosis.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by defective drugs, we can help. When it comes to defective substances, Fonvielle Lewis Messer & McConnaughhay represents clients throughout the United States. We can assist you wherever you live. For more information, please call us at (800) 876-7773.

Lotronex

The manufacturer of Lotronex tablets (GlaxoSmithKline - GSK), a drug used to treat irritable bowel syndrome in women decided to voluntarily withdraw it from the market after discussions with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA advised patients taking Lotronex to contact their healthcare providers to discuss treatment alternatives.

As of November 10, 2000, FDA had received and reviewed a total of 70 cases of serious post-marketing adverse events, including 49 cases of ischemic colitis and 21 cases of severe constipation. Of the 70 cases, 34 resulted in hospitalization without surgery, 10 resulted in surgical procedures, and three resulted in death. The FDA has received two additional reports of death that the agency did not classify as being cases of ischemic colitis or severe complications of constipation.

This drug was associated with reports of serious side effects such as intestinal damage as a result of reduced blood flow to the intestine (ischemic colitis), severely obstructed or ruptured bowels (complications of severe constipation), and death.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by defective drugs, we can help. When it comes to defective substances, Fonvielle Lewis Messer & McConnaughhay represents clients throughout the United States. We can assist you wherever you live. For more information, please call us at (800) 876-7773.

Meridia

Public Citizen, a nationwide consumer organization, has petitioned the FDA to immediately ban the unacceptably dangerous prescription diet drug Meridia (sibutramine, Knoll Pharmaceuticals/Abbott). The FDA data base reports, since its launch in early 1998, sibutramine has been associated with 29 deaths including 19 from cardiovascular adverse effects in people using what has been described as a minimally effective drug. Its use was suspended in Italy due to two cardiovascular deaths and its safety is currently under review in other European countries. In England and France, there have been a total of 103 serious adverse reaction reports in people using the drug including two deaths in Britain.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by defective drugs, we can help. When it comes to defective substances, Fonvielle Lewis Messer & McConnaughhay represents clients throughout the United States. We can assist you wherever you live. For more information, please call us at (800) 876-7773.

Serzone

Cases of life-threatening hepatic failure have been reported in patients treated with SERZONE.

The reported rate in the United States is about 1 case of liver failure resulting in death or transplant per 250,000 - 300,000 patient-years of SERZONE treatment. The total patient-years is a summation of each patient's duration of exposure expressed in years. For example, 1 patient-year is equal to 2 patients each treated for 6 months, 3 patients each treated for 4 months, etc.

Patients should be advised to be alert for signs and symptoms of liver dysfunction (jaundice, anorexia, gastrointestinal complaints, malaise, etc.) and to report them to their doctor immediately if they occur.

SERZONE should be discontinued if clinical signs or symptoms suggest liver failure.

When it comes to defective prescription drugs, Fonvielle Lewis Messer & McConnaughhay represents clients throughout the United States. We can help you wherever you live. For more information, please call us at (800) 876-7773.

Thalidomide

Thalidomide is the infamous drug first marketed in Europe in the late 1950's. Used as a sleeping pill and to treat morning sickness during pregnancy, it caused horrific birth defects.

By 1961, scientists discovered, that with one, the medication stunted the growth of fetal arms and legs. Thalidomide also puts a fetus at risk for eye and ear defects and severe internal defects of the heart, genitals, kidneys, digestive tract, lips, mouth, and nervous system.

When it comes to defective prescription drugs, Fonvielle Lewis Messer & McConnaughhay represents clients throughout the United States. We can help you wherever you live. For more information, please call us at (800) 876-7773.

 

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