Litigating Mass Tort Lawsuits Involving Cancer-Causing Drugs
Before a medication can be marketed or sold, it must undergo rigorous clinical testing. These tests are meant to prove the drug’s benefits to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
What many patients do not realize is that these clinical tests do not actually guarantee the safety of a drug. Instead, they are only required to prove that the benefits of the drug outweigh its dangers.
Prescription Drugs That Cause Cancer
Many patients would be shocked to learn that nearly every drug brings the potential for adverse side effects. While some of these side effects are mild, such as fatigue or muscle ache, others can bring grave health risks. Some prescription drugs are even known to cause cancer.
In fact, hospitals see about 4.5 million Americans each year to treat the side effects of prescription medications. Another 2 million patients who are already hospitalized end up suffering as a result of the medications used to treat them, either from their condition worsening, or from the onset of a grave illness, such as cancer.
Drugs Known to Promote Cancer
As a patient, you depend on your physicians to advise you on what is right for your health. In light of the trust you place in them, nothing is more upsetting than to learn that your medication has the potential to give you cancer.
Here are just a few of the commonly prescribed drugs linked to cancer:
- A drug used to treat breast cancer, Tamoxifen was found to increase the risk of uterine cancer.
Prempro, Premarin and Provera
- Combination hormone replacement therapy drugs that have been noted in multiple studies to promote the growth of breast cancer in post-menopausal women.
Actos (also known as Pioglitazone)
- A popular diabetes drug linked to an 80 percent increased risk of bladder cancer.
Shockingly, many drug manufacturers have been permitted by the FDA to continue aggressively marketing these drugs, even after the links with cancer were discovered. Pharmaceutical companies such as Takeda, Pfizer and Wyeth sold these dangerous drugs to patients for many years, sometimes decades, by continuing to emphasize the benefits, and keep silent about the risks.
Many doctors and healthcare providers were complicit in this effort, choosing to side with the drug companies rather than honor the trust their patients placed in them. Rather than using the FDA’s postmarked surveillance program (MedWatch) to report adverse drug reactions, these healthcare providers also keep silent, protecting their own interests instead of the patients who depend on them.
Contact a Florida Product Liability Lawyer
You deserve to know the full story behind the drugs prescribed to you, in order to make your own decision with a full understanding of the benefits and risks. Unfortunately, Big Pharma has mastered the art of minimizing risk information in an effort to sell products with unfavorable side effects, including cancer.
If you or a loved one has developed cancer that you believe to be the effect of a dangerous prescription drug, contact our team of Florida product liability lawyers for help. The drug injury attorneys at Searcy Denney are available to help you understand your legal options, including the possibility of filing a defective drug lawsuit against the companies and doctors that have harmed you.
Injured Patients’ Right to Recovery
Florida-based Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, P.A represents patients throughout the country in drug defect claims. Our law firm has 40 years of experience in litigating complex pharmaceutical liability cases. Our highly regarded team includes 29 attorneys who have dedicated careers to injury recovery. We are supported by more than a dozen paralegals who have extensive training and experience in defective drugs litigation.
Searcy Denney has the resources and the determination to conduct successful mass tort litigation. Even though mass tort claims involve large numbers of plaintiffs, personal attention and communication with each client is our priority. Our goal is to obtain justice for every client. Call us today!
Consult with Our Florida Cancer Lawyers About Recovering Compensation
If you suspect your cancer is connected to a prescription medication you have taken, call Searcy Denney at 800.780.8607, or contact our firm online to schedule a free evaluation of your case. Our Florida cancer lawyers represent injured patients and their families in states across the country.