Taking Action Against Negligent Drug Manufacturers

Founded in 1979, Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. is an established Florida pharmaceutical law firm dedicated to helping injured patients across the nation recover compensation for their injuries.  Our litigation team takes on drug corporations that have released dangerous and defective medications onto the U.S. market.  We have the experience and resources to handle complex mass torts and multidistrict litigation in courts throughout the country.  A hallmark of our practice is our aggressive investigation and thorough research into unsafe pharmaceuticals and the companies that produce them.


Actos is used to control blood sugar levels in diabetic patients.  Recent research has shown the drug increases risks of bladder cancer, heart failure, liver failure, edema, blindness, stroke, hypoglycemia, bone fractures and unintended pregnancy.  The FDA is currently reviewing studies conducted by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly & Company into the drug’s connection to increased bladder cancer risks.  The FDA has already required several labeling warnings, including the highest-level boxed warning.

Osteoporosis Drugs

Bisphosphonates is a class of drug used to prevent and to treat osteoporosis.  Bisphosphonates-containing osteoporosis drugs slow the depletion of bone matter to increase bone density and strength.  The medication is supposed to delay onset of bone loss and to decrease risks of fractures in patients already afflicted with bone fragility and weakness.  However, bisphosphonates have proven to be worse than the underlying osteoporosis in many cases.

Our Florida pharmaceutical law firm has recently filed numerous claims pertaining to unusual thighbone fractures in patients who took bisphosphonates-containing medications.  We also regularly handle cases involving other bisphosphonates-related health complications, such as osteonecrosis of the jaw, musculoskeletal pain, eye inflammation, esophageal cancer, kidney impairment and irregular heartbeat.


Pradaxa is a blood-thinner used to treat atrial fibrillation.  Initially marketed as the more convenient option over the commonly used warfarin, Pradaxa also turned out to be significantly more dangerous.  Patients taking the defective pharmaceutical suffered internal bleeding and hemorrhaging, often after sustaining minor injuries that would have otherwise been easily treatable.  Doctors often could do nothing to stop the bleeding even in patients who received immediate, appropriate medical care because known coagulation treatments, such as vitamin K injections, do not work when Pradaxa is present.  Despite the high numbers of deaths and permanent injuries, Pradaxa remains on the market in the United States.

Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz and Ocella

Women have a right to safe, effective family planning.  However, one popular type of oral contraceptive puts women at serious risk of injuries and death.  The dangerous pharmaceutical — sold as Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz, Ocella, Beyaz, Safyral, Gianvi, Zarah, Loryna and Syeda — is linked to blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, hypertension, birth defects and other severe medical problems.

By emphasizing Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz and Ocella as a cure for acne and premenstrual syndrome, manufacturers attracted young women to use these contraceptives as a cure-all for minor menstruation afflictions.  Evidence dating back to 2001 shows that the Yasmin formulation increases women’s risks of developing blood clots substantially over other types of oral contraceptives.  In addition, documents indicated that Berlex and Bayer knew about the dangers and took steps to conceal the risks.

Consult with our Florida Pharmaceutical Law Firm

Discuss how you can recover damages from the drug company responsible for your injuries.  Call Searcy Denney at 800.780.8607 or contact our firm online to schedule a complimentary assessment of your defective drug claim from our experienced Florida pharmaceutical law firm.


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