Generic Drugs Immune to Lawsuits

Debbie Schork, a deli worker at a supermarket in Indiana, had to have her hand amputated after an emergency room nurse injected her with an anti-nausea drug, causing gangrene. She sued the manufacturer named in the hospital’s records for failing to warn about the risks of injecting it. Her case was quietly thrown out of court last fall.

That result stands in sharp contrast to the highly publicized case of Diana Levine, a professional musician from Vermont. Her hand and forearm were amputated because of gangrene after a physician assistant at a health clinic injected her with the same drug. She sued the drug maker, Wyeth, and won $6.8 million.

The financial outcomes were radically different for one reason: Ms. Schork had received the generic version of the drug, known as promethazine, while Ms. Levine had been given the brand name, Phenergan.

 

Read the entire story by Katie Thomas of the NY Times.

If you have been harmed by a legal drug (generic or not),  call the Lawyer Referral Service of the NH Bar Association at 603-229-0002 for a free consultation with an attorney experienced with handling pharmaceutical drug injuries, or request an online referral.

FDA Urged to Update Chantrix Warning Label

“Scientists say the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should take warnings about the stop-smoking drug Chantix up a notch, citing data showing that the drug increases suicidal behavior and depression far more than other drugs and methods designed to help smokers quit,” as reported by ABC News correspondant, Carrie Gann.

“Chantix, also called varenicline, has been hotly debated since 2007, when experts first raised questions about the long-term safety of the drug and its connection to cardiovascular problems and vision lapses. Since then, studies have reported that patients taking Chantix are at increased risk of depression and suicidal thoughts. Anecdotally, patients report wild dreams, inexplicable violent behavior and other psychological disturbances while on the drug.”  To continue reading, go to http://abcnews.go.com/Health/chantix-dangers-government-attention-study/story?id=14868835#.TrmZwXLup9N.

Drugs and pharmaceuticals are often at the center of product liability cases.  Drug manufacturers have a duty to test the medicines before releasing them to the market and a duty to warn users about known side effects. 

If you believe you may have been harmed by a drug that you were legally prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner, The NH Lawyer Referral Service can refer you to competent  attorneys who have experience with pharmaceutical liability cases.   Call LRS now at 603-229-0002 or request an online referral at https://www.newhampshirelawyerreferral.com/contact-us.