Friday, March 24, 2006

Drug Recall lawsuits

I have received a few notices of class action these in my lifetime. For example, I was part of the Netflix class action lawsuit as well as one for an MBNA credit card.

A "class action" is a civil suit brought by one or more people on behalf of themselves and others who are similarly situated. In other words, the others are in a substantially similar circumstance where the common issues are the most critical to the lawsuit. For example, if a large number of consumers is injured as a result of an allegedly defective product, the principal issue will be whether the product caused the injury. Some examples of class actions are those brought against the manufacturers of allegedly defective or hazardous products, such as asbestos, certain vaccines, Agent Orange, tobacco, and breast implants. Only then will the question of how badly each party was injured be heard.

One of the biggest class action lawsuits around now is for arthritis drug recalls. I have seen numerous ads on the tv with vioxx lawyers looking for people to partake.

Some of the serious side effects of Vioxx and other Arthritis pain relief drugs

High risk of heart attacks, chest pain related to heart disease, stroke, sudden death, and blood clots.

Stomach problems, such as stomach and intestinal bleeding, can occur with or without warning symptoms. If severe enough, these Vioxx side effects could lead to hospitalization or death.

Allergic reactions including swelling of face, lips, tongue, and/or throat which may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing but may require treatment right away.

Kidney problems including acute kidney failure and worsening of chronic kidney failure.

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