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You may have heard about a number of Bextra lawsuits in the news recently, and if you or a loved one have taken Bextra in the past, today may be the day to contact a lawyer and join a lawsuit against the company, or bring one up yourself.
Understanding the Dangers of Bextra
Millions of individuals were prescribed Bextra, known by its generic term as Valdecoxib, by their physicians to help with a variety of conditions. As a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID), Bextra seemed like the perfect answer to help with arthritis pain and severe menstrual cramps for many individuals. Unfortunately, the clinical trials weren't carefully conducted or reviewed, and Bextra offered some dangerous side effects for many of those patients. Initially, doctors prescribed the medication to nearly anyone, regardless of medical history. It was only later that many doctors learned of serious risks to heart patients. The risks, though, didn't end there.
Other risks from taking Bextra included skin problems that could develop into hives, serious breathing problems, or a rare and sometimes deadly skin disease known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome. This medical condition is primarily skin-based, but it can cause serious problems, including infection, anxiety, and depression. Blisters on the eyes, mouth, and genitals are common and unfortunately, Stevens-Johnson syndrome is often fatal if infection sets in on the broken skin. Many other people taking Bextra reported flu symptoms, weight gain, and nausea in addition to the other painful side effects.
After hundreds of tests, Pfizer, the maker of Bextra, decided to pull it from the market at the suggestion of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In March of 2005, the FDA sent a memo to all health care providers and pharmacies to pull Bextra from the shelves because they had "concluded that the overall risk versus benefit profile of Bextra is unfavorable." Bextra was pulled from the European markets as well.
Getting What You Deserve
If you or a loved one took Bextra, you were not only at risk while you were on the drug—you may be at increased risk of a heart attack or stroke right now. If you haven't already, you should consult a doctor right away to let them know that you took Bextra. A medical consultation will be necessary to prevent serious problems from occurring. If you have had a stroke or heart attack in the past and suspect it may have been a result of Bextra usage, it is important to contact an attorney or lawyer as well, as you may have grounds for a claim against the Pfizer company. Once you have spoken with a doctor, it is imperative that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Many states have statues of limitations regarding personal injury suits, and your time may be up if you don\'t take action soon enough.
Makers of medications like Bextra have to stand behind the products they put on the market. When you visit a doctor, you expect the medications they prescribe to be safe enough to help you deal with your medical conditions, not danger your life. When corporations like Pfizer cut corners to put drugs on the market and start making money while risking yours and millions of others\' health, they deserve to be held liable.
Unfortunately, the only way the makers of Bextra will be willing to admit their mistakes is through litigation, which requires you to find a Bextra lawyer right away to help you file one of the many Bextra-related lawsuits in court.
The makers of Bextra risked your health when they put their product on the market, but you're the one who will have to pay for the trips to the doctor, the new medications, and any additional medical procedures that will be required because you chose to take a medication that you thought might be safe.
Bextra lawsuits are in progress all over the country today.