Serzone, also known as nefazodone hydrochloride, is manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb, global pharmaceutical company, and has been used as an antidepressant drug. Its claimed to be advantageous, with its ability to heal problems from use of other antidepressant drugs, to lower the possibility of sexual dysfunction, and to cure sleeping disorders. Nefazodone is also considered to be carcinogenic, and it is often used in the production of chemical-related products. If used incorrectly or without the advice of doctor or psychologist, the results of treatment may be tragic.
Due to major issues concerning its reliability as a medicine, some countries halted its availability in 2003. Issues of hepatic (liver) injuries caused several protests and complaints, urging the Food and Drug Administration to ban the drug temporarily. One particular instance of liver damage occurred in a patient who used the drug, and a liver transplant needed to be performed immediately to avoid the possibility of death. This news was a slap in the face for those unaware of the medicine's lethal side effects. Some less serious side effects include dry mouth, drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, visual problems, weakness, lightheadedness, confusion, and orthostatic hypotension.
Giving important information to a doctor before taking medicine is even more critical with new drugs issued everyday. A patient should avoid any negative circumstances by informing the doctor of any heart or liver problems in the past, if he or she has used other over-the-counter medicines or vitamin supplements, has a history of manic episodes, suicidal tendencies, seizures, or is currently pregnant or breastfeeding. Providing your doctor with this needed information is the key to avoiding further complications. However, at times, even these extensive precautions are not sufficient enough to prevent complications from the use of these medications.
In March of 2004, a group of concerned citizens representing the consumers, calling themselves Public Citizen, took legal action against the Food and Drug Administration for the failure to act in response to the petition to ban the distribution of Serzone. Citing several cases of deaths and complications, the group was able to collect the data, and analysis has discovered that at least 53 cases of liver damage, 21 cases of liver failure, and 11 deaths have resulted from the use of nefazodone since its release date in 1994.
The United States Food and Drug Administration required Bristol-Myers Squibb to add "black box" warnings on the packages of Serzone, warning consumers about possible severe effects the drug could cause. It also urged them to seek professional advice prior to using the drug. However, individuals were not convinced that warnings would suffice to protect the patients from lethal liver problems. Both parties provided several solutions to resolve the case, but both sides remained dissatisfied.
The case yielded positive results, and with the guidance of lawyers, the inflicted individuals were able to establish proper infractions to the developers of Serzone. Bristol-Myers Squibb now must manage a monitoring program to periodically test the chosen class and detect any possible development of any injuries imposed by the drug. Lastly, the lawyers were able to squeeze in a series of settlements for the disciplinary damages, refunds, courts, attorney costs, and for mental and emotion distress.
If you know someone who has been harmed due to use of Serzone, it is urged that you take legal action. You may be subject to medical bills, loss of your job, or other expenses if you neglect to contact an attorney to manage your case. All states have strict periods of time in which lawsuits can be filed with the courts. An appointment with an attorney can preserve your right to file legal claims, seeking compensation for your losses.
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