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Bextra Lawsuits

Bextra lawsuits against pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer have gone forward since the U. S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) ordered Pfizer to recall the drug on April 7, 2005.

 

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The FDA order came after a risk-benefit analysis came back as unfavorable. Since the recall, Bextra lawsuits have started to gain momentum as yet another COX-2 selective NSAID inhibitor, within the same class as Vioxx, has been found to be of danger to those who have taken the drug.

Vioxx lawsuits currently lead the pack, though, since this drug has received more attention over the past two years. A flurry of Celebrex lawsuits is also expected to hit the courtrooms in 2007.

Like Vioxx, Bextra (valdecoxib) has been shown to have severe and deadly side effects including heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular complications. Unlike Vioxx, Bextra has also been connected to severe and deadly skin side effects such as Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN). Both SJS and TEN are rare immune-system skin disorders with a morality rate of between 10 - 35 percent.

Bextra has been prescribed to millions of people over the years for pain relief from arthritis, menstrual cramps and other injuries and conditions. It has been estimated by a University of Pennsylvania cardiologist that taking Bextra increases one's chance for heart attack, stroke or death by 2.19 times, which far exceeds the other COX-2 selective NSAID inhibitors. Approved for use in the U. S. since November 2001, Bextra was first acknowledged to have risks by Pfizer in October 2004. Two studies by Pfizer have shown that those who have had coronary bypass surgery and take Bextra are at a higher risk for heart attack and stroke.

After the recall was announced, attorneys in several class action suits asked that all Bextra lawsuits in the country be moved to federal court in New Orleans, Louisiana for consolidation and management. The first Bextra lawsuit was filed on November 17, 2004, 6-months before the recall. The Bextra lawsuit was filed in New York State Supreme Court on behalf of a New Jersey woman who's 46-year-old husband died of a heart attack after taking Bextra for 10 months.

In 2003, sales of Bextra exceeded $687 million. The FDA has been criticized for keeping Bextra on the market so long. The FDA has been additionally criticized since 10 scientists on its panel that voted to let sales of Bextra resume, also had financial ties to Pfizer according to the New York Times.

Bextra lawsuits will continue to gather momentum for the foreseeable future. If you or a loved one has been injured because of Bextra, it is important to contact a product liability attorney who specializes in pharmaceutical liability cases. The statute of limitations is different for each state, so it is necessary to act promptly in order to avoid missing any important deadlines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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