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Celebrex Lawsuits

Celebrex lawsuits were a bit delayed after the Vioxx lawsuits and Bextra lawsuits hit the ground running. The first Celebrex lawsuit to be filed was on February 27, 2006 by a 53-year-old Alabama woman who suffered a stroke in 2005 after taking the prescription drug.

 

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If you or a loved one has been injured by taking Celebrex, contact a product liability lawyer who specializes in pharmaceuticals to discuss your case.

Celebrex or Celecoxib is the only COX-2 selective NSAID inhibitor that remains on the market. The other two Cox-2 drugs are Vioxx (Merck) and Bextra (Pfizer), which have both been pulled either voluntarily or due to mandate from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Like Bextra, Celebrex is also manufactured by Pfizer but with 4.5 times more sales coming in at around $3.3 billion per year as of 2004. Because of bad publicity, the annual sales for 2005 dropped to $1.7 billion. Approximately 27 million people have been prescribed Celebrex in the U. S. for arthritis and other types of pain management.

Celebrex can have severe or deadly side effects and has been linked to heart attack, stroke, kidney problems, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, drug interactions causing severe injuries or death. Since August 3, 2005, Celebrex has carried a black box label, the FDA's strongest warning, announcing the possible hazardous side effects from taking the drug. The Celebrex website warns of the potential hazards at the bottom of the homepage and also suggests not taking Celebrex along with aspirin as the side effects may be increased risk for stomach bleeding and ulcers.

On December 14, 2004 the U.S. National Cancer Institute released the results from its study stating that those taking Celebrex were 2.5 times more likely to experience severe side effects such as heart attack or stroke. The shares of Pfizer temporarily plummeted 24-percent after the announcement.

Besides the Celebrex lawsuit from the Alabama woman, other Celebrex lawsuits have followed as well. A class action Celebrex lawsuit was filed by the Prescription Access Litigation Project in February 2005 in California claiming misleading advertising and a failure to warn about the possible adverse side effects from taking the drug. Purchase claims and product liability personal injury claims have been transferred to the Northern District of California. In September 2006, there were 1,500 Celebrex lawsuits pending in San Francisco, which will be litigated starting in early 2007.

Celebrex lawyers are developing their cases around the drug's distribution chain including Pfizer Inc, Monsanto Company, Pharmacia Corporation and GD Searle & Company. Many eyes will be watching as the 2007 Celebrex lawsuits begin trial and unfold and whether the FDA will finally decide to pull the drug or let it ride as has been their inclination so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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