Posts made in June, 2013


“Grandfathering” Drugs into the U.S. Marketplace

Most people don’t realize that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, does not test the much-vaunted drugs that finally make their way into the consumer marketplace in the United States. This, even though the FDA is the lead agency for such screenings. In the absence of testing, one wonders where all the federal-budget dollars go. Others speculate that the FDA may be a case of too many chiefs and too few Indians.

In fact, not only does the FDA do no drug testing, or even mandate company testing, but in many instances simply assumes drugs are safe via the “grandfather rule”. That is, if a new drug comes into the marketplace with a chemical profile and a purpose which largely matches another previous product, it is automatically assumed to be as safe and efficacious as its grandfather drug. Otherwise, drug companies are expected to test their own drugs, from R&D to human trials, and provide accurate and truthful reports. Given the billions of dollars involved in getting a successful drug into the consumers’ hands, these latter two requirements invite all sorts of chicanery.

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Yasmin Heart Attack Dangers

Yasmin Heart Attack Dangers


Posted By on Jun 18, 2013

The drug Yasmin, one of the most popular birth control drugs available, is linked to heart attacks. The heart attacks oftentimes emanate from blood clots due to the increased risk of occurrence in women who take it. This is not new information and, if you have suffered a heart attack because of Yasmin, you may want to consider filing a Yaz lawsuit.

 

The Lawsuits

According to reporting in Bloomberg, Yasmin settlements were at $402.6 million by the summer of 2012. The drug is manufactured by Bayer, which had doubled the reserves it had set aside for these claims at the same time the report was published. The lawsuits emanate from women who don’t believe that they were warned adequately of the dangers of Yasmin even though the danger are real.

 

A woman using Yasmin, in fact, has a 6 to 7 times greater likelihood of developing a blood clot than a woman not using this type of birth control.

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