We take medication to feel better, so it is especially devastating when it makes us or a loved one feel worse.
Bextra (valdecoxib) is a drug purported to treat osteoarthritis, adult rheumatoid arthritis and menstrual-related pain. It is made by Pfizer, Inc. and was approved U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001. However, on April 7, 2005, the FDA formally asked Pfizer to voluntarily withdraw the drug from the U.S. market due to the discovery of serious side effects, including:
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (a rare but serious skin disorder)
- Heart attack
- Gastrointestinal bleeding and perforations
- Toxic epidermal necrolysis (a potentially life-threatening skin disease)
Recently, Pfizer won the dismissal of a shareholder class action suit involving Bextra. The suit was filed by investors who had bought Pfizer stock between October 31, 2000 and October 19, 2005. According to the Chicago Tribune, the suit was filed because the investors believed that Pfizer already knew Bextra was dangerous before the FDA requested for it to pull it from the market in 2005, even as far back as 2004.
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Did You Know: In 2009, Pfizer agreed to a $2.3 billion settlement to resolve claims that it illegally marketed Bextra.
Colson Hicks Eidson – Injury Attorneys