Modern medicine has conceived many wondrous achievements in recent years.
Heart attacks can now be treated with the use of angioplasty and stents. Medications can be used to prevent patients from experiencing future cardiac events.
More effective treatments have been discovered for chronic conditions like diabetes. Some diseases, such as Hepatitis C, have been presented with cures for the first time ever.
Even cancer – a disease for which there is no known cure – has seen increased survival rates in recent years.
However, there have also been missteps in the progress of the recent past.
FDA warnings and SSRI cases
Mental illness such as depression has become a significant public health issue. While pharmaceutical companies have managed to create medications to treat the condition, allegations against their effectiveness have created much controversy.
In October 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) applied it’s strictest warning, known as a Black Box Warning, to medications classified as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs are thought to treat mental conditions like depression by restoring the natural balance of chemicals in the brain. Some of the most common brand-name SSRIs are Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil, and Zoloft.
As it turns out, these medications can cause severe harmful reactions, particularly in teens and young adults ages 18 – 24. The FDA warning cited studies which suggest that these drugs are associated with an increased risk of agitation, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and hostility.
SSRI cases in Massachusetts
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, we specialize in dangerous drug laws, including SSRI cases. Product liability laws allow for drug manufacturers to be held responsible for undesirable side effects their medications may have caused.
If you or a loved one has suffered negative consequences as a result of taking SSRI’s, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation. Our experienced and capable team is committed to your service. Contact us today and learn what options you have.