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Generic drug makers failed to warn about side effects from heartburn drug Reglan

A Missouri appeals court upheld claims by two women that makers of generic versions of the heartburn drug Reglan failed to update their safety labels to warn about side effects associated with long-term use of the medication. Reglan, which is sold generically under the name metoclopramide, has been linked to a movement disorder known as tardive dyskinesia. In 2004, manufacturers of brand-name Reglan updated its safety label with the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to warn that “Therapy should not exceed 12 weeks in duration.” Generic manufacturers were required to update their safety labels as well but ... Read More

AL Supreme Court rules: Brand name drug makers liable for warnings on generic drug counterparts

Makers of brand-name medications can be held liable for warnings on generic drugs even if the generic was produced by another drug company, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled. A majority of the nine-member court upheld a 2013 decision, which was viewed as a defeat by business leaders in this mostly Republican state. The ruling is based on a federal lawsuit filed by Danny and Vick Weeks against five current and former drug makers alleging that long-term use of the heartburn drug metoclopramide, which was also sold under the brand name Reglan, caused a debilitating movement disorder known as tardive dyskinesia. ... Read More

Alabama court rules that makers of brand name drugs can be sued by generic drug users

Generic drugs should carry the same warnings as the brand name drug and, if not, then users of the generic drug can sue the name-brand drug maker for fraudulent misrepresentation, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled. The ruling comes as a response to a certified question from a U.S. District Court, which arose during a case where a plaintiff alleged that a generic version of the prescription heartburn drug Reglan caused him to develop a movement disorder called Tardive Dyskinesia. The plaintiff sued the brand name maker, Wyeth, alleging that the company failed to warn both doctors and patients of the ... Read More

Women warn new mothers of Reglan’s depression risk

It might surprise some to learn that the prescription heartburn drug Reglan (metoclopramide) has an off-label use of helping new mothers increase their milk supply. An appropriate level of the hormone prolactin permits lactation to proceed normally, but when a mother has low prolactin levels, milk supply may suffer. Drugs used to stimulate lactation work by blocking dopamine, which results in increased prolactin levels and, in many cases, an increase in milk supply. But mothers need to be aware that the drug has serious side effects. KellyMom.com, a breastfeeding and parenting blogger, warns that one major side effect of Reglan ... Read More

Time is running out for victims of Reglan to file lawsuits

Time is running out for people who suspect they have experienced serious side effects from the heartburn drug Reglan (metoclopramide) to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for damages. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a black box warning on the drug on February 26, 2009. Most states have a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, which in the case of Reglan would begin when the black box warning was issued. The statute of limitations in other states ranges from one to six years. Hundreds of people who have been harmed by Reglan have already ... Read More

Lawsuit blames Reglan for causing son’s birth defects

Lindsey C. Whitener was seven weeks pregnant with her second child when her physician prescribed Reglan (metoclopramide) to ease her nausea and vomiting from morning sickness. She took it for four weeks. A few months later, Whitener began having problems with her pregnancy and gave birth to her son prematurely at 36 weeks gestation. Her son, Lucas, was born with extensive physical disabilities and medical problems and spent the first six months of his life in the hospital. Doctors said they did not know the cause of Lucas’ birth defects. Nearly a year later, Whitener saw a television commercial about ... Read More

Pepcid linked to serious skin reaction

Famotidine, the heartburn drug most known by the brand name Pepcid, is yet another drug that has been linked to a deadly skin reaction known as toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), the most serious version of Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS). Famotidine is available by both prescription and over-the-counter in either a tablet or suspension (liquid) that is taken by mouth. It is in a class of medications called H2 blockers and works by decreasing the amount of acid made in the stomach. Famotidine is used to treat ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid. ... Read More