Prempro has been an extremely popular drug for manufacturers like Pfizer and Wyeth. Unfortunately, it has been a death sentence for some women who took it. Prempro is a combination of Premarin and Provera and has been prescribed as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women going through menopause. While this drug may have alleviated some symptoms associated with menopause like hot flashes, weight gain and mood swings, it also put them at risk for potentially deadly side effects like breast cancer, stroke and heart attack. At this time, there have been more than 10,000 claims of the dangerous drug causing breast cancer and other potentially deadly side effects. Furthermore, women who were prescribed this drug were not warned about the potential side effects associated with HRT.Prempro and Breast Cancer
Although, heart attack and stroke have been associated with Prempro, the most common and well-known deadly side effect has been breast cancer. According to a report form the Journal of the American Medical Association, Prempro not only increased a woman’s breast cancer risk and the risk of cancer spreading to the lymph nodes, but it also increased the risk of dying from breast cancer. Warnings now specify that Prempro should only taken for the shortest amount of time possible, and at the lowest dose possible, but is that enough? If women knew the risks beforehand, would they take the medication at all?Premarin and Provera
Premarin and Provera have been used separately for a variety of hormone-related reasons, but the combination has been used almost exclusively for menopausal issues and menopause related symptoms. Prempro was touted as somewhat of a wonder drug for women who were already dealing with a potentially difficult life transition. The drug was horrendously oversold as being a near-miracle worker, and the fatal side effects were not accurately disclosed to patients who were just looking for a little relief. Nobody could imagine that a drug used for hot flashes and mood swings could potentially increase their chances of getting breast cancer and dying from it.Fatal Side Effects
Breast cancer isn’t the only fatal side effect associated with Prempro. Other potential side effects associated with Prempro include heart attack, pulmonary embolism, asthma, gall bladder cancer, lupus, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, scleroderma, venous thrombosis, ovarian cancer and stroke. If women had been warmed of these deadly side effects before taking the drugs, they might have chosen otherwise.Failure to Warn
Unfortunately, a failure to warn is a problem we see in many cases involving dangerous drugs. The drugs are oversold as being the next best thing. The drug will change your life for the better and all of your problems will go away, and there are only a few tiny side effects that are hardly worth mentioning from the manufacturer’s point of view. Patients trust their doctors and they trust that prescribed medications will be safe and won’t put their lives at risk. Sadly, that hasn’t always been the case.More than 10,000 Claims
At this time, there have been more than 10,000 claims associated with cancer and other potentially deadly complications and side effects caused by Prempro. There could be countless others who haven’t reported or who still don’t know about the link between Prempro and certain cancers and potentially fatal medical conditions. If you have suffered from breast cancer or if you have lost a loved one to breast cancer associated with Prempro, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer who has proven case experience involving dangerous drugs as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your claim.Prempro Lawsuit in Jackson
Prempro and other dangerous drugs put lives at risk. Drug manufacturers are out to increase shareholder profits. Sadly, they’re rarely looking out for the wellbeing of consumers and patients. It’s a business, and for them, business is good. That’s why it’s so important to have a skilled lawyer on your side after an injury or illness associated with a dangerous drug. Drug manufacturers have teams of high-powered lawyers on their side, why shouldn’t you? After an injury associated with a dangerous drug like Prempro, a lawyer can help to ensure your rights are protected and fight to get you the compensation you deserve to cover medical bills and other expenses associated with the complications or side effects.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved on involving complications or potentially deadly side effects associated with HRT like Prempro in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven Personal Injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.