Reglan is a prescription drug that treats short-term heartburn and has been linked to tardive dyskinesia repetitive, involuntary movements of the extremities. Although Reglan has not been associated with wrongful death, people have been harmed and therefore may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other burdens stemming from drug treatment defects. Victims or family members of the victim should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to adhere to statutes of limitations.
Compensation for Reglan Side Effects
Victims of defective drugs may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, emotional distress, lost income and lost opportunities caused by the side effects of a drug. Some personal injury lawyers also earn punitive damages for their clients, which are awarded to punish the defendant(s) for their wrongful actions and prevent similar actions in the future.
Research has suggested that drugs containing metoclopramide, including Reglan, may cause tardive dyskinesia. Patients with tardive dyskinesia may experience the following symptoms:
- Lip smacking
- Pursing of the lips
- Rapid eye movements
- Tongue protrusion
- Impaired movement of the fingers
Some of these uncontrolled movements can cause patients physical harm, as well as embarrassment in social settings. Many patients have filed suit seeking compensation for these unfortunate side effects.
Filing a Reglan Lawsuit
Reglan is a prescription medication that contains metoclopramide, a drug that treats short-term heart burn and diabetic gastroparesis, or delayed gastric emptying, in diabetics. Many patients who have taken Reglan have developed tardive dyskinesia, an irreversible condition that has no treatment.
Several victims of Reglan's side effects have filed personal injury claims against Wyeth Incorporated, the manufacturer of the drug. Many claim the warning label inadequately highlighted the severity of the risks involved with Reglan and its prolonged usage. In February 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a "black box" warning for Reglan, its sternest warning. Under FDA mandate, Wyeth Inc. must highlight the risk of tardive dyskinesia in a boxed warning on the drug's label.
When filing a claim against a drug manufacturer, a personal injury lawyer for injuries may cite any number of statutes and laws. Some states have laws regarding pharmaceutical liability, while others hold defective drug manufacturers to account under general strict liability laws, which do not require negligence to be proven.
When You Might Need an Attorney
If you or a loved one has been harmed by Reglan, a personal injury attorney who has experience with defective drug claims can evaluate your case and help you determine your legal rights. Your lawyer can identify any expert testimony needed to highlight medical, pharmacological, regulatory, or other defective drug issues that may help support your case.
In some cases it is more advantageous to file or join a class action lawsuit against the defective drug manufacturer, awards from which can amount to millions of dollars for the victims. Speaking with a defective drug attorney will help you determine whether you are eligible to receive compensation for your suffering.
Reglan has caused more drug-induced movement disorders than any other drug.
Source:Food and Drug Administration (FDA)