Depo-Provera, a form of contraceptive administered to women by injection once every three months, was originally lauded for its unique approach to birth control; however, research has found that the drug is linked to an increased risk of osteoporosis and invasive breast cancer. In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) forced the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to include a black-box warning to the Depo-Provera label about these serious side effects. Unfortunately, for women suffering significant loss in bone density or breast cancer as a result of the medication, the damage can be irreversible, if not fatal.
The personal injury law firm of Farah & Farah are prepared to represent clients in dangerous drug lawsuits against huge pharmaceutical companies. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer or suffers osteoporosis as a result of Depo-Provera, it may be possible to gain significant compensation for the serious side effects you have suffered. Contact us for a free and confidential consultation with one of our pharmaceutical drug litigation attorneys in Florida. Call 877-245-6707 to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Can the Drug Manufacturer be Held Accountable for Dangerous Products?
In the United States, pharmaceutical companies are required to thoroughly test every product to ensure it is safe for public use. Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical industry is often guilty of putting a profit ahead of consumer safety and will release and market a drug before it has been sufficiently tested. In the event that a company has failed to exercise reasonable caution in order to prevent harm, an aggressive pharmaceutical litigation attorney can hold the manufacturer accountable for negligence.
Common types of negligent practices in the pharmaceutical industry include:
- Violating safety standards by manufacturing in unsanitary or contaminated conditions
- Providing misleading or false information to the FDA to receive approval
- Bribing pharmacists to sell their product
- Bribing doctors to prescribe their product, despite health risks
- Marketing prescription drugs with false claims or for uses not recommended by the FDA
What are the Serious Side Effects of Depo-Provera?
Continued research on Depo-Provera has revealed greater risks of osteoporosis, breast cancer, and delayed fertility in women taking the progestin-only birth control for at least one year. Serious side effects may include the following:
Bone Loss, which can lead to bone fractures, spine factures, chronic pain, disfigurement, and immobility.
Invasive Breast Cancer, which can spread to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body and decrease the survival rate.
Delayed Fertility upon ending use of Depo-Provera, in addition to a greater risk of premature births and higher infant mortality death rates.
Unfortunately, drug manufacturers and even medical professionals will deceive or mislead consumers in order to make money. If you or a loved one is considering taking a form of birth control or other medication, always discuss the possible side effects and whether the risks outweigh the benefits.
Contact an Aggressive Depo-Provera Attorney
If you or someone you love has suffered the harmful side effects of Depo-Provera, consider contacting a pharmaceutical litigation attorney to discuss possible legal action. You may be entitled to financial compensation for past and future damages related to the dangerous birth control medication. Call Farah & Farah at 877-245-6707 to discuss your circumstances. We will evaluate your case for free during an initial consultation.