A lawsuit filed in Houston federal court in August claims that at least 15 gas stations scattered throughout the Houston area have been selling pills packaged as over-the-counter "sexual enhancement" supplements that actually contain a number of prescription drugs. Although the pills are marketed with statements like "all natural," "no harmful synthetic chemicals," and "no prescription necessary," the lawsuit alleges that independent lab testing has detected drugs including sildenafil, tadalafil, desmethyl carbodenafil, and dapoxetine-otherwise known as Viagra, Cialis, Priligy, and Westoxetin, respectively.
In the United States, there are a significant amount of prescription drugs in the marketplace. As a result, it is critical to ensure that each drug is thoroughly tested for safety. Defective medication can produce severe side effects with some even being fatal. In June 2014, the Center for Disease Control estimated that more than 700,000 Americans a year are seen in hospital emergency rooms for adverse drug effects.
Litigation is being prepared against Xarelto, a drug intended to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation, due to its linkage with uncontrollable internal bleeding. Since 2011, the anticoagulant has not been approved to reduce blood clots in patients with coronary artery disease. The lawsuit focuses on the failure to warn patients of the side effects of Xarelto, including uncontrollable internal bleeding which might be able to be reversed as easily as with other anticoagulants.
GranuFlo a product used in dialysis causes a high risk for cardiac arrest when not prescribed properly. A judge in Colorado, dismissed some claims against DaVita Healthcare partners because the company did not manufacture the products, they simply added water to the products when used. The product liability and breach of warranty claims were also dropped against DaVita.