Many patients have suffered serious neurological side effects after taking the digestive drug Reglan. Hundreds have filed a Reglan lawsuit against the drug's many manufacturers. Below, you'll find information about Reglan side effects, FDA warnings, and lawsuits filed over the drug.
Reglan is prescribed to treat several digestive disorders, including nausea, heartburn, acid reflux, esophageal ulcers, and gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD). Diabetics often receive Reglan to treat Gastroparesis, a form of stomach muscle paralysis that affects many diabetes patients. Gastroparesis can slow digestion and cause a rise in blood sugar. Reglan is prescribed to hasten the emptying of the stomach, causing a drop in blood sugar.
Reglan's active ingredient is Metoclopramide. Many different companies have sold Reglan under different brand names since generic versions of the drug became available. Because of this, the names Reglan and Metoclopramide are often used interchangeably. Under any name, the drug's use is widespread. The World Health Organization considers Metoclopramide to be an "essential drug" necessary for any basic health care system. It was originally developed as an antipsychotic drug, which may explain some of its notable side effects.
Reglan Side Effects
Some serious Reglan side effects have spurred recent lawsuits. The most prominent is a neurological disorder called Tardive Dyskinesia. This condition causes patients to make involuntary movements in the face and neck. Patients may unintentionally smack their lips, stick out their tongue, pucker their mouth, move their eyes, and shake their arms and legs. Besides the distress it can cause, Tardive Dyskinesia can be irreversible.
Another notable side effect is Parkinsonism. This neurological condition causes people to develop the same involuntary movements associated with Parkinson's Disease. Symptoms include slowed body movement, speech impairment, and muscle stiffness. Parkinsonism is often reversible and many patients find relief after switching medications. Reglan patients have reported developing other movement disorders as well.
Black Box Warning
The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a black box warning for all Metoclopramide drugs. This warning advises patients that taking Metoclopramide for more than twelve weeks can increase the risk of developing Tardive Dyskinesia. Reglan and similar drugs have prominently carried this warning on their labels since 2009. Patients are strongly advised not to take Reglan for more than twelve weeks. While not a black box warning, Metoclopramide drugs also carry a warning about the increased risk of developing Parkinsonism.
American law protects consumers who are injured by defective products. Filing a product liability lawsuit is often the first step to enforcing a consumer's legal rights. These lawsuits can allow injured consumers to receive compensation for their injuries, hold manufacturers responsible for the safety of their products, and raise public awareness about unsafe products. All of this applies to patients who are injured by a pharmaceutical drug.
So far, hundreds of patients have filed a Reglan lawsuit. This number is expected to grow. Patients who developed Tardive Dyskinesia, Parkinsonism, and other movement disorders after taking Reglan have brought these lawsuits. Similar lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of generic versions of the drug. Most Reglan lawsuits are individual lawsuits filed by the patients.
You may have heard about Reglan lawsuits in the media. In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a Reglan case called Pliva, Inc. v. Mensing. In that case, the Court held that federal drug labeling laws preempt state failure to warn claims against the manufacturers of generic Metoclopramide. This decision does not apply to the manufacturers of brand-name drugs and should not stop patients from relying on other product liability claims in filing a Reglan lawsuit.
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While a successful lawsuit can provide patients and their loved ones with financial compensation, navigating the intricacies of product liability law can be a difficult task. Patients who are injured as a result of taking Reglan should consult with a product liability attorney specializing in dangerous drug lawsuits to learn more about their legal options.
Contact a qualified product liability attorney to make sure your rights are protected.