Drug companies in the United States are both loved and hated. Naturally, Americans need all sorts of drugs for various ailments, illnesses, and diseases. We are living longer than ever before, and this is largely because of the drugs we have. On the other hand, because of this important role that drug companies play, prices are often much higher than they need to be. It can be difficult for a middle-class American family to pay for the medications they require for their collective health when this is the case. Likewise, drugs often have side effects that are either not known about when the drug is released or squelched by the company.
As a result of all of these things, drug lawsuit settlements are more common than ever before. Here are the top drug lawsuit settlements from the past few decades:
Johnson & Johnson Risperdal
This case involved a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson who promoted a drug called Risperdal as well as several other medications for symptoms that the drug was not approved for. At that time, Risperdal was approved to treat schizophrenia. However, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary was promoting the drug for treating dementia in older parent patients. They said the drug treated symptoms such as confusion, agitation, hostility, and anxiety. Ultimately, Johnson & Johnson was made to pay $2.2 billion in settlement for their criminal and civil charges.
TAP Pharmaceutical Medicare Fraud
This case surrounded Medicare fraud and the drug Lupron. It occurred in 2001. Ultimately, $875 million was paid by TAP Pharmaceutical Products in order to settle both civil and criminal charges against the company.
TAP Pharmaceutical Products was forced to pay this some because they assisted numerous doctors in obtaining government payments and reimbursements that were much higher than was justified. They defrauded Medicaid and Medicare and ripped off patients as well.
Bextra was a drug that had only been approved to treat menstrual cramps and arthritis. However, prior to 2009, the drug company Pfizer was marketing Bextra as a painkiller to doctors’ offices. It promoted the drug for off label uses, including treating severe pain post knee surgery. This was true despite Bextra ultimately being pulled from the market because it was found to be unsafe for patients. The drug was associated with potentially deadly skin reactions as well as causing a heightened risk of stroke and heart attack.
There are numerous other “Big Pharma” drug lawsuit settlements that are similar to the three above. In fact, it is sadly not uncommon for these drug lawsuit settlements to occur, despite them being squelched as much as possible. If you feel that you have been the victim of such a case, you may deserve compensation for your suffering, and it is essential that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible to represent you.