CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS Stay informed about the drugs and medical devices that you use, so that you can file a lawsuit in the event of physical, emotional, or financial injury.DrugsRisperdalThe antipsychotic drug Risperdal can cause boys to develop female breast tissue (gynecomastia). Many have filed lawsuits against drug maker Johnson & Johnson.Testosterone TherapyTestosterone therapy has been aggressively marketed to men who suffer from “Low T,” a vague condition that has little scientific basis.ZostavaxMerck & Co. faces lawsuits over its shingles vaccine Zostavax, which plaintiffs allege can cause side effects ranging from blindness to brain damage, even death.InvokanaThe diabetes drug Invokana has been linked to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), kidney problems, pancreatitis, cardiovascular risks, and bone fractures.AbilifyAbilify is used to treat depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. But evidence suggests that the drug can cause compulsive behaviors like gambling.OpioidsMany victims of America’s opioid epidemic are filing lawsuits against physicians, pharmacists, and drug wholesalers, claiming the defendants caused their addictions.EliquisThe blood thinner Eliquis (apixaban) is linked to serious, potentially fatal bleeding that that cannot be reversed with an antidote.PradaxaThe blood thinner Pradaxa did not have an antidote for its bleeding events until 2015, leading to hundreds of casualties.Medical DevicesIvc filtersInferior vena cava (IVC) filters are devices designed to keep blood clots from reaching the heart and lungs. However, the filters have been linked to severe complications.Hernia meshHernia meshes like Ethicon’s Physiomesh and Atrium’s C-Qur have been linked to severe side effects and revision surgeries, spawning lawsuits by patients.Sorin stockert 3t heater-coolerThe 3T heater-cooler helps regulate the temperatures of patients during invasive surgery, but research shows it can also expose them to deadly bacterial infections.Essure birth controlThe Essure permanent birth control system is linked to thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths. The FDA has ordered Essure to carry a “black box” warning.Breast implant cancerTextured breast implants have been linked to a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), prompting lawsuits by patients.Stryker hip implantsStryker Orthopaedics has produced several metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants that do not function as they should, leading to recalls, revision surgeries, and lawsuits.Depuy elbow implantDePuy recently issued a Class I recall of its Synthes Radial Head Prosthesis System, an elbow implant that can cause serious complications for patients.Power morcellatorsPower morcellators—medical devices resembling hand-held blenders that are used for minimally-invasive surgical procedures—may spread and worsen cancer in women.