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. Drugs Risperdal The antipsychotic drug Risperdal can cause boys to develop female breast tissue (gynecomastia). Many have filed lawsuits against drug maker Johnson & Johnson. Testosterone Therapy Testosterone therapy has been aggressively marketed to men who suffer from “Low T,” a vague condition that has little scientific basis. Zostavax Merck & Co. faces lawsuits over its shingles vaccine Zostavax, which plaintiffs allege can cause side effects ranging from blindness to brain damage, even death. Invokana The diabetes drug Invokana has been linked to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), kidney problems, pancreatitis, cardiovascular risks, and bone fractures. Abilify Abilify is used to treat depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. But evidence suggests that the drug can cause compulsive behaviors like gambling. Opioids Many victims of America’s opioid epidemic are filing lawsuits against physicians, pharmacists, and drug wholesalers, claiming the defendants caused their addictions. Eliquis The blood thinner Eliquis (apixaban) is linked to serious, potentially fatal bleeding that that cannot be reversed with an antidote. Pradaxa The blood thinner Pradaxa did not have an antidote for its bleeding events until 2015, leading to hundreds of casualties. Medical Devices Ivc filters Inferior 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 mesh Hernia 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-cooler The 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 control The 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 cancer Textured 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 implants Stryker 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 implant DePuy recently issued a Class I recall of its Synthes Radial Head Prosthesis System, an elbow implant that can cause serious complications for patients. Power morcellators Power morcellators—medical devices resembling hand-held blenders that are used for minimally-invasive surgical procedures—may spread and worsen cancer in women.