September 8, 2003
Rezulin Lawsuits May Be Getting Harder
to Fight Off
April 22, 2003
An appeal court reinstated a Rezulin lawsuit that was dismissed in October 2001 in a lower court. The Rezulin lawsuit alleged that Pfizer’s Warner-Lambert unit hid Rezulin safety risks and continued to aggressively market Rezulin despite the serious liver damages being reported. Rezulin class action lawsuit status is currently being sought for the damages suffered by Rezulin patients.
What is Rezulin?
Rezulin is an oral medication prescribed for patients with Type-2 diabetes. First approved in 1997, Rezulin remained on the U.S. market until March 2000 due to the liver failure Rezulin caused that led to the death of at least 63 patients.
How serious are the Rezulin side effects?
There have been an estimated 430 Rezulin patients that suffered liver failure. It was found that a Rezulin patient's risk of liver failure is increased 1,200 times by taking the diabetes drug.
What are Rezulin side effects patients have experienced?
Liver damage Rezulin can cause is hard to detect due to the minimal symptoms during the beginning stages of the disease. Later stages of liver damage Rezulin patients may experience jaundice, abdominal pain, nausea, clay colored stools, and dark urine. Rezulin liver damage can result in the need for a liver transplant or death. Heart failure has been linked to the use of Rezulin as well.
What is a liver function test?
A liver function test detects liver damage Rezulin can cause through a blood test. Since Rezulin affects the levels of enzymes in the liver there is a test that indicates the enzyme levels in the blood.
What are some symptoms of Rezulin liver failure?
Symptoms of liver failure include, jaundice, sever fatigue, abdominal pain, weight loss, nausea, loss of appetite, back pain, darkened urine, and vomiting.
What is a liver transplantation operation?
A liver transplant operation replaces a diseased or failed liver with a new one or a portion of one from a donor. After the operation occurs the liver will grow to be full sized in six to eight weeks if only a portion of a liver was used.
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