In the 1990’s, the FDA began “fast tracking” drugs through the drug approval process. Today, the average approval time for drugs is down from three to one year.
Since 1997, the number of pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices pulled from the market has been on the rise because they were shown to cause serious injuries and/or death to an alarmingly large number of recipients.
Performing their oversight and policing function when the FDA has not, trial lawyers like Ryan Krebs, M.D., J.D. have exposed certain pharmaceutical companies that have misrepresented data to the FDA in order to get their product approved and that have failed to disclose to consumers the likelihood of serious injury or death from their drug.
With his background in medicine, Ryan Krebs, M.D., J.D. is uniquely qualified to handle these claims.
On September 30, 2004, Merck & Co. announced a voluntary worldwide withdrawal of Vioxx, its arthritis and acute pain medication. This action was prompted by a clinical trial that showed a dramatic increase in patient risk of heart attacks, strokes, or other acute cardiovascular illnesses related to blood clots.
Vioxx is the subject of significant litigation. If you have suffered a stroke or heart attack while taking Vioxx and do not have other causes for a stroke or heart attack such as diabetes, hypertension, or a history of smoking, please contact us to see if we can help.