Certain brands are tried and true and have been trusted by families for generations. One such brand is Johnson & Johnson (J&J). From consumer health products to medical devices to over-the-counter and even prescription medication, most people use or have used its products.
However, what many people may not be aware of is that not everyone has had positive experiences with the well-known company. J&J, and many of its subsidiaries, has been named as a defendant in hundreds of thousands of lawsuits regarding the safety of its products.
Here are some of their biggest products liability lawsuits:
Currently, J&J is faced with more than 20,000 lawsuits concerning this blood thinner. The issue with Xarelto is that the company failed to create an antidote, causing pain and suffering in patients who experienced severe bleeding and other issues.
Due to its lack of antidote, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices has labeled Xarelto among one of the most dangerous prescription drugs currently out there. While several verdicts have found for the plaintiffs, the company is appealing.
Invokana is used to treat type 2 diabetes, blocking a protein in the bloodstream, which in turn prevents glucose from being reabsorbed in the body. The problem is that J&J failed to adequately warn of its side effects including putting diabetics at a higher risk for lower-body amputations, diabetic ketoacidosis, kidney failure, and pancreatitis.
Risperdal is a prescription drug used to treat adults with schizophrenia. However, J&J faced the largest healthcare-related fine in history for marketing it for other, off-label uses, such as ADHD, anxiety, and agitation. The side-effects include serious health issues such as gynecomastia (enlarged breasts), heart attack, and stroke, among other less serious side effects.
The FDA now requires a black box warning that elderly patients with dementia are at an even higher risk of death. Parents of adolescent boys who have developed gynecomastia have the right to seek compensation.
With the same active ingredient as Ritalin, Concerta is used to treat ADHD. Parents whose children have been prescribed the medication and have experienced any major side effects could be eligible for compensation.
Severe side effects include suicidal ideation, anxiety, hallucination, agitation, and seizures, among others.
DePuy Synthes Hip Replacement Implants
J&J purchased DePuy, which specialized in a line of hip replacement components. Thousands of individuals have suffered from severe complications after receiving these implants.
Hip implant issues have included metal poisoning, allergic reactions, fractures, dislocations, and deep-vein thrombosis.
Ethicon Physiomesh & Gynecare TVT Abbrevo
Surgical mesh, used to repair hernias or transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse, has caused allergic reactions, infections, perforation, or tissue erosion. Those who experienced these problems may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Baby/Body Powders and Talc-Based Products
The company’s talc-based products have been the source of many lawsuits claiming that they cause ovarian cancer. Juries have awarded plaintiffs several wins with compensatory and punitive damages.
More recently, talc has also been found to sometimes be contaminated with asbestos, which can cause other dangerous cancers, including the incurable mesothelioma.
Philadelphia Products Liability Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Those Who Have Been Harmed by a Johnson & Johnson Product
If you or a loved one has been negatively affected by a J&J product, you deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering. The Philadelphia products liability lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC help those who have been adversely affected by faulty products. For a free consultation contact us online or call us at 215-569-8488 today. We assist clients in Philadelphia, Delaware County, Chester County, and across Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.