Since 2007 our office has filed Reglan/metoclopramide lawsuits who developed tardive dyskinesia after taking Reglan for nausea. This included the Susan Swicegood case that was set for a jury trial on July 26, 2010. Now our firm has taken up the battle for five more individuals suffering similar injuries because the drug’s maker and seller failed to warn of the risks associated with taking the drug.
Many Individuals, One Source of Injury:
The individuals who make up this group are diverse and unique, but their injuries stem from a common cause…the failure of pharmaceutical companies to warn patients and doctors about the dangers of taking Reglan and its generic equivalent, metoclopramide, in long term use (more than 90 days). All of these individuals suffer from nerve and movement disorders of varying degrees that will never likely heal or resolve.
Each of these clients took Reglan in its generic form. For some, the drug was intended to treat nausea. In others, it helped with acid reflux. But being in the dark about the dangers of the metoclopramide, doctors kept these patients on metoclopramide for several months and sometimes even years which led to disastrous consequences for our Reglan clients.
The Dangers of Metoclopramide:
One client of ours took metoclopramide for seven years and now suffers from tremors and bradykinesia (masking of the face) as a result. Another Reglan client took metoclopramide for almost seven years and now suffers from the more severe tardive dyskinesia, resulting in involuntary, repetitive movements in the lower extremities and face. The emotional and financial harm for these clients has been great and unfortunately continue in the future for an indefinite period.
Others took metoclopramide for just under two years and approximately seven months respectively, but both suffered serious injuries despite the shorter exposure times. Both suffer from tardive dyskinesia, just as our other Reglan clients have after taking the drug for almost seven years.
One other client took metoclopramide for just under a year and now suffers from dystonia, facial drooping, disconjugate gaze, muscles spasms and tremors. These disturbing symptoms make it impossible for her to lead a normal life. Unfortunately, she is not alone.
Previous Lawsuits, Persistent Problems:
Past Reglan lawsuits led the FDA to change labeling requirements for the Reglan and metoclopramide in February 2009. The label must now include a “black box” that warns about the potential risk of tardive dyskinesia and other nerve disorders from long-term use. A “Black Box” warning is the highest warning the FDA can require for a given medication aside from a compete recall of a dangerous drug.
Current lawsuits stem from the allegation that makers of the drug failed to update the Physician’s Desk Reference and other marketing materials as required by law to warn of the risk involved. This failure left patients and doctors in the dark about the dangers of taking metoclopramide long term. According to reports, as many as 1 in 5 people can develop movement disorders like Tardive Dyskinesia, Dystonia, and other medical conditions from taking Reglan and metoclopramide for more than 90 days.
Don’t Suffer Alone – Get Help
If you or someone you love sustained serious injuries because of taking Reglan or metoclopramide long term, contact Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC for a free consultation and evaluation of your case. You will find yourself in the company of professionals who understand the pain and frustration of tardive dyskinesia and the other common disorders associated with this dangerous drug. We can help you gain compensation for your injuries, allowing you to rest easier, knowing that justice has been served.