Salt Lake City Pharmaceutical Drug Litigation Attorney

While prescription medications have helped millions of people enjoy longer, healthier lives, the fierce competition between top pharmaceutical companies means products are frequently rushed to the market, often with disastrous results for consumers.  When prescription drugs are inadequately tested and researched prior to release, innocent patients can be seriously harmed or even killed by their adverse effects.

If you or one of your loved ones suffered a stroke, heart attack, or other serious medical complication after taking a prescription drug or topical cream, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and financial losses related to your illness or injury.  Attorney Darwin Overson has over 33 years of experience holding pharmaceutical companies accountable and helping the victims of medication-related injuries fight for justice and fair compensation.

To set up a free and confidential legal consultation with Darwin, call (801) 895-3143 right away.  Darwin handles cases throughout the Salt Lake City area, including Bountiful, Ogden, Provo, West Valley City, and more.

How Much Does the Pharmaceutical Industry Spend on Safety Testing?


It’s called “Big Pharma” for a reason: the pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest in the world, bringing in more than $300 billion in global revenue every year.  According to the World Health Organization, six out of the world’s 10 largest pharmaceutical companies are located here in the United States, including familiar names like Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Merck.

Unfortunately, little of the tremendous profits netted by these companies goes toward the enhancement of consumer safety.  To quote the World Health Organization, “Companies currently spend one-third of all sales revenue on marketing their products — roughly twice what they spend on research and development.  As a result of this pressure to maintain sales, there is now… ‘an inherent conflict of interest between the legitimate business goals of manufacturers and the social, medical and economic needs of providers and the public…’”

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Dangerous and Recalled Prescription Drugs: Adverse Effects and Failure to Warn

The “inherent conflict of interest” noted by WHO has repeatedly yielded catastrophic results for patients in Utah and throughout the U.S.  During the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, Merck best-seller Vioxx (Rofecoxib) was prescribed to more than 80 million patients for arthritis and chronic pain — only to be voluntarily withdrawn from the market in 2004, after studies revealed an increased risk of Vioxx causing stroke or heart attack.  Various sources estimate that anywhere from 27,000 to 60,000 deaths were ultimately linked to Vioxx use.

Unfortunately, Vioxx is far from being the only drug to be linked to increased risk of serious or fatal complications in recent decades.  Other examples of potentially dangerous prescription medications with serious risks and side effects include:

  • Accutane (Isotretinoin)
    • Treats — Severe acne
    • Risks — Increased skull pressure, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), liver problems, pancreatitis
  • Actos (Pioglitazone)
    • Treats — Type 2 diabetes
    • Risks — Bladder cancer from long-term use, congestive heart failure, liver damage, macular edema
  • Byetta (Exenatide)
    • Treats — Type 2 diabetes
    • Risks — Pancreatitis, thyroid tumors
  • Celebrex (Celecoxib)
    • Treats — Pain
    • Risks — Gastrointestinal bleeding, heart attack, liver problems, stroke
  • Depakote (Valproic Acid)
    • Treats — Bipolar disorder, migraines, seizures
    • Risks — Liver problems, pancreatitis, problems with blood clotting
  • Effexor (Venlafaxine)
    • Treats — Anxiety, depression, panic disorders
    • Risks — Bleeding, eosinophilic pneumonia, increased blood pressure, interstitial lung disease, serotonin syndrome
  • Fosamax (Alendronic Acid)
    • Treats — Osteoporosis, Paget’s disease of the bone
    • Risks — Bone fractures, esophageal damage
  • Invokana (Canagliflozin)
    • Treats — Type 2 diabetes
    • Risks — Bone fractures, ketoacidosis, urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Klonopin (Clonazepam)
    • Treats — Anxiety, panic disorder, seizures
    • Risks — Birth defects, overdose, suicidal ideation
  • Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
    • Treats — High cholesterol
    • Risks — Birth defects, kidney problems, muscle problems
  • Paxil (Paroxetine)
    • Treats — Anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Risks — Bleeding, bone fractures, serotonin syndrome
  • Pradaxa (Dabigatran)
    • Treats — Blood clots
    • Risks — Bleeding, increased risk of stroke with sudden cessation
  • Propecia (Finasteride)
    • Treats — Hair loss, enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
    • Risks — Prostate cancer, interference with the results of the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test used to detect prostate cancer
  • Risperdal (Risperidone)
    • Treats — Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia
    • Risks — Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), stroke, tardive dyskinesia
  • Xarelto (Rivaroxaban)
    • Treats — Blood clots
    • Risks — Bleeding, nerve damage, increased risk of stroke with sudden cessation
  • Yaz/Yasmin (Drospirenone)
    • Treats — Contraceptive/birth control
    • Risks — Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

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Drug companies, like companies in other industries, have a duty to warn consumers of potential dangers by placing prominent and unambiguous caution labels on products with a risk of causing death or injury.  When products aren’t labeled with safety warnings, or are labeled in such a way that deemphasizes or misrepresents the true risk of using the product, manufacturers can potentially be held liable for harm resulting from failure to warn consumers adequately.

Injured by a Prescription Medication? Contact a Utah Pharmaceutical Injury Attorney

When drug companies prioritize profits over product safety, it often takes the severe illness or death of a patient to bring public attention to the hazard.  Darwin Overson is committed to holding negligent pharmaceutical companies accountable for carelessly jeopardizing the lives of their own customers in the pursuit of maximizing their financial gains.  He will not allow your case to be swept under the rug.

To learn more about your rights as an injury victim in a free consultation, call Darwin at (801) 895-3143.  Darwin will provide you with a clear and honest assessment of your case while answering your legal questions.


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