Though its effects have been around for years, the truth about Reglan continues to surface. And not surprisingly, none of it is good news. In fact, the effects of taking Reglan, has been devastating for many.
Reglan (generic name: Metoclopramide), is a prescription anti-nausea drug, used to treat gastrointestinal problems in adults. It has been linked to Tardive Dyskinesia (TD), a central nervous system disorder that causes involuntary, repetitive movements of the body that may become permanent.
Two recently filed lawsuits highlight just how dangerous Reglan can be.
Joshua and Lindsey Whitener are suing the manufacturer of Reglan, alleging the medication caused birth defects in their child.
Whitener was prescribed Reglan, at her seventh week of pregnancy, to help combat morning sickness, the complaint states. Her doctor told her it was safe and never informed her of the potential risks to her unborn child. She took the medication or four weeks.
At 32 weeks gestation, she began to have problems. She gave birth to her son, prematurely at the 36th week. Lucas was born with extensive physical disabilities and spent the first six months of life in the hospital. Despite testing, doctors were unable to find the cause of his problems.
It was nearly a year later, when Whitener saw a TV commercial that listed the adverse affects of Reglan, and came to believe the drug was likely to blame for her son’s medical issues.
The suit claims the defendants failed to properly prescribe the medication and advise the patient of the potential adverse side effects of use.
“The suit seeks damages for pain and suffering, permanent disabilities, fear, mental anguish, loss of love and affection, loss of companionship, grief and mental anguish, loss of society and consortium, loss of personal service, loss of support, medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial loss/detriment.”
Lawsuit: Reglan caused nervous system disorder
Israel Bennett, of Jefferson Parish, says Reglan is to blame for his nervous system disorder. Bennett filed suit against Qualitest Pharmaceuticals on June 11, in federal court in New Orleans.
Bennet was diagnosed with tardive dyskenia, shortly after taking Reglan, as prescribed to treat acid reflux from December 2008 through May 2009.
The suit claims the drug caused serious, permanent and disabling injuries including injuries to the central nervous and extrapyramidal motor systems.
“The defendant disseminated inaccurate, misleading, incomplete, false and otherwise inadequate information concerning the effects of exposure and long-term exposure to Reglan. He claims the risks outweigh the benefits of the drug.”
The suit seeks damages for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical disfigurement, physical impairment, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, court costs and interest.
Our Reglan Lawyers are filing Reglan Lawsuits in Georgia and in every other state in the U.S. on behalf of those suffering from Tardive Dyskinesia and other known movement disorders. If you or a loved one has questions about your rights or any of these conditions, please contact our Reglan Attorneys now to see how we can help.
A partner with Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC,, Brandon Smith has devoted his practice to pharmaceutical litigation, mass torts, products liability and serious personal injury. A frequent guest speaker at legal seminars all over the country—Brandon is focused on helping injured victims nationwide, however possible. Named a SuperLawyer again in 2019, he has also been called out as one of 10 Best Attorneys For Georgia by the American Institute Of Personal Injury Attorneys and a Top 100 Lawyer in Georgia by the National Trial Lawyers in 2019.
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