What Is Bextra?
Bextra is a medication that was often prescribed to treat menstrual pain and arthritis. It is also known as a Cox-2 inhibitor. It was pulled from the market in 2005.
Why Did Bextra Get Taken Off Of The Market?
Bextra and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs received a lot of negative attention in September 2004 after Vioxx was shown to increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. Vioxx is also a Cox-2 inhibitor.
The Food and Drug Administration continued the investigation of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. They found that the risk for many non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including Bextra, outweighed the benefits. Bextra was taken off the market on April 7, 2005. The Food and Drug Administration’s request that Bextra be taken off the market is based on the following:
- There is not enough clinical evidence to prove the cardiovascular safety of using Bextra for a long period of time.
- Patients who take Bextra after heart surgery are more likely to experience an adverse cardiovascular event.
- Bextra can cause life-threatening skin reactions.
- There has not been enough evidence to prove that there are clinical advantages to taking Bextra.
Risks Associated With Bextra
- Heart attacks
- Blood clots
- Dangerous skin reactions
- Kidney damage
Why Pfizer Is Being Sued?
Pfizer is the creator of Bextra. It is being sued because it spent millions of dollars on advertisements that made false claims about the drug. Celebrex and Vioxx, which are similar drugs, were pulled from the market because of their dangerous side effects. This raises the question of whether the company knew about the heart risks associated with Bextra.
Can I File A Bextra Lawsuit?
If you suffered dangerous side effects after taking Bextra, then you can file a lawsuit. You can also file a lawsuit if your loved one died after taking this drug.
How to File a Lawsuit
Contact Zimmerman & Frachtman as soon as possible if you want to file a lawsuit. Your defective drug attorney will advise you about the options you have.