Many people take Invokana to manage diabetes and Crestor to reduce their cholesterol levels. According to the latest research, this combination could cause statin toxicity.
Dr. David Juurlink, the report’s senior author, called the statin toxicity risk “a potentially significant problem that warrants further investigation.” However, he cautioned that the study results were preliminary, and that no one should stop taking Invokana or Crestor, at least not yet. In this study, researchers examined the case of a Filipino woman with pre-existing conditions. Doctors could not explain why she experienced life-threatening muscle weakness, but her symptoms did improve when she stopped taking Invokana and Crestor.
Researchers speculated that females of Asian descent who are older than 80 are especially at risk for these serious side-effects.
Drug Combinations and Pre-Existing Conditions
Pharmaceutical safety trials normally focus on individual drugs. Regulators often do not consider things like how these drugs act in concert with one another or how they might affect a patient with pre-existing conditions.
As outlined below, drug manufacturers are strictly liable for all injuries their dangerous products cause. It does not matter if the drug’s harmful effects were the result of an unanticipated combination.
The foreseeability rule sometimes comes into play in these situations. Generally, drug companies are only responsible for foreseeable losses. It is likely that a person might take Invokana and Crestor at the same time. It’s not likely that a person might simultaneously take Crestor and cocaine.
Pre-existing conditions usually involve the eggshell skull rule. A drug company cannot use the victim’s vulnerabilities as an excuse to reduce or deny compensation. Instead, defendants must take victims as they find them, pre-existing conditions and all.
Your Claim for Damages
Strict liability means that victim/plaintiffs need not establish fault or negligence to establish legal responsibility for damages. Instead, victim/plaintiffs must only show a relationship between the drug use and their injuries.
To establish this connection, most St. Louis dangerous drug lawyers partner with expert witnesses. These professionals explain the scientific link between use and injury to the jury.
Negligence or fault is not relevant in the liability portion of a trial. However, these things are relevant in the damages portion. Frequently, drug makers intentionally conceal product defects so this information will not adversely affect sales. The intentional disregard of consumer safety usually means additional punitive damages.
Punitive damages are available on top of compensatory damages for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Unsafe drug combinations often cause permanent injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced dangerous drug attorney in St. Louis, contact Schultz & Myers, Personal Injury Lawyers. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these matters.