Hi, I’m Elora Murray and welcome to the Robert J DeBry News Network. Today in our newscast we are looking at the 8 largest drug recalls of all time. First up is Bextra, this drug was recalled after only a year on the market. Prescribed as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory drug, Bextra increased users’ risk of heart attack and stroke and could also cause a fatal skin condition.
Financial damages totaled more than 2 billion dollars in legal damages and fines, giving rise to the largest criminal fine in US history. The next drug recall we will look at is the Vioxx recall. This drug was recalled after 5 years on the market.
The drug was prescribed as a pain reliever for people with arthritis but was found to cause increased risk of stroke and heart attack. It was responsible for as many as 140 thousand cases of coronary heart disease. Moving on to the Baycol recall. This drug was recalled after 4 years on the market. It was prescribed as a treatment for high cholesterol.
Baycol reportedly caused kidney failure. The drug was responsible for more than 30 fatalities in the US. Next, let’s discuss the PPA drug recall. This drug was recalled after 60 years on the market. The drug was used as a cold remedy. However, it was associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke particularly in women. The next recall we will discuss is the Rezulin recall.
This drug was prescribed for patients with type 2 diabetes. The drug was found to cause drug-induced hepatitis. Moving on to the Posicor recall, this drug was recalled after 1 year on the market. The drug had a potentially lethal effect when combined with other drugs. The drug was linked to 123 deaths. Now let’s discuss the Fen-Phen recall. The drug was recalled after 24 years on the market. The drug was market for weight loss. However, consumers experienced heart disease and other cardio-pulmonary problems after taking the drug.
Finally, let’s look at the Seldane recall. The drug was recalled after 13 years on the market. A popular non-drowsy antihistamine, Seldin reportedly caused cardiac arrhythmia when taken in combination with other drugs. The drug was linked to 8 deaths and 40 reports of abnormalities. That’s it for our newscast today.
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