The Most Dangerous Pharmaceuticals of 2011


Continuing a disturbing trend of recent years, 2011 featured news of numerous pharmaceuticals that resulted in severe—and sometimes fatal—medical complications when used as directed.

As the year comes to an end, the web-based legal resource Online Legal Media recently posted its list of the 10 most important consumer pharmaceutical topics of 2011. The most dangerous drugs of 2011, and their associated side-effects, include:

  • Accutane – Crohn’s disease, bowel disease, ulcerative colitis
  • Actos – bladder cancer, rhabdomyolysis, heart failure
  • Crestor – birth defects, cardiomyopathy, rhabdomyolysis
  • Diethylstilbestrol (DES) – cancer
  • Fosamax – bone fractures, esophageal cancer
  • Paxil – heart problems, birth defects
  • Yasmin and Yaz – gall bladder disease, deep vein thrombosis, blood clots
  • Zocor – cardiomyopathy, rhabdomyolysis, birth defects

Also on the list are the birth control injection Depo-Provera, which has been linked to osteoporosis and menstrual complications; the hair growth treatment Propecia, which has been associated with erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer; and the over-the-counter pain reliever Tylenol, which has been tied to liver damage.

While most of these pharmaceuticals have been available for years, the complications linked to many of these drugs have been established only recently. Often, the adverse effects of these drugs take years to become evident.

If you believe you suffered harm due to a prescription pharmaceutical you used as directed, please contact us for a free case evaluation and to locate an experienced product liability attorney near you.